Yarmuth: Still Kentucky’s Only Democrat

Congressman John Yarmuth is accusing Gov. Matt Bevin of plotting to end Medicaid expansion in Kentucky. [WDRB]

Matt Bevin’s administration unveiled its long-awaited plan to reshape the state’s Medicaid program Wednesday, and while it restores some benefits Bevin proposed be cut two months ago, it retains the most controversial components of the governor’s approach to overhauling the federal-state health plan for low-income and disabled Kentuckians. [C-J/AKN]

One month after a deadly building collapse in West Louisville, the incident will receive a closer look from the Metro Council Public Safety Committee. [WHAS11]

After years of recession-induced silence, the drumbeat is sure to start again: builders, developers and land speculators will want to expand the Urban Service Boundary. [Tom Eblen]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A public health emergency has been declared in Clark County, Indiana, allowing the county health department to establish a syringe exchange program. [WLKY]

It’s a question political pundits will be attempting to answer for generations: How did real estate magnate and reality TV star Donald Trump win the Republican presidential nomination? [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police have to look no further than Facebook to find images of young men, holding up guns, money and gang signs with the call letters of their gang right in their profile names. [WAVE3]

The ignorance of Mitch McConnell and his new staffers is harming women in areas affected by Zika. [Rewire]

Jo Ann Orr really wants African-Americans to donate blood. Her son died 16 years ago, when he was 32, of sickle cell disease. [WFPL]

The National Labor Relations Board decided in two separate cases last week that — as far as federal labor law is concerned — charter schools are not public schools but private corporations. [WaPo]

OneJet, the regional flight service that offers daily nonstop flights on small corporate aircraft, has landed a major infusion of funding from Louisville investors. [Business First]

The state of Indiana is looking into building the state’s fourth port, possibly in southeastern Indiana near Cincinnati. [News & Tribune]

Jim Ramsey & The High Road? What?

Global Game Changers and the Muhammad Ali Center invited kids and their families to discover their superpowers Sunday. [WDRB]

You know, like Jim Ramsey took the high road when attacking ON TELEVISION anyone questioning Robert Flener, who went to prison. “Chairman Benz needs to keep his comments on the high road and work with all of the UL staff, its affiliated boards and their leadership, and the media to promote harmony,” said Hughes, who also serves on the Board of Trustees. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police are looking for answers after a child was accidentally shot and killed by another child Sunday. [WHAS11]

How do you document Kentucky history that has been mostly hidden and, until 1992, was technically illegal? [Tom Eblen]

This leg situation has got to be the creepiest story of the month. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, found herself in the unenviable position Sunday morning of having to defend one of the candidate’s most despicable tweets ever. [HuffPo]

A man is recovering after being shot early Sunday morning. The victim was transported to Norton Suburban Hospital by private vehicle and was then transported to University Hospital for further evaluation. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump made a direct pitch to Iowa’s farmers in a speech here Saturday — and then pivoted back to his appeal for support from African-Americans, even though there were virtually none in the audience. [Politico]

Surprise! The cityfolk are shocked that vote-buying is still going on in rural Eastern Kentucky. [WFPL]

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that it would phase out its use of private prisons. While significant, the move will not put an end to the booming immigrant detention industry. Private prison companies will continue to receive millions in government contracts to detain unauthorized immigrants. [ProPublica]

Louisville-based GE Appliances, part of the Haier Group, plans to close a water heater manufacturing line that it launched in 2012 at Appliance Park. [Business First]

A few more candidates rounded out the list of school board contenders across Clark and Floyd counties as the deadline to file ended at noon Friday. [News & Tribune]

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More On The Weekend Shooting Spree

Louisville Metro Police are investigating after three juvenile females were shot. [WDRB]

A group of pastors and ministers said Thursday they are frustrated and angry over how quickly Louisville Metro Police officers shot and killed a man this week. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The 2016 Kentucky State Fair kicks off on August 18 amid multiple instances across our country of county and state fair accidents. As you can imagine, ride safety is on the minds of those on the Kentucky State Fair Board. [WHAS11]

Artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova’s latest work didn’t wind up where it’s located by accident. “We wanted something that would directly address the monuments,” Gohde said standing on Upper Street between the old Lexington Courthouse, which boasts statues of two Civil War figures, and the 21c Museum Hotel where his and Todorova’s work boasts the Frank X Walker quote, “Unlearn Fear + Hate,” which is the name of the piece. [H-L]

A shooting that left two people dead when gunfire erupted at a birthday party Tuesday in west Louisville remains under investigation. [WLKY]

Despite the world’s string high-profile terror attacks this year, the economy remains at the top of American voters’ minds, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds. A 45 percent plurality name the economy as one of the two issues most important to them, ranking it first on a list of 10 topics. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The David Armstrong Extreme Park is known as one of the best skate parks around the state. However, many have been taking it for granted and leaving it worse than they had found it. [WAVE3]

The first nationwide study to ask high school students about their sexuality found that gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers were at far greater risk for depression, bullying and many types of violence than their straight peers. [NY Times]

Lead problems with the water in Flint, Mich., have prompted people across the country to ask whether they or their families have been exposed to the toxic metal in their drinking water, too. [WFPL]

Here’s Matt Bevin wasting your taxpayer dollars in favor of discrimination. Texas and a dozen other states asked a U.S. judge on Friday to block Obama administration guidance to public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms of their choice, saying it usurps the authority of school districts nationwide. [Reuters]

GE Appliances is attempting to scare, intimidate and disorganize unionized workers ahead of contract negotiations scheduled to take place [this] week, according to Dana Crittendon, president of the IUE-CWA Local 83761. [Business First]

It took several years to get approved and more than an hour to debate Tuesday, but 18 Floyd County court employees will soon see a significant pay raise due to being reclassified. [News & Tribune]

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JCPS Is Now Back To Its Old Tricks

LG&E is closing its coal ash ponds at its power plants in Louisville and Trimble County. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Public Schools has moved a Layne Elementary teacher to another school in the district after it said it found a “pattern of poor professional judgment and unsafe behavior,” particularly in relation to how the teacher used restraint on students. [C-J/AKN]

JCPS and JCTA are still unable to come to an agreement on salaries and contracts. [WHAS11]

The number of homeless students in Lexington schools has nearly doubled in the past three years, according to a new report that recommends more money and attention to schools with the highest percentage of homeless students. [H-L]

The Kentucky Arts Council says it has awarded a Teaching Art Together grant that will fund an artist residency in eight schools in the eastern part of the state. [WLKY]

A vastly underappreciated legacy of Barack Obama’s presidency is one that neither his conservative opponents nor his liberal allies like to mention: He’s presided over a historically unprecedented reduction in government employees. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Jefferson County Public Schools employees are taught to restrain students who might be a danger to themselves or others. In the last two school years at JCPS, restraints were used 8,537 times. [WAVE3]

Ignore all the hype! If you’re wondering why Kentucky Democrats avoided Fancy Farm this year, look no further than the event’s emcee, who cracked racist jokes right off the bat. Republicans didn’t need the help of Democrats to burn their racist Trump barn down this year. [Page One]

Louisville’s Planning Commission has approved rules governing the siting of anerobic biodigesters in the city. The regulations approved Thursday were stricter than what planners had originally proposed, but won’t be finalized until they’re approved by Metro Council. [WFPL]

How dare anyone want safe drinking water or the preservation of lands. That makes native Appalachians environmental extremists, according to Rand Paul. He goes from literally telling black people they shouldn’t be allowed to sit at the lunch counter to making shit up about coal. [The Gleaner]

Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen said Thursday that the company’s Twinspires.com subsidiary will move from Mountain View, Calif., to Louisville before the end of the year and gave more details on its planned joint-venture acquisition of a Berlin, Md., casino and racetrack that was announced Tuesday. [Business First]

Pamela Fisher said she’s never shot a gun in her life. A gun range is planned for Clarksville. [News & Tribune]

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Morning Department Of Nonstop Murder

With seven homicides in just eight days Louisville is on track to set a deadly record in 2016. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Board of Education chairman David Jones Jr. has filed for re-election to the District 2 board seat he currently holds. [C-J/AKN]

JCPS has named Former GE manager Randy Frantz as the new Transportation Director. [WHAS11]

Lexington is better known for horses and bourbon than high-tech entrepreneurs. But there are more of them than you might think, and they make everything from hardware for the International Space Station to designer mice. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A homicide investigation in underway on Taylor Boulevard after a man was found beaten to death. [WLKY]

Retiring Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) on Tuesday announced he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November because Donald Trump is “unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.” [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A tall order for the man tasked with leading the University of Louisville through a difficult transition. Thursday, Neville Pinto discussed his new post as UofL’s acting president. [WAVE3]

As algorithms control more aspects of our lives, we need to be able to challenge them. Algorithms are ubiquitous in our lives. They map out the best route to our destination and help us find new music based on what we listen to now. But they are also being employed to inform fundamental decisions about our lives. [ProPublica]

This seems like a supreme waste of taxpayer dollars. A recently released multi-month study examining the need for a stadium to house the city’s minor pro soccer team calls for a 10,000-seat stadium to be built by 2020. [WFPL]

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 8 points nationally in a poll released early Sunday. [The Hill]

It turns out Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman wasn’t given much time to think about it when Gov. Matt Bevin asked him to be on the board of trustees at the University of Louisville. [Business First]

New Albany wants to be just like Louisville, apparently. Two teenagers were struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Spring and Vincennes streets in New Albany on Thursday around 4:30 p.m. [News & Tribune]

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Local TV Gets Even More Unlocal

They’re hitting neighborhoods looking for criminals and guns, trying to put a dent in all the violence. [WDRB]

Ethics? What ethics? Matt Bevin doesn’t know how to spell “ethics”, let alone what it means. [C-J/AKN]

Surprise! The teevee folks are bringing in yet another outsider to interact directly with locals. That always works out so well. [WHAS11]

Have you seen all the butthurt in Lexington? Officials with the Bluegrass Area Development District said Tuesday they will continue to pay staff through July as they fight the state’s attempt to take away millions of dollars in federal and state funding for aging and workforce programs by Friday. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! There have been 55 homicide investigations so far this year in Louisville, but there have also been hundreds of other shootings officers have responded to in the same amount of time. [WLKY]

Robert Murray, owner of the country’s largest private coal company, wasted no time pointing the finger when he announced plans earlier this week to lay off as many as 4,400 workers, or 80 percent of his workforce. [HuffPo]

It has hundreds of followers on its Facebook page, but now the Southside Quarry is part of two police investigations and faces citations by the city. [WAVE3]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday rejected criticism of his campaign tactics, in a wide-ranging speech defending his team’s use of a Jewish star and his own praise of the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. [Reuters]

The Obama administration is making it easier for people addicted to opioids to get treatment. [WFPL]

Any hopes for a better reception for Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed changes to expanded Medicaid in Kentucky vanished pretty quickly at a second public hearing here Wednesday. [Ronnie Ellis]

Wanna gouge your eyes out? Read about Sullivan University doing something, who even knows. [Business First]

Despite the Washington Post labeling Amy Hess a “kind of female Q,” no James Bond-themed surf rock riff preceded her phone call last Wednesday morning. [News & Tribune]

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Shootings, Shootings & More Shootings

For the last year, signs with pictures and information about Crystal Rogers have been posted all over Bardstown. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Public Schools has made important accomplishments this year but there have also been “obvious mistakes and omissions,” the district’s board said in its yearly performance evaluation of Superintendent Donna Hargens. [C-J/AKN]

School is right around the corner for Clarksville Community students and officials are already focusing the need for supplies. [WHAS11]

Massie’s ideas about “sovereignty” are an extreme example of the naïve thinking that fueled the Brexit vote, has propelled Trump’s candidacy and energizes Tea Party activists. It is our inner 4-year-old screaming, “You can’t tell me what to do!” [H-L]

One person was taken to the hospital after an overnight shooting in south Louisville. The shooting happened at about 2:30 a.m. at Déjà Vu on Taylor Boulevard, near Longfield Avenue. [WLKY]

Senate Republicans have never made it easy for President Barack Obama to put judges on federal courts. But now, with just months left in his term, they’re not even pretending to try to let judicial nominees through. [HuffPo]

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

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin proclaims the days of “pay to play” ended with his arrival in Frankfort. But some House Democrats say if you’re not willing to play, Bevin isn’t reluctant to make you pay. [Ronnie Ellis]

A Lexington city council committee will soon review constable policies in the central Kentucky community. [WFPL]

The coal industry is slated to lose clout in the next Congress, with term limits set to force out a chairman who has frequently battled with the Obama administration on behalf of mining companies. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Keeping Eastern Kentucky Impoverished) will relinquish the gavel of the House Appropriations Committee in January, after having led the powerful panel for six years, which is the maximum allowed under GOP rules. [The Hill]

The Louisville Sports Commission has named a new slate of officers and appointed new board members. [Business First]

The contract for newly hired town manager of Clarksville has been approved and Kevin Baity is scheduled to start June 30. [News & Tribune]