Everybody Has Humana Panic…

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Thursday to block the $37 billion takeover of Louisville-based Humana by Aetna. [WDRB]

On the third floor of the Copper & Kings brandy distillery near the edge of Butchertown, a spacious tasting room that’s accented by a view of the Louisville skyline is expected to soon be renovated into the neighborhood’s latest cocktail spot. [C-J/AKN]

Charges have been filed months after the nation watched one woman harassed at a Donald Trump rally on Super Tuesday in Louisville. [WHAS11]

Programs allowing intravenous drug users to exchange dirty syringes for clean ones are spreading in Kentucky as communities confront growing heroin abuse and concerns over the potential for disease outbreaks caused by addicts sharing needles. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Boosting trust between Louisville police and the community is a goal of Mayor Greg Fischer and Police Chief Steve Conrad. [WLKY]

Just in case you need a reminder of what the current Republican Party stands for? Remember this video of Steve King spewing out some serious loads of white supremacy. [HuffPo]

A Charlestown animal refuge faces more than $1 million in fines and possible closure after a 24-page complaint filed by the US Department of Agriculture. [WAVE3]

President Obama on Wednesday vented his frustration over persistent tensions between law enforcement and minority communities following a nearly four-hour meeting with representatives from both groups. [The Hill]

Officials in Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration did not directly answer whether they plan to notify users of a problem-plagued state benefits system that they should reapply for services such as Medicaid and food assistance. [WFPL]

Back in January, as the Supreme Court was preparing for its most important abortion case in a generation, some four dozen social scientists submitted a brief explaining why they believed key portions of Texas law HB2 should be struck down. [ProPublica]

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. is partnering with tequila brand Jose Cuervo by testing a bioplastic made from byproducts of the agave plants it uses in production. [Business First]

Days after learning that a private firm plans to buy and redevelop Charlestown’s Pleasant Ridge neighborhood, opponents pleaded with city officials Thursday to consider a different plan. [News & Tribune]

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Louisville Racists Are Still Fired Up

The tension between police and African Americans seemed to reach a boiling point two years ago with the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. [WDRB]

After bouncing from one temporary job to another for years, after filing for bankruptcy, after losing the mobile home he’d bought on credit with his wife, Bryan Reeves couldn’t help but dream big when Ford announced plans in December to hire 2,000 autoworkers. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Guess the FOP and UofL have decided to coordinate their media offensive. [WHAS11]

During their working years, women tend to earn less than men, and when they retire, they’re more likely to live in poverty. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! In light of the officer-involved shootings that have taken place in the last few days, a rally was held in west Louisville with speakers calling for change. [WLKY]

Hillary Clinton reaffirmed her support on Saturday for creating a “public option” within Obamacare and allowing people to enroll in Medicare at age 55. [HuffPo]

Check out all the racist comments on this one… that is, if they haven’t been deleted by now. Hundreds of protesters for Black Lives Matter rallied and shut down part of Broadway on Sunday evening. [WAVE3]

President Barack Obama pledged on Saturday to seek ways to calm racial tensions and reduce divisions between police and minorities during his final months in office, but he warned that easy access to guns nationwide exacerbated the problem. [Reuters]

There’s an unexpected item decorating the desk of Kentucky Science Center Executive Director Joanna Haas: a box of wooden blocks. [WFPL]

The Democratic Party endorsed a “reasoned pathway to future legalization” of marijuana and called for the drug to be downgraded in the Controlled Substances Act, in a tense and unexpected victory for supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders. [WaPo]

Shares of Louisville-based Humana Inc. are down nearly 10 percent today because of antitrust concerns related to its pending acquisition by Aetna Inc. [Business First]

The Clarksville Community Board of School Trustees approved Adrienne Goldman as Clarksville High School principal at a special meeting July 8. [News & Tribune]

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Compassionate Shootings & Racist Statues

The Muhammad Ali Center has received a $500,000 grant from The UPS Foundation to honor the boxer’s legacy, according to a news release. [WDRB]

A citizens’ petition requesting landmark designation for a house threatened with demolition in the Upper Highlands has halted the issuance of a wrecking permit for the site on Friday. [C-J/AKN]

Leave it to E-town to burn down a restaurant with a cancer stick. Firefighters say an ignited cigarette thrown into a bed of dry mulch is believed to have started a fire that destroyed a McDonald’s restaurant in Elizabethtown. [WHAS11]

Ford Motor Co. executives spared no expense in overhauling the crown jewel of their empire, the F-150. They gave the truck a new aluminum body, smaller turbocharged engines and a lighter and stronger steel frame – all with an eye to appease U.S. regulators demanding cleaner vehicles. The initiative took six years and cost Ford more than $1 billion. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A Jefferson County judge has ruled that a Confederate monument near the University of Louisville can be removed and relocated. [WLKY]

A top official in the George W. Bush administration has become the most prominent Republican to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. [HuffPo]

A South Louisville woman trying to keep someone from getting into her apartment was shot late this past week. [WAVE3]

Just months after Suntory’s $16bn takeover of US spirits maker Beam in 2014, the chief executive of the Japanese whisky group dropped a bombshell. The quality of the Kentucky-made Jim Beam bourbon could be improved, he suggested, if its distillers employed a Japanese process called kaizen. Matt Shattock, the chief executive of Beam, cringed at the proposal made by his counterpart, Takeshi Niinami. It was seen as a direct affront to the formula perfected by the Jim Beam family over two centuries. [Financial Times]

While Republicans and Democrats differ wildly on firearms issues in Congress, opposition to gun control measures transcends political parties in Kentucky. [WFPL]

Democrats pushing for gun curbs after the latest mass shooting in the United States are co-opting a Republican mantra to build public support and defang opposition: it’s time to get tough on national security. [Reuters]

Ford is shortening its traditional two-week summer shutdown to one week at its sport utility vehicle manufacturing plants in Louisville, Chicago and Oakville, Ontario, according to a news release. [Business First]

The Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana has to wait at least until next month for the New Albany City Council’s funding resolution to go for a final vote. [News & Tribune]

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Huh? Gang Activity? What Gang Activity?

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad says the amount of violent crime in the city has increased 4.4 percent in comparison with 2015, according to the most recent data. [WDRB]

Here’s a story from a week ago that essentially got ignored. Looking to trim labor costs, Ford Motor Co. is offering hourly workers with at least 8 1/2 years of service a $70,000 lump sum payment to take a voluntary retirement or separation this year. [C-J/AKN]

Seven Counties is continuing its fight against addiction specifically with heroin and opioids. [WHAS11]

The state Senate was minutes away from adjourning Tuesday night when Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer announced that a special visitor wanted to address the chamber — Gov. Matt Bevin. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! An urban farm is coming to Louisville’s Hazelwood neighborhood and taking over the former Iroquois housing site. [WLKY]

Republican front-runner Donald Trump said Tuesday he doesn’t plan to honor his pledge to support the party’s nominee for president if it’s not him. [HuffPo]

Seems like only yesterday Jerry Abramson and crew were claiming gangs were not a thing in Possibility Compassionate City. Nothing to see here, move along, puppies and rainbows. [WAVE3]

With homelessness surging and rent prices skyrocketing nationwide, one congresswoman is urging her colleagues to rapidly increase federal funding for affordable housing in hopes of stemming the tide. [ThinkProgress]

Last month, for the first time in about 15 years, Kentucky changed its fish consumption advisories. There are high levels of mercury in most of the commonwealth’s lakes and rivers. But there is a conflict between what state agencies are saying and what they’re doing: On one hand, the state is warning people not to eat large amounts of fish because it contains the toxic chemical. On the other, state agencies are suing the federal government over pollution controls that would keep mercury out of waterways in the first place. [WFPL]

Grassroots Republicans are growing frustrated with their Washington Beltway counterparts, who they think are giving up the fight for the White House. [The Hill]

HOWWWWW much money is KentuckyOne health spending on this ongoing PR campaign? It’s never-ending, apparently. [Business First]

Jim Wathen said two years ago he had an idea to stabilize Floyd County’s fiscal future — sell Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services. That idea didn’t go too far at the time. [News & Tribune]

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Really, Indiana? The Lewis & Clark Bridge?

This is silly, Indiana. We already have a Clark-named bridge. [WDRB]

Citing self-dealing, thefts, conflicts of interests and other embarrassments and scandals, dissident members of the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees called for a vote of no-confidence Tuesday in embattled President James Ramsey. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another murder. Another day, another murder. Another day, another murder. [WHAS11]

Here’s your chance to redirect tax dollars to backward-ass religious “schools” that discriminate and focus on profit over education. As expected, Republican state lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow public charter schools in Kentucky, including a pilot program in Fayette County. [H-L]

New numbers show February was a big month for automakers. Ford Motor Company said its sales rose 20 percent from one year ago. [WLKY]

Voters in 13 states and one U.S. territory made their presidential picks on Super Tuesday 2016. Just a reminder in case you got drunk and blanked out for a day or so. [HuffPo]

After nearly four hours, the Bullitt County Fiscal Court tabled the decision on the budget for the Bullitt County Sheriff. [WAVE3]

Unlike many films about reporters, “Spotlight” accurately depicts the frustrations and joys of breaking a big story, from the drudgery of spreadsheets to the electric thrill of revelatory interviews. [ProPublica]

Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon will charge the University of Louisville as much as $125,000 for an audit examining its governance structure, he said in a recent letter to U of L President James Ramsey. [WFPL]

The United States has the most advanced health care in the world. There are gleaming medical centers across the country where doctors cure cancers, transplant organs and bring people back from near death. [NPR]

Why did Jeff Ruby “ban” Donald Trump from his Louisville restaurant? Publicity. [Business First]

After 30 years of serving summer treats at the corner of Country Club Drive and Graybrook Lane in New Albany, Mom & Pop’s Cone Corner looks like it is closing for good. [News & Tribune]

Another Day, Another Huge UofL Scandal

Indiana-based STAR BioEnergy wants approval to build a multi-million dollar methane plant at 17th and Maple Streets in west Louisville. But some think a plan that’s almost 33 years old could get in the way. [WDRB]

Making for another possible scandal at the University of Louisville, the FBI and university police are investigating whether its top health executive and two other officials misused federal grant money for non-university purposes. [C-J/AKN]

The 16-year-old who was shot Monday afternoon in Louisville’s California neighborhood is recovering. [WHAS11]

Acknowledging “a difference between campaigning and governing,” Republican Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday challenged Kentuckians to move past partisan rancor, unite with their neighbors and sacrifice for their communities in a 33-minute inaugural address that he delivered without a prepared speech. After every other speaker but his wife was filled with hatred, homophobia, xenophobia and disconnection from reality, of course. [H-L]

If Ford can support Dare to Care, so can everyone else. [WLKY]

The White House on Tuesday said Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s call for the United States to ban Muslims from entering the country disqualified him from becoming president and called on Republicans to reject him immediately. [HuffPo]

A Louisville man convicted of shooting a 12-year-old boy in the back during a neighborhood prank, was pardoned by outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear Monday night, angering the victim’s family. [WAVE3]

Spoiler alert for Matt Bevin: You can’t preach unity while having the state’s most notorious homophobe lead a prayer, while having Dakota Meyer scream about Syrian refugees in an Islamophobic meltdown, while allowing a coal billionaire and his made-up girlfriend in a fur coat to pretend to be everyday people. That is not unity. That is… just plain jacked up. [Page One]

Data released this week shows that Louisville is lagging in its effort to ensure that half the city’s residents have an associate’s degree or higher by 2020. [WFPL]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Turtle Shell) on Tuesday criticized Donald Trump’s proposal to bar Muslims from entering the country, his first outspoken criticism of the GOP presidential front-runner. [The Hill]

Louisville-based Yum! Brands Inc. says its CFO, Patrick Grismer, plans to resign, effective Feb. 19. [Business First]

U.S. Senate candidate and Republican Eric Holcomb expected to have a lot to think about Monday night following an idea-generating workshop hosted in Jeffersonville. [News & Tribune]

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Louisville Already Cringing Over Bevin

Louisville Metro Police say they’ve arrested two drug traffickers in southwest Louisville. [WDRB]

A coalition of social justice organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and the Fairness Campaign, on Tuesday called on the Cordish Cos. to end dress codes at 4th Street Live! and acknowledge past racial profiling there. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Judge Denise Clayton says there is a better understanding of the racial makeup of Jefferson County jury pools although it’s impossible to know exactly the diversity of jury summons. [WHAS11]

Homeless two-parent families in Fayette County will soon have more housing options thanks to a new program designed to address a gap in Lexington’s homeless shelter system. [H-L]

The largest beer and wine wholesaler in Indiana is asking a state appeals court to find a law unconstitutional that prohibits beer wholesalers from seeking a permit to also distribute liquor. [WLKY]

With all the roadblocks thrown up by the Supreme Court, should school systems still try to pursue diversity? One district in North Carolina said yes and, as a new study shows, reaped solid rewards for the kids. [HuffPo]

When is it okay to go inside a stranger’s house and gawk at their furnishings and decorations? During the Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour, that’s when. [WAVE3]

Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin Tuesday named the head of a Louisville accounting firm as his budget director and said John Chilton will have much work to “get Kentucky’s financial crisis resolved.” [Ronnie Ellis]

A decision on whether pork processor JBS Swift can continue to use a Butchertown parking lot for truck staging has been pushed back once again. [WFPL]

As soon as Donald Trump announced that he’d gained the endorsement of 100 black ministers from across the country, there were skeptics. [NPR]

Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co. says it will create 2,000 jobs and invest $1.3 billion in its Kentucky Truck Plant on Chamberlain Lane in Louisville. [Business First]

State Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, has been removed as chairman of the Indiana House of Representatives Public Health Committee. [News & Tribune]

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