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The city’s parks department has pledged to change how it collects money at Iroquois Amphitheater after an audit found cash management practices there were “inadequate.” [WDRB]

Richard Braudus stood outside Muhammad Ali’s boyhood home in the Parkland neighborhood holding a portrait of the boxing legend and talking about their friendship as dozens gathered to take photographs and mourn the former heavyweight champion’s death. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It was another successful year for the WHAS Crusade for Children. The annual campaign raised more than $5.4 million this year. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky has spent more than $5 million in the last year to fix federal billing issues involving a Hazard cardiology practice it acquired three years ago, but UK officials have declined to provide documents detailing problems that led to the payments. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro police are investigating after shots were fired near Algonquin Park, sending people running in fear. [WLKY]

Muhammad Ali was a man made of love, kindness and faith. In a 1974 interview with journalist David Frost, Ali said these were three of several qualities that he hoped people would always remember about him, long after the day he died. [HuffPo]

PEE ALERT! Thomas McAdam, notorious for saying some of the most heinous, racist shit you can imagine, is dropping a racist as a client? Please. [WAVE3]

This should make the Beshear Family happy. New payday loan sharking rules won’t stop predatory lenders. [The Intercept]

Maybe it was the way his life transected areas that define America – race and religion; war and sports – or perhaps it was his own love for words. Whatever the reason, Muhammad Ali’s life and career inspired writing that was nearly as captivating as the man himself. [WFPL]

Muhammad Ali crafted the plan for his final tribute years ago, long before he died. On Friday, his family will honor him just like he planned, with a global celebration in his hometown. [Richmond Register]

Louisville vegans, rejoice: The partners behind NOLAfare are opening their first restaurant. [Business First]

Individual health insurance costs are expected to climb across Indiana in 2017 as insurers continue to grapple with rising health care expenses and a market that was only recently overhauled by the federal Affordable Care Act. [News & Tribune]

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Everything Is Getting Shot Or Burned Lately

Surprise! Another shooting in Compassionate City. Police are investigating after one person was shot to death in the Portland neighborhood Monday afternoon. [WDRB]

It symbolizes how cavalier we were in 20th century America – a hole dug next to a drinking water source where businesses sent hazardous waste to be buried out of sight and out of mind. [C-J/AKN]

If you take a look at just about any local media site, it’s a gross mess of blood, gore, fire and love of police. [WHAS11]

Central Kentucky is being scouted for locations for a movie based on the true story of FBI agent Mark Putnam, who confessed to killing a pregnant informant with whom he had been having an affair. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s like Portland is turning into an absolute wasteland lately. [WLKY]

This is one of the most disgusting things you’re going to read this week. Or any week. There’s likely no way you’ve missed the story, but just in case you did… [HuffPo]

See? It’s a wasteland of gunshots and fires. At least, that’s how local media portrays the neighborhood. [WAVE3]

A U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation that would require American women to register for the military draft, setting the stage for a fight in Congress over the historic shift in policy later this year. [Reuters]

This is super-boring but it’s important and you should probably pay attention. [WFPL]

A group of researchers at Harvard Medical School has found that medical industry payments to physicians in Massachusetts are associated with higher rates of prescribing brand-name drugs that treat high cholesterol. [ProPublica]

Are peanuts worth the trouble for Louisville-based steakhouse chain Texas Roadhouse Inc.? [Business First]

Cone Zone? Don’t think that means what they think it means. [News & Tribune]

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Hot Brown Spring Rolls? Someone Should Be Punished Quickly And Harshly

Another day, another fun double shooting in Compassionate City! And just before Derby, no less. [WDRB]

With litigation pending, a potential buyer of the Galt House and possibly other large real estate holdings owned by the Al J. Schneider Co. is finding it difficult to secure title insurance needed to finance the purchase of the property. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Claudia Catfish is back on the teevee again and this time she’s got a story about JCPS. Here’s hoping she’s got her ducks in a row this time. [WHAS11]

House Speaker Greg Stumbo raised concerns Thursday about how Gov. Matt Bevin handled vetoes of several bills approved by the state legislature and indicated he may ask a court to determine if the governor acted properly. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Teachers across Jefferson County protested a potential wage freeze at several JCPS schools.[WLKY]

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) vowed to take his fight for the Democratic presidential nomination all the way to the party’s convention in July, promising not to give up even if he continues to trail Hillary Clinton in pledged delegates. [HuffPo]

Okay. Enough is enough. Hot Brown SPRING ROLLS? Jesus H, what is this world coming to?! [WAVE3]

House Republicans threw a temper tantrum over a rule that bans financial advisers from scamming retirees. [ThinkProgress]

The seven Democratic candidates vying for the District 8 seat on Louisville’s Metro Council don’t disagree on much. [WFPL]

ProPublica is launching a new interactive database that will help you keep track of the officials who represent you in Congress. [ProPublica]

A national retailer is set to open its first store in Louisville at Shelbyville Road Plaza. [Business First]

No plans for Pleasant Ridge Subdivision redevelopment or revitalization are on the books yet, though city officials likely will present their version soon. [News & Tribune]

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Ramsey Continues To Muck Things Up

In November, the University of Louisville Board of Trustees filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court to dismiss a lawsuit by the Kentucky Justice Resource Center contending the board has too few minority members in violation of state law. [WDRB]

The city must pay former Jefferson County Constable David Whitlock about $33,000 in wages for more than five years of unpaid work, a Jefferson Circuit Court judge has ruled, and may owe other peace officers similar back salaries. [C-J/AKN]

A man whose drone was shot down over a Bullitt County home is now suing that shooter in federal court. [WHAS11]

Really, there aren’t more pressing educational issues to tackle instead of pandering in an election year? A Kentucky Republican state senator from London has introduced a bill that he said could have prevented biblical references from being cut from a presentation of A Charlie Brown Christmas at a Johnson County elementary school. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Some southern Indiana families face an uncertain future after city officials in Charlestown revived controversial plans that could lead to tearing down a neighborhood. [WLKY]

The nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, Human Rights Campaign, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

A routine appointment vote this month for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Merit Board was anything but routine after a Louisville Metro councilman asked to table or postpone a vote to reappoint two people to that board. [WAVE3]

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled President Obama cannot use executive privilege to keep records on the “fast and furious” gun-tracking program from Congress. [The Hill]

Superintendent Donna Hargens says Jefferson County Public Schools is working to ensure that Louisville families are aware of its offerings in anticipation of a new push for state charter school legislation. [WFPL]

One European country can’t seem to stop breaking records when it comes to wind power. [ThinkProgress]

Is your favorite Louisville restaurant making the grade? [Business First]

The Clark County Clerk’s office was granted an $10,800 additional appropriation this week in part to help with transferring the influx of Jeffersonville city court cases that are coming in. [News & Tribune]

How Compassionate! Another Child Dead

Ugh, people are the absolute worst. Especially when they’re the type of Christianist who would attack someone for cracking a damn joke. [WDRB]

Nope, hot brown doesn’t put Louisville on any culinary list. The city is filled with amazing, affordable restaurants but get a damn grip on the hot brown front. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another child shot dead in Possumbilly Compassionate City. [WHAS11]

On a scale of 1 to 10, how disconnected from reality is the Metro Council? 30? 50? Youth curfews only make rich white people in St. Matthews feel safer. [H-L]

It’s an effort aimed at keeping youngsters on the right track. My Brother’s Keeper is sponsored by the Catholic Enrichment Center. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama has invited a businessman who helps low-income residents afford solar panels to the State of the Union. [HuffPo]

Maybe it’s time for people to calm down? Graffiti, including what appears to be Arabic text, was found spray painted on the wall of Fairdale High School on Saturday morning, JCPS officials confirmed. [WAVE3]

For the first time, you can easily search whether your hospital, clinic, pharmacy or health insurer has been named in patient privacy complaints, breaches or violations. [ProPublica]

The Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund is looking for a new executive director after the departure of Rachel Hurst. [WFPL]

US jobs growth remained solid in December as the economy added 292,000 jobs, beating expectations. [BBC]

Because there’s nothing more pressing at the University of Louisville. [Business First]

A decision on what company will carry out the facilities and feasibility studies for West Clark Community Schools’ referendum project will come next week, after the board interviewed six firms Thursday night. [News & Tribune]

Go To The Falls Visitor Center! It’s A Hidden Gem In The Metro

It seems the fight is over for a seat on Jeffersonville’s City Council, but that hasn’t stopped one candidate from throwing some verbal punches. [WDRB]

Oh, god, Lynn Winter is at it again. It’s time for Louisville to move on. Living in the past is not working. [C-J/AKN]

The warm winter that we have been seeing is bad for business in Paoli, Indiana. [WHAS11]

Fewer people in the state are getting their GED because of more rigorous standards and the move to a computer-based test, according to a report released Tuesday by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. [H-L]

Thursday marks the third anniversary of the fatal Christmas Eve attack on a young man in west Louisville. [WLKY]

The federal government’s case against the man suspected of helping the San Bernardino shooters would be weaker if the NRA and other gun rights groups had their way in court. [HuffPo]

It’s absolutely terrible that this guy got shot. But his claim not to know why he was shot? Really? Sure, it could be an accident here in Compassionate City because there’s a new gun murder every five seconds. Just unlikely the son of a high-profile attorney doesn’t know why he got shot. [WAVE3]

With all that’s going on in the world — from record-breaking warm spells to rapidly melting ice sheets — it’s easy to ignore something so seemingly mundane as dirt. But scientists at the University of Sheffield’s Grantham Center for Sustainable Futures suggest that we ignore dirt at our own peril. [ThinkProgress]

Norton Healthcare and the University of Louisville have released the details of the agreement the parties reached Friday to settle an ongoing dispute over Kosair Children’s Hospital. [WFPL]

The Pittsburgh City Council on Monday voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, falling in line with a growing number of municipalities that have taken similar actions in recent years, city officials said. Meanwhile, Kentucky twiddles its thumbs. [Reuters]

The city of Louisville has green-lighted a contract with CTC Consultants in order to chart how to best connect Louisville to the KentuckyWired fiber optic Internet cable network. [Business First]

Visitors to the new Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center at and after its grand reopening Jan. 8 can expect an immersive learning experience as they travel through the history of the falls and the affects and relation to the region. [News & Tribune]

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JCPS Is Turning Into LMAS. No Joke.

JCPS has hired O’Dell Henderson to be the district’s new director of labor management and employee relations amid an open investigation involving him and the director of Louisville Metro Animal Services. Now the Animal Services messes are moving to JCPS. This city is screwed up. [WDRB]

Louisville is beginning to take significant action on affordable housing, but more needs to be done to make sure the city is in compliance with recent federal changes to avoid fair housing violations against protected classes, according to the 2015 State of Metropolitan Housing Coalition. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s amazing how technology can change someone’s life. Translation: UofL needs some positive spin in local media. [WHAS11]

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali on Wednesday criticized Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, calling on Muslims “to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda.” [H-L]

A new movement aims to give local teenagers and young adults alternatives to crime and violence. [WLKY]

How can a small nation of just 330,000 people, located in the middle of the North Atlantic, be fully self-sufficient when it comes to energy for house heating? And not just independent — but with 99% of it’s energy production renewable. [HuffPo]

A JCPS employee and the mother of two students are accused in a lawsuit by the mother of another student who was allegedly bullied and beaten at school. [WAVE3]

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Across the Atlantic Ocean, governments and businesses are taking big steps toward renewable energy. Their transition could provide lessons for Kentucky. [WFPL]

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MozzaPi LLC, a food-truck and catering service, plans to open a bricks-and-mortar restaurant. [Business First]

See the journey of the Ohio River Bridges Project, from the first call for its initiative to the final completion of the Abraham Lincoln Bridge. [News & Tribune]