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Indiana and Kentucky have selected a Virginia-based company to oversee the toll system for the Ohio River Bridges Project. The contract, estimated at $39.9 million, includes installing, operating and maintaining the toll equipment for seven years, said Kendra York, Indiana’s public finance director. [WDRB]

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced Churchill Downs, its namesake racetrack, and Yum! Brands, Inc., have signed a five-year agreement that extends Yum!’s role as the presenting sponsor of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby, one of America’s most legendary sports and entertainment events. [Press Release]

Local police amass millions in military surplus. Jeffersontown Police Officer Tommy McCann popped the trunk of his cruiser to reveal thousands of dollars worth of military-grade equipment. [C-J/AKN]

WTF? Is there a war coming to Clarksville? [More C-J/AKN]

There was a ribbon cutting Monday afternoon for the new visitor center at the Stitzel-Weller distillery in Shively. The Kentucky Distillers’ Association says Stitzel-Weller will be the newest stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. [WHAS11]

Police in Pulaski County recently worked two incidents in a week’s time involving alleged drunk drivers on riding lawn mowers, including one arrested after he ​drove to the drive-through window at a fast-food restaurant, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. [H-L]

The affidavit said after Oberhansley killed Blanton, he removed parts of her skull and brain, heart and part of a lung. The document said Oberhansley told detectives he cooked and ate the organs. [WLKY]

An astounding 72% percent of Americans say they are unhappy with Republicans in Congress. [HuffPo]

It could be the most important thing you do this week. A Louisville high school sophomore desperately needs a bone marrow match to win the fight he’s battled for three years. [WAVE3]

Was it really only a year ago that we were gearing up for the big unveil of where the uninsured could seamlessly go online and shop for health care as they would their vacation travel? [WaPo]

Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District has reached an agreement with the union that represents several of its employees. [WFPL]

Public schools throughout the nation continue to contend with budget shortfalls and insufficient classroom resources, while U.S. test scores remain far behind those of many other developed nations. Here are measures that can be taken to fix America’s troubled education system. [The Onion]

You guessed it — more of the same for the arena shenanigans. [Business First]

Complaints about the termination of a recycling program in Clark County’s unincorporated areas may prompt the county commissioners to bring it back — if the price is right. [News & Tribune]

Nawbny Po-leece Maybe Have A Bit Of A Problem

Parents are calling into question the leadership of Male’s new principal, David Mike, whose first year is mired in an ongoing investigation into accusations of improper protocol on state standardized tests. Parents say he’s also unethical and unprofessional with students and staff and are concerned he’s forcing faculty to leave. Note: JCPS officials told us off-the-record after the last suicide that the principal was a hot mess. [WDRB]

Kosair Charities, which has given more than $6 million annually to Kosair Children’s Hospital, is accusing parent company Norton Healthcare of misusing some of that money to enhance its bottom line and “line the pockets” of its executives. [C-J/AKN]

Another fun weekend in Louisville filled with crazy shootings. Not in the West End, either, mouth-breathers. [WHAS11WHAS11]

Is Andy Beshear just like his homophobic daddy? Only time will tell. Beshear applies these assumptions in a new way: because same-sex couples do not contribute to the birth rate, it’s not economically beneficial for Kentucky to recognize their marriages. [Think Progress]

Wait, yet another shooting, this time ending in death. Again, not in the West End. [WLKY]

Long before Kim Baker became the leader of Kentucky’s biggest arts venue, she was an aspiring 16-year-old flutist studying at the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. [H-L]

An attorney for a New Albany police officer claims a civil suit is in the works against NAPD after allegations of corrupt conduct. Laura Landenwich represents Patrol Officer Laura Schook, a 19-year veteran, who informed New Albany’s Police Merit Commission about corruption, discrimination and misuse of taxpayer money during a meeting May 8. [WAVE3]

Guess it’s safe to assume sports are bigger hits than embezzlement or corruption. This speculative story about the University of Louisville and the Yum Center last week was the most read story — ever — on The ‘Ville Voice. Ouch. [The ‘Ville Voice]

This is an interesting story about crashing Kentucky Derby gates. But it stinks of failure of the governor’s security detail and highlights just how easy it is for crazy people to get close to the him/her. [WFPL]

The University of Louisville has made two appointments for interim deans and another interim appointment to replace its departing vice president of student affairs. [Business First]

The attorney for a New Albany Police Department officer who has asked that alleged corruption at the agency be investigated says legal action will be taken against the department. [News & Tribune]

The State Transportation Plan Is Up For Review

City officials have a plan to plant 5,000 trees by the end of the year. [WDRB]

Louisville’s solid waste board Tuesday voted to ban the use of most plastic bags for yard waste, hoping the move will help make sure that leaves and other garden debris is composted — and doesn’t end up in local landfills. This is not new news but is a major step in the right direction for Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office have gotten involved in the Kentucky Derby ticket scam case. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission found former state Rep. John Arnold guilty Wednesday of three charges in a sexual harassment case brought by employees of legislative aides. [H-L]

It’s been two years since a man was killed at Churchill Downs just hours after a record-setting Kentucky Derby. Investigators are now revealing new details in the case and said it’s just a matter of time until an arrest is made. [WLKY]

Kentucky’s 20 year transportation plan — also known as the campaign cash patronage system — is up for review. [Click the Clicky]

John Boel’s hype aside, this is kind of infuriating. The WAVE 3 News investigation showing Louisville Metro public works and corrections vehicles lining up daily outside the Franciscan Kitchen and workers going in to eat food meant for the homeless wasn’t really news to John Rowan. [WAVE3]

The latest National Climate Assessment provides clear evidence of what many Americans are already experiencing in their daily lives: the growing impact of extreme weather events linked to global warming. [HuffPo]

The way Jefferson County Public Schools discipline students has recently led to heated debate among Louisville activists and education leaders. [WFPL]

Several of the parties in a lawsuit aimed at stopping the development of two warehouse and distribution facilities in the Blankenbaker Station Business Park have filed motions to dismiss the case. [Business First]

Two incumbent Clark County judges were unseated during the Democratic Party primary race Tuesday. [News & Tribune]

How Is Mr. Derby Ticket Fraud Still In Operation?

After the Kentucky Derby comes to an end, then comes the part that isn’t so fun. Cleaning up the track. [WDRB]

The Pleasure Ridge Park High School principal removed by Jefferson County Public Schools in January amid an investigation of school finances has been recommended for termination, his attorney said Monday. [C-J/AKN]

Yep, this story is from a couple days ago but it blows our minds that this guy is still allowed to be in business. [WHAS11]

Urban greengrocers are bak to serve thing sup for big-spending locavores. [NPR]

Following a 7-month long investigation, Bullitt County drug task force detectives arrested two people in an alleged multi-state marijuana ring. [WLKY]

The federal government’s vigilance in enforcing the court-backed desegregation of the country’s schools is a shadow of what it once was. [ProPublica]

The sunny skies on Derby drew in almost 165,000 people under the twin spires, the second largest crowd ever. [WAVE3]

Rick Dutrow has sipped horse racing’s sweetest nectar, winning the 2008 Kentucky Derby with Big Brown. Now he’s tasting its bitterest dregs, fighting to overturn a 10-year suspension for two drug violations that branded him a “cheater.” [NBC News]

The director of the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association believes hydraulic fracturing could eventually become a part of his industry’s work in the state. [WFPL]

The Community Foundation of Louisville wants your money on May 6. The organization is hosting “Give Local Louisville,” a 24-hour fund-raiser for nonprofits in Louisville. [Business First]

What comes between placing an order on and receiving a package at your doorstep is a mystery to most. [News & Tribune]

How Many Of You Called In Sick This Morning?

The website promises Derby deals, but some customers say it should read “Derby steals.” WDRB News has uncovered why a company that has been in trouble for leaving Derby customers hanging in the past, is under investigation again. [WDRB]

The race for Jefferson County attorney pits a political neophyte without much money against a well-financed incumbent who began practicing law six years before his challenger was born. This article is a mess. [C-J/AKN]

Derby time gives Louisville businesses and the local economy a boost. [WHAS11]

Secret To Success: a Derby Win and Racing’s Doping Addiction. Fifty years after the 1964 Kentucky Derby, revisiting the race and its implications for drugs in the Sport of Kings. [ProPublica]

How to fail at policing: Sticking it to a woman for riding her bike — legally — to work. Instead of living off the government, she’s going out of her way to support herself. And law enforcement tries to make that impossible for her. No wonder Jessamine County is such a cauldron of awful. [H-L]

With the Kentucky Derby over and the crowds gone from Churchill Downs, one final post-Derby tradition remains — Broadway cruising. [WLKY]

Racehorse owners at the Kentucky Derby can be thankful for more than prime track views and potential pots of cash as they sip mint juleps this weekend. A gift from Congress is expected later this year: renewal of a multimillion dollar tax break for thoroughbreds. [Politico]

Before horse racing fans could enjoy the festivities at Churchill Downs on Oaks Day many had to first find a place to park. While it may have proved to be a challenge for some, one Churchill Downs neighbor continued to turn the rather typical problem into a profit for yet another year. [WAVE3]

It’s been about three decades since I’ve worked at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. Some things are very different. Some things are much the same. [Business First]

May is known locally for the Kentucky Derby and the transition from cold to warmer temperatures. [News & Tribune]

Saturday marks the 140th Run for the Roses: the Kentucky Derby. Great horses, great hats — but where’s the Pappy Van Winkle bourbon for the mint juleps? [WFPL]

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]