FEAR! LIBRULZ! THOUGHT PO-LEECE!

After months of debate and planning, a $2 million overhaul involving two of Kentucky’s lowest performing middle schools will soon take center stage as Jefferson County Public Schools opens two separate academies on the former site of Stuart Middle School. [WDRB]

Wanna see Scott Jennings fall into an unbearable tirade about “liberal thought police”? It’s your lucky day. Jennings went on for paragraph after paragraph blaming liberals for daring hold Doug Cobb accountable for the heinous, disgusting, homophobic things the man has said. And, of course, Jennings even whitewashed that by ignoring the impact on the LGBT community entirely. If you whitewash and excuse homophobia, you’re a homophobe. Liberal thought police? More like Whiny Ass Titty Baby Republican. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A man is facing charges of murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse in relation to the homicide of a woman.[WHAS11]

A state judge said it is “problematic” for Kentucky’s Republican governor to entirely replace the University of Louisville board of trustees, calling into question the new board’s authority on the day it met to discuss the school’s billion-dollar budget and higher student tuition. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Some Metro Corrections inmates will be moved to house arrest this week to ease overcrowding. [WLKY]

There’s a reason Donald Trump’s be-very-afraid acceptance speech resonated with his supporters. [HuffPo]

An African-American woman’s home was the recent target of racially-charged vandalism in Campbellsburg, Ind. Police are now investigating in the Washington County town that has a population of less than 600 people. [WAVE3]

David Duke, a former leader of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan, launched his candidacy on Friday for the U.S. Senate from Louisiana, saying white people are threatened in America and that he hears echoes of his views in Donald Trump’s rhetoric. [Reuters]

On Monday, a court will hear arguments over the legality of some electronic betting machines that base outcomes on horse races that have already taken place. [WFPL]

What kind of first gentleman would Bill Clinton be? That’s the question on the minds of many as Hillary Clinton seeks to become the first woman to ever hold the Oval Office. [The Hill]

Work is underway on a new headquarters for Louisville Grows, a nonprofit that promotes urban agriculture and forestry. [Business First]

Outside the cattle barn at the Clark County 4-H Fairgrounds, three guys who’ve been to the fair a few times discussed the last 50 or so years of the fair. [News & Tribune]

Don’t Go To The Hospital Or Else

Police in Floyd County, Indiana are investigating a home invasion that took place on Wednesday morning. [WDRB]

What’s your risk of avoidable hospital death? Thousands of lives could be saved if more hospitals were as safe as those that received an A grade in a recent round of grading by a watchdog group that found no top scorers in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Cole’s Place in the Parkland neighborhood is no stranger to crime, finding itself as the site of shooting scenes in the late night hours. [WHAS11]

Curiosity finally got the best of me. I had to drive up I-75 and see Noah’s Ark. I found the ark to be an impressive piece of woodcraft, which made me feel better about paying $40 to see it. (It cost an additional $10 to park in the 4,000-space parking lot, which was only a fraction full.) [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Crews were called to the scene of a house fire Wednesday near Taylor Boulevard, in the Iroquois neighborhood. [WLKY]

The last year has shined a harsh light on two distressing realities of American life. Mass shootings are becoming more common. And more Americans are killing themselves. These disturbing trends share something in common, obvious in the first case and less so in the second: guns. [WaPo]

LMPD reviewed its use of force policies this past April and said the department is not only meeting national standards, but is exceeding them. [WAVE3]

Last week, two lawmakers introduced a bill to put new limits on what debt collectors can take from debtors’ paychecks and bank accounts. It is the first legislation to address the issue in decades and follows a series of ProPublica stories about the widespread practice of garnishment. [ProPublica]

When the bullets hit Shenitrea Vaughn’s stomach, they burned like hot rocks. The shooter, she suspects, had come to her home for a robbery. [WFPL]

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy (D) and Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D) introduced a bill this week that aims to help public schools become more racially diverse by providing grants for school districts to create voluntary school desegregation plans. [ThinkProgress]

After decades as a television mainstay in Louisville, journalist Jean West is taking a new government job. [Business First]

Jeffersonville High School Principal Julie Straight said training educators for an active shooter situation wasn’t even on the table before 1999. [News & Tribune]

Another Terrible Week For Ramsey

In a meeting that lasted five minutes in late 2014, three members of the University of Louisville Foundation Board of Directors approved a change in U of L President James Ramsey’s pay package that, while subtle, could end up being very lucrative for Ramsey now. Republicans Scott Jennings and John McCarthy won’t be able to spin this one away. [WDRB]

New York regulators have approved Aetna’s bid to buy Louisville-based Humana – a boost after a brutal stretch for the companies. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Here comes UofL with some positive spin to try to take attention away from its daily shitshow. [WHAS11]

How to know the RNC is a train wreck and desperate for speakers… Ralph Alvarado got a primetime spot for Wednesday. He’ll sound a little slick to outsiders but once they poke around his voting history, his hemp fun and general backwardness, he’ll end up being yet another person of color the Republican Party is so fond of objectifying and he’ll be too thick to realize it. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro police are investigating after a man was shot and killed in southwest Louisville. [WLKY]

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R-Gay Panicked), Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick, opposed a successful effort in 2007 to raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour over two years. [HuffPo]

If you’re a church holding a concealed carry class, you’re doing it wrong. [WAVE3]

How a man with children of color – immigrants – could support a bigot like this is beyond telling. People can get upset all they want for mentioning Matt Bevin’s children but it’s alarming that this man doesn’t have his shit together enough to speak out against Trump’s extreme racism. [Ronnie Ellis]

There are lots of factual ways to describe coal: carbon-rich, abundant, fossil fuel. But Republicans would like to add one more to the list: clean. [WFPL]

A federal judge dismissed evidence gathered by a warrantless cellphone-tracking device that locks onto a phone’s location by pretending to be a cell tower for the first time Tuesday. [ThinkProgress]

One of the key components of the plan to realign the Kennedy Interchange — better known as Spaghetti Junction — in downtown Louisville is almost ready for public use. [Business First]

In a small way, the teens inside the Central Christian Church Activities and Program Center were doing their part in making sure the school year gets off to a good start for hundreds of students. [News & Tribune]

Murder City On Track For Record Year

On Wednesday afternoon, the public learned the identity of Louisville’s latest murder victim, 26-year-old Ashley Spriggs. Her death underscores Louisville’s two-year spike in violent crime. [WDRB]

Matt Bevin said Wednesday that Donald Trump is “absolutely” qualified to serve as president of the United States. [C-J/AKN]

New members of UofL’s Board of Trustees met for the first time Wednesday. Governor Bevin, who hand selected those members, was in attendance and the meeting was also interrupted by a protester. [WHAS11]

If you worry the Creation Museum and its new Noah’s Ark theme park will cause outsiders to think Kentuckians are a bunch of anti-science rubes, at least take comfort in this: Lexington was home to perhaps America’s greatest evolutionary biologist. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The city’s latest homicide victim is a young mother, and her killer remains on the loose. [WLKY]

The GOP on Tuesday successfully drafted a platform ― a statement of its core values and principles ― but not before some last-minute drama played out behind the scenes over its refusal to moderate its tone toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. [HuffPo]

A 13-year-old boy was shot in the leg Wednesday afternoon by another teenager, according to a Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman. [WAVE3]

A January study published in the journal Health Affairs showed that one year after Medicaid expansion, the number of Kentuckians who reported trouble paying medical bills declined by nearly 13 percentage points. Those skipping prescribed medications because it cost too much decreased by almost 11 points. And people receiving ongoing care for a chronic illness rose by more than 10 points. [Politico]

Dr. Susan Harkema became the face of one of the University of Louisville’s splashiest research successes the moment one of her paralyzed patients wiggled his toe. Her name was in Time Magazine. She was interviewed on “Good Morning America” and CNN. The notoriety brought more funding and patients to U of L with hopes that revolutionary studies would help the paralyzed walk again. But in March, a federal agency took the unusual and drastic move of withdrawing its funding from one of her studies, citing concerns about the validity of the data and unresolved problems with oversight. Meanwhile, the federal Office for Human Research Protections is also conducting its own review, a spokeswoman confirmed. [WFPL]

The violence in Dallas last week is intensifying worries in Cleveland about visitors and protesters taking firearms downtown during the Republican National Convention, where thousands of people plan to demonstrate. [NY Times]

It looks like Kentucky’s health insurance exchange is sticking around — at least for now. [Business First]

Jeffersonville’s ordinance violations bureau is now established by law, following a city council vote Tuesday. Several wheels must be put into motion, however, before code violations can be enforced again. [News & Tribune]

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UofL Board Will Be Funtimes Today!

It’s been talked about for 20 years, but now the new Iroquois Park North Overlook finally has an end in sight after months of delays. [WDRB]

The new University of Louisville Board of Trustees appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin is set to hold its first meeting Wednesday. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile as well as police officers who were ambushed in Dallas were likely top conversations in congregations across Kentuckiana. [WHAS11]

Almost 45 years after the former Old Taylor distillery stopped producing bourbon, it might be only about a month away from making spirits again. [Janet Patton]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The mother of a Louisville homicide victim continues to look for answers three years after her son was gunned down. [WLKY]

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president. [HuffPo]

Spoiler alert: this doesn’t work. About a dozen pastors gathered at Simmons College Friday to announce their stance against racial injustice. [WAVE3]

Unless they have a book to sell, Supreme Court justices rarely give interviews. Even then, they diligently avoid political topics. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes a different approach. [NY Times]

Tucked behind Beargrass Christian Church in St. Matthews is a small garage lined with tires and filled with bikes. [WFPL]

At the theme park Ark Encounter, which opened last week in Williamstown, Kentucky, thousands of visitors can step inside a recreation of Noah’s Ark—built to spec as detailed in the Bible. Inside, exhibits attempt to explain how two of each animal might have fit on the boat, while visitors can pick up souvenirs at the gift shop or eat at a 700-person restaurant on the ship. [FastCo]

When K.B. Kulasekera was a math professor at Clemson University, the South Carolina college partnered with an international university for academic purposes. He had a goal of doing the same thing when he started at the University of Louisville in 2012. [Business First]

Throughout downtown New Albany, along interstates and elsewhere in Clark and Floyd counties, billboard ads for public school districts have popped up in the last few years. [News & Tribune]

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Your Governor’s Gonna Choke Medicaid

One in four Kentuckiana counties lost residents over the last five years, according to federal data that show outlying areas are the biggest winners and losers of regional population change. [WDRB]

Isn’t it fun watching Kentucky’s half-literate governator claim “God” has sanctioned his extreme Medicaid cuts? That’s what Jesus would do – choke even more out of the working poor, deny access to dental and vision, claim it’s helping them. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO WILL EAT YOUR DATA! Twenty-four hours have passed since caution tape and Louisville Metro Police squad cars blocked off Louis Coleman Drive near Young Avenue after three men were discovered inside a Park DuValle home. [WHAS11]

The Medicaid revamp proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin last week is built on a belief that providing health care to low-income people somehow robs them of their dignity. Also, that 20 percent of Kentuckians lacked health insurance only a few years ago, not because they couldn’t afford it, but because they were disengaged or didn’t understand deductibles. On that dubious base, Bevin wants to replace a fairly straightforward system with a red-tape tangle of penalties, incentives, premiums and cutbacks in coverage, including some proposals that the federal government already has rejected in other states. [H-L]

Another day, another pedestrian accident in Compassionate Possibility City. Police are on the scene after a pedestrian was hit on Dixie Highway at Rockford Lane. [WLKY]

Donald Trump appeared to shift his position on a blanket ban on all Muslims entering the United States, saying on Saturday he wouldn’t be bothered if a Muslim from Scotland or Great Britain entered, according to reporters from CBS and CNN. [HuffPo]

If it’s not a shooting, a pedestrian death, a stabbing or a child dying in a hot car, it’s a drowning. A child who was found in a pond in the Buechel area died at Kosair Children’s Hospital on Sunday night. [WAVE3]

Lives are on the line: the smearing of LGBT individuals by right-wing extremists is more than disturbing – it’s dangerous. [Salon]

The Louisville Metro Council on Thursday unanimously approved the city’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year. [WFPL]

Hawaii’s governor signed a bill making it the first state to place its residents who own firearms in a federal criminal record database and monitor them for possible wrongdoing anywhere in the country, his office said. [Reuters]

More than a decade ago, the Louisville International Airport began a cooperative advertising program to help carriers offset some of their expenses if they launched new service here. [Business First]

The number of people getting probation instead of jail time is growing quickly under new sentencing rules, but communities that oversee probation programs say they don’t have enough money to handle the influx. [News & Tribune]

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The City’s Losing Yet Another Convention

Louisville sure is Compassionate City. According to LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell, three people were found dead in a home on the 1600 block of Louis Coleman Jr. Drive after police responded to a report of shots fired in the neighborhood Saturday afternoon. [WDRB]

Thanks, religious extremists, for ruining hospitals everywhere when you buy them up! The state is investigating whether patient care is unsafe at University of Louisville Hospital because of staff cuts made by KentuckyOne Health. [C-J/AKN]

WARING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! As violence continues to spike around the city, one neighborhood is continuing to combat crime by promoting a festival of non-violence. [WHAS11]

Meanwhile, the people who do all the actual work at UK are paid dirt in comparison. University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto received a 48 percent increase in his base pay and a three-year contract extension Friday. [H-L]

If it’s not a gun death, it’s a stabbing, so that’s fun. Police are investigating a stabbing in southern Jefferson County. [WLKY]

Mitch McConnell (R-Cowardly Grandmother) is supporting Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump for president — but he isn’t saying, at least for now, whether he thinks the business mogul is actually up to the job. [HuffPo]

A big convention in Louisville will finish out its contract, and then it will be off to another city. SkillsUSA Executive Director Timothy Lawrence said hotels and transportation are the two biggest factors why the organization will be switching locations in 2021. [WAVE3]

A tax break that benefits only about 2,000 people adds up to billions in savings for them — and billions lost for the US economy. Leo Hindery Jr. remembers the call he got the night before he was to testify before Congress, in September of 2007, to close a tax loophole enjoyed by private-equity investors. It was from Stephen Schwarzman, co-founder of the Blackstone Group, the largest private-equity management firm in the US. [Bill Moyers]

Residents wishing to rent their homes through online portals like Airbnb must soon adhere to a set of local regulations. [WFPL]

Republicans STILL DON’T have an actual health care alternative and they never will. The House GOP’s health-care proposal would expand savings accounts, provide tax credits for buying insurance, and allow people to purchase coverage across state lines. Just don’t ask how much it costs. [The Atlantic]

Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. are giving themselves a little more time to shore everything up before merging. [Business First]

The last vote is just three days away, but some the details regarding Floyd Memorial Hospital’s sale to Baptist Health have raised concerns among local officials. [News & Tribune]