You’re Not Excited For All Of The Bridges Hype

Wednesday marks a big day in the years-long quest to build two new Ohio River bridges. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Indiana Governor Mike Pence will officially celebrate the start of construction on the East End bridge. [WDRB]

When the Waterfront Park master plan was approved in 1991, no decision had been made on where to build any new bridges between Louisville and Southern Indiana. [C-J/AKN]

Local families are begging for help after trying to reach their loved ones graves on Memorial Day. The Greenwood Cemetery in West Louisville is considered abandoned property and right now the plan for upkeep isn’t working. The headstones mark loved ones who are gone, and appear to be forgotten. [WHAS11]

If you missed it, Kentucky Retirement Systems can now be done with SAC Capital. That’s kind of a huge deal. [Page One]

Closing arguments in the trial of Jeffrey Mundt are expected Wednesday morning. In the courtroom on Tuesday, the defense presented several witnesses in their case including Jason Roberts, an inmate being held in Georgia who was transported to Jefferson County to testify. [WAVE3]

US house prices in March were up 10.9% from a year earlier, the best annual rise in nearly seven years. According to the closely-watched Standard & Poors/Case-Shiller index, all 20 US cities measured posted annual gains for the third straight month. [BBC]

Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane, released 2012 state and federal income tax returns Tuesday that showed a total joint gross income of $252,164 — an increase of more than $55,000 from 2011. [H-L]

For the second time in five months, a Bullitt County constable is in jail on drug charges, this time accused of selling heroin to a Sheriff’s Office informant. [WLKY]

Sometimes bridges might not seem like progress to the average Hoosier. Just ask anyone who had to travel over to Louisville when the Sherman Minton was shut down for nearly five months not so long ago. [News & Tribune]

John Schnatter, chairman and CEO of Papa John’s International Inc., took to Facebook to apologize for an incident involving racist remarks made by one of the pizza giant’s former employees in Sanford, Fla. [Business First]

Federal investigators have not yet determined the cause of the October 2012 train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County. [WFPL]

Yet Another Cordish Failure & A Silly New “Study”

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Meanwhile, two or three people are still pretending that 4th Street is a success and not a disastrous, expensive failure for taxpayers. The Pub Restaurant on 4th Street Live has run dry, marking the latest in a long line of businesses to leave the block. [WDRB]

Regardless of what anyone thinks about Greg Fischer, he deserves praise for pushing after-school programs in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Seems like only yesterday we were discussing Clark County Schools and those shenanigans involving Tony Bennett with Francene. Democrat Glenda Ritz won the race for the state’s schools superintendent by challenging the education overhaul implemented by the Republican incumbent Tony Bennett, but her power to stop the sweeping changes in Indiana schools may be limited. [News & Tribune]

That sound you hear is Bob Gunnell being involved in yet another publicity stunt that attempts to kill all progress in Louisville. We’re guessing he still hasn’t paid back his former business partners and still owes Goldsmith. What an absolutely stupid “study” to push around as legitimate. It’s a shame that UofL has a hand in this. [WHAS11]

It’s maybe not a terrific week for John Schnatter. Shares of Papa John’s declined on Tuesday following news of class-action certification for a lawsuit that claims the pizza chain had unsolicited text messages sent to cell phones. [HuffPo]

Of course Tom Wine is firing political opponents and anybody else who has rubbed him the wrong way. This is Possibility City and that’s how things work. [WLKY]

A new report says many of the nation’s coal-fired power plants won’t be competitive once they’re upgraded with pollution controls. [WFPL]

You’ll never see something like this happening in Louisville. Commerce Lexington and the Lexington Industrial Foundation have offered $80,000 to help pay consultants working to help the city solve its pension-fund crisis. [H-L]

Oh, wait for it, wait for it… the Jeffersonville mayoral scandals are beginning to hit the AP wire. [More WHAS11]

Just a reminder that the housing market is not puppies and rainbows in Louisville. Foreclosures for Louisville homes are increasing despite a year of significant decreases in 2011. [Business First]

Details are expected later this week in the Harrison County Prosecutor’s case against five current and past leaders in Palmyra. Sounds like there’s some juicy drama about to drop in Southern Indiana. [WAVE3]

Sexytime Herman Cain Has Tainted Our Great City

Greg Fischer is going to protect you from scary fireworks. Because there are clearly no other issues facing Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Will Greg Fischer’s second “virtual town hall” on the Twitter and Fakebook be as much of a failure as his first? How quickly people forget. [WFPL]

Lexington is unhappy, to say the least, about a potential move of mail processing to Louisville. [H-L]

Yes, that’s right, Sexytime Herman Cain’s latest alleged shenanigans started in Louisville. A little too close to home for the crazy, folks. [Faux News]

Lots of misinformation is being spread about a proposed meth registry and Brent Yonts is making sure you don’t get snowed. [Page One]

Louisville: When are we going to get our shiz together and stop allowing young people to kill each other? [FOX41]

The only Queenie’s we know is the former Queenie’s Pizza on South Fourth Street. Which is now Windy City? Queenie’s was way more gay, for obvious reasons. [Consuming Louisville]

Kerry Johnson finally got indicted for stealing $100,000+ from the University of Louisville. This is, what, the millionth time this has happened at UofL and Jim Ramsey still hasn’t been held responsible? [WAVE3]

John Veitch finally got canned for failing to handle the Life at Ten situation better. Funny how that works. No one would have cared if animal advocates hadn’t raised concern. [Business First]

Will this finally be the end of busing? Teddy Gordon filed a motion with the Kentucky Supreme Court not to hear Jefferson County Public Schools’ objection to a recent appeal. [WHAS11]

John Schnatter is apparently now a “Hometown Hero” and his face will be gigantic and plastered on the side of a building downtown. [WLKY & Louisville Heroes]

Greg Fischer’s Metro Animal Services is a literal disaster. BOTH Gilles Meloch and Wayne Zelinsky were more open than these folks. Even the crazy dog show people will back me up on that front. But you’ll never get that sense from the mainstream that LMAS is a big deal and the issues will be completely ignored when the time for re-election nears. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The Honeymoon is Definitely Over

The Party is Over: Remember when basketball coaches were given a free pass by fans at least until their first loss? The news of the day isn’t good for John Calipari, who sure sounds guilty of impropriety at Memphis. And Billy Clyde wants $6 million from the school. Billy Reed has all you need to know. [BillyReedSays]

Riding for Cancer with Papa John: We were having lunch at Calistoga last week when John Schnatter walked in to tape this spot for Norton Cancer Institute’s Ride to Conquer Cancer. The ride is in September, from the ‘Ville to Lexington and back.  [YouTube]

The Offer Better Be Good: Schnatter’s ground-breaking promotion involves finding his old Camaro and a virtual road trip. But you have to use a webcam to play, so those better be really good coupons. [Papa Johns]

Across The Street: WAVE’s story on the Wayside/Hotel Louisville controversy includes interviews with JCTC about their intentions to buy the property, which were blocked by the most recent General Assembly. [WAVE]

Javanon Argument Lacks Logic: A C-J letter writer will get no argument that the soccer program attracts nice people who do great things. But that’s not the problem. The leader of the group knew what he was doing, knew how to skirt zoning requirements, and knew the incompetent leadership on the Planning Commission wouldn’t catch him. Ali Ahmadi (yes, it’s really all about him)  just didn’t plan for neighborhood opposition. [Courier]

JCPS Report is Late: Isn’t it just strange that an academic organization like JPCS can’t get a simple report on a student’s death completed in nine months? Max Gilpin’s parents are upset, and so are we. Should we hold Sheldon Berman responsible? [Courier]

Our Guilty Pleasure: OK, so the second episode of Southern Belles is tonight. We can’t wait. And Shea, our choice for least likable, reveals in her blog that since the show she’s lost weight with the help of a personal trainer. But she wants readers to think she’s still with Jeff, the guy she dragged off to Chicago to shop for wedding rings. That relationship is long over, but apparently she can’t ruin the show’s storyline. [Shea]