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How is JCPS addressing the learning gap between white and African-American students? That was just one of many topics at a meeting between Louisville’s NAACP and district leaders Monday night. [WDRB]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Every morning in every Louisville public school, custodians run the water fountains for up to a minute before children arrive for the day. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The city of New Albany is set to break ground on a new dog park on the site of the Cannon Acres Sports Complex, but a group of residents say that doing so would desecrate a historic Native American site. [WHAS11]

When the state’s oldest and largest art museum closes for three years for a $50 million makeover, expectations are high. But the transformation of the Speed Art Museum, which attracted 17,000 people to a 30-hour marathon reopening last weekend, blew me away. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Scott County hired a fifth prosecutor who will assist with the fight against drugs, which goes hand in hand with the efforts to curb the HIV outbreak in the area. [WLKY]

Burning coal doesn’t just pollute the environment and harm people’s health — it’s a huge drain on the world’s increasingly strained supply of freshwater. [HuffPo]

Concerns over children’s safety and control have prompted cancellations of protests planned for this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade on May 5 and a demonstration scheduled outside KDF’s downtown offices Monday evening, organizers said. [WAVE3]

An Indiana man was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for his part in causing a 2012 home explosion that killed two neighbors, injured dozens of people and damaged scores of homes in an Indianapolis neighborhood, a court official said. [Reuters]

The crumbling house next door to George Palmer’s 41st Street home hasn’t changed much over the years. Phone books are piled on the porch. Boards, cracked and curled after years of baking in the sun, cover the windows and front door. [WFPL]

More than 10,000 Kentuckians have registered to vote or updated their registration using GoVoteKY.com, the Commonwealth’s new online voter registration system. “GoVoteKY.com publicly launched last week and is already a huge success,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. “Over 10,000 people have used the site to register to vote or update their information. And anyone can use it – we’ve seen users from the age of 18 to 98!” [Press Release]

The number of craft spirits distillers across the United States have grown by a rate of 16 percent annually between 2007 and 2015, according to a preliminary report from the American Craft Spirits Association, the International Wine and Spirits Research and industry firm Park Street. [Business First]

The New Albany City Council approved an ordinance Thursday night which requires the registration of any property in the city that will be rented to tenants. [News & Tribune]

Still Loving The Christy Brown Shade

The federal government is throwing new resources at the growing heroin problem in Kentucky and throughout the nation. [WDRB]

Louisville planners recommended Thursday morning that short-term rentals be allowed in most zoning districts but that a special permit should be necessary if the unit is not a host’s primary residence. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The best part of this whole Speed Museum coverage? All the photos of Christy Brown throwing shade at Matt Bevin. May we all grow up to be as skilled as her. [WHAS11]

Lexington is apparently trying to imitate Louisville again. Second overnight shooting in a week. [H-L]

Valley Station may be one of the few areas of the city where Rand Paul would be welcomed with open arms. [WLKY]

Another Donald Trump supporter was caught on video evoking Nazis as he yelled at protesters following a rally in Cleveland on Saturday. “Go to Auschwitz,” the man said to the protesters after raising his arm in an apparent Nazi salute. “Go to fucking Auschwitz.” [HuffPo]

Really, all that shade Christy Brown threw was terrific. Somebody please give her an award. [WAVE3]

Apollo Global Management says it’s buying specialty grocery store chain Fresh Market Inc., for $1.36 billion, in a deal that adds a premium of more than 20 percent to Fresh Market’s closing stock price last week. [NPR]

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced federal funding for several Kentucky health care centers to help fight the state’s opioid epidemic. [WFPL]

How hot was it last month globally? It was so hot that the famed Iditarod sled race in Alaska brought in extra snow from hundreds of miles away by train. [ThinkProgress]

Two-thirds of state economic development spending benefits big businesses, according to a sample of three states analyzed by Good Jobs First. [Business First]

One of the last things left before Gateway Park opens in Clarksville is to wait for the grass to fill in. [News & Tribune]

Wait. Nope. Another Bad Week For JCPS

JCPS has received 115 calls through its bullying tipline. Fifty-two calls have come from middle schools, 31 from elementary schools, and 25 from high schools, while seven calls have come from other areas. [WDRB]

Jessica Green needs to hold Greg Fischer’s feet to the fire. She’s one of the few people who could do it and get away with it. Metro Council members blasted Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration Thursday for failing to alert them about a key vacancy on the planning commission last summer that resulted in an appointment being made without the mayor’s or council’s approval. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! An 18-year-old Jeffersontown High School student appeared in front of a judge Friday morning, charged with a felony after police say he and two other students beat another student, leaving him for dead. [WHAS11]

Just what Kentucky needs! Another tax increase. The very thing the working poor cannot afford is sales tax. [H-L]

The new and improved Speed Museum has reopened its doors. The museum had been closed for 3 1/2 years for renovations and construction of a new wing. [WLKY]

In NPI’s telling, white Americans are increasingly under siege in their own country, doomed to be a hated minority as people of color grow ever more numerous and politically powerful. And Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy has given the group’s members more hope than ever that help is on the way. [HuffPo]

There are new developments for a firefighter’s widow fighting with state government over whether her husband died in the line of duty. [WAVE3]

Kashiya Nwanguma, a student at the University of Louisville who is black, attended a Trump rally in Louisville this month, she says, to better understand the Trump phenomenon. She said in an interview this week that she suddenly felt the crowd’s attention turn to her after Trump saw the anti-Trump sign she was holding and asked that she be removed. Someone promptly snatched it out of her hand. Next, she was being roughly shoved by several white men. “I think a lot of it has to do with ignorance that’s rooted in fear of the other,” said Nwanguma, 21, when asked about the incident Thursday. “None of the people who were attacking me even knew what was on my sign. I obviously stood out in the crowd based on my appearance.” [WaPo]

Louisville has officially kicked off an education and advocacy campaign to promote the use of solar energy. [WFPL]

More than 30 states have enacted some version of voter ID law in recent years. How much do these laws change voting rules and what impact could they have on the general election? [ProPublica]

“‘Population health” has become something of a trend in the health care industry. [Business First]

The Clark County Council will vote Monday, March 14, on a budget revision to account for cuts dictated in the state certified budget order, for the sixth year in a row. [News & Tribune]

Louisville Is Not Compassionate, Greg Fischer

Another week filled with murder, no doubt. A MetroSafe dispatcher says police are investigating after a man was found shot. [WDRB]

After Louisville’s worst homicide tally in 36 years, A Kentucky Newspaper looks at who killed whom and where. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A neighborhood witnessed a police shooting. [WHAS11]

This should make you feel totally safe and relaxed. An estimated 1,600 to 1,800 tons of low-level radioactive waste was illegally dumped in an Estill County landfill, and now state officials are warning other solid-waste operators not to accept any of the material. [H-L]

See? It’s straight up Murder City. Police responded to a shooting in the 1100 block of South 7th Street early Sunday. [WLKY]

If you open the newspaper to the business section or listen to a politician talking about economic growth in the country, it may seem that manufacturing is booming in America. After all, the U.S. auto industry saw record sales in 2015, selling 17.5 million cars and light trucks. Americans spent an estimated $570 billion buying new rides. With thousands of jobs being added in the past few years, people everywhere are praising the industry for rebuilding our economy and the middle class. But as those of us who work at auto plants know, that’s not the full story. [HuffPo]

Your local media fails you when it refers to shootings by cops as “officer involved.” [WAVE3]

AT&T is why Louisville can’t have nice things. All the politicians and lobbyists they’ve bought = bad news bears. [Ars Technica]

The Speed Art Museum has received a $1 million donation to support free admission on Sundays for the next five years, it announced Tuesday. [WFPL]

On Wednesday, House Republicans boycotted the House’s opening prayer to protest what they thought was an inappropriate prayer the previous day for women’s “quest for reproductive justice.” Thursday it was the Senate’s turn as each party accused the other of gamesmanship and pettiness — there were even suggestions one side insinuated the other is racist. [Ronnie Ellis]

2015 was a year to remember for Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. [Business First]

Parties in the Jeffersonville City Council At-large recount appeal will have to wait a couple more weeks, as the judge won’t issue a ruling until the week of March 7 at the earliest. [News & Tribune]

Attacks On Ricky Jones Are Just Dumb

Sitting near the corner of Bardstown Road and Grinstead Drive, a new business is getting ready to open in the Highlands. But the new development is also sparking concern among some neighbors. [WDRB]

Watching people pile on to attack Ricky Jones is bizarre. All he did was speak up with a bit of common sense and people lost their minds. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A member of an advisory committee that is reviewing the allegations of strippers and escorts for the University of Louisville men’s basketball program says he is surprised by the school’s decision to self-impose a ban on postseason play. [WHAS11]

If you missed it, this is one of the most important stories in the history of ever. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The man charged with killing three people on Wheeler Avenue over the weekend knew at least one of his victims. [WLKY]

As president, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders would expand the federal government’s role in reforming criminal justice across the country, they told The Huffington Post in answer to a 20-question survey last month. What would the Republican candidates do? They didn’t say. [HuffPo]

From behind the shadow of the Economy Inn, another hotel is coming into the limelight for all the wrong reasons. [WAVE3]

Marco Rubiobot on Monday insisted the immigration reform bill he helped spearhead through the Senate was never intended to become law and that the authors of the bill expected conservatives in the House to make it “even better.” [NBC News]

A renovated warehouse in the Portland neighborhood will be the new home for the University of Louisville’s art studios. [WFPL]

A vote to block the Obama administration’s ambitious climate regulation was one of Antonin Scalia’s last acts as a Supreme Court justice. His sudden death may have opened a new path to the rule’s survival. [Reuters]

Jennifer Lawrence and her foundation have given Kosair Children’s Hospital an early Valentine’s Day gift. But at $2 million, the award-winning actress and native Louisvillian’s gift is a tad more generous than the traditional roses or chocolate. [Business First]

Southern Indiana residents are being asked to give their input into a region-wide arts project as part of a 14-month process that will result in a masterplan to better connect and strengthen the area’s arts and cultural assets over the next decade. [News & Tribune]

JCPS Admin An Extension Of Frankfort

Gossip started more than a week ago that Allison Martin was bringing Daniel Kemp with her to JCPS. Because that’s apparently how things work these days – government jobs are handed out to friends, not the person who is best for the job. Screw what’s best for the school district. Konz, along with other local reporters, were under an embargo not to mention it until Monday. [WDRB]

A federal judge last month denied a request by Karen Cunagin Sypher to be placed in a halfway house for the final 12 months of her sentence for attempting to extort University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino. [C-J/AKN]

It’s the most important time of year! Girl Scout cookie season! [WHAS11]

A 22-year-old man had been living on the streets less than a month when he was found unresponsive outside a Lexington Taco Bell and later died, his wife said Friday. [H-L]

Greater Clark County Schools students enjoyed another day off Monday, but many are talking about the humorous way the message was delivered. [WLKY]

The Affordable Care Act is nearly six years old, and over that time it’s made real headway accomplishing some of its key goals. [HuffPo]

Always exciting when there’s a story that doesn’t involve pedestrian deaths, shootings, Donna Hargens or Jim Ramsey. Louisville’s Joe Autry got first place in the professional division of the 16th International Snow Sculpting Competition Japan Cup, which took place Feb. 9-13, in Nayoro, Japan. [WAVE3]

Most students in the U.S. are learning about climate change in schools, according to a new survey. But the quality of that climate science education is, for many students, questionable. [ThinkProgress]

A panel to review deaths and near-deaths in Kentucky’s correctional facilities would be created by legislation introduced Thursday in the state House of Representatives. [WFPL]

Landowners who had opposed efforts to put a natural gas pipeline across 13 counties have been victorious in the Kentucky Supreme Court. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

A Bardstown business found its Facebook page shut down Thursday over what the social networking site first said were “policy violations.” [Business First]

After one member questioned some of the processes for budget changes and how grants are distributed, the Clark County Special Education Cooperative may review some of their practices at a meeting in March. [News & Tribune]

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We’re Officially Pedestrian Death Central

Looks like things aren’t going so well in Bullitt County and special deputies are still a dumb idea. Investigators say a former Bullitt County Special Deputy has ties to a Mexican Cartel. WDRB traveled to the center of drug operations to investigate how authorities caught up with him and the other local men tied to the investigation. [WDRB]

Former mayoral candidate and bike store owner Jackie Green is seeking to undermine Mayor Greg Fischer’s effort to win a $50 million Smart Cities Challenge grant, calling it unrealistic, undemocratic and unambitious. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another pedestrian death in Compassionate Possibility City! [WHAS11]

A legislative committee has bet on a longshot bill to provide tax relief for Kentucky’s horse industry. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A U.S. Postal Service carrier was shot Wednesday morning while on his route in the Chickasaw neighborhood. USPS is offering up to a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter. [WLKY]

The family of Tamir Rice has been told to pay a past-due balance of $500 for life support and ambulance services the 12-year-old received after he was shot and killed by a police officer in 2014. [HuffPo]

Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed two year spending plan provides no money for downtown Louisville’s Waterfront Park. But Waterfront Development Corporation director David Karem is “cautiously optimistic” that House members will include his request for $420,000 per year when they present a revised plan for a vote next month. [WAVE3]

Congressman John Yarmuth doesn’t have an hilarious potential opponent on the Republican side this year. Full of racism, xenophobia and hatred. [Page One]

The Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition will distribute and train people on how to use a medication that reverses the effects of overdoses from heroin and other opioid drugs. [WFPL]

Congressman Hal Rogers and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin made their way to Pine Mountain State Resort Park to host the SOAR Executive Board Meeting on Friday. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is looking for a buyer for his mansion in Miami. Asking price: $25.9 million. [Business First]

There’s not much on Michigan Avenue. The two-and-a-half blocks in downtown Jeffersonville are mostly home to concrete and empty buildings. [News & Tribune]

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