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Calling it the “next evolution” for Jefferson County Public Schools, officials unveiled a plan Tuesday to create a district-wide magnet school geared toward black male students that would open in time for the 2017-18 year. [WDRB]

The Speed Art Museum is laying off staff nearly five months after it reopened following a $56 million renovation and three-year closure. The museum laid off seven staff members and switched two full-time staff to part-time, said Laura Ross, spokeswoman for the museum. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A former FBI agent is reviewing Jefferson County Public Schools past investigations, looking to improve procedures and techniques. Superintendent Donna Hargens made the announcement at Tuesday night’s JCPS board meeting. [WHAS11]

State Rep. John Short, whose name surfaced this year in a federal vote-buying investigation in Magoffin County that led to several convictions, said Tuesday that he doesn’t want to discuss the case. [John Cheves]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Two weeks after a shooting at a birthday party left two people dead, police are continuing to investigate. [WLKY]

For all that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has talked about immigration, the specifics of his deportation policies can be difficult to parse. The biggest question: Trump has said he wants to “round up” and deport all undocumented immigrants, but how, exactly, would he do it, if at all? [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A day after WAVE 3 News aired a story about teens buying weapons at the Kentucky State Fair, WAVE 3 News found those sales were still happening. [WAVE3]

Republican racists – which is most of them in Frankfort these days – are freaking out that the Obama Administration is actually trying to help Eastern Kentucky. [White House]

The author of a landmark study on Louisville’s urban heat island is responding to criticism from the city’s chamber of commerce. [WFPL]

The nation’s first “soda tax” on sugar-sweetened beverages, which went into effect in Berkeley, Calif., last year, appears to be working. According to a new study, consumption of sugary drinks — at least in some neighborhoods — is down by a whopping 20 percent. [NPR]

After a years-long legal battle, a huge $60 million retail center is coming to Fern Creek. [Business First]

Floyd County and David Camm have reached a settlement. A settlement conference was held Friday and the two sides agreed on an amount. [News & Tribune]

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Wednesday Morning Dept Of Awful

LMPD released footage Monday from two body cameras as a suspect reportedly wielding a “large curved bladed object” was shot and killed by two officers. [WDRB]

Losing the Kentucky International Convention Center for a 22-month renovation and expansion may be a blow for downtown hotels and restaurants, but the $207 million project should pay big benefits for all business in the long run, say officials sponsoring the project. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Monday, a judge in Franklin County Circuit Court asked attorneys for Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear for more information he needs before deciding the lawsuit involving the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [WHAS11]

A Louisville judge, incensed when a prosecutor questioned his authority to scrap a jury panel because it lacked minorities, did not turn to appeals courts, legal precedent or other avenues typical for aggrieved jurists. [H-L]

A western Kentucky man who spent several days in jail for posting violent song lyrics to Facebook has settled a lawsuit against the county where he was jailed. [WLKY]

Two prominent scholars are calling B.S. on a popular conservative argument about poverty. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The names of the Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man in southwest Louisville have been released. [WAVE3]

The US economy added a stronger-than-expected 255,000 jobs in July, fuelling speculation that interest rates could rise before the end of the year. [BBC]

Alberta Jones’ life was one of firsts. She was the first African-American woman to pass the Kentucky bar and the first female prosecutor in Jefferson County. But 51 years ago Friday, Jones’ life came to an abrupt end. Her body was found on the banks of the Ohio River near the Sherman Minton Bridge. The case was never solved. [WPFL]

During a 33-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, I served presidents of both parties — three Republicans and three Democrats. I was at President George W. Bush’s side when we were attacked on Sept. 11; as deputy director of the agency, I was with President Obama when we killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. [NY Times]

A federal judge has agreed to hear one of the insurance mega-merger cases but has handed off the other. [Business First]

Charlestown resident Tim Stoner is familiar with Clark County’s new roundabouts, but he wouldn’t call himself a friend of them. [News & Tribune]

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Keith Henderson’s Mess Front & Center

Louisville Metro Police responded to a fatal accident in the area of Eastern Parkway and Baxter Avenue. [WDRB]

One person was killed and another person was injured late Friday night in a shooting that occurred in downtown Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The city’s homicide count now up to 65. The latest happened on Friday morning when a man was found dead in a Taylor Berry neighborhood backyard. [WHAS11]

Italian spirits maker Campari, parent of Wild Turkey, on Tuedsay reported that sales for the first six months were down 1.8 percent to $834 million. Excluding the effect of the exchange rate and other factors, the company said organic growth was up 5 percent, boosted in part by gains from Wild Turkey and Aperol. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Residents of one Louisville community are uneasy after a man was killed and a woman was injured in a shooting. [WLKY]

Limestone and steel for our homes, wheat and vegetables for our dinner, fossil fuels for our industries: we rely heavily on our planet’s natural resources to survive. Yet we’re using up these resources at such an unsustainable pace that we may be “irreversibly” depleting some of them ― and critically damaging our Earth in the process, according to a new United Nations report. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! When students in Kentucky go back to school there will be a change. No longer are public schools in the state allowed to use the physical restraints known as Aikido Control Training, or ACT. [WAVE3]

Louisville police said on Thursday they were reviewing a request to reopen the 51-year-old unsolved murder of the city’s first female prosecutor, a civil rights pioneer who once represented boxer Muhammad Ali. [Reuters]

George Griffiths remembers a different Louisville. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Griffiths moved to the city from New York after his job transferred him 28 years ago. He’s lived in the United States since 1970. [WFPL]

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a pledge last month, along with most of the nation’s governors, to combat the opioid crisis, calling it “one of the deadliest drug epidemics in our nation’s history.” But when confronted with a spiraling HIV outbreak in his home state as a result of opioid addicts sharing contaminated needles, Pence dragged his feet before agreeing to lift a ban on programs that distribute sterile needles. [Politico]

Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Inc. is enhancing its educational assistance programs for employees at its Worldport facility in Louisville. [Business First]

This week’s top story sheds new light on accusations that Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson violated rules of ethics in regards to a David Camm book deal. [News & Tribune]

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City’s In A Jim Ramsey Fog, It Seems

Opponents of a plan to let an aging pipeline carry natural gas liquids through Kentucky continue to call on federal regulators to conduct a more thorough review of the project. [WDRB]

Senate Bill 11 – signed into law earlier this year – took effect July 15 and is now allowing alcohol-related businesses statewide to receive new and increased privileges that are meant to support tourism and advance production. [C-J/AKN]

As students in our area stretch out the final days of summer vacation, many parents are already lining up school shopping trips and physicals. Norton Healthcare wants parents to know that back to school physicals can save lives. [WHAS11]

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Wingate on Friday denied the Family Foundation’s motion for summary judgment against one type of historical racing game, Encore, in use at Kentucky Downs in Franklin. [H-L]

As the story goes, the legacy of Muhammad Ali began when a young Cassius Clay had his red bike stolen from the Columbia Auditorium on South Fourth Street in downtown Louisville. [WLKY]

The father of a Muslim American war hero addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, delivering a brutal takedown of Donald Trump and his inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Neighbors in Shawnee surrounded a vacant home in a crime-stricken neighborhood on Friday demanding for the city to listen. [WAVE3]

A U.S. appeals court on Friday struck down a North Carolina law that required voters to show photo identification when casting ballots, ruling that it intentionally discriminated against African-American residents. [Reuters]

Former University of Louisville President James Ramsey has been fairly quiet since the Board of Trustees accepted his offer to resign Wednesday night. [WFPL]

Many patients sent to rehab facilities to recover from medical crises or procedures sometimes suffer additional harm from the care itself, a government study concludes. [ProPublica]

The old, now present, members of the University of Louisville board of trustees will meet next week to vote on the actions taken in their absence by a separate board. [Business First]

With a budget and bonds set, now West Clark Community Schools just sits back and sees what happens for the next month. [News & Tribune]

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Weekend Of Compassionate Shootings

Louisville Metro Police are investigating after Stepfon R. Harris, 28, was found dead in the rear parking lot of the Hampton Inn in downtown Louisville. [WDRB]

Former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson has less than six months before the Obama administration is over and he is out of a job. While he isn’t exactly sure what he’s going to do, Abramson knows one thing: “I’m coming home.” [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Louisville Fire Department is crediting working smoke detectors with likely saving a woman’s life Saturday. [WHAS11]

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd has granted Attorney General Andy Beshear’s request to temporarily block Gov. Matt Bevin’s overhaul of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A homicide investigation is underway after an early-morning shooting Sunday. [WLKY]

In 1968, Hillary Clinton, known at the time as Hillary Rodham, was taking in the excitement of the Republican National Convention in Miami. The young Republican had jumped at the chance to volunteer for Nelson Rockefeller’s last-minute effort to take the nomination from Richard Nixon and attend her first political convention. [HuffPo]

Police are investigating a shooting in Southwest Louisville. Officers were called to The Landing apartments in the 7100 block of Schneble Circle at about 5:45 a.m. on Monday. [WAVE3]

A federal judge on Friday struck down a string of Wisconsin voting restrictions passed by the Republican-led legislature and ordered the state to revamp its voter identification rules, finding that they disenfranchised minority voters. [Reuters]

The University of Louisville’s next president will be saddled with more than just baggage from James Ramsey’s tenure. The new president will inherit Ramsey’s top deputies, many of whom were given lucrative compensation packages and perks that experts say go far beyond the norm. Ramsey’s own buyout is $690,000, but the cost of his pledges to top executives could be millions more from school coffers. [WFPL]

As he crisscrossed Philadelphia this week for the Democratic National Convention, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) couldn’t walk far without being recognized. [The Hill]

It’s deja vu all over again for the University of Louisville board of trustees. On Friday, a judge in Franklin County filed an injunction that temporarily blocked Gov. Matt Bevin’s order that abolished the board and recreated it with new members. [Business First]

Voters casting straight-party ballots in this November’s general election will have an added step not seen before, and some election officials are concerned the changes will present unnecessary challenges. [News & Tribune]

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Everybody Has Humana Panic…

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Thursday to block the $37 billion takeover of Louisville-based Humana by Aetna. [WDRB]

On the third floor of the Copper & Kings brandy distillery near the edge of Butchertown, a spacious tasting room that’s accented by a view of the Louisville skyline is expected to soon be renovated into the neighborhood’s latest cocktail spot. [C-J/AKN]

Charges have been filed months after the nation watched one woman harassed at a Donald Trump rally on Super Tuesday in Louisville. [WHAS11]

Programs allowing intravenous drug users to exchange dirty syringes for clean ones are spreading in Kentucky as communities confront growing heroin abuse and concerns over the potential for disease outbreaks caused by addicts sharing needles. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Boosting trust between Louisville police and the community is a goal of Mayor Greg Fischer and Police Chief Steve Conrad. [WLKY]

Just in case you need a reminder of what the current Republican Party stands for? Remember this video of Steve King spewing out some serious loads of white supremacy. [HuffPo]

A Charlestown animal refuge faces more than $1 million in fines and possible closure after a 24-page complaint filed by the US Department of Agriculture. [WAVE3]

President Obama on Wednesday vented his frustration over persistent tensions between law enforcement and minority communities following a nearly four-hour meeting with representatives from both groups. [The Hill]

Officials in Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration did not directly answer whether they plan to notify users of a problem-plagued state benefits system that they should reapply for services such as Medicaid and food assistance. [WFPL]

Back in January, as the Supreme Court was preparing for its most important abortion case in a generation, some four dozen social scientists submitted a brief explaining why they believed key portions of Texas law HB2 should be struck down. [ProPublica]

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. is partnering with tequila brand Jose Cuervo by testing a bioplastic made from byproducts of the agave plants it uses in production. [Business First]

Days after learning that a private firm plans to buy and redevelop Charlestown’s Pleasant Ridge neighborhood, opponents pleaded with city officials Thursday to consider a different plan. [News & Tribune]

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Another Terrible Week For Ramsey

In a meeting that lasted five minutes in late 2014, three members of the University of Louisville Foundation Board of Directors approved a change in U of L President James Ramsey’s pay package that, while subtle, could end up being very lucrative for Ramsey now. Republicans Scott Jennings and John McCarthy won’t be able to spin this one away. [WDRB]

New York regulators have approved Aetna’s bid to buy Louisville-based Humana – a boost after a brutal stretch for the companies. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Here comes UofL with some positive spin to try to take attention away from its daily shitshow. [WHAS11]

How to know the RNC is a train wreck and desperate for speakers… Ralph Alvarado got a primetime spot for Wednesday. He’ll sound a little slick to outsiders but once they poke around his voting history, his hemp fun and general backwardness, he’ll end up being yet another person of color the Republican Party is so fond of objectifying and he’ll be too thick to realize it. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro police are investigating after a man was shot and killed in southwest Louisville. [WLKY]

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R-Gay Panicked), Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick, opposed a successful effort in 2007 to raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour over two years. [HuffPo]

If you’re a church holding a concealed carry class, you’re doing it wrong. [WAVE3]

How a man with children of color – immigrants – could support a bigot like this is beyond telling. People can get upset all they want for mentioning Matt Bevin’s children but it’s alarming that this man doesn’t have his shit together enough to speak out against Trump’s extreme racism. [Ronnie Ellis]

There are lots of factual ways to describe coal: carbon-rich, abundant, fossil fuel. But Republicans would like to add one more to the list: clean. [WFPL]

A federal judge dismissed evidence gathered by a warrantless cellphone-tracking device that locks onto a phone’s location by pretending to be a cell tower for the first time Tuesday. [ThinkProgress]

One of the key components of the plan to realign the Kennedy Interchange — better known as Spaghetti Junction — in downtown Louisville is almost ready for public use. [Business First]

In a small way, the teens inside the Central Christian Church Activities and Program Center were doing their part in making sure the school year gets off to a good start for hundreds of students. [News & Tribune]