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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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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Surprise! Walmart Fight Still Going On

The future of a Wal-Mart in the California neighborhood is still on hold. Right now, a lawsuit and several plaintiffs are blocking the store from being built on West Broadway. [WDRB]

Judicial candidates in Kentucky can make misleading statements but they can’t tell outright lies. [C-J/AKN]

A motel with a troubled history is revamping their image with new changes. How long will it take for this to end badly? [WHAS11]

A Kentucky oil train terminal illustrates a persistent gap between the risks posed by increasing volumes of crude oil moving by rail and the training available to local first responders specifically for it. [H-L]

Two sixth-graders will be disciplined after Jefferson County Public Schools said they brought three BB guns to school. [WLKY]

A secretive super-court system called ISDS is threatening to blow up President Barack Obama’s highest foreign policy priority. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! LMPD investigators are reporting an unusual trend in car break-ins in the Highlands. [WAVE3]

The prescriptions you have in your medicine cabinet might not be as private as you believe they are. Thirty-one states grant law enforcement warrantless access to databases containing drug histories, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is pushing hard to search records even in states that have privacy safeguards. [WCPO]

Coal-producing states are preparing for arguments next month in the federal appeals court case known as West Virginia v. EPA, challenging the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. [WFPL]

Now for some startling opinions about race relations and the current leader of the Republican Party, Donald Trump. [The Hill]

Leaders of the Muhammad Ali Center have begun an effort to raise about $10 million, which they say is needed to help preserve the memory of the museum’s namesake. [Business First]

Kelly Ryan teaches her Indiana University Southeast students about the struggle for equality women faced in the early days of America. [News & Tribune]

Eastern Kentucky Needs Your Love

The Jefferson County Board of Education unanimously approved lowering the property tax rate for the current fiscal year on Tuesday night. [WDRB]

The owners of an industrial building at 708 W. Magazine St. where a Texas company proposed opening a controversial methadone clinic have ended all negotiations with the firm. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Cry us a damn river, FOP. You don’t want media attention when cops kill someone but when a few officers get butthurt and choose to leave a Taco Bell, you go insane begging for media attention. LMPD officers were refused service at the Taco Bell on Preston Hwy, near Phillips Lane, according to the River City Fraternal Order of Police. [WHAS11]

Eastern Kentucky needs your love. She died alone in the middle of the night, and her body was swiftly autopsied, embalmed and carted 135 miles to a remote Kentucky county where she had been raised. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! New Albany loves killing people, too. Police are investigating a homicide in New Albany after a man was found fatally shot. [WLKY]

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 12 percentage points among likely voters, her strongest showing this month, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting in the area where LMPD Chief Steve Conrad held a peace walk just hours earlier. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump used his campaign funds to buy thousands of copies of his own book at retail cost, simultaneously diverting donor money back into his pockets while artificially boosting his sales figures. It’s a tactic that may be illegal, campaign finance experts say. [TDB]

The Louisville Metro Police Department’s body camera program drew praise when it was introduced more than a year ago. [WFPL]

Matt Bevin is a bigot. Matt Bevin’s administration is suing the federal government to block a rule that says medical providers and insurance companies can’t discriminate against transgender patients. [More WFPL]

This story will probably make you gouge your eyes out. Louisville senior living company borrows Chick-fil-A’s secret sauce. [Business First]

New Albany Floyd County Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 25 year of helping low income families in Floyd and Clark counties realize their dream of homeownership. [News & Tribune]

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Google Fiber Can’t Happen Quickly Enough In Possibility City

At least four other JCPS schools have similar hair policies in place to the one that was temporarily suspended by Butler High last week — and one school has called a special meeting to address it this week. [WDRB]

Louisville’s largest cable and internet provider says the city is giving Google Fiber an unfair advantage, and it wants Mayor Greg Fischer to step in and ease key regulations in the coming weeks. [C-J/AKN]

He was once Louisville’s most high profile charity leader and a top stockbroker. Presidents, Mayors and A-list celebrities appeared at his events when he asked. But for the past year and a half he’s been in a Federal Prison. [WHAS11]

It didn’t take long for a Kentucky school to suspend a dress code policy after significant outcry, both in person and on social media. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A father-to-be was gunned down inside his Pleasure Ridge Park apartment early Monday morning. [WLKY]

Khizr Khan delivered one of the most moving speeches at the Democratic National Convention, captivating viewers with his story about losing his son, a U.S. service member who died in the Iraq War saving his fellow soldiers. [HuffPo]

He once ran for mayor an now he’s challenging citations in a high-profile case, involving his bicycle. [WAVE3]

Six Michigan state workers have been charged with hiding data that showed that drinking water was unsafe in the city of Flint. [BBC]

Revelations about lucrative perks doled out to former University of Louisville president James Ramsey’s top deputies brought outrage Friday from faculty members and taxpayers, but was of no concern to two top trustees. [WFPL]

He walked onto the convention stage Thursday night with his wife beside him, the Constitution to guide him and the pride of a father who knows he has a story to tell. [Politico]

Former University of Louisville president James Ramsey, who resigned Wednesday evening, released a statement Thursday about his status with the U of L Foundation, the school’s nonprofit organization that oversees the school’s endowment. [Business First]

Figuring out how much to spend out of the first few payments of the Floyd Memorial Hospital sale caused some eventful discussion, but the Floyd County Commissioners and Floyd County Council made an agreement at Thursday’s meeting. [News & Tribune]

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City’s In A Jim Ramsey Fog, It Seems

Opponents of a plan to let an aging pipeline carry natural gas liquids through Kentucky continue to call on federal regulators to conduct a more thorough review of the project. [WDRB]

Senate Bill 11 – signed into law earlier this year – took effect July 15 and is now allowing alcohol-related businesses statewide to receive new and increased privileges that are meant to support tourism and advance production. [C-J/AKN]

As students in our area stretch out the final days of summer vacation, many parents are already lining up school shopping trips and physicals. Norton Healthcare wants parents to know that back to school physicals can save lives. [WHAS11]

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Wingate on Friday denied the Family Foundation’s motion for summary judgment against one type of historical racing game, Encore, in use at Kentucky Downs in Franklin. [H-L]

As the story goes, the legacy of Muhammad Ali began when a young Cassius Clay had his red bike stolen from the Columbia Auditorium on South Fourth Street in downtown Louisville. [WLKY]

The father of a Muslim American war hero addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, delivering a brutal takedown of Donald Trump and his inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Neighbors in Shawnee surrounded a vacant home in a crime-stricken neighborhood on Friday demanding for the city to listen. [WAVE3]

A U.S. appeals court on Friday struck down a North Carolina law that required voters to show photo identification when casting ballots, ruling that it intentionally discriminated against African-American residents. [Reuters]

Former University of Louisville President James Ramsey has been fairly quiet since the Board of Trustees accepted his offer to resign Wednesday night. [WFPL]

Many patients sent to rehab facilities to recover from medical crises or procedures sometimes suffer additional harm from the care itself, a government study concludes. [ProPublica]

The old, now present, members of the University of Louisville board of trustees will meet next week to vote on the actions taken in their absence by a separate board. [Business First]

With a budget and bonds set, now West Clark Community Schools just sits back and sees what happens for the next month. [News & Tribune]

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Shootings, Shootings & More Shootings

For the last year, signs with pictures and information about Crystal Rogers have been posted all over Bardstown. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Public Schools has made important accomplishments this year but there have also been “obvious mistakes and omissions,” the district’s board said in its yearly performance evaluation of Superintendent Donna Hargens. [C-J/AKN]

School is right around the corner for Clarksville Community students and officials are already focusing the need for supplies. [WHAS11]

Massie’s ideas about “sovereignty” are an extreme example of the naïve thinking that fueled the Brexit vote, has propelled Trump’s candidacy and energizes Tea Party activists. It is our inner 4-year-old screaming, “You can’t tell me what to do!” [H-L]

One person was taken to the hospital after an overnight shooting in south Louisville. The shooting happened at about 2:30 a.m. at Déjà Vu on Taylor Boulevard, near Longfield Avenue. [WLKY]

Senate Republicans have never made it easy for President Barack Obama to put judges on federal courts. But now, with just months left in his term, they’re not even pretending to try to let judicial nominees through. [HuffPo]

Another day, another fun shooting in Compassionate City! [WAVE3]

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin proclaims the days of “pay to play” ended with his arrival in Frankfort. But some House Democrats say if you’re not willing to play, Bevin isn’t reluctant to make you pay. [Ronnie Ellis]

A Lexington city council committee will soon review constable policies in the central Kentucky community. [WFPL]

The coal industry is slated to lose clout in the next Congress, with term limits set to force out a chairman who has frequently battled with the Obama administration on behalf of mining companies. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Keeping Eastern Kentucky Impoverished) will relinquish the gavel of the House Appropriations Committee in January, after having led the powerful panel for six years, which is the maximum allowed under GOP rules. [The Hill]

The Louisville Sports Commission has named a new slate of officers and appointed new board members. [Business First]

The contract for newly hired town manager of Clarksville has been approved and Kevin Baity is scheduled to start June 30. [News & Tribune]