Obama Visit Will Snarl Traffic Like Woah

Several Louisville Metro Council members have thrown support behind new legislation aimed at regulating large parties in abandoned buildings. [WDRB]

A national traffic-congestion study ranked Louisville as the 36th worst city in the United States, which will probably come as no surprise to Louisville commuters. It’s also the 128th worst on the international list. [C-J/AKN]

A lawsuit over bullying at Ramsey Middle School is expected to be filed against Jefferson County Public Schools Wednesday. [WHAS11]

President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentences of nearly two dozen drug convicts, including eight serving life in prison, in an act the White House said continues Obama’s push to make the justice system fairer by reducing harsh sentences that were handed down under outdated guidelines. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Way to go, JCPS, way to go. [WLKY]

Taxes are a pain. Health insurance is a pain. This year, Americans will suffer both when they file their income taxes. Ouch. [HuffPo]

The 141st Kentucky Derby isn’t until May 2, but the solid gold winner’s trophy arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday. [WAVE3]

No one in Louisville is surprised that Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday is tucking tail and running away. [Page One]

Proposed luxury apartments in Butchertown may get some help from the city. Louisville Metro Council’s Labor and Economic Development Committee signed off on a plan last week that would give a tax break for a new building between Main and Clay streets housing 263 luxury apartments. [WFPL]

The Supreme Court delivered a victory to state health departments on Tuesday, ruling that private Medicaid doctors cannot sue states to raise their reimbursement rates. [The Hill]

The Kentucky International Convention Center at 221 S. Fourth St. will be closing from August 2016 to summer 2018 to accommodate work on its $180 million expansion and renovation. [Business First]

Dr. Jerome Adams, Indiana’s state health commissioner, has a message for individuals potentially affected by the HIV outbreak in Scott County: You aren’t alone, and we can help you. [News & Tribune]

Thought All Was Piggies & Rainbows At Swift?

You can thank David Jones for most of this mess. If you missed it, he was losing his marbles during Monday evening’s meeting, claiming no one but the board had any say so in whether Hargens got a sweet contract renewal. Little has changed since the days of Daeschner and Berman. Remember those shysters? Only now it’s not just us — Toni can smell b.s. a mile away (with the exception of Terry Holliday b.s.). [Toni Konz]

The fines keep stacking up the JBS Swift slaughterhouse and meat packing plant in Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood. [C-J/AKN]

They are not police officers just yet, but you can already see the tension as new Louisville Metro Police recruits are put into potentially life-threatening situations such as a mock break-in at a business. [WHAS11]

Republican candidate for governor Matt Bevin said he would undo the expansion of the state’s Medicaid system, a move that would take away health insurance from nearly 400,000 people. [H-L]

Another day, another… wait for it… Four people were transported after an accident involving a JCPS bus. [WLKY]

The bill to rein in PETA’s killing at their headquarters in Virginia passed the House of Delegates in a landslide 95-2 vote. Shelters will now be required by definition to make efforts to adopt out animals, instead of summarily killing them. [HuffPo]

The Metro Air Pollution Control District has levied $48,000 in fines against JBS Swift, but says the company can settle the fines for less if they take certain steps. [WAVE3]

Cockfighting lover Matt Bevin says he has a seven point economic plan for Kentucky, which means nothing. Check out the looks of his 700 kids’ faces. Not even they take him seriously. [CN|Toots]

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will visit Louisville next month at the end of a U.S. tour. [WFPL]

Several Republican governors who are nervous about a Supreme Court ruling are asking Congress for help — even if it puts them at odds with their own party. [The Hill]

By now, you probably have heard that the 40-story National City Tower in downtown Louisville has changed owners. [Business First]

What are the most pressing needs in Clark and Floyd counties? [News & Tribune]

No One Is Surprised By Last Night’s Results

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth is easily winning re-election in Kentucky’s 3rd congressional district. [WDRB]

In Louisville, only the nose knows when it comes to enforcing odor regulations. As JBS Swift and the city wrestle over complaints of a slaughterhouse stench, the company is now questioning the city’s reliance on a decades-old subjective odor standard that’s enforced through a sniff test by Air Pollution Control District field inspectors. [C-J/AKN]

Really, this is the dumbest thing ever. It’s a real shame for this city. [WHAS11]

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell held off Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Tuesday’s election to win a sixth term and quite possibly a promotion to majority leader of the United States Senate. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Department cleared the scene of the fire at Liberty Tire. [WLKY]

Republicans in Congress may be in no mood to hike the minimum wage, but four conservative-leaning states are poised to do it on their own. [HuffPo]

Two Louisville Metro Police Department officers are being investigated by the department. [WAVE3]

Republicans struck a powerful first blow in Kentucky in U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday in their drive to control the U.S. Senate and dramatically tip the balance of power away from President Barack Obama and his Democrats. [Reuters]

The tire company off Dixie Highway where a fire raged Monday hasn’t been in compliance with Kentucky’s tire storage laws since June 6. And in an unfortunate coincidence, state inspectors arrived at the site this morning for a follow-up inspection just as the fire started. [WFPL]

Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed “supercookies” — markers so powerful that it’s difficult for even savvy users to escape them. [WaPo]

Papa John’s International predicts that 2014 will end better than the Louisville-based pizza chain had originally anticipated. [Business First]

Indiana’s riverboat casinos would be allowed to move to on-land sites and the state’s horse track casinos could have live dealers run table games under recommendations from a legislative committee. [News & Tribune]

Sadly, Education In Kentucky Continues To Suffer

Elderly and low income neighbors in Jeffersonville are caught in the middle of a zoning fight that could force them out of their home. [WDRB]

Your dying local newspaper got at least a few school board endorsements right, it seems. Not endorsing people like Horne was a wise move. [C-J/AKN]

Prosecutors said they plan to ask for the death penalty in the case of a Louisville man charged with killing his neighbor while her three children were sleeping in the home. [WHAS11]

Janice Duncan, a fifth-grade teacher at Lexington’s Southern Elementary, shares the opinion of other educators who are concerned about the lack of specifics in the proposed new Kentucky Core Academic Social Studies Standards. [H-L]

Jeffersonville leaders disagree on a major project that has already hit residents in the pocketbook. [WLKY]

You can thank Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes and Mitch McConnell for the national embarrassment. [HuffPo]

Just what Louisville needs! Another downtown hotel. [WAVE3]

Global climate models have underestimated the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research. [BBC]

Louisville Metro has reached an agreement with the J.B. Swift plant in Butchertown over some administrative violations, but the plant’s issues with alleged odor violations remain unresolved. [WFPL]

Kentucky ranks 11th worst in the country in depth of cuts to school funding since the start of the recession, according to a new report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-partisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C. Kentucky has cut per-student investment in K-12 schools by 11.4 percent between 2008 and 2015 once inflation is taken into account. [KYCEP & CBPP]

The Ohio River Bridges Project is showcased in a Bloomberg report about the nation’s infrastructure. [Business First]

The Jeffersonville Sanitary Sewer Board and members of the city council were updated on the city’s ability to pay for an EPA-mandated project — and were told one of the last things they wanted to hear. [News & Tribune]

Really? 5-Sentence Story On Big JCPS Pay Raise?

He sure seems like a nice guy. A Clarksville firefighter is behind bars after police say he shot a dog. Gary Crowe, Jr. is charged with attempted killing of a domestic animal and intimidation. [WDRB]

Because of course they gave them even more time. The Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment on Monday gave the JBS pork slaughter plant until March 16 to show that it has resolved outstanding air pollution control violations [C-J/AKN]

Tumbleweed, a Louisville based Tex-Mex restaurant, is set to appear in court September 30 after being served with an eviction notice after a breach of lease with Waterweed LLC for $17,000 in rent for August. [WHAS11]

The Fayette County School Board got an earful at its first public meeting since the auditor’s report. Fun fact: This guy has done far less than Montgomery County’s superintendent but Frankfort (Adam Edelen, who has staffers telling us they won’t waste their time in Montgomery County) is taking him more seriously. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A man was killed after an officer involved shooting in the Russell neighborhood just after midnight in the 900 block of Esquire Alley. [WLKY]

Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain. [HuffPo]

Teachers in Jefferson County are set to receive a bonus come pay day. [WAVE3]

More than 120 world leaders – including President Barack Obama – kicked off a one-day United Nations’ summit on climate change in New York City by viewing What’s Possible, a short film on the urgency of global warming. [Bill Moyers]

Absolutely none of this disqualifies Ashley Miller from running for office. None of it. In fact, she should put it all on her campaign website. People would like her more. What DOES disqualify her? Being recruited and supported by Jennifer Moore, someone who has spent years personally attacking and demeaning anyone who doesn’t share her political bent. [WFPL]

The waves of warplanes and Tomahawk cruise missiles targeted the militants’ training compounds, storage facilities and finance center in an aggressive and risky operation that marked a new phase in the conflict. [WaPo]

Call us crazy but none of the tons of other restaurants are suffering as a result of non-existent traffic nightmares on East Market. No one wants to pay an arm and a leg for Mexican street food even if it’s delicious. And to everyone pushing them to start a food truck? That’s what they gave up to open a physical restaurant. [Business First]

On their way to updating a policy on naming facilities in schools, the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. hashed out some more details on a first reading of the new language at Thursday’s board meeting. [News & Tribune]

Minor Drug Offenders Serve More Time Than That

Kentucky and Indiana lack a plan for out-of-state toll collection. [WDRB]

The JBS Swift plant in Butchertown has been cited for humane slaughter violations. Seems like only yesterday the paper was screwing that story up and libeling a former WHAS11 employee. [C-J/AKN]

Oh, wait, here’s another story about JBS Swift. [C-J/AKN]

This has got to be the creepiest story of the weekend. A man who helped his lover bury a body in his old Louisville basement has been let out of prison. [WHAS11]

A pup that was scarred when someone branded an obscene word into its skin will receive plastic surgery from the Lexington Humane Society this week. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! There are still no arrests in the shooting death of a baby. [WLKY]

Like we’ve been saying on Twitter… Privately, McConnell aides said that Benton had been sidelined for months in a reorganization of the campaign after the GOP primary season, and that former McConnell Chief of Staff Josh Holmes has been effectively in charge since. [HuffPo]

September 2 will mark more than the end of a holiday weekend and the symbolic end of summer. It’s the beginning of what could be the biggest squeeze yet in the Ohio River Bridges project. That’s especially true if you’re driving on Interstate 65 and use the Kennedy Bridge to get to or from southern Indiana. [WAVE3]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, announced his resignation late Friday, citing potential distractions over renewed attention to a scandal from the Iowa 2012 caucuses. [Politico]

A national conversation about the militarization of police has sprung up amid the recent unrest and protests over the police shooting of a teen in Missouri. [WFPL]

Summers in the U.S. have been warming since the 1970s due to climate change, though it might not seem like it if you’re riding out this unusually cool August in the northeast and midwest. Hint: This is about Louisville. [Fast Company]

Funny, we thought they had a habit of thinking too big. Reference: that 16th largest nonsense, “Possibility City”, “Compassionate City”, et al. In the opinion of Brian Wallace, Louisvillians have a bad habit of thinking too small. [Business First]

Just like with the long holiday weekend, enjoy the three lanes in each direction on Interstate 65, because come Tuesday morning, they’ll both be gone. [News & Tribune]

The Old Butchertown-Swift Slap Fight Rages On

With opening night just three days away, the finish line is fast approaching at Churchill Downs. [WDRB]

KFC Yum! Center officials say they don’t intend to pay $7.5 million the Kentucky State Fair Board claims it’s lost since the new arena began siphoning business from Freedom Hall when it started hosting University of Louisville basketball and other events. [C-J/AKN]

Federal agents and local police are investigating after search warrants were issued for the Physicians Primary Care offices in Indiana and Kentucky. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky Horse Park Commission has hired as its interim executive director Ted Nicholson, who filed a whistle-blower lawsuit after being fired without explanation in 2012 from his job as general manager of the KFC Yum Center in Louisville. [H-L]

Two school employees in Oldham County resigned after officials said they left a child on a bus alone for hours. [WLKY]

We’ve been hearing from both Democrats and Republicans all over the state that Katie Stine sabotaged the bipartisan heroin legislation she helped create with fellow legislators. [Page One]

The doctor fired after an inmate’s death at Kentucky State Penitentiary will keep his private practice but may hire a lawyer as the state’s investigation continues, his wife said Tuesday. [WAVE3]

In May 2013, it was big news when, for the first time, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million. Now, researchers say that number has been consistently above 400 for the last month. [HuffPo]

There are still a few days left for the public to submit comments on the proposed new Robley Rex VA Medical Center facility. [Business First]

In 1953, Memorial Hospital of Floyd County opened its doors at 1850 State St. in New Albany. At the time, it was state-of-the-art and was larger and more advanced than the facility it replaced, St. Edward’s Hospital. [News & Tribune]

The Butchertown Neighborhood Association and Andy Cornelius, its president, have appealed a Louisville Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment decision allowing an expansion at the JBS/Swift pork plant on Story Avenue in Butchertown. [More C-J/AKN]