JCPS Scandals Have Gone On For Years, Probably Won’t End Soon

Two Jefferson County Public Schools employees have been suspended and a third has resigned after a student on a special needs school bus was sexually assaulted by another student. [WDRB]

Just when it appeared the fight between the University of Louisville Foundation and the school’s board of trustees was subsiding, both sides Thursday hurled angry charges and countercharges at each other. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Lonnie Ali is still very much grieving the loss of her spouse while learning to navigate without the man she calls her soul mate. [WHAS11]

Kentucky judges need to be paid more, Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. told state lawmakers Friday. [H-L]

While Advanced Placement exam scores in Kentucky improved this year, the number of test takers went down. [WLKY]

Shutting down for-profit detention facilities would hurt Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s ability to do its job, agency director Sarah Saldaña said Thursday amid a review over whether the government should do just that. [HuffPo]

A group of Louisville attorneys is calling for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to install metal detectors at its middle and high schools because of “the continuing danger of gun violence.” [WAVE3]

On Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. told Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he doesn’t think the Trump Organization’s international operations would be problematic if his dad were elected president. [ThinkProgress]

You’ve heard Jack Fox’s voice before, even if you don’t know him by name. Think back to the last time you were at the airport — any airport, really. Remember that voice that alerts you to the fact that “the moving walkway is now ending?” That’s Jack Fox. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s campaign isn’t alone in patronizing his own businesses: taxpayers are indirectly doing so, too. Federal Election Commission records show that the U.S. Secret Service has paid the Trump campaign about $1.6 million to cover the cost of flying its agents with the candidate on a plane owned and operated by one of his companies. [Politico]

Something about this makes our eyes roll back in our heads… Total Wine & More plans to open its first Louisville store on Thursday, Oct. 6. [Business First]

River Ridge is one step closer to demolishing the remaining vestiges of the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant located on their property. [News & Tribune]

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Another Week of UofL Messes Begins

Leaders at the University of Louisville and its affiliated foundation agreed Friday on the process for hiring a special auditor to examine questionable spending by the foundation – a move that averts a potential lawsuit by the university against the foundation. [WDRB]

A group will host a series of eight public forums statewide to alert people about possible changes to the state Medicaid program and seek comments, with the first one scheduled Sept. 26 in Morehead. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Smoketown neighborhood was buzzing Friday morning, Sept. 23. Hundreds of people volunteered as part of Habitat for Humanity’s “Love Your Neighborhood” initiative, building two new Habitat for Humanity homes, cleaning up sidewalks and parks, and doing repairs on existing homes. One of those homes belongs to Ellen Sloan, who moved into her Habitat house seven years ago. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky Supreme Court dealt a decisive blow to Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive power Thursday, finding that he exceeded his statutory authority by cutting state universities’ budgets by 2 percent last spring, after the General Assembly had already appropriated their funding. [H-L]

A new law meant to give some felons a second chance by expunging their criminal records is causing confusion and disagreement. [WLKY]

Donald Trump said Wednesday he finally gave up pushing conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama’s birthplace because it was politically convenient to do so. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Councilwoman Mary Woolridge got stuck in an elevator at City Hall. [WAVE3]

A new study that examines some major health care proposals from the presidential candidates finds that Donald Trump would cause about 20 million to lose coverage while Hillary Clinton would provide coverage for an additional 9 million people. [AP]

Leaders of the University of Louisville and its foundation pledged Thursday to continue working through their differences even amid more public dissent. [WFPL]

As his two-term presidency draws to a close, Barack Obama is looking back—at the legacies of his predecessors, as well as his own—and forward, to the freedom of life after the White House. In a wide-ranging conversation with one of the nation’s foremost presidential historians, he talks about his ambitions, frustrations, and the decisions that still haunt him. [Vanity Fair]

Members of the University of Louisville board of trustees and the University of Louisville Foundation board of directors sparred Thursday about oversight of a special audit of the foundation’s finances. [Business First]

Concerns about vacation time and caseload led to an investigation into Clark County Chief Public Defender Amber Shaw, who last week was asked to resign less than three months after being hired. [News & Tribune]

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Maybe Stop The Whitewast That Is Claiming Louisville Is Mega-Super-OMG Compassionate And Focus On Crime? That’d Be A Good Place To Begin

We all want gun violence to end but when will we give people a reason to end it? [WDRB]

After a school security monitor slammed a girl’s head into a table at Breckinridge Metropolitan High School, her blood poured from a cut and pooled on the gym floor, a Jefferson County Public Schools investigator found. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s become a hotspot for crime and now some residents in Louisville’s Taylor Berry neighborhood say they are living in fear. [WHAS11]

Only 6 percent of Kentuckians lacked health insurance in 2015, a drop of 8.3 percentage points since 2013, according to fresh data from the U.S. Census Bureau. [H-L]

Metro police are investigating an overnight shooting in Pleasure Ridge Park. [WLKY]

New national polls show the presidential race close, but Clinton remains consistently ahead. [HuffPo]

There are reports of growing unrest among officers within the Louisville Metro Police Department. [WAVE3]

A national campaign led by Walmart, Lowe’s and other big companies to let employers opt out of workers’ comp insurance was dealt a blow after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled such plans unconstitutional. [ProPublica]

People fighting a proposed affordable housing development in Norton Commons are not getting the support of their Louisville Metro Council representative. [WFPL]

Turns out that when it comes to fighting climate change, most Americans are willing to pay a little more to get the job done. [ThinkProgress]

United Parcel Service Inc. is looking to hire 2,500 people in the Louisville area. The openings are a combination of seasonal and permanent jobs , and they include part-time package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers. [Business First]

When Joshua Rose and Adam Miller started the Family and Friends Community Center, it was with the the hope that people of all faiths and non-faiths, with various backgrounds, could come together to share ideas to help the community. [News & Tribune]

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Is The Ramsey Hangover Gone Yet?

One-hundred bicycles were given to children Saturday in memory of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. [WDRB]

Members of the county’s teachers union have voted to approve a tentative two-year salary agreement with Jefferson County Public Schools that would give teachers additional raises in addition to their experience-based step raises. [C-J/AKN]

WARING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Several major developments highlighted the University of Louisville Foundation gathered for its annual meeting Friday with the resignation of Dr. James Ramsey being as big as any. [WHAS11]

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is unlikely to approve changes to Kentucky’s Medicaid program that would interfere with its “extremely successful” progress at helping more people get health insurance, a top official said Wednesday. [John Cheves]

Bond is set at $100,000 for a man police say led them on a high-speed chase after a shooting. [WLKY]

Police shot and killed a teenager in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday night following a reported armed robbery. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition is offering overdose prevention training and free Narcan kits on Monday. [WAVE3]

Of course Brown-Forman is fighting the legalization of marijuana – if not with dollars, then with ignorance like this. [The Intercept]

[Yet Another] study shows that Kentucky has the worst-funded pension system in the nation, compounded by the fact that of all the states, the commonwealth is doing the worst at paying off its pension debt. [WFPL]

Guess which borderline racist, definitely homophobic PR guy pushed this story on Reid Wilson. In November 2014, days after Republicans recaptured control of the U.S. Senate in the midterm elections, Mitch McConnell called Kentucky state Rep. Jonathan Shell to complain. McConnell had just scored a huge reelection win, and when the 114th Congress gaveled into session, he would fulfill his lifelong goal of becoming majority leader. [The Hill]

Fifth Third Bancorp plans to close another 44 branches across its footprint, marking its second major round of branch closings in the past year. [Business First]

Clark Memorial is offering a flu shot clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the main lobby of the hospital. [News & Tribune]

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That Stench Isn’t Guy Fieri. It’s All The Crap Spewing From The UofL Foundation.

Shively Police are investigating after a man was reportedly shot several times in the back Monday night. [WDRB]

Just over a month into the new school year, McFerran Preparatory Academy is on the hunt for a new principal. [C-J/AKN]

Metro Police are investigating the city’s latest homicide. “I just pulled up and they was like, somebody, a woman got shot and killed and I’m like, what?” neighbor D’Ella Irving said. [WHAS11]

A state judge ruled Thursday that Thomas Elliott can stay on the governing board of the Kentucky Retirement Systems but won’t be allowed to vote. [H-L]

The number of shootings and homicides in Louisville has prompted several community groups and organizations to start working together. [WLKY]

Donald Trump was in a tuxedo, standing next to his award: a statue of a palm tree, as tall as a toddler. It was 2010, and Trump was being honored by a charity — the Palm Beach Police Foundation — for his “selfless support” of its cause. His support did not include any of his own money. [WaPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Says a lot that the only people fangirling over Guy Fieri were Bevin-Trump-RunSwitch folks. [WAVE3]

As soon as Stewart Anderson stepped foot inside the Lorton Reformatory, a Virginia prison, he knew he’d have to work for negligible pay in order to endure his 20-year sentence. [ThinkProgress]

It’s fun watching the UofL Foundation cough up cash for McConnell-Bush-Trump advocates to spin the media. Facing growing scrutiny from donors and its own university, the University of Louisville Foundation is paying $11,500 a month in retainers alone for external public relations firms. [WFPL]

You can bet both parties are doing a lot of polling in the contest for control of the state House of Representatives. [Ronnie Ellis]

Jefferson Community and Technical College has a new chief financial officer. [News & Tribune]

Martha Whetsell’s basement is filled with furniture, Christmas decorations and dishware. The same is true with her and her family member’s garages and a shed she owns behind Utica Church of Christ. [News & Tribune]

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Everyone’s In A Big Jim Ramsey Froth

University of Louisville interim President Neville Pinto expressed “deep concern” just one hour before a board committee of the U of L Foundation had been scheduled to meet Monday and award a rumored payout to Foundation President James Ramsey. [WDRB]

The plaintiffs who have blocked a Wal-Mart superstore in western Louisville for more than a year agreed to end their litigation two months ago, but the deal deteriorated amid a fight between attorneys over the negotiating process. [C-J/AKN]

Really, it was tons and tons of hype for nothing. A special meeting of the Executive Committee of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees was cancelled just an hour and a half before it was scheduled. [WHAS11]

UK is the worst these days. After weeks of national publicity, the University of Kentucky proceeded this week with a lawsuit against its independent student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! This made for a fun Labor Day. Police are investigating after a teen was shot on Beuchel Bank Road. [WLKY]

When Congress gets back from recess, one of the first items on Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D-DC) agenda will be salary histories. [ThinkProgress]

Can you believe there was this much hype? The executive committee of the University of Louisville Foundation canceled a special meeting that was set to take place on Labor Day. [WAVE3]

President Barack Obama snorkeled on Thursday in the electric-blue water off Midway Atoll, a remote coral reef that serves as a reminder of both modern global climate challenges and the United State’s dominance in the Pacific since its World War Two victory there. [Reuters]

In a single night in Louisville, more than 20 people arrived in emergency rooms for suspected heroin overdoses. One of them died. [WFPL]

Despite yet more evidence of trouble with the Red Cross’ disaster response — this time to floods in Louisiana — Apple, Amazon, T-Mobile, and many others have made the venerable charity the exclusive conduit for helping victims. [ProPublica]

The list of new hotels in downtown Louisville continues to grow. [Business First]

Health officials in Indiana are moving forward with actions needed to implement the needle exchange that was approved Monday, and in the works for nearly a year. [News & Tribune]

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Everyone Panicked Over A UofL Foundation Meeting That Ultimately Didn’t Take Place

All that media hype for nothing. The special University of Louisville Foundation meeting set for Labor Day has been called off because of concerns raised by the U of L Board of Trustees. [WDRB]

Of course two entitled white guys are arguing over something in the West End. Louisville Metro Council President David Yates scolded fellow member Kelly Downard on Thursday evening for getting involved in the West End Wal-Mart negotiations, saying it was an inappropriate step that had pushed the project back. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Louisville Metro’s Meals on Wheels program cares for more than a thousand seniors every year and more volunteers are needed to continue that generous work. [WHAS11]

If you want to know why so many average Kentuckians are unhappy about the lack of good jobs and better wages since the Great Recession, read a report published Wednesday by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. The report has a mix of good news and bad news, with most of the good news in the “Golden Triangle” between Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati and most of the bad news in rural and chronically depressed parts of Kentucky. [Tom Eblen]

Louisville Metro Police are investigating the city’s 81st homicide of 2016. Police were called around midnight Sunday on a report of a shooting in the 600 block of Village West Drive. [WLKY]

Taco trucks on every corner!? SIGN US UP! [HuffPo]

A belated Fourth of July celebration was held in Crescent Hill on Sunday. [WAVE3]

Lawmakers are returning to Washington next week to confront an impasse over funding bills that threatens to cause a government shutdown, something Republican leaders want to avoid at all costs. [The Hill]

Elizabeth Boccieri has been using meth and oxycontin in the past few days, ever since she heard about extra-strength laced heroin that’s been making its way south from Ohio to Louisville. [WFPL]

A powerful drug that’s normally used to tranquilize elephants is being blamed for a record spike in drug overdoses in the Midwest. Officials in Ohio have declared a public health emergency and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says communities everywhere should be on alert for carfentanil. [NPR]

When Florida State athletes arrived on campus in 1998, they received $144,750 in free Nike footwear and apparel. This year, a vault of $2.8 million in Nike gear awaited players arriving in Tallahassee. That’s in addition to the $1.4 million in cash Nike will pay this year for the right to outfit the university’s athletes. [Business First]

The New Albany City Council hopes higher fines in an updated noise ordinance will ratchet down the number of violations. [News & Tribune]

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