Let’s Put On Our Fake Derby Happy Faces

Surprise! There are still people who ignorantly believe keeping a liquor store out of their neighborhood is going to solve all of their problems. Like her mother, Jessica Green is apparently delusional. Metro Councilwoman Jessica Green is trying to prevent property at 1200 S. 28th Street from becoming a liquor store. But the owner said he refuses to let it sit vacant any longer. [WDRB]

Mayor Greg Fischer wants to expand Louisville’s smoking ban to include electronic cigarettes and hookah, he announced Friday morning. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! This is not compassionate. There’s nothing compassionate about Louisville at the moment. Not when there are countless deaths from guns, drugs and automobiles. Anyone who attempts to claim everything is puppies and rainbows out to be immediately taken to a physician for an evaluation. [WHAS11]

Noah Greenhill, 10, stood attentively Tuesday morning at the side of Gov. Matt Bevin in the state Capitol as he watched the governor ceremonially sign into law a bill that will help reduce his medical expenses. The governor gave the first pen he used to sign the bill to the youngster from Pikeville. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! What the hell is wrong with people!? [WLKY]

Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was sentenced to just one year for safety violations at a West Virginia mine that led to the deaths of 29 miners in a 2010 explosion. Now, one woman is working to push Blankenship to reflect on his crimes. Ann Bybee-Finley, who grew up in Hurricane, West Virginia, launched a campaign called “Making one year count” on Wednesday, calling on people to send letters to Blankenship every day that he is in prison. [HuffPo]

The way your child is graded in Jefferson County could soon change – again. [WAVE3]

President Obama made headlines recently as the first U.S. leader to visit Cuba since the communist revolution. The two neighboring countries have resumed diplomatic relations and are taking cautious steps toward full normalization, including trade and travel. [Richmond Register]

Yes, a liberal Democrat can win a statewide election in Kentucky but it will not be Sellus Wilder. If you weren’t sure there could be a worse statewide candidate than Jim Gray, here you go. You can thank Christy Brown for hyping up his candidacy. [WFPL]

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of his ambassador to the United States who was behind Francis’ controversial meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail rather than comply with a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses. [TPM]

A project that could cost as much as $87 million to construct along the southeast corner of the 6,000-acre River Ridge Commerce Center in Jeffersonville should enter its next phase this fall. [Business First]

After a several-hour-long executive session in the morning and early afternoon, the River Ridge Development Authority held a public meeting Friday to give site project updates. [News & Tribune]

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Even Lexington Does Housing Better Than Us?

Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare told shareholders Tuesday that it spent $2.15 million to buy the Glenview home of a top company executive last year out of concern for the “personal safety” of the executive and his family. [WDRB]

Without a national search and after considering only two internal candidates, a search committee made its recommendation for University of Louisville’s next provost, the school’s second highest-ranking officer. [C-J/AKN]

Greg Fischer is apparently “on the record” in this recorded interview. Watch at your own risk. [WHAS11]

Matt Bevin and Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones traded barbs Thursday night on Twitter over Bevin’s order to cut university funding. [H-L]

This is actually pretty exciting news for that neighborhood! Muhammad Ali’s boyhood home is almost ready for the world to see. [WLKY]

Not quite the same situation in Louisville. New York City saw a significant drop in major crimes in the first quarter of 2016 with the fewest murders and shootings in its recorded history, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced during a Monday press conference. [HuffPo]

Twenty-six faculty and staff members at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) have not been invited to return to campus next fall. Declining enrollment and Gov. Matt Bevin’s cuts to higher education are to blame, according a statement from the school. [WAVE3]

Low gas prices could give Democrats a third straight term in the White House, an economic election model said Monday. [The Hill]

The quick success of Lexington’s affordable housing trust fund is a striking contrast to Louisville’s struggles to fund such an initiative. [WFPL]

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s extreme call for an immigration policy plan that prevents Muslim immigrants from remaining in the United States may already be underway. [ThinkProgress]

Louisville-based Papa John’s International Inc. is continuing with its sports branding effort. [Business First]

You should check this out and then go to the Louisville Science Center. [News & Tribune]

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Really Gonna Miss All This Compassion

Gov. Matt Bevin must first fill two open seats on the University of Louisville Board of Trustees before the board can take up a proposed vote of “no confidence” in the leadership of President James Ramsey, according to the terms of a settlement reached last month in a lawsuit challenging the board’s lack of minority representation. [WDRB]

A new survey of Louisville roads released Tuesday by Metro Public Works shows a slight improvement in the city’s overall road conditions, but more than one-third of major thoroughfares are still so deteriorated that they require “immediate attention,” including rehabilitative work. [C-J/AKN]

Compassionate City just can’t stop killing its people. [WHAS11]

That line of pear trees in the Palomar neighborhood in south Lexington is gorgeous, fluffy and decked out like clouds descended to suburban earth. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Additional charges could be filed after a University of Louisville student was shot and killed during a triple shooting in the Park Hill neighborhood. [WLKY]

A new report nearly doubles previous predictions for sea level rise if global emissions continue unabated, portending a doomsday scenario for many of the world’s coastal cities. [HuffPo]

According to the city of New Albany, preliminary work to prepare for the final planned section of the city’s portion of the Ohio River Greenway project has begun. [WAVE3]

In these first years of the 21st century, we may be witnessing a new world being born inside the hollowed-out shell of the American system. [Bill Moyers]

In the United States, we like to think that our success is determined only by how hard we work. But in reality, some of it’s just luck. And some of that luck has to do with things we can’t control: Our race. Our gender. Our sexual orientation. What language we grow up speaking. [WFPL]

Shandra Woworuntu arrived in the US hoping to start a new career in the hotel industry. Instead, she found she had been trafficked into a world of prostitution and sexual slavery, forced drug-taking and violence. It was months before she was able to turn the tables on her persecutors. Some readers may find her account of the ordeal upsetting. [BBC]

When you buy a car, the salesman makes a commission. The same’s often true when you buy insurance from an agent — unless they’re selling you a health plan from Louisville insurance giant Humana Inc. or one of the other major insurers who have decided not to pay them. [Business First]

Michael Shepard headed to his campus food court this week looking for students hungry for political action. He came away unsatisfied. [News & Tribune]

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Compassionate City Loves It Some Gun Violence

The Louisville Metro Planning Commission has stopped reviewing “conservation subdivisions” in Jefferson County while it looks into whether regulations approved in 2008 achieve a goal of saving green space. [WDRB]

Responding to public concerns about lead in public drinking water supplies, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has created a work group to review existing government regulations or practices and potentially make recommendations for changes. But the agency that created the work group, which includes a variety of public officials, intends to exclude the general public – potentially violating the state open meetings law. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro Police confirm that one woman has died and two men are injured after a shooting in the Park Hill neighborhood. [WHAS11]

Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel, a three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby, has informed his agent, Larry Melancon, that he is retiring effective immediately. [H-L]

A bill giving death benefits to families of EMS workers killed in the line of duty has been signed into law by the governor. [WLKY]

The biggest question of the political season is whether Donald Trump will get enough delegates to win the GOP presidential nomination before the convention. Prediction markets, which allow people to bet on future events using real money, estimate an average 61 precent chance of a contested Republican convention with two or more votes required. The chance Trump will fail to get to the required 1,237 delegates before the convention, they estimate, is 69 percent. [HuffPo]

A man was shot in front of a Louisville clothing store on Saturday over a pair of new athletic shoes, Louisville Metro Police said. [WAVE3]

From late Friday Afternoon… “The governor’s unilateral action in cutting the appropriated funding of colleges, universities and community colleges was outside of his authority. The law on budget reductions is straightforward. It requires a declared shortfall that does not exist. If it did, the last budget bill that was passed and signed into law dictates the steps that must be taken. We are therefore requesting the governor withdrawal his order. We are confident he will comply.” [Attorney General Andy Beshear]

This could be one of the dumbest moves from JCPS yet and Allison Martin isn’t helping matters. Jefferson County Public School officials are declining to discuss gang activity in local schools with a Louisville Metro Council committee. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from the United States has proved popular from the beginning. When he first articulated it following the Paris terrorist attacks in November, he surged in the polls and hasn’t slumped since. And while progressives might want to believe the appeal of Trump’s divisive idea is limited to a small subset of conservatives, a new poll indicates Islamophobia actually runs deep across the spectrum of the American electorate. [ThinkProgress]

A legal dispute between the four daughters of late Louisville real estate developer Al J. Schneider focuses on a belief by two of those daughters that the trustees for the estate want to quickly liquidate the company’s millions in real estate assets — to a point that beneficiaries would not receive the fair value for those properties. [Business First]

While Clarksville continues to focus on revitalizing the community through extensive development and redevelopment efforts, the town is making plans to ensure proper infrastructure is in place to improve conditions and handle growth. [News & Tribune]

Louisville’s Compassion Spread To Lexington, IN

Hardin County is tapping a home-grown educator for its biggest job. [WDRB]

Basically, everybody is voting like woah against UofL’s Jim Ramsey. He just needs to resign and get it over with. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! This was a really dumb move for Easter. But that’s what you’ve come to expect from a newspaper that only consists of people who are bitter (except Phillip Bailey) at the rest of the media world. [WHAS11]

Kentucky lawmakers have completed work on a bill aimed at requiring that public school students receive basic CPR training. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! New details are emerging after a man and a woman were found dead inside a southern Indiana home. [WLKY]

It’s hard to know where to begin with the nonsense from the fossil fuel industry’s front men. [HuffPo]

Tucked away in French Lick, Indiana there’s a spa where you are not the one getting pampered, but rather the one doing the work. [WAVE3]

President Obama late Monday scolded members of the media for their coverage of the 2016 presidential race, calling on them to not “dumb down the news” in a campaign with headlines dominated by businessman Donald Trump. [The Hill]

The board of Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District voted on Monday to let the district’s staff explore other options for a controversial overflow basin in Smoketown. [WFPL]

The Innocence Project released a report alleging that prosecutors are almost never punished when they withhold evidence or commit other forms of misconduct that land innocent people in prison. [ProPublica]

For those of who like to know what you’re getting into — food-wise, at least — Churchill Downs Racetrack has announced its menu for this year’s Kentucky Derby. [Business First]

River Ridge Commerce Center and Clark Regional Airport Authority officials have long recognized and promoted their mutually beneficial relationship. [News & Tribune]

JCPS, MSD, Death, Frankfort, AWFUL

The principal of Moore Traditional School will not be able to lead the school after a state diagnostic review has determined she does not have the capacity to oversee the school’s turnaround efforts. [WDRB]

If the Metropolitan Sewer District won’t hide its planned 17-million gallon sewage storage basin underground, Smoketown residents are promising a political fight through “direct action” and litigation. [C-J/AKN]

The Louisville Free Public Library will receive a $10,000 grant after winning first place in a national competition. [WHAS11]

The House-Senate negotiations to craft a two-year, $21 billion state budget lasted more than three hours Friday without any resolutions while concerns about funding for Kentucky’s courts intensified. [H-L]

Another day, another shooting, you know how this plays out. [WLKY]

These are the kind of extremists who support Donald Trump. [HuffPo]

Some concrete animal statues were moved from a long-closed restaurant and local media outlets treated it as a top story yesterday. [WAVE3]

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said he believes the state can lead the way in research on the effectiveness of a new drug treatment program centered on Vivitrol. [Ashland Independent]

Researchers Kyle Barnett and Christine Ehrick are saving Kentucky sound. Not saving as in redeeming, of course. They’re preserving the audio that is unique to the state’s character. [WFPL]

Rock climbers hope a new study of their economic impact in the Red River Gorge will help make the case for opening more public land in the area for climbing. [WKYT]

Real estate developer America Place LLC could break ground on its next project at the 6,000-acre River Ridge Commerce Center in Jeffersonville as early as next month. [Business First]

Clark County residents have the chance to learn the ins and outs of their sheriff’s office at a Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy this spring. [News & Tribune]

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Clark County Schools Seem A Hot Mess

Busing kids in Clark County may have just hit a pothole. [WDRB]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Five intersections have been identified as the most dangerous locations for pedestrians to cross, according to a five-year study by city officials. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Now Jim Ramsey wants to meet one-on-one with University of Louisville trustees. [WHAS11]

Another bad week for Damon Thayer… Matt Bevin cannot remove members of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission but must allow them to serve out defined terms, according to an opinion released Monday by Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Off-duty police officers will be walking the streets in Old Louisville. It’s part of an initiative to cut down on crime in the area. [WLKY]

There’s a presidential candidate being compared to Adolf Hitler — and odds are, it’s not the one you’re thinking of. Disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker recently equated the support Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders is getting from America’s youth to support for Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany. [HuffPo]

“I-STEP is just another standardized test that doesn’t do anything but give kids anxiety,” Leslie Rayborn, mother of a Clarksville Elementary School student, said. “It doesn’t measure their true potential.” [WAVE3]

Some Republican state senators spent a long weekend back and forth between family and working on their version of a two-year state budget. [Ronnie Ellis]

Oldham County has the state’s best health outcomes, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. [WFPL]

Republican leaders adamantly opposed to Donald J. Trump’s candidacy are preparing a 100-day campaign to deny him the presidential nomination, starting with an aggressive battle in Wisconsin’s April 5 primary and extending into the summer, with a delegate-by-delegate lobbying effort that would cast Mr. Trump as a calamitous choice for the general election. [NY Times]

Another day, another hurdle for the merger of Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. There are a number of people scrutinizing the deal and its possible impact on competition among health insurers, but antitrust regulators said this week that they’ll pay especially close attention. [Business First]

Floyd County employees hoping to soon vote for union representation will have to wait a little longer, that is if the commissioners give them the opportunity to vote at all. [News & Tribune]