Here’s Your Morning Dose Of Awfulness

The long-awaited study of Louisville’s urban heat islands will be unveiled next week, the city’s top air-quality official said Wednesday. [WDRB]

Moore Traditional School Principal Vicki Lete will not continue in her post after this school year, the school’s decision making council decided Monday. [C-J/AKN]

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services in Frankfort ordered an emergency suspension on the license to operate for Lil’ Kings and Queens Daycare, located on Terry Road. [WHAS11]

He’s cool with raising taxes for a convention center most will never benefit from but wasn’t cool with helping small businesses or veterans. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Two men were shot and as many as three people are on the run after Louisville police said a home invasion on Wednesday led to a shootout at two locations. [WLKY]

The Obama administration is preparing to broaden its military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria by increasing the number of Special Operations forces who advise Syrian rebels, and it is also considering the addition of Army attack helicopters to the fight against militants in Iraq. [HuffPo]

The identities of two people killed in a hit and run crash on Poplar Level Road on Tuesday have been released by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. [WAVE3]

If you missed it yesterday, here’s your chance to get caught up. Be sure to check out Joshua Powell, a corrupt former school superintendent, attempting to keep public records secret. [Page One]

A few months ago, when they became available, I signed up to get an advanced meter installed on my house. It was one of the energy-efficiency programs Louisville Gas and Electric was offering, and I was intrigued by its promise of letting me more closely track my energy usage through an online dashboard. [WFPL]

A little over six months ago, Keeneland and Red Mile opened a gambling parlor with 902 instant racing machines and a joint simulcasting room at the harness track. [More H-L]

State and federal regulators are doing a deep dive on any and all possible concerns surrounding the proposed acquisition of Humana Inc. by Aetna Inc. [Business First]

When a destructive tornado tore through Henryville on March 2, 2012, Louella Aker didn’t stop to think twice about helping her friends and neighbors who had suffered damage from the storm. [News & Tribune]

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Another “Compassionate” Tuesday Morning

LG&E and Kentucky Utilities can create up to 20 battery charging stations for electric cars across the state, regulators said in an order issued Monday. [WDRB]

If history is any guide, even if a majority of the University of Louisville trustees support besieged President James Ramsey, a vote of no confidence by the Faculty Senate could trigger his departure. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Five months after the November election, there are still unanswered questions about a City Council race. [WHAS11]

A federal judge said in an order filed Monday that he anticipates setting conditions under which controversial Floyd County lawyer Eric C. Conn could be released from jail pending his trial on federal fraud charges. [H-L]

At least it didn’t happen in Louisville…? A Hardin County school bus driver was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon when she drove a bus off Leitchfield Road. [WLKY]

U.S. President Barack Obama said Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton never jeopardized national security in the handling of her emails as his secretary of state. [HuffPo]

After an increase in shootings and murders last year, the community came together Sunday to address the violence in Louisville. The “Survivors Movement on Broadway,” a march for gunshot survivors and victims’ families, took place downtown. [WAVE3]

The spirits company behind Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is taking a deeper plunge into Kentucky bourbon. [WKYT]

Four companies are seeking public right-of-way access to install the infrastructure needed to bring ultra high-speed internet to Louisville. [WFPL]

“Immigration is the only thing that drives Donald Trump crazy apart from yellow number 5 hair colour,” jokes Chumel Torres, a Mexican comedian that has taken the internet by storm. [BBC]

How on earth is this East End condo development hot mess still going on?! [Business First]

A new transportation plan outlining the recently completed, current and future Clark County roads and bridges projects is expected to help as county leaders prepare for the next five years. [News & Tribune]

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Frankfort Just Got Waaaaay Worse

Delores Sisson says the first jump in rent of her subsidized apartment on W. Breckinridge Street happened two years ago – rising from $358 a month in 2014 to $438 a month last year and jumping to $652 a month this year. [WDRB]

Surprise! Greg Fischer and his team are lying about something again. This time that something benefits his wealthy friends and donors but no one has the guts to call him out on it. A little more transparency — something Fischer has never taken seriously — would go a long way. [C-J/AKN]

Another weekend, another bunch of shootings. Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 1700 block of Berry Boulevard around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning. [WHAS11]

As a boxer and humanitarian, Muhammad Ali stood out. So does the bright pink home in Kentucky where he shadowboxed and played pranks on his brother. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Another day, another pedestrian killed by a train in Louisville. [WLKY]

These anti-woman efforts aren’t just taking place in Floriduh, they’re also taking places in Kentucky. And Democrats are cheering the restrictionsi along every step of the way. [HuffPo]

See? All kinds of shootings. One person was injured in a shooting on Oak Street on Sunday. [WAVE3]

Reproductive rights advocates are warning that Indiana has become one of the most dangerous states for pregnant women, thanks to the governor’s decision to approve a sweeping new anti-abortion law that combines some of the harshest attacks on reproductive rights into one piece of legislation. [ThinkProgress]

The Louisville Metro Council rejected a bid from Louisville Gas and Electric to establish a natural gas franchise agreement. [WFPL]

We’ve been leading the pack when it comes to revealing information about new scandals. Find out how to keep up. [Page One]

A developer is asking Louisville Metro government and Jefferson County Public Schools for property tax breaks worth $11.3 million over the next 20 years so it can move forward with two apartment projects planned near the intersection of Baxter Avenue and Broadway. [Business First]

A Clark County judge on Friday confirmed the appeal of a candidate challenging the outcome of the recount in the Jeffersonville City Council At-large race. [News & Tribune]

HOW Is JBS Still In The Damn News?!

Inclusivity is powerful. Much more than being just the opposite of exclusivity, it’s a distinct way of looking at the world. Its power has been revealed to me over and over in the internet business, in political campaigns, and from living in my adopted hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. [Matthew Barzun]

Seniors in Jefferson County Public Schools would graduate over a three-day period at the end of May, according to a proposal that will be up for school board approval on Tuesday, March 22. [WDRB]

Louisville Gas and Electric Company warned Mayor Greg Fischer on Monday it will stop collecting a 2 percent fee used to fund public safety and other community initiatives if a new franchise agreement cannot be reached by the end of March. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! JBS Swift plant’s plan to begin killing pigs using CO2, rather than the current method of electrocution, called for a public meeting Wednesday night. [WHAS11]

John Sanders’ room on the second floor of St. James Place is comfortable yet cramped. There is no storage space for his pots and utensils in the small kitchenette on one side of his room. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A woman was rushed to University Hospital after a shooting Wednesday night in southwest Louisville. [WLKY]

In an effort to curb America’s deadly opioid crisis, federal health officials are urging doctors to largely avoid prescribing highly addictive painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin when treating patients for chronic pain. [HuffPo]

Critics say it’s a destruction of civil rights. Supporters say it’s part of Kentucky’s constitution. Tuesday, Kentucky’s Senate has passed a bill allowing businesses to refuse service to people based on their religious beliefs in certain situation. [WAVE3]

Environmental policies are often vilified as economical agents of destruction. From the Clean Power Plan, to methane rules, to the Paris Agreement, every time a new environmental policy is proposed detractors argue that new rules drive costs up, kill jobs, and hamper trade. But a new study is challenging the idea that curbing pollution hurts business to the point of stifling export trade. [ThinkProgress]

A call this week for fiber Internet service providers to begin applying for franchise status marks the next step in Louisville’s quest to become a gigabit city. [WFPL]

Mitch McConnell spoke to Donald Trump on Tuesday and recommended that the business mogul condemn violence at his rallies. [Politico]

The state of Florida has already given Humana Inc. the OK to merge with its Connecticut-based competitor, Aetna Inc. But some doctors groups aren’t so sure. [Business First]

The first phase of a project to install security cameras along Riverside Drive in Clarksville is completed and the town is ready for phase two. [News & Tribune]

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Local Media Turns Into 1980s D.A.R.E.

We love that the West End is seeing a rebirth of sorts. There’s a new push to boost home sales in Louisville’s poorest neighborhoods. [WDRB]

The dumb is thick in Oldham County. A lawsuit that questions the validity of Oldham County’s recent wet-dry referendum could delay officials’ plans to expand alcohol sales countywide. [C-J/AKN]

The clerk-treasurer of Selllersburg, Indiana has filed a complaint saying she has faced retaliation after raising questions about the town spending. [WHAS11]

Will Jim Gray beat Rand Paul? Probably not with his current team that consists almost entirely of Conway people. Stranger things have happened, though. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Another day, another shooting in Compassionate City. [WLKY]

Any high school in the U.S. that wants to carry an emergency opioid overdose reversal kit will now be able to get one free of charge, thanks to a new initiative announced Monday by the Clinton Foundation and the drug’s manufacturer. [HuffPo]

Quick, everybody freak out about drugs! A new trend is leading down a dangerous path. People think they are buying prescription pills to get high, but they are given something even more addictive. [WAVE3]

With the new year comes the continued challenge for area nonprofits to serve as many families and residents in need as possible. To energize those efforts, employees of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are lending a hand. Coupled with financial support from the LG&E and KU Foundation, the utilities’ voluntary employee-giving campaign, Power of One, raised more than $1.7 million in contributions. [Richmond Register]

A cedar log carved into a double helix with a chainsaw. A collection of wood veneer scraps twisted and wrapped to look like a tree trunk. A round sculpture built out of woven straw that is implanted with mushroom spores. [WFPL]

Of all things for Adam Edelen to attack, he chose to hit Rand Paul on foreign policy. That may be the only thing most Democrats can stomach from Paul. He’s also wrong about sexual orientation. Anti-gay discrimination is alive and well in Kentucky. Hell, the Kentucky Democratic Party runs so quickly away from the gays that it’s alarming. We can all agree that Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) is a delusional troll. But Adam Edelen needs to check his straight, white, male privilege once in a while before spouting off in another sweaty rant. [Roll Call]

The $5.4 billion price tag for GE Appliances was “a pleasant surprise,” General Electric Co. CEO Jeff Immelt said. [Business First]

For better or worse, an ordinance to require approval from the New Albany City Council for additional appropriations on projects was rejected at Thursday’s meeting. [News & Tribune]

Sanctuary? More Like Torture Farm

A Jefferson County Board of Education is speaking out against a district proposal that would increase class sizes and potentially eliminate assistant principals from some elementary schools. [WDRB]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it will be “looking into” a recent barn fire at a Charlestown, Ind., wildlife refuge that killed 41 animals. [C-J/AKN]

Jefferson County Public Schools is trying to distance itself from a fake Twitter account that was getting a lot of attention on Tuesday. [WHAS11]

Prompted by new federal regulations, the state’s two largest utility companies are closing several storage ponds that collect the coal ash burned by power plants. [H-L]

Fire broke out Tuesday at a popular but controversial animal sanctuary that is home to lions and tigers. [WLKY]

“As frustration grows, there will be voices urging us to fall back into tribes, to scapegoat fellow citizens who don’t look like us, or pray like us, or vote like we do, or share the same background.” [HuffPo]

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is hosting several firearms training session to provide information beneficial to anyone owning and carrying a gun. [WAVE3]

General Electric will announce [today] that it has selected Boston for global headquarters, according to an official familiar with the process. [Boston Globe]

Pork processor JBS Swift now has official permission to use a Butchertown parking lot for staging refrigeration trucks, despite the objections of its neighbors. [WFPL]

As winter sets in around the country, thousands of the nation’s poor are struggling to keep the heat on thanks to intentional underfunding of a key federal progam(sic). [ThinkProgress]

Thorntons Inc., a Louisville-based gas station and food store chain, broke ground on its new $27.8 million headquarters on Friday. [Business First]

Advocates are praising Congress’ recent softening of a longtime ban on federal dollars going to needle exchanges amid growing intravenous drug abuse that’s spreading hepatitis and HIV in many states. [News & Tribune]

UofL Seems Nice & Positive These Days

Your support is crucial if you want to see us continue. While other media outlets ignore scandals like those in Montgomery County, we’re shining the bright lights of transparency on issues that directly impact you across the Commonwealth. Love us or hate us, we’re putting in the time and effort to spend years reporting on issues from the pension crisis to government-sanctioned animal cruelty to educational corruption and we get real results. [Help Us!]

The Greater Clark County Schools board is moving forward with a plan to improve school building infrastructure in the district. [WDRB]

Newly-elected Metro Councilman Pat Mulvihill wants to cap how much an appointed member to the council can spend while in office after his predecessor, Steve Magre, nearly depleted the district’s discretionary accounts this year. [C-J/AKN]

Jim Ramsey is killing it these days. A help-wanted ad posted by the University of Louisville is getting backlash Thursday afternoon because of the requirements listed for the position. [WHAS11]

With his first year as U.S. Senate Majority Leader drawing to a close, Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that “by any objective standard, we’ve had a year of significant accomplishments.” [H-L]

New information has been released about the slaying of Thomas Grismer at the Red Roof Inn on Preston Highway. [WLKY]

Apparently the deficit hawks flew south for the winter. At least that’s the conclusion that could be drawn from looking at the price tag for the package of bills unveiled early Wednesday morning to keep the government running and extend a bunch of tax breaks, many permanently. [HuffPo]

Are we reliving 2008? Wednesday, city officials met with neighbors and representatives from Swift Pork Company to discuss the odor coming from the Swift plant on Story Avenue. [WAVE3]

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for November 2015 was 4.9 percent, remaining unchanged from the revised 4.9 percent rate in October, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. [Press Release]

Kentucky regulators have affirmed a utility’s plan to build massive landfills near two power plants, saying that option will have the smallest effect on ratepayers. [WFPL]

For years, Jammie Nichols struggled with a drug habit that left the Florida mother reeling from blackouts, seizures, depression and poverty – and a decision to give one of her children up for adoption. [Reuters]

Some Bullitt County residents spent hours Tuesday speaking out against an industrial park that’s been proposed near their neighborhood. [Business First]

A true assessment of Jeffersonville’s financial activity for 2013 could not be determined by a State Board of Accounts audit because of poor bookkeeping, according to a report released late October. Jeffersonville’s leadership is incompetent? Surely not! [News & Tribune]

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