Selective Parent Outrage Makes For Eye Rolls

Louisville entrepreneur Kent Oyler has been named the next president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., the metro chamber of commerce. [WDRB]

When it comes to fitness, Louisville is huffing and puffing far behind its peers. The American College of Sports Medicine ranked the area a lowly 49th for fitness among the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas in its just-released 2014 American Fitness Index, which combines health behaviors, rates of chronic health problems, and community indicators such as recreational facilities and farmers’ markets. [C-J/AKN]

The Jefferson County Public Schools board approved a $1.3 billion budget for the 2014-2015 school year late Tuesday night and the district said the focus is to shift spending from administration to schools and classrooms. [WHAS11]

Darell Hammond of “KaBoom!” is partnering with the Humana Foundation to develop a national movement called Playful City USA, which honors communities that give kids easy access to play. [NPR]

Metro Animal Services continues to refuse to provide us with information so we may promote events like this. Because Margaret Brosko may just be the laziest (more on her in the coming days) Metro Government employee on the taxpayer dime. [WLKY]

The Danville City Commission on Tuesday created an exemption for a social services organization that said it would sue if the city passes an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation in employment, housing and public accommodations. Because some backwater yokel rednecks can’t imagine living in a world where it’s illegal to discriminate against others based on your own ignorant fears. [H-L]

Dozens of parents are angry after they were told they would not be allowed at their children’s school during field day. But the principal of the school said it’s some of the parents that are to blame for the ban. Really, taking your kid to Kentucky Kingdom instead of sending them to school? Great parenting. [WAVE3]

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis released its quarterly banking performance for Louisville banks last week. [Business First]

A months-long look at the obstacles facing Louisville’s most vulnerable students. [WFPL]

Workers continue to make progress on New Albany’s East Main Street improvement project. [News & Tribune]

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]

Louisville Media Is Sometimes A Giant Cat Fight

The next time there is a power outage, turn to your phone. LG&E and Kentucky Utilities have upgraded their website and app. It’s now more user-friendly and includes the weather radar. [WDRB]

With 30 more apartments under construction at the rapidly developing Masonic Homes of Kentucky, it again is seeking additional access to its campus from St. Matthews. [C-J/AKN]

You know the drill. Another day, another school bus accident. [WHAS11]

Just in case you were wondering? Yes, Kentucky’s economy sucked during the month of April. [Page One]

Sure, she’s an entertainment reporter but shouldn’t Kirby Adams have to disclose the PR work she’s done for bourbon companies in the very recent past? [H-L via AKN]

The Belle of Louisville marks a major milestone this year – 100 years of cruising the Ohio River. To help celebrate, a big birthday bash is planned for October along the waterfront, despite budget cuts. [WLKY]

In his first intervention in the Ukraine crisis, the US ambassador to the Court of St James’s issues an unequivocal warning to bullying Moscow. Standing up to violence does not require that we be violent ourselves – but it does demand that we stand up. This is precisely what America, in close partnership with Britain and our other allies, is doing in response to the mounting crisis in Ukraine. [Daily Mail]

A veterans group, already restoring one centuries-old Louisville cemetery, is making plans to restore another one. [WAVE3]

Congressman John Yarmuth’s office held another art contest this year. Get all the details at his official government website. [Click the Clicky]

Just in case you were wondering how petty and bitter many local media buttcramps are these days. Some will stop at nothing to jealously rip a competitor apart. [WFPL]

How much animosity exists between Kosair Charities Committee Inc. and Norton Healthcare Inc.? [Business First]

Clark County employees have not received a raise in years and have seen the county’s contribution to their retirement funds disappear. The county commissioners declined to add more to their burden. [News & Tribune]

Nawbny Po-leece Maybe Have A Bit Of A Problem

Parents are calling into question the leadership of Male’s new principal, David Mike, whose first year is mired in an ongoing investigation into accusations of improper protocol on state standardized tests. Parents say he’s also unethical and unprofessional with students and staff and are concerned he’s forcing faculty to leave. Note: JCPS officials told us off-the-record after the last suicide that the principal was a hot mess. [WDRB]

Kosair Charities, which has given more than $6 million annually to Kosair Children’s Hospital, is accusing parent company Norton Healthcare of misusing some of that money to enhance its bottom line and “line the pockets” of its executives. [C-J/AKN]

Another fun weekend in Louisville filled with crazy shootings. Not in the West End, either, mouth-breathers. [WHAS11WHAS11]

Is Andy Beshear just like his homophobic daddy? Only time will tell. Beshear applies these assumptions in a new way: because same-sex couples do not contribute to the birth rate, it’s not economically beneficial for Kentucky to recognize their marriages. [Think Progress]

Wait, yet another shooting, this time ending in death. Again, not in the West End. [WLKY]

Long before Kim Baker became the leader of Kentucky’s biggest arts venue, she was an aspiring 16-year-old flutist studying at the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. [H-L]

An attorney for a New Albany police officer claims a civil suit is in the works against NAPD after allegations of corrupt conduct. Laura Landenwich represents Patrol Officer Laura Schook, a 19-year veteran, who informed New Albany’s Police Merit Commission about corruption, discrimination and misuse of taxpayer money during a meeting May 8. [WAVE3]

Guess it’s safe to assume sports are bigger hits than embezzlement or corruption. This speculative story about the University of Louisville and the Yum Center last week was the most read story — ever — on The ‘Ville Voice. Ouch. [The ‘Ville Voice]

This is an interesting story about crashing Kentucky Derby gates. But it stinks of failure of the governor’s security detail and highlights just how easy it is for crazy people to get close to the him/her. [WFPL]

The University of Louisville has made two appointments for interim deans and another interim appointment to replace its departing vice president of student affairs. [Business First]

The attorney for a New Albany Police Department officer who has asked that alleged corruption at the agency be investigated says legal action will be taken against the department. [News & Tribune]

Way Too Much JCPS News To Rehash Today

On Tuesday, the Fund for the Arts Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve Christen Boone as Designate President and CEO of the Fund for the Arts, according to a news release. [WDRB]

They prayed, they sang, they held up signs and they made demands — for an end to zero tolerance policies in Jefferson County Public Schools that have resulted in 9,093 suspensions so far this year — 68 percent of them of students who are black. [C-J/AKN]

Since the shysters at No Kill Louisville continue to play pat-a-cake, it’s time to release banking documents former board members and whistleblowers have handed over as part of our ongoing investigation into the non-profit. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The Jefferson County Public Schools board is exploring the option to close Myers Middle School in Hikes Point next school year, but many parents said they are unhappy with that option. [WHAS11]

A group of University of Kentucky students are continuing their fight against the administration’s decision to outsource the school’s dining services. On Monday, about five UK-United Students Against Sweatshops held a protest outside the Administration Building before holding a sit-in at UK President Eli Capilouto’s office. [H-L]

Another day, another fun shooting in Possibility Compassionate City. [WLKY]

A committee of state lawmakers wants the Energy and Environment Cabinet to explain apparent inconsistencies between its position and that of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency on a new regulation governing how much selenium mining operations may release into Kentucky streams. [Ronnie Ellis]

A group of Jefferson County Public Schools students have teamed with a Louisville organization to bring safe, pure water to children clear across the world. [WAVE3]

An ordinance on sign usage in Clarksville that was before the town council Monday night had at least one council member concerned. [News & Tribune]

Many investors and analysts will be taking a close look at Churchill Downs Inc.’s casino business when the company reports its financial results for the first quarter late Wednesday. [Business First]

Who knew that those old concert flyers you’ve been holding onto since high school could be important? [WFPL]

Why Waste So Much Time & Energy On GLI?

Suicide prevention sheds a longstanding taboo: talking about attempts. [NY Times]

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation is warning that gridlock in Washington could halt big transportation projects in Kentucky and across the country. [WDRB]

Drivers downtown can’t miss the progress being made on a new Interstate 65 bridge and its approaches. But work on the east end bridge and its $338 million tunnels near the Bridgepoint subdivision in Prospect has been largely out of sight — though, not out of earshot for neighbors. [C-J/AKN]

Governor Steve Beshear has signed a bill that will change the way aging bourbon barrels are taxed. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky and eight other universities in Kentucky and West Virginia announced a $2.5 million grant Monday to help more minority students graduate with degrees in math and science. [H-L]

Police made an arrest Tuesday in the beating death of an employee at Packaging Unlimited last week. [WLKY]

The Clark County Probation Department can take weeks, and sometimes even months, to activate monitoring bracelets on accused and convicted criminals assigned to the department’s home incarceration program, or HIP. [News & Tribune]

In celebration of the governor’s mansion centennial, Papaw & Jane held a contest for kids and the winners have finally been named. [Page One]

A Jefferson Circuit Court judge has declared a mistrial in the murder case of Dejuan Hammond. [WAVE3]

Why was Coach Cal venturing into Fox News? Well, Cal’s got a book to sell, yo! After all, he lost out on an additional $375,000 bonus (in addition to the $275,000 he’d already earned as a result of the Wildcats’ deep tournament run and his $5.2 million annual salary) after losing to UConn in the NCAA finals. [TDB]

As lawmakers the nation over debate raising the minimum wage, one Louisville server says local elected leaders need to pay closer attention to the struggle of tipped employees especially. [WFPL]

Greater Louisville Inc.’s search for a new president and CEO admittedly has taken longer than expected, according to GLI board chairman Kerry Stemler. [Business First]

Pee Alert: staffers at A Kentucky Newspaper can’t access this site because they STILL have it blocked. [HAHAHA]

Endorsing In District 9 Is Just Plain Silliness

Meanwhile, Louisville Metro Animal Services is rotting to the ground. Animal lovers across the country are taking to Facebook, outraged by pictures allegedly taken at a Spencer County kennel. [WDRB]

Amos McGrew suffered from frequent ear infections, requiring ear tubes inserted two years in a row at two different hospitals. [C-J/AKN]

On Monday crews began work on the Indiana approach portion of the Downtown Crossing. [WHAS11]

No, folks, hemp is not yet a thing in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It’s merely being studied via five pilot projects. There’s no need for cheerleading until hemp is in full swing production an the economic benefits are being realized. Until then, it’s just the Jamie Is Running For Governator Show. [H-L]

Yes, Louisville, your tax dollars helped pay for an application that puts words on pictures. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The coroner’s office has released the identity of the serial robbery suspect who killed himself Saturday night after being pulled over by police. This whole story is crazy. [WLKY]

Not only is Greg Fischer’s endorsement in a primary inappropriate, it shows just how politically inept the guy is. “I think it’s a good old boy’s network and a clear example of cronyism to be frank. And it’s quite honestly a fueling factor for why I’m running. I’m extremely disappointed, especially when Tina is staying out of it and a lot of other people are.” [WFPL]

A young artist is capturing the love between pets and their owners. After she lost her cat and dog last year due to illnesses, Halle Shoaf, 8, decided to cope with her grief by painting portraits for donations to the Arrow Fund. [WAVE3]

Kerry Stemler, chairman of the board of Greater Louisville Inc., the metro chamber of commerce told staff members there and the organization’s board of directors Monday night that president and CEO Craig Richard has resigned from GLI, effective Saturday, Feb. 15. [Business First]

Public/bus transportation literally ends where Kentucky’s borders begin. [Page One]

Jeffersonville is sitting on $5.2 million in its general fund. Talks about the city’s 2014 budget has led to some disagreements, particularly on the interpretation of the word “surplus.” [News & Tribune]

Louisville Is Proof That Smoking Bans Do Work

Its doors won’t open for another two years. But don’t be fooled by the tarps, chain link fences, earth movers and hard hats – there’s a lot of work going on inside the currently-closed Speed Art Museum. [WDRB]

In a scene reminiscent of show-and-tell, about 30 adults sit in a circle in a cheerfully decorated room on Dutchmans Lane, displaying pieces of their lives from times gone by — a toy train, a horseshoe, pictures of relatives. [C-J/AKN]

Republican Sen. Julie Denton of Louisville and Democratic Rep. Susan Westrom of Lexington said Wednesday they will file statewide smoke-free legislation. [WHAS11]

Louisville is one of the top ten most affordable cities for living on a budget. This news doesn’t come as a surprise for many, as it’s one of the reasons so many people love our great city. [HuffPo]

Bobby who? We’ve never heard of this guy. No one has and absolutely no one at all is talking about it every other breath. [WLKY]

University of Kentucky officials will ask the General Assembly this year for more than $200 million in state aid for new construction on campus, including a law school renovation and a new science research building. [H-L]

Louisville Metro is trying it all — a violence prevention task force, Viper Unit — anything that might work to stop the city’s violent deaths. Now, police have a full time detective working to try to understand what causes the violence. [WAVE3]

February 1 is the annual Shop & Share day in Kentucky. Here’s your chance to give back. [First Lady Jane Beshear & Press Releases]

The Justice and Education departments unveiled guidelines on Wednesday to prevent schools from violating civil rights laws and keep students out of jail after data found minorities and the disabled were more likely than others to face discipline or arrest. [Reuters]

Jefferson County Public Schools is extending its initial school application and registration period by five days. [WFPL]

After an extended winter break due to extremely cold temperatures, I can officially say welcome back to the second half of the 2013-14 year! [Toni Konz]

Now that Damaris Phillips is fancier than ever (she truly deserves it), she’s representing Louisville like a champ. She goes out of her way to make sure Louisville spots get national attention. [Food Network]

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association has a new chairman. Joe Fraser, vice president of operations at Heaven Hill Distilleries, will hold the role through the end of 2014. [Business First]