Ignoring Fischer In Favor Of Derby Excitement Is Tough To Do

If you haven’t seen it yet, it looks like this is going to be a rough week for Republican Jamie Comer. [Page One]

Nine schools in Jefferson County that have been among the lowest performing in Kentucky may soon shed the stigmatizing label of “priority school,” depending on how students fare on the next round of state tests in a few weeks. [WDRB]

A judge has ruled in favor of the JBS/Swift pork plant in Butchertown in a legal dispute with the neighborhood association over whether the plant should have been allowed to make certain improvements or additions to its facilities. [C-J/AKN]

Dance with Grace studio owner John Gividen is still trying to wrap his head around what happened Thursday night, April 23. His longtime client Lucy Zeh was shot and gravely injured by her estranged husband Frederick Zeh right outside the dance studio. [WHAS11]

A reward for information in the slayings for a Central Kentucky mother and daughter has been increased to $50,000, the victims’ family said. [H-L]

The winners of the marathon, the mini marathon and the wheelchair division have all crossed the finish line. [WLKY]

Progressive Democrats have been hoping to see a showdown between Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton for years. Instead, they’re getting a public feud between the senator from Massachusetts and President Barack Obama. [HuffPo]

Despite the threat of severe weather across Louisville, thousands of people attended opening night festivities at Churchill Downs. [WAVE3]

When will President Barack Obama apologize for all the other innocent victims of drone strikes? [The Intercept]

Milton Engebretson starts his church’s van. He’s in his third week of what has become a daily ritual: driving around Austin, Indiana, transporting people to the town’s Community Outreach Center. [WFPL]

Same-sex marriage is legal in most states but so is discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodation. [NPR]

I’ll come right out and admit it: I’ve never been to the Kentucky Derby. I’ll take it a bit further: I’ve also never been to the Kentucky Oaks, and I’ve always found a way to avoid Thunder. [Business First]

Only two of New Albany’s six district council races feature a contested primary, but those races feature multiple candidates. [News & Tribune]

It’s Possibility Pedestrian Death City!

This should be embarrassing to everyone in Louisville. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and other city officials kicked off the “Look Alive Louisville” pedestrian safety program Thursday. [WDRB]

Really, it’s just embarrassing. With Louisville averaging 16 pedestrian deaths during each of the past five years, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Thursday a new safety program called “Look Alive Louisville” that is designed to greatly reduce pedestrian fatalities. [C-J/AKN]

So many questions in West Buechel…and getting answers is proving to be difficult. [WHAS11]

For decades, if not for the past 141 years, racing fans have looked with envy upon a coveted section of seats in the Churchill Downs grandstand, where only 20 sets of lucky horse owners could sit. [H-L]

A loan to finance the East End Crossing section of the Ohio River Bridges Project was announced Thursday U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. [WLKY]

The private prison industry’s growing role in immigrant detention is due in part to Congress’ requiring the federal government to maintain some 34,000 detention beds, according to a report released Wednesday. The report, drafted by Grassroots Leadership, a nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, calls on Congress to eliminate the immigrant detention quota from its 2016 appropriations request. [HuffPo]

The owners of a troubled Bardstown Road hotel, who provided a tour to WAVE 3 News on Wednesday, said they were focused on passing a city inspection next week before renovating the lodge. [WAVE3]

A new strain of dog flu from Asia that started infecting pets in Chicago this January has spread to thousands of dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana and killed six, animal health officials said. [Reuters]

Louisville can’t figure out how to manage a flipping animal shelter. So there’s little chance it can handle a fancy sports team. Advocates of Louisville having a pro sports franchise focused for years on bringing the National Basketball Association to the city. [WFPL]

As a historic constitutional showdown over gay marriage looms this month at the U.S. Supreme Court, attorneys are fighting over another bitterly disputed issue: their fees. [Reuters]

Louisville-based Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) says it again will pursue a contract to provide Medicaid managed-care services to the state of Kentucky. [Business First]

A group of developers still hopes to market six lots along Bank Street for commercial and residential use, but they want the New Albany Redevelopment Commission to readjust its asking price for the properties. [News & Tribune]

A Roundup Without A Bunch Of Murders! What A Rarity!

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency, awarded the Portland Museum a “Museums for America” grant of $24,652 for a series of Young Curators projects in the Portland neighborhood. The Museum plans two project series – one from elementary age school students and the other for middle school students. The programs will provide enriching cultural experiences to youngsters. [Press Release]

Louisville Metro Police are moving forward with a road side drug testing pilot program. [WDRB]

Kentucky lottery sales continue to show mixed results, but the sale of instant tickets has been especially strong, the lottery corporation directors were told at a recent board meeting. [C-J/AKN]

You already know Louisville is the allergy devil. [WHAS11]

Southern Indiana officials say a construction worker was rescued from a trench after a soil collapse left the man partially buried for several hours. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police are investigating an attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl after a woman said a man attempted to abduct her grandchild at a bus stop. [WLKY]

Kentucky Fried Chicken may have changed its name to KFC years ago to downplay its cooking method in a more health-conscious consumer market, but the world’s second-largest fast food chain didn’t stop frying. [HuffPo]

You’ll probably need some tissues when you watch this video from Home of the Innocents that’s going viral. [WAVE3]

We may not want to believe it, but the United States is now the most unequal of all Western nations. To make matters worse, America has considerably less social mobility than Canada and Europe. [Salon]

Kentucky state regulators are set to consider whether to raise Louisville-area utility bills, in response to a proposed rate increase by Louisville Gas and Electric. The Public Service Commission held a public meeting last night to take comments; about 50 people showed up, and unsurprisingly, no one testified in favor of the rate increase. [WFPL]

Oil prices might be very low, but that’s not going to take away from investments in renewable energy. [ThinkProgress]

David Lehr is retiring as track superintendent of Louisville’s Churchill Downs Racetrack in May, marking the first time in 48 years that a member of the Lehr family will not be part of the track maintenance team. [Business First]

The numbers are staggering. The Blessings in a Backpack program feeds 1,960 children each week in Floyd County. [News & Tribune]

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]


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]

That Smell Is Greg Fischer’s Lack Of Transparency

About a year ago, a consultant hired by the Louisville Downtown Partnership concluded that downtown Louisville could support a medium-size grocery in the central business district, a small food market in the Nulu area, or even both. But one of the chains the consultant said could work downtown – Paul’s Fruit Market — isn’t convinced. [WDRB]

What began as an outreach effort two years ago to a portion of a potentially underserved population is now the first LGBT Citizens Police Academy offered by the Louisville Metro Police Department. [C-J/AKN]

Jefferson County Public Schools has named a new principal for Ballard High School. [WHAS11]

There’s a bad smell in parts of Metro Louisville, but nobody knows where it’s coming from. Media report that city crews have been trying for nearly a week to pin down the odor that smells like mildew, but so far they’ve had no luck. [H-L]

The Clark County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a Louisville man who was hit by a car in Clarksville. [WLKY]

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won the straw poll vote at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. [HuffPo]

A mystery surrounds Louisville of really stinky proportions. [WAVE3]

A bill strengthening regulation of deep-well drillings was unanimously passed by a state Senate committee Thursday. [Richmond Register]

Metro Louisville’s three emergency services departments have been consolidated into a single agency, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday. [WFPL]

You know what’s scary? People in Delaware are trying to emulate Jerry Abramson. [Delaware Online]

Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen said the company will not see major financial implications from its acquisition of Big Fish games, a producer and distributor of mobile and online games, until the end of the first quarter of 2015. [Business First]

Clark County is one step closer to adding a court to handle the county’s heavy caseload, as members of the Indiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 1110 last week. [News & Tribune]

Compassionate Cities Don’t Have So Many Murders

Internal reviews conducted by the Kentucky Department of Education at three of Jefferson County’s lowest performing schools show progress is being made towards improving achievement, but that some changes must still be made. [Toni Konz]

Does anyone really buy into this Fischer transparency schtick anymore? n the wake of criticisms that public officials were deleting electronic messages, Mayor Greg Fischer Monday said that every person serving on a board or commission will be issued an email address to conduct all official government business. [C-J/AKN]

Two of Louisville’s largest employers are urging Kentucky lawmakers to reject Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s push for the state to allow a local option sales tax. [WHAS11]

A move to raise the minimum wage in Kentucky’s largest city has resulted in a lawsuit. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Another day, another couple of senseless murders in Possibility City. [WLKY]

To Washington insiders he is Dr Evil: the hidden orchestrator of industry campaigns against the Humane Society, Mothers against Drunk Driving, and other seemingly uncontroversial groups. Now Richard Berman, a one-time lobbyist turned industry strategist, has zeroed in on another target: Barack Obama’s new power plant rules. [HuffPo]

What began as a call for help along Interstate 71 ended with police discovering a car crash with a man shot dead inside Wednesday. The shooting forced southbound I-71 closed near the Gene Snyder Freeway for hours impacting travel for hundreds of people. [WAVE3]

Brown-Forman is among 16 organizations across the United States recognized for climate action. [EPA]

The recent revelation that breathalyzer tests are video recorded at the Louisville jail may lead to an influx of filings to re-opened drunk driving cases in the near future. [WFPL]

Wanna dig through Churchill Downs’ quarterly and full year earnings results? [External PDF Link]

The Kentucky Derby Festival unveiled its 2015 Pegasus Pins at an event at Hard Rock Café and it doesn’t suck. [Business First]

Slick, icy roads didn’t stop New Albany residents from packing the Carnegie Center for Art & History to discuss a hot-button issue Saturday. [News & Tribune]

Enjoy The Holiday Break Cause 2015 Will Suck

Spoiler Alert: A gymnasium isn’t going to solve the problem. In the last 10 years, Wayne Blakey Sr. has seen a lot of violence near his home on River Park Drive in West Louisville. [WDRB]

Launched in September in four high-crime areas, Zones of Hope is a city initiative trying to tackle issues of education, unemployment and violence by focusing on young black males. [C-J/AKN]

It was a joyous welcome for Santa and his elves at the Wayside Christian Mission on Christmas Eve. With the help of the Louisville community, Santa brought presents for all the Mission’s residents, spending their holiday at the shelter. [WHAS11]

The University of Louisville has been awarded a $155,000 grant to map disease genes in horses. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! For one family, Christmas Eve isn’t just a holiday, but the anniversary of a devastating loss. [WLKY]

This is not the kind of bourbon that will get you excited. Researchers have identified the cause of a Kansas farmer’s mysterious death this summer as Bourbon virus. [HuffPo]

The rally at Jefferson Square in downtown Louisville was organized by the local group Man Up, and came just hours after another person was shot dead by police near St. Louis. Maybe in the future, they could hold a rally without one of the city’s most notorious bigots screaming into the microphone? [WAVE3]

The 2014 midterm elections saw a wave of Republican candidates elected and re-elected to federal office, many of whom are now rearing to make the environment their first casualty of the 114th Congress. As it turns out, the fossil fuel industry may have had something to do with that. [Think Progress]

Steve Beshear is heading into his final regularly scheduled legislative session next month, but he said he doesn’t believe that will hamper his ability to help get legislation passed in the 2015 General Assembly. [WFPL]

Here’s a fun read about Ambassador Matthew Barzun’s musical tastes. Just read between the lines. [BuzzFeed]

Churchill Downs Racetrack has named its latest track announcer. For some reason, a ton of folks wrote in asking for this link. Here you go. [Business First]

Amid public outcry over a new fee being assessed, the Clark County Commissioners declined to vote on an ordinance that would have facilitated the collection of the fee. [News & Tribune]