Louisville Housing? It’s All Puppies And Rainbows!

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Today Steve Beshear announce that he’s spending tax dollars on a 32-page editorial feature for the in-flight magazine on United Airlines. It probably cost trillions of dollars. [Press Release]

More than half of the students at Warren East High School have missed a day of classes after a message left on a bathroom wall morphed into a perceived threat on social media. [WKYT]

A state highway historical marker honoring the boyhood home of the late Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941) will be unveiled at 4 p.m. Sunday at 310 E. Broadway, a building that now houses the University of Louisville Division of Dermatology and other offices. [C-J/AKN]

Karl Rove says that divisiveness within the Republican Party is to blame for Republicans’ failure to retake the Senate and the presidency, despite millions of dollars in outside spending. [HuffPo]

Yet another fun moment involving Walmart, shoplifting and getting your foot run over. An off-duty Lexington police officer was hurt early Thursday at a Lexington Wal-Mart while trying to arrest a suspected shoplifter. [H-L]

Guess which schools landed on the list of most dangerous colleges in America. [Business Insider]

A former Jefferson County Constable who shot a suspected shoplifter at Walmart received his sentence Friday morning. He will not serve any time in jail if he completes a diversion program. [WDRB]

Do you guys remember the election, or has it receded into the mists of time for you? Do you remember Mittens Romney? No? [Wonkette]

Don’t miss Comment on Kentucky tonight at 8:00 P.M. Eastern on KET. Scheduled guests: Ronnie Ellis, Jack Brammer, Roger Alford. When Ronnie Ellis is on, the program is always great. [KET]

It’s been more than two years since a mother of two vanished from her Marion County home never to be seen or heard from again. The reward fund for information about Kara Rigdon’s disappearance is set to expire December 1 at 12 a.m., that’s why her mother is speaking out hoping someone will come forward and bring their family some peace. [WAVE3]

Republicans in Congress reacted angrily to an Obama administration proposal delivered Thursday by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that offered to avert the fiscal cliff by raising $1.6 trillion in new taxes, in exchange for some $400 billion in cuts to entitlement programs to be negotiated next year. [HuffPo]

Homeownership fell in the Louisville region last year to its lowest percentage in eight years, according to a new report that attributes the drop to tougher lending standards and the lingering effects of years of a high number of foreclosures. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky officials agreed they had to rid their state of a pain pill abuse scourge that had reached epidemic levels. They cracked down on the prescribers, set up an electronic system to track pills and clogged up a pipeline that had roots in Florida. [H-L]

Frankfort Will Not Solve That KRS Nightmare

Why can’t Kentucky have nice things?

Why, Kentucky Retirement Systems, of course:

Even moving an extra $300 million a year into Kentucky’s public employee retirement fund and tweaking benefits for future hires might not be enough to stave off financial disaster, said Chris Tobe, a former Kentucky Retirement System board member.

Tobe, now a Louisville-based pension consultant, said the fund for the Kentucky Employee Retirement System might have been so irreparably harmed by years of underfunding, overestimation of investment income and increasing benefits that it’s no longer a matter of if the fund will go bust — but when.


Tobe offered his analysis of the recommendations made last week by a legislative task force.

His main criticism was that none of the recommendations called for more transparency in the Kentucky Retirement System so citizens and watchdogs can no how much individual pensioners are receiving — the way public employee salaries are made available — and to know which quasi-governmental agencies are included in the pension system.

You may also want to check out Salman Khan on pensions:

That’s why Kentucky can’t have nice things.

What’s With All The Drama At EKU These Days?

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WHY aren’t you making the world a better place for kids at Home of the Innocents? More than 120 kids have holiday wish lists. [CLICK HERE]

NASA announced Thursday that its Messenger probe has discovered new evidence of water ice on Mercury. [HuffPo]

Of course Eastern Kentucky becomes the butt of yet another joke. This time about elected officials. [Gawker]

In an occasionally testy final meeting of the year, the community operations board of the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts failed to resolve a key issue that is holding up its search for a new executive director. [H-L]

Good morning, Warrers On Christmas. Much has happened since our last intelligence briefing. [Wonkette]

Wednesday was “Business Appreciation Day” in Corbin. And along with a free lunch for the business community, the City of Corbin served up Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson as guest speaker. [Times-Tribune]

The U.S. economy grew faster than initially thought in the third quarter as restocking by businesses provided a big boost, but consumer and business spending were revised lower in a sobering reminder of the recovery’s underlying weakness. [Reuters]

A tea party group has ended a petition drive to dissolve a library board that has approved a series of tax increases in recent years. Barb Sanders, a leader of the anti-tax group in Pulaski County, said in a statement that the petition drive may be unnecessary now that lawmakers are drafting legislation to hold special taxing districts accountable. [BGDN]

The U.N. General Assembly has voted by a more than two-thirds majority to recognize the state of Palestine. [HuffPo]

The Muhammad Ali Center will have a free, public showing of the film “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. in the center auditorium. [C-J/AKN]

Mammoth Cave National Park has dedicated a new $16.4 million visitors’ center that includes more space and a place to view exhibits. [WTVQ]

Eric Smart, the former University of Kentucky researcher who resigned and was censured for scientific misconduct earlier this year, was disciplined for sexual harassment of his employees three years ago. [H-L]