It’s Time For Some More Bridge Hype

A new Phoenix Hill Distillery has been shut down for illegal production, according to the local Alcoholic Beverage Control. [WDRB]

In case you missed it: Rand Paul’s top guy, Mr. Morality who was “called by God” is all over Ashley Madison. [Page One]

The city is asking residents to help Louisville’s homeless veterans take better care of their feet as more former military service members living on the street come forward. [C-J/AKN]

An elementary student is recovering after a car hit them crossing the street near his school. Possibility City! [WHAS11]

A needle exchange program, designed to combat the spread of blood-borne diseases, will begin taking used needles and distributing clean ones Friday at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! GLENN DOESN’T REALIZE HOW DUMB THIS IS! But you should for real go to Worldfest this weekend. [WLKY]

In July, Café Art, a U.K.-based arts initiative, gave 100 Fujifilm disposable cameras to homeless people in London with just one instruction: take photographs that capture “My London.” [HuffPo]

It’s expected to open by January and the anticipation is building. Decades in the making, the Downtown Crossing is just about complete. [WAVE3]

With the school year just beginning in many districts, parents at two schools are already expressing outrage that transgender students are being allowed to use the bathrooms that match their identities. [ThinkProgress]

Louisville Metro Council members are taking umbrage at excessively tall grass on vacant lots in the city. [WFPL]

Kim Davis and the anti-gay hate group representing her. Don’t be fooled — the organization representing the woman refusing to give out marriage licenses in Kentucky is no ordinary law firm. They have a history of anti-gay hate and bigotry. [Click the Clicky]

Two Louisville-based development companies, including one that recently helped secure a deal to bring a second Costco Wholesale Corp. store to Louisville, are buying land in Jeffersonville and appear set on adding heavy retail to a corridor between a Meijer store and the River Ridge Commerce Center. [Business First]

Floyd County Council President Matt Oakley sent a letter to New Albany City Council President Pat McLaughlin on June 9 requesting a meeting concerning the agreement governing the joint animal shelter. [News & Tribune]

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]

Just Bulldoze The Hooker Hotel

The longtime president of the Jefferson County Teachers Association was recently re-elected to his post and will serve another three years. [WDRB]

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is expected to make a trip to Louisville next week, a spokeswoman with the Department of Education has confirmed. [C-J/AKN]

The Kentucky Derby Festival presents the Fifth Third Bank Silver Horseshoe Award to an individual or organization for their outstanding service to the community every year and this year’s award will be given to honor the late Jim King. [WHAS11]

As I watched the roll-out of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination last week, I thought I was about to see him announce that he was changing his party affiliation. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Coast Guard plans to have two, 25-foot response boats on the water for the event so they will be ready to go in case of an emergency. [WLKY]

Opponents of legalizing marijuana can’t be happy about several new polls released Tuesday. Majority support for making cannabis legal is holding steady, while young adults are legalization’s biggest fans. And that’s true both nationally and in several swing states. [HuffPo]

We can give away tens of millions of dollars to Cordish and can bulldoze entire city blocks but can’t fix this mess? [WAVE3]

A major Appalachian coal mining company is laying off hundreds of workers in West Virginia and blaming the lost jobs on President Obama’s environmental policies. [The Hill]

For nearly a century, what’s now a heap of bricks, twisted metal and glass made up the façades of the Morrissey Parking Garage and the Falls City Theater Company building in downtown Louisville. [WFPL]

The Franklin County Sheriff is looking for anybody who may have purchased a barrel of high-priced, stolen bourbon. [WLEX18]

Marianne Barnes, who most recently worked as the master taster for Brown-Forman’s Woodford Reserve brand, will soon have a new role. [Business First]

Fear is the enemy in Scott County. Intravenous drug addicts worry about the spread of disease, they fear a positive HIV test and they’re scared of the police. [News & Tribune]

You Can Feel The Derby Fest Excitement

Violent, detailed posts about a planned shooting at New Albany High School are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to a young woman’s Facebook account that’s out of her control. [WDRB]

Investigators are still days from getting a closer look inside General Electric’s Appliance Park’s Building 6, but plan to start with the massive structure’s southwest corner. [C-J/AKN]

This is the important news the folks at WHAS11 thought you needed. A British politician was caught eating a hot dog with a knife and fork. [WHAS11]

Jefferson County Public Schools is asking for a waiver to keep the test scores of some immigrant students who are not proficient in English from being counted against their schools. [H-L]

On Wednesday morning, Louisville paddles closer to the Great Steamboat Race. [WLKY]

A federal appeals court on Tuesday said Larry Flynt, the publisher of Hustler magazine, had a right to weigh in on two lawsuits challenging how Missouri conducts executions. [HuffPo]

A crowd of some 1,500 Paul supporters attended his 2016 Presidential campaign kickoff that included three of the four Republicans running to become Kentucky’s next Governor. [WAVE3]

Kentucky senator Rand Paul announced Tuesday his plans to run for president in 2016, with the libertarian becoming the second Republican to officially declare his candidacy. Here are some key facts to know about the first-term senator. [The Onion]

On the first day of its new HIV clinic, the Community Outreach Center in Austin, Ind., is quiet. [WFPL]

An interview with Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday got testy as the libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator, fresh off launching his presidential campaign, battled suggestions he had changed his views on foreign policy. [The Hill]

Friday morning’s fire at GE’s Appliance Park has affected more than just the company, its employees and nearby residents. [Business First]

Democratic Party Chairman Tom Galligan believes the newest addition to the Clark County Sheriff’s Merit Board is problematic on a number of levels, but Sheriff Jamey Noel doesn’t see an issue. [News & Tribune]

Road’s Messed Up, East Enders Freak

Is this soccer thing going to stick? In the team’s first road game, Louisville City FC drew 1-1 with the veteran USL side Richmond Kickers. The teams played to a very physical draw that ended with seven bookings. [WDRB]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken the Louisville area off its list of cities that fail to meet the latest clean-air standard for soot. But the federal agency did not go as far as saying Louisville complies with the standard, either. [C-J/AKN]

A spectacle in its own right, the degradation has steadily increased over the past two days, but what makes for a “cool” picture also makes for a mess for drivers. If people complained as much about hunger or homelessness as they do about this East End road damage, Louisville really would be Possibility City. [WHAS11]

Lexington is trying to get in on Louisville’s Hit A Pedestrian game again. [H-L]

The Run for the Roses is a few weeks away yet, but the solid gold trophy already awaits the owner of the horse that wins the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2 at Churchill Downs. [WLKY]

Rand Paul briefly appears in a new documentary that argues gay rights are a threat to Christianity. “I don’t think I’ve ever used the word gay rights, because I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior,” he said in the video. [HuffPo]

Just look at how much they’re hyping this mess. [WAVE3]

Lowering a city’s homeless population by forcing the homeless out. Sounds like a story out of Greg Fischer’s playbook. [NPR]

The University of Louisville is expected to increase both in-state and out-of-state undergraduate tuition by 3 percent for the next academic year. [WFPL]

Rand Paul wants to change the GOP from the inside by becoming the party’s standard-bearer in 2016. The Kentucky Republican poised to launch a presidential bid on Tuesday thinks he can capture the Oval Office prize that eluded his father by pulling the GOP in a more libertarian direction. [The Hill]

Sypris Solutions Inc. stands to lose nearly $200 million in revenue this year because of a dispute with what had been its largest customer. [Business First]

Scott County residents can exchange used needles with immunity through at least April 25, as state and local officials are hoping to curb what has been labeled as the largest outbreak of drug-spread HIV in Indiana history. [News & Tribune]

Crisis In Southern Indiana Highlights Importance Of Needle Exchanges

Officials are now calling the HIV outbreak in southern Indiana an epidemic. [WDRB]

Are you excited for the beginning of the Kentucky Derby Festival? Get ready. It’s almost here. [C-J/AKN]

The area’s first organized walk to end discrimination and bullying took place Wednesday evening at Louisville’s Big Four Bridge. [WHAS11]

Members of the NAACP in Lexington are raising questions about how Fayette County Public Schools distributes money to individual schools and about the district’s minority hiring rates. [H-L]

Sounds like these kids need to be in charge of UofL’s actual finances. Maybe they could stop the unbelievable swindling of tens of millions of dollars right under Jim Ramsey’s knowing nose. Some business students from the University of Louisville are participating next month in the national level of a global financial analysis competition. [WLKY]

Gary Fury was working at a Simonton Windows factory in West Virginia in July 2012 when a large two-window unit slipped to the floor. [ProPublica]

It’s not the picture of Louisville many people want to see – garbage and litter lining the interstates and expressways into town. [WAVE3]

Kentucky is apparently the 8th-worst state for retirement. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. [Bankrate]

Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District Board has voted to change the way the agency disposes of surplus property. The board voted unanimously to adopt the modifications to MSD’s policies on Monday. [WFPL]

The Early Childhood Profiles, produced by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), are compiled to help community leaders, Community Early Childhood Councils and school districts with data to assist in developing local strategies for helping every child in their community arrive at kindergarten ready to do kindergarten work. [Click the Clicky]

A $30 million upscale student housing complex is slated to open by fall 2016 at the northwest corner of South Floyd Street and East Brandeis Avenue near the University of Louisville. [Business First]

Donors are still being sought, but statewide, community foundations have reached the halfway point in a funding drive to match a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant worth up to $66 million. [News & Tribune]

Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it is recalling more than 220,000 vehicles in North America for potential issues with door handles, vacuum pump relays and sensors. [Reuters]

Watch Greg Pretend He Didn’t Want To Run

Another day, another pedestrian death. Doesn’t matter who is at fault – the victim or the driver – this city is riddled with pedestrian deaths. [WDRB]

Shots rang out early Tuesday morning in the Beecher Terrace housing project, leaving in their wake the city’s 21st homicide victim of 2015. [C-J/AKN]

Greg Fischer claims he has no intention to try running for U.S. Senate again in 2016. But he absolutely wanted to. He still doesn’t comprehend that he’ll never win statewide office. Ever. And if anyone had enough money, he wouldn’t currently be mayor. [WHAS11]

When I first heard that Alan Stein had agreed to chair the Fayette County Public Schools’ redistricting committee, I thought: Has he lost his mind? [Tom Eblen]

For this year’s 60th Celebration of the Kentucky Derby Festival, KDF has teamed up with the Kentucky Lottery to name someone the 2015 Festival Fanatic. [WLKY]

Darren Wilson, the former police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, will not face federal civil rights charges in connection with Brown’s death, Justice Department officials said Wednesday. [HuffPo]

A fight among teenagers Monday led to gunfire in the Shawnee neighborhood. [WAVE3]

Here’s Greg Stumbo using Legislative Research Commission staffers to write a column about how he believes he’s a pension genius who saved the pension system. Sadly, everyone old enough to legally think on their own knows all hell is breaking loose on that front. [Floyd County Times]

A voluntary biennial survey for Kentucky teachers that’s meant to measure their opinions of schools, resources, education leadership and community support is now available to take online. [WFPL]

Over the past decade, states have slashed workers’ compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers. [ProPublica]

Is it just us or is this yet another hyped up Fischer stunt that won’t go anywhere? [Business First]

Residents of the 200 and 300 blocks of Pearl Street in downtown Jeffersonville soon will have a designated place to park. [News & Tribune]