Constants: Gun Deaths & UofL Shenanigans

Two public high schools in Jefferson County are seeking an appeal to the Kentucky Department of Education, asking the state to reconsider the labels given to Valley and Fern Creek high schools following the release of their latest test scores, according to a proposal up for board approval on Tuesday. [WDRB]

The University of Louisville publicly released the NCAA’s notice of allegations on Thursday after the organization’s year-long investigation into U of L’s men’s basketball program, and the NCAA charges U of L with four Level I violations – the highest level – and cites Louisville coach Rick Pitino with failure to monitor an employee. [C-J/AKN]

The Louisville area crossed a grim line Wednesday when it recorded its 100th homicide for the year, reaching triple digits for the first time in four decades. [WHAS11]

Lexington’s minimum wage will roll back to $7.25 an hour after the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Kentucky cities do not have the authority to raise the minimum wage. [H-L]

Louisville police are investigating a shooting sent three people to the hospital. Police say all three victims were shot in the same location on College Court. [WLKY]

It was a tacky, hostile and personal insult, but for Trump, it was actually a euphemism of sorts. Women around the world instantly knew what he was really saying. [HuffPo]

University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino is accused of failing to monitor one of his coaches in a way that would prevent the sex scandal that rocked the program. That’s included in the notice of allegations released by the NCAA Thursday morning, about a year after its investigation began. [WAVE3]

It is time someone got to the bottom of everything that people say about Hillary Clinton. Who is she? More importantly, WHAT is she? [WaPo]

Kentuckians are one step closer to learning what changes will be made to their Medicaid benefits. [WFPL]

President Barack Obama ripped Donald Trump here Friday as a man who’s embraced an attack on the “global elite” only after failing to be accepted as a member of the global elite himself, attacking the Republican nominee for running an anti-American campaign with paper-thin support that’s all about conspiracy theories. [Politico]

Baptist Healthcare System Inc. has asked the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority to consider a bond issue of as much as $459 million for the hospital system. [Business First]

The silent, living giants that tower over our neighborhoods and streets aren’t just pleasing to the eye. [News & Tribune]

Arena Mess Déjà Vu? *EYES ROLL BACK IN HEAD*

In a new round of scrutiny over the KFC Yum! Center, a Kentucky legislative panel voted unanimously Tuesday to ask for a state audit of the Louisville Arena Authority. [WDRB]

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence began Friday supporting Donald Trump’s statements denying he had sexually assaulted women and promising evidence that would prove Trump’s innocence. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s a concern parents don’t want to think about when they put their kids on the bus every morning, but some do. [WHAS11]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is in a pickle. The senior Kentucky Republican began the year with a tough Senate electoral map. A wildly unpredictable Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, has possibly made that map even harder. [H-L]

A woman has been hospitalized after being shot in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood. [WLKY]

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump appeared to question the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency once again on Saturday, referring to the president in air quotes. [HuffPo]

The new chairwoman of the University of Louisville Foundation has responded to the resignation of former chairman Dr. Bob Hughes. [WAVE3]

To understand how Donald Trump’s comments and alleged mistreatment of women are stoking the anxiety of other Republicans, look no further than the private appeal sent Wednesday to a billionaire from a super PAC backing Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey. [ProPublica]

Homeownership is a dream not only of U.S. born citizens but of many who arrive here from other countries. In Kentucky, more than 26,000 immigrants own their homes. [WFPL]

A major evangelical college campus organization is allegedly instituting a policy that would result in firing employees who support same-sex marriage. [ThinkProgress]

The status of the 12-acre campus that is home to the former Urban Government Center again will be the subject of public discussion later this month. [Business First]

The Clark County Health Department is making preparations for training people how to use Narcan, which, if used appropriately, can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. [News & Tribune]

Things Aren’t So Green In Compassionate City

A town hall meeting in Louisville on Tuesday night discussed how violent crime and citizens’ relationship with police is being felt in the city and around the country. [WDRB]

Under Mayor Greg Fischer’s leadership, Louisville has undertaken several studies aimed at better understanding the city’s environmental challenges. A new national ranking suggests it may be time to move beyond research and into action. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Two JCPS elementaries are at the bottom of the scale, when it comes to making the grade on statewide test scores. [WHAS11]

Lexington ranked among the least green cities in a new study that criticized its lack of green space compared to the other 99 largest cities in the country. [H-L]

The Kentucky State Fair Board says it has hired its next president and CEO. [WLKY]

Mitch McConnell says the country must not turn its back on the nation’s coal miners — but that’s exactly what those miners say the Republican Senate Majority Leader is doing. [H-L]

A Metro Corrections officer who posted a controversial meme on Facebook will not lose his job as a result of the incident. [WAVE3]

“Do you speak English?” When Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng walked into his summer school classroom for the first time as a brand-new teacher, a student greeted him with this question. Nothing in his training had prepared him to address race and identity. But he was game, answering the student lightly, “Yes, I do, but this is a math class, so you don’t have to worry about it.” [NPR]

Tim Harrison didn’t expect to be released from prison last week. When he got the news, he argued with the guards. He told them they had the wrong guy. He said his sentence wasn’t yet up. [WFPL]

After Donald Trump reaffirmed his long-held belief this week that the men known as the Central Park Five were guilty in an infamous, decades-old rape case, two members of the since-exonerated group blasted Trump in interviews with Mother Jones, calling him a “stunt artist” and saying “he’s gotten worse” since his involvement in their 1990 conviction. [Mother Jones]

Southern Indiana Plastics Inc., which makes plastic parts for the automotive and lawn and garden industries, has acquired Louisville-based Progress Plastics Inc. [Business First]

Grants, programming for students and other services were approved at Greater Clark County Schools’ board of trustees meeting on Tuesday. [News & Tribune]

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Crime In The Highlands? Surely Not!

Tolls are coming to the Ohio River Bridges and drivers are getting ready. [WDRB]

Talk is cheap for Matt Bevin. During his campaign for governor and since his election, Matt Bevin has said he supports restoring civil rights to nonviolent felons who have completed their sentences. [C-J/AKN]

Crime spike in the Highlands? It’s been going on since at least 2014 but no one wants to talk about it because it might frighten the wealthy white people. [WHAS11]

On Friday, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether panhandlers have a legally protected right to ask motorists and pedestrians for money and if Lexington’s city-wide ban violates panhandlers’ First Amendment right to free speech. [H-L]

JCPS students got an inside look at how vehicles are made at the Louisville Ford Assembly Plant on Wednesday. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women present him with a tough challenge roughly one month before Election Day, and it’s also landed House Republicans in trouble. [HuffPo]

Louisville-based Yum! Brands is cutting jobs as part of a major corporate overhaul. [WAVE3]

In 1990, a group of four black teens and one Latino teen were convicted of the brutal assault and rape of a jogger. The April 1989 attack came amid rising crime rates in New York City and a wave of violence in Central Park itself. [ThinkProgress]

As the University of Louisville-Clemson football game was played last weekend, dozens of attendees ate, drank and filled the Green Building in NuLu for the culmination of Diversity Pitch Fest. [WFPL]

The number of Americans who support the death penalty has fallen below half for the first time, according to a US study. [BBC]

A new report shows that the number of small businesses in Kentucky that offer employee health insurance dropped sharply from 2012 to 2015. Only 26.6 percent of small businesses in the state offered health insurance last year, down from 36.4 percent in 2012, according to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. [Business First]

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission has formally asked the state’s high court to give Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson more than a “mere slap on the wrist” over findings that Henderson acted unethically. [News & Tribune]

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Another Fun Weekend Filled With Guns!

Louisville Metro Police are investigating two overnight shootings that happened within minutes of each other in the same area. [WDRB]

Saying small cash bonds pose an unfair burden on the poor, a Jefferson County public defender Monday asked a circuit judge to release three defendants from jail on the grounds that district judges had violated their rights by failing to inquire about their financial ability to post bond. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro Police responded to a call shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday about a body found on a sidewalk in the 7400 block of New La Grange Road. [WHAS11]

Is Jack Brammer lazy or deliberately misleading? Tres Watson initially JUSTIFIED Trump’s despicable comments and didn’t denounce them until he was publicly called out. [H-L]

Louisville police are investigating an overnight shooting at a southwest Jefferson County nightspot. [WLKY]

In a hostage-like video apology released in the early minutes of Saturday, Donald Trump dismissed a 2005 tape of him bragging about sexually assaulting women as a “more than decade-old video.” [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A total of 270 rape and sexual assault victims in Jefferson County will soon have answers in their cases, some which are decades old. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump is racist. Donald Trump is standing by his claim that a group of men known as the “Central Park Five” — who were exonerated for a brutal rape and beating in 1989 — are in fact guilty. [The Hill]

Earlier [last] week, the Jefferson County Attorney formally responded to a federal lawsuit filed by the family of a man killed by Louisville police in August. [WFPL]

The Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal to provide immediate relief to 50,000 Haitians in the aftermath of the strongest hurricane to hit the Caribbean since 2007. [Reuters]

A development dubbed Project Tahoe has gotten a green light for Jefferson Riverport International in Southwest Louisville. [Business First]

Although there hasn’t been much activity lately on a possible fairness ordinance or resolution in Jeffersonville, the opportunity may not have passed just yet. [News & Tribune]

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Immigration’s A Big Deal For This City

Experts in the manufacturing industry say it’s a growing field, but there aren’t enough students choosing careers in science, technology, engineering or math to fill all the open positions. [WDRB]

They piled into the minivan, all seven of them, and drove slowly on a darkened Louisville interstate toward the exit marked for the airport. Hustling up escalators with five boys in the half-empty, late-night terminal, Ahmad Al Tybawi and his wife, Ahlam Al Swedan, found themselves back where they had arrived almost a year before — when they were gaunt and exhausted from fleeing Syria’s bloody civil war. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! If you currently have a child in college, chances are their dorm room is far different than what you lived in. Many universities are upgrading their student housing and the University of Louisville is no exception. [WHAS11]

The number of students charged with assaults in the third degree at Kentucky schools rose significantly in one year by 51.3 percent, according to an annual school safety report released Thursday. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! For the first time since the death of Muhammad Ali, an emotional Lonnie Ali opened up about the Louisville community’s overwhelming support for her family and how they’re dealing with the loss. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama fired back at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his claim earlier this week that black people in America are worse off than ever before. [HuffPo]

After two years in court, the city of Anchorage and Uspiritus have settled an argument over whether certain juveniles can come to the organization’s children’s home. [WAVE3]

At the first presidential debate on Monday night, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton brought up some of the disparaging things Republican rival Donald Trump has said about women over the years, saying, “This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs.” [ThinkProgress]

On Wednesday, Kentucky legislators listened to a presentation about the benefits of medical cannabis from Don Stacy, a cancer doctor and medical liaison for pro-legalization group Alliance for Innovative Medicine. [WFPL]

Kentucky sure is good at proving stereotypes correct. This clown panic is just the latest incident. [BBC]

The Louisville bank filed a lawsuit last month against Scott Parrott, claiming the former Stock Yards executive breached a non-solicitation agreement. [Business First]

Two-hundred acres of River Ridge Commerce Center might have a buyer. [News & Tribune]

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Really, JCPS, Please Get It Together

With 410 new applications, the window closed Friday for the new EMT recruit class with Louisville Metro EMS. [WDRB]

Mayor Greg Fischer is ready to start a public conversation on Louisville banning electronic cigarettes and hookah five months after he first raised the idea. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! How much hype can the local teevee folks give this guy? The President of the local Fraternal Order of Police is asking LMPD Chief Steve Conrad to hold off on his plans to reorganize LMPD, at least until November. [WHAS11]

A judge has upheld a state ethics code violation against a woman linked with former state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. [H-L]

A non-profit trade group that leads Kentucky’s bourbon and distilled spirits industry is expanding. The Kentucky Distillers’ Association said Monday that the Bardstown Bourbon Company is its newest member. [WLKY]

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence on Thursday said Americans should refrain from speaking about racial bias within law enforcement immediately after police shootings to help bring unity to communities like Charlotte, North Carolina, where violent protests raged this week over the police shooting of a black man. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A Jefferson County Public School teacher was fired for a consistent pattern of using physical restraint to manage her classroom. The termination letter addressed to Jodi Anderson, lists 21 charges that support the termination and dates back to 2006 at Layne Elementary School. [WAVE3]

Our team that’s been travelling across the northern US hearing from voters is now at the halfway stage – crossing the states of North Dakota and Montana. There, our North America correspondent, Aleem Maqbool has been looking at the thorny issues surrounding the oil industry and climate change, in a place that’s directly affected by both. [BBC]

Louisville has been chosen for a federal pilot program aimed at attacking the city’s heroin and prescription opioid problem. [WFPL]

Ruling on a lawsuit filed by a state’s Democratic attorney general against its Republican governor, the Kentucky Supreme Court says Gov. Matt Bevin doesn’t have the authority to unilaterally slice money out of a state university’s budget. [NPR]

Major League Baseball has a new sponsor for its 2016 World Series: Evan Williams bourbon. [Business First]

Opposing groups of a New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. referendum say they’re missing political signs throughout the county, and neither group seems to know where they went. [News & Tribune]

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