UofL Dumpster Fire Is Still Smoldering

Your sewer bill is about to go up again, but not as much as the Metropolitan Sewer District wanted. [WDRB]

Rebuffed by the Louisville Metro Council for a 20 percent rate boost to pay for a backlog of major maintenance, the Metropolitan Sewer District on Monday will ask its board to charge its customers 6.9 percent more. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Neighbors are upset over tree removal at Bowman Field. [WHAS11]

Four children sat cross-legged as their teacher flipped through a numbers book. When the page turned, they raced to yell the next number first — “six,” “seven” and then, “nine!” [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s tough to take Adam Edelen seriously because he wanted to be on the Foundation board. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s policy agenda would quickly push the national debt to its highest level in history, according to a new report. [HuffPo]

The Jefferson County Public School Board of Education has met on multiple occasions to discuss the evaluation of Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens. [WAVE3]

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Monday called on the Senate to take immediate action this week to address Puerto Rico’s $70 billion debt crisis before the critical July 1 deadline for the island territory’s next debt payments. [Reuters]

The Louisville Metro Council will spend the next two weeks on summer break. When the 26-member legislative body returns to City Hall, they’ll likely focus on establishing a natural gas franchise agreement with Louisville Gas and Electric. That will set parameters the utility provider must abide by to use the public rights of way for natural gas transmission. [WFPL]

A short-handed Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Texas law that tightens abortion clinic requirements in a way that critics say unduly restricts women’s access. [McClatchy DC]

Now that GE Appliances has been acquired by Qingdao Haier, several executive moves are taking place. [Business First]

It’s been a difficult few weeks for Erik Brewer, a former truck driver who recently became homeless before his van was totaled in a crash on Interstate 74 in western Indiana last month. [News & Tribune]

Murder Is Just Way Normal Here, Right?

A Louisville murder victim was recently involved in another high profile case. [WDRB]

Hundreds of new MSD customers have been getting wastewater and drainage services without being billed for them, agency officials said Monday, creating an issue with the Louisville Water Co. that handles billing for both. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO The coroner has identified a man who was shot and killed in the 300 block of East Oak Street on Sunday, March 27. [WHAS11]

Attorney General Andy Beshear has hired another veteran of his father’s administration to replace Tim Longmeyer, the former deputy attorney general who resigned and is now facing federal bribery charges. [Press Release & H-L]

Health officials say the number of cases of whooping cough in northern Kentucky has reached record levels recently. [WLKY]

Young women of color face particularly tough barriers to success in school, work and life. Now one foundation is working with them to break them down. [HuffPo]

Another day, another fun murder in Compassionate City. A man was shot and killed Monday afternoon in the Hallmark neighborhood. [WAVE3]

Turns out, one of the people at the center of the latest political scandal in Kentucky is knee-deep in something really exciting. Spoiler alert: it’s probably not entirely safe for work. [Page One]

Brenda and Robert Erickson filtered into City Hall last Thursday evening, a few minutes before the Louisville Metro Council began its regular meeting. [WFPL]

On November 19, 2014, the door clanged shut behind David Sesson and Bernard Simmons. Sesson put his hands through the food slot to have his handcuffs removed. Both men were in “disciplinary segregation,” a bureaucratic term for solitary confinement, at Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois. But unlike many in solitary, Sesson and Simmons wouldn’t have a moment alone. [The Marshall Project]

Greater Louisville Inc. announced the promotion of several employees Monday. [Business First]

Animal control officers will have to wait at least two more weeks before they’re able to enforce new Jeffersonville laws on animal welfare. [News & Tribune]

New Fischer-MSD Slap Fight Under Way

This story is a little bit insane. Officials say the body of a woman missing since February has been located. Family members told WDRB News they found Fox’s body in her home Monday. [WDRB]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Hugh Cochran, driving a classic 1940s black sedan, clasped his hands over his head in a celebratory handshake in November 1946 as he became the first person to cross the Louisville Municipal/Clark Memorial Bridge for free between Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Mayor Greg Fischer wants the Metropolitan Sewer District to change their plans for a storage basin in Smoketown. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky Senate will vote Wednesday on its two-year spending plan for the state, which will provide money to state universities and community colleges based on performance, Senate President Robert Stivers said Monday night. [H-L]

Metro police hope a Louisville cold case will heat back up on the two-year anniversary of a woman’s slaying. [WLKY]

Ted Cruz called for the United States to “empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” Leaving aside the blatant violations of civil and human rights, namely due process, what would that even look like? Try to imagine your local sheriff’s department picking and choosing streets to patrol based on the (perceived) religious identity of the residents. [HuffPo]

Okay… what? What is this latest mess from John Boel about dog bites? Is it all hype? Because that’s what it seems like. Everything with him is exaggerated to be some damn epidemic. [WAVE3]

Coal’s days are numbered as the dominant energy source and utility companies had better be ready to deploy other sources, a top electric company official said Monday. [Ashland Independent]

State regulators are continuing to monitor an Eastern Kentucky creek that ran red due to mine discharge over the weekend, though they say it wasn’t responsible for dead fish and turtles reported in the area. [WFPL]

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a lower court judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging gun control laws approved by Colorado in the wake of a movie theater massacre in a Denver suburb, saying the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the case. [Reuters]

If you like the quirkier side of sports reporting, chances are you know the answer to those questions, courtesy of ESPN anchor and feature reporter Kenny Mayne. Mayne will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival They’re Off! luncheon. The event, the official kickoff to the annual festival, is set for Friday, April 22 at The Galt House in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

How to handle out-of-district transfer students, who to accept, when to notify parents and other particulars of policy surrounding those children were discussed at Thursday’s meeting of West Clark Community Schools’ board of trustees. [News & Tribune]

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Let’s All Freak Out About Lead Pipes

How is JCPS addressing the learning gap between white and African-American students? That was just one of many topics at a meeting between Louisville’s NAACP and district leaders Monday night. [WDRB]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Every morning in every Louisville public school, custodians run the water fountains for up to a minute before children arrive for the day. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The city of New Albany is set to break ground on a new dog park on the site of the Cannon Acres Sports Complex, but a group of residents say that doing so would desecrate a historic Native American site. [WHAS11]

When the state’s oldest and largest art museum closes for three years for a $50 million makeover, expectations are high. But the transformation of the Speed Art Museum, which attracted 17,000 people to a 30-hour marathon reopening last weekend, blew me away. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Scott County hired a fifth prosecutor who will assist with the fight against drugs, which goes hand in hand with the efforts to curb the HIV outbreak in the area. [WLKY]

Burning coal doesn’t just pollute the environment and harm people’s health — it’s a huge drain on the world’s increasingly strained supply of freshwater. [HuffPo]

Concerns over children’s safety and control have prompted cancellations of protests planned for this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade on May 5 and a demonstration scheduled outside KDF’s downtown offices Monday evening, organizers said. [WAVE3]

An Indiana man was sentenced to life in prison on Friday for his part in causing a 2012 home explosion that killed two neighbors, injured dozens of people and damaged scores of homes in an Indianapolis neighborhood, a court official said. [Reuters]

The crumbling house next door to George Palmer’s 41st Street home hasn’t changed much over the years. Phone books are piled on the porch. Boards, cracked and curled after years of baking in the sun, cover the windows and front door. [WFPL]

More than 10,000 Kentuckians have registered to vote or updated their registration using GoVoteKY.com, the Commonwealth’s new online voter registration system. “GoVoteKY.com publicly launched last week and is already a huge success,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. “Over 10,000 people have used the site to register to vote or update their information. And anyone can use it – we’ve seen users from the age of 18 to 98!” [Press Release]

The number of craft spirits distillers across the United States have grown by a rate of 16 percent annually between 2007 and 2015, according to a preliminary report from the American Craft Spirits Association, the International Wine and Spirits Research and industry firm Park Street. [Business First]

The New Albany City Council approved an ordinance Thursday night which requires the registration of any property in the city that will be rented to tenants. [News & Tribune]

JCPS Buses & Pedestrians Finally Collide

On Thursday morning, the Kentucky Derby Festival issued a statement in response to the claims made by the Kentucky Dance and Step Alliance. [WDRB]

In response to the Kentucky Derby Festival’s rejection of a West End dance group’s request to join the Pegasus Parade, the group and community leaders said Thursday they plan to hold a separate heritage parade. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The political storm in Shepherdsville has spilled over into the community. Two council members, Larry Hatfield and Bernie Brown, have been advised from their attorney not to attend any city council meetings for the time being following the lawsuit they filed with the city about the legal process in which the new mayor was hired. [WHAS11]

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has lost his bid to defend a state law designed to protect life insurance benefits. [H-L]

Woah, woah, woah. Someone is messing with the space-time continuum. A pedestrian accident involving a JCPS bus! [WLKY]

President Barack Obama unleashed Thursday on Republicans who blame him for the rise of Donald Trump, noting that they are the ones who have fed the anger and worst instincts of their base throughout this administration. [HuffPo]

But wait… Here’s yet another pedestrian accident involving a child. [WAVE3]

Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered into the Middle Eastern abyss and stepped back from the consuming void—began with a thundering speech given on Obama’s behalf by his secretary of state, John Kerry, in Washington, D.C. The subject of Kerry’s uncharacteristically Churchillian remarks, delivered in the Treaty Room at the State Department, was the gassing of civilians by the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad. [The Atlantic]

Kentuckians have judged their own health in the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. The biggest group of respondents—43 percent—reported their health as “very good or excellent.” The percentage of adults who said their health was either “good” or “fair or poor” was pretty close at 26 percent and 31 percent, respectively. [WFPL]

Eric O’Grey knew he was in trouble. His weight had ballooned to 320 pounds, and he was spending more than $1,000 a month on medications for high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. [NPR]

When tolls go into effect later this year on several of the area’s bridges, frequent drivers can get a reduced rate. But businesses won’t be eligible for a discount. [Business First]

Hoosiers are showing their state pride as communities across the state find unique ways to celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial. [News & Tribune]

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JCPS Just Can’t Quit With The Scandals

JCPS’ early childhood education director has been suspended for 10 days without pay for allegedly intimidating an employee. [WDRB]

It’s a trash bin that doubles as your link to the world. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Wednesday will introduce new Big Belly compaction waste units that also will serve as solar-powered 4G hot spots. These will be “the first of their kind deployed in the world,” according to the mayor’s office. [C-J/AKN]

Surprise! It’s what everyone’s been talking about for months. The future of U of L President Jim Ramsey is now in informal talks. [WHAS11]

NOW Adam Edelen cares about the direction of the Commonwealth? Good to know. Kentucky is headed the wrong way, down a dangerous road. [H-L]

A proposal which would require that the remains of miscarried or aborted fetuses be either cremated or interred in Indiana is set for consideration by a Senate committee. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to pick an indisputably qualified nominee for the Supreme Court and chided Republicans who control the U.S. Senate for threatening to block him from filling the pivotal vacancy. [HuffPo]

Hasn’t this been going on for a decade? Dump garbage illegally and it will cost you. That’s the message Louisville city officials want illegal dumpers to know. City leaders now believe they have a good track record for busting them to stand by. [WAVE3]

U.S. housing starts unexpectedly fell in January likely as bad weather disrupted building projects in some parts of the country, in what could be a temporary setback for the housing market. [Reuters]

Kentucky Medicaid beneficiaries and other welfare recipients will apply for services using a new website called Benefind starting Feb. 29. [WFPL]

Dr. Seth Ammerman listens intently to his new, 21-year-old patient. Ernesto, who does not want his last name disclosed, is homeless. He is earning a high school degree and working part time, but at night, he and his brother share a tent that they set up on the streets of San Jose, Calif. The daily stress of being homeless is wearing Ernesto out, and making him light up too many cigarettes. [NPR]

Louisville’s parking agency is being sued for nearly $43,000 in tax and maintenance payments. [Business First]

J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter Director Sarah Green will ask the Jeffersonville City Council to update its animal treatment ordinance, hoping to improve welfare in the city for pets. [News & Tribune]

JCPS Bus Crash Marathon Continues

Another day, another fun Jefferson County Public Schools bus crash. [WDRB]

Louisville had the sharpest increase of any U.S. city in terms of residents age 65 or older who are scrapping by to pay their rent, according to findings released Monday by a national affordable housing group. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Now that plans for a methane plant in West Louisville are off the table, Heaven Hill has announced new plans for the property at 17th and Maple Streets in the California neighborhood. [WHAS11]

Cheers, Kentucky: Bourbon and American whiskey sales in the United States were up 7.8 percent to $2.9 billion in 2015, according to figures released Tuesday morning by the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. Looking at exports, sales of American whiskey were up 4 percent by volume, although the value fell 2.7 percent to about $1 billion, putting total sales of American whiskey at just less than $4 billion for 2015. [H-L]

Another day in Compassionate City means it’s time for another pedestrian to be struck! This time it’s a child. [WLKY]

Real estate mogul Donald Trump accused Ted Cruz of fraud on Wednesday, claiming the Texas senator “stole” the Iowa caucuses and arguing that “either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.” [HuffPo]

As the HIV crisis around Louisville and southern Indiana worsens one organization is doing what it can to stop it. [WAVE3]

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) is suspending his campaign for president after a disappointing finish in Iowa, turning his focus now to his Senate re-election bid. [NPR]

You can’t fix stupid in Frankfort. The State Senate voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Because the entire body is filled with mouth-breathers who believe everything that scares them on Fox News. [WFPL]

If you missed it, some disgusting stuff has gone on in Shelby County for several years. But legal action has been taken to hold people accountable for atrocious animal abuse and torture. [Page One]

You might not think much about the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, but there’s a lot going on there. More than ever, in fact. [Business First]

To capture more revenue from a growing local economy, the Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission is hoping to significantly expand one of its tax-increment finance districts. [News & Tribune]