Just Bulldoze The Damn Racist Statue

The city’s parks department has pledged to change how it collects money at Iroquois Amphitheater after an audit found cash management practices there were “inadequate.” [WDRB]

Richard Braudus stood outside Muhammad Ali’s boyhood home in the Parkland neighborhood holding a portrait of the boxing legend and talking about their friendship as dozens gathered to take photographs and mourn the former heavyweight champion’s death. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It was another successful year for the WHAS Crusade for Children. The annual campaign raised more than $5.4 million this year. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky has spent more than $5 million in the last year to fix federal billing issues involving a Hazard cardiology practice it acquired three years ago, but UK officials have declined to provide documents detailing problems that led to the payments. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro police are investigating after shots were fired near Algonquin Park, sending people running in fear. [WLKY]

Muhammad Ali was a man made of love, kindness and faith. In a 1974 interview with journalist David Frost, Ali said these were three of several qualities that he hoped people would always remember about him, long after the day he died. [HuffPo]

PEE ALERT! Thomas McAdam, notorious for saying some of the most heinous, racist shit you can imagine, is dropping a racist as a client? Please. [WAVE3]

This should make the Beshear Family happy. New payday loan sharking rules won’t stop predatory lenders. [The Intercept]

Maybe it was the way his life transected areas that define America – race and religion; war and sports – or perhaps it was his own love for words. Whatever the reason, Muhammad Ali’s life and career inspired writing that was nearly as captivating as the man himself. [WFPL]

Muhammad Ali crafted the plan for his final tribute years ago, long before he died. On Friday, his family will honor him just like he planned, with a global celebration in his hometown. [Richmond Register]

Louisville vegans, rejoice: The partners behind NOLAfare are opening their first restaurant. [Business First]

Individual health insurance costs are expected to climb across Indiana in 2017 as insurers continue to grapple with rising health care expenses and a market that was only recently overhauled by the federal Affordable Care Act. [News & Tribune]

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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]

MSD Will Probably Make You Crazy

JCPS wants to make sure no child goes hungry during the summer. Here’s how you can take advantage of the district’s largest summer meals effort to date. [WDRB]

In a move few expected, the Bullitt County Board of Education voted Monday night to postpone any consideration of redistricting until after January 2017. [C-J/AKN]

Oh, now GLI cares about something – the MSD rate hike. [WHAS11]

William Thielen, executive director of the Kentucky Retirement Systems, told the state pension fund’s board of trustees Thursday that he will retire effective Sept. 1 after five years in the job. [H-L]

If you can get shot in J-town, you can get shot anywhere. Compassionate City! Police are investigating a shooting in Jeffersontown in which one person was shot. [WLKY]

Oh, great, the NYC gays are trying to make Kim Davis a thing again. They apparently don’t realize that you’re not supposed to throw water on the damn Gremlins or whatever. CALM DOWN, BEYONCE, LET THE MONSTER STAY IN HER REDNECK CAVE! [HuffPo]

The Metropolitan Sewer District has taken 5 1/2 percent hikes every year. This year, MSD wants a 20 percent increase – the largest in almost a decade. The rate hike, which would need approval from the Louisville Metro Council, had us questioning what the money will pay for and how much your bill would go up. [WAVE3]

Shouts of “Shame, shame, shame,” erupted in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday as Republican lawmakers narrowly defeated legislation to protect the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of government contractors. [Reuters]

Justin Schmidt grabbed some pizza and took a seat against the wall. It felt good to rest his legs. [WFPL]

When the ball dropped in Times Square on Jan. 1 of this year, more than half of the country disapproved of the job that President Obama was doing, according to Gallup. That boded poorly for the Democrats over the course of the year; presidential approval correlates to both how his party fares in the presidential race (even if he’s not on the ticket) but also to the results of Senate races. An unpopular Obama suggested a less popular whoever-was-about-to-win-the-Democratic-nomination. [WaPo]

Humana Inc. has learned a lot about Louisville over the past year — it knows our major health problems are diabetes, behavioral health and respiratory conditions, and it’s starting to understand why. [Business First]

Now that building permits are temporarily frozen in Charlestown’s business district, one business owner hoping to develop property said he’s looking at his options, which he said could include legal action. [News & Tribune]

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Let’s Lock All The Youth Up Or Something

If you missed it earlier this week, kids these days are horrible. [WDRB]

A judge has upheld Gov. Matt Bevin’s right to cut higher education in the current budget year, ruling that under Kentucky law the governor has the authority to reduce spending within state government. Wingate’s order rejects arguments in the high-profile lawsuit filed April 11 by Attorney General Andy Beshear. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Are y’all goin over to the shootin festival? [WHAS11]

Only about 20 percent of Kentucky’s 3.2. million registered voters made it to the polls for Tuesday’s primary election. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Guess what most gay people don’t give a flip about, Fairness Campaign: hate-filled, backward religious organizations. Maybe you should keep your money – donated mostly by gay people – out of church nonsense. [WLKY]

The House passed a massive National Defense Authorization Act late Wednesday, and tucked inside of it, a provision that would allow federal contractors to fire employees for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. [HuffPo]

Wednesday marked 10 years since Earon Harper was murder and 10 years since her daughter 2-year-old Erica Hughes was shot multiple times in the head and rushed to the hospital. [WAVE3]

The overdose death toll from opioids, both prescription drugs and heroin, has almost quadrupled since 1999. In 2014 alone, 28,000 people died of opioid overdoses, more than half from prescription drugs. [ProPublica]

This sort of thing is a big deal for food deserts. [WFPL]

On Friday afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new rule regarding the implementation of nondiscrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It guarantees that transgender people cannot be denied health care by professionals that receive federal funding, and also that it is discriminatory to refuse them access to transition-related services. [ThinkProgress]

The lowest-paid employee at 21st Century Parks Inc. earns just $1 per year. But “he may double his wage after this,” CEO Dan Jones said at the Louisville nonprofit’s fundraiser kickoff luncheon Monday, benefiting The Parklands of Floyds Fork. [Business First]

Indiana Department of Transportation officials met with contractor representatives and New Albany city engineer Larry Summers at Seymour District offices last week to launch a $811,000 Local Public Agency (LPA) project that will make improvements at the Spring Street/Silver Street intersection this summer. [News & Tribune]

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At Least There’s Good Bourbon News

Check out the spin/excuses from Jack Conway’s former spokesperson. A meeting held Wednesday was supposed to address the JCPS code of conduct. However, JCPS and the Metro Public Safety Committee saw the clock run out on a conversation many are waiting to have. [WDRB]

Louisville’s Coalition for the Homeless announced Monday that the overall number of homeless people in the city has dropped for the third year in a row — but those numbers don’t change local agencies’ disappointment in the federal government’s decision to cut their funds by 11 percent this year. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky bourbon production hit a nearly 50-year high last year. [WHAS11]

The Republican leader in the Senate says most candidates for president have released their tax documents as presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump insists he’ll wait until after an IRS audit. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Ten years ago a 2-year-old Louisville girl was shot multiple times and her mother was killed. [WLKY]

More than 7 million previously uninsured Americans gained health coverage in 2015, the second full year of the Obamacare coverage expansion, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [HuffPo]

While JCPS tries to provide social and emotional support for students in the form of Student Response Teams, Positive Behavior Coaches and other resources, Metro Council members voiced their concern that it is not enough. [WAVE3]

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said it would take another 9/11 to wake up border security — and predicted refugees would plan the next attack. [The Hill]

Faculty and staff within the Jefferson County Public Schools system continue to call out district administration for potential changes to teacher salary structure and the student code of conduct. [WFPL]

Interviews with dozens of women who have worked for Donald Trump or interacted with him socially reveal a pattern of often unsettling personal behavior by the Republican presidential candidate, The New York Times reported on Saturday. [Reuters]

Kroger isn’t just in the beginning stages of grocery delivery, it’s been testing refining things in Lexington and other markets so it can be rolled out ASAP. [Business First]

Anesthesiologist Jaime Guerrero, who had a practice in Jeffersonville, was sentenced to 100 months in prison Thursday by United States District Judge Greg N. Stevens, and according to the terms of a prior plea agreement, agreed to forfeit his license to practice medicine and real property owned by Guerrero Real Estate Investments, LLC. [News & Tribune]

JCPS Drama Must Just Be Never-Ending

Approximately $1.7 million is being cut by Jefferson County Public Schools by eliminating 25 central office positions, according to new information obtained through an open records request. [WDRB]

Former Metro Council President David Tandy has been hired by one of Louisville’s oldest and largest law firms as an attorney and lobbyist who will be tasked with finding opportunities for emerging minority and women-owned companies. [C-J/AKN]

From Safari and TeensConnect camps at the Louisville Zoo, to Summer Reading and the annual Cultural Pass, Louisville is offering dozens of programs designed to keep students’ minds and bodies active during the summer break, Mayor Greg Fischer announced. [WHAS11]

The drugmaker Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin two decades ago with a bold marketing claim: One dose relieves pain for 12 hours, more than twice as long as generic medications. [H-L]

Another day, another shooting or two. Police are investigating two shootings blocks apart in the Parkland neighborhood. [WLKY]

Two Boston brothers accused of urinating on and beating a homeless Mexican man and telling police “Donald Trump was right: All these illegals need to be deported,” were sentenced to prison on Monday, prosecutors said. [HuffPo]

A same-sex couple is accusing the Archdiocese of Louisville of discriminating against them after Catholic Cemeteries denied the design for their joint tombstone. [WAVE3]

Data released Friday by the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, based on reports from more than 60 cities, showed notable increases in murders in about two dozen cities in the first three months of the year compared to last year and a 9 percent increase nationwide. [NY Times]

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin says the commonwealth has a lot in its favor when it comes to attracting manufacturers. [WFPL]

From the time we began reporting on the archive provided to us in Hong Kong by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, we sought to fulfill his two principal requests for how the materials should be handled: that they be released in conjunction with careful reporting that puts the documents in context and makes them digestible to the public, and that the welfare and reputations of innocent people be safeguarded. As time has gone on, The Intercept has sought out new ways to get documents from the archive into the hands of the public, consistent with the public interest as originally conceived. [The Intercept]

They’re people with advanced degrees who hail from all over the world, and they are relocating to Louisville. [Business First]

Floyd County finances improved by $878,000 Tuesday night. But what happens to that money was the main topic of discussion at the monthly Floyd County Council meeting. [News & Tribune]

Everything Is Getting Shot Or Burned Lately

Surprise! Another shooting in Compassionate City. Police are investigating after one person was shot to death in the Portland neighborhood Monday afternoon. [WDRB]

It symbolizes how cavalier we were in 20th century America – a hole dug next to a drinking water source where businesses sent hazardous waste to be buried out of sight and out of mind. [C-J/AKN]

If you take a look at just about any local media site, it’s a gross mess of blood, gore, fire and love of police. [WHAS11]

Central Kentucky is being scouted for locations for a movie based on the true story of FBI agent Mark Putnam, who confessed to killing a pregnant informant with whom he had been having an affair. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s like Portland is turning into an absolute wasteland lately. [WLKY]

This is one of the most disgusting things you’re going to read this week. Or any week. There’s likely no way you’ve missed the story, but just in case you did… [HuffPo]

See? It’s a wasteland of gunshots and fires. At least, that’s how local media portrays the neighborhood. [WAVE3]

A U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation that would require American women to register for the military draft, setting the stage for a fight in Congress over the historic shift in policy later this year. [Reuters]

This is super-boring but it’s important and you should probably pay attention. [WFPL]

A group of researchers at Harvard Medical School has found that medical industry payments to physicians in Massachusetts are associated with higher rates of prescribing brand-name drugs that treat high cholesterol. [ProPublica]

Are peanuts worth the trouble for Louisville-based steakhouse chain Texas Roadhouse Inc.? [Business First]

Cone Zone? Don’t think that means what they think it means. [News & Tribune]

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