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A section of a popular green space in a Louisville neighborhood could become the site of a backup power facility for the water plant. [WDRB]

The NCAA has not finished interviewing people in its investigation of the University of Louisville’s men’s basketball program. [C-J/AKN]

A 17-year-old male was injured in a shooting at 32nd and Greenwood, in the Parkland area, according to MetroSafe. [WHAS11]

PEE ALERT! Andy Barr says people are poor because they receive assistance. The fact that the Kentucky Democratic Party can’t rustle up someone to beat this halfwit is a searing indictment of the Party’s inability to do anything other than conduct insurance fraud schemes these days. If you think Candy Barr isn’t out of his league and just as terrible as people like Tim Longmeyer, take a look at his anti-poverty proposal. It involves gutting public education and ending the requirement that financial advisers disclose conflicts of interest to their clients. [John Cheves]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! On Tuesday, a group of Jefferson County Public Schools took the opportunity to lead the conversation on race relations in Louisville. [WLKY]

The CEO of Aetna threatened an Obamacare pullout if the feds opposed its merger with Humana. [HuffPo]

It’s that time of year again. The time when all the JCPS school bus accidents start flooding the teevee news. The crash happened at the intersection of Cane Run Road and Bridwell Drive at 3:28 p.m. [WAVE3]

Federal health regulators have announced plans to crack down on nursing home employees who take demeaning photographs and videos of residents and post them on social media. [ProPublica]

Aaron Siskind, the 20th century photographer best known for his detailed pictures of urban architecture, once said: “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever; it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” [WFPL]

The “lock her up” chants started early and came often at Donald Trump’s campaign event near Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Wednesday evening. [BBC]

Kindred Healthcare Inc.’s rehabilitation department has a new person in charge. [Business First]

A Sellersburg company will cease manufacturing and cut its workforce nearly in half before the first of the year. [News & Tribune]

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JCPS Drama Part… What Part Is This?

Citing a strong objection to the approach Jefferson County Public Schools has taken to negotiate employee wages over the past few months, four major unions who represent more than 13,000 employees sent a letter to the school board Monday pleading with members to “provide oversight and direction.” [WDRB]

A Texas-based company wants to open a methadone clinic in a non-residential area of downtown Louisville, near Seventh and Magazine streets. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The East End Bridge appears to be one link away from being finished. When it’s open by this winter, did you know that there’s no exit into Prospect for drivers from Indiana? [WHAS11]

Matt Bevin appointed three people Friday to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, including one of Kentucky’s top Republican fundraisers. [H-L]

Someone else has been found dead inside a car in Compassionate City. A homicide investigation is underway in the 600 block of South 44th Street. [WLKY]

Aetna Inc, the No. 3 U.S. health insurer, on Monday said that due to persistent financial losses on Obamacare plans, it will sell individual insurance on the government-run online marketplaces in only four states next year, down from the current 15 states. [HuffPo]

Louisville judge suspended without pay will get a sizeable amount of cash elsewhere. [WAVE3]

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday denied requests to stop classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use, leaving users and businesses in limbo after many states have legalized it for medical or recreational purposes. [Reuters]

As Nashville considers whether to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, we wondered whether a similar effort could take hold in Louisville. The short answer is, despite some interest in doing so, a decisive no. [WFPL]

Hillary Clinton has released her tax returns, adding to the pressure on her Republican rival for the White House, Donald Trump, to do the same. [BBC]

Jefferson County Public Schools on Monday named Lisa Herring as the school system’s chief academic officer. [Business First]

VT Industries will soon be closing its doors in New Albany. [News & Tribune]

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More On The Weekend Shooting Spree

Louisville Metro Police are investigating after three juvenile females were shot. [WDRB]

A group of pastors and ministers said Thursday they are frustrated and angry over how quickly Louisville Metro Police officers shot and killed a man this week. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The 2016 Kentucky State Fair kicks off on August 18 amid multiple instances across our country of county and state fair accidents. As you can imagine, ride safety is on the minds of those on the Kentucky State Fair Board. [WHAS11]

Artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova’s latest work didn’t wind up where it’s located by accident. “We wanted something that would directly address the monuments,” Gohde said standing on Upper Street between the old Lexington Courthouse, which boasts statues of two Civil War figures, and the 21c Museum Hotel where his and Todorova’s work boasts the Frank X Walker quote, “Unlearn Fear + Hate,” which is the name of the piece. [H-L]

A shooting that left two people dead when gunfire erupted at a birthday party Tuesday in west Louisville remains under investigation. [WLKY]

Despite the world’s string high-profile terror attacks this year, the economy remains at the top of American voters’ minds, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds. A 45 percent plurality name the economy as one of the two issues most important to them, ranking it first on a list of 10 topics. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The David Armstrong Extreme Park is known as one of the best skate parks around the state. However, many have been taking it for granted and leaving it worse than they had found it. [WAVE3]

The first nationwide study to ask high school students about their sexuality found that gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers were at far greater risk for depression, bullying and many types of violence than their straight peers. [NY Times]

Lead problems with the water in Flint, Mich., have prompted people across the country to ask whether they or their families have been exposed to the toxic metal in their drinking water, too. [WFPL]

Here’s Matt Bevin wasting your taxpayer dollars in favor of discrimination. Texas and a dozen other states asked a U.S. judge on Friday to block Obama administration guidance to public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms of their choice, saying it usurps the authority of school districts nationwide. [Reuters]

GE Appliances is attempting to scare, intimidate and disorganize unionized workers ahead of contract negotiations scheduled to take place [this] week, according to Dana Crittendon, president of the IUE-CWA Local 83761. [Business First]

It took several years to get approved and more than an hour to debate Tuesday, but 18 Floyd County court employees will soon see a significant pay raise due to being reclassified. [News & Tribune]

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Another Fun Weekend Of Compassionate Death Wraps Up In Possibility City

GE Appliances says the wages of about 4,000 union-represented production workers at Louisville’s Appliance Park are too high to be competitive in the low-margin appliance business. [WDRB]

Tighter federal clean-air rules could save the lives of at least 48 people a year in the Louisville metro area over a year, according to a new study released Wednesday morning by a medical association. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO One person is dead after being hit by a train just north of the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center Saturday. [WHAS11]

The Affrilachian Poets, a diverse Lexington-based collective of writers directly or indirectly connected to Appalachia, has rejected its 2016 Governor’s Award in the Arts, citing Gov. Matt Bevin’s positions on education, the humanities and other issues. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police are investigating a triple shooting near downtown. Police said at least three juveniles were shot at 16th and Jefferson streets Sunday. [WLKY]

This past Monday was supposed to be a turning point for Donald Trump. That was the day many Republicans hoped their presidential nominee, who was giving a speech at the Detroit Economic Club, would make his long-awaited pivot to the general election. More teleprompter, less Trump. [HuffPo]

On May 22, 2007, Curtis Lee Brown was shot seven times in the back at 35th Street and Broadway. Curtis’s brother, Chaz Brown, got the first call about his brother’s death. [WAVE3]

Coal mining. Bad management. Runoff from cities and farms. These are all things that are creating major problems for America’s rivers, according to a new report. [ThinkProgress & American Rivers]

Louisville’s bike share program is facing yet another delay. [WFPL]

The Republican leader of the U.S. Senate, Sen. Mitch McConnell, said this past week that maintaining his party’s control over the chamber is looking “dicey.” That’s primarily the product of an unfriendly 2016 map: 24 Republican senators are on this year’s ballot while Democrats must defend only 10 seats. Donald Trump isn’t making it any easier for McConnell either. [Ronnie Ellis]

It’s a race to the courtroom for two big insurance mega-mergers — and it might be a close one. [Business First]

A move out of the district he represents prompted the resignation of a school board member in Clarksville Community Schools. [News & Tribune]

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Wednesday Morning Dept Of Awful

LMPD released footage Monday from two body cameras as a suspect reportedly wielding a “large curved bladed object” was shot and killed by two officers. [WDRB]

Losing the Kentucky International Convention Center for a 22-month renovation and expansion may be a blow for downtown hotels and restaurants, but the $207 million project should pay big benefits for all business in the long run, say officials sponsoring the project. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Monday, a judge in Franklin County Circuit Court asked attorneys for Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear for more information he needs before deciding the lawsuit involving the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [WHAS11]

A Louisville judge, incensed when a prosecutor questioned his authority to scrap a jury panel because it lacked minorities, did not turn to appeals courts, legal precedent or other avenues typical for aggrieved jurists. [H-L]

A western Kentucky man who spent several days in jail for posting violent song lyrics to Facebook has settled a lawsuit against the county where he was jailed. [WLKY]

Two prominent scholars are calling B.S. on a popular conservative argument about poverty. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The names of the Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man in southwest Louisville have been released. [WAVE3]

The US economy added a stronger-than-expected 255,000 jobs in July, fuelling speculation that interest rates could rise before the end of the year. [BBC]

Alberta Jones’ life was one of firsts. She was the first African-American woman to pass the Kentucky bar and the first female prosecutor in Jefferson County. But 51 years ago Friday, Jones’ life came to an abrupt end. Her body was found on the banks of the Ohio River near the Sherman Minton Bridge. The case was never solved. [WPFL]

During a 33-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, I served presidents of both parties — three Republicans and three Democrats. I was at President George W. Bush’s side when we were attacked on Sept. 11; as deputy director of the agency, I was with President Obama when we killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. [NY Times]

A federal judge has agreed to hear one of the insurance mega-merger cases but has handed off the other. [Business First]

Charlestown resident Tim Stoner is familiar with Clark County’s new roundabouts, but he wouldn’t call himself a friend of them. [News & Tribune]

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Keith Henderson’s Mess Front & Center

Louisville Metro Police responded to a fatal accident in the area of Eastern Parkway and Baxter Avenue. [WDRB]

One person was killed and another person was injured late Friday night in a shooting that occurred in downtown Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The city’s homicide count now up to 65. The latest happened on Friday morning when a man was found dead in a Taylor Berry neighborhood backyard. [WHAS11]

Italian spirits maker Campari, parent of Wild Turkey, on Tuedsay reported that sales for the first six months were down 1.8 percent to $834 million. Excluding the effect of the exchange rate and other factors, the company said organic growth was up 5 percent, boosted in part by gains from Wild Turkey and Aperol. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Residents of one Louisville community are uneasy after a man was killed and a woman was injured in a shooting. [WLKY]

Limestone and steel for our homes, wheat and vegetables for our dinner, fossil fuels for our industries: we rely heavily on our planet’s natural resources to survive. Yet we’re using up these resources at such an unsustainable pace that we may be “irreversibly” depleting some of them ― and critically damaging our Earth in the process, according to a new United Nations report. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! When students in Kentucky go back to school there will be a change. No longer are public schools in the state allowed to use the physical restraints known as Aikido Control Training, or ACT. [WAVE3]

Louisville police said on Thursday they were reviewing a request to reopen the 51-year-old unsolved murder of the city’s first female prosecutor, a civil rights pioneer who once represented boxer Muhammad Ali. [Reuters]

George Griffiths remembers a different Louisville. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Griffiths moved to the city from New York after his job transferred him 28 years ago. He’s lived in the United States since 1970. [WFPL]

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a pledge last month, along with most of the nation’s governors, to combat the opioid crisis, calling it “one of the deadliest drug epidemics in our nation’s history.” But when confronted with a spiraling HIV outbreak in his home state as a result of opioid addicts sharing contaminated needles, Pence dragged his feet before agreeing to lift a ban on programs that distribute sterile needles. [Politico]

Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Inc. is enhancing its educational assistance programs for employees at its Worldport facility in Louisville. [Business First]

This week’s top story sheds new light on accusations that Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson violated rules of ethics in regards to a David Camm book deal. [News & Tribune]

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