Kentucky Kingdom could reopen within a year or two, according to the head of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, James Wood. It’s a signal that Ed Hart’s group and the state are near an agreement. [WDRB]
Are we still pretending there’s not a real life racial divide in Louisville? Louisville’s largest law firms have dramatically increased their ranks of women attorneys and partners over the past three decades — but they still employ few black or other minority attorneys. [C-J/AKN]
Again, this is the kind of crap that happens when teevee media overhype an issue. Police have arrested a woman for false reporting in an incident involving a white van in the parking lot of a Bardstown restaurant. [WHAS11]
Indiana legislators have introduced bills to help the state’s riverboat casinos hold onto business in the face of growing competition from casinos in neighboring states. [News & Tribune]
Like we told you yesterday, this is one of the dumbest things we’ve seen in a hot minute. A gay minister and his partner were arrested following a peaceful protest inside the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office.[WLKY]
For nearly a century, Kosair Charities has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to care for Kentucky children with diseases and disabilities. Now the Louisville-based non-profit group is combating another childhood scourge – abuse and neglect. [H-L]
Guess which cable company this is about. Much of the coverage surrounding the phenomenon of cord-cutting has focused on the cost savings of ditching cable. [Consumerist]
The City of Jeffersonville is trying to combat the rising problem of homelessness in the area. Tuesday morning, a public forum was held to come up with ideas and solutions on what to do about the increasing problem. [WAVE3]
Traditional heath insurers Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Humana Inc. have new competition for customers as a result of a new health insurance plan introduced in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. [Business First]
The closing of Lynn’s Paradise Cafe has provided one benefit to neighboring businesses on Barret Avenue: additional parking. “But that’s it,” said Rick Prario, a clerk at the nearby Speier Ace Hardware. [C-J/AKN]
Crews have begun clearing the way for a new Ohio River bridge that’s part of Indiana and Kentucky’s $2.6 billion project to build or upgrade a trio of bridges. Workers demolished a house Monday on the river’s Kentucky side as site-clearing began for the new bridge that will link Utica, Ind., and Prospect, Ky. [H-L]
A morning surprise greeted Jason Pierce, though not one he was thrilled to find. Pierce had just finished working third shift and stepped outside his home to smoke a cigarette when he noticed a bullet hole in the front passenger door of his minivan. [WDRB]
Restaurants like Lynn’s Paradise Cafe that require servers to use their own cash to share tips with other employees risk violating Kentucky labor law, according to local labor lawyers. [C-J/AKN]
This is what happens when local teevee people are irresponsible and hype up stupid stories like the Chester Chester Child Molester van issue. [WHAS11]
For 35 years, the Lees Lane Landfill in Southwest Louisville took in everything the city wanted to throw out, from household trash to toxic chemicals. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates more than two million cubic yards of waste went into the landfill. And though it’s been closed and remediated, there are still unanswered questions about contamination at the site. [WFPL]
Hillview City Council members have unanimously approved a new curfew for children under 18 years old. It’s a measure police said will help cut a recent increase in crime across the community. [WLKY]
Oh, look, the people in Lexington have noticed that Cordish (in Louisville) selectively uses its dress code to get away with racial profiling. [WKYT]
It’s cute how everyone in the mainstream is noticing this is an issue literally years later. Activists gathered at Fourth Street Live Monday, complaining that its operator, Baltimore-based Cordish Cos., has not made changes to a controversial dress code. [Business First]
We told you there was more drama to come from the corrupt Jeffersonville Mayor’s office and this is only the beginning. The Mayor of Jeffersonville is under investigation by the city council over allegations he misused his city credit card. Now, council members are getting the state involved in the investigation. [WAVE3]
East End bridge plans change, move forward. There’s a new design and potential delays. [News & Tribune]
You know how Louisville’s EMS was supposed to be the premier service in the country?
Well…. Richmond (the LMEMS head, not the town) is talking this issue to death instead of doing anything about it and flipping Ashland/Boyd County is light years ahead of Louisville:
The odds are against a patient surviving cardiac arrest but the Boyd County Emergency Ambulance Service has implemented a new life-saving technique that is already boosting survival rates locally.
On Jan. 1, the Boyd EMS became the first ambulance service in the state of Kentucky, and one of only a handful in the eastern United States, to induce hypothermia in the field in patients that have a return of a spontaneous pulse after suffering cardiac arrest.
The technique is used already inside many medical centers, but by implementing it sooner en route to the hospital, survival rates are being shown to improve significantly.
Guess old dude was too busy doing research – on the Louisville taxpayer’s dime – in New York City to have LMEMS be tops at anything.
Hundreds of people lined up yesterday, to remember former Metro councilwoman Judy Green. It was standing room only at St. Stephen Church. [WDRB]
Wondering how Louisville’s inner circle works? Then you’ll want to read this story. Involves Nana Lampton, Keith Runyon, horses, art, potentially embarrassing regulatory reports, alleged misuse of corporate funds. [C-J/AKN]
After less than two hours of deliberations, a Clark County jury found Edward “Dale” Bagshaw guilty of murdering his wife Kelly. [WHAS11]
When it comes to inaugural festivities in the nation’s capitol, the Kentucky Society’s Bluegrass Ball is a standout event. [H-L]
This sort of thing wouldn’t have been necessary if Lynn Winter hadn’t gone off the deep end. That a disaster that entire story has turned out to be. [WLKY]
Sick animals got a little boost from some elementary students who want them to get better. Maple Elementary School’s student council presented a check for $116.80 to the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter on Thursday. [News & Tribune]
An outgoing city commissioner in Frankfort ripped some new you-know-whats over corruption and the general good old boy system that permeates Kentucky. [Page One]
A Jeffersontown hotel became the scene of a wild drug bust involving three Cuban nationals. “All of them had criminal backgrounds and criminal histories,” said Jeffersontown Police Major Ken Hatmaker. [WAVE3]
NAACP President Raoul Cunningham has been involved with civil rights since he was a 14-year-old activist protesting against Jim Crow in downtown Louisville. But Cunningham says that in 2013 there are still many pertinent issues and some will be before the Supreme Court this year. [WFPL]
Hospital system consolidation could result in inflation, according to a report from consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal Holdings LLC. [Business First]
President Obama’s most trusted fundraiser is expected to beat Vogue’s Anna Wintour to the top ambassadorial appointment in the gift of the White House. Harvard-educated Matthew Barzun is now widely said to be favoured over the formidable fashion magazine queen to become the next Ambassador to the Court of St James’s — as the London post is officially known. [London Evening Standard]
Months after Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin walked out of a city Ethics Commission hearing rather than answer questions, the Metro Council intends to ask the General Assembly to give the commission subpoena power. [C-J/AKN]
The hot gossip this week is that there’s about to be a ton more fun things roll out of the mayor’s office in Jeffersonville quite soon. [Deep Jeffersonville Thoughts]
You can’t even offer a cop a little sexytime in exchange for freedom these days without getting arrested. [WDRB]
Louisville Metro Police are asking for help identifying who shot and seriously wounded a Marine Corps veteran outside a club on Taylor Boulevard Monday. [C-J/AKN]
You’re probably going to be abducted by some weirdo in a white Chester van when you try to go to the bank. [WHAS11]
Consumer advocates have complained that U.S. mortgage lenders are getting off easy in a deal to settle charges that they wrongfully foreclosed on many homeowners. [HuffPo]
A southern Indiana man defended his home from two brazen burglars by using his loaded pistol and holding one of them at gunpoint in his yard. [WLKY]
Humana Inc. plans to move the majority of its government business operations from several downtown sites to a consolidated suburban location at the Forum Office Park on North Hurstbourne Parkway in Louisville’s East End. [Business First]
A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments from Coventry Cares over a ruling requiring continuation of its contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare so Medicaid patients in eastern Kentucky would have time to decide whether to change their managed care organization. [H-L]
There’s a loophole in insurance coverage in Kentucky that could leave thousands of people unknowingly driving uninsured each day. A Louisville family found out about it the hard way but they’re sharing their story to warn others. Hello, John Schnatter, maybe it’s time for an insurance reality check in Kentucky. [WAVE3]
The New Albany City Council ratified its appointments to the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County Board Thursday in the midst of a disagreement rooted in political affiliation. [News & Tribune]
Little has been said about Congressman John Yarmuth’s latest bill to fight big money in politics. His focus? Public financing of campaigns. No, it won’t happen.
But let’s read the public relations push directly from Yarmuth’s office anyway:
Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) has introduced the Fair Elections Now Act (H.R. 269), legislation that creates a public financing system for Congressional campaigns. The bipartisan legislation, filed Tuesday with 52 original cosponsors, would enable small-dollar campaign donors to compete with special interests in Congressional elections, mitigate the effects of outside money in politics, and encourage a more diverse pool of candidates to run for federal office.
“Special-interest money has corroded the public’s confidence in our government and fueled the perception that Congress is for sale to the highest bidder,” Yarmuth said. “Until we get big money out of politics, we will never be able to responsibly address the major issues facing American families. The public financing system this legislation establishes is critical to repairing our broken electoral system and rebuilding our trust with the American people.”
The legislation is designed to leverage small-donor contributions by providing a 5-to-1 federal match of contributions below $100 from residents of a candidate’s state in both the primary and general elections. The voluntary program would also provide grants to ensure that primary winners are competitive in general elections.
You may read more about the legislation by clicking here or take a look at the rest of the release after the jump…