LMAS & Fischer Crew Still Push Secrecy

A heads-up to Sadiqa Reynolds and Metro Animal Services is in order.

Read this from Nathan Winograd:


And then read the story he referenced. Here’s an excerpt:

Animal facilities cannot silence volunteers, judge rules

A judge’s ruling in Maryland may make some animal control facilities and shelters think twice about a seldom-discussed policy — forcing volunteers and would-be rescuers to remain silent about any problems they witness.


Maryland U.S. District Judge James Bredar agreed. Last week he ruled that the “opportunity to serve as a volunteer or partner with a government organization” as a rescuer is a constitutionally protected benefit and that volunteers and rescuers have “the right to exercise constitutionally protected free speech, free of a state actor’s retaliatory adverse act.”

Bredar’s decision could have implications around the country. Public animal control facilities often make volunteer candidates sign nondisclosure agreements.

LMAS folks are currently trying to make volunteers sign away their rights just for volunteering. And Sadiqa is backing them up on it because it was her idea.


Louisville Water Co Whitewashing Has Begun

The company that has purchased Louisville Slugger has now been identified. [WDRB]

This is a noble effort, for sure. But Greg Fischer has time for work that has nothing to do with him but doesn’t have time to answer questions before the Metro Council? Please. [C-J/AKN]

Three feet of flood water has finally cleared out after leftover snowfall and recent rains saturated the Ohio River valley. [WHAS11]

The friendly rivalry for the hearts and throats of bourbon lovers is about to get more interesting, particularly in Louisville where major distilleries are focusing their tourism efforts. [Janet Patton]

It’s the end of an era in the Louisville Highlands as an entertainment staple closes its doors. [WLKY]

The world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a U.N. report warned Friday. [HuffPo]

Loved ones gathered to remember a 3-year-old girl who died one month ago. Family and friends came together Sunday night at Bicknell Park in New Albany to pray for Alexis Arensman, and to push for answers. [WAVE3]

In his last stop on a goodwill tour of the United States, Britain’s Prince Charles attended an international conference on sustainable communities in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday, and said the world faces a historic chance for change. [Reuters]

A group of Kentucky students has planned to rally on the steps of the state capitol to encourage lawmakers to pass a bill they helped craft–and which has become a victim of the political process. [WFPL]

As Seattle prepares for the April launch of the highest minimum wage law in America, conservatives are warning that businesses are already shuttering under the pressure of higher labor costs and pointing to a recent report of a rash of restaurant closures as evidence. The problem is, the actual owners of those restaurants say that they’re not closing because of wages, and the city seems to be enjoying robust growth in that industry. [Think Progress]

Last week, Louisville Water Co. announced a complete makeover of its customer service and billing services. It’s installing a new portal called LINK that will allow it to issue electronic bills to customers and give customer care representatives more options to assist customers when they have a problem. [Business First]

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson could have his law license permanently revoked, following accusations of professional misconduct by an Indiana Supreme Court disciplinary board. [News & Tribune]

Everyone Has A Sports Thing Hangover

Big blue nation has undoubtedly descended on downtown Louisville. While some may call them crazy, the rest of the sports world isn’t — and that world is taking notice of the city. [WDRB]

The Economy Inn, 3304 Bardstown Road near Goldsmith Lane, has long harbored a reputation as a haven for drug addicts and prostitutes. Would this be on anyone’s radar if wealthy Highlands residents didn’t have to drive by on their way to Target? [C-J/AKN]

After the games, droves of fans have to go somewhere and many choose to stay in town and keep on celebrating. [WHAS11]

Earlier this winter, the folks at Bernheim Arboretum noticed a majestic golden eagle spending time in the forested hills of Bernheim Forest in Bullitt County. [H-L]

Three of the so-called misidentified four are facing a lawsuit. Less than two weeks ago the four men held a news conference to talk about their $1.5 million settlement with metro Louisville. [WLKY]

Indiana is expected to pass a religious freedom bill that could legalize discrimination against LGBT citizens. The legislation has language that is similar to a bill that was vetoed by Arizona’s former Republican governor last year after a national outcry. [HuffPo]

Investigators say a fire at a vacant building that displaced 13 people from a neighboring home on Saturday is “suspicious.” [WAVE3]

The Prince of Wales has described how the world faces the challenges of an economic system with enormous shortcomings, and an environmental crisis that threatens us all. His words of warning came yesterday at the end of his four-day tour of America when he gave a speech on health and the environment following a symposium in Louisville, Kentucky. [Daily Mail]

For Louisville’s homeless residents, case managers are counselors, teachers and movers. They can help people who have lived on the streets—sometimes for decades—adjust to life in a home. [WFPL]

Brooke Barzun explains how she is trying to re-invent the rules of diplomacy by asking the great and the good to relax. [Belfast Telegraph]

Industrial Terrorplex, a haunted house attraction at 835 Spring St. in Jeffersonville, will be ceasing its scares in Southern Indiana. Todd Moore, who owns the roughly 50,000-square-foot property, plans to relocate the haunted house south into Louisville and sell the Jeffersonville location to New Hope Services Inc. for redevelopment into an income-based housing community for people ages 55 and older. [Business First]

Officials remain tight-lipped on the reasons for Jeffersonville Police Department Lt. Chris Grimm’s removal as chief, beyond Mayor Mike Moore’s explanation that it’s “time for a new direction” in the force. [News & Tribune]