Constants: Gun Deaths & UofL Shenanigans

Two public high schools in Jefferson County are seeking an appeal to the Kentucky Department of Education, asking the state to reconsider the labels given to Valley and Fern Creek high schools following the release of their latest test scores, according to a proposal up for board approval on Tuesday. [WDRB]

The University of Louisville publicly released the NCAA’s notice of allegations on Thursday after the organization’s year-long investigation into U of L’s men’s basketball program, and the NCAA charges U of L with four Level I violations – the highest level – and cites Louisville coach Rick Pitino with failure to monitor an employee. [C-J/AKN]

The Louisville area crossed a grim line Wednesday when it recorded its 100th homicide for the year, reaching triple digits for the first time in four decades. [WHAS11]

Lexington’s minimum wage will roll back to $7.25 an hour after the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Kentucky cities do not have the authority to raise the minimum wage. [H-L]

Louisville police are investigating a shooting sent three people to the hospital. Police say all three victims were shot in the same location on College Court. [WLKY]

It was a tacky, hostile and personal insult, but for Trump, it was actually a euphemism of sorts. Women around the world instantly knew what he was really saying. [HuffPo]

University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino is accused of failing to monitor one of his coaches in a way that would prevent the sex scandal that rocked the program. That’s included in the notice of allegations released by the NCAA Thursday morning, about a year after its investigation began. [WAVE3]

It is time someone got to the bottom of everything that people say about Hillary Clinton. Who is she? More importantly, WHAT is she? [WaPo]

Kentuckians are one step closer to learning what changes will be made to their Medicaid benefits. [WFPL]

President Barack Obama ripped Donald Trump here Friday as a man who’s embraced an attack on the “global elite” only after failing to be accepted as a member of the global elite himself, attacking the Republican nominee for running an anti-American campaign with paper-thin support that’s all about conspiracy theories. [Politico]

Baptist Healthcare System Inc. has asked the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority to consider a bond issue of as much as $459 million for the hospital system. [Business First]

The silent, living giants that tower over our neighborhoods and streets aren’t just pleasing to the eye. [News & Tribune]

Your Morning Dept Of Dry Heaving

Another day, another gun murder in Possibility Compassionate City. [WDRB]

A Jefferson Circuit Court judge Friday denied motions to release five inmates from jail on the grounds that district judges refused to consider their financial status in setting bonds or consider granting them bail credit for each day they spent behind bars. [C-J/AKN]

Uh, both Dan Johnson and GLI are hot messes so none of this really matters. But hoo boy when is the crazy going to end? Nothing Dan Johnson says is anything but offensive. [WHAS11]

The $14.9 billion Kentucky Retirement Systems plans to end its controversial investments in hedge funds. [John Cheves]

Surely this isn’t the first time the teevee people have heard about a skeever in the Highlands? There are at least three of those creepers who flash their junk on a regular basis. [WLKY]

Following the news of yet another “warmest month ever,” NASA has basically called it: This year will be the hottest since record-keeping began in 1880. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Tuesday’s deadly shooting in Old Louisville is a setback for the historic neighborhood building a new reputation. [WAVE3]

As Election Day approaches and the polls continue to look dire for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, he is pinning the blame on everything except himself. [ThinkProgress]

As a shortage of primary care physicians looms across the nation and Kentucky, state lawmakers are considering whether to expand the role of physician assistants by allowing them to prescribe controlled substances. [WFPL]

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has disparaged “flat-chested” women, mocked a Miss Universe for her weight gain and bragged about groping women because he’s famous. [ProPublica]

If a new study by Zippia is correct, only one community in the Louisville area has figured out the secret of success. [Business First]

With more people in the audience than a typical school board meeting, most of the candidates running for seats in the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. got a chance to answer questions at a forum Thursday. [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]

Everybody’s Excited For Big Toll Drama

Drivers will have roughly two months to challenge tolls believed to be charged incorrectly on Ohio River bridges, under rules approved Friday by a state transportation panel. [WDRB]

She had no prior record, but Alexandra Arnold, 21, of Carrollton is serving 10 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro Police are investigating a fatal shooting just west of downtown. This marks Louisville’s 92nd homicide for 2016. [WHAS11]

The race for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat features two self-proclaimed foreign policy realists who have vastly different opinions about how the U.S. should engage in the world. [H-L]

Louisville metro police are investigating a shooting in the California neighborhood. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s troubled campaign has seen an incredible exodus in support over the past week. After footage released last week showed him bragging about groping women, more than a dozen members of Congress withdrew their endorsements. Others, who’d previously stayed neutral in the race, called for the Republican presidential nominee to drop out. [HuffPo]

Kentucky colleges will soon get money previously cut from the state’s budget by Governor Matt Bevin. [WAVE3]

Jim Gray spent Saturday criss-crossing a swath of Kentucky between Louisville and Ashland looking for votes in his uphill battle to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. [Ronnie Ellis]

Charles Seay leans against the chain link fence outside his Smoketown home, shaking his head at the rutted street beyond the curb. [WFPL]

The U.S. economy is on track to grow at a 1.9 percent annualized pace in the third quarter following the September data on domestic retail data, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDP Now forecast model showed on Friday. [Reuters]

The University of Louisville’s endowment is set to gain nearly $29 million thanks to a reworking of debt under the umbrella of the school’s foundation. [Business First]

Initial funding has been secured and the Clark County needle exchange is expected to be up and running in about a month. [News & Tribune]

Another Monday Exploring Weekend Shootings In Compassionate City

Louisville now has 27 new Metro Corrections officers. [WDRB]

More than three dozen times in the past decade, educators who’ve been disciplined or fired from Jefferson County Public Schools have turned to a state tribunal to try to get their discipline overturned. [C-J/AKN]

A group of community leaders today said women and people of color have more power than ever to impact the upcoming elections. [WHAS11]

Bill Ball has handled multiple whiskey-making tasks in his 47 years at Jim Beam, but on Saturday he took on an unexpected role — joining colleagues on a picket line outside a Beam distillery in Kentucky. [H-L]

Louisville metro police are investigating a shooting in the California neighborhood. [WLKY]

Patriot Majority USA, a progressive advocacy group, is accusing the Republican vice presidential nominee of suppressing voter registration in a new advertising campaign launched on Saturday. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A second Louisville Metro Police Department officer involved in a youth training program has been accused of inappropriate behavior. [WAVE3]

In the end, Gov. Matt Bevin decided not to ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider its 5-2 ruling that Bevin exceeded his executive power when he unilaterally reduced funding to state universities and community colleges. [Ronnie Ellis]

If you think this isn’t a Larry Clark-Damon Thayer good old boy political situation, you’re part of the problem. What this story doesn’t mention is that Thayer is advised by RPK’s spokesperson, who advocates for the repeal of label taxes and all that. Fun how that’s all overlooked. Thayer wanted it in the bill. [WFPL]

First lady Michelle Obama’s speech this week slamming Donald Trump’s comments about women was “the most effective political speech since Ronald Reagan,” according to right-wing commentator Glenn Beck. [The Hill]

The executive editor of The Courier-Journal, Neil Budde, has resigned after three years in the role. [Business First]

It’s common consensus in the region that some of the best views of the Louisville skyline are from Clarksville. [News & Tribune]

Things Aren’t So Green In Compassionate City

A town hall meeting in Louisville on Tuesday night discussed how violent crime and citizens’ relationship with police is being felt in the city and around the country. [WDRB]

Under Mayor Greg Fischer’s leadership, Louisville has undertaken several studies aimed at better understanding the city’s environmental challenges. A new national ranking suggests it may be time to move beyond research and into action. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Two JCPS elementaries are at the bottom of the scale, when it comes to making the grade on statewide test scores. [WHAS11]

Lexington ranked among the least green cities in a new study that criticized its lack of green space compared to the other 99 largest cities in the country. [H-L]

The Kentucky State Fair Board says it has hired its next president and CEO. [WLKY]

Mitch McConnell says the country must not turn its back on the nation’s coal miners — but that’s exactly what those miners say the Republican Senate Majority Leader is doing. [H-L]

A Metro Corrections officer who posted a controversial meme on Facebook will not lose his job as a result of the incident. [WAVE3]

“Do you speak English?” When Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng walked into his summer school classroom for the first time as a brand-new teacher, a student greeted him with this question. Nothing in his training had prepared him to address race and identity. But he was game, answering the student lightly, “Yes, I do, but this is a math class, so you don’t have to worry about it.” [NPR]

Tim Harrison didn’t expect to be released from prison last week. When he got the news, he argued with the guards. He told them they had the wrong guy. He said his sentence wasn’t yet up. [WFPL]

After Donald Trump reaffirmed his long-held belief this week that the men known as the Central Park Five were guilty in an infamous, decades-old rape case, two members of the since-exonerated group blasted Trump in interviews with Mother Jones, calling him a “stunt artist” and saying “he’s gotten worse” since his involvement in their 1990 conviction. [Mother Jones]

Southern Indiana Plastics Inc., which makes plastic parts for the automotive and lawn and garden industries, has acquired Louisville-based Progress Plastics Inc. [Business First]

Grants, programming for students and other services were approved at Greater Clark County Schools’ board of trustees meeting on Tuesday. [News & Tribune]

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Crime In The Highlands? Surely Not!

Tolls are coming to the Ohio River Bridges and drivers are getting ready. [WDRB]

Talk is cheap for Matt Bevin. During his campaign for governor and since his election, Matt Bevin has said he supports restoring civil rights to nonviolent felons who have completed their sentences. [C-J/AKN]

Crime spike in the Highlands? It’s been going on since at least 2014 but no one wants to talk about it because it might frighten the wealthy white people. [WHAS11]

On Friday, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether panhandlers have a legally protected right to ask motorists and pedestrians for money and if Lexington’s city-wide ban violates panhandlers’ First Amendment right to free speech. [H-L]

JCPS students got an inside look at how vehicles are made at the Louisville Ford Assembly Plant on Wednesday. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women present him with a tough challenge roughly one month before Election Day, and it’s also landed House Republicans in trouble. [HuffPo]

Louisville-based Yum! Brands is cutting jobs as part of a major corporate overhaul. [WAVE3]

In 1990, a group of four black teens and one Latino teen were convicted of the brutal assault and rape of a jogger. The April 1989 attack came amid rising crime rates in New York City and a wave of violence in Central Park itself. [ThinkProgress]

As the University of Louisville-Clemson football game was played last weekend, dozens of attendees ate, drank and filled the Green Building in NuLu for the culmination of Diversity Pitch Fest. [WFPL]

The number of Americans who support the death penalty has fallen below half for the first time, according to a US study. [BBC]

A new report shows that the number of small businesses in Kentucky that offer employee health insurance dropped sharply from 2012 to 2015. Only 26.6 percent of small businesses in the state offered health insurance last year, down from 36.4 percent in 2012, according to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. [Business First]

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission has formally asked the state’s high court to give Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson more than a “mere slap on the wrist” over findings that Henderson acted unethically. [News & Tribune]

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