Eastern Kentucky Needs Your Love

The Jefferson County Board of Education unanimously approved lowering the property tax rate for the current fiscal year on Tuesday night. [WDRB]

The owners of an industrial building at 708 W. Magazine St. where a Texas company proposed opening a controversial methadone clinic have ended all negotiations with the firm. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Cry us a damn river, FOP. You don’t want media attention when cops kill someone but when a few officers get butthurt and choose to leave a Taco Bell, you go insane begging for media attention. LMPD officers were refused service at the Taco Bell on Preston Hwy, near Phillips Lane, according to the River City Fraternal Order of Police. [WHAS11]

Eastern Kentucky needs your love. She died alone in the middle of the night, and her body was swiftly autopsied, embalmed and carted 135 miles to a remote Kentucky county where she had been raised. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! New Albany loves killing people, too. Police are investigating a homicide in New Albany after a man was found fatally shot. [WLKY]

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 12 percentage points among likely voters, her strongest showing this month, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting in the area where LMPD Chief Steve Conrad held a peace walk just hours earlier. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump used his campaign funds to buy thousands of copies of his own book at retail cost, simultaneously diverting donor money back into his pockets while artificially boosting his sales figures. It’s a tactic that may be illegal, campaign finance experts say. [TDB]

The Louisville Metro Police Department’s body camera program drew praise when it was introduced more than a year ago. [WFPL]

Matt Bevin is a bigot. Matt Bevin’s administration is suing the federal government to block a rule that says medical providers and insurance companies can’t discriminate against transgender patients. [More WFPL]

This story will probably make you gouge your eyes out. Louisville senior living company borrows Chick-fil-A’s secret sauce. [Business First]

New Albany Floyd County Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 25 year of helping low income families in Floyd and Clark counties realize their dream of homeownership. [News & Tribune]

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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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Latest LMAS Mess Already Forgotten

Putting a stop to violence. That was the goal of rally held Saturday afternoon at Chickasaw Park. [WDRB]

When will media stop giving the Fischer crew a free pass to put their spin on something without ever questioning that spin? This dog euthanasia matter was resolved months and months ago when they figured out what happened. Jessica Jo Montgomery was “resigned” because of her most recent incident – sort of a straw that broke the camel’s back situation. It wasn’t just the euthanasia issue. It was driving drunk in her city car and having that taken away. It was putting down animals without authority to do so. It was stealing a dog house meant for charity. It was treating staff members badly. It was everything that every other shitty LMAS director has done. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! You may not know their hands but you sure know the work they have completed. [WHAS11]

“Defies reason” is how a circuit judge described the Bevin administration’s claim that Planned Parenthood was illegally providing abortions in Louisville. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! If you tell someone from out of state that you’re from Kentucky, one of the first things they’ll likely bring up is bourbon. [WLKY]

Donald Trump introduced Mike Pence as his running mate at a rambling press conference on Saturday that seemed to focus more on Trump himself than his vice-presidential nominee. [HuffPo]

The teachers union, representing about 5,700 certified Jefferson County Public Schools employees, has filed a lawsuit against the district for breach of contract. [WAVE3]

The House Intelligence Committee on Friday released 28 previously classified pages from a 2002 congressional investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. [The Hill]

Kentuckians with certain Class D felony convictions are now eligible to apply to clear their criminal records as long as they have stayed out of trouble for five years. [WFPL]

Donald Trump says he could have made a deal to stop the Civil War. This is guy is an Amway salesman in the worst way. [Time]

When Kentucky’s tourism industry is held alongside the state’s largest industries, it’s rarely considered a heavyweight, Hank Phillips , president and CEO of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, said Thursday evening. [Business First]

After several changes and delays, the Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana will receive payment from the city of New Albany. [News & Tribune]

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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LOOK! Something Shiny! Everyone Look Away! Get Distracted!

Surekha Kulkarni immigrated to America from India and has made it her life goal to empower other women, especially refugees. [WDRB]

Surprise! Racial profiling is still a problem in Compassionate Possibility City! An analysis of 2014 vehicle stops by Louisville Metro police officers has found again that black drivers are searched twice as often as whites. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Hate to be the bearer of bad news… but… uh… no one really believes she’s coming home safely, right? [WHAS11]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is wrestling with an unenviable, arguably impossible task this election year: protecting Senate Republicans from the political upheaval caused by Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. [H-L]

Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting the city to a new lunchtime event in downtown Louisville. [WLKY]

A graphic video shows a Baton Rouge police officer shooting and killing Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was selling CDs in front of a convenience store early Tuesday morning. [HuffPo]

It’s a call police get more than they would like – reports of people firing guns in their backyards, especially on holiday weekends. [WAVE3]

If you missed it, Jamie Comer and his crew are under investigation by the Office of the Attorney General. [Page One]

During a sweltering summer afternoon, Metro workers are on their hands and knees spreading green goop that smells like a brand new rubber eraser on parts of Louisville’s bike lanes. [WFPL]

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]

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will file a fresh lawsuit that challenges Gov. Matt Bevin’s actions to disband and recreate the University of Louisville board of trustees. [Business First]

These are the arguments going down in Southern Indiana. Who is responsible for maintaining the Sellersburg Pool is a matter of disagreement among town officials. [News & Tribune]

All The Kudos To Greg Fischer

Louisville Metro Police are responding to a report of a shooting in the Middletown area. [WDRB]

A Louisville Metro Police officer is in stable condition after he was shot late Saturday night in the Russell neighborhood after a foot chase with a Louisville man, police said. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! This was the most insane story of the week locally, right? [WHAS11]

The publisher and author of escort Katina Powell’s book alleging that former Louisville men’s basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties at the Cardinals’ dormitory have countersued Louisville students, saying they attempted to “extort” a monetary settlement in their action alleging Powell and the book devalued their education. [H-L]

Metro United Way and the Center for Women and Families announced a partnership for 211 to expand its services in Louisville. [WLKY]

Hillary Clinton’s first speech since she won a majority of pledged delegates in the Democratic presidential race included remarks about how abortion relates to other issues. That’s groundbreaking for a presidential candidate. [HuffPo]

Mayor Greg Fischer is calling on Louisville and southern Indiana residents to join him in marching in the Kentuckiana Pride Parade on Friday as a show of compassion and unity. [WAVE3]

Muhammad Ali was extolled on Friday as a boxer of incomparable grace, a magnetic entertainer and a man of conviction who gave a voice to the oppressed, as a two-day celebration of “The Greatest” came to a rousing end in his Kentucky hometown. [Reuters]

A woman who was shot by a Jefferson County constable in a Walmart parking lot has agreed to settle her lawsuit against the county government. The county will pay $75,000 in damages to Pedro and Tammie Ortiz on behalf of Constable David Whitlock, who shot Tammie Ortiz in November 2011. That brings the cost of the shooting for Jefferson County taxpayers to six figures, since the county has already paid more than $37,000 to Whitlock’s attorneys. [WFPL]

Rousing tributes have been paid to boxing legend Muhammad Ali at a memorial service in his home city of Louisville, Kentucky. [BBC]

A Louisville-based package-design company is expanding internationally. [Business First]

In the hopes of taking advantage of expected growth, the City of Charlestown could create a redevelopment authority board that would be able to borrow money and get to work. [News & Tribune]

What’ll Metro Govt/JCPS/Whatever Bury Amid All The Muhammad Ali Death Coverage Hype?

Like many other entry-level workers in Louisville, 17-year-old Brittany Marshall got a small raise last year when metro government’s minimum wage ordinance kicked in. [WDRB]

A day after boxing titan Muhammad Ali died at age 74, his family announced his funeral would be held Friday in his hometown of Louisville and include a motorcade through the city, private burial at Cave Hill cemetery and a public memorial at the KFC Yum! Center with eulogies by former President Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal and Bryant Gumbel. [C-J/AKN]

The morning following the death of the world famous Muhammad Ali, Mayor Greg Fischer delivered a heartfelt speech in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Ky. His speech was part of a flag lowering ceremony in which the city paid respects to The Greatest. [WHAS11]

The Louisville Lip has fallen silent. The world on Saturday mourned Muhammad Ali — Olympic gold medalist; three-time professional boxing heavyweight champion of the world; symbol of the socially turbulent 1960s; and, in his heyday, perhaps the most famous citizen in the world — who died Friday night in Phoenix at age 74. [H-L]

Police responded to a disturbance on 26th and Chestnut streets. According to officials there was a crash, followed by a fight that led to shots being fired. [WLKY]

Muhammad Ali’s most famous act of social activism — one that would strip him of his best fighting years, cost him millions of dollars, forever alter his image and eventually send him into debt — began with one off-hand quote: “Man, I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong.” [HuffPo]

His mother, Mary Springer, said she was pushing her son, Chase Springer, in the stroller across 12th and Jefferson Streets when a woman backed up into the stroller on May 25. [WAVE3]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Grandmother) is growing increasingly critical of Donald Trump, warning him to lay off GOP officials and drop his penchant for “name calling.” [The Hill]

Funeral plans have been set for legendary boxer and humanitarian Muhammad Ali. [WFPL]

Aren’t you glad that your bigoted governor joined this hate-filled circlejerk? A lawsuit brought by Texas and other states against the Obama administration’s policy on bathroom access may move the United States closer to a resolution on transgender rights by putting the issue on a trajectory for the Supreme Court. [Reuters]

WellCare of Kentucky and the Kentucky Pharmacists Association are partnering to combat opioid overdose death in Kentucky. [Business First]

It seems like every day someone tells Robbie Valentine about their struggle with addiction, or about how their family is caught in the midst of the same drug epidemic plaguing so many communities across the country. [News & Tribune]