Murder City On Track For Record Year

On Wednesday afternoon, the public learned the identity of Louisville’s latest murder victim, 26-year-old Ashley Spriggs. Her death underscores Louisville’s two-year spike in violent crime. [WDRB]

Matt Bevin said Wednesday that Donald Trump is “absolutely” qualified to serve as president of the United States. [C-J/AKN]

New members of UofL’s Board of Trustees met for the first time Wednesday. Governor Bevin, who hand selected those members, was in attendance and the meeting was also interrupted by a protester. [WHAS11]

If you worry the Creation Museum and its new Noah’s Ark theme park will cause outsiders to think Kentuckians are a bunch of anti-science rubes, at least take comfort in this: Lexington was home to perhaps America’s greatest evolutionary biologist. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The city’s latest homicide victim is a young mother, and her killer remains on the loose. [WLKY]

The GOP on Tuesday successfully drafted a platform ― a statement of its core values and principles ― but not before some last-minute drama played out behind the scenes over its refusal to moderate its tone toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. [HuffPo]

A 13-year-old boy was shot in the leg Wednesday afternoon by another teenager, according to a Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman. [WAVE3]

A January study published in the journal Health Affairs showed that one year after Medicaid expansion, the number of Kentuckians who reported trouble paying medical bills declined by nearly 13 percentage points. Those skipping prescribed medications because it cost too much decreased by almost 11 points. And people receiving ongoing care for a chronic illness rose by more than 10 points. [Politico]

Dr. Susan Harkema became the face of one of the University of Louisville’s splashiest research successes the moment one of her paralyzed patients wiggled his toe. Her name was in Time Magazine. She was interviewed on “Good Morning America” and CNN. The notoriety brought more funding and patients to U of L with hopes that revolutionary studies would help the paralyzed walk again. But in March, a federal agency took the unusual and drastic move of withdrawing its funding from one of her studies, citing concerns about the validity of the data and unresolved problems with oversight. Meanwhile, the federal Office for Human Research Protections is also conducting its own review, a spokeswoman confirmed. [WFPL]

The violence in Dallas last week is intensifying worries in Cleveland about visitors and protesters taking firearms downtown during the Republican National Convention, where thousands of people plan to demonstrate. [NY Times]

It looks like Kentucky’s health insurance exchange is sticking around — at least for now. [Business First]

Jeffersonville’s ordinance violations bureau is now established by law, following a city council vote Tuesday. Several wheels must be put into motion, however, before code violations can be enforced again. [News & Tribune]

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UofL Seems To Always Disappoint

Some surgeons at University Hospital say a staff shortage is “putting patients in danger.” [WDRB]

A renowned Louisville surgeon has been named commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Public Health. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police are looking for answers after a young woman was shot in the Russell neighborhood Tuesday evening.[WHAS11]

Doug Cobb, the Louisville businessman who drew recent attention for sharing political opinions on Twitter that are far outside the mainstream, has declined an appointment to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, according to Gov. Matt Bevin’s office. By “outside the mainstream”? They mean jacked up, homophobic and backwater. [WFPL]

More than 100 members of the Jefferson County Teachers Association lined the streets outside school district headquarters Tuesday asking for fair pay. [WLKY]

Two separate attempts to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the Republican Party platform ― a statement of its core ideas and principles ― were voted down by GOP delegates on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Venture capitalist Douglas Cobb, whose appointment to the newly reorganized University of Louisville Board of Trustees was met with criticism because of Cobb’s views on climate change, homosexuality and head basketball coach Rick Pitino, has declined the appointment, Gov. Matt Bevin’s office announced on Tuesday. [WAVE3]

How American politics went insane. It happened gradually – and until the U.S. figures out how to treat the problem, it will only get worse. [The Atlantic]

Food and home are inextricably linked. The flavors we grow up with are the flavors that signify familiarity, safety and even love. Those flavors are very specific to a time and place, and anyone who moves far away from where they grew up will tell you: the cravings can be powerful. [More WFPL]

When Louisville restaurateur Ivor Chodkowski began looking for cheeses to be used in his Harvest Restaurant he looked to his friend Kenny Mattingly, owner of Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese in Austin. [BGDN]

A national retailer that specializes in pet supplies and food and specialty pet services is bringing a new store to Louisville’s East End. We can love the locals all we want but this is good for those of you in Louisville who are tired of just ordering from Petco or driving to Frankfort. [Business First]

As the nation reels from the recent loss of lives of both civilians and police officers, law enforcement officials consider how the acts affect Indiana communities. [News & Tribune]

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A Weekend Without Tons Of Murder?

Louisville Metro Police are investigating after a male victim was shot at the White Castle in the 4100 block of Outer Loop. [WDRB]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called for state legislation that would allow local governments to pass gun control measures in an effort to deal with rising murder rates in places like Louisville and other urban areas. [C-J/AKN]

Shots fired into a bar in the Highlands area, but thankfully, nobody was hurt. [WHAS11]

This is terrible news for Matt Bevin. For Kentucky workers who have health insurance through their employers, the number enrolled in high-deductible plans has risen sharply over the last eight years. [H-L]

Black lives Matter demonstrators marched Saturday evening through the downtown area. [WLKY]

Preston Gilstrap, 64, was a Dallas police officer for over 41 years before he retired in 2013. Earlier this week, he saw the two brutal videos of police officers killing black men ― Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana ― that shook the nation. [HuffPo]

There may often be a wall between law enforcement officers and those who may be using illegal drugs. [WAVE3]

Buzz is building on Capitol Hill for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be Donald Trump’s running mate. [The Hill]

Kentucky’s political leaders responded to Thursday’s shootings in Dallas, Texas with grief, sympathy and a hint of the debates to come on gun control and police-involved violence. [WFPL]

Protests against the shootings of two black men by police officers shut down main arteries in a number of U.S. cities on Saturday, leading to numerous arrests, scuffles and injuries in confrontations between police and demonstrators. [Reuters]

Forecastle is sort of like Derby — except it’s hipsters instead of horses and everyone is a slightly sweatier. [Business First]

Amid public outcry and a lawsuit, Clark County is reversing an earlier zoning decision involving a cement plant’s hopes to burn hazardous waste fuel. [News & Tribune]

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Compassionate City Loves It A Shooting

Don’t worry, Doug Cobb, us gays and other educated thinking people won’t be backing down, either. We’ll win over your ignorant bigotry. [WDRB]

He who doth protest too much! One of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s new University of Louisville trustees regularly takes to Twitter to deny mainstream climate science and say that being gay isn’t compatible with Christianity, while also taking aim at U of L sports. [C-J/AKN]

Jefferson County Public Schools could soon be preparing for a legal battle following the controversy surrounding proposed salary freezes for teachers. [WHAS11]

A judge in Louisville has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration seeking to fine Planned Parenthood for performing abortions at its Louisville facility. [H-L]

Compassionate City! An investigation is underway after the death of a child on Glen Hill Manor Drive. [WLKY]

Donald Trump has spent the week pedaling backward and forward on his immigration positions, leaving immigration hawks — and some of his biggest boosters — worried about the strength of his support for mass deportations and a blanket ban on Muslim immigrants. [HuffPo]

Another day, another shooting in Compassionate City. This time in the Russell neighborhood. [WAVE3]

On Tuesday night, 128 members of Congress weighed in to urge a federal appeals court to protect against sexual orientation-based discrimination under existing civil rights laws. [BuzzFeed]

Kentucky’s restrictions on women seeking abortions and providers could be challenged now that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas abortion law for putting an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to the procedure. [WFPL]

AT&T is getting some help from Frontier Communications in its attempt to block Google Fiber’s progress in Kentucky. [ArsTechnica]

A spinoff of Yum Brands Inc.’s China business reportedly has hit a snag. Bloomberg reports that potential suitors — who would buy a stake of the China business — missed a deadline to submit offers earlier this month. [Business First]

With 19 members voting among three boards, the sale of Floyd Memorial Hospital to Baptist Health passed with only one dissenting voice. [News & Tribune]

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Your Governor’s Gonna Choke Medicaid

One in four Kentuckiana counties lost residents over the last five years, according to federal data that show outlying areas are the biggest winners and losers of regional population change. [WDRB]

Isn’t it fun watching Kentucky’s half-literate governator claim “God” has sanctioned his extreme Medicaid cuts? That’s what Jesus would do – choke even more out of the working poor, deny access to dental and vision, claim it’s helping them. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO WILL EAT YOUR DATA! Twenty-four hours have passed since caution tape and Louisville Metro Police squad cars blocked off Louis Coleman Drive near Young Avenue after three men were discovered inside a Park DuValle home. [WHAS11]

The Medicaid revamp proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin last week is built on a belief that providing health care to low-income people somehow robs them of their dignity. Also, that 20 percent of Kentuckians lacked health insurance only a few years ago, not because they couldn’t afford it, but because they were disengaged or didn’t understand deductibles. On that dubious base, Bevin wants to replace a fairly straightforward system with a red-tape tangle of penalties, incentives, premiums and cutbacks in coverage, including some proposals that the federal government already has rejected in other states. [H-L]

Another day, another pedestrian accident in Compassionate Possibility City. Police are on the scene after a pedestrian was hit on Dixie Highway at Rockford Lane. [WLKY]

Donald Trump appeared to shift his position on a blanket ban on all Muslims entering the United States, saying on Saturday he wouldn’t be bothered if a Muslim from Scotland or Great Britain entered, according to reporters from CBS and CNN. [HuffPo]

If it’s not a shooting, a pedestrian death, a stabbing or a child dying in a hot car, it’s a drowning. A child who was found in a pond in the Buechel area died at Kosair Children’s Hospital on Sunday night. [WAVE3]

Lives are on the line: the smearing of LGBT individuals by right-wing extremists is more than disturbing – it’s dangerous. [Salon]

The Louisville Metro Council on Thursday unanimously approved the city’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year. [WFPL]

Hawaii’s governor signed a bill making it the first state to place its residents who own firearms in a federal criminal record database and monitor them for possible wrongdoing anywhere in the country, his office said. [Reuters]

More than a decade ago, the Louisville International Airport began a cooperative advertising program to help carriers offset some of their expenses if they launched new service here. [Business First]

The number of people getting probation instead of jail time is growing quickly under new sentencing rules, but communities that oversee probation programs say they don’t have enough money to handle the influx. [News & Tribune]

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It’s Compassionate Shootings Friday!

Another day, another compassionate shooting. One person was shot Wednesday night in the Shawnee neighborhood. [WDRB]

This is just insane. Are there actually people in the Highlands and Clifton who think this is a reasonable idea? [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s nearing the one year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage, which came down on June 26, 2015. [WHAS11]

An associate professor at the University of Louisville is leading a project to help noncustodial fathers develop meaningful family relationships and become more engaged parents. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police are on the scene of an early morning shooting on Hale Avenue, near south 32nd Street. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign paid more than $1 million last month to companies controlled by the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, according to reports the Trump campaign filed late Monday with the Federal Election Commission. [HuffPo]

We can’t even with this. Wednesday, residents for a look at plans for the new project in the triangle-shaped lot at the intersection of Lexington Road and Grinstead Drive. [WAVE3]

At a time when Democrats and Republicans in Congress can’t agree on just about anything, there is one issue that unites them: the urgent need for criminal justice reform. [ProPublica]

Muslims in America are facing sharp backlash in the days following the mass shooting that left nearly 50 people dead in a gay nightclub in Orlando. [WFPL]

A few years ago, I was in the middle of an interview with Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., when President Barack Obama called. Then the minority leader, McConnell walked across his spacious office in the United States Capitol to his desk and picked up the phone. [James R. Carroll]

Entrepreneurship is a team sport — and Louisville can’t win if everyone’s sitting on the sidelines. [Business First]

Four new officers that have joined the Clark County Sheriff’s Office within the past year might not carry a holster, but they can offer a unique perspective to law enforcement in the county. [News & Tribune]

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