Finally, An End To A Terrible Week

A spokeswoman for insurance giant Humana says the company is increasing security after receiving a report of graffiti found inside a restroom. [WDRB]

This is what lobbyists can get you. Norton Healthcare has secured city agreement to issue up to $725 million in tax-exempt bonds, with much of the proceeds targeted for helping to pay for a long list of capital projects. [C-J/AKN]

Katina Powell, author of Breaking Cardinal Rules, has now added her name to a lawsuit against some UofL students who claimed their degrees were diminished by her claims. [WHAS11]

Growing abuse of the powerful painkiller fentanyl drove the number of overdose deaths in Kentucky to a new record high in 2015, according to a report released Tuesday. [H-L]

Officials with MSD, LG&E and the Louisville Water Company announced the date for the 27th annual Ohio River sweep — June 18. [WLKY]

John McCain is responsible for the Orlando massacre because he has long pushed homophobic policies. [HuffPo]

Indiana State Police are asking for the public’s help in solving two homicide cases. On May 11, the bodies of Sarah Ipock, 30, and an unidentified male were pulled from the Ohio River by separate barge crews. [WAVE3]

Mergers have become commonplace as hospital mega-chains increasingly dominate the American health-care market. But these deals often go unscrutinized by state regulators, who fail to address potential risks to patients losing access to care, according to a new report released today. [ProPublica]

It seems unlikely that Louisville Metro Council members will approve a large sewer rate increase after a contentious budget hearing Wednesday. [WFPL]

Just months after Suntory’s $16bn takeover of US spirits maker Beam in 2014, the chief executive of the Japanese whisky group dropped a bombshell. The quality of the Kentucky-made Jim Beam bourbon could be improved, he suggested, if its distillers employed a Japanese process called kaizen. Matt Shattock, the chief executive of Beam, cringed at the proposal made by his counterpart, Takeshi Niinami. It was seen as a direct affront to the formula perfected by the Jim Beam family over two centuries. [Financial Times]

Kindred Healthcare Inc. plans to build a four-story nursing home in Louisville’s East End. [Business First]

The Clarksville Police Department plans to suspend its use of body cameras in anticipation of a new law that dictates how departments store footage and when they have to release that footage to the public come July 1. [News & Tribune]

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JCPS: Still The Most-Hated Local Devil

The Jefferson County Board of Education met for more than three hours in executive session following its regular meeting Tuesday night to discuss the performance and evaluation of Superintendent Donna Hargens. [WDRB]

Tucked against an Ohio River levee in Rubbertown sits a plain brick building that on many rainy days is all that stands between nature’s fury and deadly flooding that could impact tens of thousands of residents. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Support from Mayor Mike Moore to ease traffic congestion on a busy road means hundreds of thousands of dollars getting pulled from an airport expansion agreement. [WHAS11]

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spoke this past weekend at a Utah retreat organized by Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who has been one of the most outspoken critics of Donald Trump. [H-L]

The Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education met Tuesday night. Board members voted to approve a $165,603 contract with Bellarmine University and Dr. Theresa Magpuri-Lavell, an employee of Bellarmine University, for the third year of the JCPS-Bellarmine Literacy Project. [WLKY]

What we do know — what I’ve known my entire life — is that the sight of two men kissing is a stunning, terrifying thing. A dangerous thing. A thing that inspires fury and fear and violence and, yes, murder. [HuffPo]

Another tree fell in a storm, so Louisville media lost its mind for an entire day. [WAVE3]

Muhammad Ali grew up in a poor neighbourhood in segregated Louisville, Kentucky, in the 1950s. Sixty years later, segregation has yet to lose its grip on the city. [BBC]

A Louisville Metro Council committee is looking to ban nearly all apartments and condominiums from use as short-term rental units. [WFPL]

Last weekend, US TV show host John Oliver bought and forgave $15m (£10.3m) worth of medical debt, delighting hundreds of people who had defaulted on the sky-high expenses from life-threatening illnesses. It only cost him $60,000 plus a $50 set-up fee. So is it that simple? [BBC]

PNC Bank has agreed to pay millions of dollars to the University of Kentucky’s marketing partner to be the school’s “official” bank, with the school getting 70 percent of the proceeds. [Business First]

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) announced last week that New Hope Services has been approved for funding an expansion and rehabilitation of its Highland Glen housing community in Scottsburg. [News & Tribune]

Louisville Loves A Good Pedestrian Accident

A young child is in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle in west Louisville. [WDRB]

The Memorial Day weekend wasn’t the deadliest on record by any stretch, but three deaths in unrelated incidents and a shooting near University of Louisville that left a college student seriously injured still made for a tragic holiday. The slayings increased Louisville’s 2016 homicides total to 47. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Here’s a story about a pedestrian accident in J-town. [WHAS11]

The U.S Department of Labor has funded a grant worth $3.4 million to help retrain out-of-work coal miners in Kentucky. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police are investigating a shooting at Lincoln and Colorado avenues. [WLKY]

As the nation once again honors American war dead on Memorial Day, instead of spouting the usual nationalistic platitudes that that U.S. soldiers fought to keep the country “safe and free,” perhaps we should analyze whether that is really true. [HuffPo]

If you’re going to run hyped up stories about suicide attempts, the least you could do is include resources for those in need. [WAVE]

The Federal Reserve should raise interest rates “in the coming months” if the economy picks up as expected and jobs continue to be generated, U.S. central bank chief Janet Yellen said on Friday, bolstering the case for a rate increase in June or July. [Reuters]

Is the Portland renaissance real? An assessment of progress. [WFPL]

Courtrooms across the nation are using computer programs to predict who will be a future criminal. The programs help inform decisions on everything from bail to sentencing. They are meant to make the criminal justice system fairer — and to weed out human biases. [ProPublica]

Wait, this came as a surprise to people? Some folks must live in an alternate universe. [Business First]

Shelters across the state are losing government money due to a massive policy shift that emphasizes permanent housing for the homeless. [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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Wind Damage Must Sell Lots Of Ads…?

Louisville: Where some trivial roof damage results in 24 hours of wall-to-wall television coverage from all outlets. Never mind all the murders, pedestrian deaths, Metro Government shenanigans and such. [WDRB]

Amid anger and frustration voiced by some Jefferson County Public Schools staff and others over district ideas related to freezing employee pay and revamping the code of conduct, one JCPS parent has begun circulating a petition to oust Superintendent Donna Hargens. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Louisville Metro Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods made a call to citizens across Louisville Wednesday evening to be a part of a community March against gun violence. [WHAS11]

A new study by University of Kentucky researchers contends that there is a strong relationship between suspensions and the racial achievement gap between black students and white students. [H-L]

This story’s got hot dog vendors, road rage and murder. What more could you ask for? [WLKY]

This is one of the most disgusting things you’re going to read this week. [HuffPo]

Local media is literally doing stories on chunks of old concrete. Where is Julie Tam with the blue glove? [WAVE3]

While it’s impolite and politically counterproductive, if we want to accurately identify the analytic error that caused so many of us to dismiss Trump, we must return to the idiocy question. The particular idiocy involves both the party’s elites and its voters. [NY Magazine]

A drop in federal funding this year will lead to cuts in some homeless services across Louisville. [WFPL]

Millions of Americans live with the possibility that, at any moment, their wages or the cash in their bank accounts could be seized over an old debt. It’s an easily ignored part of America’s financial system, in part due to a common attitude that people who don’t pay their debts deserve what’s coming to them. [ProPublica]

A recently published academic study shows that Norton Hospital in downtown Louisville is the fourth-most profitable hospital in the U.S., but Norton Healthcare Inc. is disputing the study’s findings and conclusions. [Business First]

A couple of veteran politicians will square off in the November General Election for Floyd County Commissioners District 2. [News & Tribune]

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Is Anyone Even Working This Week?

Shore Runner was nearing the final furlong, charging down the stretch of Keeneland’s muddy track on a Saturday afternoon last October. Then he took a step that ended his life. [WDRB]

Despite months of customer frustrations that it produced, a new billing system at Louisville Water Co. was recognized for a top “implementation” award at an industry gathering in Phoenix this week. [C-J/AKN]

Join Bernie Sanders for a campaign rally in Louisville, Ky. The event happens on Tuesday May, 3 at the Big Four Lawn at 4 p.m. [WHAS11]

In a story April 30 about the upcoming removal of a Confederate monument, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the monument was capped with a statue of Jefferson Davis. The statue is of a Confederate soldier. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Spring Meet at Churchill Downs began with night racing. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama brought the laughs at his last White House Correspondents’ Dinner. [HuffPo]

Stories of murders and shootings have almost become routine in Louisville. In 2015, the Metro area had 84 murders and more than 350 shootings, an average of nearly one per day, tearing lives and communities apart. [WAVE3]

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has a 4-point lead over rival Bernie Sanders days ahead of Indiana’s primary, within a new poll’s margin of error. [The Hill]

Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville President James Ramsey announced Friday the Confederate statue on U of L’s Belknap campus will be removed. [WFPL]

With Charter Communications set to receive approval for its acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC), regulators plan to impose a series of conditions designed to stop anti-competitive and anti-consumer policies pursued by TWC. Conditions proposed by the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission would prohibit the combined company from imposing data caps and overage fees on Internet customers, charging large online content providers for network interconnection, and stifling growth of online video by demanding restrictive clauses in contracts with programmers. [Ars Technica]

In a week in which Churchill Downs Inc. debuted renovations at its namesake Louisville racetrack, announced the return of the Breeders’ Cup to the track in 2018 and unveiled plans for a $25 million hotel and expansion at its Oxford, Maine, casino, the company focused on something else in a conference call with investors today. [Business First]

Drivers on 10th Street may soon notice more activity along either sides of the busy road. [News & Tribune]

Yet Another Murder In Compassionate City

Another day, another murder. Louisville Metro Police are investigating a fatal shooting near Churchill Downs. [WDRB]

Here’s a story that many people in the area are forgetting about or quickly ignored. Forty-one current and former members of Louisville Metro Police’s SWAT team are suing the city for overtime pay, claiming the department’s on-call policy is burdensome and violates federal and state wage and labor laws. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! They dropped their 8th graders off at Crosby Middle School, but moms Michelle Whitehead and Antoinette Whithaker said they had to pick them up at the Kosair Emergency Room. [WHAS11]

Kentucky House and Senate leaders produced a two-year, $21 million spending plan for the state early Thursday morning that cuts universities and colleges by 4.5 percent over the next two years and provides more than $1 billion to cash-strapped public pension programs. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Here’s another look at Compassionate City’s latest gun death. [WLKY]

This man speaks in stark contrast to bumbling halfwits Jenean Hampton and Matt Bevin when it comes to education. [HuffPo]

This is going to blow your mind. A Clifton resident is moving forward after a Historic Preservation Committee questioned solar panels on his home. [WAVE3]

America’s criminal justice system is a patchwork of local, state, and federal policies that together resemble a maze with too many entrances and too few exits. When low-risk people enter this maze after arrest, pretrial policies can ruin their lives. [The Atlantic]

The frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination and controversy magnet Donald Trump is due back in Louisville next month. [WFPL]

We can’t decide if Jim Gray is a horrible U.S. Senate candidate or just an embarrassingly slow and out-of-touch candidate. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray wants Ashlanders to know his opponent, Sen. Rand Paul, voted against the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. Gray’s Senate campaign contacted The Daily Independent with its reaction two weeks after Paul’s official visit to Ashland, during which he directed staff to help laid off AK Steel workers applying for federal assistance. [Ashland Independent]

What is the point of this silly article about internet speeds? It’s almost as if AT&T lobbyists convinced Baylee Pulliam to trot out something about how Google Fiber isn’t the savior. [Business First]

Cynthia Weigleb told detectives she lost her temper when her 3-month-old daughter wouldn’t stop crying in their New Albany home Dec. 19, 2010. [News & Tribune]

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