Getting Extra-Compassionate In Time For Derby

What’s new? Another day, another murder here in Compassionate City. [WDRB]

Holly Liter spends many weekends cleaning up vomit, picking up trash and explaining to her 11-year-old daughter what marijuana smells like. “It can be a nightmare,” she said. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The city is definitely experiencing deja vu with the jail again. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s public universities and colleges will be limited to tuition increases that range between 4.6 percent and 6.1 percent next school year for in-state undergraduate students, the Council on Postsecondary Education decided Tuesday. [H-L]

Residents in the Smoketown neighborhood have won a victory after the Metro Sewer District approved changes to a storm water storage basin after outcry from the community. [WLKY]

How the military is preparing for the possibility of a very different kind of Commander in Chief. [HuffPo]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer made it official on Tuesday, throwing his support behind Hillary Clinton for president in advance of the May 17 Kentucky Democratic primary. [WAVE3]

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sellus Wilder said he wants to run as a “progressive” candidate in a state where he believes Democrats run races like Republicans. [Ashland Independent]

Ann Morrison first noticed a change in her hearing three years ago. The 73-year-old who lives in Goshen, Ky., said she began missing parts of important conversations, turning up the television volume and growing increasingly frustrated. [WFPL]

Ten months ago, three teenaged boys who had escaped from a group home in Brooklyn were arrested for the violent assault and rape of a woman in Manhattan. The boys had been placed in the home as part of a program run by New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services, which had been seeking alternatives to formal detention facilities for troubled youngsters caught up in the juvenile justice system. [ProPublica]

The Young Professionals Association of Louisville has announced its new board of directors and officers for 2016-17. [Business First]

Heidi Cruz, wife of Republican presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, stopped in Jeffersonville to talk to the local GOP at Kye’s II on Friday afternoon. [News & Tribune]

Let’s Put On Our Fake Derby Happy Faces

Surprise! There are still people who ignorantly believe keeping a liquor store out of their neighborhood is going to solve all of their problems. Like her mother, Jessica Green is apparently delusional. Metro Councilwoman Jessica Green is trying to prevent property at 1200 S. 28th Street from becoming a liquor store. But the owner said he refuses to let it sit vacant any longer. [WDRB]

Mayor Greg Fischer wants to expand Louisville’s smoking ban to include electronic cigarettes and hookah, he announced Friday morning. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! This is not compassionate. There’s nothing compassionate about Louisville at the moment. Not when there are countless deaths from guns, drugs and automobiles. Anyone who attempts to claim everything is puppies and rainbows out to be immediately taken to a physician for an evaluation. [WHAS11]

Noah Greenhill, 10, stood attentively Tuesday morning at the side of Gov. Matt Bevin in the state Capitol as he watched the governor ceremonially sign into law a bill that will help reduce his medical expenses. The governor gave the first pen he used to sign the bill to the youngster from Pikeville. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! What the hell is wrong with people!? [WLKY]

Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was sentenced to just one year for safety violations at a West Virginia mine that led to the deaths of 29 miners in a 2010 explosion. Now, one woman is working to push Blankenship to reflect on his crimes. Ann Bybee-Finley, who grew up in Hurricane, West Virginia, launched a campaign called “Making one year count” on Wednesday, calling on people to send letters to Blankenship every day that he is in prison. [HuffPo]

The way your child is graded in Jefferson County could soon change – again. [WAVE3]

President Obama made headlines recently as the first U.S. leader to visit Cuba since the communist revolution. The two neighboring countries have resumed diplomatic relations and are taking cautious steps toward full normalization, including trade and travel. [Richmond Register]

Yes, a liberal Democrat can win a statewide election in Kentucky but it will not be Sellus Wilder. If you weren’t sure there could be a worse statewide candidate than Jim Gray, here you go. You can thank Christy Brown for hyping up his candidacy. [WFPL]

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of his ambassador to the United States who was behind Francis’ controversial meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail rather than comply with a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses. [TPM]

A project that could cost as much as $87 million to construct along the southeast corner of the 6,000-acre River Ridge Commerce Center in Jeffersonville should enter its next phase this fall. [Business First]

After a several-hour-long executive session in the morning and early afternoon, the River Ridge Development Authority held a public meeting Friday to give site project updates. [News & Tribune]

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Even Lexington Does Housing Better Than Us?

Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare told shareholders Tuesday that it spent $2.15 million to buy the Glenview home of a top company executive last year out of concern for the “personal safety” of the executive and his family. [WDRB]

Without a national search and after considering only two internal candidates, a search committee made its recommendation for University of Louisville’s next provost, the school’s second highest-ranking officer. [C-J/AKN]

Greg Fischer is apparently “on the record” in this recorded interview. Watch at your own risk. [WHAS11]

Matt Bevin and Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones traded barbs Thursday night on Twitter over Bevin’s order to cut university funding. [H-L]

This is actually pretty exciting news for that neighborhood! Muhammad Ali’s boyhood home is almost ready for the world to see. [WLKY]

Not quite the same situation in Louisville. New York City saw a significant drop in major crimes in the first quarter of 2016 with the fewest murders and shootings in its recorded history, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced during a Monday press conference. [HuffPo]

Twenty-six faculty and staff members at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) have not been invited to return to campus next fall. Declining enrollment and Gov. Matt Bevin’s cuts to higher education are to blame, according a statement from the school. [WAVE3]

Low gas prices could give Democrats a third straight term in the White House, an economic election model said Monday. [The Hill]

The quick success of Lexington’s affordable housing trust fund is a striking contrast to Louisville’s struggles to fund such an initiative. [WFPL]

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s extreme call for an immigration policy plan that prevents Muslim immigrants from remaining in the United States may already be underway. [ThinkProgress]

Louisville-based Papa John’s International Inc. is continuing with its sports branding effort. [Business First]

You should check this out and then go to the Louisville Science Center. [News & Tribune]

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Frankfort Just Got Waaaaay Worse

Delores Sisson says the first jump in rent of her subsidized apartment on W. Breckinridge Street happened two years ago – rising from $358 a month in 2014 to $438 a month last year and jumping to $652 a month this year. [WDRB]

Surprise! Greg Fischer and his team are lying about something again. This time that something benefits his wealthy friends and donors but no one has the guts to call him out on it. A little more transparency — something Fischer has never taken seriously — would go a long way. [C-J/AKN]

Another weekend, another bunch of shootings. Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 1700 block of Berry Boulevard around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. [WHAS11]

As a boxer and humanitarian, Muhammad Ali stood out. So does the bright pink home in Kentucky where he shadowboxed and played pranks on his brother. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Another day, another pedestrian killed by a train in Louisville. [WLKY]

These anti-woman efforts aren’t just taking place in Floriduh, they’re also taking places in Kentucky. And Democrats are cheering the restrictionsi along every step of the way. [HuffPo]

See? All kinds of shootings. One person was injured in a shooting on Oak Street on Sunday. [WAVE3]

Reproductive rights advocates are warning that Indiana has become one of the most dangerous states for pregnant women, thanks to the governor’s decision to approve a sweeping new anti-abortion law that combines some of the harshest attacks on reproductive rights into one piece of legislation. [ThinkProgress]

The Louisville Metro Council rejected a bid from Louisville Gas and Electric to establish a natural gas franchise agreement. [WFPL]

We’ve been leading the pack when it comes to revealing information about new scandals. Find out how to keep up. [Page One]

A developer is asking Louisville Metro government and Jefferson County Public Schools for property tax breaks worth $11.3 million over the next 20 years so it can move forward with two apartment projects planned near the intersection of Baxter Avenue and Broadway. [Business First]

A Clark County judge on Friday confirmed the appeal of a candidate challenging the outcome of the recount in the Jeffersonville City Council At-large race. [News & Tribune]

New Fischer-MSD Slap Fight Under Way

This story is a little bit insane. Officials say the body of a woman missing since February has been located. Family members told WDRB News they found Fox’s body in her home Monday. [WDRB]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Hugh Cochran, driving a classic 1940s black sedan, clasped his hands over his head in a celebratory handshake in November 1946 as he became the first person to cross the Louisville Municipal/Clark Memorial Bridge for free between Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Mayor Greg Fischer wants the Metropolitan Sewer District to change their plans for a storage basin in Smoketown. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky Senate will vote Wednesday on its two-year spending plan for the state, which will provide money to state universities and community colleges based on performance, Senate President Robert Stivers said Monday night. [H-L]

Metro police hope a Louisville cold case will heat back up on the two-year anniversary of a woman’s slaying. [WLKY]

Ted Cruz called for the United States to “empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” Leaving aside the blatant violations of civil and human rights, namely due process, what would that even look like? Try to imagine your local sheriff’s department picking and choosing streets to patrol based on the (perceived) religious identity of the residents. [HuffPo]

Okay… what? What is this latest mess from John Boel about dog bites? Is it all hype? Because that’s what it seems like. Everything with him is exaggerated to be some damn epidemic. [WAVE3]

Coal’s days are numbered as the dominant energy source and utility companies had better be ready to deploy other sources, a top electric company official said Monday. [Ashland Independent]

State regulators are continuing to monitor an Eastern Kentucky creek that ran red due to mine discharge over the weekend, though they say it wasn’t responsible for dead fish and turtles reported in the area. [WFPL]

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a lower court judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging gun control laws approved by Colorado in the wake of a movie theater massacre in a Denver suburb, saying the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the case. [Reuters]

If you like the quirkier side of sports reporting, chances are you know the answer to those questions, courtesy of ESPN anchor and feature reporter Kenny Mayne. Mayne will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival They’re Off! luncheon. The event, the official kickoff to the annual festival, is set for Friday, April 22 at The Galt House in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

How to handle out-of-district transfer students, who to accept, when to notify parents and other particulars of policy surrounding those children were discussed at Thursday’s meeting of West Clark Community Schools’ board of trustees. [News & Tribune]

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I Wanted To Like Fischer’s Latest Stunt

Greg Fischer went to SXSW, where people don’t know what an anti-transparency good old boy he’s been:

Austin’s tech and startup industries are fueling that city’s growth. Here, Fischer says, he wants to keep pushing the elements he believes foster a better environment for new businesses.

“We need to double down on entrepreneurship, we need to double down on transportation, we need to dive down on our cultural scene that we’re developing on bourbonism and the arts,” Fischer says.

Along with Austin’s booms have come rapidly-increasing rents, areas of the city that longtime residents can no longer afford and all the other fun things that come with wealth-based gentrification.

While Louisville definitely needs to take entrepreneurship seriously and needs real public transportation (TARC? Please. Embarrassing for the region.)… let’s get real for a bit.

This doubling down on bourbon and the arts is cool and all. In part because bourbon is more stable than coal. But it’d probably be a good idea for the city to focus on solving its problems before jacking up rents and housing costs. Maybe it’d be a good idea to make sure we aren’t killing 10,000 pedestrians per day before focusing on expanded transit. (The last time we tried that, we ended up with two bridges we don’t really need and can’t afford.) Maybe we could start with building sidewalks in every neighborhood and on main drags like Frankfort Avenue? That’d be a cool thing to do. Maybe we could start caring for pregnant women and young children instead of closing half of our WIC clinics while sending our mayor on fancy trips to music festivals.

And this whole LIFT sales tax increase that folks have pushed through with no regard for reality — just because it feels good? Maybe we could make sure our working poor aren’t hit with the brunt of something like that before we go crazy. Maybe we could stop fighting minimum wage increases, as Fischer has done, before we raise sales taxes for projects few will benefit from. Sales tax may not matter to you if you’re annually clearing $80,000 but if you’re squeaking by on $20,000, you’re gonna leave the area to make purchases or avoid attending events. It becomes increasingly more difficult for one to have upward mobility the Fischer crew claims actually exists.

Do we really want to find out what happens when our creative class can’t afford to live in our city? Wait — I mean the creative class we already have. Because we all know creative-types and entrepreneurs aren’t clamoring to come to Kentucky in light of the latest racist, homophobic, anti-woman efforts that have been put into place by Frankfort. They’re going elsewhere.

Brown Gave Master Class In Throwing Shade

Community activist Angela Newby-Bouggess has died. [WDRB]

Nearly 500 sexual assault kits that would have continued to sit untested in the Louisville Metro Police property room will now be sent for lab testing after a shift in LMPD philosophy. The department is sending 1,386 untested rape kits to Kentucky State Police for testing – 463 more than originally intended. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! “We have to start opening our eyes and reconciling the fact that these things happened,” says Attorney Larry Wilder, a statement he has repeated since October when his client’s book Breaking Cardinal Rules hit store shelves. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission has dedicated 88 acres to an existing preserve in Pulaski County. [H-L]

Another day, another fun pedestrian accident in Possibility Compassionate City! [WLKY]

The White House has narrowed its search for a Supreme Court nominee to three federal appeals court judges, Sri Srinivasan, Merrick Garland and Paul Watford, a source familiar with the selection process said on Friday. [HuffPo]

If she can do it, you can do it. One year after her story went viral, Asia Ford returned to the Rodes City Run 10K Saturday. [WAVE3]

Obama Administration transparency is a lot like Fischer Administration transparency. It’s not a real thing. Two years ago last month, I filed a public-records request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of my reporting into the flawed response to Hurricane Sandy. Then, I waited. [ProPublica]

Kelly Downard has apparently turned into all bark and no bite. No clue what happened to him but he’s been entirely neutered. [WFPL]

Environmental policies are often vilified as economical agents of destruction. From the Clean Power Plan, to methane rules, to the Paris Agreement, every time a new environmental policy is proposed detractors argue that new rules drive costs up, kill jobs, and hamper trade. But a new study is challenging the idea that curbing pollution hurts business to the point of stifling export trade. [ThinkProgress]

A pair of sisters is opening a barber shop that will be a little different than most others. [Business First]

Two contracts up for a vote in April got some scrutiny by the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp.’s board of trustees work session Monday. [News & Tribune]