Crazed Teatoots Vandalize Smoking Ban Signs

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!]

A longtime educator with Jefferson County Public Schools has been named an assistant superintendent for the district who will oversee academics at 23 schools. [WDRB]

Despite two underperforming events in May and the postponement of the Paul McCartney and Miley Cyrus concerts, KFC Yum! Center officials said they expect to end the year with about $1.4 million in operating profit. [C-J/AKN]

A facility used to host meetings in downtown Louisville was reintroduced to the public Monday. [WHAS11]

The Derby City’s food scene has grown to include much more than juleps and hot Browns. [H-L]

The KFC Yum Center already attracts big crowds for University of Louisville basketball games and big-name concerts. Now the arena is offering entertainment with the summer plaza series. [WLKY]

If you missed it yesterday, the Education Professional Standards Board is making an epic move toward more secrecy and educational corruption. [Page One]

You can’t smoke in public buildings and workplaces in Louisville Metro. Now, Metro government is asking that you not smoke in park playgrounds and swimming pools where children are gathered. [WAVE3]

As a young Senate staffer in the early ’70s, I tended to form my opinions on the members based not on how they voted, but by how they treated us. [John Yarmuth]

Louisville is set to award franchise agreements to three private companies looking to bring ultra high-speed Internet service to the city. [WFPL]

Members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Monday ripped the Veterans Affairs Department for covering up mistakes as it rushed to reduce its mammoth disability claims backlog. [The Hill]

When Louisville Metro Government wanted to monitor the air quality in locations across Louisville, it needed a product that hadn’t yet been produced by a commercial manufacturer. [Business First]

An officer who has claimed mistreatment failed to appear before the New Albany Police Merit Commission Thursday after requesting to be heard by the body. [News & Tribune]

Will Fiber Internets Become An Affordable Thing?

Remember, this is Louisville, so anything that can go wrong will definitely go wrong. Gigabit-speed Internet may soon be coming to Louisville. The Louisville Metro Council is expected to approve contracts with three different companies for fiber Internet installation at its meeting next Tuesday. [WDRB]

The tax on Jefferson County hotel rooms would rise 1 percentage point under a measure pending before Louisville Metro Council, with proceeds earmarked to pay for a proposed $176 million makeover and expansion of Kentucky International Convention Center. [C-J/AKN]

A plaque of thanks was presented to John Hassman at his Middletown store, A Taste of Kentucky. [WHAS11]

Remember when the take-home police cruiser deal was a battle in Louisville? It’s taking over Lexington now. [H-L]

Warning — ridiculously inappropriate auto-play video. State investigators have busted an insurance fraud ring after a three-year investigation. A Jefferson County grand jury indicted 19 people. [WLKY]

Like her co-workers at LFPL, Justice is a member of AFSCME Local 3425—and she says the Fischer administration’s current contract with the union makes it almost impossible for her and her family to survive. [In These Times]

Green space near Interstate 65 has the potential to generate green but a battle between Jeffersonville city leaders has the mayor rethinking plans for a new hotel and restaurants at Exit 1. [WAVE3]

Here’s hoping you’re getting your votes in for the 2014 Golden Poo Awards. [Page One]

The Louisville Forum’s “Growing Up Transgender” discussion on Wednesday focused on the complex controversies and conversations that surround gender identity. [WFPL]

Several red states, including Louisiana, have been diverting some offenders away from prison and into drug treatment and other incarceration alternatives. But not everyone is embracing the effort. [NPR]

Adam Burckle, owner of Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen, scoffs at the idea of calorie counting the items on his menu. The pies, cakes and ice cream flavors are offered to savor on occasion and within reason. [Business First]

The Clarksville Town Council unanimously voted to reject changes to its sign ordinance that had been given a positive recommendation by the town’s plan commission. [News & Tribune]

We Already Know Some Officers Racially Profile

Make sure you’re caught up on the latest in the Will Coursey sex scandal. Complete with newspaper and video realness, gurl. [Page One]

Louisville has grown slightly this decade, but new Census estimates show outlying areas are adding people at a faster rate. [WDRB]

A burst of cannon fire signaled the end of three years of work — and multiple delays — on the Big Four Bridge Wednesday night, as Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Jeffersonville, Ind. Mayor Mike Moore met in the middle to celebrate the official rededication. [C-J/AKN]

A Louisville man was arrested after allegedly filing a false insurance claim because he did not want to pay for his truck repairs. [WHAS11]

Anthany Beatty said Wednesday that a change in leadership was needed to repair the city’s relationship with the University of Kentucky because of the now suspended Rupp Arena renovation. [H-L]

It’s time for them to put up or shut up. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer teamed up with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray at the Muhammad Ali Center to announce new projects to strengthen the region’s global competitiveness on Thursday morning. [WLKY]

Kentucky history gets a little tipsy Saturday, with the Filson Bourbon Academy at Belle’s Cocktail House in Lexington. [H-L]

The bagpipes set the pace, step by step as the crowd inched closer to a meeting point that took millions of dollars and years to create. [WAVE3]

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The results of a year-long study to determine whether Louisville Metro Police officers racially profile when making traffic stops should be available “later this summer,” police officials said on Wednesday. [WFPL]

Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren will join Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes Sunday on the University of Louisville campus for a rally on college affordability. [Ronnie Ellis]

For eateries along Frankfort Avenue, the annual Taste of Frankfort Avenue fund-raiser for the Clifton Center has been a part of their summer for years. [Business First]

Most administrators for the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. will get a 1.95 percent raise for the 2014-15 school year after a vote from the district’s board of trustees. [News & Tribune]

Yes, hell froze over yesterday. The Courier-Journal referenced us TWICE IN A SINGLE DAY. Maybe the paper finally realizes we’re fans and a useful resource for promotion and not the enemy? [More C-J/AKN]

How Complacent Will You Be Today, Folks?

Something tells us this lady would not spend more than a few minutes in a cage at Metro Animal Services. Primarily because she doesn’t want to get a disease that kills her within a week or two. [WDRB]

Do you remember Evan Bayh, the guy in Indiana who ran from a potential challenge to avoid losing? He’s now playing the role of Captain Obvious in politics. [Politico]

A Louisville developer and former mayoral candidate is facing a lawsuit after he was charged last month with attacking his on-again, off-again girlfriend. [WHAS11]

Max Balliet’s Holy Mole food truck has been inspected six times this year, passing the health department review without fail. Still, he hears the uninformed slights and innuendo — food trucks are dirty, messy, fly-by-night grease pits, potential salmonella breeders on wheels. [C-J/AKN]

It’s been three years since the KFC Yum! Center’s opening and on Monday the Arena Authority met to talk about its future. [WLKY]

Under state law, Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills won’t be able to seek a third term, but he said he is not yet ready to retire from public service. [News & Tribune]

Possibility CIty! You may not notice it at first glance, but a couple big signs installed near a Louisville interstate have one big mistake. The two misspelled signs posted to direct traffic from Bardstown Road to the Gene Snyder Freeway went up on Sunday. [WAVE3]

The Louisville Arena Authority Inc. and the University of Louisville Athletic Association agreed to revise an agreement Monday at the arena authority’s monthly meeting. [Business First]

Principal David Armour carries the vocabulary and multiplication flashcards in his back pocket as he walks the halls of Lowe Elementary School — springing them on students standing at the water fountain or walking to lunch or the library. [Toni Konz]

A bill that would have made heroin trafficking sufficient to support a criminal homicide charge in an overdose death failed this year in the General Assembly. [H-L]

Louisvillians can now see how their Metro Council district’s are doing in children’s health and well-being. [WFPL]

Yarmuth Could Hurt Grimes Outside Louisville

Alison Lundergan Grimes has kept a low public profile since she announced that she wants Mitch McConnell’s U.S. Senate seat, and McConnell is using that to his advantage. [WDRB]

Frankfort city commissioners said they anticipate eventual passage of a fairness ordinance, but they spent two hours Monday discussing and tweaking a draft. [H-L]

The Louisville Metro Council court will meet on Tuesday, July 16, for a pre-hearing to talk about removing Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin from office. [WHAS11]

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, promoted a congressional candidate using her official Twitter account, which is in violation of the city’s code of ethics. [WFPL]

Another day, another senseless murder in Louisville. Such a common occurrence that no one is surprised these days. [WLKY]

The former admissions director for University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law — who in 2012 promised incoming students about $2.4 million more in scholarships than the school had allotted — has been indicted in the case, on a charge of unlawfully accessing a university computer. [C-J/AKN]

Food trucks have a loyal fan following here in Louisville. They’re a quick, trendy way to eat and they have a diverse menu. But are these rolling restaurants, really all that clean? [WAVE3]

Nationally syndicated advice columnist John Rosemond said he will file a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Kentucky agency that licenses psychologists after it attempted to block publication of his column in the state. Rosemond and his attorneys claim the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology and Attorney General Jack Conway’s office are violating his right to free speech by unlawfully attempting to censor his column, which offers parenting advice. [H-L]

As expected, the KFC Yum! Center experienced a loss in May, but management officials there still are forecasting a profit for fiscal 2013. [Business First]

Kentucky’s only Democratic congressman is predicting Alison Lundergan Grimes will run the most aggressive campaign that Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell has seen from a challenger. [WKYT]

A long-desired plan, and one of Mayor Mike Moore’s projects highlighted to use tax-increment financing dollars, needs another look, according to the Jeffersonville City Council. [News & Tribune]

Hopefully Tolls Won’t Hurt New Albany’s Growth

A chance to taste great bourbon helped raise money for abused children. Bourbon by the Bridge offered premiere bourbon tasting, a jazz band and hors d’oeuvres. [WDRB]

When it comes to helping nature adapt to climate change, biologists say it’s all about resilience, or the ability of plants, animals or ecological systems to bounce back after disturbances. [C-J/AKN]

Changes are coming to the Lyndon Fire Protection District and it will have a huge impact on how long firefighters take to respond to emergencies. Beginning July 1, staff reductions will take place and it has sparked serious concerns from residents in Lyndon. [WHAS11]

Real life has been hard for Deric Lostutter. But with public attention focused on the shadowy worlds of government surveillance and online vigilantism, the tattooed rapper and computer geek from Winchester has become an unlikely celebrity. [H-L]

Anxious residents were still awaiting answers more than a month after four people were found dead in an Indiana home. [WLKY]

For years, Jefferson County Public Schools has tried a host of measures to turn around its lowest-performing schools and students — with limited success. [C-J/AKN]

Several years ago, if you spent the day in downtown New Albany, you wouldn’t have much to do. Store fronts were empty and there were only a few restaurants. [WAVE3]

Preservation Louisville is repairing a second shotgun house as part of its ongoing project called Save Our Shotguns, which looks to restore some of the thousands of shotgun homes that exist in Louisville. [WFPL]

A private jet that had former President George W. Bush on board made an emergency landing Saturday night. The Federal Aviation Administration said Sunday that the jet was flying from Philadelphia to Dallas, where Bush lives. The FAA said the plane was diverted to Louisville, Ky., after the smell of smoke was reported in the cockpit. No one was hurt. [HuffPo]

Junior Bridgeman, chairman and CEO of Bridgeman Foods Inc., reminisced this morning about the days of dining at the old Blue Boar Cafeterias, which originated in Louisville in the 1930s. [Business First]

Hoo boy, the Kentucky Democratic Republican Party and the Republican Party of Kentucky are really showing their rear end this week. [Page One]

Sales from the initial phase of the Neighborhood Stabilization Project yielded about $954,000 for continued improvements to housing stock in New Albany. [News & Tribune]

Louisvillians Shocked To Learn Nawbny Has Parks

Early morning brunchers will now be able to sip bourbon or any other drink of choice on Sunday mornings. [WDRB]

The annual financial audit of Louisville Metro government found only one reportable deficiency, Mayor Greg Fischer reported Friday. Really? We’re going to take his word for it? Because there are dozens of people in Metro Government foaming at the mouth about this bogus audit. [C-J/AKN]

The Kentucky Derby is just over a week away, but the anniversary of an unsolved murder at Churchill Downs is also approaching. [WHAS11]

Two southern Indiana sites are on the latest list of the state’s Most Endangered Places, compiled by the preservation group Indiana Landmarks. [WFPL]

A group supporting local restaurants is suing one of their own alleging embezzlement and fraud. Louisville Originals filed court documents alleging an Asiatique partner withdrew tens of thousands from an account registered to Louisville Independents, Inc. [WAVE3]

For five indelible days, the unthinkable became routine in Boston. And no one felt that more than the police and agents mounting the largest manhunt in regional history and parsing its most complex crime scene. It took a cast of thousands — also courage, sacrifice, teamwork, and luck — to crack the case. But they did it. THIS IS A MUST-READ! [Boston Globe]

A fire ignited in downtown Shelbyville on Sunday for the second time in two months. [WLKY]

Many of the man-made ponds for storing toxic sludge from coal mining operations have dangerously weak walls because of poor construction methods, according to the synopsis of a study for the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement obtained by The Washington Post. [WaPo]

A hearing officer in the Personnel Cabinet has ordered that Kentucky’s former chief racing steward be reinstated with back pay. [H-L]

Due to unsafe conditions, seating for this summer’s free Kentucky State Fair concerts at old Cardinal Stadium will be limited to the field and not allowed in the grandstand. [Business First]

New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan said he hopes to have a permanent parks operations director hired within six weeks. [News & Tribune]