MSD Probably Has A New War On Its Hands

Nearly all of Jefferson County’s persistently low-achieving public schools are failing to improve, a situation so dire that Kentucky’s education commissioner called it “academic genocide” and warned that the state may be forced to intercede. [Toni Konz]

Most of the children at one Louisville elementary school don’t get healthy food on the weekends. [WDRB]

For the past four decades, federal officials and civil rights lawyers have wielded a potent legal weapon in the fight against housing discrimination. Even when they couldn’t prove that practices of landlords, lenders or governments were racially motivated, they could win cases by showing minorities had suffered disproportionate harm. [ProPublica]

A quick-thinking school bus driver came to the rescue of two young children Friday morning in west Louisville. Police say a man stole a car, not knowing the children were inside, then dropped them off in the middle of the street. [WHAS11]

Louisville isn’t one of the top 25 most well-read cities in the United States. But Lexington is. [HuffPo]

You’ll remember this guy’s attorney as the man who was found in a trashcan in what remains the best story ever. He makes a living representing the people who run Floyd County. Now, the prominent Indiana attorney is in trouble with the law. [WAVE3]

“Our food is perfectly safe to eat.” From the company that once boasted that its fried chicken was “finger-lickin’ good”, this is hardly a bold sales pitch. But Yum! Brands, the owner of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, has good cause to sound defensive. A food-safety scandal in China, its most important market, refuses to blow over. [The Economist]

When the circus rolls into town, PETA is always close behind. On Saturday afternoon, demonstrators greeted people heading into the Kentucky Expo Center for the Kosair Shriners Circus. [WLKY]

Looks like there’s a fancy little fight going on with the newspaper in New Albany. [NA Confidential]

Kentucky’s top two legislative leaders are throwing cold water on a proposal to create a local option sales tax for city and county governments. [WFPL]

Of course the poorly run Metro Sewer District is suddenly hitting homes and businesses with tens of thousands of dollars in individual increases. Thousands of residents and businesses in Louisville who’ve never paid drainage fees to the Metropolitan Sewer District are now getting billed — and many aren’t happy about it. [C-J/AKN]

Though no change in the company’s stance on allowing pedestrians and bikers to cross the span, U.S. Rep. Todd Young toured the K & I Bridge with Norfolk Southern Corp. officials Friday. [News & Tribune]