Louisville Loves Cutting TARC Routes

TARC is asking for the public’s opinion about possibly cutting service on three of its busiest routes. [WDRB]

Clarksville Community Schools — which Superintendent Kimberly Knott called “the neediest school district in Southern Indiana” — stands to lose more than $500,000 under Indiana’s new budget, which was signed last week by Gov. Mike Pence and introduces changes to the school funding formula. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is suing Marathon Petroleum Corp. over high gas prices. The 2015 gubernatorial candidate filed the complaint Tuesday with the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky – one week ahead of the state’s primary election. [WHAS11]

Pike Circuit Judge Steven D. Combs violated ethics standards in a number of instances, the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission has charged. Judicial corruption is a big deal in the rest of the state. [H-L]

Following a heated public meeting, the Floyd County Council is holding off on a decision to cut half of the county’s animal control budget. [WLKY]

Americans may largely agree on the charges filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, but they remain deeply divided over the way his case, and others like it, have been covered by the media. [HuffPo]

People are freaking out because police found marijuana growing at the scene of a shooting. [WAVE3]

Jerry Abramson sends emails to the White House staff. [White House]

Public meetings begin this week to share information about Louisville’s draft assessment of the city’s urban tree canopy. [WFPL]

The history of the most iconic American whiskies isn’t always reflected in the names that appear on their labels. [The Atlantic]

Indianapolis-based American Senior Communities LLC plans to build a new facility in Louisville. [Business First]

To downtown Jeffersonville resident McNeil Wynn, TARC is vital in his everyday commute to Louisville. [News & Tribune]

It’s Oaks Day So You’re Already Tanked

Here’s your weekly oh snap moment… WAVE 3 anchor Dawne Gee has filed a lawsuit against Baptist Health Louisville over alleged “negligent” treatment she received last May. [WDRB]

If GLI supports the JCPS shakeup, you can bet it’s an absolute disaster. [C-J/AKN]

The post-position draw happened at Churchill Downs on April 29. The Kentucky Derby will happen on May 2. [WHAS11]

Get a glimpse backside as Kentucky Derby contenders work out and clean up. [H-L]

The body of a man missing since February has been found in a truck along Southern Parkway. [WLKY]

Feds pay for drug fraud: 92 percent of foster care, poor kids prescribed antipsychotics get them for unaccepted uses. [HuffPo]

During any other week twenty flights would make a busy day for Atlantic Aviation. However, the Thursday through Saturday of Derby week redefines wingtip-to wingtip. [WAVE3]

For a moment last year, it looked as if the Obama administration was moving toward a history-making end to the federal death penalty. [NY Times]

The Louisville Metro Council, Mayor Greg Fischer and MSD officials announced a plan this week for possibly creating a home buyout program for houses in the area that have been consistently flooded-out during the past several years. Right now, there are a slew of homeowners in flood-prone areas with flood damage they can’t repair even though they have flood insurance. [WFPL]

Looks like Jerry Abramson’s been meddling in Vermont and it didn’t go so swell. [Rutland Herald & VPR]

The University of Louisville’s entrepreneurial ecosystem just got a boost in funding and status. U of L has received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to commercialize research. [Business First]

As Scott County enters its second month of emergency health provisions, its HIV outbreak is sounding alarms across the country for areas at risk of a similar epidemic. [News & Tribune]

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Lawn Darts of Fate! Contest runs through the end of the week. [Page One & The ‘Ville Voice]

That Smell Is Greg Fischer’s Lack Of Transparency

About a year ago, a consultant hired by the Louisville Downtown Partnership concluded that downtown Louisville could support a medium-size grocery in the central business district, a small food market in the Nulu area, or even both. But one of the chains the consultant said could work downtown – Paul’s Fruit Market — isn’t convinced. [WDRB]

What began as an outreach effort two years ago to a portion of a potentially underserved population is now the first LGBT Citizens Police Academy offered by the Louisville Metro Police Department. [C-J/AKN]

Jefferson County Public Schools has named a new principal for Ballard High School. [WHAS11]

There’s a bad smell in parts of Metro Louisville, but nobody knows where it’s coming from. Media report that city crews have been trying for nearly a week to pin down the odor that smells like mildew, but so far they’ve had no luck. [H-L]

The Clark County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a Louisville man who was hit by a car in Clarksville. [WLKY]

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won the straw poll vote at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday. [HuffPo]

A mystery surrounds Louisville of really stinky proportions. [WAVE3]

A bill strengthening regulation of deep-well drillings was unanimously passed by a state Senate committee Thursday. [Richmond Register]

Metro Louisville’s three emergency services departments have been consolidated into a single agency, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday. [WFPL]

You know what’s scary? People in Delaware are trying to emulate Jerry Abramson. [Delaware Online]

Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen said the company will not see major financial implications from its acquisition of Big Fish games, a producer and distributor of mobile and online games, until the end of the first quarter of 2015. [Business First]

Clark County is one step closer to adding a court to handle the county’s heavy caseload, as members of the Indiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 1110 last week. [News & Tribune]

Abramson Having Fun Getting Lost In Warshington

Just on the other side of Interstate 65 from the University of Louisville campus, a block that once contained an aging apartment building and unkempt rental houses is now the latest example of the student-housing arms race at U of L. [WDRB]

Ford Motor Co. announced Thursday morning that hourly workers would receive an average profit-sharing check of $6,900. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville police continue to investigate a stabbing that took place on Muhammad Ali Boulevard near 26th Street around 5:30 Saturday night. [WHAS11]

With welders on site, members of Habitat for Humanity made strides toward history for the state organization as they recently worked to convert a shipping container into a home. [H-L]

WARNING!RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Clark County officials continue to crack down on contraband through raids at the county jail. [WLKY]

Does your member of congress have policies in place protecting LGBT staffers from discrimination? [HuffPo]

Jerry Abramson says five terms as Louisville’s mayor gave him the experience to assist President Barack Obama’s administration. [WAVE3]

Kentuckians want to see their governors in the flesh and in their hometowns. And they expect him or her to be “one of us.” That’s a challenge for the stiff and stylish Louisville Democrat. [Ronnie Ellis]

As a national debate about law enforcement practices gripped the nation, formal complaints by community members against Louisville Metro Police were at a five-year low. [WFPL]

President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget would impose a one-time 14 percent tax on some $2 trillion of accumulated U.S. corporate profits earned abroad and set up a 19 percent tax on future foreign earnings, a White House official said on Sunday. [Reuters]

Restaurants and food establishments are graded on a number of criteria, including cleanliness, food temperatures and labeling. [Business First]

A study conducted on parking and traffic in downtown Jeffersonville shows that the 20-block area will be seriously lacking in parking spots as future development continues. [News & Tribune]

Louisville Needs A New Frankfort Leader Now

A state audit released in May found that JCPS is spending too much on high-dollar administrators, and not enough on students. Six months later, the district gets a new progress report with a grade school leaders did not see coming. [WDRB]

Walmart has filed a development plan with the city for its much-anticipated western Louisville store just southwest of Broadway and 18th Street. [C-J/AKN]

In a state that leads the nation in lung cancer cases, Kentucky is turning its attention to small but growing group: lung cancer survivors. [WHAS11]

In a surprise announcement Wednesday, House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark said he will not seek re-election to the chamber’s No. 2 post he has held since 1993. [H-L]

A Louisville man who admitted to killing a woman while driving drunk wants to get out of prison early but prosecutors say he needs to spend more time behind bars. [WLKY]

In some American cities, up to 40 percent of households don’t have an Internet connection, according to a new analysis based on census data. [HuffPo]

Abramson said he would advise local politicians across the country that their work shouldn’t be about big developments. “If you can’t pick up the garbage, if you can’t get recycling picked up, if you can’t fill the potholes, then no community’s going to give you the opportunity and support when, as an example, I decided to expand the airport, relocate 4,000 people and 180 businesses and 11 churches,” Abramson said. “That was a monumental decision.” [WAVE3]

More than two dozen advisers to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul converged inside a boutique Washington hotel Wednesday to begin to form the skeleton of a 2016 presidential campaign. [U.S. News]

The group behind a project to build a botanical garden on Louisville’s waterfront will unveil its master plan. [WFPL]

Some spectacular jumps in generic drug prices have been exposed in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. [CBS News]

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are banned from picking up customers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. [Business First]

The city of Jeffersonville revoked the zoning permit from MAC Construction and Excavating Inc. last week that allowed it to operate an asphalt plant at the Hanson-Atkins Quarry. [News & Tribune]

Of Course Jim King Opposes A Basic Living Wage

Jerry Abramson is abandoning the insignificant and obscure office to which he was elected — lieutenant governor of Kentucky – for an even more insignificant and obscure office in the White House — deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs. [WDRB]

Residents near Louisville International Airport who don’t qualify for free home insulation work to help protect against air traffic noise could get help from proposed state legislation that would offer up to $3 million annually in tax credits for self-bought insulation. [C-J/AKN]

City leaders are asking the public to weigh in on a complete revamp of a stretch of Dixie Highway. [WHAS11]

These scores aren’t that great for Jefferson County Public Schools… [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Another big part of honoring our veterans is taking care of their medical needs, which is why the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is building a new medical center in Louisville. [WLKY]

Kentucky Baptists on Tuesday chose to sever ties with a Louisville church that is open to performing same-sex marriages. [HuffPo]

A wave of business owners, including a well-known restaurateur, presented dire scenarios about a proposed minimum wage hike to Louisville Metro Council on Monday. [WAVE3]

If you’re some kind of jackass like Ted Cruz, you probably need help understanding net neutrality. [The Oatmeal]

Some motorists—namely, people who don’t have a mobile phone or credit card—are being excluded from a new pilot parking program in downtown Louisville. [WFPL]

Republicans like Brett Guthrie pocket mountains of telecom cash and are fighting against an open, honest internet. [Gizmodo]

Louisville-based Humana Inc. has agreed to buy $500 million in its stock from Goldman, Sachs & Co. [Business First]

The Tiger Baby Playtime attraction in Charlestown was often a sold-out fundraiser event this summer with patrons paying $25 to play with tiger cubs. For $20 more in cash, they could pose for a photo with one in their arms. What visitors may not have know was that some grown tigers outside the tent were lounging in cages inspectors have deemed inadequate to prevent escape, that Stark pleaded guilty to selling an endangered animal and that he’s boasted he’ll never shut down — no matter what the law says. [News & Tribune]

Will You Miss Mayor Jerry While He’s Gone?

This made Steve Beshear really happy. The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the nation’s circuit courts that virtually guarantees Supreme Court review. [USA Today]

He’ll be the fourth man in charge of Clark County deputies in less than six months. On Wednesday, Sheriff-elect Jamey Noel talked about his goals and how he hopes to put aside past scandals. [WDRB]

Hate to see a terrific local business close up shop. Political note: this is where Jack Conway kicked off a huge portion of his U.S. Senate campaign. Phyllis Fitzgerald was doing her best to keep Horton’s Hardware store in the Highlands in business this week, buying two plastic jugs of all-natural cleaner at the Douglass Loop site, where she’s been shopping for decades. [C-J/AKN]

Proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage and give voters the option of imposing a sales tax on themselves to pay for projects will be back next year, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Wednesday. [WHAS11]

President Barack Obama is appointing Kentucky Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson as his liaison to state and local governments. [H-L]

Read all about the Mayor McCheese appointment here. Press release, resignation letter and such. [Page One]

Another day, another school bus accident in the metro area. [WLKY]

This is the kind of candidate we should have run for Mayor of Louisville. Einstein the dog joined the Oakland, California, mayoral race, promising to provide a voice — if a bit of a growly one — to the city’s most overlooked residents. [HuffPo]

Three days after a massive fire broke out in Valley Station at a tire recycling facility, WAVE 3 News is finally hearing from the company. [WAVE3]

Here’s what John Yarmuth had to say about Mayor McCheese: “Jerry Abramson and Crit Luallen are dedicated public servants who have moved our Commonwealth forward, and I am thrilled for both of them today. Jerry’s leadership as Mayor and Lieutenant Governor has prepared him to be a strong advocate for local government at the federal level, and I look forward to having another Kentucky Democrat with me in Washington.” [Press Release]

Soon, five of the seven Jefferson County Board of Education members will have served no more than two years. [WFPL]

And here’s what Jack Conway had to say: “This is a great day for Kentucky. After this week’s elections, it is clear the President must focus on building relationships and reaching out to people across this country and there is no better person to help him build his domestic agenda than Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson. Jerry is a friend who has served as Mayor of my hometown for more than two decades. His experience and passion for public service will be an asset to the White House and a benefit to all Kentuckians. I am incredibly proud of my good friend, Crit Luallen. Gov. Beshear made a wise choice is selecting her as the next Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Crit is the gold standard of public service. She has served as Kentucky’s Auditor and in the administrations of six prior Kentucky governors. Crit instantly brings a wealth of policy experience and gravitas that will help Gov. Beshear cement his legacy of fiscal responsibility and a healthier Kentucky.” [Press Release]

A parochial school in Kentucky has apologized to a teacher who resigned due to an Ebola scare after she traveled to an area of Africa unaffected by the virus, according to a letter to parents made public on Wednesday. [Reuters]

Louisville-based home health nursing and personal care company Almost Family Inc. posted higher earnings this morning. [Business First]

Jeffersonville attorney Brad Jacobs was elected to Clark County Circuit Court No. 2 Judge in a resounding win over Democrat opponent Laura Harbison. [News & Tribune]