Everybody Has Humana Panic…

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Thursday to block the $37 billion takeover of Louisville-based Humana by Aetna. [WDRB]

On the third floor of the Copper & Kings brandy distillery near the edge of Butchertown, a spacious tasting room that’s accented by a view of the Louisville skyline is expected to soon be renovated into the neighborhood’s latest cocktail spot. [C-J/AKN]

Charges have been filed months after the nation watched one woman harassed at a Donald Trump rally on Super Tuesday in Louisville. [WHAS11]

Programs allowing intravenous drug users to exchange dirty syringes for clean ones are spreading in Kentucky as communities confront growing heroin abuse and concerns over the potential for disease outbreaks caused by addicts sharing needles. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Boosting trust between Louisville police and the community is a goal of Mayor Greg Fischer and Police Chief Steve Conrad. [WLKY]

Just in case you need a reminder of what the current Republican Party stands for? Remember this video of Steve King spewing out some serious loads of white supremacy. [HuffPo]

A Charlestown animal refuge faces more than $1 million in fines and possible closure after a 24-page complaint filed by the US Department of Agriculture. [WAVE3]

President Obama on Wednesday vented his frustration over persistent tensions between law enforcement and minority communities following a nearly four-hour meeting with representatives from both groups. [The Hill]

Officials in Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration did not directly answer whether they plan to notify users of a problem-plagued state benefits system that they should reapply for services such as Medicaid and food assistance. [WFPL]

Back in January, as the Supreme Court was preparing for its most important abortion case in a generation, some four dozen social scientists submitted a brief explaining why they believed key portions of Texas law HB2 should be struck down. [ProPublica]

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. is partnering with tequila brand Jose Cuervo by testing a bioplastic made from byproducts of the agave plants it uses in production. [Business First]

Days after learning that a private firm plans to buy and redevelop Charlestown’s Pleasant Ridge neighborhood, opponents pleaded with city officials Thursday to consider a different plan. [News & Tribune]

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Another Terrible Week For Ramsey

In a meeting that lasted five minutes in late 2014, three members of the University of Louisville Foundation Board of Directors approved a change in U of L President James Ramsey’s pay package that, while subtle, could end up being very lucrative for Ramsey now. Republicans Scott Jennings and John McCarthy won’t be able to spin this one away. [WDRB]

New York regulators have approved Aetna’s bid to buy Louisville-based Humana – a boost after a brutal stretch for the companies. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Here comes UofL with some positive spin to try to take attention away from its daily shitshow. [WHAS11]

How to know the RNC is a train wreck and desperate for speakers… Ralph Alvarado got a primetime spot for Wednesday. He’ll sound a little slick to outsiders but once they poke around his voting history, his hemp fun and general backwardness, he’ll end up being yet another person of color the Republican Party is so fond of objectifying and he’ll be too thick to realize it. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro police are investigating after a man was shot and killed in southwest Louisville. [WLKY]

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R-Gay Panicked), Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick, opposed a successful effort in 2007 to raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour over two years. [HuffPo]

If you’re a church holding a concealed carry class, you’re doing it wrong. [WAVE3]

How a man with children of color – immigrants – could support a bigot like this is beyond telling. People can get upset all they want for mentioning Matt Bevin’s children but it’s alarming that this man doesn’t have his shit together enough to speak out against Trump’s extreme racism. [Ronnie Ellis]

There are lots of factual ways to describe coal: carbon-rich, abundant, fossil fuel. But Republicans would like to add one more to the list: clean. [WFPL]

A federal judge dismissed evidence gathered by a warrantless cellphone-tracking device that locks onto a phone’s location by pretending to be a cell tower for the first time Tuesday. [ThinkProgress]

One of the key components of the plan to realign the Kennedy Interchange — better known as Spaghetti Junction — in downtown Louisville is almost ready for public use. [Business First]

In a small way, the teens inside the Central Christian Church Activities and Program Center were doing their part in making sure the school year gets off to a good start for hundreds of students. [News & Tribune]

Floyds Fork Is Probably The Devil

A months-long investigation reveals something in the waters of Floyds Fork Creek could be harmful to your health. [WDRB]

Watching UofL and WFPL in a slap fight over this coverage is terrific. If Stephen George really wanted to stand his ground, he’d stand up to the nervous people on LPM’s board and then start cutting nuts off at UofL. [C-J/AKN]

Way to go, E-Town mouth-breathing racists. [WHAS11]

Just a reminder that it was MATT BEVIN who decided to take no criminal action in the radioactive waste scandal in Estill County. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A group of community activists met in downtown Louisville Monday morning with Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad. [WLKY]

As the saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. So it’s only fitting that within hours of being named Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) pulled one of his running mate’s favorite moves. [HuffPo]

The shooting was reported at 12:34 a.m. in the 2100 block of Upper Hunters Trace after the homeowner head a car crash into their garage. Way to go, Louisville. [WAVE3]

The Houston cases shed light on a disturbing possibility: that wrongful convictions are most often not isolated acts of misconduct by the authorities but systemic breakdowns — among judges and prosecutors, defense lawyers and crime labs. [ProPublica]

The operator of a roadside zoo in Southern Indiana could lose his license and pay up to $1.1 million in fines under a new complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. [WFPL]

Republicans crafting a party platform in Cleveland quietly voted Monday in favor of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, ratifying one of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump’s most controversial proposals. [The Hill]

Louisville Metro Government is teaming up with the Kauffman Foundation to offer the entrepreneurship organization’s FastTrac GrowthVenture program for small businesses. [Business First]

Signing off on the first expenditures for potentially starting a new education model in Greater Clark County Schools went through, but not without pushback from the teachers union. [News & Tribune]

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UofL Seems To Always Disappoint

Some surgeons at University Hospital say a staff shortage is “putting patients in danger.” [WDRB]

A renowned Louisville surgeon has been named commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Public Health. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police are looking for answers after a young woman was shot in the Russell neighborhood Tuesday evening.[WHAS11]

Doug Cobb, the Louisville businessman who drew recent attention for sharing political opinions on Twitter that are far outside the mainstream, has declined an appointment to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, according to Gov. Matt Bevin’s office. By “outside the mainstream”? They mean jacked up, homophobic and backwater. [WFPL]

More than 100 members of the Jefferson County Teachers Association lined the streets outside school district headquarters Tuesday asking for fair pay. [WLKY]

Two separate attempts to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the Republican Party platform ― a statement of its core ideas and principles ― were voted down by GOP delegates on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Venture capitalist Douglas Cobb, whose appointment to the newly reorganized University of Louisville Board of Trustees was met with criticism because of Cobb’s views on climate change, homosexuality and head basketball coach Rick Pitino, has declined the appointment, Gov. Matt Bevin’s office announced on Tuesday. [WAVE3]

How American politics went insane. It happened gradually – and until the U.S. figures out how to treat the problem, it will only get worse. [The Atlantic]

Food and home are inextricably linked. The flavors we grow up with are the flavors that signify familiarity, safety and even love. Those flavors are very specific to a time and place, and anyone who moves far away from where they grew up will tell you: the cravings can be powerful. [More WFPL]

When Louisville restaurateur Ivor Chodkowski began looking for cheeses to be used in his Harvest Restaurant he looked to his friend Kenny Mattingly, owner of Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese in Austin. [BGDN]

A national retailer that specializes in pet supplies and food and specialty pet services is bringing a new store to Louisville’s East End. We can love the locals all we want but this is good for those of you in Louisville who are tired of just ordering from Petco or driving to Frankfort. [Business First]

As the nation reels from the recent loss of lives of both civilians and police officers, law enforcement officials consider how the acts affect Indiana communities. [News & Tribune]

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Louisville Racists Are Still Fired Up

The tension between police and African Americans seemed to reach a boiling point two years ago with the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. [WDRB]

After bouncing from one temporary job to another for years, after filing for bankruptcy, after losing the mobile home he’d bought on credit with his wife, Bryan Reeves couldn’t help but dream big when Ford announced plans in December to hire 2,000 autoworkers. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Guess the FOP and UofL have decided to coordinate their media offensive. [WHAS11]

During their working years, women tend to earn less than men, and when they retire, they’re more likely to live in poverty. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! In light of the officer-involved shootings that have taken place in the last few days, a rally was held in west Louisville with speakers calling for change. [WLKY]

Hillary Clinton reaffirmed her support on Saturday for creating a “public option” within Obamacare and allowing people to enroll in Medicare at age 55. [HuffPo]

Check out all the racist comments on this one… that is, if they haven’t been deleted by now. Hundreds of protesters for Black Lives Matter rallied and shut down part of Broadway on Sunday evening. [WAVE3]

President Barack Obama pledged on Saturday to seek ways to calm racial tensions and reduce divisions between police and minorities during his final months in office, but he warned that easy access to guns nationwide exacerbated the problem. [Reuters]

There’s an unexpected item decorating the desk of Kentucky Science Center Executive Director Joanna Haas: a box of wooden blocks. [WFPL]

The Democratic Party endorsed a “reasoned pathway to future legalization” of marijuana and called for the drug to be downgraded in the Controlled Substances Act, in a tense and unexpected victory for supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders. [WaPo]

Shares of Louisville-based Humana Inc. are down nearly 10 percent today because of antitrust concerns related to its pending acquisition by Aetna Inc. [Business First]

The Clarksville Community Board of School Trustees approved Adrienne Goldman as Clarksville High School principal at a special meeting July 8. [News & Tribune]

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Compassionate City Loves It A Shooting

Don’t worry, Doug Cobb, us gays and other educated thinking people won’t be backing down, either. We’ll win over your ignorant bigotry. [WDRB]

He who doth protest too much! One of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s new University of Louisville trustees regularly takes to Twitter to deny mainstream climate science and say that being gay isn’t compatible with Christianity, while also taking aim at U of L sports. [C-J/AKN]

Jefferson County Public Schools could soon be preparing for a legal battle following the controversy surrounding proposed salary freezes for teachers. [WHAS11]

A judge in Louisville has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration seeking to fine Planned Parenthood for performing abortions at its Louisville facility. [H-L]

Compassionate City! An investigation is underway after the death of a child on Glen Hill Manor Drive. [WLKY]

Donald Trump has spent the week pedaling backward and forward on his immigration positions, leaving immigration hawks — and some of his biggest boosters — worried about the strength of his support for mass deportations and a blanket ban on Muslim immigrants. [HuffPo]

Another day, another shooting in Compassionate City. This time in the Russell neighborhood. [WAVE3]

On Tuesday night, 128 members of Congress weighed in to urge a federal appeals court to protect against sexual orientation-based discrimination under existing civil rights laws. [BuzzFeed]

Kentucky’s restrictions on women seeking abortions and providers could be challenged now that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas abortion law for putting an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to the procedure. [WFPL]

AT&T is getting some help from Frontier Communications in its attempt to block Google Fiber’s progress in Kentucky. [ArsTechnica]

A spinoff of Yum Brands Inc.’s China business reportedly has hit a snag. Bloomberg reports that potential suitors — who would buy a stake of the China business — missed a deadline to submit offers earlier this month. [Business First]

With 19 members voting among three boards, the sale of Floyd Memorial Hospital to Baptist Health passed with only one dissenting voice. [News & Tribune]

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Three Horrible Superintendents In A Row

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens must “step up to the challenge” of leading Kentucky’s largest school district and regain the trust that has eroded in the past year, according to an annual evaluation unanimously approved by the school board Tuesday. [WDRB]

Thanks, religious extremists, for ruining hospitals everywhere when you buy them up! The state is investigating whether patient care is unsafe at University of Louisville Hospital because of staff cuts made by KentuckyOne Health. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s a battle over trees but for Cynthia Huber the fight has a deeper meaning. “This is not only did they lose their loved ones that they have memorialized but they’re also losing the tree in memory of that person,” she said. [WHAS11]

Welp, readers of the Herald-Leader can now look forward to a much poorer experience. The Lexington Herald-Leader announced on Monday that it will transfer its printing and packaging operations to Louisville starting in August, and that the company will put its downtown Lexington building on the market. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Jefferson County Public School board voted unanimously to approve Superintendent Donna Hargens’ 2015-2016 summative evaluation. [WLKY]

“You might think, ‘Well that is not going to happen to us in America. We’re not going to listen to some ridiculously haired buffoon, peddling lies and nativism in the hopes of riding a protest vote into power.’” Oliver said. “Well let Britain tell you, it can happen, and when it does, there are no fucking do-overs.” [HuffPo]

Photographs went viral on social media; thoroughbreds with sores on their backs, ribs showing. Hooves in need of trimming. The outcry began drawing attention from equine industry standards such as the Daily Racing Form and Blood Horse. [WAVE3]

In his final State of the Union address in January, President Obama made an ambitious pledge to overhaul the management of fossil fuels on America’s public lands in his final year, focusing, in particular, on the antiquated and little-known federal coal program. [ThinkProgress]

A new Google project to estimate solar potential has come to Louisville. [WFPL]

Mitch McConnell tried to blame Democrats for refusing to fund Zika-related activities. Reality? McConnell and his friends pushed all kinds of nastiness into the legislation that they knew would keep Democrats from supporting it. Like trying to harm women and undoing confederate flag bans in federal cemeteries. [TPM]

Aetna Inc. isn’t happy with Missouri’s decision earlier this year to oppose its pending purchase of Humana Inc. [Business First]

The South Central Regional Airport Authority has received assurance of the $750,000 local match needed for the runway extension project at the Clark Regional Airport. [News & Tribune]