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]

Indiana Will Maybe Someday Open That Bridge

A Louisville judge accused of threatening to strangle a lawyer has been temporarily suspended by the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission. Senior Judge Martin McDonald was temporarily removed from the bench with pay this week pending the resolution of two ethics-related cases. [WDRB]

Really? The downtown bridge groundbreaking is a family-friendly event? [Business First]

The deadline has been pushed back again, the grand opening of the Indiana side of the the Big Four Bridge, at a standstill for half a year. [WHAS11]

The group planning to reopen Kentucky Kingdom says the rides and buildings have “significantly deteriorated” and need to be refurbished to ensure their safety. [WKYT]

A Jefferson Circuit Court judge will soon take up an issue that’s a first for Kentucky — whether spousal privilege can be invoked for same-sex couples. [WLKY]

By a vote of 16 to 3, the Louisville Metro Council has approved an ordinance to purchase the Colonial Gardens property for $430,000. This move allows Metro Louisville to issue a RFP for development for the property. [Press Release]

Another day, another shooting in Possibility City. Louisville Metro Police are investigating an early morning shooting in the Russell neighborhood. [WAVE3]

The leader of the state department that oversees services for Kentuckians with mental illness and intellectual disabilities was abruptly replaced on Thursday. Officials with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services declined to elaborate on the departure of Stephen Hall, who was named commissioner of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities in 2009. [H-L]

The Kentucky Board of Education on Wednesday approved new academic standards for science education in public schools, including updates on evolution and climate change that have drawn the ire of some conservatives. [C-J/AKN]

If that’s the rate in San Francisco, imagine the rate in the Commonwealth. Each year, one out of every three gay or lesbian students in the San Francisco Unified School District reportedly attempts suicide. For transgender students, that number jumps to nearly one in two. [HuffPo]

Louisville’s lawyers have judged the judges. They’re least satisfied with Olu Stevens on the circuit court and Joseph O’Reilly on the family court. No, “Senior Judge” does not mean “semi-retired.” They’re expected to work quite a bit within a fixed period of time. [WFPL]

The former site of a gas station at the corner of Middle Road and Allison Lane will be turned into a park and community garden in about six weeks. [News & Tribune]

Now The Ohio River Bridges Will Just Be Ugly?

Several groups who want to make it more difficult to buy guns took their case to one of the country’s most powerful senators. [WDRB]

With school finances getting tighter all across Kentucky, disputes have erupted between county and independent school districts in several locations recently over agreements that allow students to attend schools across district lines. [H-L]

Did you know that lazy assholes abuse handicapped parking spaces? It’s apparently breaking news on the teevee. [WHAS11]

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, and community activist Christopher 2x announced a march to commemorate the triple homicide in the Parkland neighborhood last year. But one of the family members of a victim says it’s a misplaced attempt by the city lawmaker and activist to grab headlines. [WFPL]

Attorneys are making final preparations in a high-profile, love triangle murder trial. [WLKY]

The state capitol isn’t exactly a ghost town during Derby Week, but it’s close. The rich and powerful, the office holders and politicians who run Kentucky are all in Louisville, doing backside interviews and attending Derby parties. This might be the most damning, honest thing you’ll read all week about Kentucky. [Ronnie Ellis]

One person has been killed after being struck by a train. MetroSafe said the accident was reported along railroad tracks in the area of Six Mile Lane and Breckenridge Lane at 6:45 p.m. [WAVE3]

Jeffersonville, Ind., leaders say Kentucky is getting a lopsided share of the design features associated with a new Ohio River bridge, and they’ve taken their case to state officials in Indianapolis. [C-J/AKN]

Though impressed with the company’s fundamentals and overall business outlook, Hilliard Lyons has lowered its guidance on Churchill Downs Inc. to neutral from long-term buy. [Business First]

Sooo, Anne Northup has a fancy new job. Using her time at Consumer Product Safety Commission to, you know, make money. [Press Release]

Awwwww, Bobbie Coleslaw has decided not to run for mayor. We will likely never get our hands on her biscuit recipe. [WFPL]

Louisville and the Commonwealth really dodged a bullet when the Koch Family lost out on Kentucky Kingdom. In the Southwestern Indiana hamlet of Santa Claus nearly 70 years ago, an Evansville industrialist had an inspiration. With little there for children but a post office that handled Santa letters, why not offer something more. Much more. [News & Tribune]

Metro Council Booze Vote Is A No-Brainer, Right?

Mayor Greg Fischer has closed the door on any new tree protection ordinance or even a stop-gap, “no-net-loss” tree policy — at least for now. Fischer sent his economic development director Ted Smith to the Louisville Metro Tree Commission meeting yesterday evening — the first since the commission questioned the mayor’s resolve on his pledge to restore the city’s shrinking tree canopy and expanding urban heat island. [C-J/AKN]

Animals are no longer allowed on the Big Four Bridge. This comes after months of debate. Maybe it’s time to ban lazy, disgusting pet owners instead of dogs. [WDRB]

General Electric Co discovered it was financing a small number of firearm purchases in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings – despite deciding five years ago to avoid the practice – and moved to stop future loans, the company said on Wednesday. [HuffPo]

A University of Louisville chemistry professor has been awarded a 2014 Fulbright Distinguished Chair, which he will use to travel to Sao Paulo University in Brazil. [WHAS11]

The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking a four million dollar penalty from UPS for not complying with federal safety rules. [WFPL]

The metro council is expected to vote Thursday on whether to allow restaurants to sell alcohol earlier on Sundays. [WLKY]

Again, that’s not going to play out like liberals want it to. Tom FitzGerald, whose name is synonymous with environmental protection in Kentucky, is considering a possible run for the U.S. Senate next year against Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell. [H-L]

A 35-year-old man with a long criminal history pursued the murders of three Kentuckiana people, according to police. [WAVE3]

In a major step toward ending the city’s reliance on coal by 2025, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a far-reaching plan to amend its agreement with the Intermountain Power Project in Utah to convert it to renewable energy. [HuffPo]

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said Wednesday that he will convene a grand jury following the deaths of Jaime Clutter, 35, and her two children, whose bodies were discovered in a creek in New Albany’s Binford Park on March 13. [News & Tribune]

The group planning to reopen Kentucky Kingdom wants more time to raise the money to refurbish the amusement park and is expected to get a 60-day extension from the Kentucky State Fair Board when it meets Thursday morning. [C-J/AKN]

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $4 million fine for Louisville-based UPS Airlines for alleged violations of safety regulations. But UPS Airlines, a division of Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Inc., plans to challenge the FAA findings. [Business First]

Bridge Construction Will Cause Downtown Mess

Skeletal remains found behind a Jeffersonville church last month have been identified as a missing man who lived nearby. Stephen Reedy had been missing since September of 2011. [WDRB]

How does Kentucky score when it comes to local food? Last year, the Commonwealth was 6th nationally. This year? 18th. [Ruh Ro]

Shots rang out in the middle of the afternoon Wednesday at Beecher Terrace and by the time police arrived they found John Percell lying dead in the doorway of his girlfriend’s apartment. [WHAS11]

“Madison County is losing a great teacher,” said Richard Lowe, principal at Mayfield Elementary School. “She really cares about kids — and it shows.” Stephanie Winkler, fourth- and fifth-grade science teacher at Mayfield, was elected president of the Kentucky Education Association, the largest professional association in Kentucky. [Richmond Register]

Construction is set to begin this summer on the downtown crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. In just three years, there will be a second bridge next to the Kennedy, and there should be signs of work very soon. [WLKY]

Kentucky is seeking federal approval to alter its methods for monitoring selenium pollution, a move environmental groups say is designed to protect the coal industry from lawsuits over polluted waterways. [H-L]

Yum Brands Inc, the biggest foreign fast-food chain operator in China, is in danger of breaking its 11-year streak of double-digit profit growth as it scrambles to deal with food scares and bird flu in its most lucrative market. [Reuters]

Items for care packages for soldiers overseas are needed for the 7th annual “Doing Our Part from the Heart” campaign. [WAVE3]

As Rand Paul told it, the biggest problem keeping African Americans from voting Republican is that they didn’t know Republicans have long been leaders on abolition and civil rights. As students at Howard University heard it, the problem was that Paul was condescending, misleading, and removed from the issues facing their community. [TPM]

There’s a big pet adoption event taking place this Friday that Metro Animal Services is a part of. But guess which agency refuses to provide details to us, despite us having a huge animal rights following coupled with a statewide audience. [News & Tribune]

Joe Gerth finally released a story about the McConnell audio recording. It’s interesting that Democrats are still feigning outrage at the private remarks McConnell’s staffers made. Since, uh, Democrats were using the same anti-Ashley Judd talking points to get her out of the race. [C-J/AKN]

Admissions rose in March at Horseshoe Southern Indiana, the Ohio River casino closest to Louisville, but wagering results were mixed. [Business First]

The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority [yesterday] gave final approval to a project to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park in Louisville. The authority approved an application by Kentucky Kingdom LLLP for performance-based incentives, which could be as much as $10 million over 10 years. [Press Release]

Everybody Still Hung Over Post-Championship?

Louisville’s downtown economy is holding its own after the recession, but steps must be taken to attract people to live in the urban area. That’s the conclusion of the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation’s annual report. [WDRB]

The University of Louisville is inviting the public to help celebrate its men’s and women’s basketball teams Wednesday at the KFC Yum! Center. [C-J/AKN]

Kosair Charities began its annual campaign to end child abuse with a kick-off held at Slugger Field Monday. [WHAS11]

A Campbell Circuit judge’s ruling that Kentucky public libraries created by petition can’t raise tax rates without a similar petition by 51 percent of voters has libraries across the state worried. [Ronnie Ellis]

Louisville Cardinals fans had a lot to celebrate Monday night, but Louisville Metro Police said some of that celebrating turned violent. [WLKY]

A judge likely will decide if an arbiter’s ruling is enough to force the city to pay benefits and past salary increases to New Albany Police Department employees. [News & Tribune]

Questionnaires are coming back to Floyd County from potential jurors in the case against William Clyde Gibson. [WAVE3]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s already been in the news a few times [yesterday], but here’s one more story from an environmental perspective: McConnell says President Obama’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator will be detrimental to Kentucky’s coal industry. [WFPL]

A Kentucky agency is expected to give final approval [today] to state financial incentives requested by the group headed by businessman Ed Hart that is seeking to reopen the long-closed Kentucky Kingdom amusement park. [C-J/AKN]

The two volunteer boards overseeing health care for the poor in Fayette County continue to bicker over such basics as scheduling meetings even as the federal government threatens to cut off $2.3 million in funding. [H-L]

Louisville police used tear gas and an armored car early Tuesday to calm disturbances that erupted during a celebration of the Cardinals’ NCAA championship win over Michigan. [WKYT]

If you missed it yesterday, there’s a growing rumor that Adam Edelen is set to audit Kentucky Retirement Systems again. [Page One]

Time To Make The City Look Clean For Visitors

It’s the annual effort to make Louisville appear clean to the rest of the world. Hundreds of volunteers line up to make the community a little brighter. [WDRB]

United Parcel Post has agreed to forfeit $40 million it made in payments from pharmacies that shipped controlled substances to Americans without valid prescriptions. [NPR]

Jeffersonville Police are investigating after skeletal remains were found in a wooded area off Allison Lane near Lutz Lane. [WHAS11]

It will take up to three months to clean and repair the old Jefferson County Courthouse following the March 23 pipe break that flooded the mayor’s offices and other rooms in the building. [C-J/AKN]

Three young men lost their lives in a shooting at Georgetown Place in Louisville last weekend. [WLKY]

You would think three men smart enough to get themselves elected governor, speaker of the house and president of the senate could answer a simple question. “How can a measure which produces $100 million in new revenue be revenue neutral?” [Ronnie Ellis]

There could be up to $10 million in tax incentives if Louisville businessman Ed Hart and his Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company get the now defunct park up and running. [WAVE3]

Rand Paul says there’s “a certain amount of hypocrisy” that the same Hollywood celebrities and prominent politicians — including President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — who are calling for gun control are also benefiting from armed protection themselves. [Politico]

Business First recently reported on the increase in sales of homes listed at more than $500,000. This means the mega-wealthy are doing well. [Business First]

A central Kentucky city is expecting its first legal distillery to begin operating later this year. [H-L]

Over the past month, WFPL has aired personal narratives from young adults who dropped out of the public school system. [WFPL]

The city of Jeffersonville would reduce its number of pay grades from 16 to 10 and consider other salary structure changes if it adopts findings of a study presented this week. [News & Tribune]

The University of Kentucky and the NAACP in Lexington are still battling it out over racial relations. [Page One]