3 people shot in south Louisville Wednesday, Oct 30 2019 

Three people were shot in the 2700 block of South Fourth Street at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Kentucky voter turnout predicted at 31% statewide Wednesday, Oct 30 2019 

The Kentucky Secretary of State's Office predicts 31% of the 3.4 million registered voters in the state will turn out.

Kentucky Forest Industry leaders worried about hardwood tariffs as Trump visits Kentucky Wednesday, Oct 30 2019 

The concern of the organization is tariffs could hurt the 60,000 jobs the forest industry provides in Kentucky.

       

Churchill Downs To Add Hotel, Gaming Parlor Near Track’s First Turn Wednesday, Oct 30 2019 

Churchill Downs has announced at major expansion project at the home of the Kentucky Derby.

The investment of more than $300 million will include a 156-room hotel, a gaming facility for historical racing machines and new stadium seating, all near the track’s first turn.

Construction is expected to begin in December and be completed at the end of 2021, pending approval of incentives by the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority.

A news release did not indicate how much they were expecting in state incentives. But state tourism records show a $200 million project by the Churchill Downs Racetrack LLC received preliminary approval in August for a $50 million “eligible refund” under the Kentucky Tourism Development Act.

Churchill Downs says in the release that it will also spend $11 million to renovate the track’s sixth floor Millionaire’s Row. The space will feature private dining rooms, lounge seating and a speakeasy bourbon room.

Company officials say the seven-story hotel will feature suites overlooking the track and a gaming floor that will house 900 historical racing machines. Also called instant racing machines, the devices work like traditional slots but are differentiated by the game’s odds: when they take their turn, bettors are technically wagering on old races.

The new covered stadium seating for 4,700 people will replace the temporary grandstands in the area that are used for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.

Churchill Downs says the project will create some 600 construction jobs and 300 new permanent jobs at the facility.

Churchill Downs announces $300 million development and Millionaires Row renovation Wednesday, Oct 30 2019 

In total, the racetrack's investment will create 600 construction jobs and 300 permanent jobs when the project is complete.

       

“The Lighthouse”: Film Review & Podcast Wednesday, Oct 30 2019 

The almost numbingly stark “The Lighthouse” answers the question, whether a dark, foreboding film with essentially two characters with issues who tend to a lighthouse on a desolate, otherwise uninhabited island, surrounded by roiling seas, whether such a movie in black & white on a square screen can be compelling?

(Miss Walston, my 9th grade English dominatrix, is spinning in her grave over that run on, undiagrammable sentence.)

Willem Dafoe is the lighthouse keeper in charge.

Robert Pattinson is his assistant.

They really don’t get along.

This is a grisly bit of cinema.

This is not for folks looking for popcorn entertainment.

For more specifics and my more in depth take on “The Lighthouse,” listen to the podcast below.

Unlike my usual shtick, it’s an actual serious review.

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Louisville lands JJ Traynor, the state’s top-rated recruiting prospect: What does it mean? Wednesday, Oct 30 2019 

Bardstown High School's JJ Traynor, the highest-rated 2020 high school basketball prospect in Kentucky, has made his college decision.

       

Quick takeaways from Bardstown forward JJ Traynor’s commitment to Louisville basketball Wednesday, Oct 30 2019 

Louisville basketball adds to its 2020 recruiting class with Bardstown's JJ Traynor. Dominique Yates and Lucas Aulbach break it down.

       

Video shows Indiana officer fatally shoot man who had hammer Wednesday, Oct 30 2019 

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Video of a southwest Indiana police officer fatally shooting a man holding a hammer appears to back an officer's claim he believed the man reached for a gun, authorities said Wednesday.

JCPS has disciplined hundreds of weapons cases, but not all were confiscated in schools Wednesday, Oct 30 2019 

JCPS students disciplined for weapon possession spiked 150% during the 2018-19 school year, and this year's total could surpass that if the current rate of weapon incidents per school day holds.

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