Bridge Tolls? What Tolls? Nothing To See Here

The Southern Indiana chamber of commerce is asking state officials to consider changes to traffic and toll plans in an effort to ease the Ohio River Bridges Project’s financial burden on local businesses. [WDRB]

Who in Possibility City believes the Gannett split doesn’t have a serious impact on the company’s “local commitment”? That’s right — absolutely no one. Not even the people who work at A Kentucky Newspaper. [C-J/AKN]

A man form Colorado is staking his time, money and experience on a farm in Kentucky all to make medicine from hemp. [WHAS11]

Another historic bourbon distillery is coming back to life in Lexington. [H-L]

Metro police arrested a New Albany woman on a cruelty to animals charge. [WLKY]

Less than half of borrowers with the most common type of federal student loan are repaying their debt on time, new data released by the U.S. Department of Education show. [HuffPo]

Lots of land have been sitting vacant in St. Matthews since the 1980s. Many people believed the lots could not be built on, but it turns out that’s not the case. [WAVE3]

Some shysters in Louisville are back at it and making false claims. [The ‘Ville Voice]

ESL students are Jefferson County Public Schools’ fastest growing demographic—and major drivers of that growth are unaccompanied minors crossing the southwestern U.S. border and refugees like Hussein, officials say. [WFPL]

Are you a generous person or someone who loves animals? Help Jackson the Dachshund out ASAP, as he needs surgery! Jessica has been a tireless advocate for years and has definitely given more than she’s received. Let’s all pitch in. [Go Fund Me!]

Rumors about the potential sale of GE Appliances have been circulating all summer. A few weeks ago, Bloomberg had this report about it. [Business First]

In terms of the averages, the only benchmark New Albany-Floyd County Schools didn’t make were their own 2013 ISTEP+ scores. [News & Tribune]

Let’s All Act Surprised By UofL’s Big Audit Stunt

Two big traffic changes are about to hit thousands of drivers in Kentuckiana. The 2nd Street Bridge (Clark Memorial Bridge) will shut down on Tuesday, July 8th. That means drivers will be able to use it all day on Monday, but it’ll close at midnight and be off limits for six weeks. [WDRB]

Southern Indiana loves to drive its homeless into Louisville. The head of a Southern Indiana homeless ministry has stepped down from the Jeffersonville Homelessness Task Force after the city council approved a camping ban on public and private properties throughout the city. [C-J/AKN]

A local man helps revamp a closed Boys and Girls club in his friend’s honor. [WHAS11]

Kentucky health officials are awaiting test results that could confirm whether a new mosquito-borne virus from the Caribbean has reached the state. [H-L]

Economists say there are more than 2 million “missing households” in the U.S. — young people who bunk with family or friends rather than buying their own home. New data suggest this trend continues. [NPR]

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public to be on the lookout for a missing man who is believed to be in danger. [WLKY]

Almost seven out of 10 people who bought health insurance on the federal Obamacare exchanges are paying $100 or less a month for coverage, according to a Department of Health and Human Services analysis. [HuffPo]

A lawsuit has been filed against school officials and a student at a Jefferson County Public School. The suit claims the principal and a teacher at Moore Traditional High School did not do enough to stop a student from being bullied. [WAVE3]

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University of Louisville officials refuse to release a report by an outside auditing firm that examined the school’s internal controls following a series of high profile – and high dollar – thefts. [WFPL]

Research has found that kids who play a variety of sports before settling on one achieve higher levels of success and suffer fewer serious injuries. [ProPublica]

Jeffersonville officials are hopeful that the construction of a proposed new hotel near the corner of 9th and Spring streets will move forward soon. But there are a few technical hurdles to clear first. [Business First]

Clark County Circuit Court No. 2 Judge Jerry Jacobi is asking a federal judge to dismiss the complaint made against him in a civil lawsuit involving claims of misconduct within the Clark County Drug Treatment Court, which he oversaw. [News & Tribune]

Murder Becomes A Hot Topic In Possibility City

Fiber internet that people can afford? We’ll believe it when we see it. [WDRB]

Here’s some important environmental trivia for your next cocktail party: Louisville has 1.2 million potential tree planting sites. [C-J/AKN]

This is apparently news. At least it’s not mugshot central like WAVE. [WHAS11]

Just around the curve of Glenn’s Creek from Old Taylor is another mothballed distillery that is slowly coming back to life. [H-L]

BEWARE THE AUTO-PLAY VIDEO! There have been 25 homicides committed this year, and a third of them happened in broad daylight. It’s called “no snitching,” and many people say it’s in full force and effect in Louisville. [WLKY]

You’ll probably want to watch homophobic Governor Steve Beshear talk about health care. [C-SPAN]

A lawsuit concerning the pay and tipping of employees has been filed against a Louisville restaurant. The class action lawsuit against Eddie Merlot’s was filed by nine current and former employees and alleges they were not paid properly or for overtime or tips. Maybe the restaurant’s ownership can play the crazy card and just fire everybody, allowing her restaurant to sit empty, like at least one former restaurant owner in Louisville. [WAVE3]

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Downtown Louisville residents live in one of the fastest growing urban heat islands in the U.S., according to preliminary results of an ongoing study. [WFPL]

After mass shootings, like the ones these past weeks in Las Vegas, Seattle and Santa Barbara, the national conversation often focuses on mental illness. So what do we actually know about the connections between mental illness, mass shootings and gun violence overall? [ProPublica]

What would it mean in Louisville if Humana sold its pharmacy division? Hundreds of people would likely lose their jobs is what it would mean. [Business First]

The situation isn’t ideal, but city officials said they have tried to mitigate the inconveniences to business owners and residents during the East Main Street improvement project. [News & Tribune]

Even New Albany Takes Unwanted Pets Seriously

New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey has asked the Indiana State Police to investigate the New Albany Police Department. [WDRB]

A Metro Council committee last Tuesday tabled an effort to stop allowing new transitional housing and halfway shelters in certain west Louisville neighborhoods while members decide how to address neighborhood concerns about a proliferation of single-family homes with several unrelated residents. [C-J/AKN]

We’ve been reluctant to mention Chris Thieneman’s latest arrest because he’s such a hot mess. But it really puts the icing on the cake. [WHAS11]

Steve Beshear has chosen a former Louisville assistant police chief to lead the state’s troubled Emergency Management division. Michael Dossett will take over the state’s disaster response planning on Monday. [H-L]

The U.S. is in the midst of what Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan calls the “worst rental affordability crisis” ever. Poor families are being hit the hardest: an overwhelming majority spend more than half of their incomes on rent. [NPR]

Sign up and show up — one mayor’s new volunteer program is as simple as that. On Saturday about a dozen volunteers with the City Services Network were on hand in New Albany helping to spruce up a new building donated to the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter. [WLKY]

Ford Motor Co (F.N) said on Thursday it is recalling a total of 1.39 million SUVs and sedans in North America, most for the possible loss of power steering. [Reuters]

While the new Highlands-Old Louisville corridor is the talk of the town among area bikers, some worried drivers had yet to take note. From turning into them, to simply driving down them, throughout Louisville many new bike lanes are getting unwanted traffic. [WAVE3]

The world’s largest no-kill cat sanctuary has saved more than 20,000 feline friends. Unlike No-Kill Louisville, which has saved next to no animals. [HuffPo]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s 2014-15 budget proposal has $63.7 million slated for capital spending, a 60 percent increase compared to last year. But some Metro Council members are crying foul over the lack of funding for needed projects in the city’s East End, which has experienced the greatest population growth in recent years. [WFPL]

A national organization is contemplating including Louisville in research that could help developers, building preservation leaders and metro government figure out the best places to invest economic development dollars. [Business First]

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Several entities partnered to fund the construction of a heavy haul corridor from the River Ridge Commerce Center to the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, but now the city of Jeffersonville’s involvement is in doubt. [News & Tribune]

Everyone’s Super-Mad About MSD Rate Increases

A week after a state audit criticized JCPS for not spending enough of its $1 billion budget on students, there’s news that the district will create dozens of new positions outside the classroom. [WDRB]

Louisville’s sewer rates will rise another 5.5 percent starting Aug. 1 to pay for an ongoing $850 million project to stop billions of gallons of local sewage from overflowing into area creeks and the Ohio River. [C-J/AKN]

The best thing about this marijuana bust story is the little dog barking in the background. [WHAS11]

Two environmental groups filed suit Wednesday in federal court against Louisville Gas & Electric for allegedly inappropriately dumping coal ash in the Ohio River on an almost daily basis. [H-L]

Starting Jan. 1, 2015, yard waste such as leaves and grass clippings will no longer be picked up in plastic bags. [WLKY]

A movie based on the life of a southern Kentucky football player will be seen nationwide later this year. [WKYT]

Three dozen human service and arts organizations warned Louisville Metro Council members that Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed budget cuts would harm their programs. [WAVE3]

Louisville sits near the bottom of the 60 largest U.S. cities in the latest rankings of park systems conducted by the Trust for Public Land. [WFPL]

The Louisville and Elizabethtown metro areas were among 70 that saw a decline in construction employment in April, compared with a year earlier. [Business First]

If this year’s Keg Liquors Fest of Ale leaves a sour taste in your mouth, good. That’s what they’re going for. [News & Tribune]

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Downtown Grocery? Yes, Please, Says Everyone

Two national developers announced plans Thursday to build a 600-room hotel, upscale grocery store and 200-unit apartment complex downtown – a project Mayor Greg Fischer called a “huge leap forward” for the Louisville area. Here’s hoping Cordish doesn’t ruin it. [WDRB]

Convention and tourism officials have cobbled together a financial plan to pay the $175 million cost of the proposed expansion and renovation of the Kentucky International Convention Center. [C-J/AKN]

Is Kentucky warming up to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s local option sales tax idea? No, it is not. [WHAS11]

A House bill filed Tuesday would enact several reforms on the state’s pension systems and possibly reshape them. [John Cheves]

The mother of a woman found dead in a Portland alley announced on Thursday, a reward for any information leading to an arrest in her daughter’s case. [WLKY]

The House voted to spare homeowners from steep increases in flood insurance premiums by rolling back reforms to the federal program that were adopted by Congress only two years ago. [Business First]

A southern Indiana woman who pleaded guilty to murder charges in a Kentucky man’s shooting death has been sentenced to 45 years in prison. [WAVE3]

Admittedly the initial part of the project will be startling, as trees will be removed and the right-of-way cleared along East Main Street, but New Albany officials believe the $2.4 million in improvements planned for the corridor will have a substantial impact on pedestrian and vehicular safety in the corridor. [News & Tribune]

Charter schools have long been loved by the private sector, and the rich. And for good reason. [David Sirota]

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak in Louisville next month. [WFPL]

The US Department of Justice has launched an antitrust probe of Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable. [BBC]

Not only have Greg Fischer, Jim Gray and Damon Thayer been put on notice for getting into bed with the Arnold Foundation (in light of the PBS and Brookings scandals), but now there’s this. [Page One]

Everyone Rolling Their Eyes At A Ferris Wheel

For decades, all they’ve wanted to do is forget about their very dark and painful pasts. But local women are sharing their stories of childhood sexual abuse, hoping to heal other victims. [WDRB]

Long-discussed plans for the Waterfront Botanical Gardens envisioned on a 23-acre former city landfill at River Road and Frankfort Avenue are finally moving to the front burner, supporters say. [C-J/AKN]

Seriously, this is the dumbest thing since the LOUISVILLE sign. A damn ferris wheel. It’s like these SOBs have no concept of how normal people (translate: all of Louisville except Mockingbird Valley) live. [WHAS11]

The harsh winter season has Kentucky officials looking for ways to conserve dwindling salt supplies. [H-L]

Why is Rand Paul talking about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky? [The Atlantic]

Clark County residents may be looking at a one-time tax increase. The Clark County Council is meeting Monday night to tackle a $5 million shortfall in the 2014 budget, the fourth such shortfall it has faced since 2010. [WLKY]

People in East Hampton (in New England, where Matt Bevin is from) are mad about Matt Bevin’s dam. [Page One]

A Louisville mother suspects she was beaten with a baseball bat by several people who first attacked the woman’s 17-year-old daughter at their home. [WAVE3]

A peek at the first full month of jobs data for 2014 revealed some counter-intuitive data for the construction industry. [Business First]

The Environmental Protection Agency is under deadline to finalize the country’s first-ever measures regulating coal ash by next December, and it’s considering two different options: one that would regulate the material as a hazardous material, and the other as a “special waste.” [WFPL]

A special prosecutor has been appointed to determine if Clark County Drug Court employees will face criminal charges. [News & Tribune]

If you’re uninsured, your odds of being financially ruined if you go to the emergency room are quite high. [Mother Jones]