It’s Totally Groundhog Day At The Jail

The city of Jeffersontown and its police department are changing the approach to fighting crime, trying to make fewer arrests to deal with a growing heroin problem. [WDRB]

Maria Diaz’s heart pounded as she lay hidden beneath a pile of clothes, diapers and food in the trunk of a Chevy Suburban that slowed at a Texas highway checkpoint. [C-J/AKN]

The Louisville Metro Department of Corrections said jail conditions are becoming crowded as the inmate population is trading above 2,000, daily bookings are above historical numbers and the scheduled movement of state felons from jail to prison has slowed down. [WHAS11]

HEAD-DESK. Kentucky education and drug control officials are working with a pharmaceutical company that is offering two free doses of Narcan nasal spray for the emergency treatment of heroin and opioid overdose to every high school in the United States. For now, Fayette County Public School officials are declining the offer. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Basically, Louisville is going to melt because it is so dang hot. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama revealed on Saturday that his children helped him understand why embracing civil unions was not the same as endorsing marriage equality.” [HuffPo]

Yes, murders happen in the East End. There’s all kinds of violence outside of the West End. You just rarely hear about it. [WAVE3]

Ever wonder what kind of educational corruption there is outside Compassionate City? Dig in to the latest incoherent rant that a corrupt former superintendent submitted as his appeal to keep his certification. It’ll blow your mind. [Page One]

A large percentage of Louisville’s Census tracts are high-risk for exposure to lead. That’s according to a new map compiled by Vox and the Washington State Department of Health. [WFPL]

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders said in an interview broadcast Friday that he would wait to see what Hillary Clinton includes in her platform before deciding how actively to campaign for her in the fall if she is the party’s nominee. [WaPo]

During the introduction of ESPN broadcaster Kenny Mayne as the keynote speaker of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s They’re Off! Luncheon Friday at The Galt House Hotel, a montage of clips from Mayne’s humorous spoofs and stories for the sports network played on a large screen for visitors. [Business First]

This year’s Clark County Commissioners race has three Republican candidates angling for the District 1 seat in the primary election. [News & Tribune]

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Can We Quit Pretending We’re Compassionate?

Strengths and weaknesses of each Jefferson County Public Schools facility, a redesign proposal that would impact three middle schools and the Class of 2016 graduation schedule will all be up for discussion on Tuesday. [WDRB]

Some 7,700 Louisville Water Co. service lines are made of lead – and now for the first time, customers can quickly check to see whether those old pipes are made of lead. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky’s new State Police Commissioner was announced Monday and they’re from right here in the Louisville area. [WHAS11]

A judge has denied a request by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration to temporarily close a Lexington abortion clinic that the state claims is operating illegally. [H-L]

A man shot and killed his wife and children before setting their house on fire and killing himself in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, Louisville Metro Police said. [WLKY]

After nearly a decade of generally lukewarm concern over what’s been called the “greatest threat“ of our time, Americans are finally taking climate change seriously. [HuffPo]

It wouldn’t be a day in Compassionate City without a school bus accident. mergency crews responded to a multi-vehicle crash involving a school bus. [WAVE3]

It’s 2016, but the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex didn’t get the memo. The minimum and medium security prison in West Liberty, Kentucky has a mail policy that prohibits prisoners from receiving books and magazines that “promote homosexuality” — whatever the prison thinks that means. In just a four-month period in 2015, EKCC used the policy 13 different times to confiscate mail including letters, cards, “pages out of book,” and magazines like Out and The Advocate. [ACLU]

It’s obvious just from looking at it that the Black Leaf site in West Louisville is in an extreme state of disrepair. [WFPL]

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) on Thursday called on Republican leaders in Congress to renounce Donald Trump because of his controversial views, saying their “moral cowardice” led to the GOP presidential front-runner’s rise. [The Hill]

Don’t expect another big purchase from Kindred Healthcare Inc. anytime soon — at least, not in the world of home health care. [Business First]

Floyd County Democratic Party Chairman Adam Dickey has announced the declared candidates for a special vacancy caucus for the position of party vice chair. The caucus was called following the resignation of Stacy Deck last month. [News & Tribune]

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Another Week of Messy UofL Scandals

As a cold snap reaches Kentuckiana this weekend one group is doing its best to keep the area’s homeless warm. [WDRB]

It’s almost like Jim Ramsey is being purposefully more terrible than usual in order to set Jerry Abramson up to take over. Ramsey is making Abramson look less terrible. [C-J/AKN]

According to Chief Rick Sanders, police found a 35-year-old man unconscious and unresponsive at the Red Carpet Inn on Hurstbourne Parkway. Jeffersontown officers who had received and been trained on how to use Naloxone were able to inject the man and get him to the hospital, saving his life. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s chief justice has denied a motion to remove a judge from all criminal cases but referred the case to a state disciplinary commission. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It has been a year and a half since a mother found her son killed and no one has been held accountable. [WLKY]

While the vast majority of Americans now have access to the Internet and mobile devices, regional and economic disparities persist for wired broadband access in the largest 100 American cities. [HuffPo]

The Center for Women and Families, a local non-profit organization that helps victims of domestic violence and abuse, needs help for the holidays with its Holiday Gift Card Drive. [WAVE3]

ICYMI: Matt Bevin took false equivalency to new levels this weekend when he used the sad situation in Johnson County to try to justify his special brand of Islamophobia. Unity and respect? Not so much. Empty words. [Page One]

The new head of the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet, Charles Snavely, has been on the job for a little more than a week. It’s also been about that long since he served as an official on the state’s coal association governing board. [WFPL]

New calculations show that our already sizeable water footprint is 18% bigger than we thought. [BBC]

The University of Louisville and Norton Healthcare Inc. have reached a settlement agreement in their dispute surrounding Kosair Children’s Hospital. [Business First]

If the opening of the Big Four Bridge in Jeffersonville proved one thing, it’s that people want to get outdoors and exercise. [News & Tribune]

Your support is crucial if you want to see us continue. While other media outlets ignore scandals like those in Montgomery County, we’re shining the bright lights of transparency on issues that directly impact you across the Commonwealth. Love us or hate us, we’re putting in the time and effort to spend years reporting on issues from the pension crisis to government-sanctioned animal cruelty to educational corruption and we get real results. [Help Us!]

The UofL Prostitution Scandal Rages On

There was a time, I now can admit, when I was really good at writing book reports on books I had not read. This is not the time for that. In evaluating the allegations soon to be brought forth in detail by a woman who says she was hired by former University of Louisville director of basketball operations Andre McGee to provide sexual services for men’s basketball recruits and players from 2010 to 2014, we can look at the smoke, we haven’t yet seen the fire. But it smells like something is burning. [WDRB]

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday tightened the nation’s smog standard by nearly 7 percent, choosing a number that puts the Louisville area on the bubble for continued compliance. [C-J/AKN]

The Jeffersontown Police Chief spoke out Saturday and said gun violence in his town will not be tolerated. Sounds like Rick Sanders is back to pounding his chest? [WHAS11]

Dick Pitino may not read the new sexytime book but you know he’ll be listening to the audiobook! [H-L]

Things nearly turned deadly Thursday night in Jeffersontown as a father tried to buy a cellphone for his daughter. [WLKY]

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is stepping down in December after 7 years in the Obama administration. [HuffPo]

Louisville has long been referred to as the River City, mainly due to its history as a flatboat and steamboat port carrying people and goods to and from the heartland from the city’s conception. But a big part of riverboat history that you may not know about lies right across the mighty Ohio River in Jeffersonville, Indiana. [WAVE3]

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said Saturday that his home state of Kentucky needs a governor willing to stand up to the federal government he aspires to lead from the White House. [ABC News]

Here’s hoping Greg Fischer doesn’t ruin Louisville’s chances at Google Fiber. Hopefully Google will rely on people like Ambassador Matthew Barzun and others. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will join the city’s chief innovation officer, Ted Smith, on Monday to talk Google Fiber. [WFPL]

One Vatican official said there was “a sense of regret” that the pope had ever seen Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who went to jail in September for refusing to honor a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and issue same-sex marriage licenses. [Reuters]

More than 360 local charities received donations Thursday as part of the Community Foundation of Louisville Inc.’s annual Give Local Louisville campaign. [Business First]

Several issues were brought to the stage, but Tuesday’s New Albany mayoral debate was bookended by who was missing from the discussion. [News & Tribune]

Take Your Cancer Sticks Elsewhere, Park Goers

Louisville Metro Police are giving out free moped and scooter locks as part of an effort to reduce thefts in the Metro area. [WDRB]

Before facing allegations of standardized test violations at Male High School, former Principal David Mike led struggling Western High to a celebrated turnaround. [C-J/AKN]

Is J-town the worst part of Louisville? A family took a piece of land they considered run down, and started a garden. They filled it with different prairie grasses and wild flowers and wanted them to grow naturally. Now, Jeffersontown residents said those plants are causing problems for the neighbors and the size of the plants violate city code. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s unemployment rate for June 2014 dropped to 7.4 percent from a revised 7.7 percent in May 2014, according to the state Office of Employment and Training. [H-L]

Louisville metro parks and the Department of Public Health unveiled a new milestone in the effort to get our community healthier. The Parks Department is politely asking people to keep their cigarettes away from places where children might play. [WLKY]

Certain life factors make a big difference for students as they start their first year of school. A new analysis from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group behind Sesame Street, looked at how four risk factors impacted the abilities of kindergarten students right as they entered school. [HuffPo]

Fire chiefs say that Greg Fischer low-balled them for medical service. Which surprises absolutely no one. [WAVE3]

Statistics show that since the initial rollout of President Barack Obama’s controversial health-care law, the Patient Protection-Affordable Care Act, Kentuckians have taken advantage of the opportunity to get covered. [Ashland Independent]

Louisville Metro Housing Authority officials are considering taking part in a study that, in theory, would eliminate some financial burdens that come with living in public housing. [WFPL]

Are you a generous person or someone who loves animals? Help Jackson the Dachshund out ASAP, as he needs surgery! Jessica has been a tireless advocate for years and has definitely given more than she’s received. Let’s all pitch in. [Go Fund Me!]

University of Louisville officials are considering how to expand and focus the school’s research efforts. [Business First]

What are the most dangerous intersections and roads in New Albany, and how can they be improved? [News & Tribune]

What? Greg Fischer Cares About The West End?

Haven House is trying to stretch its resources so they don’t have to turn anyone away. But they say the bridges project isn’t the only problem. [WDRB]

You know we love the West End and always push the positives there but let’s get real a moment. It’s time to rain on Greg Fischer’s parade again. Nothing he proposes is going to work. Fluffy, flowery language means absolutely nothing. People of the West End know it’s a load of horse dookey. He cares about the West End about as much as he cares about Metro Animal Services. [C-J/AKN]

Kentuckians against the U.S.’s support for Israel made their presence known in the Highlands. [WHAS11]

Kentucky Kingdom says it will allow women to feed their babies publicly in any manner they see fit, a policy shift stemming from a social media outcry following a woman’s claim she was asked to breast-feed privately at the theme park. Who the heck is doing public relations for Ed Hart? He needs to some help over there. [H-L]

Three new gorillas made their debut Saturday at the Louisville Zoo. [WLKY]

As the political world grapples with how to respond to the current crisis on the nation’s border, several Republicans have begun warning fellow party members that doing nothing but opposing the president carries substantial political risks. [HuffPo]

Kentucky finds itself in one of the most contentious races in the country. “They are not going to roll over,” Senator Mitch McConnell told a crowd Saturday. “This is going to be a big, big race.” [WAVE3]

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State who is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in this fall’s elections, went after the five-term incumbent in a speech here to a convention of local county officials. [Ronnie Ellis]

University of Louisville President James Ramsey will be getting a significant increase in pay this year, coming in the form of a bonus that boosts his annual compensation to about $1.2 million. [WFPL]

The Federal Highway Trust Fund is expected to run out of money in August. So, naturally, Congress is debating a temporary fix that involves letting corporations underfund their pension systems. [NY Times]

Are there more acquisitions in Humana’s future? Perhaps. [Business First]

A more colorful sight will be greeting visitors of the historic downtown district by next spring. Jeffersonville Main Street, Inc., received a $10,000 Downtown Enhancement Grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs that will be used for one or two murals painted on the side of downtown buildings. [News & Tribune]

JCTA Finally Noticed The Big Pension Mess

Bill Lamb may just be one of the most self-entitled people in all of Louisville media. Interesting to see him continue pushing the myth of entitled welfare queens. [WDRB]

Jeffersontown officials hope a revised tax break proposal will attract new businesses to the city as well as encourage existing ones to expand. The City Council introduced it last week after it had undergone several changes since being voted down in December. [C-J/AKN]

No matter how the Louisville Water Company attempts to spin this, it’s not making anyone comfortable. Especially not after all the times algae blooms have caused their tap water to stink. [WHAS11]

Democrat Bill Hollander is officially announcing his candidacy for Tina Ward-Pugh’s 9th District Metro Council Seat. Hollander is a former managing partner of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, former president of the Crescent Hill Community Council and the immediate past chair of Leadership Louisville. [Press Release]

Police released surveillance pictures from two different Chase Bank robberies. [WLKY]

Kentucky State Police have launched a poster contest that targets missing children. [Press Release]

Detectives running an investigation in Valley Station late Tuesday morning called in a SWAT team after something suspicious caught their eye, but their suspicion did not pan out, according to a Louisville Metro Police Department spokeswoman. [WAVE3]

Teeing off on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s opposition to extending unemployment insurance benefits, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign accused McConnell Tuesday of “laughing” at Kentucky’s unemployed. [Sam Youngman]

Thang Lian is a resettled Burmese refugee student who attends Jefferson County Public Schools’ Newcomer Academy. In March, he turns 21, which means the district can no longer financially support his education. [WFPL]

Clark County’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative may be in line for some grant funds from the Indiana Department of Correction, but conflicting information caused the Clark County Council to decline taking action at its meeting Monday. [News & Tribune]

Guessing the Jefferson County Teachers Association has finally started paying attention to the pension disaster in Frankfort. [Change.org]

The business world was buzzing on the news that Osaka, Japan-based Suntory Holdings Ltd. would purchase Beam Inc., the parent of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark. [Business First]