Compassionate City With A Bullet

The mother of two sons killed Sunday in the Shawnee neighborhood told WDRB the man who killed them preyed on them and was hoping to recruit them in his gang. [WDRB]

A lack of front door intercoms, a door propped open, overgrown shrubbery – these are some of the most common security vulnerabilities in schools, according to a Saturday panel about school safety during the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

A judge has ended a restraining order that barred the city of Louisville from removing a 120-year-old monument to Confederate soldiers that sits near the University of Louisville. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s state universities are grappling with nearly a decade of budget cuts, about $170 million in all. Over the next two years, they’ll have to cut another 4.5 percent. As the schools prepare their biennial budgets, which have to be ready in June, they are announcing exactly how they will address deficits caused by decreased state support and increased costs for pensions and health care. Nationally, Kentucky is losing ground against other states, which are starting to reinvest in higher education. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Are we still pretending that other law enforcement officers there don’t know what happened? Okay. [WLKY]

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) and officials in 10 additional states have filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration after it told schools and colleges to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity to comply with existing civil rights laws. [HuffPo]

The Louisville Urban League, located at 1535 West Broadway, hosted a community conversation Tuesday night [WAVE3]

If you’re wondering about what’s going on in Frankfort? Let’s just say it’s a hot mess of a sex scandal involving legislators and law enforcement officers. [Page One]

A Louisville Catholic school will be the site of a new air pollution experiment, as researchers at the University of Louisville study whether trees and greenery can reduce pollution from a nearby roadway. [WFPL]

Most shootings with four deaths or injuries are invisible outside their communities. And most of the lives they scar are black. [NY Times]

Louisville Central Community Centers Inc. has named Kevin Fields Sr. president and chief operating officer. [Business First]

After reviewing some of the issues at each of the three campuses, some of the details of the demographic study and a survey to rank school needs, Doug Reiter chimed in with what he and others think it’ll take for West Clark Community Schools to get residents to vote in favor of the referendum. [News & Tribune]

Compassionate City Not So Compassionate

Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist is out of the Belmont Stakes. [WDRB]

In a 19-page counter-attack, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell filed a legal motion late Monday to dissolve a judge’s restraining order that halted Louisville’s planned relocation of a controversial Confederate monument. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Another meeting in Bardstown gave way to more disagreements. A special safety committee meeting caused more tension between the mayor and one councilman. [WHAS11]

Leave it to the backwater yokels of Eastern Kentucky to be dumb enough to pull a stunt like this. The Letcher County Fiscal Court is getting involved in the national debate over whether transgender citizens should be allowed to use bathroom facilities that match their gender identities. [H-L]

Compassionate City. Police are on the scene after a bicyclist was hit by a vehicle at River Road and Zorn Avenue. [WLKY]

In a blow to congressional transparency, the House Appropriations Committee voted against publicly releasing highly informative, taxpayer-funded reports that members use to educate themselves on the issues before Congress. [HuffPo]

A man suffered what authorities described as serious to life-threatening injuries in a shooting in Louisville’s Shawnee neighborhood early Tuesday morning. [WAVE3]

For years seen as a losing battle, the push for gun control has become a central conflict of the 2016 presidential election, and part of a broader struggle between competing visions of policing, justice and racism in America. [The Guardian]

Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District board has approved a 20 percent rate increase. [WFPL]

This is one of the most disgusting stories you’ll ever read. [Reuters]

Guess Business First fell for the Time Warner Cable-Charter Communications press release scam again. [Business First]

TARC will adjust service on four bus routes effective Sunday, June 5, to more accurately reflect pick-up times at stops based on traffic flow and other conditions, a TARC news release stated. [News & Tribune]

Everything Is Getting Shot Or Burned Lately

Surprise! Another shooting in Compassionate City. Police are investigating after one person was shot to death in the Portland neighborhood Monday afternoon. [WDRB]

It symbolizes how cavalier we were in 20th century America – a hole dug next to a drinking water source where businesses sent hazardous waste to be buried out of sight and out of mind. [C-J/AKN]

If you take a look at just about any local media site, it’s a gross mess of blood, gore, fire and love of police. [WHAS11]

Central Kentucky is being scouted for locations for a movie based on the true story of FBI agent Mark Putnam, who confessed to killing a pregnant informant with whom he had been having an affair. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s like Portland is turning into an absolute wasteland lately. [WLKY]

This is one of the most disgusting things you’re going to read this week. Or any week. There’s likely no way you’ve missed the story, but just in case you did… [HuffPo]

See? It’s a wasteland of gunshots and fires. At least, that’s how local media portrays the neighborhood. [WAVE3]

A U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation that would require American women to register for the military draft, setting the stage for a fight in Congress over the historic shift in policy later this year. [Reuters]

This is super-boring but it’s important and you should probably pay attention. [WFPL]

A group of researchers at Harvard Medical School has found that medical industry payments to physicians in Massachusetts are associated with higher rates of prescribing brand-name drugs that treat high cholesterol. [ProPublica]

Are peanuts worth the trouble for Louisville-based steakhouse chain Texas Roadhouse Inc.? [Business First]

Cone Zone? Don’t think that means what they think it means. [News & Tribune]

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Outsiders: Check Out Our Fun Murder Rate

The signs have been made, the T-shirt color has been selected and the community has been alerted. [WDRB]

A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge on Tuesday agreed to delay until May 25 a hearing on a temporary injunction that has halted the removal of a controversial Confederate monument near the University of Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The riverfront is quiet again as crews are breaking down the stage.[WHAS11]

Kentucky Retirement Systems operate openly and transparently. Unless you’re talking about anything beyond the surface, of course. [H-L]

It appears Bardstown’s mayor will stay in office despite the efforts of several city council members to remove him. [WLKY]

Donald Trump, the real estate magnate and reality television star who has said Mexican immigrants are rapists and has called for banning all Muslims from the U.S., won the Republican primary in the pivotal state of Indiana on Tuesday night. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), his most serious remaining challenger, dropped out. Trump is now the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. [HuffPo]

Another day, another fun shooting in Compassionate City. [WAVE3]

Meanwhile, shady-ass Republicans, because they’ve been paid, are trying to limit damages. Nightmare stories of nurses giving potent drugs meant for one patient to another and surgeons removing the wrong body parts have dominated recent headlines about medical care. Lest you assume those cases are the exceptions, a new study by patient safety researchers provides some context. [WaPo]

It’s Derby Week in Louisville, which means large crowds at the racetrack all week long. On the other side of the track from the grandstand, hundreds of backside workers tend to the horses, working long days, often far away from their families, living in temporary housing until the racing season takes them to another track in another state. [WFPL]

According to a report from the Energy Information Agency, American coal use for electricity dropped 29 percent in 2015, compared to its peak usage in 2007. That means consumption hit 1,045 million short tons in 2007, and dropped fairly steadily to 739 million short tons last year. [ThinkProgress]

Mark Bertolini is not a fan of the Affordable Care Act — at least, not yet. But the Aetna Inc. CEO says he could get behind it if the government made some changes that he thinks would make it easier for companies like his to turn a profit on compliant plans and the exchanges where they’re sold. [Business First]

In a seemingly inexhaustible campaign, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is digging his heels into Indiana, a state he calls “incredibly important” in winning the nomination. [News & Tribune]

Really. Fighting Against Solar Panels. Damn.

University of Louisville Board of Trustees Chairman Larry Benz said Thursday he has not changed his position of “no-confidence” in university President James Ramsey and that he would not stand in the way of the board taking a no-confidence vote. [WDRB]

It’s tough not to roll your eyes at people who fight against solar panels. [C-J/AKN]

It’s almost as if people are delusional enough to think they can stop their teabagger governor from destroying public education. Or instead of “desteroy”? Make it worse than it already is. [WHAS11]

“Get out! Leftist scum! Get out!” In the video, the bearded white man wears a black shirt and a red baseball cap with the words Make America Great Again. He is yelling at a young black woman. He shoves her once, then again, screaming at her to leave. The crowd around him is agitated. Others push the woman as well. Many are yelling. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Let’s not hold our breath over Greg Fischer’s transit plans. We should already know by now how these things play out in Compassionate City. [WLKY]

“It’s like one of those houses where an old lady lived with 100 cats who peed everywhere,” Maher said of the GOP. “That is your party today — a filthy, pee-stained house full of dead cats. [HuffPo]

Jail deaths don’t always get the attention that an unexpected death on the streets might get. But look at one case from Bullitt County, and you’ll see why WAVE 3 News wanted to take a closer look. [WAVE3]

New York City’s largest public pension is exiting all hedge fund investments in the latest sign that the $4 trillion public pension sector is losing patience with these often secretive portfolios at a time of poor performance and high fees. [Reuters]

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this week that the Zika virus is “scarier than we initially thought” and that states need to be ready for potentially widespread infections. [WFPL]

The federal Department of Education said on Tuesday it would offer to write off $7.7 billion of student debt owed by disabled individuals, taking a big step to streamline a loan forgiveness program long plagued by bureaucratic delay and inefficiency. [ProPublica]

A Minneapolis development firm that bought land at the 6,000-acre River Ridge Commerce Center in Jeffersonville last year plans to build a large speculative warehouse on the site. [Business First]

At least for now, West Clark Community Schools will leave its policy on out-of-district transfer students alone. [News & Tribune]

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All The News Is About Shootings & Such

Located about a mile from each other, Roosevelt-Perry and Byck elementary schools have long served the children of the Russell neighborhood – the majority of whom come from low-income families. [WDRB]

Jefferson Circuit Judge Olu Stevens has filed a federal suit alleging the state’s Judicial Conduct Commission, which is considering possible disciplinary action against the judge, has violated his First Amendment rights. [C-J/AKN]

If you live in Louisville, you’re going to get shot dead or run over by a car. Or maybe hit by a train or school bus. Right? That’s the sense one gets by watching local news. [WHAS11]

Windstream announced Monday that it is launching one-gigabit Internet service in Lexington, as Windstream and Time Warner continue to battle for area customers. In a news release, Windstream said it was the first provider to bring the service to residential and small business customers in Fayette County. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A man is dead following a shooting at the intersection of 32nd and Kentucky streets. [WLKY]

But Matt Bevin, your half-wit governor, would have! Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said Sunday that he wouldn’t have signed a North Carolina law that banned cities in the state from passing anti-discrimination measures and mandated that transgender people use the public bathrooms for the gender they were assigned at birth. [HuffPo]

Another day, another shooting on Compassionate City. This time involving a juvenile. [WAVE3]

Here’s more of the University of Kentucky just TRYING to make you hate it. Moonshine packs a punch in this corner of Appalachia, where making hooch is steeped in local lore. But when Colin Fultz, the grandson of a bootlegger, opened a gourmet distillery here last fall, he ran afoul of a spirit even more potent than white lightning: University of Kentucky basketball. [NY Times]

Louisville’s planning commission is calling a public hearing to get input on proposed zoning regulations for short-term rentals. [WFPL]

It is only April, but some on Wall Street are already predicting a rotten 2016 for U.S. banks. [Reuters]

Kevin Cogan, who is battling to build a high-rise condominium in Cherokee Triangle, said the ease with which people can appeal rulings could start sinking big projects. [Business First]

Angela Renfro promised herself that if she ever escaped her life in prostitution and human trafficking, she would help every woman and child she could. [News & Tribune]

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