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Gov. Steve Beshear’s Weekly Video Update

August 23rd, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

This week Governor Steve Beshear focuses on the Maxey Flats nuclear disposal facility:

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Your Weekly Transportation Lady Video Update

August 23rd, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

This week the Transportation Lady is all about the upcoming Fall Sweep:

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You’re Still Paying For Screwing Firefighters

August 23rd, 2013 by admin · 2 Comments

It’s an effort to make school lunches healthier. We hear about restaurants talking about Farm to Table, taking locally grown food and putting it on the table for customers. Now, JCPS students are learning what it means to have local farmers grow their food. [WDRB]

The Louisville Metro Council voted Thursday night without dissent to spend $8.25 million to cover a 12 percent interest payment owed in settlement of a pension dispute with city firefighters. [C-J/AKN]

The Louisville Metro Police Foundation is sponsoring signs around the city like this one at Armory Place. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s two largest children’s hospitals will partner to improve pediatric care across the state. The Kentucky Children’s Hospital at the University of Kentucky and Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville have signed a letter of intent to join forces; they will spend the next few months figuring out the details, officials announced Thursday. [H-L]

Chains and chewed crates remain at a west Louisville house after six dogs were taken in along with a man who lived there. Of course they were taken to Metro Animal Services, where they’ll die of some random infection within two weeks. [WAVE3]

Planned Parenthood on Thursday filed a federal challenge to a new Indiana law requiring clinics that administer the so-called abortion pill to have full surgical facilities, a requirement it says would halt abortion services at a central Indiana clinic. [Reuters]

Thomas Clay is representing some of the women accusing a good old boy in Frankfort of sexual harassment. Unfortunately, they have to rely on the corrupt and bizarre Legislative Ethics Commission, which we’ve covered on Page One for years. [WLKY]

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune has sent the federal Environmental Protection Agency a letter asking regulators to reject Kentucky’s proposed selenium standard. [WFPL]

We hear Allied is plaguing the Frankfort Avenue area with concrete dust but the city is ignoring it. [C-J/AKN]

Take a minute and contemplate this number — $42.3 million. Corporate philanthropy makes your community a better place to live. [Business First]

A department supervisor and Jeffersonville city employee of 44 years was fired Wednesday. [News & Tribune]

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It’s Fun Attica & Rand Caption Contest Time

August 22nd, 2013 by admin · 6 Comments

Fresh off her role of stupidly apologizing for excusing Barbara Shanklin (while at the same time shirking her own duty to hold her colleagues accountable), Attica Scott took time to pose with Rand Paul for a photo op:

It’s just too ripe not to open things up for a caption contest. Because both are embarrassing at the moment.

P.S. Scott’s office hyped the photo out with a press release.

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Metro Council Is Embarrassing The Entire City

August 22nd, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

Calls for change were coupled with emotions and accusations of “grandstanding” Tuesday as a council committee met to consider “sweeping changes” to ethics rules and how council members spend discretionary funds. [WDRB]

A collision between a Jefferson County Public Schools bus and a care sent nine people, including seven children with minor injuries, to hospitals Wednesday morning. [Toni Konz]

Two people are recovering after they were shot at a home in the 2700 block of West Main Street early Thursday morning. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments on the legality of gambling on taped horse races, which two state tracks have added in lieu of casinos or slots. [H-L]

An area kindergartener has had a rough start to the new school year. People have this same meltdown every year. [WLKY]

Brent Ackerson is now proposing changes to the NDF process. After sanctioning Barbara Shanklin’s corruption, that is. Now he has egg on his face. [Click the Clicky]

A TARC bus was involved in an accident with a car at the corner of Eastern Parkway and Bardstown Road in the Highlands. [WAVE3]

Really, there’s not something better to waste their time on than trying to ban alcohol sales in the largest city in the state? Of course it’s the from the people on the council who apparently have not only no common sense but no political sense: Attica Scott, David Jones, Barbara Shanklin and Cheri Bryant Hamilton. [C-J/AKN]

Banks chartered in the Louisville area are lagging their counterparts in other metro areas in terms of increasing lending. [Business First]

Sure, it’s a sad story about a problem in Possibility City. But it’s entertaining to see a national outlet poking fun at A Kentucky Newspaper’s outdated and ignorant auto-play videos. [Consumerist]

This is going to piss taxpayers off severely. The Floyd County Commissioners and Floyd County Council are planning to meet Wednesday to discuss funding options for the David Camm murder trial. [News & Tribune]

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The New Water Co Guy Makes HOW Much?

August 21st, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

That sound you hear is Time Warner Cable blowing off serious concerns about service in Louisville. You aren’t surprised but you’re probably not happy that the service is worse than Insight provided. [WDRB]

The Louisville Board of Water Works on Tuesday approved a salary of $238,403 for James Brammell, the new president and CEO of the Louisville Water Co. [C-J/AKN]

The mugshot that accompanies this story is maybe the best one we’ve seen in months. A Louisville man is facing charges after police said he tried to steal food from the Kroger store in the Highlands and then got into a fight with store security. [WHAS11]

Someone should probably clue Lexington in to the reality that prayer isn’t going to solve the gun violence problem. [H-L]

Kentucky State Police said a woman stole credit cards at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center during the final day of Kentucky State Fair set up. [WLKY]

Kentucky had 66,700 construction jobs in July, a 3.9 percent gain from the 64,200 construction jobs it had in June but 600 fewer construction jobs than the state had in June 2012. [Business First]

An overnight shooting in the Hikes Point neighborhood leaves police on the scene of a homicide investigation this morning. [WAVE3]

The ACT testing company has released its annual college and career readiness report and it shows a drop in reading scores for Kentucky’s 2013 graduating class. But state education officials say that’s because the ACT has changed the way it measures reading and the state is not using the same benchmark system. [WFPL]

Maybe businesses wouldn’t flee Kentucky if it was worth doing business in the Commonwealth? As it stands, only businesses that back Beshear politically seem to be acceptable. Others are moving across the river or going further south. [HuffPo]

Can you imagine what Possibility City would be like if its Metro Animal Services were run as well as the shelter in Jeffersonville? [News & Tribune]

EMILY’s List has endorsed Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ bid against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. [Roll Call]

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REMINDER: Metro Council Shenanigans Today

August 20th, 2013 by jake · Comments Off

Just a reminder that THIS takes place today.

4:30 P.M.

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Opening The Old Jail Probably Won’t End Well

August 20th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

After learning about years of financial mis-management, and listening to their city leaders fight over proposed budgets, residents of Audubon Park say they’re sick of it. [WDRB]

The Louisville Metro Council probably needs find up to $2 million to replace the outdated and prone-to-malfunction escalator system in the Jefferson Hall of Justice, a committee has been told. [C-J/AKN]

The Louisville Metro Department of Corrections has opened the old jail because of overcrowding. [WHAS11]

When the conversion of the former railroad bridge crossing the Ohio River began, the concept was that residents of Southern Indiana and Louisville could have easy access to the amenities on the other side of the river. [News & Tribune]

Expect the roads to be crowded Tuesday morning as the school bell rings for a new year at Jefferson County Public Schools. [WAVE3]

This story is so rage-inducing that it’s spreading statewide. A Jefferson County elementary school teacher is scheduled for arraignment Monday on charges that he raped a student during his time as in the Bullitt County School system. [H-L]

Investigators say he ripped off dozens of local businesses for thousands of dollars as the leader of a check fraud scan. [WLKY]

With the special legislative session beginning today to focus on redistricting, we thought it’d be a good idea to focus on something that actually matters – Kentucky’s fiscal health. [Page One]

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts announced late Monday afternoon that Stephen Klein has resigned as president, effective immediately. [Business First]

Crews digging near the route of a new downtown bridge have unearthed parts of Indiana’s first state prison and artifacts dating to the founding of Jeffersonville, Ind., more than 200 years ago. [C-J/AKN]

Greenwood Elementary School teacher Sarah Hodges sits in one of her student’s desks. Her room is clean, organized and it smells like the new air freshener she just opened. [WFPL]

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President Obama’s Weekly Video Address

August 19th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

This week President Barack Obama discussed implementation of the Affordable Care Act:

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Louisville’s Gonna Ignore The Homeless Problem

August 19th, 2013 by admin · Comments Off

Whether you go for the food, the rides or the exhibits, your first fair attraction will be the parking. After many people complained about time and hassle in the past, the Kentucky State Fair says it is off to a much better start this year thanks to a revamped system. [WDRB]

Former Jefferson County Constable David Whitlock agreed on Friday to not work for a private security business while he is on diversion for shooting a woman suspected of shoplifting at the Walmart on Raggard Road in November 2011 as she drove away from the store. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky’s Attorney General is staying out of a dispute on whether a law exempting spouses from testifying against each other applies to same-sex couples. Because he’s afraid to do anything that doesn’t directly benefit him. [WHAS11]

U.S. government investigators looking into the crash of a UPS cargo plane said on Friday the pilots received a low altitude warning barely seven seconds before the sound of impact, according to data recovered from the cockpit voice recorder. [Reuters]

Advocates for the homeless are scrambling to find a regular place to distribute meals to homeless residents displaced by a project to build a new Ohio River bridge between Indiana and Kentucky. [WLKY]

People who work in industrial zones in Lexington may soon have a new lunch option. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council approved a zone change Thursday that allows food trucks to operate on properties zoned for wholesale and warehouse business, light and heavy industrial and economic development uses. [H-L]

National Transportation Safety Board personnel arrived in Louisville Friday morning to review UPS maintenance records. [WAVE3]

Federal investigators haven’t found any problems with the controls in a UPS cargo jet that crashed while landing in Alabama, killing the two pilots. [WKYT]

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens says the district has the strategy, structure and resources in place to implement a strong plan that will help improve student achievement this school year. [WFPL]

Often criticized as too prescriptive and all-consuming, standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a useful way to measure both students’ and schools’performances, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. [C-J/AKN]

The Louisville/Lexington market’s economic performance during 2013 will top that of the rest of the nation, according to Mekael Teshome, an economist with Pittsburgh, Penn.-based PNC Financial Services Group Inc. [Business First]

The region’s economy has recovered from the recession, almost. Recently released analysis published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis said the Louisville metropolitan region is well on track to reaching postrecession highs in employment and job growth. [News & Tribune]

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