These Awful Shootings & Stabbings Need To End

Louisville police chief Steve Conrad says if you want to keep the city safe, you have to pay for it. And that’s why he wants an additional $7 million. [WDRB]

Woah, mob violence overtime cost the city almost a million dollars. But at least people are going back downtown. [C-J/AKN & More C-J/AKN]

The University of Kentucky’s operating budget will hit two milestones in the upcoming fiscal year — its total will reach $3 billion for the first time and state support will slip below 10 percent for the first time. [H-L]

We all wish surveys like this meant more for Louisville than they actually do. [Governing]

When will these crazy ass shootings stop here in Possibility City? [WHAS11]

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal law seeking to improve accountability for environmental spills and pollution can be circumvented by certain kinds of state laws. [NPR]

Louisville isn’t content with daily shootings. Gotta start with the daily stabbings. [WLKY]

The number of sex offenses reported at American colleges and universities went up in the last decade even as overall campus crime decreased, according to an Education Department survey that also suggests high schools are safer than they used to be. [HuffPo]

This summer, several dozen JCPS schools began serving breakfast and lunch free of charge as part of the district’s Summer Food Service program. [WAVE3]

Eating crow is never fun but that’s what Jake is doing. Help him get things squared away? If you get something out of this content, consider doing so in order to ensure that it continues. [Click Here For Details]

Muhammad Ali is renewing his ties with the African country where he won his epic “Rumble in the Jungle” fight 40 years ago. The Muhammad Ali Center has announced plans for a Sept. 20 benefit concert marking the anniversary of the bout. [WFPL]

Will 2014 be the hottest year on record? As the odds on El Niño keep rising, so does the chance of a disturbing new global temperature high. [Mother Jones]

This year’s Forecastle Festival will be using a lot more of Waterfront Park. [Business First]

New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey hasn’t located any city ordinances that restrict vehicle weight, though he said Tuesday he would support working with local officials on such restriction measures. [News & Tribune]

TARC: Still Scaring Meemaws Watching TV

Two teens are in the hospital after a stabbing that happened on a TARC bus early Sunday morning, according to LMPD. [WDRB]

Here’s the latest in Greg Fischer nonsense. The consulting firm that came up with a reorganization plan for the troubled Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District has been working with at least one more Louisville business that’s regulated by the city agency. [C-J/AKN]

It appears the legislation that could change the school calendar in Kentucky due to snow days could take a while before it reaches Governor Steve Beshear’s desk. [WHAS11]

Even as signs of spring emerge around the country, one particular remnant of winter remains: high energy bills. For low-income residents, a hefty heating bill can be an especially big burden, and not just in traditional cold-weather states. [NPR]

Archaeologists digging at the southern Indiana site of a new Ohio River bridges project have unearthed portions of a limestone foundation on a lot where Indiana Territorial Gov. Thomas Posey once lived. [H-L]

Where there’s smoke on the animal advocacy front, there’s fire. And mismanagement. Potential fraud. Scandal after scandal. [The ‘Ville Voice Here, Here, Here, Here, Here & Here]

A new exhibit at the Muhammad Ali center is all about nonviolence and giving peace a chance. [WLKY]

When Louisville, Ky., teen, Zach Belden, created an Instagram account for his great grandma, he had no idea how big of a following it would attract. [HuffPo]

Way to go, Louisville, another shooting death. An early morning shooting leaves one dead and police looking for a suspect. [WAVE3]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s 2010 campaign plan to put a nurse in every Jefferson County Public School isn’t happening anytime soon. [WFPL]

Do you have a young adult reader in your life who needs new content? Check out Sara Benincasa. And if you’re an adult, check out her comedy on YouTube. [Sara Benincasa]

Clark County’s financial woes may affect recycling services in unincorporated areas of the county. [News & Tribune]

At Least Indiana Takes Transportation Seriously

You can learn about different walks of life thanks to an exhibit on loan from the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. [WDRB]

The Kentucky General Assembly voted Tuesday night to overturn Gov. Steve Beshear’s veto of controversial legislation known as the “religious freedom” bill, which was opposed by many human and gay rights groups and leaders of some of Kentucky’s biggest cities. [H-L]

What? The bridges debacle costing the state millions more to move a park? Surely not. A portion of Louisville’s Extreme Park downtown will have to be re-built as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project. [WHAS11]

It’s a visual no parent wants to picture: a child describing what it’s like to live in a house with no power for lights, heat or cooking. For many middle-class American parents, it’s hard to imagine their family ever facing a situation like that. [NPR]

Indiana Congressman Todd Young is throwing his support behind a call to reopen the K and I bridge to foot and bike traffic. [WAVE3]

Here’s a Young Republican’s take on same-sex marriage. By far one of the most controversial issues, opinions on same-sex marriage goes well beyond party lines. [James Young]

You may see more people wearing denim in the middle of the week. It’s to show support for survivors of rape and sexual violence. The Center for Women and Families in Louisville says Wednesday is the sixth annual Denim Day event, and March and April are Sexual Assault Awareness Months in Kentucky. [WLKY]

Not exactly surprising that Indiana’s new senator has staffers who are misleading with the press and work to obfuscate on the gay marriage front. [HuffPo]

Jefferson County Public Schools must better train its principals and remove union obstructions at its lowest-performing schools — part of a host of changes the district has to make to avoid a state takeover of those schools’ turnaround efforts. [C-J/AKN]

Getting Kentucky Kingdom into top shape will cost more than first thought, but developer Ed Hart remains confident. [Business First]

Plans to locate an artists incubator and gallery in downtown Jeffersonville off Michigan Avenue cleared another hurdle Tuesday night. [News & Tribune]

Did you miss all the fun yesterday when a the only female to vote against dating violence protections in Kentucky went off the extreme deep end? [Page One Here & Here]

Annual Youth Rights Conference This Weekend

The ACLU of Kentucky and the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice will host the annual Youth Rights Conference this Saturday at the University of Louisville Student Activities Center. High school students from across Kentucky will come together to learn more about civil liberties.

Discussion will primarily focus on issues of healthy relationships, comprehensive sex education and access to nutritious foods. Workshops will be led by Planned Parenthood, the Center for Women and Families and the Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm.


9:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Saturday, April 23. Keynote speakers include Gaby Pacheco, an undocumented immigrant and activist traveling the country to rally support for the DREAM Act and Wendy Walsh, an anti-bullying advocate whose 13-year-old son committed suicide after years of bullying and homophobic harassment.

What Questions Do You Have For State Legislators?

If you love the Louisville Palace, this story about its rich history is terrific. [LEO Weekly]

The Ali Center is celebrating an important milestone. [FOX 41]

How many accidents have to happen in a single mine before Steve Beshear’s administration will take action? How many people have to die? Yet all you Democrats in Louisville fawn over him like he’s the second coming when Mayor McCheese is with him. [H-L]

Dining Out For Life will take place on December 1. Restaurants donating the most: Cozza, Captain’s Quarters, Simply Thai [DINE OUT]

Hundreds of hours have been put into the search for Andrew Compton’s body. That family must be devastated. [WAVE3]

There’s a benefit concert being held on December 4 at 8:00 P.M. So if you like music and want to help in the situation, here’s your chance. [Compton’s Brother]

The University of Louisville should be applauded for going completely smoke-free. [WHAS11]

It’s time for an Ask Your Legislator update. Here’s your chance to ask state legislators anything you want. [Page One]

Are you registered to vote? Having difficulty remembering? You’ve got no excuse. Check here. If you’re not registered, do so today. [Click Here]

Rep. Jenkins’ Escaped Cat Monster Terrorizing City

This week Fairdale Bigfoot provides advice about the Pope Lick Goat Monster. Nobody realizes that it isn’t a goat. It’s actually a large cat that escaped from Rep. Joni Jenkins cat farm some years ago. [Consuming Louisville]

Yesterday Congressman John Yarmuth delivered a $95,000 check to the Muhammad Ali Center to support the educational outreach efforts of the Center’s Council of Students. [Press Release]

Shocking, surreal footage of Daniel Mongiardo’s dance moves and his wife’s unbelievable addiction. [Barefoot & Progressive]

Basically everybody and their mother opposes tolls. Because we all know that nobody is going to pay to go to Indiana unless they need to go to the good Meijer or take out-of-town relatives to the Falls. [C-J]

Yesterday PVA Tony Lindauer was endorsed by UFCW 227. [Press Release]

Everybody is just so mean to those poor, impoverished folks who want to toll bridges! So mean! [FOX41]

Greg Fischer’s campaign announced that he’ll unveil his “Animal Services Plan” tomorrow at 10:00 A.M. at his campaign headquarters. [Desperate Move]

Louisville Gas & Electric wants yet another coal ash mountain. Rather, a 60-acre coal waste landfill. 60 acres. Quick, everybody act surprised. [C-J]

Isn’t it ironic to see the Louisville-Jefferson County Democratic Party sending out email blasts debunking health care myths? I mean, after the Chair and a few others openly endorsed Daniel Mongiardo, a health care denier and flip-flopper? [Louisville Dems]

There Are Still Some Major Problems at UofL

Anyone surprised that a University of Louisville professor was denied tenure? It’s because she wasn’t part of the Robert Felner machine that still exists at UofL. You wouldn’t believe the stories I’m hearing from UofL these days. [C-J]

Yesterday Mike Slaton, running against Tom Riner in the 41st State House District, announced endorsements from: The Women’s Network PAC and The Victory Fund. That’s in addition to news earlier this week of endorsements from CFAIR and the Metropolitan Louisville Women’s Political Caucus. [Email Blast]

Check out this interesting story about Ambassador Matthew Barzun and his wife, Brooke. [Runway Passport]

Metro area unemployment hit 12.1%. 20-year high. Feels awesome, doesn’t it? [C-J]

The Louisville Science Center is making some big announcements this morning at 10:00 A.M. Some major exhibits on par with Titanic are on the way. [Media Advisory]

Our local NPR affiliated noticed the good news about Slugger Field that we pointed out the other day. [WFPL]

Today at 11:00 A.M., Congressman John Yarmuth will welcome home Muhammad Ali Center students from Serbia. He’ll also announce federal funding to support the service learning programs and leadership training efforts of the Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students. [Press Release]

The Courier-Journal editorial board must have selectively forgotten that Governor Steve Beshear is tighter with King Coal than Mitch McConnell. [Page One]

Oh, and wait for this… KIPDA’s Transportation Technical Coordinating Committee will not be meeting on April 14 as previously announced. [Press Release]

Good Monday Morning, You Sleepy Bums!

People still believe that “protesting” in downtown Louisville on a weekend – when no one is there – will have some sort of magical impact on what happens in Washington, D.C. [WHAS11]

University of Louisville graduate Monica Marks won a Rhodes Scholarship. Huzzuh! Good things DO happen in Louisville! She plans to spend two years at Oxford pursuing a degree in modern Middle Eastern culture. [Press Release]

The Ali Center is seeking $10 million for an expansion. It’s such a great place that we can’t wait for the center to receive all the cash it needs. So give generously, folks. [C-J]

Daniel Mongiardo is anti-choice and anti-woman. Just in case you missed it. Watch the video. [Page One]

The Herald-Leader editorial board once again shows its superior grasp on Kentucky by calling out the Beshear Administration for cutting corners when it comes to the environment. [H-L]

We took a huge step forward on health care in the U.S. Senate. But it’s funny how few people are excited about the move. Maybe because the people who really need and deserve access to quality health care in this country will still fall through the cracks. [The Hill]

Newspaper circulation really is worse than a it looks. No wonder the C-J fights so hard to push people to read the paper. [HuffPo]

When will the Courier-Journal push for tax reform like the Herald-Leader has done? [More Page One]

Important, Life-Saving Advancements in News

But Does It Forecast Floods?: In Lexington, CBS affiliate WKYT is spending $1 million on a fancy new weather radar thingie that it not-so-sheepishly proclaims is “the most important, life-saving advancement in weather technology and forecasting ever in Kentucky.” Of course, the folks at WLEX across town says it’s no big whoop. [LexGo]

Nutty Flavor of the Day: Abortion activist Randall Terry chose us, Louisville, as one of 10 cities in his wacky tour to fight the proposed national health care program because he thinks it might fund abortions. So he campaigned outside Mitch McConnell’s office. Is that supposed to be an Obama actor in those pics? Meanwhile, John Yarmuth will talk health care on State of Affairs tomorrow. [WFPL]

Oh, Yeah, We Ought to Change the Sign: The Louisville Times stopped publishing 20 years ago, yet no one on the C-J management team in all these years got the bright idea of taking down the sign on the building at Sixth and Broadway. Arnold’s on it. [Courier]

Parents Still in Dark as Oldham Swine Flu Spreads: Two more swine flu cases in Oldham County’s school system, and the school board is sending notes home again to parents explaining that they’re not entitled to know which schools have reported cases. [Fox41]

Caution, Those IMs Could Come Back to Haunt You if you Run for Office: Even more reason to be cautious about those late-night chat sessions with that co-worker in accounting.  Check out some un-guarded opinions from Kimberly Greenwell, candidate for the state House. [Page One]

In Jack’s Corner: The Champ is supporting Jack Conway in the U.S. Senate race. Muhammad Ali will attend a Conway fundraiser next month at Jonathan Blum’s (Yum!) house in Anchorage. [Joe Arnold]

And Now, Our Whole Main Purpose

Sun’s out, so the holiday must be over. We’ll skip all the Sarah Palin news (though we recommend Maureen Dowd’s column), the Steve McNair story that’s just beginning, and your need to know details of Michael Jackson’s memorial service, and tell you what’s going on around here.

Mayor’s List:  There’s more speculation on the list of potential Mayoral candidates, minus one. Our sources say you can cross Craig Greenberg off the list, because he’s focusing on Museum Plaza. Of the rest on Joe Gerth’s list, David Tandy, Jim King and Greg Fischer seem the most serious. Jerry, of course, is still weeks away from making a decision about running. [Gerth]

Jerry Crossed: Check out Al Cross’ take on the possibility of Jerry Abramson joining the race for Lt. Gov. with Steve Beshear.  [Cross]

I Think It’s Because They Want to Take Them to Church: Gun permit requests are on the rise in Kentucky and Indiana.  A typical quote, referring to AG Eric Holder from a Kentucky gun instructor: “His whole main purpose in life is to outlaw personal gun ownership.” [Courier]

Beginning of the End: Questions surrounding the future of horse racing are all over now that Churchill has concluded its spring meet, more notable for marketing effort than racing. We expect the final betting handle and attendance numbers to be way down. Traditionally, the horses, trainers and jockeys go from here to Ellis Park, but that track’s on its last legs. TV sweeps have started, and WLKY’s John Boel sorts out the hype starting tonight.

Farewell Tour: Muhammad Ali, 67, has acknowledged his failing health won’t allow him to travel much longer, so he’s making a trip to the UK which he says will be his last. [WHAS-TV]

The End for Many: It’s the last week for the Gannett Blog, which is going out with a bang chronicling the expected cuts across the country at Gannett papers. We’ll be watching to see what happens with the Courier-Journal. [Gannett Blog]