Y’all Holding Your Breath On UofL?

U.S. Senior District Judge John G. Heyburn II, a Republican who carved an independent and progressive path in three decades on the federal bench, upholding school desegregation and striking down laws that forbade gay marriage, died Wednesday, according to U.S. District Court clerk Vanessa Armstrong. [C-J/AKN]

Dozens of horses have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs – including speed – at the racecourse which will host the Kentucky Derby this weekend. [Daily Mail]

A member of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees has asked Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen to conduct a “truly independent accounting” of the finances of the university and its separate, $1.1 billion foundation, following reports by WDRB and other media of million-dollar executive compensation packages. [WDRB]

A five-year-old kindergartner at Maupin Elementary has died after being struck by a car while waiting for her bus Wednesday morning, a spokesman with the Louisville Metro Police Department has confirmed. [C-J/AKN]

In a videotaped deposition and several documents released Tuesday, which include a letter written by Louisville native Father Gilbert “Allen” Tarlton, the priest admits to several incidents where he engaged in sexual misconduct with students or children in his care. [WHAS11]

A Kentucky Court of Appeals panel heard arguments Tuesday on whether a circuit court judge was correct when he ruled last year that Bluegrass Pipeline cannot use eminent domain to take private property for construction of a natural gas liquids pipeline. [H-L]

The great weather has brought hundreds of racing fans to the backside of Churchill Downs in the early morning hours this week. [WLKY]

The case for garden-based learning in schools seems simple, even obvious, at first: What harm could there be in encouraging young children to connect with nature and learn more about the ecology around them, including where the food they eat comes from? [HuffPo]

It’s hard to steal the smile of a 9-year-old. Especially Taylor Maddux, a playful 3rd grader at Coral Ridge Elementary School. But instead of practicing her cheers or hanging with her friends, Taylor is lying in a hospital bed fighting to recover after a bizarre and freak accident at a Louisville Metro Park. [WAVE3]

An environmental group has identified what it calls the 50 communities in Central Appalachia that are most at risk from mountaintop removal and 17 are in Kentucky, including the most at risk, Kryton, located in Perry County. [Ronnie Ellis]

WFPL’s community conversation Thursday (from April 17) on the surge of heroin addiction in the region drew a wide range of participants, including public health officials, treatment professionals and people in recovery. [WFPL]

Ford reports lower-than-expected profits for the first three months of 2015 after it sells fewer vehicles in North America and continues to lose money in Europe and South America. [BBC]

One of the greatest beneficiaries of the Kentucky Derby’s economic ripple effect is the hotel and hospitality industry. [Business First]

Eight Jeffersonville City Council candidates — none who are incumbent — are vying for positions in three districts, and all of them are Democrats. Districts two, three and five are uncontested in the primary election. [News & Tribune]

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Lawn Darts of Fate! Contest runs through the end of the week. [Page One & The ‘Ville Voice]

Crisis In Southern Indiana Highlights Importance Of Needle Exchanges

Officials are now calling the HIV outbreak in southern Indiana an epidemic. [WDRB]

Are you excited for the beginning of the Kentucky Derby Festival? Get ready. It’s almost here. [C-J/AKN]

The area’s first organized walk to end discrimination and bullying took place Wednesday evening at Louisville’s Big Four Bridge. [WHAS11]

Members of the NAACP in Lexington are raising questions about how Fayette County Public Schools distributes money to individual schools and about the district’s minority hiring rates. [H-L]

Sounds like these kids need to be in charge of UofL’s actual finances. Maybe they could stop the unbelievable swindling of tens of millions of dollars right under Jim Ramsey’s knowing nose. Some business students from the University of Louisville are participating next month in the national level of a global financial analysis competition. [WLKY]

Gary Fury was working at a Simonton Windows factory in West Virginia in July 2012 when a large two-window unit slipped to the floor. [ProPublica]

It’s not the picture of Louisville many people want to see – garbage and litter lining the interstates and expressways into town. [WAVE3]

Kentucky is apparently the 8th-worst state for retirement. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. [Bankrate]

Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District Board has voted to change the way the agency disposes of surplus property. The board voted unanimously to adopt the modifications to MSD’s policies on Monday. [WFPL]

The Early Childhood Profiles, produced by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), are compiled to help community leaders, Community Early Childhood Councils and school districts with data to assist in developing local strategies for helping every child in their community arrive at kindergarten ready to do kindergarten work. [Click the Clicky]

A $30 million upscale student housing complex is slated to open by fall 2016 at the northwest corner of South Floyd Street and East Brandeis Avenue near the University of Louisville. [Business First]

Donors are still being sought, but statewide, community foundations have reached the halfway point in a funding drive to match a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant worth up to $66 million. [News & Tribune]

Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it is recalling more than 220,000 vehicles in North America for potential issues with door handles, vacuum pump relays and sensors. [Reuters]

Compassionate Cities Don’t Have So Many Murders

Internal reviews conducted by the Kentucky Department of Education at three of Jefferson County’s lowest performing schools show progress is being made towards improving achievement, but that some changes must still be made. [Toni Konz]

Does anyone really buy into this Fischer transparency schtick anymore? n the wake of criticisms that public officials were deleting electronic messages, Mayor Greg Fischer Monday said that every person serving on a board or commission will be issued an email address to conduct all official government business. [C-J/AKN]

Two of Louisville’s largest employers are urging Kentucky lawmakers to reject Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s push for the state to allow a local option sales tax. [WHAS11]

A move to raise the minimum wage in Kentucky’s largest city has resulted in a lawsuit. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Another day, another couple of senseless murders in Possibility City. [WLKY]

To Washington insiders he is Dr Evil: the hidden orchestrator of industry campaigns against the Humane Society, Mothers against Drunk Driving, and other seemingly uncontroversial groups. Now Richard Berman, a one-time lobbyist turned industry strategist, has zeroed in on another target: Barack Obama’s new power plant rules. [HuffPo]

What began as a call for help along Interstate 71 ended with police discovering a car crash with a man shot dead inside Wednesday. The shooting forced southbound I-71 closed near the Gene Snyder Freeway for hours impacting travel for hundreds of people. [WAVE3]

Brown-Forman is among 16 organizations across the United States recognized for climate action. [EPA]

The recent revelation that breathalyzer tests are video recorded at the Louisville jail may lead to an influx of filings to re-opened drunk driving cases in the near future. [WFPL]

Wanna dig through Churchill Downs’ quarterly and full year earnings results? [External PDF Link]

The Kentucky Derby Festival unveiled its 2015 Pegasus Pins at an event at Hard Rock Café and it doesn’t suck. [Business First]

Slick, icy roads didn’t stop New Albany residents from packing the Carnegie Center for Art & History to discuss a hot-button issue Saturday. [News & Tribune]

The Snow Has Ruined Everything Forever & Ever

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, along with other city leaders, provided residents in Metro Louisville with an update at a Tuesday afternoon press conference, regarding the city’s plans for snow removal — and he also addressed criticisms that some streets had not yet been cleared. [WDRB]

A 19-year-old inmate charged with multiple crimes including kidnapping and robbery committed suicide Monday morning, according to Corrections Major Endora Davis. [C-J/AKN]

What happens when a bunch of whitewater boaters throw a party and a film festival breaks out? [WHAS11]

Steve Beshear issued two executive orders Tuesday: to protect consumers from price gouging and to make sure Kentuckians have access to needed prescription orders during winter’s onslaught. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Two people and a dog were pulled from an icy pond in Lyndon on Tuesday afternoon. [WLKY]

Attorney General Eric Holder called Tuesday for a moratorium on the death penalty pending a Supreme Court decision on the use of lethal injection drugs in Oklahoma. [HuffPo]

As road crews continued to clear routes throughout the city Tuesday, many businesses spent the day getting back up and running. [WAVE3]

Many children pretend to be astronauts or dream of exploring space, but eight Rowan County students have dedicated time to learning about space science. [The Morehead News]

Jefferson County Public Schools will stay closed on Wednesday because of the winter weather, school district officials announced Tuesday during a news conference with city officials. [WFPL]

Just in case you missed it, here’s a deeper look at the behind-the-scenes of Greg Fischer’s minimum wage nonsense. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Ford says pricing pressures and excess capacity are among the problems for the U.S. auto industry. [Business First]

Though two members hadn’t cast a vote on the matter as of Friday, the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County board isn’t expected to seat New Albany City Councilman Scott Blair. [News & Tribune]

What On Earth Is Wrong With JCPS These Days?

Everything people want to know about the Ohio River Bridges Project can now be learned in one hour. [WDRB]

An attorney for Louisville Water Co. chief executive Jim Brammell wants a judge to throw out the results from a breathalyzer that was used following his August arrest and determined Brammell’s breath alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit allowed to drive in Kentucky. [C-J/AKN]

The bleachers were filled at Stopher Elementary School with Lauren Eason’s students. 130 are in her class this year but almost all will pass through her inventive classroom before they go to middle school. She wants no students left out. [WHAS11]

The bourbon was flowing and, at least in one Washington ballroom, a spirit of bipartisanship broke out Tuesday night, courtesy of Kentucky’s distillers. [H-L]

Jefferson County Public Schools officials are responding to what police say is surveillance video showing a school resource officer twice assaulting students. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2016 includes a major change for legally married same-sex couples, making them eligible to receive Social Security spousal benefits regardless of where they live. Currently, these couples are unable to get such benefits if they live in a state that does not recognize their marriage. [HuffPo]

What the heck is wrong in Clark County? A woman was trusted with the care of hundreds of inmates, until she became one of them. [WAVE3]

A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers will begin their second attempt on Wednesday to introduce a bill that would reform the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) program in the United States, targeting an end to ethanol fuel-blending mandates. [Reuters]

Rose Mollyhorn, 52, has spent most of her life within a 12-block area of Louisville’s Portland neighborhood, and she’s seen drastic change over those years. [WFPL]

Rand Paul says Common Core contains anti-American history… but it doesn’t have history requirements. [Think Progress]

Some Ford Motor Co. employees in Louisville will be kicked into a higher pay bracket because of the automaker’s plans to hire workers elsewhere in the U.S. The raise will amount to an approximately $9 per hour increase. [Business First]

Clark County Commissioner Rick Stephenson appeared in Jeffersonville City Court on Friday for a hearing following his drunken-driving arrest on Christmas Eve. [News & Tribune]

Hargens Doesn’t Have JCPS Under Control

Another day, another dumb JCPS incident. No threat was found after police conducted a sweep at Eastern High School this morning after reports that a student planned to bring a gun to school. [WDRB]

Ford Motor Co.’s billion-dollar gamble on manufacturing its full-size pickup trucks with aluminum alloy is about to bring big changes to Louisville’s Kentucky Truck Plant. [C-J/AKN]

It’s a survey that reaches out to staff, students and every parent within the Jefferson County Public Schools’ district and it will collect feedback on everything from academics to to school safety to job satisfaction. [WHAS11]

Consultants are finishing a report that examines how Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act has impacted Kentucky’s health care system. [H-L]

Louisville Metro Police detectives have their ninth homicide case of the year after being called to the Parkland neighborhood early Monday morning. [WLKY]

Have scientists discovered a new species of primitive human? [HuffPo]

When fire tears through a home, it could be easy for firefighters scrambling to control the blaze to overlook pets trapped by the flames, especially if they don’t have the tools to rescue small animals. [WAVE3]

President Obama on Monday sent Congress a nearly $4 trillion budget blueprint for 2016 that would raise taxes on the wealthy and businesses while boosting spending on infrastructure and education. [The Hill]

Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail had another record-breaking year in attendance. The trail’s nine participating distilleries had 627,032 visitors in 2014, an increase of 10 percent over the previous year. [WFPL]

During the Frack Free Foothills community forum Tuesday, several speakers disagreed with statements submitted to media before the meeting by the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association (KOGA). [Richmond Register]

In the last quarter of 2014, 617 residential building permits were issued in the Louisville area, up 15 percent from the 529 permits issued in the fourth quarter of 2013. [Business First]

If House Bill 1110 becomes law, the Clark County Circuit Court will be authorized to appoint a new magistrate. On Thursday, Circuit Court No. 4 Judge Vicki Carmichael said the new magistrate would likely handle the county’s juvenile docket. [News & Tribune]

Abramson Having Fun Getting Lost In Warshington

Just on the other side of Interstate 65 from the University of Louisville campus, a block that once contained an aging apartment building and unkempt rental houses is now the latest example of the student-housing arms race at U of L. [WDRB]

Ford Motor Co. announced Thursday morning that hourly workers would receive an average profit-sharing check of $6,900. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville police continue to investigate a stabbing that took place on Muhammad Ali Boulevard near 26th Street around 5:30 Saturday night. [WHAS11]

With welders on site, members of Habitat for Humanity made strides toward history for the state organization as they recently worked to convert a shipping container into a home. [H-L]

WARNING!RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Clark County officials continue to crack down on contraband through raids at the county jail. [WLKY]

Does your member of congress have policies in place protecting LGBT staffers from discrimination? [HuffPo]

Jerry Abramson says five terms as Louisville’s mayor gave him the experience to assist President Barack Obama’s administration. [WAVE3]

Kentuckians want to see their governors in the flesh and in their hometowns. And they expect him or her to be “one of us.” That’s a challenge for the stiff and stylish Louisville Democrat. [Ronnie Ellis]

As a national debate about law enforcement practices gripped the nation, formal complaints by community members against Louisville Metro Police were at a five-year low. [WFPL]

President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget would impose a one-time 14 percent tax on some $2 trillion of accumulated U.S. corporate profits earned abroad and set up a 19 percent tax on future foreign earnings, a White House official said on Sunday. [Reuters]

Restaurants and food establishments are graded on a number of criteria, including cleanliness, food temperatures and labeling. [Business First]

A study conducted on parking and traffic in downtown Jeffersonville shows that the 20-block area will be seriously lacking in parking spots as future development continues. [News & Tribune]