Murder City On Track For Record Year

On Wednesday afternoon, the public learned the identity of Louisville’s latest murder victim, 26-year-old Ashley Spriggs. Her death underscores Louisville’s two-year spike in violent crime. [WDRB]

Matt Bevin said Wednesday that Donald Trump is “absolutely” qualified to serve as president of the United States. [C-J/AKN]

New members of UofL’s Board of Trustees met for the first time Wednesday. Governor Bevin, who hand selected those members, was in attendance and the meeting was also interrupted by a protester. [WHAS11]

If you worry the Creation Museum and its new Noah’s Ark theme park will cause outsiders to think Kentuckians are a bunch of anti-science rubes, at least take comfort in this: Lexington was home to perhaps America’s greatest evolutionary biologist. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The city’s latest homicide victim is a young mother, and her killer remains on the loose. [WLKY]

The GOP on Tuesday successfully drafted a platform ― a statement of its core values and principles ― but not before some last-minute drama played out behind the scenes over its refusal to moderate its tone toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. [HuffPo]

A 13-year-old boy was shot in the leg Wednesday afternoon by another teenager, according to a Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman. [WAVE3]

A January study published in the journal Health Affairs showed that one year after Medicaid expansion, the number of Kentuckians who reported trouble paying medical bills declined by nearly 13 percentage points. Those skipping prescribed medications because it cost too much decreased by almost 11 points. And people receiving ongoing care for a chronic illness rose by more than 10 points. [Politico]

Dr. Susan Harkema became the face of one of the University of Louisville’s splashiest research successes the moment one of her paralyzed patients wiggled his toe. Her name was in Time Magazine. She was interviewed on “Good Morning America” and CNN. The notoriety brought more funding and patients to U of L with hopes that revolutionary studies would help the paralyzed walk again. But in March, a federal agency took the unusual and drastic move of withdrawing its funding from one of her studies, citing concerns about the validity of the data and unresolved problems with oversight. Meanwhile, the federal Office for Human Research Protections is also conducting its own review, a spokeswoman confirmed. [WFPL]

The violence in Dallas last week is intensifying worries in Cleveland about visitors and protesters taking firearms downtown during the Republican National Convention, where thousands of people plan to demonstrate. [NY Times]

It looks like Kentucky’s health insurance exchange is sticking around — at least for now. [Business First]

Jeffersonville’s ordinance violations bureau is now established by law, following a city council vote Tuesday. Several wheels must be put into motion, however, before code violations can be enforced again. [News & Tribune]

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NEVER FORGET! Julie Tam’s Blue Glove

Not since Julie Tam’s blue glove freakout a decade ago has a story so dumb been produced in Louisville. [WDRB]

It sure is fun watching Debby Yetter ignore the reality that Nancy Rodriguez misreported and/or ignored shenanigans in the Felner Scandal until she had egg all over her face. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Record breaking numbers for the Kentuckiana Pride Parade as thousands of people walked down Main Street in downtown Louisville. [WHAS11]

Jim. Ramsey. Schadenfreude. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A man arrested in Florida, accused of shooting a Louisville police officer, made his first court appearance. [WLKY]

Apple will not contribute funds or other resources for the Republican National Convention due to presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump’s prejudiced remarks, Politico reported on Saturday. [HuffPo]

World Refugee Day is Monday, but Louisville celebrated in a creative way Saturday night. [WAVE3]

In the days following the slayings of 49 people at a gay nightclub, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community pulled together in prayer vigils and benefit drag shows and basked in a broad showing of support many said they had never experienced. [Reuters]

University of Louisville’s president and its entire governing board are out. [WFPL]

President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded that lawmakers put politics aside and move forward on the longstanding impasse over gun legislation in the wake of the latest tragedy. [Politico]

We’re fans of both Craig Greenburg and Emily Bingham but let’s get something straight. They’re only able to speak their minds on the UofL mess because they can afford to speak their minds. Maybe things would change for the better at UofL if the powerful were ever people who aren’t mega-wealthy. [Business First]

It looks as though new speed limits are on the horizon soon for Clarksville, although the details haven’t been ironed out yet. [News & Tribune]

Your Governor Is Still Super-Dumb, Folks

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It’s official: Bardstown is still one of the worst places on earth, probably. Thank goodness for bourbon. The mayor of Bardstown has fired the assistant chief of the Bardstown Police Department after he was allegedly caught shredding documents belonging to the City of Bardstown, according to official documents. [WDRB]

How will Scott Jennings continue trying to spin this Jim Ramsey-UofL mess? Maybe he’ll just sue everybody who mentions his lucrative contract to spin on behalf of the UofL Foundation. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Ugh, who let Claudia Catfish back on the teevee? Less than 24 hours after a Valley Station family shared how it fell victim to a rental scam on CraigsList, WHAS 11 viewers stepped in to help the family raise the money it needed to avoid being forced out on the street. [WHAS11]

A Lexington council woman says she will meet with Lexington fire officials and planning staff to determine what can be done to protect homes and help firefighters in neighborhoods where homes are close together. Since September 2015, at least three fires have occurred in neighborhoods where the distance between homes was less than 10 feet. [H-L]

Crews broke ground Wednesday in Hardin County for a pipeline that will connect one of its water districts to Louisville’s water infrastructure. [WLKY]

Donald Trump would respect limits on his authority if he’s elected president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Grandmother) said Monday. [HuffPo]

In case you were wondering? Matt Bevin is dumber than anything the corrupt former governor could cough up. [WAVE3]

Police do not need a warrant to obtain a person’s cellphone location data held by wireless carriers, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday, dealing a setback to privacy advocates. [Reuters]

Once again, Louisville — a city that prides itself on its park system — has landed near the bottom of a ranking of parks. Probably because the city’s cheerleader electeds consistently ignore reality and focus on hype. [WFPL]

Donald Trump claims a net worth of more than $10 billion and an income of $557 million. But he appears to get there only by overvaluing properties and ignoring his expenses. [Politico]

Cities and businesses in Kentucky have made improvements in including the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community — but there’s still a ways to go. [Business First]

For 10 weeks, viewers of A&E’s “60 Days In” saw the ins and outs, the good and the bad of the Clark County jail. The show also opened a conversation about the state corrections across the country. Every week, the News and Tribune hosted a panel with local experts to dig into the stories behind the show. Below are the top 5 takeaways from season one and from those weekly conversations. [News & Tribune]

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Racist Republicans Are Really Butthurt

University of Louisville President James Ramsey received total compensation of $2.8 million from the school’s nonprofit foundation in 2014, while the university’s former provost Shirley Willihnganz received $1.1 million and Ramsey’s chief of staff, Kathleen Smith, received $859,181. [WDRB]

The second-graders in Sarah Bowling’s class at Dunn Elementary were on a mathematical scavenger hunt. Students cradling clipboards moved around the room matching groupings of things and learning the concept that three groups of five things total the same as five groups of three things. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! There is no fallout, just a bunch of racists calling for the death of Ricky Jones. [WHAS11]

As more coal companies file for bankruptcy, it’s increasingly likely that taxpayers will be stuck with the very high costs of preventing abandoned mines from becoming environmental disasters. [H-L]

Norfolk Southern is pursuing criminal charges against an Ohio man for disrupting rail service. [WLKY]

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) went all in on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the head of the Democratic National Committee, on Saturday, saying he supports a primary challenger in her re-election bid for her House seat and would remove her from the DNC if elected president. [HuffPo]

The decision came after a Brown School Student Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council meeting on Tuesday night. [WAVE3]

Most shootings with four deaths or injuries are invisible outside their communities. And most of the lives they scar are black. [NY Times]

On a rainy Friday afternoon, about a half-dozen people stay dry inside the storied Phoenix Hill Tavern on Baxter Avenue. [WFPL]

Uhhh… [ThinkProgress]

Three descendants of Brown-Forman Corp. founder George Garvin Brown have been elected the company’s board of directors, and three other descendants will leave the board. [Business First]

By upgrading its lights in city hall, Jeffersonville expects to save $12,000 this year. The energy and cost savings are part of Duke Energy’s Smart Saver Incentive Program, which rewards businesses that replace equipment with higher-efficiency products by lowering the costs of purchasing new equipment. [News & Tribune]

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This Probably Deserves A Caption Contest

While everybody is mad at Donna Hargens, the latest hot mess (just like her two predecessors we helped run off) of a Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent, I thought it’d be a great idea to share this photo:

Donna and Jimbo Ramsey. Peas in a pod. Birds of a feather. Folks with horrible judgment and lots of rich friends who keep them in their high-paying gubmint jobs. You get it.

You’re welcome!

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]