JCPS Is Now Back To Its Old Tricks

LG&E is closing its coal ash ponds at its power plants in Louisville and Trimble County. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Public Schools has moved a Layne Elementary teacher to another school in the district after it said it found a “pattern of poor professional judgment and unsafe behavior,” particularly in relation to how the teacher used restraint on students. [C-J/AKN]

JCPS and JCTA are still unable to come to an agreement on salaries and contracts. [WHAS11]

The number of homeless students in Lexington schools has nearly doubled in the past three years, according to a new report that recommends more money and attention to schools with the highest percentage of homeless students. [H-L]

The Kentucky Arts Council says it has awarded a Teaching Art Together grant that will fund an artist residency in eight schools in the eastern part of the state. [WLKY]

A vastly underappreciated legacy of Barack Obama’s presidency is one that neither his conservative opponents nor his liberal allies like to mention: He’s presided over a historically unprecedented reduction in government employees. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Jefferson County Public Schools employees are taught to restrain students who might be a danger to themselves or others. In the last two school years at JCPS, restraints were used 8,537 times. [WAVE3]

Ignore all the hype! If you’re wondering why Kentucky Democrats avoided Fancy Farm this year, look no further than the event’s emcee, who cracked racist jokes right off the bat. Republicans didn’t need the help of Democrats to burn their racist Trump barn down this year. [Page One]

Louisville’s Planning Commission has approved rules governing the siting of anerobic biodigesters in the city. The regulations approved Thursday were stricter than what planners had originally proposed, but won’t be finalized until they’re approved by Metro Council. [WFPL]

How dare anyone want safe drinking water or the preservation of lands. That makes native Appalachians environmental extremists, according to Rand Paul. He goes from literally telling black people they shouldn’t be allowed to sit at the lunch counter to making shit up about coal. [The Gleaner]

Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen said Thursday that the company’s Twinspires.com subsidiary will move from Mountain View, Calif., to Louisville before the end of the year and gave more details on its planned joint-venture acquisition of a Berlin, Md., casino and racetrack that was announced Tuesday. [Business First]

Pamela Fisher said she’s never shot a gun in her life. A gun range is planned for Clarksville. [News & Tribune]

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Derby’s Over, Are You Still Woah Hung Over? Only 50 Weeks Until The City Looks Clean Again!

Louisville Metro Police say officers responded to the scene of a fatal shooting. [WDRB]

The Kentucky Derby isn’t what it used to be, at least as far as producing mayhem is concerned. Police said they made only 14 arrests in and around Churchill Downs Saturday. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Nyquist stormed into the lead on the turn for home and won the Kentucky Derby to become just the eighth undefeated horse to win the Run for the Roses. [WHAS11]

Humana Inc. (HUM) on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $234 million. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A woman in her mid to late 20s was shot and killed Sunday morning, according to police. [WLKY]

Picture it – fish herpes in the Ohio River! [HuffPo]

Saturday’s crowd of 167,227 at Churchill Downs was the second-largest in Derby history. [WAVE3]

Tribune Publishing on Friday released a slate of talking points aimed at supporting its decision to rebuff Gannett’s recent $815 million offer to buy the company. The statement, labeled “Setting the Record Straight,” lists seven “myths” about Gannett’s recent bid and offers a series of brief rebuttals stating its case. [Poynter]

Every year at the Kentucky Derby, crazy hat-wearing, mint julep-guzzling horse-gazers break into a passionate rendition of Kentucky’s state song, “My Old Kentucky Home.” As tradition goes, the University of Louisville Cardinal Marching Band accompanies the crowd as they croon a ballad that seems to be about people who miss their happy home. “The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home/’Tis summer and the people are gay” begins one version. [WFPL]

A majority of the five-member U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to approve Charter Communications Inc’s (CHTR.O) acquisitions of Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N) and Bright House Networks, two sources briefed on the matter said on Thursday. [Reuters]

ImagineAir said it also might start hiring pilots locally. [Business First]

In the race for the Floyd County Coroner, David Moore and William H. Garner III will face off in November’s general election. [News & Tribune]

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It’s Oaks Day And No One Is At Work!

It’s a disturbing side effect to big events like the Kentucky Derby, and this week, officials and local organizations are raising awareness about human trafficking. [WDRB]

Policing strategies and economic development were major topics at Monday’s debate between the two candidates for the seat representing the Louisville Metro Council’s 6th District, which includes the Old Louisville, Park Hill, California and Algonquin neighborhoods. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The city is now just days away from Kentucky’s biggest event of the year. Hundreds of thousands will pour into derby city to be part of the festivities. Those large crowds will typically bring large boosts to the city’s hospitality and economy, but this year’s turnout hasn’t been like the year’s before. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s coal industry continued to hemorrhage jobs in the first three months of 2016, hitting the lowest level in more than a century. The number of jobs dropped by a little more than 1,500 during the quarter. There were an estimated 6,900 people employed at coal mines as of April 1, the lowest number since 1898, according to a report released Monday by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Former President Bill Clinton campaigned in Louisville Tuesday on behalf of his wife, Hillary Clinton. [WLKY]

The Federal Reserve Board’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided not to raise interest rates at its meeting last week. However, the FOMC also made clear that a rate hike was still an option for its June meeting. [HuffPo]

Thousands of tourists will soon feast their eyes on Churchill Downs. They will also drive, park and walk through the neighborhoods the track is surrounded by. [WAVE3]

ProPublica is launching a new interactive database that will help you keep track of the officials who represent you in Congress. [ProPublica]

The teenager in custody was suicidal, which meant staffers at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center were tasked with near-constant surveillance. [WFPL]

FBI requests for customer records under a secretive surveillance order increased by nearly 50 percent in 2015, according to a U.S. government transparency report published this week. [Reuters]

Surprise! Another “luxury” subdivision is hitting Louisville’s East End. [Business First]

Four Republicans hope for spots in the Clark County Council At-large seats. [News & Tribune]

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Is Anyone Even Working This Week?

Shore Runner was nearing the final furlong, charging down the stretch of Keeneland’s muddy track on a Saturday afternoon last October. Then he took a step that ended his life. [WDRB]

Despite months of customer frustrations that it produced, a new billing system at Louisville Water Co. was recognized for a top “implementation” award at an industry gathering in Phoenix this week. [C-J/AKN]

Join Bernie Sanders for a campaign rally in Louisville, Ky. The event happens on Tuesday May, 3 at the Big Four Lawn at 4 p.m. [WHAS11]

In a story April 30 about the upcoming removal of a Confederate monument, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the monument was capped with a statue of Jefferson Davis. The statue is of a Confederate soldier. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Spring Meet at Churchill Downs began with night racing. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama brought the laughs at his last White House Correspondents’ Dinner. [HuffPo]

Stories of murders and shootings have almost become routine in Louisville. In 2015, the Metro area had 84 murders and more than 350 shootings, an average of nearly one per day, tearing lives and communities apart. [WAVE3]

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has a 4-point lead over rival Bernie Sanders days ahead of Indiana’s primary, within a new poll’s margin of error. [The Hill]

Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville President James Ramsey announced Friday the Confederate statue on U of L’s Belknap campus will be removed. [WFPL]

With Charter Communications set to receive approval for its acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC), regulators plan to impose a series of conditions designed to stop anti-competitive and anti-consumer policies pursued by TWC. Conditions proposed by the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission would prohibit the combined company from imposing data caps and overage fees on Internet customers, charging large online content providers for network interconnection, and stifling growth of online video by demanding restrictive clauses in contracts with programmers. [Ars Technica]

In a week in which Churchill Downs Inc. debuted renovations at its namesake Louisville racetrack, announced the return of the Breeders’ Cup to the track in 2018 and unveiled plans for a $25 million hotel and expansion at its Oxford, Maine, casino, the company focused on something else in a conference call with investors today. [Business First]

Drivers on 10th Street may soon notice more activity along either sides of the busy road. [News & Tribune]

Nothing Is Puppies & Rainbows Today!

JCTC is sending layoff notices to about 40 more people. This round of cuts impacts students in the classroom, with professor and instructor jobs eliminated. [WDRB]

As Churchill Downs nears the end of $18 million in renovations to a number of its premium seating and lounge areas, the Central Avenue track offered a glimpse inside them Tuesday to local media. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO WILL EAT YOUR DATA! Fun fact: People are terrible. [WHAS11]

Want to watch Steve Beshear melt down for finally being held accountable? Here’s your chance. Matt Bevin’s politics may be deplorable and he may have the intelligence of a pool of hog poop but he couldn’t in his wildest teabagger dreams come close to touching the level of corruption that controlled Beshear’s Administrat. [H-L]

Seeeeeee? People are terrible! Raping people in cemeteries. Wow. [WLKY]

Laura Bush detailed the exact moment she learned about the 9/11 terrorist attacks during an intimate conversation with her daughter. [HuffPo]

At least WAVE isn’t over-hyping this like WDRB. Have Jefferson County Public Schools gone overboard by trying to hold on to teachers by raising their pay? [WAVE3]

Former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres has credited faith groups for helping to advance the Paris Climate Agreement by supporting “holistic, equitable, but above all, ambitious climate action.” [ThinkProgress]

The way Daphne Patton remembers it, it was more money than she’d ever seen. It was 1990, and the Kentucky Supreme Court had declared the state’s school funding system unconstitutional. Within a year, a lot more money started flowing to the poorest school districts, a 50 to 60 percent increase in their budgets. [WFPL]

Investigators probing the mysterious execution-style killings of eight family members in rural Ohio last week have found evidence of illegal cockfighting and marijuana cultivation on their property, state officials said on Tuesday. [Reuters]

Someone’s trying to build a bunch of huts around Louisville. But these aren’t your typical huts — they’re Google Fiber huts, and this could be a sign that the city has taken a huge leap forward in the process of getting the coveted gigabit internet service. [Business First]

Two Indiana counties are seeking permission from the state to begin or continue needle exchange programs in an effort to slow the spread of hepatitis C and HIV among narcotic drug users. [News & Tribune]

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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]

Louisville Is Not Compassionate, Greg Fischer

Another week filled with murder, no doubt. A MetroSafe dispatcher says police are investigating after a man was found shot. [WDRB]

After Louisville’s worst homicide tally in 36 years, A Kentucky Newspaper looks at who killed whom and where. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A neighborhood witnessed a police shooting. [WHAS11]

This should make you feel totally safe and relaxed. An estimated 1,600 to 1,800 tons of low-level radioactive waste was illegally dumped in an Estill County landfill, and now state officials are warning other solid-waste operators not to accept any of the material. [H-L]

See? It’s straight up Murder City. Police responded to a shooting in the 1100 block of South 7th Street early Sunday. [WLKY]

If you open the newspaper to the business section or listen to a politician talking about economic growth in the country, it may seem that manufacturing is booming in America. After all, the U.S. auto industry saw record sales in 2015, selling 17.5 million cars and light trucks. Americans spent an estimated $570 billion buying new rides. With thousands of jobs being added in the past few years, people everywhere are praising the industry for rebuilding our economy and the middle class. But as those of us who work at auto plants know, that’s not the full story. [HuffPo]

Your local media fails you when it refers to shootings by cops as “officer involved.” [WAVE3]

AT&T is why Louisville can’t have nice things. All the politicians and lobbyists they’ve bought = bad news bears. [Ars Technica]

The Speed Art Museum has received a $1 million donation to support free admission on Sundays for the next five years, it announced Tuesday. [WFPL]

On Wednesday, House Republicans boycotted the House’s opening prayer to protest what they thought was an inappropriate prayer the previous day for women’s “quest for reproductive justice.” Thursday it was the Senate’s turn as each party accused the other of gamesmanship and pettiness — there were even suggestions one side insinuated the other is racist. [Ronnie Ellis]

2015 was a year to remember for Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. [Business First]

Parties in the Jeffersonville City Council At-large recount appeal will have to wait a couple more weeks, as the judge won’t issue a ruling until the week of March 7 at the earliest. [News & Tribune]