Don’t Go To The Hospital Or Else

Police in Floyd County, Indiana are investigating a home invasion that took place on Wednesday morning. [WDRB]

What’s your risk of avoidable hospital death? Thousands of lives could be saved if more hospitals were as safe as those that received an A grade in a recent round of grading by a watchdog group that found no top scorers in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Cole’s Place in the Parkland neighborhood is no stranger to crime, finding itself as the site of shooting scenes in the late night hours. [WHAS11]

Curiosity finally got the best of me. I had to drive up I-75 and see Noah’s Ark. I found the ark to be an impressive piece of woodcraft, which made me feel better about paying $40 to see it. (It cost an additional $10 to park in the 4,000-space parking lot, which was only a fraction full.) [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Crews were called to the scene of a house fire Wednesday near Taylor Boulevard, in the Iroquois neighborhood. [WLKY]

The last year has shined a harsh light on two distressing realities of American life. Mass shootings are becoming more common. And more Americans are killing themselves. These disturbing trends share something in common, obvious in the first case and less so in the second: guns. [WaPo]

LMPD reviewed its use of force policies this past April and said the department is not only meeting national standards, but is exceeding them. [WAVE3]

Last week, two lawmakers introduced a bill to put new limits on what debt collectors can take from debtors’ paychecks and bank accounts. It is the first legislation to address the issue in decades and follows a series of ProPublica stories about the widespread practice of garnishment. [ProPublica]

When the bullets hit Shenitrea Vaughn’s stomach, they burned like hot rocks. The shooter, she suspects, had come to her home for a robbery. [WFPL]

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy (D) and Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D) introduced a bill this week that aims to help public schools become more racially diverse by providing grants for school districts to create voluntary school desegregation plans. [ThinkProgress]

After decades as a television mainstay in Louisville, journalist Jean West is taking a new government job. [Business First]

Jeffersonville High School Principal Julie Straight said training educators for an active shooter situation wasn’t even on the table before 1999. [News & Tribune]

Another Terrible Week For Ramsey

In a meeting that lasted five minutes in late 2014, three members of the University of Louisville Foundation Board of Directors approved a change in U of L President James Ramsey’s pay package that, while subtle, could end up being very lucrative for Ramsey now. Republicans Scott Jennings and John McCarthy won’t be able to spin this one away. [WDRB]

New York regulators have approved Aetna’s bid to buy Louisville-based Humana – a boost after a brutal stretch for the companies. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Here comes UofL with some positive spin to try to take attention away from its daily shitshow. [WHAS11]

How to know the RNC is a train wreck and desperate for speakers… Ralph Alvarado got a primetime spot for Wednesday. He’ll sound a little slick to outsiders but once they poke around his voting history, his hemp fun and general backwardness, he’ll end up being yet another person of color the Republican Party is so fond of objectifying and he’ll be too thick to realize it. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro police are investigating after a man was shot and killed in southwest Louisville. [WLKY]

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R-Gay Panicked), Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick, opposed a successful effort in 2007 to raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour over two years. [HuffPo]

If you’re a church holding a concealed carry class, you’re doing it wrong. [WAVE3]

How a man with children of color – immigrants – could support a bigot like this is beyond telling. People can get upset all they want for mentioning Matt Bevin’s children but it’s alarming that this man doesn’t have his shit together enough to speak out against Trump’s extreme racism. [Ronnie Ellis]

There are lots of factual ways to describe coal: carbon-rich, abundant, fossil fuel. But Republicans would like to add one more to the list: clean. [WFPL]

A federal judge dismissed evidence gathered by a warrantless cellphone-tracking device that locks onto a phone’s location by pretending to be a cell tower for the first time Tuesday. [ThinkProgress]

One of the key components of the plan to realign the Kennedy Interchange — better known as Spaghetti Junction — in downtown Louisville is almost ready for public use. [Business First]

In a small way, the teens inside the Central Christian Church Activities and Program Center were doing their part in making sure the school year gets off to a good start for hundreds of students. [News & Tribune]

Floyds Fork Is Probably The Devil

A months-long investigation reveals something in the waters of Floyds Fork Creek could be harmful to your health. [WDRB]

Watching UofL and WFPL in a slap fight over this coverage is terrific. If Stephen George really wanted to stand his ground, he’d stand up to the nervous people on LPM’s board and then start cutting nuts off at UofL. [C-J/AKN]

Way to go, E-Town mouth-breathing racists. [WHAS11]

Just a reminder that it was MATT BEVIN who decided to take no criminal action in the radioactive waste scandal in Estill County. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A group of community activists met in downtown Louisville Monday morning with Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad. [WLKY]

As the saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. So it’s only fitting that within hours of being named Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) pulled one of his running mate’s favorite moves. [HuffPo]

The shooting was reported at 12:34 a.m. in the 2100 block of Upper Hunters Trace after the homeowner head a car crash into their garage. Way to go, Louisville. [WAVE3]

The Houston cases shed light on a disturbing possibility: that wrongful convictions are most often not isolated acts of misconduct by the authorities but systemic breakdowns — among judges and prosecutors, defense lawyers and crime labs. [ProPublica]

The operator of a roadside zoo in Southern Indiana could lose his license and pay up to $1.1 million in fines under a new complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. [WFPL]

Republicans crafting a party platform in Cleveland quietly voted Monday in favor of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, ratifying one of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump’s most controversial proposals. [The Hill]

Louisville Metro Government is teaming up with the Kauffman Foundation to offer the entrepreneurship organization’s FastTrac GrowthVenture program for small businesses. [Business First]

Signing off on the first expenditures for potentially starting a new education model in Greater Clark County Schools went through, but not without pushback from the teachers union. [News & Tribune]

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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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UofL Board Will Be Funtimes Today!

It’s been talked about for 20 years, but now the new Iroquois Park North Overlook finally has an end in sight after months of delays. [WDRB]

The new University of Louisville Board of Trustees appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin is set to hold its first meeting Wednesday. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile as well as police officers who were ambushed in Dallas were likely top conversations in congregations across Kentuckiana. [WHAS11]

Almost 45 years after the former Old Taylor distillery stopped producing bourbon, it might be only about a month away from making spirits again. [Janet Patton]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The mother of a Louisville homicide victim continues to look for answers three years after her son was gunned down. [WLKY]

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president. [HuffPo]

Spoiler alert: this doesn’t work. About a dozen pastors gathered at Simmons College Friday to announce their stance against racial injustice. [WAVE3]

Unless they have a book to sell, Supreme Court justices rarely give interviews. Even then, they diligently avoid political topics. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes a different approach. [NY Times]

Tucked behind Beargrass Christian Church in St. Matthews is a small garage lined with tires and filled with bikes. [WFPL]

At the theme park Ark Encounter, which opened last week in Williamstown, Kentucky, thousands of visitors can step inside a recreation of Noah’s Ark—built to spec as detailed in the Bible. Inside, exhibits attempt to explain how two of each animal might have fit on the boat, while visitors can pick up souvenirs at the gift shop or eat at a 700-person restaurant on the ship. [FastCo]

When K.B. Kulasekera was a math professor at Clemson University, the South Carolina college partnered with an international university for academic purposes. He had a goal of doing the same thing when he started at the University of Louisville in 2012. [Business First]

Throughout downtown New Albany, along interstates and elsewhere in Clark and Floyd counties, billboard ads for public school districts have popped up in the last few years. [News & Tribune]

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Louisville Racists Are Still Fired Up

The tension between police and African Americans seemed to reach a boiling point two years ago with the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. [WDRB]

After bouncing from one temporary job to another for years, after filing for bankruptcy, after losing the mobile home he’d bought on credit with his wife, Bryan Reeves couldn’t help but dream big when Ford announced plans in December to hire 2,000 autoworkers. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Guess the FOP and UofL have decided to coordinate their media offensive. [WHAS11]

During their working years, women tend to earn less than men, and when they retire, they’re more likely to live in poverty. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! In light of the officer-involved shootings that have taken place in the last few days, a rally was held in west Louisville with speakers calling for change. [WLKY]

Hillary Clinton reaffirmed her support on Saturday for creating a “public option” within Obamacare and allowing people to enroll in Medicare at age 55. [HuffPo]

Check out all the racist comments on this one… that is, if they haven’t been deleted by now. Hundreds of protesters for Black Lives Matter rallied and shut down part of Broadway on Sunday evening. [WAVE3]

President Barack Obama pledged on Saturday to seek ways to calm racial tensions and reduce divisions between police and minorities during his final months in office, but he warned that easy access to guns nationwide exacerbated the problem. [Reuters]

There’s an unexpected item decorating the desk of Kentucky Science Center Executive Director Joanna Haas: a box of wooden blocks. [WFPL]

The Democratic Party endorsed a “reasoned pathway to future legalization” of marijuana and called for the drug to be downgraded in the Controlled Substances Act, in a tense and unexpected victory for supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders. [WaPo]

Shares of Louisville-based Humana Inc. are down nearly 10 percent today because of antitrust concerns related to its pending acquisition by Aetna Inc. [Business First]

The Clarksville Community Board of School Trustees approved Adrienne Goldman as Clarksville High School principal at a special meeting July 8. [News & Tribune]

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