ZIKA IS COMING OH NO GET SCARED

Kentucky and Indiana officials have missed self-imposed goals for finalizing details that will govern RiverLink, the toll network on three Ohio River bridges set to start this year. [WDRB]

Remember that Jefferson County Public Schools story we covered that everyone else ignored? The Office of the Attorney General said JCPS broke the law. Who could have known??? [C-J/AKN]

An employee with the Kentucky Juvenile Justice center tells WHAS 11 that Commissioner Bob Hayter is no longer with the department. [WHAS11]

Any business person knows that when costs are rising faster than revenue, you should raise revenue and not just cut costs. [Tom Eblen]

OH GOD WE’RE ALL GONNA GET THE ZIKA! [WLKY]

Hillary Clinton is concerned for the future of women’s reproductive rights. [HuffPo]

Kentucky’s new Governor Matt Bevin nixed a request to restore the $420,000 per year contribution in his bare-bones FY 2017 and 2018 budget proposal. [WAVE3]

President Obama will release his final budget proposal on Tuesday, in which he’ll call for $11 billion in funding over the next decade to address homelessness among families. [ThinkProgress]

Way to go go, Metro Council, for leading the way to suck town. A Louisville Metro Council committee is considering a multi-year effort aimed at reworking the city’s 800-page land development code, but one of the big issues before it — affordable housing — will not be examined until at least this spring. [WFPL]

The billionaire former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, has confirmed he is considering running as an independent candidate for the US presidency. [BBC]

The Louisville division of Computershare Inc. is looking to hire lots of new employees in a variety of roles. [Business First]

Jeffersonville High School freshman Johnathan Woodward laughed at the prospect of becoming a firefighter one day, but admitted he was imagining what it would be like. [News & Tribune]

JCPS Needs About A Billion Dollars

The long-awaited opening of a new elementary school this summer will come at the same time Jefferson County Public Schools is expected to unveil a plan to deal with a growing problem – more than $880 million in facility needs scattered across the district. [WDRB]

Conversations about alleged drug activity on the nextdoor.com social network site for Crescent Hill are increasing, and residents were urged to report such incidents to the police at a recent gathering. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It will apparently take a second resignation from the UofL Board of Trustees before Governor Matt Bevin can act to replace Paul Diaz. [WHAS11]

More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation’s highly polarized debate over guns. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Another day, another pedestrian accident. [WLKY]

U.S. employment gains slowed more than expected in January as the boost to hiring from unseasonably mild weather faded, but surging wages and an unemployment rate at an eight-year low suggested the labor market recovery remains firm. [HuffPo]

Hundreds turned out to say goodbye to local civil rights pioneer, Benjamin Shobe, Sunday at his visitation. [WAVE3]

Just a reminder if you haven’t yet read this. How do you stop states and cities from forcing more disclosure of so-called dark money in politics? Get the debate to focus on an “average Joe,” not a wealthy person. Find examples of “inconsequential donation amounts.” Point out that naming donors would be a threat to “innocents,” including their children, families and co-workers. And never call it dark money. “Private giving” sounds better. [ProPublica]

On the corner of Breckenridge and Logan streets, at the edge of Smoketown, there’s a giant hole in the ground. It’s an active construction site, with trucks and heavy machinery working behind a barbed-wire fence. [WFPL]

There are some subtle indications Republicans may be rethinking the wisdom of trying to make right-to work-an issue in this year’s legislative elections. [Ronnie Ellis]

The International Boat Builders’ Exhibition & Conference (known as IBEX) is leaving Louisville for Florida. [Business First]

In the May primary election, two familiar faces will vie for a judge’s seat on opposite sides of the aisle. [News & Tribune]

Tolls Tolls Tolls Tolls Tolls Tolls Tolls

The principal of Stuart Middle School has been reassigned and transferred to Central High School as an assistant principal. [WDRB]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The University of Louisville announced Thursday that it’s kicking off a capital fundraising campaign for its previously announced plans to expand Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. [C-J/AKN]

Labor leaders at Brown-Forman have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the spirits maker of unfair labor practices. [WHAS11]

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has formed a task force to advise him on what to do about a controversial mural in Memorial Hall. [H-L]

Another day, yet another JCPS bus crash. Everyone is numb to news like this. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama has said that a college degree “has never been more valuable.” But if you borrow to finance your degree, the immediate returns are the lowest they’ve been in at least a generation, new data show. [HuffPo]

In just a few short months, tolls across WAVE Country will be a reality. The price will range from $1 to $4 per way for everyday drivers, but getting that discounted rate may be harder than you think. [WAVE3]

Marlow Cook may forever be remembered by Louisvillians as the Jefferson County Executive who purchased the Belle of Louisville, but I remember him not only as my first boss, but also as someone who directly and significantly shaped my life and the lives of so many in public life [John Yarmuth]

The Louisville Metro Council will soon consider measures to streamline the process for bringing ultra-fast Internet access, including a plan to condense the franchise-granting authority of Jefferson County’s suburban cities for communication services into one entity. [WFPL]

In Kentucky, more men than women die pedestrian deaths. [Click the Clicky]

Jim Ramsey knows his days at the University of Louisville are numbered. [Business First]k

Clarksville has decided not to open its pool this year due to ongoing renovations. That decision should reap benefits for New Albany’s River Fun Water Park. [News & Tribune]

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JCPS Bus Crash Marathon Continues

Another day, another fun Jefferson County Public Schools bus crash. [WDRB]

Louisville had the sharpest increase of any U.S. city in terms of residents age 65 or older who are scrapping by to pay their rent, according to findings released Monday by a national affordable housing group. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Now that plans for a methane plant in West Louisville are off the table, Heaven Hill has announced new plans for the property at 17th and Maple Streets in the California neighborhood. [WHAS11]

Cheers, Kentucky: Bourbon and American whiskey sales in the United States were up 7.8 percent to $2.9 billion in 2015, according to figures released Tuesday morning by the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. Looking at exports, sales of American whiskey were up 4 percent by volume, although the value fell 2.7 percent to about $1 billion, putting total sales of American whiskey at just less than $4 billion for 2015. [H-L]

Another day in Compassionate City means it’s time for another pedestrian to be struck! This time it’s a child. [WLKY]

Real estate mogul Donald Trump accused Ted Cruz of fraud on Wednesday, claiming the Texas senator “stole” the Iowa caucuses and arguing that “either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.” [HuffPo]

As the HIV crisis around Louisville and southern Indiana worsens one organization is doing what it can to stop it. [WAVE3]

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) is suspending his campaign for president after a disappointing finish in Iowa, turning his focus now to his Senate re-election bid. [NPR]

You can’t fix stupid in Frankfort. The State Senate voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Because the entire body is filled with mouth-breathers who believe everything that scares them on Fox News. [WFPL]

If you missed it, some disgusting stuff has gone on in Shelby County for several years. But legal action has been taken to hold people accountable for atrocious animal abuse and torture. [Page One]

You might not think much about the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, but there’s a lot going on there. More than ever, in fact. [Business First]

To capture more revenue from a growing local economy, the Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission is hoping to significantly expand one of its tax-increment finance districts. [News & Tribune]

If GLI Backs It, It’s Bad News Bears

More than 600 well-paying jobs could be coming to Louisville as an out-of-state company partners with a local non-profit to form a Medicaid Center of Excellence. [WDRB]

David Keith thought the fight to save his neighborhood was over. [C-J/AKN]

If GLI backs something, you know it’s the worst thing on earth. [WHAS11]

Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says that if Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget is approved by the General Assembly, the Department of Education will face $72 million in reductions over the next two years. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Louisville-based Passport Health Plan is partnering with Virginia-based Evolent Health to create the Medicaid Center of Excellence. [WLKY]

The FBI is joining a U.S. investigation into Flint, Michigan’s water contamination crisis, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit said on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

The Falls of the Ohio, a state park covered in fossils, is a perfect place to take pictures – expect for one thing. [WAVE3]

Legislation that would prohibit the General Assembly from diverting state lottery funds away from Kentucky’s need- and merit-based scholarship programs has cleared a House committee. [Press Release]

Jerome Perry doesn’t have many white neighbors. There are so few, in fact, that Perry can list the houses around him where white families live. Even the homes that are blocks away from his tidy yellow brick home on 45th Street in Louisville’s Westover neighborhood. [WFPL]

The United States is still lagging the world in the rollout of broadband. Look at the map and you’ll hate people like Brett Guthrie, Jim Waters and anyone associated with them even more than you already do. You’ll rage against just about any telecom-tied lobbyist you can think of after seeing it. Disgusting. [The Register]

Get ready to roll your eyes really hard at all the hype over this Omni hotel mess… [Business First]

After a little more than an hour of discussion Wednesday, the committee tasked with finding a possible compromise to the current weapons ban at the town’s municipal building came to some amicable starting points. [News & Tribune]

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What’s With All The Misbehaving Judges?

A pilot program that will place volunteer monitors on some of Jefferson County Public Schools’ most challenging bus routes is expected to begin later this month. [WDRB]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A Jefferson District Court judge who jailed a witness without a hearing in a move another judge called “outrageous and disgusting” has been formally charged with violating the Code of Judicial Conduct. [C-J/AKN]

Here’s what your new governor had to say about Planned Parenthood. [WHAS11]

Jordan Smith will serve as grand marshal for the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Pegasus Parade. The 61st annual parade is scheduled to be held on May 5 in Louisville. [H-L]

Maybe some day Louisville will get its act together. Two Louisville teens were arrested, accused of robbing a pizza delivery driver. [WLKY]

A Saudi prince may have just beaten Donald Trump at a game of Twitter trolling. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on Twitter that he’s bailed the billionaire out twice — and suggested the GOP presidential frontrunner might need his help a third time. [HuffPo]

Elizabethtown community members gathered at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center to honor the life of 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen and ask for answers about her unresolved cause of death. [WAVE3]

The Kentucky Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing has introduced a new feature on their website that makes it easier for motorists to access their 2015 vehicle property taxes for the upcoming tax season. Now, individuals who normally would contact their county clerks for this information can access it directly online. [Click the Clicky]

In his sixth State of the City address since taking office, Mayor Greg Fischer says he is optimistic about the city’s direction. [WFPL]

Passport Health Plan, Kentucky’s leading provider-sponsored, community-based Medicaid provider, will host a press conference [this] morning at the Muhammad Ali Center to make an important announcement regarding the company’s future and the delivery of Medicaid managed care services. [Press Release]

Lots of states have loosened up their marijuana laws. We can at least talk about it here now, right? [Business First]

Clerk-Treasurer Michelle Miller is suing the Sellersburg Town Council for eliminating a position from her office, claiming the decision was made in political retaliation. [News & Tribune]

Hold On To Your Wigs Cause It’s Friday

The Louisville Fire and Rescue Tower 2 and Engine 5 arrived on the scene at Kosair Children’s Hospital. But they weren’t there to fight a fire. Instead, they were eager to visit with children and deliver toys. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Public Schools is eyeing the idea of using some of the money freed up in its latest budget proposal to create a therapeutic elementary school. [C-J/AKN]

It’s unreal that you still can’t buy alcohol on Sunday in Indiana. [WHAS11]

Matt Bevin excluded K-12 schools from funding cuts in an austere state budget proposal that would slash funding to Kentucky’s public universities. [H-L]

The Clarksville Family Aquatic Center will not open this season. [WLKY]

In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama promised to unite Washington and the nation behind progressive change. Then-Sen. Hillary Clinton mocked him. [HuffPo]

Neighbors in southwest Jefferson County are speaking out about a section of the Louisville Loop that could consequently take from their yards. [WAVE3]

The state’s minimum hourly wage would be raised to $10.10 over the next two and half years under a bill that cleared a House committee today. House Bill 278, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, would increase Kentucky’s current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour to $8.20 this August, $9.15 in July 2017 and $10.10 in July 2018. The increase would not apply to businesses that have a recent average annual gross volume of sales of less than $500,000. [Press Release]

An employee at a state juvenile-detention center failed to appropriately monitor a 16-year-old girl who was found dead earlier this month, the state Justice and Public Safety Cabinet said Wednesday. [WFPL]

Reminder: This is one of the guys Bevin trusts to cut 9% from the budget at his discretion. [Page One]

At least six bidders vied for Louisville-based GE Appliances, according to a new report from Reuters. [Business First]

State Sen. Erin Houchin filed as a candidate for United States Representative on the Republican primary ballot in Indiana’s 9th Congressional District. [News & Tribune]

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