Constants: Gun Deaths & UofL Shenanigans

Two public high schools in Jefferson County are seeking an appeal to the Kentucky Department of Education, asking the state to reconsider the labels given to Valley and Fern Creek high schools following the release of their latest test scores, according to a proposal up for board approval on Tuesday. [WDRB]

The University of Louisville publicly released the NCAA’s notice of allegations on Thursday after the organization’s year-long investigation into U of L’s men’s basketball program, and the NCAA charges U of L with four Level I violations – the highest level – and cites Louisville coach Rick Pitino with failure to monitor an employee. [C-J/AKN]

The Louisville area crossed a grim line Wednesday when it recorded its 100th homicide for the year, reaching triple digits for the first time in four decades. [WHAS11]

Lexington’s minimum wage will roll back to $7.25 an hour after the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Kentucky cities do not have the authority to raise the minimum wage. [H-L]

Louisville police are investigating a shooting sent three people to the hospital. Police say all three victims were shot in the same location on College Court. [WLKY]

It was a tacky, hostile and personal insult, but for Trump, it was actually a euphemism of sorts. Women around the world instantly knew what he was really saying. [HuffPo]

University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino is accused of failing to monitor one of his coaches in a way that would prevent the sex scandal that rocked the program. That’s included in the notice of allegations released by the NCAA Thursday morning, about a year after its investigation began. [WAVE3]

It is time someone got to the bottom of everything that people say about Hillary Clinton. Who is she? More importantly, WHAT is she? [WaPo]

Kentuckians are one step closer to learning what changes will be made to their Medicaid benefits. [WFPL]

President Barack Obama ripped Donald Trump here Friday as a man who’s embraced an attack on the “global elite” only after failing to be accepted as a member of the global elite himself, attacking the Republican nominee for running an anti-American campaign with paper-thin support that’s all about InfoWars.com conspiracy theories. [Politico]

Baptist Healthcare System Inc. has asked the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority to consider a bond issue of as much as $459 million for the hospital system. [Business First]

The silent, living giants that tower over our neighborhoods and streets aren’t just pleasing to the eye. [News & Tribune]

Things Aren’t So Green In Compassionate City

A town hall meeting in Louisville on Tuesday night discussed how violent crime and citizens’ relationship with police is being felt in the city and around the country. [WDRB]

Under Mayor Greg Fischer’s leadership, Louisville has undertaken several studies aimed at better understanding the city’s environmental challenges. A new national ranking suggests it may be time to move beyond research and into action. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Two JCPS elementaries are at the bottom of the scale, when it comes to making the grade on statewide test scores. [WHAS11]

Lexington ranked among the least green cities in a new study that criticized its lack of green space compared to the other 99 largest cities in the country. [H-L]

The Kentucky State Fair Board says it has hired its next president and CEO. [WLKY]

Mitch McConnell says the country must not turn its back on the nation’s coal miners — but that’s exactly what those miners say the Republican Senate Majority Leader is doing. [H-L]

A Metro Corrections officer who posted a controversial meme on Facebook will not lose his job as a result of the incident. [WAVE3]

“Do you speak English?” When Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng walked into his summer school classroom for the first time as a brand-new teacher, a student greeted him with this question. Nothing in his training had prepared him to address race and identity. But he was game, answering the student lightly, “Yes, I do, but this is a math class, so you don’t have to worry about it.” [NPR]

Tim Harrison didn’t expect to be released from prison last week. When he got the news, he argued with the guards. He told them they had the wrong guy. He said his sentence wasn’t yet up. [WFPL]

After Donald Trump reaffirmed his long-held belief this week that the men known as the Central Park Five were guilty in an infamous, decades-old rape case, two members of the since-exonerated group blasted Trump in interviews with Mother Jones, calling him a “stunt artist” and saying “he’s gotten worse” since his involvement in their 1990 conviction. [Mother Jones]

Southern Indiana Plastics Inc., which makes plastic parts for the automotive and lawn and garden industries, has acquired Louisville-based Progress Plastics Inc. [Business First]

Grants, programming for students and other services were approved at Greater Clark County Schools’ board of trustees meeting on Tuesday. [News & Tribune]

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Maybe Next Week Won’t Be So Crazy

The University of Louisville’s endowment suffered a 5.8 percent investment loss in the year that ended June 30 – its biggest decline since the 2008 financial crisis. [WDRB]

Turns out that white flight is extremely valuable in Louisville’s East End. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Federal court records filed by the city said that police were justified in the shooting of Darnell Wicker. He is the man police said was holding a tree saw when officers responded to a domestic dispute in South Louisville in August. [WHAS11]

Horse Country hopes to boost Thoroughbred racing, Central Kentucky tourism by offering behind-the-scenes tours of farms, equine clinics and feed mills. The goal is to do for horse breeding what the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is doing for whiskey-making. [H-L]

How long has it been since there was a JCPS bus accident? Glad to see nothing changes. [WLKY]

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Monday implored young leaders invited to the White House to continue his generation’s legacy of civil rights activism by reminding them of sacrifices that won the right to vote. [HuffPo]

Can trees and bushes block pollution from busy streets? That’s the question Louisville is trying to answer with a pilot project at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School on Shelbyville Road. [WAVE3]

Possibility City! A replacement model of the fire-prone Samsung Note 7 smartphone began smoking inside a U.S. plane on Wednesday, the family that owns it said, prompting fresh investigations by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration. [Reuters]

Matt Bevin’s administration says HealthCare.gov will be up and running in Kentucky in time for Kynect customers to reapply for their health insurance later this year. [WFPL]

Voters in four states appear likely to approve ballot measures that would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, according to recent surveys, while voters are split on the question in a fifth state. [The Hill]

Yum Brands Inc.’s plan to spin off its China unit will allow the company to focus more on its high-margin franchising business. [Business First]

Local shop owner Terry Lynch said she was more than happy to host a monthlong art show for local New Albany artists. [News & Tribune]

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Fairdale Bigfoot Has Been Usurped

Louisville still loves a pedestrian death. A tow truck driver was killed Monday night in the 16600 block of Dixie Highway near Dixie Beach Road. [WDRB]

Louisville’s largest cable and internet provider is taking the city to federal court months after asking Mayor Greg Fischer to ease regulations that allegedly give other companies an unfair advantage. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! OH GOD! SOMEBODY ALERT FAIRDALE BIGFOOT! He’s bigger from when we last saw him and boy are we ever seeing him now! Two separate trail cameras, hidden far apart inside Bernheim Forest, snapped close up pictures of the Bernheim Bear on Sep. 29. One photo shows a scar on his nose. [WHAS11]

On Thursday, the eve of the 164th running of the Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland, the oldest Thoroughbred stakes race in the United States will be celebrated where it all began: Lexington’s East End and the Kentucky Association race track. [H-L]

Louisville Metro police are investigating three shootings that took place in less than an hour. [WLKY]

As he loves to do whenever he talks about himself, Donald Trump on Monday told a Colorado audience that all his business success stemmed from “a small loan” from his father ― a virtual Horatio Alger story. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Who could have predicted???? After just six months in business, Doc’s Cantina on the Ohio River front is closing. [WAVE3]

A former Miss Universe is hitting back at Donald Trump, calling his accusation that she once made a sex tape “slander and cheap lies.” [The Hill]

When crews begin digging into Eastern Parkway later this fall to repair a major water pipe, the work will likely cause headaches and hang-ups. [WFPL]

Donald Trump was slut-shaming before the sun came up on Friday. He fired off a string of tweets smearing former Miss Universe Alicia Machado at 5:30 in the morning, calling her “disgusting” and referencing a “sex tape.” [ThinkProgress]

A Louisville residential developer has broken ground on a new 566-home subdivision that is expected to cost more than $250 million. [Business First]

Police are investigating threats of violence made on social media toward two Greater Clark County Schools. [News & Tribune]

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Surprise! Everything Is Still Terrible

Police cruisers and crime scene tape blocked off an apartment on Appleton Lane near Dixie Highway, early Sunday morning. [WDRB]

GLI is part of what’s wrong with Louisville and it’s beyond time for everyone to recognize it. An organization like that is not necessary in the modern era. Louisville’s first heat-management plan is flawed and should not be used as the basis for any new regulatory programs aimed at reducing temperatures, the city’s chamber of commerce said. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Still not a mention by Louisville media that the Trump “headquarters” is a potential campaign finance nightmare. [WHAS11]

The Madison County school district has decided to take a drug company up on its offer of two free doses of Narcan, a life-saving drug in instances of heroin overdose — even though the district hasn’t seen an overdose problem. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police are investigating a homicide after a man was found shot to death inside a Shively apartment. [WLKY]

After the chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign resigned on Friday, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski tried to insist Trump’s bid for the White House was going just fine. Lewandowski, who was fired by Trump in June, drew a puzzling parallel to make his point, arguing that in 2004, John Kerry was also making staff changes as the election approached. [HuffPo]

A missing Russellville teenager is believed to be in the Louisville area. [WAVE3]

Middle- and lower-income children don’t visit eye doctors as often as wealthier kids, and as a result, thousands of them may have undiagnosed sight-threatening conditions, U.S. researchers say. [Reuters]

More than a year after introducing a multimillion-dollar body camera system, the Louisville Metro Police Department isn’t keeping track of how the cameras are being used. [WFPL]

ProPublica’s reporting on the water crisis in the American West has highlighted any number of confounding contradictions worsening the problem: Farmers are encouraged to waste water so as to protect their legal rights to its dwindling supply in the years ahead; Las Vegas sought to impose restrictions on water use while placing no checks on its explosive population growth; the federal government has encouraged farmers to improve efficiency in watering crops, but continues to subsidize the growing of thirsty crops such as cotton in desert states like Arizona. [ProPublica]

A West Louisville supermarket that opened as a citywide collaboration in 2012 has new leadership at the helm and will be given a new name. [Business First]

Though unanimously passed on second reading, an updated noise ordinance for New Albany drew a lot of debate at Thursday’s city council meeting. [News & Tribune]

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JCPS Is Now Back To Its Old Tricks

LG&E is closing its coal ash ponds at its power plants in Louisville and Trimble County. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Public Schools has moved a Layne Elementary teacher to another school in the district after it said it found a “pattern of poor professional judgment and unsafe behavior,” particularly in relation to how the teacher used restraint on students. [C-J/AKN]

JCPS and JCTA are still unable to come to an agreement on salaries and contracts. [WHAS11]

The number of homeless students in Lexington schools has nearly doubled in the past three years, according to a new report that recommends more money and attention to schools with the highest percentage of homeless students. [H-L]

The Kentucky Arts Council says it has awarded a Teaching Art Together grant that will fund an artist residency in eight schools in the eastern part of the state. [WLKY]

A vastly underappreciated legacy of Barack Obama’s presidency is one that neither his conservative opponents nor his liberal allies like to mention: He’s presided over a historically unprecedented reduction in government employees. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Jefferson County Public Schools employees are taught to restrain students who might be a danger to themselves or others. In the last two school years at JCPS, restraints were used 8,537 times. [WAVE3]

Ignore all the hype! If you’re wondering why Kentucky Democrats avoided Fancy Farm this year, look no further than the event’s emcee, who cracked racist jokes right off the bat. Republicans didn’t need the help of Democrats to burn their racist Trump barn down this year. [Page One]

Louisville’s Planning Commission has approved rules governing the siting of anerobic biodigesters in the city. The regulations approved Thursday were stricter than what planners had originally proposed, but won’t be finalized until they’re approved by Metro Council. [WFPL]

How dare anyone want safe drinking water or the preservation of lands. That makes native Appalachians environmental extremists, according to Rand Paul. He goes from literally telling black people they shouldn’t be allowed to sit at the lunch counter to making shit up about coal. [The Gleaner]

Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen said Thursday that the company’s Twinspires.com subsidiary will move from Mountain View, Calif., to Louisville before the end of the year and gave more details on its planned joint-venture acquisition of a Berlin, Md., casino and racetrack that was announced Tuesday. [Business First]

Pamela Fisher said she’s never shot a gun in her life. A gun range is planned for Clarksville. [News & Tribune]

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Three Horrible Superintendents In A Row

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens must “step up to the challenge” of leading Kentucky’s largest school district and regain the trust that has eroded in the past year, according to an annual evaluation unanimously approved by the school board Tuesday. [WDRB]

Thanks, religious extremists, for ruining hospitals everywhere when you buy them up! The state is investigating whether patient care is unsafe at University of Louisville Hospital because of staff cuts made by KentuckyOne Health. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s a battle over trees but for Cynthia Huber the fight has a deeper meaning. “This is not only did they lose their loved ones that they have memorialized but they’re also losing the tree in memory of that person,” she said. [WHAS11]

Welp, readers of the Herald-Leader can now look forward to a much poorer experience. The Lexington Herald-Leader announced on Monday that it will transfer its printing and packaging operations to Louisville starting in August, and that the company will put its downtown Lexington building on the market. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Jefferson County Public School board voted unanimously to approve Superintendent Donna Hargens’ 2015-2016 summative evaluation. [WLKY]

“You might think, ‘Well that is not going to happen to us in America. We’re not going to listen to some ridiculously haired buffoon, peddling lies and nativism in the hopes of riding a protest vote into power.’” Oliver said. “Well let Britain tell you, it can happen, and when it does, there are no fucking do-overs.” [HuffPo]

Photographs went viral on social media; thoroughbreds with sores on their backs, ribs showing. Hooves in need of trimming. The outcry began drawing attention from equine industry standards such as the Daily Racing Form and Blood Horse. [WAVE3]

In his final State of the Union address in January, President Obama made an ambitious pledge to overhaul the management of fossil fuels on America’s public lands in his final year, focusing, in particular, on the antiquated and little-known federal coal program. [ThinkProgress]

A new Google project to estimate solar potential has come to Louisville. [WFPL]

Mitch McConnell tried to blame Democrats for refusing to fund Zika-related activities. Reality? McConnell and his friends pushed all kinds of nastiness into the legislation that they knew would keep Democrats from supporting it. Like trying to harm women and undoing confederate flag bans in federal cemeteries. [TPM]

Aetna Inc. isn’t happy with Missouri’s decision earlier this year to oppose its pending purchase of Humana Inc. [Business First]

The South Central Regional Airport Authority has received assurance of the $750,000 local match needed for the runway extension project at the Clark Regional Airport. [News & Tribune]