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Local UPS employees overwhelmingly voted “no” to a proposed regional contract. [WDRB]

The State Budget Director just released September numbers, so let’s dig in: General Fund rose 4% to $920.1 million and the Road Fund rose 23.8% to $137.2 million. [Page One]

Oh, the things we’re hearing from Ed Hart’s world these days – maybe we’ll find time to start talking about them. Kentucky Kingdom gave rides on the classic wooden roller coaster Thunder Run to members of the media on Thursday as they prepare for their re-opening in 2014. [WHAS11]

A former director of human resources at Jefferson Community and Technical College is suing the college and its president, claiming he was wrongly fired in 2012 for criticizing employment decisions and expressing his conservative and religious beliefs. [C-J/AKN]

The Louisville Metro Health Department has been taking dozens of calls about one of the government programs being threatened by the shutdown. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children issues food vouchers to pregnant women, mothers and their children. [WLKY]

While most of the Kentucky U.S. congressional delegation has canceled fundraising activities during the federal government shutdown, it’s full speed ahead for others. U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, Brett Guthrie and Thomas Massie have held fundraisers this week while the shutdown persists, and they have more scheduled for the rest of October. [Bluegrass Politics]

You’ve stopped hearing much about Matt Bevin’s U.S. Senate campaign because it’s as sad as you expected it would be. [Page One & More Page One]

An additional New Albany officer is on the street after the chief tried to fire him because of unfounded mental health issues. [WAVE3]

Jefferson County Public Schools continues to trend upwards in the number of students participating in Advanced Placement courses and taking the accompanying exams. [WFPL]

From the Department of Things That Won’t Matter… When the Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation’s suit was dismissed in July, the last legal hurdle to the Ohio River Bridges Project was eliminated — or so it seemed. [Business First]

Members of the New Albany Police Department Merit Commission heard the evidence, did their interviews, and overwhelmingly voted 4-1 last week to overturn the termination of Officer Philip Houchin. [News & Tribune]

Kept Up With That Silly Fight In New Albany?

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens says the district will now have to spend money from its reserve fund to pay for some student programs this year. [WDRB]

Construction on the massive, multi-billion-dollar Ohio River Olmsted Dam will come to a halt in January if Congress fails to increase a spending limit for the project — costing jobs and money, Army Corps of Engineers officials warned Tuesday. [C-J/AKN]

Around 6:45 p.m., police and EMS descended upon a trailer in the Autumn Lake trailer park. They were responding to a call of a shooting. [WHAS11]

Construction crews were busy Wednesday demolishing part of the historic Churchill Downs grandstand to make way for a new raised terrace and added seating near the Kentucky Derby starting gate. [H-L]

The investigation into the deadly UPS plane crash continues Thursday and is expected to take a while to complete. [WLKY]]

Rand Paul sure loves stepping into the middle of racial messes. From saying people should be able to discriminate at lunch counters, to hiring racist after racist, to saying racial discrimination doesn’t exist in elections. [HuffPo]

As of Thursday morning, evidence of the old Six Flags era will be no more at Kentucky Kingdom. [WAVE3]

The Airbus A300 F4-622R cargo jet involved in Wednesday morning’s deadly UPS crash had several mechanical and structural issues reported to the Federal Aviation Administration since it was put into service nine years ago. [C-J/AKN]

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved Century Aluminum Co.’s plan to buy electricity on the open market to power its aluminum smelter in Hawesville, Ky. [Business First]

Jefferson County Public Schools heads back into session on Tuesday. It will be Superintendent Donna Hargens’ third academic year—and the third year for the school district’s strategic plan, Vision 2015. [WFPL]

Already embroiled with the Floyd County Health Department over a permit issue, a local business owner has filed a tort claim notice over a photo that appeared on the department’s website. The photo showed a department vehicle parked in front of the New Albanian Brewing Company’s Bank Street Brewhouse, along with a posting about E. coli. [News & Tribune]

Yet Another Corrupt Metro Agency Got Caught

A court is trying to settle a dispute that’s divided the family who owns Holiday World. Again, Kentucky dodged a bullet when that family didn’t get to take over Kentucky Kingdom like Jerry Abramson wanted. [WDRB]

Mayor Greg Fischer said Wednesday he would order a top-to-bottom review of the operations of the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District, following a sharply critical audit of a key part of the agency’s air monitoring program. [C-J/AKN]

It’s a move sparked by all the recent cases of animal cruelty in Kentuckiana. The ASPCA is joining forces with law enforcement to prevent blood sports like cock fighting and dog fighting. [WHAS11]

Opponents of a controversial proposed natural gas liquids pipeline that would run through Kentucky presented 5,252 signatures to Gov. Steve Beshear’s office Wednesday, urging him to add the issue to the agenda of an upcoming special legislative session. [H-L]

It’s okay if you first thought, “Oh, that’s probably Barbara Shanklin burning a whole bunch of evidence. But don’t worry, it wasn’t. [WLKY]

Details of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program that feeds tips to federal agents and then instructs them to alter the investigative trail were published in a manual used by agents of the Internal Revenue Service for two years. [Reuters]

Rand Paul thinks they’re actually drones. They’ve been swarming Kentuckiana, causing fear in some people and curiosity in others. [WAVE3]

UPS expects designers, entrepreneurs, start-ups and architects seeking models to be among its customers for 3D printing services. [The Economist]

Indiana officials say they have found evidence of “manipulation” in the state’s school grading formula as part of a review stemming from a grade-changing scandal. [WFPL]

Residents of Kentucky use hospitals more than most Americans, according to statistics reported by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. [Business First]

Of course Kentucky Retirement Systems came up short on the performance front. [Page One]

Here’s even more about the crazy Holiday World family fighting in court. The Kochs are basically going to fight to the death. [News & Tribune]

There’s A Huge Catfight Brewing In New Albany

A man now is behind bars after fatal shooting a in West Louisville early Sunday morning. [WDRB]

This year Yom Kippur falls on Saturday, Sept. 14, which also happens to be the date for the UK/U of L Governor’s Cup football game in Lexington. [Honi Goldman]

It’s been three months since the Parkland Community Garden opened and Councilwoman Attica Scott invited the community on its progression. [WHAS11]

Really, someone is shocked that local television outlets hyped something like this up? Blood and fear are about the only thing that sell on the teevee. Unless you’re an afternoon anchor who sells herself to a disgraced PR hack without ever revealing your ties to him when you’re covering his stories. [WFPL]

Louisville Metro Police are investigating after a man was shot to death downtown Saturday morning. [WLKY]

Food banks around the country face growing demand, despite improvements in the economy. Many families are still underemployed and struggling. So some food banks are looking for more permanent ways to address hunger, beyond handing out food. [NPR]

Louisville’s latest homicide victim turns out to be a major witness in a federal murder trial. What was that, again, about there being no organized crime in Louisville? [WAVE3]

A Franklin Circuit Court judge ruled Friday that expansion of Kentucky’s Medicaid program can move forward while the court considers a legal challenge from the tea party. [C-J/AKN]

Cranes can be seen at the Kentucky Exposition Center on the grounds of Kentucky Kingdom. Crews are on site dismantling some rides and equipment and repairing others. [Business First]

A letter recently obtained by the News and Tribune highlights a fractured relationship between the New Albany Police Department and the Office of the Floyd County Prosecutor. [News & Tribune]

A liquor company has agreed to move its inventory of whiskey barrels after residents near storage warehouses said vapors were causing a black fungus to form on houses and vehicles. [H-L]

Rand Paul Never Fails To Embarrass Kentucky

Ed Hart and his business partners say they’ve secured the private funding needed to reopen Kentucky Kingdom. [WDRB]

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul suggested Wednesday that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act moves the country toward accepting marriages between people and animals. [Joe Gerth]

In a Jefferson County Circuit courtroom Wednesday, Jeffery Mundt was sentenced to the recommended eight years in prison in connection to a 2010 murder. [WHAS11]

Louisville NAACP President Raoul Cunningham says the organization will be calling on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Kentucky representatives to work in a bipartisan effort in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the case involving the Voting Rights Act of 1965. [WFPL]

His house sits on land owned by his family for more than 200 years, yet Ricky Handshoe says, “I’m basically homeless.” [Ronnie Ellis]

Many could hear the thunder and rain late into the night Wednesday night. WLKY has received several reports into the newsroom of flash flooding and tree limbs and debris in the roadway. [WLKY]

Less than a week after choosing a plan from White Reach Development to develop Falls Landing, it was rejected by the Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission. [News & Tribune]

One would think Barbara Shanklin would quit wasting taxpayer dollars and just go away. Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin has sued her own council to delay her July 23 trial on ethics charges that could result in her removal. [C-J/AKN]

Sentencing was held Wednesday for Jeffrey Mundt in connection to the murder of a man found dead and buried underneath an Old Louisville home. [WAVE3]

Even though unionized United Parcel Service Inc. workers approved a national master contract in a vote last week, Teamsters Local 89 president Fred Zuckerman said he believes a strike could still be on the horizon for Louisville-area UPS workers. [Business First]

State Government, directed by Steve Beshear’s office, handed out millions in asphalt projects. Louisville only received a tiny bit of the cash. [Page One]

How Many Area People Would $500,000 Feed?

Louisville Metro Police Officer Jim Wood is taking a stand against domestic violence. Would also be helpful for someone of his stature to encourage people to take mental health seriously, as well. [WDRB]

The number of people employed in construction jobs in Kentucky in May was 64,500, a 2.6 percent decrease from the 66,200 employed in construction in April and a 4.4 percent decrease from the 67,500 employed in May 2012, according to a new analysis of U.S. Department of Labor Statistics conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America. [Business First]

A newborn baby and her mother are OK after being rescued during an apartment fire in Buechel. An elderly woman was also saved and the person who got her out safely is being called something very special by his neighbors. [WHAS11]

A Code Red alert was issued as a precaution to Rubbertown residents [yesterday], after a 20% solution of sodium hydroxide was released at Lubrizol’s plant. [WFPL]

In just the six months since the Newtown killings there have been more Americans murdered by guns than the 4,409 United States armed forces killed in the Iraq war. Despite its failure in April, reports are that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may bring a background check bill back to the floor between the Fourth of July and August recesses. [Bill Moyers]

The Jefferson County Board of Education shared its evaluation of Superintendent Donna Hargens on Monday evening. [WLKY]

Frankfort city commissioners are moving forward with a fairness ordinance. So of course they try to mix Jesus into government. [H-L]

Really, when will this region begin taking mental health care seriously? This guy was a firefighter and was no stranger to authorities. And giving him a bible? Really? Like that’s going to solve his mental health issues? [WAVE3]

A lease agreement that would allow Louisville businessman Ed Hart to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park is expected to be considered during the Kentucky State Fair Board’s regular monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday. [Business First]

Though he stressed the issues can be resolved, a local hospital official said there have been some concerns about the service provided by Rural/Metro Ambulance since the company began operating in New Albany. [News & Tribune]

The James Graham Brown Foundation has agreed to provide $500,000 toward the estimated $1.8 million cost of putting special lighting on the Big Four Bridge. [C-J/AKN]

The Entire City Rolls Its Eyes At Susan Lukjan

The effort to bring back Kentucky Kingdom takes a big step forward as city leaders approve a plan that gives it public financing. The ordinance passed almost unanimously during Thursday’s Metro Council meeting. Only one member abstained from the vote. [WDRB]

How stupid does someone have to be to face trial a second time? Susan Kay Lukjan was found guilty Thursday night for a second time of burning down her Campbell’s Gourmet Cottage business in St. Matthews nearly seven years ago. [C-J/AKN]

Family members say the man who shot and killed his 8-year-old daughter and ex-girlfriend and then killed himself suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. [WHAS11]

Earlier this week, Jake revealed on Twitter that the DOJ was probing Curtis Morrison and Shawn Reilly and the McConnell illegal recording operation. The Morrison idiot claimed Jake was embarrassing himself. Well whattya know? That’s exactly what was going on. Imagine that. P.S. Don’t forget Shawn Reilly, as he still faces indictment. [Politico]

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of two high school students and an adult chaperone hurt in the crash of a contract school bus on Interstate 64. [WLKY]

The next step for River Ridge is connectivity. The River Ridge Development Authority met this week and discussed a number of plans for road improvements and a re-examination of its masterplan to help the commerce center connect to new roadways. [News & Tribune]

A Louisville family hopes $10,000 will the be the incentive that will lead them to the person responsible for their loved one’s murder. [WAVE3]

Food truck owners in the audience burst into applause on Thursday night after Lexington’s Urban County Council unanimously approved a six-month pilot project allowing food trucks to set up in public street parking spaces. [H-L]

Arne Duncan says Kentucky needs to raise its tobacco taxes. It absolutely does. Even though that specific piece of revenue for the state has been constantly on the decline. [CN|2]

More funding for charitable agencies, mowing empty lots, razing vacant residences and for affordable housing was included in the 2013-14 Metro Government budget unanimously approved Thursday night by the Louisville Metro Council. [C-J/AKN]

There were 182,908 admissions at Horseshoe Southern Indiana, the closest Ohio River casino to Louisville, in May, a 4 percent decrease from May 2012, according to a report released this month by the Indiana Gaming Commission. [Business First]

Environmental and faith groups are coming together to advocate for an end to fossil fuels, and the resulting pollution that disproportionately affects poor and minority communities. The groups held a march and a rally Thursday in Louisville. [WFPL]