It’s Oaks Day And No One Is At Work!

It’s a disturbing side effect to big events like the Kentucky Derby, and this week, officials and local organizations are raising awareness about human trafficking. [WDRB]

Policing strategies and economic development were major topics at Monday’s debate between the two candidates for the seat representing the Louisville Metro Council’s 6th District, which includes the Old Louisville, Park Hill, California and Algonquin neighborhoods. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The city is now just days away from Kentucky’s biggest event of the year. Hundreds of thousands will pour into derby city to be part of the festivities. Those large crowds will typically bring large boosts to the city’s hospitality and economy, but this year’s turnout hasn’t been like the year’s before. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s coal industry continued to hemorrhage jobs in the first three months of 2016, hitting the lowest level in more than a century. The number of jobs dropped by a little more than 1,500 during the quarter. There were an estimated 6,900 people employed at coal mines as of April 1, the lowest number since 1898, according to a report released Monday by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Former President Bill Clinton campaigned in Louisville Tuesday on behalf of his wife, Hillary Clinton. [WLKY]

The Federal Reserve Board’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided not to raise interest rates at its meeting last week. However, the FOMC also made clear that a rate hike was still an option for its June meeting. [HuffPo]

Thousands of tourists will soon feast their eyes on Churchill Downs. They will also drive, park and walk through the neighborhoods the track is surrounded by. [WAVE3]

ProPublica is launching a new interactive database that will help you keep track of the officials who represent you in Congress. [ProPublica]

The teenager in custody was suicidal, which meant staffers at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center were tasked with near-constant surveillance. [WFPL]

FBI requests for customer records under a secretive surveillance order increased by nearly 50 percent in 2015, according to a U.S. government transparency report published this week. [Reuters]

Surprise! Another “luxury” subdivision is hitting Louisville’s East End. [Business First]

Four Republicans hope for spots in the Clark County Council At-large seats. [News & Tribune]

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Racist Republicans Sure Are Lots Of Fun

Dozens of Jefferson County Public Schools have scheduled “walk-ins” this week to protest district recommendations that would loosen the district’s code of conduct and freeze salaries. [WDRB]

Wanna see a racist turd burglar white about the removal of a confederate statute? Here you go. It’s a full-on white guy circle jerk of awful. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO WILL EAT YOUR DATA! Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer of District 11 stopped by Good Morning Kentuckiana to speak with Tabnie Dozier for this month’s Metro Council Saturday. [WHAS11]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says three schools have been awarded grants for projects to help combat urban heat island. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The U.S. Bank Great Balloon Glow is one of the most popular events of the Kentucky Derby Festival. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama saved his jokes about Donald Trump for late in his White House Correspondents’ Dinner remarks, but didn’t spare the Republican frontrunner. [HuffPo]

A man wanted in connection to the murder of a Louisville teen has been found after a month on the run. [WAVE3]

Kentucky is and likely always will be one of the most corrupt states in the nation. [Click the Clicky]

Negotiators for United Parcel Service and the Independent Pilots Association will resume talks later this month in hopes reaching a contract agreement. [WFPL]

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said on Friday it has sharply cut back an online ad that had used the names and faces of mass shooters and urged the news media not to identify them after the group drew criticism from other gun control activists. [Reuters]

Just six states, plus the federal government, stand between Aetna Inc. and its purchase of Humana Inc. [Business First]

A high-tech global manufacturer its closing its Jeffersonville operations and moving jobs overseas. [News & Tribune]

Aaaaaaand Thunder Is Finally Here Again

If you’ve followed our coverage on Page One, you know you can’t trust the Commissioner of Education or anyone else at the Kentucky Department of Education when it comes to accountability and that’s something we’ve proved time and time again. Kentucky’s top education official was in Louisville Thursday night asking the public help to shape what students learn. [WDRB]

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton recently cast aspersions on studying history. It is an interesting and sad juxtaposition for a daughter of the race that produced Ida B. Wells, Carter G. Woodson, Audre Lorde and Paul Robeson to utter such words. In her rush to display conservative bona fides and historic amnesia (or ignorance), Hampton spits in the face of the fact that the study of history richly rewards us. [C-J/AKN]

Budget woes are leading to layoffs at Jefferson Community & Technical College. [WHAS11]

The state will pay a $250,000 penalty to Kentucky’s two largest newspapers to settle a lawsuit that requires public disclosure of documents about children who die or are severely injured from abuse or neglect. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A lot of things have changed since Kathy and Samantha Netherland were found murdered in their Nelson County home, but Kentucky State Police said they are not giving up on the investigation. [WLKY]

If corporations paid the same tax rate as they did under Ronald Reagan, governments in the U.S. would have enough money to fund prekindergarten for every 4-year-old in America and higher education for every American attending public colleges and universities, according to a Huffington Post review of government data. [HuffPo]

Another day, another shooting in Compassionate City! [WAVE3]

This is a story that begins with cries for help from a small town school district and ends with justice. You’ll want to read all of this. [Page One]

The chairman of the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees is presiding at a meeting in defiance of Gov. Matt Bevin’s order removing him from the board. [WFPL]

Matt Bevin deserves major applause from everyone on this KRS move! Matt Bevin has removed the chairman of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees, which oversees about $16 billion in assets for the pension and insurance benefits of state and local government retirees. [John Cheves]

A 10-year labor of love that required more than $125 million in public and private funds and about 80 real estate transactions paid off on a beautiful morning as the Parklands of Floyds Fork opened its final phase in the nearly 600-acre Broad Run Park today. [Business First]

South-central Los Angeles has little in common with Logansport. [News & Tribune]

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A Local Legend Is Leaving WHAS11

A natl television station wants to hear from millennials in Kentucky who have no interest in the current election or are overwhelmed. Contact Jake for details. [Get In Touch]

Thousands of people in the Russell neighborhood get a chance to shape the future of their community. [WDRB]

Since the run up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs has instituted a points system to determine starters in the first leg of America’s Triple Crown series, moving away from graded stakes earnings as a determining factor. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO WILL EAT YOUR DATA! As the spirit of volunteering has taken over the city, the Build-a-Bed event at Meyzeek Middle School kicked off Mayor Greg Fischer’s 5th Annual Give a Day Week of Service. [WHAS11]

“Get out! Leftist scum! Get out!” In the video, the bearded white man wears a black shirt and a red baseball cap with the words Make America Great Again. He is yelling at a young black woman. He shoves her once, then again, screaming at her to leave. The crowd around him is agitated. Others push the woman as well. Many are yelling. [H-L]

Do you, like most people, forget that there’s a professional soccer team in Louisville? [WLKY]

If you run a business, are employed by one, care about the stability of the financial system, or would prefer that the U.S. economy not be needlessly thrown into disarray — a group that seems like a pretty broad coalition of voters — Cruz’s economic policy is not OK. [HuffPo]

Middle school girls came together Saturday to learn, network and have fun. [WAVE3]

For decades some of the poorest people in the US have lived in subsidised housing developments often known as “projects”. Many of these projects, however, are now being torn down and studies suggest only one in three residents find a home in the mixed-income developments built to replace them. [BBC]

Angel wings dangle from Rose Smith’s ears and hang from her wrist. [WFPL]

In this week’s installment of Hanging On, Weekend Edition’s series about issues facing the middle class, we ask why some of the country’s biggest banks are still “too big to fail.” [NPR]

One of Louisville’s best-known TV journalists is retiring after 31 years in the market. Melissa Swan’s last day at WHAS-TV will be April 21. [Business First]

This is straight out of Parks & Recreation. For Indiana’s Bicentennial, the Jeffersonville Public Arts Commission is pulling strings to create something its never created before: a puppet show. [News & Tribune]

Another Compassionate Pedestrian Death

Another day, another pedestrian death in Compassionate City. Louisville Metro Police say a woman was killed after being hit by an SUV on Zorn Avenue. [WDRB]

Louisville Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens has been suspended from the bench as a state judicial disciplinary body considers misconduct charges against him. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO WILL EAT YOUR DATA! An agreement has been reached. Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens will be suspended with pay while both sides settle their differences. [WHAS11]

Luxco, the St. Louis-based liquor company that markets Rebel Yell, Blood Oath and Ezra Brooks bourbons, announced Monday that it will build a $35 million, 18,000-square-foot distillery in Nelson County that is expected to be fully operational by late 2017. [H-L]

A death investigation is underway in Jennings County after a body was found in a lake. [WLKY]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) appeared to offer a thinly veiled rebuke of liberal economist Paul Krugman on Wednesday by highlighting a “scary” too-big-to-fail ruling from federal bank regulators. [HuffPo]

The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating after someone opened fire at an apartment that is across the street from where a child was hit and killed Friday. [WAVE3]

The Turd Cruz-Mitch McConnell slap fight is getting crazier by the minute. [The Hill]

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Jessica Green wants police officers to spend more time patrolling on foot and bike in an effort to build better relationships with communities. [WFPL]

Twelve state attorneys general have asked the federal Department of Education to revoke the recognition of the much-criticized Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. [ProPublica]

The Old Forester Distillery project will give a fresh look to some very old structures on Main Street in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

Gathered in the Nolan Solar Building, the former art students met with their teacher, chatted for a while and marveled at their finished product, a mural spanning an entire wall along a staircase. [News & Tribune]

All The News Is About Shootings & Such

Located about a mile from each other, Roosevelt-Perry and Byck elementary schools have long served the children of the Russell neighborhood – the majority of whom come from low-income families. [WDRB]

Jefferson Circuit Judge Olu Stevens has filed a federal suit alleging the state’s Judicial Conduct Commission, which is considering possible disciplinary action against the judge, has violated his First Amendment rights. [C-J/AKN]

If you live in Louisville, you’re going to get shot dead or run over by a car. Or maybe hit by a train or school bus. Right? That’s the sense one gets by watching local news. [WHAS11]

Windstream announced Monday that it is launching one-gigabit Internet service in Lexington, as Windstream and Time Warner continue to battle for area customers. In a news release, Windstream said it was the first provider to bring the service to residential and small business customers in Fayette County. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A man is dead following a shooting at the intersection of 32nd and Kentucky streets. [WLKY]

But Matt Bevin, your half-wit governor, would have! Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Sunday that he wouldn’t have signed a North Carolina law that banned cities in the state from passing anti-discrimination measures and mandated that transgender people use the public bathrooms for the gender they were assigned at birth. [HuffPo]

Another day, another shooting on Compassionate City. This time involving a juvenile. [WAVE3]

Here’s more of the University of Kentucky just TRYING to make you hate it. Moonshine packs a punch in this corner of Appalachia, where making hooch is steeped in local lore. But when Colin Fultz, the grandson of a bootlegger, opened a gourmet distillery here last fall, he ran afoul of a spirit even more potent than white lightning: University of Kentucky basketball. [NY Times]

Louisville’s planning commission is calling a public hearing to get input on proposed zoning regulations for short-term rentals. [WFPL]

It is only April, but some on Wall Street are already predicting a rotten 2016 for U.S. banks. [Reuters]

Kevin Cogan, who is battling to build a high-rise condominium in Cherokee Triangle, said the ease with which people can appeal rulings could start sinking big projects. [Business First]

Angela Renfro promised herself that if she ever escaped her life in prostitution and human trafficking, she would help every woman and child she could. [News & Tribune]

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