Compassionate City Strikes Once Again!

Compassionate City! An eight-year-old boy witnessed his mother’s murder on Mother’s Day. [WDRB]

With a playground, splash pad, restrooms, covered stage area and grassy event lawn, Clarksville Gateway Park took just under a year and nearly $2 million to bring to life. [C-J/AKN]

This is what counts as education coverage for WHAS – two sentences. JCPS is eliminating more than two dozen jobs in the central office in an effort to slash nearly $3 million from the budget. [WHAS11]

A new study by University of Kentucky researchers contends that there is a strong relationship between suspensions and the racial achievement gap between black students and white students. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Indiana State Police are investigating a death of an inmate who was found asphyxiated in her cell over the weekend and her family welcomes the investigation. [WLKY]

Donald Trump likes giving nicknames to his enemies, but now he’s got a couple of his own. “He is the ugly American,” former Mexican president Vicente Fox said in an interview on the Kickass Politics podcast. “He is the hated gringo because he’s attacking all of us. He’s offending all of us.” [HuffPo]

Tolls for RiverLink, the all-electronic tolling system, will be based on the height of the vehicle and the number of axles it has. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump says he thinks he can win the general election, even if the Republican Party does not unify to support his candidacy. [ABC News]

Todd Boston spends his workdays hammering on horse hooves. The farrier fits fresh shoes on horses. And this Derby Week, he’s one of hundreds of workers — trainers, holders, cleaners — milling about in the track’s backside stables, making sure the high-priced horses are ready to race. [WFPL]

Including a Kentuckian from Henderson. President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 58 more federal prisoners Thursday, seeking to add momentum to his drive to allow earlier releases of men and women serving lengthy terms for drug offenses. [Politico & Press Release]

Turning Point Brands Inc., a company that deals in tobacco and related products such as Zig-Zag rolling papers, Beech-Nut chewing tobacco, cigar products and moist snuff, is on its way to becoming Louisville’s next publicly traded company. [Business First]

Two incumbents and four others, including a political newcomer, advanced in the race for Floyd County Council At-large Tuesday night. Three candidates from each party moved on to the November general election, where voters will elect three of the six. [News & Tribune]

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Everyone Finally Realizes Hargens Sucks

The school day started with another loud show of support for Jefferson County Public Schools teachers and other employees. [WDRB]

As many legal experts had expected, a lawsuit has been dismissed in which University of Louisville students claimed Katina Powell’s book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules,” diminished the value of their education. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Yet another murder here in Compassionate City. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky will lose $12.6 million next year thanks to a 4.5 percent cut in state funding. At the same time, student financial aid and scholarships will increase by more than $20 million, and fixed costs for things such as utilities and employee health insurance are on the rise. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! An improvement plan for the Greater Clark County Schools is stopped by the state. [WLKY]

Goudy’ll be in Louisville for the upcoming NRA funtimes. Remember the House Select Committee on Benghazi? The ninth official probe into what really happened in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. consulate in eastern Libya? [HuffPo]

Sheronda Morris couldn’t help but identify when she saw the video of a 14-year-old girl being carried to safety after suffering a non-life threatening gunshot wound at the Pegasus Parade on May 5. [WAVE3]

By seizing the Republican presidential nomination for Donald J. Trump on Tuesday night, he and his millions of supporters completed what had seemed unimaginable: a hostile takeover of one of America’s two major political parties. [NY Times]

The long-awaited state audit of the University of Louisville and its separate, nonprofit foundation is delayed. [WFPL]

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the presidency of George W. Bush changed instantly. In a new collection of never-before-seen photographs from that day, the president can be seen responding to the worst terrorist attack in United States history — an event that would redefine his time in office and propel the nation into two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. [PBS]

Two big drug companies will pay Kentucky almost $4.8 million. [Business First]

The November slate of six candidates for the Clark County Council At-large race is set with Democrats advancing two incumbents and a current Republican council member losing in the primary. [News & Tribune]

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Nothing Is Puppies & Rainbows Today!

JCTC is sending layoff notices to about 40 more people. This round of cuts impacts students in the classroom, with professor and instructor jobs eliminated. [WDRB]

As Churchill Downs nears the end of $18 million in renovations to a number of its premium seating and lounge areas, the Central Avenue track offered a glimpse inside them Tuesday to local media. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO WILL EAT YOUR DATA! Fun fact: People are terrible. [WHAS11]

Want to watch Steve Beshear melt down for finally being held accountable? Here’s your chance. Matt Bevin’s politics may be deplorable and he may have the intelligence of a pool of hog poop but he couldn’t in his wildest teabagger dreams come close to touching the level of corruption that controlled Beshear’s Administrat. [H-L]

Seeeeeee? People are terrible! Raping people in cemeteries. Wow. [WLKY]

Laura Bush detailed the exact moment she learned about the 9/11 terrorist attacks during an intimate conversation with her daughter. [HuffPo]

At least WAVE isn’t over-hyping this like WDRB. Have Jefferson County Public Schools gone overboard by trying to hold on to teachers by raising their pay? [WAVE3]

Former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres has credited faith groups for helping to advance the Paris Climate Agreement by supporting “holistic, equitable, but above all, ambitious climate action.” [ThinkProgress]

The way Daphne Patton remembers it, it was more money than she’d ever seen. It was 1990, and the Kentucky Supreme Court had declared the state’s school funding system unconstitutional. Within a year, a lot more money started flowing to the poorest school districts, a 50 to 60 percent increase in their budgets. [WFPL]

Investigators probing the mysterious execution-style killings of eight family members in rural Ohio last week have found evidence of illegal cockfighting and marijuana cultivation on their property, state officials said on Tuesday. [Reuters]

Someone’s trying to build a bunch of huts around Louisville. But these aren’t your typical huts — they’re Google Fiber huts, and this could be a sign that the city has taken a huge leap forward in the process of getting the coveted gigabit internet service. [Business First]

Two Indiana counties are seeking permission from the state to begin or continue needle exchange programs in an effort to slow the spread of hepatitis C and HIV among narcotic drug users. [News & Tribune]

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Getting Extra-Compassionate In Time For Derby

What’s new? Another day, another murder here in Compassionate City. [WDRB]

Holly Liter spends many weekends cleaning up vomit, picking up trash and explaining to her 11-year-old daughter what marijuana smells like. “It can be a nightmare,” she said. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The city is definitely experiencing deja vu with the jail again. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s public universities and colleges will be limited to tuition increases that range between 4.6 percent and 6.1 percent next school year for in-state undergraduate students, the Council on Postsecondary Education decided Tuesday. [H-L]

Residents in the Smoketown neighborhood have won a victory after the Metro Sewer District approved changes to a storm water storage basin after outcry from the community. [WLKY]

How the military is preparing for the possibility of a very different kind of Commander in Chief. [HuffPo]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer made it official on Tuesday, throwing his support behind Hillary Clinton for president in advance of the May 17 Kentucky Democratic primary. [WAVE3]

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sellus Wilder said he wants to run as a “progressive” candidate in a state where he believes Democrats run races like Republicans. [Ashland Independent]

Ann Morrison first noticed a change in her hearing three years ago. The 73-year-old who lives in Goshen, Ky., said she began missing parts of important conversations, turning up the television volume and growing increasingly frustrated. [WFPL]

Ten months ago, three teenaged boys who had escaped from a group home in Brooklyn were arrested for the violent assault and rape of a woman in Manhattan. The boys had been placed in the home as part of a program run by New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services, which had been seeking alternatives to formal detention facilities for troubled youngsters caught up in the juvenile justice system. [ProPublica]

The Young Professionals Association of Louisville has announced its new board of directors and officers for 2016-17. [Business First]

Heidi Cruz, wife of Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, stopped in Jeffersonville to talk to the local GOP at Kye’s II on Friday afternoon. [News & Tribune]

It’s Totally Groundhog Day At The Jail

The city of Jeffersontown and its police department are changing the approach to fighting crime, trying to make fewer arrests to deal with a growing heroin problem. [WDRB]

Maria Diaz’s heart pounded as she lay hidden beneath a pile of clothes, diapers and food in the trunk of a Chevy Suburban that slowed at a Texas highway checkpoint. [C-J/AKN]

The Louisville Metro Department of Corrections said jail conditions are becoming crowded as the inmate population is trading above 2,000, daily bookings are above historical numbers and the scheduled movement of state felons from jail to prison has slowed down. [WHAS11]

HEAD-DESK. Kentucky education and drug control officials are working with a pharmaceutical company that is offering two free doses of Narcan nasal spray for the emergency treatment of heroin and opioid overdose to every high school in the United States. For now, Fayette County Public School officials are declining the offer. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Basically, Louisville is going to melt because it is so dang hot. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama revealed on Saturday that his children helped him understand why embracing civil unions was not the same as endorsing marriage equality.” [HuffPo]

Yes, murders happen in the East End. There’s all kinds of violence outside of the West End. You just rarely hear about it. [WAVE3]

Ever wonder what kind of educational corruption there is outside Compassionate City? Dig in to the latest incoherent rant that a corrupt former superintendent submitted as his appeal to keep his certification. It’ll blow your mind. [Page One]

A large percentage of Louisville’s Census tracts are high-risk for exposure to lead. That’s according to a new map compiled by Vox and the Washington State Department of Health. [WFPL]

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders said in an interview broadcast Friday that he would wait to see what Hillary Clinton includes in her platform before deciding how actively to campaign for her in the fall if she is the party’s nominee. [WaPo]

During the introduction of ESPN broadcaster Kenny Mayne as the keynote speaker of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s They’re Off! Luncheon Friday at The Galt House Hotel, a montage of clips from Mayne’s humorous spoofs and stories for the sports network played on a large screen for visitors. [Business First]

This year’s Clark County Commissioners race has three Republican candidates angling for the District 1 seat in the primary election. [News & Tribune]

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2 Weeks Of Flaking Out Officially Begins!

Okay – was it seven or eight people who were arrested during Thunder shenanigans? [WDRB]

Thunder-goers began arriving early Saturday to set up camp for what promised to be a thrilling spectacle of an afternoon air show and a spectacular, evening fireworks display. And they weren’t disappointed. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO WILL EAT YOUR DATA! We’re guessing she didn’t see the Goatman. [WHAS11]

A Fayette County judge denied permission Friday for a UPS attorney to contact jurors who awarded $5.3 million to eight former and current employees over a hostile work environment at the company’s Lexington hub. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Hundreds of thousands of people were estimated to be along the river front for Thunder Over Louisville. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama revealed on Saturday that his children helped him understand why embracing civil unions was not the same as endorsing marriage equality.” [HuffPo]

The Mayor of Bardstown wrote an open letter to residents Friday as the city braces for protests. [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]

Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District Board is set to vote Monday on whether to approve a new plan for a stormwater storage basin in the city’s Smoketown neighborhood. The new plan — which would place the basin underground — will cost about $4.8 million more than the alternative, according to documents posted Friday by the agency. [WFPL]

Transgender Americans may find greater acceptance in the future, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll that shows young adults and women more open to people using public bathrooms matching their gender identity. [Reuters]

Greater Louisville Inc. has made one hire and one promotion to beef up its economic development team. [Business First]

Because free tools can reach more residents in times of emergency, the Sellersburg Town Council has decided not to renew its contract with alert system CodeRED. [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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