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JCPS spends $780,000 for Summer Boost program helping 500 students. Some JCPS students are back in class, improving their reading skills as part of a special endeavor called the Summer Boost program, in which teachers are reading with students, both in groups and one-on-one. [WDRB]

University of Louisville President James Ramsey is for the first time publicly acknowledging that the school’s 16-month-old alliance with the financially-struggling hospital giant KentuckyOne Health “has had its challenges.” [C-J/AKN]

The popular Big Four Pedestrian Bridge will soon get $2 million in dancing lighting. [WHAS11]

Being the first major yearling sale of the Thoroughbred auction season often brings a unique set of challenges to the Fasig-Tipton July auction, particularly due to the timing. [H-L]

A Jan. 12 trial date is now set for a former Louisville police detective accused of shooting an unarmed man. [WLKY]

“As a father of twins and a diplomat, I usually avoid the word favourite,” says Matthew Barzun. “But you’re about to hear my favourite band.” The 43-year-old United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom is standing on a makeshift stage in the entrance hall of Winfield House, the neo-Georgian mansion set in 12.5 acres in London’s Regent’s Park, which since 1955 has been the official residence of whoever holds that title. [The Independent]

If you’re looking for beer or liquor on Sunday, you can find it in restaurants in Shepherdsville, Mount Washington and Hillview, but nowhere else in Bullitt County. [WAVE3]

If you missed it on Page One yesterday, you’ll probably want to read all about the latest scandal in the instant racing case. [Page One]

A gay Louisville man claims a Metro Police officer discriminated against him because of his sexual orientation and used a homophobic slur during a visit last week to Kentucky Kingdom. Spoiler alert: Jessie Colter is a hardcore gay porn actor out for attention. But Ed Hart clearly needs to work through these growing pains by finding competent PR folks. [WFPL]

Wondering just how disgusting the guy is when he’s not promoting unsafe sex in his “work”? Feel free to check out this NSFW excerpt from his Twitter feed. [Click the Ruh Ro Clicky]

John Yarmuth wrote an op-od about government playing a vital role in reducing poverty. [Real Clear Politics]

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Construction Financial Management Association’s Kentuckiana Chapter, members were treated to a boat tour of Louisville’s Ohio River Bridges Project. [Business First]

After a day of digging holes about a couple feet deep, members of the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society finally struck gold — or glass, that is. [News & Tribune]

What? Greg Fischer Cares About The West End?

Haven House is trying to stretch its resources so they don’t have to turn anyone away. But they say the bridges project isn’t the only problem. [WDRB]

You know we love the West End and always push the positives there but let’s get real a moment. It’s time to rain on Greg Fischer’s parade again. Nothing he proposes is going to work. Fluffy, flowery language means absolutely nothing. People of the West End know it’s a load of horse dookey. He cares about the West End about as much as he cares about Metro Animal Services. [C-J/AKN]

Kentuckians against the U.S.’s support for Israel made their presence known in the Highlands. [WHAS11]

Kentucky Kingdom says it will allow women to feed their babies publicly in any manner they see fit, a policy shift stemming from a social media outcry following a woman’s claim she was asked to breast-feed privately at the theme park. Who the heck is doing public relations for Ed Hart? He needs to some help over there. [H-L]

Three new gorillas made their debut Saturday at the Louisville Zoo. [WLKY]

As the political world grapples with how to respond to the current crisis on the nation’s border, several Republicans have begun warning fellow party members that doing nothing but opposing the president carries substantial political risks. [HuffPo]

Kentucky finds itself in one of the most contentious races in the country. “They are not going to roll over,” Senator Mitch McConnell told a crowd Saturday. “This is going to be a big, big race.” [WAVE3]

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State who is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in this fall’s elections, went after the five-term incumbent in a speech here to a convention of local county officials. [Ronnie Ellis]

University of Louisville President James Ramsey will be getting a significant increase in pay this year, coming in the form of a bonus that boosts his annual compensation to about $1.2 million. [WFPL]

The Federal Highway Trust Fund is expected to run out of money in August. So, naturally, Congress is debating a temporary fix that involves letting corporations underfund their pension systems. [NY Times]

Are there more acquisitions in Humana’s future? Perhaps. [Business First]

A more colorful sight will be greeting visitors of the historic downtown district by next spring. Jeffersonville Main Street, Inc., received a $10,000 Downtown Enhancement Grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs that will be used for one or two murals painted on the side of downtown buildings. [News & Tribune]

Scared White People Are Continuing To Freak Out

Police say a burglar ended up with a broken leg after falling through a skylight in downtown Louisville. [WDRB]

The mother of a girl sexually assaulted on a Louisville school bus two years ago and placed in the same high school class as her attacker has come to an agreement with Jefferson County Public Schools. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky Kingdom opens to the public in May and if you’ve already purchased a season pass you can go get your photo taken. [WHAS11]

Much has been discussed about how tolls to help fund the Ohio River Bridges Project will impact residents and businesses in Louisville and Southern Indiana. [Business First]

If all goes as planned, the Big Four Bridge could be completely open by the end of the month. [WLKY]

Here’s the McConnell Campaign presenting its roadmap to victory to former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who was at the time executive director of the NRSC. [Page One]

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Emergency calls made after two teenagers were stabbed onboard a TARC bus in Louisville have been obtained by WAVE 3 News. [WAVE3]

The state has appealed an order requiring it to give Kentucky’s two largest newspapers documents on children killed or badly injured as a result of abuse or neglect. This is unreal. People are starting to come forward to talk about some of the secret investigations and they’re mind-blowing. Some involve grandchildren of legislators. [H-L]

Congressman John Yarmuth on McCutcheon v. FEC: “For those who have everything, today’s Supreme Court ruling is a better gift than anything their money previously could buy, paving the way for special interests to dramatically increase their already vast influence over government and public policy,” Yarmuth said. “With this decision, the Court’s Republican-appointed majority continues to ignore the reality that money in politics is corrupting public policy, offering greater access to the well-off and well-connected and further diminishing the voices of the vast majority of Americans.” [Press Release]

Recent violence near the Louisville side of the Big Four Bridge has sparked conversations about safety in Southern Indiana, but Jeffersonville officials say residents shouldn’t worry when headed to riverside attractions. [News & Tribune]

Wow, Those Bridge Bonds Sure Sound Great

Kentucky bridge bonds rated one step above junk status. Two credit rating agencies have weighed in on $747 million in bonds Kentucky plans to sell next week to finance its share of the Ohio River Bridges Project. [WDRB]

Why a public utility needs a charitable foundation, we’ll never know, but here’s this thing anyway. The new charitable foundation created this year by the Louisville Water Co. has announced its first gift, a $10,000 donation to help typhoon-relief efforts in the Philippines. [C-J/AKN]

At least the arena will be used for something, right? Louisville will play host to another national gymnastics competition in 2014 at the KFC Yum! Center and the International Convention Center. [WHAS11]

Hal Heiner and his wife, Sheila, call their stately home and the 170 acres surrounding it Dovelyn, a reference to its large dove population and the peace he says those birds bring them. It’s just a shame Hal doesn’t have the guts to campaign and go balls-to-the-wall against opponents. He’ll get his ass handed to him by the Democrat if he wins the Republican nomination, which is unlikely. [H-L]

On Thursday a metro council committee reviewed an ordinance that would make it easier for convicted felons to get jobs within city government. [WLKY]

The White House released state-specific data about the economic benefits of extending unemployment insurance. Take a look at the Kentucky data. [Page One]

If you’re into education and you’ve heard the name Diane Ravitch you may either shudder or nod approvingly. [WFPL]

Here’s Ed Hart biting at Holiday World… A group of about 120 southern Indiana business leaders greeted Kentucky Kingdom President Ed Hart with thunderous applause during the speaker session on the campus of Ivy Tech Community College. “It’s good to be here in southern Indiana, which is very important to Kentucky Kingdom, because it represents 22 percent of our market,” said Hart. “We go where the market is.” [WAVE3]

Louisville law firm Borders & Borders PLC and its principals have filed a reply to a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lawsuit that alleges it illegally paid kickbacks in exchange for real estate settlement referrals. In its answer to the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday, the defendants deny any wrongdoing. [Business First]

Christmas came a few weeks early for 30 community organizations Wednesday afternoon. The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County handed out its fall grants totaling $275,000. [News & Tribune]

The Arena Is Maybe The End Of The World…?

Moody’s Investors Service has lowered its confidence in the ability of arena officials to repay the construction debt on the KFC Yum! Center, citing the dependence on a special taxing district, high operating expenses and a lease with the University of Louisville that limits the building’s profit potential. Check back here on TVV at noon for the tidbits no one else seems to have. [WDRB]

In a classroom surrounded by elephants, tigers and bears, Kevoni Henderson pondered her assignment — describe how you would survive and interact with other living things if you were an animal living in the temperate deciduous forest. [C-J/AKN]

Residents in Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood continues the progression of their community garden. [WHAS11]

Really? Someone is surprised that Greater Louisville Inc. ran a deficit of $890,364 in 2012? There’s not a snowball’s chance anyone doesn’t believe it. [Damn, GLI]

Pet owners and their furry friends in Louisville got all fixed up Sunday for a special shoot for a good cause. [WLKY]

Here’s how the folks across the river are looking at Kentucky. Kentucky approved its plan to finance the remaining costs for the Ohio River Bridges Project by selling more than $750 million worth of bonds. [News & Tribune]

This isn’t going to work unless our flipping tax dollars pay to provide us with biodegradable leaf bags. [WAVE3]

Does McConnell really want seniors to have to choose between medicine and food? What does he have against the 3 million young adults who have gained health insurance through their parents’ plans? [H-L]

Elementary school assignments are guided by several factors, including the district’s diversity standards and the will of each set of parents. [WFPL]

Every week, Shannon Johnstone goes to the local animal shelter to photograph a dog in need of a new home. [HuffPo]

Leadership Southern Indiana is hosting a breakfast next month that will feature Louisville businessman Ed Hart. [Business First]

The recently appointed US ambassador to the United Kingdom said the special relationship is “crucial to the United States”, despite some friends on both sides of the Atlantic warning him off using the phrase before taking up the post. [The Telegraph]

The Jail May Be Worse Than Animal Services

Several people are criticizing the election of Louisville Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archbishop Kurtz was elected Tuesday morning during a national meeting in Baltimore. [WDRB]

Kentucky’s colleges and universities will ask the General Assembly to increase their budgets by almost 8 percent over the next two years, in part to offset having lost nearly a third of state funding since 2008. [H-L]

It’s the story that had Kentuckiana buzzing; numerous and some incredible violations by a Louisville bus operator uncovered by WHAS11 News. [WHAS11]

Twelve-year-old Gabriel Tilly knows what it is to be hungry. After his mom lost her job last September, money for groceries came only after the $740 monthly rent was paid, and sometimes, there was not much left. [C-J/AKN]

The spokesperson for the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections was fired for reportedly leaking information about an ongoing investigation. And Chris Poynter is lying about folks meeting with Greg Fischer to reveal problems at the jail. Lying with your taxpayer dollars. [WLKY]

Oh, look, Attica Scott has time to complain about an overgrown ditch (it’s a flipping ditch!) but can’t be bothered to do her job when it comes to casting a vote to remove Barbara Shanklin. So much for us thinking she had sense enough to be on Metro Council. [WAVE3]

Kentucky Kingdom’s Hurricane Bay will have eight new attractions when it reopens in the spring. [Business First]

The Jefferson County Board of Education will consider a new policy later this month to allow some ex-offenders with drug convictions a second chance to volunteer in schools. [WFPL]

Clark County Republican Party Chairman Jamey Noel declared his intention to run for sheriff in 2014 at a party gathering Saturday. [News & Tribune]

October wasn’t exactly kind to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. General Fund receipts fell 0.4% to $722.5 million and Road Fund receipts dropped a whopping 6.4% to $127.2 million. [Page One]

Robert Booker admits that he didn’t really need the money he got from drug dealing. He grew up in a two-parent, middle-class family in Detroit in the 1970s, and his job as a lifeguard for the city’s parks department paid “good money.” [HuffPo]

Is Indiana Trying To Burn Itself Down Now?

Families say they’re terrified after a series of mysterious fires in one New Albany neighborhood. [WDRB]

Bevin has taken some fierce jabs from McConnell in recent days as the state’s senior senator accused him of being a liar and possible criminal. [H-L]

A memorial honoring veterans of the Vietnam War was erected on The Belvedere in Louisville 30 years ago. [WHAS11]

The first step was cleared Wednesday for a tax abatement that could bring about 120 jobs with average salaries of $100,000 to Jeffersonville. [News & Tribune]

A teen feared dead by her own father has been reunited with her family after being missing for five months. [WLKY]

A new study indicates that communities near mountaintop removal mining sites have a higher incidence of depression than communities without such sites. [Hazard Herald & The Study]

Another day, another fun shooting in Possibility City. A man was shot in the chest in southwest Louisville, according to MetroSafe. [WAVE3]

The partnership working to reopen Kentucky Kingdom amusement park next year received state approval Thursday for up to $150,000 in tax incentives to expand its headquarters and hire 19 workers. [C-J/AKN]

Beam Inc., parent of Maker’s Mark Distillery Inc. and Jim Beam Distillery, reported third-quarter net income of $84.8 million, down 12 percent from the same period a year ago. [Business First]

Kentucky’s governor Steve Beshear (D) recently told WKU Public Radio (October 31, 2013) why he is supporting the state’s adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards. [NCSE]

Fewer Americans now support the death penalty than at any point in 40 years, according to a new Gallup poll. But the level of support still remains at 60 percent, with just over half of Americans — 52 percent — believing that the death penalty is applied fairly. [Think Progress]