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]

Latest LMAS Mess Already Forgotten

Putting a stop to violence. That was the goal of rally held Saturday afternoon at Chickasaw Park. [WDRB]

When will media stop giving the Fischer crew a free pass to put their spin on something without ever questioning that spin? This dog euthanasia matter was resolved months and months ago when they figured out what happened. Jessica Jo Montgomery was “resigned” because of her most recent incident – sort of a straw that broke the camel’s back situation. It wasn’t just the euthanasia issue. It was driving drunk in her city car and having that taken away. It was putting down animals without authority to do so. It was stealing a dog house meant for charity. It was treating staff members badly. It was everything that every other shitty LMAS director has done. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! You may not know their hands but you sure know the work they have completed. [WHAS11]

“Defies reason” is how a circuit judge described the Bevin administration’s claim that Planned Parenthood was illegally providing abortions in Louisville. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! If you tell someone from out of state that you’re from Kentucky, one of the first things they’ll likely bring up is bourbon. [WLKY]

Donald Trump introduced Mike Pence as his running mate at a rambling press conference on Saturday that seemed to focus more on Trump himself than his vice-presidential nominee. [HuffPo]

The teachers union, representing about 5,700 certified Jefferson County Public Schools employees, has filed a lawsuit against the district for breach of contract. [WAVE3]

The House Intelligence Committee on Friday released 28 previously classified pages from a 2002 congressional investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. [The Hill]

Kentuckians with certain Class D felony convictions are now eligible to apply to clear their criminal records as long as they have stayed out of trouble for five years. [WFPL]

Donald Trump says he could have made a deal to stop the Civil War. This is guy is an Amway salesman in the worst way. [Time]

When Kentucky’s tourism industry is held alongside the state’s largest industries, it’s rarely considered a heavyweight, Hank Phillips , president and CEO of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, said Thursday evening. [Business First]

After several changes and delays, the Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana will receive payment from the city of New Albany. [News & Tribune]

Compassionate City Loves It A Shooting

Don’t worry, Doug Cobb, us gays and other educated thinking people won’t be backing down, either. We’ll win over your ignorant bigotry. [WDRB]

He who doth protest too much! One of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s new University of Louisville trustees regularly takes to Twitter to deny mainstream climate science and say that being gay isn’t compatible with Christianity, while also taking aim at U of L sports. [C-J/AKN]

Jefferson County Public Schools could soon be preparing for a legal battle following the controversy surrounding proposed salary freezes for teachers. [WHAS11]

A judge in Louisville has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration seeking to fine Planned Parenthood for performing abortions at its Louisville facility. [H-L]

Compassionate City! An investigation is underway after the death of a child on Glen Hill Manor Drive. [WLKY]

Donald Trump has spent the week pedaling backward and forward on his immigration positions, leaving immigration hawks — and some of his biggest boosters — worried about the strength of his support for mass deportations and a blanket ban on Muslim immigrants. [HuffPo]

Another day, another shooting in Compassionate City. This time in the Russell neighborhood. [WAVE3]

On Tuesday night, 128 members of Congress weighed in to urge a federal appeals court to protect against sexual orientation-based discrimination under existing civil rights laws. [BuzzFeed]

Kentucky’s restrictions on women seeking abortions and providers could be challenged now that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas abortion law for putting an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to the procedure. [WFPL]

AT&T is getting some help from Frontier Communications in its attempt to block Google Fiber’s progress in Kentucky. [ArsTechnica]

A spinoff of Yum Brands Inc.’s China business reportedly has hit a snag. Bloomberg reports that potential suitors — who would buy a stake of the China business — missed a deadline to submit offers earlier this month. [Business First]

With 19 members voting among three boards, the sale of Floyd Memorial Hospital to Baptist Health passed with only one dissenting voice. [News & Tribune]

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Your New Governor Has No Ethics

After months of debate over proposed changes to its student code of conduct, Jefferson County Public Schools officials presented a revised student code of conduct to school board members for review on Tuesday. [WDRB]

A giant poop chute has been planned to go under downtown. This is not a drill. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! As crime continues to see an uptick in the city, officials with Louisville Metro Corrections are scrambling to make space for an already overcrowded facility. [WHAS11]

Just when you thought Matt Bevin and his people couldn’t get more ignorant? Matt Bevin has signed an executive order that effectively gives him control over all appointments to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission without any input from the state attorney general and state auditor. Almost as funny as the Personnel Secretary, through the RPK’s spokesperson, begging folks to help them dig through Beshear data to uncover corruption because they don’t know anything about Kentucky. HAHAHA. You can’t fix the kind of stupid these people possess. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Jefferson County Public Schools released a new Code of Conduct proposal after outrage over a previous version that eliminated some severe penalties.[WLKY]

Donald Trump’s policy agenda would quickly push the national debt to its highest level in history, according to a new report. [HuffPo]

Out with the old, in with the new. To save money on repair and maintenance, Louisville’s public transportation system is rolling out 12 new buses to replace 16 older ones. [WAVE3]

Convicting an elected official on corruption charges just got a lot harder. Government watchdogs say the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday to toss out the conviction and two-year prison sentence of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will create new hurdles for prosecutors. [The Hill]

Gunshots are ringing through Louisville’s streets at a heightened rate this year. [WFPL]

Who plans to show up and pay for the Trump hate circus at the RNC? Maker’s Mark, for one. While the legendary bourbon house tried to use the excuse that they’re also throwing money at the DNC, it doesn’t change the reality that their money – money you give them by buying their products – is being used to fund white supremacy, Islamophobia, racism in general, attacks on Asian people, attacks on the disabled, attacks on gay people, attacks on sense. [WaPo]

They’re almost at the finish line — now it’s just a matter of shoring things up and signing the final papers. Louisville-based Baptist Healthcare System Inc. has signed a binding agreement to buy Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany for $150 million, plus additional investments. [Business First]

It’s been a long time coming, but the Clark County Special Education Co-op is in the process of dissolution. [News & Tribune]

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Compassionate Shootings & Racist Statues

The Muhammad Ali Center has received a $500,000 grant from The UPS Foundation to honor the boxer’s legacy, according to a news release. [WDRB]

A citizens’ petition requesting landmark designation for a house threatened with demolition in the Upper Highlands has halted the issuance of a wrecking permit for the site on Friday. [C-J/AKN]

Leave it to E-town to burn down a restaurant with a cancer stick. Firefighters say an ignited cigarette thrown into a bed of dry mulch is believed to have started a fire that destroyed a McDonald’s restaurant in Elizabethtown. [WHAS11]

Ford Motor Co. executives spared no expense in overhauling the crown jewel of their empire, the F-150. They gave the truck a new aluminum body, smaller turbocharged engines and a lighter and stronger steel frame – all with an eye to appease U.S. regulators demanding cleaner vehicles. The initiative took six years and cost Ford more than $1 billion. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A Jefferson County judge has ruled that a Confederate monument near the University of Louisville can be removed and relocated. [WLKY]

A top official in the George W. Bush administration has become the most prominent Republican to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. [HuffPo]

A South Louisville woman trying to keep someone from getting into her apartment was shot late this past week. [WAVE3]

Just months after Suntory’s $16bn takeover of US spirits maker Beam in 2014, the chief executive of the Japanese whisky group dropped a bombshell. The quality of the Kentucky-made Jim Beam bourbon could be improved, he suggested, if its distillers employed a Japanese process called kaizen. Matt Shattock, the chief executive of Beam, cringed at the proposal made by his counterpart, Takeshi Niinami. It was seen as a direct affront to the formula perfected by the Jim Beam family over two centuries. [Financial Times]

While Republicans and Democrats differ wildly on firearms issues in Congress, opposition to gun control measures transcends political parties in Kentucky. [WFPL]

Democrats pushing for gun curbs after the latest mass shooting in the United States are co-opting a Republican mantra to build public support and defang opposition: it’s time to get tough on national security. [Reuters]

Ford is shortening its traditional two-week summer shutdown to one week at its sport utility vehicle manufacturing plants in Louisville, Chicago and Oakville, Ontario, according to a news release. [Business First]

The Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana has to wait at least until next month for the New Albany City Council’s funding resolution to go for a final vote. [News & Tribune]

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Finally, An End To A Terrible Week

A spokeswoman for insurance giant Humana says the company is increasing security after receiving a report of graffiti found inside a restroom. [WDRB]

This is what lobbyists can get you. Norton Healthcare has secured city agreement to issue up to $725 million in tax-exempt bonds, with much of the proceeds targeted for helping to pay for a long list of capital projects. [C-J/AKN]

Katina Powell, author of Breaking Cardinal Rules, has now added her name to a lawsuit against some UofL students who claimed their degrees were diminished by her claims. [WHAS11]

Growing abuse of the powerful painkiller fentanyl drove the number of overdose deaths in Kentucky to a new record high in 2015, according to a report released Tuesday. [H-L]

Officials with MSD, LG&E and the Louisville Water Company announced the date for the 27th annual Ohio River sweep — June 18. [WLKY]

John McCain is responsible for the Orlando massacre because he has long pushed homophobic policies. [HuffPo]

Indiana State Police are asking for the public’s help in solving two homicide cases. On May 11, the bodies of Sarah Ipock, 30, and an unidentified male were pulled from the Ohio River by separate barge crews. [WAVE3]

Mergers have become commonplace as hospital mega-chains increasingly dominate the American health-care market. But these deals often go unscrutinized by state regulators, who fail to address potential risks to patients losing access to care, according to a new report released today. [ProPublica]

It seems unlikely that Louisville Metro Council members will approve a large sewer rate increase after a contentious budget hearing Wednesday. [WFPL]

Just months after Suntory’s $16bn takeover of US spirits maker Beam in 2014, the chief executive of the Japanese whisky group dropped a bombshell. The quality of the Kentucky-made Jim Beam bourbon could be improved, he suggested, if its distillers employed a Japanese process called kaizen. Matt Shattock, the chief executive of Beam, cringed at the proposal made by his counterpart, Takeshi Niinami. It was seen as a direct affront to the formula perfected by the Jim Beam family over two centuries. [Financial Times]

Kindred Healthcare Inc. plans to build a four-story nursing home in Louisville’s East End. [Business First]

The Clarksville Police Department plans to suspend its use of body cameras in anticipation of a new law that dictates how departments store footage and when they have to release that footage to the public come July 1. [News & Tribune]

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