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]

Should The MSD Head Make $252,000 Per Year?

A group suing over the Ohio River Bridges Project alleges that the government broke federal law when it failed to consider greenhouse gas emissions as part of an environmental report. At this point, CART needs to stop wasting taxpayer dollars because there’s no way the Bridges Debacle is going to be stopped. The bad decisions have already been set in stone. [C-J/AKN]

The Jeffersonville Police Department Drug Investigation Unit and the Clarksville Police Department Narcotics Division have arrested one man after searching a Jeffersonville apartment where there was suspected narcotics trafficking on Friday, according to a news release. [WDRB]

Five homes slated to be torn down to make way for Big Four Station and the Ohio River Bridges Project have found a new life. [News & Tribune]

The first draft of the budget for the 2013-2014 school year includes the projection of a reduced budget deficit to $6 million, but part of the money saved is coming from a change in the job descriptions of resource teachers helping in student instruction, which is being met head on by the Jefferson County Teachers Association. [WHAS11]

An independent panel tasked with reviewing case files of children who have been killed or nearly killed from abuse or neglect agreed Monday that they needed complete case files and that the panel’s meetings should be closed to the public. [Bluegrass Politics]

A Meyzeek Middle School teacher is teaching her students a valuable lesson that goes beyond her normal seventh-grade curriculum. Buffy Sexton is answering the call to be a living organ donor to a man she had never met. [WLKY]

Despite their objections, new GOP lawmakers enrolled in pension plan. Campaigning for the Kentucky House last year, Brian Linder said state lawmakers do not need public pensions. [John Cheves]

A Kentuckiana restaurant has stepped up to help people caught with gift cards to Lynn’s Paradise Café after its sudden closure. [WAVE3]

Louisville Metro Government departments are urging gun owners to use common sense now that firearms are allowed in city-owned buildings. [WFPL]

The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority on Wednesday will hear a request for preliminary approval from Kentucky Kingdom LLLP for tourism tax credits that will help the group reopen the shuttered amusement park at the Kentucky Exposition Center. [Business First]

The Metropolitan Sewer District board has rewarded its new executive director with a 10 percent raise in base compensation and other benefits, including deferred compensation and potential performance-based bonuses. Greg Heitzman, who has been running the Louisville Water Co. and serving as MSD’s interim director since December 2011, will have a base salary of $252,000 when he takes over at MSD full-time in May. [C-J/AKN]

Ethics? At Metro Council? Let’s Hold Our Breath

Hundreds of people lined up yesterday, to remember former Metro councilwoman Judy Green. It was standing room only at St. Stephen Church. [WDRB]

Wondering how Louisville’s inner circle works? Then you’ll want to read this story. Involves Nana Lampton, Keith Runyon, horses, art, potentially embarrassing regulatory reports, alleged misuse of corporate funds. [C-J/AKN]

After less than two hours of deliberations, a Clark County jury found Edward “Dale” Bagshaw guilty of murdering his wife Kelly. [WHAS11]

When it comes to inaugural festivities in the nation’s capitol, the Kentucky Society’s Bluegrass Ball is a standout event. [H-L]

This sort of thing wouldn’t have been necessary if Lynn Winter hadn’t gone off the deep end. That a disaster that entire story has turned out to be. [WLKY]

Sick animals got a little boost from some elementary students who want them to get better. Maple Elementary School’s student council presented a check for $116.80 to the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter on Thursday. [News & Tribune]

An outgoing city commissioner in Frankfort ripped some new you-know-whats over corruption and the general good old boy system that permeates Kentucky. [Page One]

A Jeffersontown hotel became the scene of a wild drug bust involving three Cuban nationals. “All of them had criminal backgrounds and criminal histories,” said Jeffersontown Police Major Ken Hatmaker. [WAVE3]

NAACP President Raoul Cunningham has been involved with civil rights since he was a 14-year-old activist protesting against Jim Crow in downtown Louisville. But Cunningham says that in 2013 there are still many pertinent issues and some will be before the Supreme Court this year. [WFPL]

Hospital system consolidation could result in inflation, according to a report from consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal Holdings LLC. [Business First]

President Obama’s most trusted fundraiser is expected to beat Vogue’s Anna Wintour to the top ambassadorial appointment in the gift of the White House. Harvard-educated Matthew Barzun is now widely said to be favoured over the formidable fashion magazine queen to become the next Ambassador to the Court of St James’s — as the London post is officially known. [London Evening Standard]

Months after Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin walked out of a city Ethics Commission hearing rather than answer questions, the Metro Council intends to ask the General Assembly to give the commission subpoena power. [C-J/AKN]

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How’d That Winter Story Get Ignored By Everyone?

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In a meeting held Monday, the AEG made the Louisville Arena Authority very happy. It also made the Yum Center a mecca for upcoming Louisville events as well. [WDRB]

Woah, go read the November article about Lynn Winter to get a better idea of the hot mess that’s been going on. YOU WILL NOT REGRET READING IT. It is material that could have been pulled straight from a Real Housewives gossip blog but it’s an interview with her. Holy jeebers, it is great. The story is like two rabid drag queens fighting over a chicken wing. That’s how crazy it is. Get the bourbon ready (yes, now! in the morning) because you’ll need it after reading this. [CLICK HERE IMMEDIATELY]

During the month of January, The Shawnee Neighborhood Planning Committee and Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) will host a series of “mobile workshops” in the Shawnee Neighborhood to get resident input on funding priorities in five key areas of the neighborhood. [WHAS11]

It is a seahorse-shaped strip of land in the Ohio River near Portland where bald eagles and herons soar not far from a power plant and dam. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another JCPS bus accident> One student was taken to a hospital for treatment and other students were checked for injuries after JCPS bus was involved in an accident Tuesday morning. [WAVE3]

Looks like Gannett could potentially end up with real blood on its hands over that gun permit list snafu. [Newsday]

He passed away more than a week ago, and Monday the community came together to memorialize Blaine Hudson, a community activist and professor at the University of Louisville. [WLKY]

This would be a big deal if anybody lived there and if the rest of the county wasn’t a flustercuck. The tiny Eastern Kentucky town of Vicco on Monday became the fourth city in the state to approve local ordinances banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. [H-L]

Louisville dropped seven spots but still ranked among the nation’s strongest economic markets, according to the On Numbers Economic Index created by Business First affiliate The Business Journals. [Business First]

For just the second time in program history, the Louisville Cardinals sit atop the latest Associated Press college basketball poll. The Cards are also number one in the USA Today coaches poll. [WFPL]

In its first meeting of the year the Clark County Council handled a number of changes to the statuses of county employees and their salaries. [News & Tribune]

Don’t Walk Anywhere, You’ll Just Get Run Over

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A shooting at a Louisville nightclub leaves two people injured. This is the second time it’s happened at that joint. Maybe it’s time to close down? [WDRB]

Looks like Mike O’Connell has a little problem on his hands and won’t be getting anything done for the next several months. Maybe even a little ethical hypocrisy, according to Thomas Clay in the story. Outraged by what he calls “disingenuous maneuvering” by defense lawyers in drunken driving cases, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell has written a fiery letter to district court judges telling them to put a stop to it. [C-J/AKN]

The Lynn Winter circle jerk begins as she tries to get positive press by giving away the food left at her failed restaurant. Maybe she should focus on refunding the tens of thousands of dollars in outstanding recently purchased gift cards and taking care of the employees she kicked to the curb. [WHAS11]

One lawmaker wants to designate the Kentucky long rifle as the state’s official gun. Another would prohibit public employers from buying uniforms made outside America for their workers. Yet another would make acupuncture a licensed profession. [H-L]

Over the past several months, indigenous groups in Canada have been banding together to protest the alleged eroding of their tribal rights. Under the name “Idle No More,” the group has been holding rallies and protests across Canada and internationally. Louisville supporters of the movement held their own flash mob in solidarity yesterday at Mid City Mall. [WFPL]

You really can’t walk anywhere in Louisville without getting killed by a car. [WLKY]

The Louisville metropolitan statistical area boasts more than 19,000 hotel and motel rooms, and more might be coming to Jefferson County. [Business First]

Yes, tip pooling is illegal in Kentucky. Stop forcing your employees to do this if you own a restaurant. Pretending it’s voluntary while firing people who don’t volunteer is may not a good practice, either. [WAVE3]

A fancy traffic stop over in Indiananner netted 46 pounds of marijuana. Which is apparently a big deal. [News & Tribune]

Wait for it, wait for it, you’ll be totally surprised… Senior Judge Martin McDonald, who was removed from two cases last fall for bias, including one in which he threatened to strangle a defense lawyer, has been accused of prejudice again. The Judicial Conduct Commission is sitting on its hands. [C-J/AKN]

No one goes broke being a cynic in Frankfort. But these days, one might want to hedge his bets just a bit. [Ronnie Ellis]