Dear Greg: Don’t Let Those Trees Die

Don’t you love when she makes “anonymous” donations like this? Hopefully Greg Fischer won’t kill these. An anonymous donor has contributed $1 million to facilitate tree planting throughout Louisville, and now the community is launching an effort to match the donation, according to a news release from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s office. [WDRB]

Often, when conducting a routine eye exam, Louisville optometrist Dr. Aaron McNulty discovers that a patient has diabetes but doesn’t know it. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEOS! The mother of the teen killed in a shooting in the Hallmark shooting is asking for the violence to end. [WHAS11]

Lexington Realtors announced Friday a $16,500 program that will help pay deposits and the first month’s rent for people struggling with homelessness. [H-L]

Louisville Metro Police are searching for a person accused of killing a man outside his mother’s home. [WLKY]

Americans are overwhelmingly surprised by Donald Trump’s victory, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds, with a narrow majority saying they’re unhappy with the results of the election. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEOS! Teens and gun violence not only a problem in Louisville but, also in Lexington. A juvenile has been charged with murder in a shooting that left a teenager dead Friday. [WAVE3]

For several years, transgender U.S. Army Captain Julia Harrison shunned military social events, anxious at the thought of having to wear the pants and coat of male service members despite identifying as a woman. [Reuters]

Louisville Metro Police officials continue to offer up few details about their use of online social media surveillance software. [WFPL]

Donald J. Trump met in the last week in his office at Trump Tower with three Indian business partners who are building a Trump-branded luxury apartment complex south of Mumbai, raising new questions about how he will separate his business dealings from the work of the government once he is in the White House. [NY Times]

Turning Point Brands Inc. is spending $27 million to bring a competitor into its fold. [Business First]

Erika Armstrong grew up knowing in her heart that she wanted to help others. [News & Tribune]

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LMAS: Any Move Is Good News, Maybe? Took Long Enough

Another day, another pedestrian hit. Part of East Broadway remains closed, after a pedestrian was involved in a hit and run. [WDRB]

Anybody attempting to whitewash the atrocities I spent a decade uncovering at Louisville Metro Animal Services deserves to be choked. Period. Full stop. It’s as if we didn’t spend the last decade turning that joint upside down at least once per month. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Muhammad Ali’s final resting place is now complete and open to the public. A family spokesperson unveiled the finished gravesite at Cave Hill Cemetery Thursday morning. [WHAS11]

An aide to Gov. Matt Bevin asked a judge Thursday to force the husband of a top official in the administration of former Gov. Steve Beshear to comply with a subpoena seeking information about a nearly $3 million no-bid contract awarded to a technology company on Beshear’s last day in office. [H-L]

Marcellus Spaulding, Jr. became the metro’s 95th homicide victim of 2016 early Tuesday morning, minutes after leaving his grandmother’s home. [WLKY]

To get to the white ethnostate, I drove through cornfields, listening to a man on the radio hype an upcoming “machine-gun shoot” at a nearby firing range. [HuffPo]

Surprise! Greg Fischer needed some positive/neutral news. So this is the story Chris ginned up for him. [WAVE3]

As far as anyone can tell, Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House — and the leader of what’s left of the Republican establishment — isn’t racist or authoritarian. He is, however, doing all he can to make a racist authoritarian the most powerful man in the world. Why? Because then he could privatize Medicare and slash taxes on the wealthy. [NY Times]

Wondering why everyone has fled WFPL over the past couple years? Cough, cough. [WFPL]

Secretaries of state, who oversee ballot measures on topics from gun control to the minimum wage, are increasingly courted by interest groups and industries with billions of dollars at stake. [ProPublica]

Louisville-based Volunteers of America Mid-States Inc. is taking significant steps to fight alcohol and drug addiction by establishing a treatment facility in Louisville. [Business First]

A Jeffersonville woman and a fair housing advocacy group have filed a lawsuit against a local property management company for alleged discrimination. [News & Tribune]

Yum Brands Wants To Suck Even More?

Way to go, Yum folks, way to go. The largest food bank in the area is taking a major hit in donations. Dare to Care may have to chop 1 million meals out of its budget next year. The food bank’s biggest donor, Yum! Brands, says it’s cutting its annual donation of $1 million in half next year. [WDRB]

Matt Bevin is just as disgusting as Donald Trump. As if you needed any sort of reminder. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A lawsuit claims a security guard broke a Jefferson County Public Schools student’s collarbone when he physically restrained him. [WHAS11]

As Kentucky has turned red over the past decades, it has become harder for a Democrat to win offices in the state. This interactive provides a breakdown of what it would take for Jim Gray to beat incumbent Rand Paul in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race. [H-L]

Louisville Metro Police are searching for two masked suspects after an early morning shooting in Southwest Louisville. [WLKY]

Last month, several American white nationalists traveled to an anti-immigration conference in Wismar, Germany, and told attendants that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign represents a win for the movement—even if he loses the election. [HuffPo]

A routine police patrol turned into a major drug bust in Okolona. Officers conducting the patrol obtained a search warrant after they said they detected a “strong smell of unburnt marijuana emanating from A Team Roofing” in the 4800 block of Pinewood Road on Tuesday afternoon. [WAVE3]

For years, police and prosecutors have used special presentations to sell judges on the ​​​​​reliability of drug tests that help convict thousands. [ProPublica]

Norton Commons is shaping up to be everything Jeff Nally envisioned. He moved to the planned, mixed-use neighborhood more than a decade ago with his husband, Robert Johnson. At the time, the now sprawling community was just a few streets and scattered homes on a farm at the northeastern edge of Jefferson County. [WFPL]

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Wednesday blasted Mylan NV’s announced $465 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over the drugmaker’s classification of its lifesaving allergy treatment EpiPen as a generic, saying the amount was “woefully deficient.” [Reuters]

Here’s a terrific opportunity to throw up in your mouth on Thursday morning. [Business First]

Voters will decide between two longtime public servants for Floyd County Circuit Court judge next week. [News & Tribune]

Arena Mess Déjà Vu? *EYES ROLL BACK IN HEAD*

In a new round of scrutiny over the KFC Yum! Center, a Kentucky legislative panel voted unanimously Tuesday to ask for a state audit of the Louisville Arena Authority. [WDRB]

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence began Friday supporting Donald Trump’s statements denying he had sexually assaulted women and promising evidence that would prove Trump’s innocence. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s a concern parents don’t want to think about when they put their kids on the bus every morning, but some do. [WHAS11]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is in a pickle. The senior Kentucky Republican began the year with a tough Senate electoral map. A wildly unpredictable Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, has possibly made that map even harder. [H-L]

A woman has been hospitalized after being shot in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood. [WLKY]

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump appeared to question the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency once again on Saturday, referring to the president in air quotes. [HuffPo]

The new chairwoman of the University of Louisville Foundation has responded to the resignation of former chairman Dr. Bob Hughes. [WAVE3]

To understand how Donald Trump’s comments and alleged mistreatment of women are stoking the anxiety of other Republicans, look no further than the private appeal sent Wednesday to a billionaire from a super PAC backing Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey. [ProPublica]

Homeownership is a dream not only of U.S. born citizens but of many who arrive here from other countries. In Kentucky, more than 26,000 immigrants own their homes. [WFPL]

A major evangelical college campus organization is allegedly instituting a policy that would result in firing employees who support same-sex marriage. [ThinkProgress]

The status of the 12-acre campus that is home to the former Urban Government Center again will be the subject of public discussion later this month. [Business First]

The Clark County Health Department is making preparations for training people how to use Narcan, which, if used appropriately, can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. [News & Tribune]

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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Funtimes In The Racist RPK Clown Car

The Republican Party of Kentucky has tons of other racists in their midst. Tons of them appointed by Matt Bevin to various and sundry positions. You’ve read all about them on Page One. This is their attempt to appear non-racist by throwing some nobody with no shot of winning to the wolves as a sacrifice. [WDRB]

Louisville Orchestra artistic director Teddy Abrams thought he might have a hard time swaying the public – let alone the orchestra’s professional musicians – to take a chance on a concert with DJ GlitterTitz, a local electronic music act. [C-J/AKN]

School may be out for JCPS students Friday, but class was in session for some teachers. [WHAS11]

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s victory at the state Supreme Court last week might have been good news for Kentucky’s colleges and universities, but it could eventually hurt the state’s credit rating, according to one major ratings agency. [H-L]

The judge handling the case of the former University of Kentucky board chairman charged with rape has recused himself. [WLKY]

Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, has a peculiar way of dealing with criticism. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Christian Care Communities announced a gift of $235,000 from prominent Louisville businessman Charlie Johnson in honor of his late wife, Bettie L. Johnson on Wednesday, September 28. [WAVE3]

The Obama administration on Thursday finalized rules requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to employees and expanding the type of data employers must provide on their pay practices. [Reuters]

Yusuf Bibb says he knows every heroin addict in Louisville. Many of them he would see as they cycled in and out of the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections’ detox program. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s campaign manager appeared to unwittingly confirm an explosive Newsweek story on Thursday, telling ABC’s The View that a Trump company did indeed spend money in Cuba in 1998, in violation of a longstanding U.S. embargo that Trump has vociferously defended. [ThinkProgress]

Louisville developer Kevin Cogan likely faces an uphill battle to build a 34-story high-rise at the triangle of Grinstead Drive, Lexington Road and Etley Avenue near Cherokee Park. [Business First]

The General Mills facility, once home to about 400 employees and high-paying jobs, has sat empty since August, but the city and One Southern Indiana have hope for the vacant property. [News & Tribune]

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