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]

Immigration’s A Big Deal For This City

Experts in the manufacturing industry say it’s a growing field, but there aren’t enough students choosing careers in science, technology, engineering or math to fill all the open positions. [WDRB]

They piled into the minivan, all seven of them, and drove slowly on a darkened Louisville interstate toward the exit marked for the airport. Hustling up escalators with five boys in the half-empty, late-night terminal, Ahmad Al Tybawi and his wife, Ahlam Al Swedan, found themselves back where they had arrived almost a year before — when they were gaunt and exhausted from fleeing Syria’s bloody civil war. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! If you currently have a child in college, chances are their dorm room is far different than what you lived in. Many universities are upgrading their student housing and the University of Louisville is no exception. [WHAS11]

The number of students charged with assaults in the third degree at Kentucky schools rose significantly in one year by 51.3 percent, according to an annual school safety report released Thursday. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! For the first time since the death of Muhammad Ali, an emotional Lonnie Ali opened up about the Louisville community’s overwhelming support for her family and how they’re dealing with the loss. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama fired back at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his claim earlier this week that black people in America are worse off than ever before. [HuffPo]

After two years in court, the city of Anchorage and Uspiritus have settled an argument over whether certain juveniles can come to the organization’s children’s home. [WAVE3]

At the first presidential debate on Monday night, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton brought up some of the disparaging things Republican rival Donald Trump has said about women over the years, saying, “This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs.” [ThinkProgress]

On Wednesday, Kentucky legislators listened to a presentation about the benefits of medical cannabis from Don Stacy, a cancer doctor and medical liaison for pro-legalization group Alliance for Innovative Medicine. [WFPL]

Kentucky sure is good at proving stereotypes correct. This clown panic is just the latest incident. [BBC]

The Louisville bank filed a lawsuit last month against Scott Parrott, claiming the former Stock Yards executive breached a non-solicitation agreement. [Business First]

Two-hundred acres of River Ridge Commerce Center might have a buyer. [News & Tribune]

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JCPS Scandals Have Gone On For Years, Probably Won’t End Soon

Two Jefferson County Public Schools employees have been suspended and a third has resigned after a student on a special needs school bus was sexually assaulted by another student. [WDRB]

Just when it appeared the fight between the University of Louisville Foundation and the school’s board of trustees was subsiding, both sides Thursday hurled angry charges and countercharges at each other. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Lonnie Ali is still very much grieving the loss of her spouse while learning to navigate without the man she calls her soul mate. [WHAS11]

Kentucky judges need to be paid more, Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. told state lawmakers Friday. [H-L]

While Advanced Placement exam scores in Kentucky improved this year, the number of test takers went down. [WLKY]

Shutting down for-profit detention facilities would hurt Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s ability to do its job, agency director Sarah Saldaña said Thursday amid a review over whether the government should do just that. [HuffPo]

A group of Louisville attorneys is calling for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to install metal detectors at its middle and high schools because of “the continuing danger of gun violence.” [WAVE3]

On Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. told Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he doesn’t think the Trump Organization’s international operations would be problematic if his dad were elected president. [ThinkProgress]

You’ve heard Jack Fox’s voice before, even if you don’t know him by name. Think back to the last time you were at the airport — any airport, really. Remember that voice that alerts you to the fact that “the moving walkway is now ending?” That’s Jack Fox. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s campaign isn’t alone in patronizing his own businesses: taxpayers are indirectly doing so, too. Federal Election Commission records show that the U.S. Secret Service has paid the Trump campaign about $1.6 million to cover the cost of flying its agents with the candidate on a plane owned and operated by one of his companies. [Politico]

Something about this makes our eyes roll back in our heads… Total Wine & More plans to open its first Louisville store on Thursday, Oct. 6. [Business First]

River Ridge is one step closer to demolishing the remaining vestiges of the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant located on their property. [News & Tribune]

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Guns, Silly Condos, Stabbings, FOP Meltdowns And Awful Indiana Things

In case you missed in earlier this week… A freshman at Atherton High School was arrested Tuesday after bringing a loaded .380 handgun to the school. [WDRB]

The board of the trendy Cherokee Triangle neighborhood will appeal a recent Jefferson Circuit Court ruling that would give clearance to the construction of a luxury condominium tower called Willow Grande at Willow and Baringer avenues. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Catholic Charities of Louisville resettles an estimated 700 refugees every year. [WHAS11]

A Fayette district judge’s ruling on a 2016 amendment to the drunken-driving law has prosecutors and defense attorneys battling in court. [H-L]

In case you missed it earlier this week… Police are investigating a stabbing in the 3300 block of Preston Highway. [WLKY]

Of course Mitch McConnell is playing politics with issues of major importance. Mr. Cornyn concedes the tumult of this election year was a major factor given sharp disagreement among Senate Republicans reflected in the decision by Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, to not allow a vote on a proposal most believe would pass easily. [NY Times]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Members of the River City Fraternal Order of Police voiced their concerns Tuesday night over Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad’s reorganization plan. The chief was on a peace walk in west Louisville during the FOP meeting. [WAVE3]

Arctic ice cover in 2016 reached the second lowest minimum on record, tied with 2007. [BBC]

Earlier this year, first grader Cora Maddox stopped receiving Medicaid benefits that helped pay for treatment of her apraxia, a brain disorder that affects her speech and motor skills. [WFPL]

Carla Hayden, a career librarian who grew up in Chicago and kept Baltimore’s libraries open during last year’s civic unrest, was sworn in Wednesday as the 14th Librarian of Congress, becoming the first woman and the first African-American to lead the national library. [WaPo]

A Cincinnati developer received one of its needed city approvals for a $47 million apartment development at the corner of Fourth and Chestnut streets that could be open in early 2018. [Business First]

An embattled wildlife sanctuary in Southern Indiana will remain open, despite three attempts by the United States Department of Agriculture to terminate the owner’s operating license. [News & Tribune]

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Everyone Panicked Over A UofL Foundation Meeting That Ultimately Didn’t Take Place

All that media hype for nothing. The special University of Louisville Foundation meeting set for Labor Day has been called off because of concerns raised by the U of L Board of Trustees. [WDRB]

Of course two entitled white guys are arguing over something in the West End. Louisville Metro Council President David Yates scolded fellow member Kelly Downard on Thursday evening for getting involved in the West End Wal-Mart negotiations, saying it was an inappropriate step that had pushed the project back. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Louisville Metro’s Meals on Wheels program cares for more than a thousand seniors every year and more volunteers are needed to continue that generous work. [WHAS11]

If you want to know why so many average Kentuckians are unhappy about the lack of good jobs and better wages since the Great Recession, read a report published Wednesday by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. The report has a mix of good news and bad news, with most of the good news in the “Golden Triangle” between Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati and most of the bad news in rural and chronically depressed parts of Kentucky. [Tom Eblen]

Louisville Metro Police are investigating the city’s 81st homicide of 2016. Police were called around midnight Sunday on a report of a shooting in the 600 block of Village West Drive. [WLKY]

Taco trucks on every corner!? SIGN US UP! [HuffPo]

A belated Fourth of July celebration was held in Crescent Hill on Sunday. [WAVE3]

Lawmakers are returning to Washington next week to confront an impasse over funding bills that threatens to cause a government shutdown, something Republican leaders want to avoid at all costs. [The Hill]

Elizabeth Boccieri has been using meth and oxycontin in the past few days, ever since she heard about extra-strength laced heroin that’s been making its way south from Ohio to Louisville. [WFPL]

A powerful drug that’s normally used to tranquilize elephants is being blamed for a record spike in drug overdoses in the Midwest. Officials in Ohio have declared a public health emergency and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says communities everywhere should be on alert for carfentanil. [NPR]

When Florida State athletes arrived on campus in 1998, they received $144,750 in free Nike footwear and apparel. This year, a vault of $2.8 million in Nike gear awaited players arriving in Tallahassee. That’s in addition to the $1.4 million in cash Nike will pay this year for the right to outfit the university’s athletes. [Business First]

The New Albany City Council hopes higher fines in an updated noise ordinance will ratchet down the number of violations. [News & Tribune]

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Your Labor Day Dept Of Killing

Citing questionable spending and a lack of transparency, one of the biggest donors to the University of Louisville Foundation says it will withhold additional grants until the organization hires a forensic accountant to examine its books. [WDRB]

The Indiana Health commissioner has declared a public health emergency for Clark County, allowing the county health department to establish a needle exchange program as part of an effort to reduce hepatitis C and HIV. [C-J/AKN]

Another fun weekend of killing, wasn’t it? [WHAS11]

A longtime champion of Kentucky’s government transparency laws retired Wednesday from Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office after she was reprimanded for speaking with a journalist. [John Cheves]

Louisville Metro police are investigating after a person was found shot in Downtown Louisville. [WLKY]

The 10,000th Syrian refugee to resettle in the U.S. this fiscal year arrived on Monday, the White House announced, following through on an ambitious plan by President Barack Obama to welcome more people from the country. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! There are new developments for a planned Walmart at 18th and West Broadway. [WAVE3]

This has got to be one of the dumbest moves yet from someone with the surname Beshear! Assistant Attorney General Amye Bensenhaver has retired “under considerable duress” after being reprimanded for speaking to a journalist without permission, creating yet another public relations issue for a government agency that has had more than its share in recent months. [Roger Alford]

A diverse group of Louisvillians want to ban biodigesters, aka methane plants, within our city. [WFPL]

Way to go, Appalachia. New analysis from the Clean Air Task Force shows that by 2025 America’s children will experience 750,000 asthma attacks each summer that will be directly attributable to the oil and gas industry. [ThinkProgress]

Yum Brands Inc. has agreed to sell a $460 million stake in its China division as part of a spinoff of the unit. [Business First]

A carload of people pulled into Clark Memorial Hospital’s emergency room last weekend, delivering multiple patients in need of life-saving treatment. [News & Tribune]

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How Many Will Die This Weekend?

A new project will transform Dixie Highway into a state-of-the-art roadway. [WDRB]

Jim Ramsey and his crew have been pulling these corrupt open records stunts for a decade. Want to find out former University of Louisville President James Ramsey’s new phone number and email address at the university’s foundation? Hope you have better luck than we did. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The FoodPort is no longer and now West Louisville community members are moving full speed ahead and not looking back. [WHAS11]

Investors in Brown-Forman, parent of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, may need a stiff drink — the Louisville-based company reported Wednesday that net sales fell 5 percent to $661 million for the first quarter. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Just a reminder that there’s nothing Compassionate about all the killing in Possibility City. [WLKY]

It can be difficult to see any bright side when it comes to the water challenges facing the western U.S. [HuffPo]

The combination of two Louisville utilities will save taxpayers more than $9 million this year. [WAVE3]

The planet is warming at a pace not experienced within the past 1,000 years, at least, making it “very unlikely” that the world will stay within a crucial temperature limit agreed by nations just last year, according to Nasa’s top climate scientist. [The Guardian]

Airbnb has proven to be a serious side hustle for Louisvillians. The city ranked No. 2, just after Chicago, among the 14 largest sharing cities in the Midwest for number of hosts, a recent study by the company found. [WFPL]

The United States admitted its 10,000th Syrian refugee this week in a resettlement program announced by President Obama last fall, according to The White House. [NY Times]

Two faculty members with the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine were named editors in chief at two different medical journals. [Business First]

The National Main Street Center has designated Jeffersonville Main Street Inc. an accredited Main Street America Program. [News & Tribune]

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