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]

GLI’s A Giant Waste For Anyone But Mega Corps

The five biggest donors to Greater Louisville Inc. in 2012 – KentuckyOne Health, LG&E, Chase, PNC and Brown-Forman – gave at least $100,000 each, according to new information from the chamber. Meanwhile, Louisville’s biggest private employer, UPS, gave $50,000. And Ford Motor Co., which got GLI’s help in securing a $240 million economic development award in 2010, gave a relatively paltry $25,000. [WDRB]

The sales pavilion at Keeneland is usually filled with the lightning patter of auctioneers and whoops of spotters selling horses parading on the auction block. [H-L]

U of L is looking for someone to do a feasibility study on another expansion of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. [WHAS11]

No, Obamacare won’t be a secret weapon for Alison Grimes. She’s spent years running away from it, attacking it, opposing it, refusing to offer solutions. Let’s save the McConnell outrage for something else. This doesn’t help Alison, who has been too cowardly to speak up. [TPM]

The University of Louisville sounds really safe these days with its armed robberies and such. [WLKY]

Kentucky officials announced Wednesday that they have received final approval to borrow up to $452 million from the federal government at a low interest rate to help pay for the downtown portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. [C-J/AKN]

With a Jefferson County Public Schools bus crash every day? No, they are not as safe as you think. It’s just a cold, dead talking point from JCPS to suggest otherwise and Donna Hargens should be ashamed for pushing Ben Jackey to use that unbelievable talking point. [WAVE3]

He was last seen more than two years ago. Now Kentucky State Police and his family are pleading again for help to find him. [WYMT]

A Jefferson County official is furious with the lack of maintenance at his offices and wants Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration to do more to address the needs of city buildings. [WFPL]

University of Louisville president James Ramsey was asked on Tuesday whether he hopes to keep athletic director Tom Jurich around “forever.” [Business First]

The Big Four Bridge has an opening date of Dec. 20, for part of the project. But the ramp still won’t be open to the public because Jeffersonville’s mayor and his crew are more incompetent than anyone can imagine. [News & Tribune]