Nothing New In UofL Foundation Audit

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A juvenile has been shot several times in the Park Hill neighborhood. [WDRB]

The University of Louisville Foundation exceeded its authority in paying former University President James Ramsey more than what was approved in 2014 by the university’s board of trustees, according to a long-awaited state audit released Wednesday. [C-J/AKN]

Supporting animals (or people) in need is a good thing. But here’s a look at how Louisville media consistently shits the bed when it comes to covering nightmare government agencies like Louisville Metro Animal Services. It’s nothing but hype. And you wonder why people don’t trust media. [WHAS11]

A couple of years ago, I read a story in a British newspaper about Yiwu, China, where 600 factories churn out 60 percent of the world’s Christmas decorations, most of them synthetic, cheap and cheesy. [Tom Eblen]

A southern Indiana woman tried to smuggle drugs to a Metro Corrections inmate, police said. [WLKY]

The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday, a sign of growing confidence in the economy that is likely to pinch consumers and businesses ― and provide a modest boost to lenders and savers. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Looking back at the year within the Jefferson County Public School System, it has been one with achievements for students and staff along with some district challenges. [WAVE3]

U.S. intelligence officials now believe with “a high level of confidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin became personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News. [NBC News]

If the University of Louisville lost its accreditation, it would likely shut down — or at least cease to exist as you know it. [WFPL]

What? The librul WALL STREE JOURNAL says fracking can taint drinking water?! Surely not! [WSJ]

The largest gathering of sports events organizers in the country has booked a second visit to the Derby City. [Business First]

After several months of planning, the Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana has secured an initial site for temporary shelter during harsh weather, but is still in grave need of volunteers. [News & Tribune]

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Thank Bevin For The UofL Hot Mess

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Families in need get the gift of free clothes, but only for a few hours. [WDRB]

Attorney General Andy Beshear said Wednesday that Gov. Matt Bevin alone caused the University of Louisville to be put on probation by the school’s accrediting agency, and only Bevin can address the problem by backing off his orders revamping the university board of trustees. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! “Over at our campus, we are tired of it. We’re tired of all the rhetoric,” U of L Athletic Director Tom Jurich said about the proposed amended funding ordinance for the Yum! Center up for consideration with the Metro Council. [WHAS11]

State Rep. Tim Couch, R-Hyden, republished fake news stories on his Facebook page this week alleging that President Obama’s daughters, Malia and Sasha, are adopted, and suggesting that the president is gay and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, is a transgender man. [H-L]

Celebrating successes and looking to the future were the main themes at the annual Youth Build Breakfast. [WLKY]

The Pakistani government on Wednesday released a description of a phone call between Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that gave global media and Trump-watchers a lot to chuckle about. [HuffPo]

MSD broke ground on the $60 million Shawnee Park Basin Project on Tuesday. [WAVE3]

When Matt Bevin and his crew of revisionist historians attempt to claim he’s great for education, remember this. Kentucky passed a plan to offer tuition-free community college, but Gov. Matt Bevin has delayed putting the program in place until next year. [CHE]

The air beneath the Big Four Bridge Saturday afternoon was for a moment filled with drum beats and smoke from burning sage. [WFPL]

In a move signaling an assault on President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy, President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas intensive state of Oklahoma, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. [WaPo]

Paint the city red? Like it’s not already red from the blood of countless gun murders? [HEAD-DESK]

A local nonprofit organization that focuses on empowering underprivileged women soon will open its first retail location in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

It was good ole fashioned campfire storytelling that led Tom Netherton to write his first book. [News & Tribune]

Guns, Silly Condos, Stabbings, FOP Meltdowns And Awful Indiana Things

In case you missed in earlier this week… A freshman at Atherton High School was arrested Tuesday after bringing a loaded .380 handgun to the school. [WDRB]

The board of the trendy Cherokee Triangle neighborhood will appeal a recent Jefferson Circuit Court ruling that would give clearance to the construction of a luxury condominium tower called Willow Grande at Willow and Baringer avenues. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Catholic Charities of Louisville resettles an estimated 700 refugees every year. [WHAS11]

A Fayette district judge’s ruling on a 2016 amendment to the drunken-driving law has prosecutors and defense attorneys battling in court. [H-L]

In case you missed it earlier this week… Police are investigating a stabbing in the 3300 block of Preston Highway. [WLKY]

Of course Mitch McConnell is playing politics with issues of major importance. Mr. Cornyn concedes the tumult of this election year was a major factor given sharp disagreement among Senate Republicans reflected in the decision by Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, to not allow a vote on a proposal most believe would pass easily. [NY Times]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Members of the River City Fraternal Order of Police voiced their concerns Tuesday night over Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad’s reorganization plan. The chief was on a peace walk in west Louisville during the FOP meeting. [WAVE3]

Arctic ice cover in 2016 reached the second lowest minimum on record, tied with 2007. [BBC]

Earlier this year, first grader Cora Maddox stopped receiving Medicaid benefits that helped pay for treatment of her apraxia, a brain disorder that affects her speech and motor skills. [WFPL]

Carla Hayden, a career librarian who grew up in Chicago and kept Baltimore’s libraries open during last year’s civic unrest, was sworn in Wednesday as the 14th Librarian of Congress, becoming the first woman and the first African-American to lead the national library. [WaPo]

A Cincinnati developer received one of its needed city approvals for a $47 million apartment development at the corner of Fourth and Chestnut streets that could be open in early 2018. [Business First]

An embattled wildlife sanctuary in Southern Indiana will remain open, despite three attempts by the United States Department of Agriculture to terminate the owner’s operating license. [News & Tribune]

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Possibility City: One Hotel Per Resident

Jefferson County Public Schools will soon revisit its controversial student assignment plan, but instead of focusing on diversity and choice, school board members urged the district to place a larger emphasis on equity and quality across all schools. [WDRB]

Since she was installed as president of Spalding University in 2010, Tori Murden McClure has not accepted a raise or a bonus. She turned down a car allowance and she turned down a housing allowance. Her only perk as president is a campus parking space. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Just what Louisville needs! More hotels eating up downtown. Developers have announced plans to build two high-end hotels near Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row development. [WHAS11]

His base wants few details and fewer facts; they just want to burn it down and blame their failures on the collective other. And Donald John Trump is their demonic messiah in Oompa Loompa’s clothing. [GQ]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The family of a Louisville man who was fatally shot by two Metro police officers said those officers were reckless, malicious and grossly negligent. [WLKY]

Speaking at the Values Voter Summit on Saturday, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin alluded to Thomas Jefferson’s famous aphorism about the need to periodically water the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots and tyrants. [Vox]

Clarksville Community Schools will soon search for a new superintendent. The Clarksville Community Board of School Trustees voted unanimously 5-0 on Tuesday not to renew Superintendent Kimberly Knott’s contract. [WAVE3]

Once upon a time, in New York City in the 1950s, a little boy didn’t like his second-grade music teacher, Charles Walker. So, the boy later boasted, he slugged Mr. Walker, giving him a black eye. [NY Times]

The murder tally in Louisville is spiking this year. As of Wednesday, Louisville Metro Police report 81 homicides since the beginning of the year. That’s the highest year-to-date total since at least 2006, police records show. [WPFL]

Donald Trump has maintained he was always against the US invasion of Iraq, but he is on record as saying otherwise. [BBC]

Louisville officials have chosen a design team to transform the look and feel of the Ninth Street underpass off Interstate 64 near downtown. [News & Tribune]

After more than a month of limbo, a local support group for people struggling with mental illness and addiction has found a new home, and it’s opening its doors to the community this weekend. [News & Tribune]

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Did You Survive The Weekend Again?

Who does this mean think he is lecturing? LMPD Chief Steve Conrad sat down with WDRB on Thursday, and he talked about what every parent should be doing to keep Louisville’s kids out of gangs. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Public Schools is considering doing a comprehensive review of its student assignment plan that determines where students attend school. [C-J/AKN]

Under the leadership of University of Louisville Foundation President James Ramsey, the value of the university’s foundation – adjusted for inflation – dropped 19 percent, or $131 million, from 2006 through April this year. [More C-J/AKN]

Woah, it’s been a minute since Louisville has seen a pedestrian death – at least a few days. A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on East Main Street near Slugger Field. [WHAS11]

University of Louisville trustees are threatening to sue the school’s foundation for what they see as a lack of accountability in the university’s fundraising arm. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The University of Louisville board of trustees passed a resolution Friday threatening to sue the U of L Foundation if the latter body does not release financial information requested by the trustees and submit to an external audit. [WLKY]

A major ruling expected Friday from a federal judge could derail construction of a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Starting in November, the Louisville Water Company will begin a three year project to replace one of the company’s oldest water mains. [WAVE3]

The notes are handwritten on a legal pad and provide a verbatim account of the shock, pain and grim determination aboard Air Force One on Sept. 11, 2001. [Reuters]

In an effort to clean up a “culture of secrecy,” the University of Louisville Board of Trustees voted Friday to potentially sue its own foundation. [WFPL]

At last, Bill Clinton could not help himself. He paced the stage during a speech on Tuesday in North Carolina, holding his microphone close. He raised his left index finger. And at once, the meandering address turned sharply, and without prompting, to his charitable foundation, a magnet for criticism in recent weeks. [NY Times]

Big insurers say they don’t want the government to release data on what they bid to provide Medicare Advantage plans. [News & Tribune]

Teresa Bottorff-Perkins will remain as a candidate for Greater Clark County Schools’ board after her candidacy was challenged before the Clark County Election Board in a meeting Tuesday. [News & Tribune]

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Everyone’s In A Big Jim Ramsey Froth

University of Louisville interim President Neville Pinto expressed “deep concern” just one hour before a board committee of the U of L Foundation had been scheduled to meet Monday and award a rumored payout to Foundation President James Ramsey. [WDRB]

The plaintiffs who have blocked a Wal-Mart superstore in western Louisville for more than a year agreed to end their litigation two months ago, but the deal deteriorated amid a fight between attorneys over the negotiating process. [C-J/AKN]

Really, it was tons and tons of hype for nothing. A special meeting of the Executive Committee of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees was cancelled just an hour and a half before it was scheduled. [WHAS11]

UK is the worst these days. After weeks of national publicity, the University of Kentucky proceeded this week with a lawsuit against its independent student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! This made for a fun Labor Day. Police are investigating after a teen was shot on Beuchel Bank Road. [WLKY]

When Congress gets back from recess, one of the first items on Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D-DC) agenda will be salary histories. [ThinkProgress]

Can you believe there was this much hype? The executive committee of the University of Louisville Foundation canceled a special meeting that was set to take place on Labor Day. [WAVE3]

President Barack Obama snorkeled on Thursday in the electric-blue water off Midway Atoll, a remote coral reef that serves as a reminder of both modern global climate challenges and the United State’s dominance in the Pacific since its World War Two victory there. [Reuters]

In a single night in Louisville, more than 20 people arrived in emergency rooms for suspected heroin overdoses. One of them died. [WFPL]

Despite yet more evidence of trouble with the Red Cross’ disaster response — this time to floods in Louisiana — Apple, Amazon, T-Mobile, and many others have made the venerable charity the exclusive conduit for helping victims. [ProPublica]

The list of new hotels in downtown Louisville continues to grow. [Business First]

Health officials in Indiana are moving forward with actions needed to implement the needle exchange that was approved Monday, and in the works for nearly a year. [News & Tribune]

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LMPD Looks For Answers, Needs Your Help

Do people really believe the folks responsible for one of the biggest Metro Animal Services scandals in history – those now running Louisville Forward – can solve this city’s problems? That’s a terrifying prospect. [WDRB]

Student-run newspapers can be great experiences, giving students a taste of what they’ll face if they continue with a journalism career. They learn to chase important stories and dig for the facts. They learn to take on powerful institutions and hold officials accountable. [C-J/AKN]

The city of Louisville is calling on residents for ideas to improve the health of the city. [WHAS11]

Oh, look, Valarie Honeycutt Spears noticed that there were more than 200 testing violations in Kentucky schools. She’s failed to investigate anything in Montgomery County. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Detectives with the cold case unit at the Louisville Metro Police Department hope the anniversary of a Louisville man’s death will prompt someone to come forward. [WLKY]

Religious freedom is a valid defense for a Michigan business owner who fired a trans woman after she asked to dress in accordance with her gender identity, a federal judge ruled Thursday. [HuffPo]

Are you excited about all the new apartments downtown no one will be able to afford? [WAVE3]

Middle- and lower-income children don’t visit eye doctors as often as wealthier kids, and as a result, thousands of them may have undiagnosed sight-threatening conditions, U.S. researchers say. [Reuters]

Matt Bevin has asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals to overturn an order that blocked his overhaul of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [WFPL]

Surprise! Fraternity atmosphere can (especially in Frankfart) make state capitols hotbeds of sexual harassment. [USA Today]

Remember that big warehouse fire at Appliance Park last year? GE Appliances has a new plan for the site. [Business First]

Health officials in Clark County are taking a different path toward a yearlong plan for a county needle exchange. [News & Tribune]

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