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The Jefferson County Board of Education is looking to extend Superintendent Donna Hargens’ contract by four years. Louisville’s wealthy electeds always reward those who bumble along. [WDRB]

A jury has awarded nearly $5 million to a courier for a Louisville law firm who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was hit by a TARC bus. [C-J/AKN]

There was no woe on Louisville’s amazing Walnut Street in the 1950’s and early 60’s. [WHAS11]

Ann Parrish remembers trying to wrangle and bundle her two toddlers during last winter’s cold snap so they could get on a bus to find another place to stay. [H-L]

Another day, another pedestrian hit by a vehicle in Possibility City. [WLKY]

James Risen reiterated on Tuesday a warning about the White House that he delivered nearly one year ago. [HuffPo]

From digging out driveways to checking on area seniors Good Samaritans have been out and about performing good deeds despite the cold. [WAVE3]

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, offering fresh evidence that the labor market was gathering steam. [Reuters]

It was about noon on Wednesday and Kenneth Williams hadn’t eaten breakfast. In fact, he hasn’t eaten since Tuesday afternoon–a peanut butter sandwich. [WFPL]

Google is warning that the government’s quiet plan to expand the FBI’s authority to remotely access computer files amounts to a “monumental” constitutional concern. [National Journal]

A Missouri real-estate developer is planning to build one of the largest industrial buildings in Jefferson County on land that it’s buying near Louisville International Airport. [Business First]

More students at Greater Clark County Schools are starting to take advantage of the state’s 21st Century Scholars program, and administrators hope to get more seventh- and eighth-graders to sign up early. [News & Tribune]

Some Journo Ethics Would Be Great For Louisville

Folks wonder why everyday people are distrustful of media?

Check this out from a WDRB reporter:


Her job is to objectively cover things like LMPD.

We all make mistakes, sure. Every day. But she snapped when asked if she’d be reimbursing the police to avoid any perception of ethics issues. Rather than seize the moment to say, “Ooh, good call, right on top of that.” Straight to defense and snapping. In addition to previous scuffles over police coverage in the past (like the time she raised red flags while covering a murder near Phoenix Hill Tavern), this is… Not that great.

WDRB should at the very least offer to reimburse LMPD to fix this. If they can’t afford to or don’t want to, surely the local journo community will chip in to help avoid the appearance of impropriety.

Everyone from Joe Gerth to the folks at my hometown newspaper in Eastern Kentucky refuse even the appearance of an ethical dilemma. I’ve seen Gerth turn down water from people he’s covering — despite water being pretty much acceptable on all journalistic fronts. Chuck Olmstead often paid for bottles of water. Francene wouldn’t even let another journalist (which she barely was) buy her coffee.

Good grief. No wonder people have given up on trust. Something that’s sorely needed today.

WDRB trolls will start attacking in 3, 2, 1 instead of doing the right thing…

But kudos to the cops for being great in this situation. Even though they wouldn’t do this for just any random person on the street unless they’re elderly or in dire straits.

Why jump on WDRB? Because WDRB sure loves attacking people like Phillip Bailey for daring to say and do what no one else in this town will. And this isn’t the first time something like this has occurred with the station’s reporters.

They spent the better part of two days attacking Bailey for daring stand up to the asshats he worked for at WFPL — going so far as to insinuate he was unethical, biased, blah blah blah.

Every week it seems like there’s someone else in Louisville media these folks want to jump. When it comes to them? We’re not allowed to ask questions or raise concerns because we get personally attacked. Even Eric Flack is better than that (he, too, turns things like this down).

More Of That Epic Greg Fischer Transparency

Just in case you needed more proof that Greg Fischer is so out-of-touch with the average citizen it’s painful. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says he has concerns about the proposal to increase the minimum wage in Louisville. [WDRB]

Because that’ll make his already incompetent team function better with all those distractions? Mayor Greg Fischer is moving his office to the Kentucky Center during IdeaFestival next week. [C-J/AKN]

Whiskey Row is already home to several bars and restaurants. Owners and managers are reacting to the news of Brown-Forman’s plans to build an Old Forester distillery at 117 and 119 Main Street. [WHAS11]

Way to go, Kentucky! Substantiated reports of child abuse and neglect in Kentucky continued to increase last fiscal year, with substance abuse remaining a leading cause of the problem, according to the latest state report on the issue. [H-L]

Can you imagine? What a horrible way to die. A person is dead after becoming trapped in a septic tank Thursday evening in the 14000 block of Potter Road in southeastern Jefferson County. [WLKY]

The U.S. has more low-paying jobs than any other country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, an economic group of 34 developed countries. [HuffPo]

General Electric signaled plans to make a major investment at Appliance Park in Louisville even as it sells the appliance division to Electrolux. [WAVE3]

Remember that time we broke a big story about Greg Fischer’s corrupt administration and he tried to cover everything up? Then an investigative committee was formed to tan his hide? And a criminal investigation was launched? Yeah? Now there’s a whistleblower law being created to combat Greg Fischer’s nonsense and it’s going to be called SADIE’S LAW. It’s the biggest F.U. to a mayor in Louisville in decades. The scandal he tried to cover up will now haunt him forever in the form of a law. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Louisville Metro Council candidates Bill Hollander and Laura Rice jousted in a debate Monday night over a variety of issues, including a proposed wage hike. [WFPL]

Eighteen years after it was published, “Dark Alliance,” the San Jose Mercury News’s bombshell investigation into links between the cocaine trade, Nicaragua’s Contra rebels, and African American neighborhoods in California, remains one of the most explosive and controversial exposés in American journalism. [The Intercept]

The Louisville Bats could have a new majority owner within the next month. [Business First]

The mayor and some council members are changing marina plans just in time for Wednesday’s redevelopment meeting, hoping this version will have the most support from all decision makers. [News & Tribune]

You Are Already Drunk For Oaks At 8:00 A.M.

Yum! Brands is about to get a new CEO. David Novak, who has served in the top spot since 1999, is stepping down to become the executive chairman. [WDRB]

Twelve days before the Kentucky Derby, trainer Steve Asmussen pointedly started a conversation with reporters with a query of his own: “Any PETA questions?” [C-J/AKN]

After nearly 12 hours of deliberation a jury sided with the Louisville Metro Police Department in the case of Richard Pearson. [WHAS11]

Vinceremos, which means to conquer or overcome in Latin, is the name of a Derby contender and of a therapeutic riding center for disabled kids and adults in Florida. [H-L]

You can’t even call yourself Jessica Rabbit and give “massages” in Louisville these days without getting arrested. [WLKY]

Here’s the latest thing the horsey set in Kentucky is freaking out about. [Fox Hill Farm]

As Derby Day nears Kentucky’s signature sport faces greater competition from other states that lure horses and trainers with bigger purses. [WAVE3]

The Kentucky State Police, in partnership with the U.S Drug Enforcement Agency, collected 1,200 pounds of prescription medications in the Eighth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event held Saturday, April 26. [Press Release]

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism has selected 24 journalists as members of the 77th class of Nieman Fellows. Gabe Bullard is one of them. [Press Release]

This guy should not be allowed at the Kentucky Derby or anywhere near the Commonwealth of Kentucky. But he visits the state on a regular basis. Giving gays the death penalty? That sounds like something Frankfort would love. [Unreal]

If you order a mint julep at the track this week, you might notice that the mint sprigs are a bit shorter than usual. [WFPL]

The University of Louisville’s vice president of student affairs, Tom Jackson Jr., has been named president of Black Hills State University. [Business First]

Now that contractors have finished installing straight portions of lighted handrails on the Big Four Bridge ramp, all that remains before its opening is the curved sections and stair tower sections. [News & Tribune]

Louisville Singled Out For Pedestrian Death Rate

This should be hugely embarrassing/troubling. Louisville is receiving money from the government to help prevent pedestrian deaths. Louisville, Philadelphia and New York City are the three recipients. [WDRB]

Louisville is getting ready to monitor air pollution on a micro-level, potentially shedding light on city “hot spots” that could be damaging people’s health. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky’s junior Senator will be visiting Louisville on Monday. The event will take place at the Louisville Plate Glass Company on West Broadway. [WHAS11]

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s faith in God was shaped by her grandmother’s hymns and the bedtime prayers from her gruff Navy father, the former secretary of state told thousands of Methodist women Saturday. [H-L]

Just the kind of horrific news Louisville needs. Louisville Metro Police are investigating reports that a 4-year-old boy shot himself in the face. [WLKY]

UofL has selected Southern Illinois University administrator Kimberly Kempf-Leonard as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. [Press Release]

For the unemployed in Kentuckiana, a sure bet for a career with benefits and excellent pay comes from a new collaboration of groups in town. [WAVE3]

One idea floated in the aftermath of the string of violence by young people last month in downtown Louisville is strengthening the city’s curfew law. [WFPL]

The Obama Administration is urging the Supreme Court not to take up New York Times reporter James Risen’s plea to consider overturning a ruling that he must testify about his confidential sources for his reporting about a Central Intelligence Agency effort to undermine Iran’s nuclear program. [Politico]

Despite a local push to bring higher-speed Internet service to Louisville, at least one large telecommunications company won’t be looking to add upgraded service here — or in any part of Kentucky — in the near future. Warning: silly auto-play video. [Business First]

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore’s recent public clash with the Indiana Department of Transportation over the opening date for the Big Four Bridge has caused Clark County officials to worry that future projects could be jeopardized if the city is involved. [News & Tribune]

Jere Downs Hit The Nail On The Head Again

Kentucky taxpayers have already spent a half-million dollars – and could spend much more in coming weeks – in a court fight to keep a nonprofit Louisville mental health agency from fleeing the state’s troubled pension system. [WDRB]

Go read this story from Jere Downs and take 100% of it to heart. This is Louisville. Not some out-of-touch hype. Not some rich guy endorsement. Real. Honest. Everyday. We need to see more people speaking up like this. [C-J/AKN]

Welcome to the metro area, where this sort of discrimination against children still occurs. [WHAS11]

Greg Fischer endorsed the big business rich guy for Metro Council District 9 over about a dozen other people. After all these years among the commoners, Greg’s still erring on the side of the wealthy. Ignoring those who truly fuel his city. Here’s hoping someone without a silver spoon in their mouth wins that race. [Metro Council Mess]

Nearly 37,000 violent offenses occurred in Kentucky in 2012. On Saturday youth and adults joined together to learn more about the battle against violence and what they can do to help. [WLKY]

Two bills scheduled for action in the Senate Thursday demonstrate the political and strategic sides of legislating. [Ronnie Ellis]

After being pulled over by police, a man shot himself. This does not need to become a trend in Louisville. [WAVE3]

Of course Louisville powers that be will scoff at this look at power line messes. [AJ]

State funding for Quality and Charity Care Trust Inc., a fund that helps cover hospital care services to economically disadvantaged patients at University of Louisville Hospital, is being cut by more than half in Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposed budget for the next biennium. [Business First]

Henry A. Tandy was one of many newly freed slaves who moved to Lexington at the end of the Civil War. He would leave marks on this city that are still visible, and his son would do the same in New York. [Tom Eblen]

A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to a report out Friday from the National Science Foundation. [WFPL]

It started five years ago in a seeming act of generosity by Pleasure Ridge Park High’s longtime head baseball coach, whose company offered to build a new turf infield at the school for free. [C-J/AKN]

Drew Salamone spends his days preparing slow-smoked ribs and brisket, but in the back of his mind is the prospect of Charlestown undergoing significant growth that will broaden his customer base at Bare Shoulder BBQ restaurant in the city’s downtown square. [News & Tribune]

Ethics? What Ethics? There Are No Ethics Here

Want to be involved in a new effort from Page One and The ‘Ville Voice to focus on ad-free, citizen-funded investigative journalism? It’ll trend toward more long form work. [Jump In]

Don’t worry, that dang bridge is never going to reopen. You should probably just call in sick. [FOX41]

Today at 1:30 the Metro Council Planning & Zoning committee will continue its discussion of proposed changes to the Landmarks Ordinance. A final vote is expected. [Agenda]

It’s sad that the girl went missing. But she’s a pretty white girl and that’s all the media will discuss. Never a mention of any non-white kid missing in the region. [WAVE3]

Sure, you see news of Steve Beshear creating child death review panels. But you see very little about a judge holding the Cabinet in contempt. That’s because the press releases and media battle was designed that way by the governor’s office. [H-L]

Dear WHAS11: only linking people to a petition against a proposed housing development doesn’t qualify as giving people an opportunity to voice their concerns for and against something. [WHAS11]

Barbara Shanklin has retained an attorney in the ethics probe. Because we all know it’s completely ethical to put your entire family on the dole – even when they’re in jail – just because you’re a Metro Councilcritter. [C-J/AKN]

Gannett Co. Inc., the McLean, Va.-based media company that owns The Courier-Journal newspaper, reported a drop in second-quarter revenue and profit despite a boost in digital revenue. [Business First]

The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission still cannot compel witnesses to testify, which could impact a possible hearing involving Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin. [WFPL]

Breaking news! A bunch of people were arrested on drug charges at a music festival. Because that’s what happens. [WLKY]