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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]

A New Endeavor/Side Project For Our Sites

For the past several months there has been increased frothing and complaining from mostly Democrats that the content on Page One and The ‘Ville Voice is bought and paid for. Despite, of course, that being so far from reality that it’s laughable.

Most of that criticism stems from the Consumer Health Products Association advertising on our sites to reach the obvious audience: people in Frankfort and those who influence Frankfort. And, of course, when Williams-Farmer advertised on our site to do the same thing. In Louisville, it comes from a handful of Greg Fischer’s people who still ignorantly believe we’re in the tank for Jim King– despite us being the reason he has to comment here as himself and despite us being part of the reason his daughter faced so much public scrutiny.

You’ll note that it’s never criticism from Republicans because they know a fair shake when they see it. We criticize Democrats and Republicans equally and have a years-long history of doing just that. Along with a love it or hate it history of breaking news and forcing uncomfortable change in state and local government. It may make you uncomfortable or angry on occasion but you’re still reading dozens of times per week.

Which brings us to today. We’re launching a new project.

To put aside ignorant criticism, we’re announcing a new subsection of our websites that will be completely advertising-free. Free of the perception of influence from advertisers and underwriters. And 100% free of opinion. We’re partnering with a few now-unemployed journalists to bring new text and video-rich investigative pieces. And it will be supported by those who read these sites and those who want to support a continued effort to uncover corruption in Louisville and Kentucky.

Whether this new effort generates $500 per year or $50,000, the funds will work to accomplish the same goal. We already have high-end video and recording equipment. We already have a well-known web presence. So the funds will specifically be used for research and payment to the journalists doing the work.

Your contribution can be public or anonymous – it’s up to you. Once we see where this is going, we’ll maintain a publicly available list (you’ll decide if you want to be on it).

Here’s how:

We’re not a non-profit and don’t want to be at this point. The contributed funds will be taxable as revenue. But that doesn’t mean we won’t form a c3 entity in the future.

You can contribute on this post or here at this support page on the site.

These sites and this new effort wouldn’t be possible without you. We’re looking forward to what you’re able to make happen.

Thanks for you support.

Greg’s Top Guy & The KRS Whitewash Under Way

You should probably get a load of the top guy in the running to be the new Executive Director of Kentucky Retirement Systems. It won’t blow your mind if you’ve been paying attention. Primarily because Greg Fischer’s top guy is the fellow making the selection. [Page One]

The State House and Senate started flushing more than $60,000 per day down the toilet yesterday. [H-L]

Would you pay $1,000 for this fancy Julep cup? Probably not. But you’ll enjoy watching a story about it. [FOX41]

UofL now says it is delaying the selection of a new University Hospital partner because more time is needed for “discussions and negotiations.” Which is Greek for, “We can’t figure out how to help our friends get super-rich off the gubmint just yet.” [C-J/AKN]

A study required in order for Indiana to finance its portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project was released Monday and offered that the economic impact will include nearly 18,000 jobs annually, result in $27.3 billion in personal income and $78 billion in economic output for the region. Let’s not even begin discussing how these jobs are super-temporary or how this study was made-to-order. [News & Tribune]

The Ohio River Bridges Debacle meets a new delay and everybody just feigns shock and outrage. [WAVE3]

Today the Kentuckiana Regional Planning Development Agency will visit John Yarmuth’s office. On Thursday, Kentucky Mortgage Bankers will pay him a visit. [Press Release]

On a scale of one to ten, how happy are you about this sneaky LG&E charge called the “Weather Normalization Adjustment”? [WHAS11]

What would you do if your home, place of employment and entire community were wiped off the face of the earth by a tornado? Recovery in Eastern Kentucky will take a long time and only the Red Cross remains on the ground supporting the people who most need it. [Click Here To Give]

You can’t even go to the Meijer on South Hurstbourne Parkway these days without getting carjacked by some shirtless young man. [WLKY]

On any given night in the U.S., there are approximately 60,500 youth confined in juvenile correctional facilities or other residential programs. Photographer Richard Ross has spent the past five years criss-crossing the country photographing the architecture, cells, classrooms and inhabitants of these detention sites. [Wired]

Jon Fleischaker won a fancy and much-deserved award from the Society of Professional Journalists. [Business First]

Actors Theater Is Why Louisville Has Nice Things

This A Kentucky Newspaper story about Greg Fischer turning to Facebook to ask questions about the budget is interesting. Doesn’t mention that he deleted nearly every comment perceived as negative – even when true and honest. [C-J/AKN]

What was that, again, about the Legislative Ethics Commission not being under the direct control of the good old boys in Frankfort? [John Cheves]

Bob Gunnell needs to focus on paying back the $400,000 or whatever he stiffed the IRS for. Maybe focus on his bankruptcy and walking out on Peritus – which is fighting to get what it’s owed from him, apparently – before he tries to keep it up with this bit of killing sidewalks on Brownsboro Road. And opponents declined to go to the forum last week not because the project is moving forward but because Bob got his ass handed to him and he has egg all over his face. [FOX41]

Oh, look, it’s Claudia Coffey doing a story about the Brownsboro Road sidewalk. Wouldn’t it be a good idea for her to disclose the fact that she knows Bob Gunnell personally when doing a slanted story like this? [WHAS11]

Will Jeffersonville ever stop flushing all of its poop into the Ohio River? [WFPL]

Lonnie Napier can’t read or use the Google so there’s no way for him to realize that welfare drug testing doesn’t work. What does work, though, is testing legislators for drug use. Someone needs to file that as an amendment ASAP. [WKYT]

Have you seen how much money taxpayers pony up for silly “studies” every year? Millions upon millions. [Page One]

You can’t even go to St. Matthews without cold getting robbed. Better pack your pepper spray, meemaw. [WAVE3]

Actors Theater opened some downtown apartments for visiting artists. This will be a good thing for Louisville, right? [Business First]

Here’s more on that large drug ring that was arrested in J-town last week. [WLKY]

David Whitlock is proof that Louisville doesn’t need outdated constables, right? [84WHAS]