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]

Tolls + Local Option Taxes = You Can’t Afford It

Metro Police say a 24-year-old woman found in the Portland neighborhood was murdered, and it’s what her family has been saying all along. [WDRB]

This has got to be one of the dumbest government fights in years. Liquor Barn on Shelbyville Road in St. Matthews has appealed a ruling by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board that would have forced it to close Monday. [C-J/AKN]

The company behind a chemical spill that left about 300,000 people in West Virginia without tap water failed to disclose a second chemical in the leak, state officials said on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

All the cold weather we’ve had lately is driving up electric and gas bills. [WHAS11]

Pro-life advocates argue that the state’s 1998 informed consent measure has been misinterpreted to allow phone consultations or pre-recorded messages to bypass face-to-face consultations, which was the original intent of the law. Sen. Sara Beth Gregory (R-Monticello) is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 3 that updates Kentucky’s informed consent laws. [Renee Shaw]

The extreme cold has everyone looking for ways to stay warm. [WLKY]

Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) has announced she is allocating $9,000 District 9 CIF for a pilot project to construct two traffic circles: one where Nanz intersects with Iola Road and the other at Nanz and Macon Avenue. This green infrastructure is in cooperation with the City of St. Matthews. [Press Release]

David Vittitoe knew Highway 313 so well that it was second nature to help a driver he’d never met. On the night of January 20, Vittitoe and his girlfriend, Molly Witt, were on their way back home to Lebanon Junction after visiting her mother when he spotted a vehicle disabled after hitting a deer. [WAVE3]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping for a vote soon to block federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. [WFPL]

Guess what GLI is wasting its funds on these days. Several major health care providers and business organizations in Kentucky have formed a new coalition in hopes of eliminating “meritless” medical malpractice lawsuits. [H-L]

For about 70 years a group of local registered home builders, developers and contractors has been known as the Home Builders Association of Louisville. [Business First]

Toll rates have been tentatively set for vehicles equipped with transponders that use bridges that are part of the Ohio River Bridges Project. On Monday, the vendor for those transponders will be identified. [News & Tribune]

Yep, This Round-Up Is Kind Of A Drag Today

The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal in the long-running case of an escaped inmate from an Oklahoma prison facing a death sentence in the slaying of a Kentucky distillery worker. [WDRB]

A consulting firm that won $1.1 million in University of Louisville contracts — virtually all without bids — to evaluate and reorganize the university has come under criticism for the quality of its work and for its close ties to vice president for Health Affairs, Dr. David Dunn, who runs the medical school being evaluated. Imagine that! [C-J/AKN]

A Kentucky lawmaker has introduced a bill that would potentially raise taxes for residents that earn more than $150,000 annually. [WHAS11]

Specialty chemicals maker Freedom Industries Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday, eight days after a leak from one of the company’s storage tanks contaminated drinking water for hundreds of thousands of West Virginia residents. [Reuters]

It’s sad to see anyone die but she’s a pretty white girl, so we’ll never hear the end of it. The investigation continues into the death of a young woman whose body was discovered in the city’s Portland neighborhood. [WLKY]

Here’s the thing about democracies—they’re not always entirely democratic, said Jason Abbott, director of the Center for Asian Democracy at the University of Louisville. [WFPL]

Louisville Water Company sent out an advisory Saturday morning that it had successfully managed the trace amounts of the MCHM chemical in the Ohio River and there are no detections of it in the Metro’s drinking water. [WAVE3]

A group of residents formed Concerned Citizens of Floyd County and have opposed the zoning request, saying it would go against the county’s comprehensive plan. The land is zoned general commercial but would have to be changed to multifamily for the Thieneman Group to move forward. [News & Tribune]

One day after a controversial lethal injection case in Ohio put the death penalty in crosshairs, another set of state lawmakers have proposed legislation that would allow execution by firing squad. The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported Friday that Missouri’s HB 1470 puts that option on the table. State Rep. Paul Fitzwater (R-Potosi) told the paper that he cosponsored the legislation with the victims in mind. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville has purchased The Cardinal Club, a golf and country club in Simpsonville that serves as the home course for its golf teams. [Business First]

Alison Lundergan Grimes, the likely Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, on Friday refused to condemn Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s comparison of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to the Nazis. [Sam Youngman]