Juicy Frankfort Scandal Gets Juicier

Charter Communications, Louisville’s cable TV provider, claims Metro government gives favorable treatment to its competitors Google Fiber and AT&T while keeping Charter “under the yoke of an extensive and burdensome regulatory regime,” according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday. [WDRB]

Tim Longmeyer used much more than just a few thousand dollars he got in an illegal kickback scheme to make straw contributions to the Democratic campaigns he supported in recent years, according to a federal prosecutor. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Dave Mutchler, President of the FOP River City Lodge 614, said he wants someone to with “subpoena power” to look into the findings of a recently released audit. The KLEFPF audit was released last week by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s fourth-largest health insurer says it will stop selling individual plans in the state next year, prompting another round of finger-pointing between a pair of feuding governors over the merits of President Obama’s federal health care law. [H-L]

A man killed in a knife fight near the University of Louisville campus has been identified. What a truly Compassionate City… [WLKY]

The first aerial survey of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch shows that the amount of debris swirling in the North Pacific has been “heavily underestimated,” the expedition group said. [HuffPo]

A wedding expo aimed specifically at gay and lesbian couples made its first stop in Kentucky on Sunday. [WAVE3]

Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado hit back at Donald Trump’s vicious Twitter tirade from the early morning hours of Friday, calling his attacks “slander and lies.” [Politico]

An agreement has been reached between Louisville Gas and Electric Company and the Sierra Club in their dispute over the discharge of wastewater from an LG&E coal ash pond. [WFPL]

Donald Trump has attacked a former beauty pageant winner who criticised him for alleged sexist and misogynistic remarks as “disgusting”. [BBC]

Louisville-based ResCare Inc. has named a new president and CEO. [Business First]

While the vocal majority seems in favor of two way street changes in New Albany, there’s a faction of downtown business owners that would rather things just stay the way they are. [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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LG&E + Solar Just Feels Super-Dirty

If there’s one thing Louisville loves as much as a compassionate shooting, it’s a compassionate pedestrian accident. A child was hit by a car Monday night in a south Louisville neighborhood. [WDRB]

State laws have blocked the expansion of grassroots community-led solar power, and now utilities are putting their own stamp on new ways letting customers get their energy from the sun with requests before Kentucky energy regulators. Customers of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities may get a chance to participate in what’s called “community solar,” where customers pay into a new solar farm and then receive credit on their bills for electricity generated from those solar panels. [C-J/AKN]

A Louisville Metro Corrections officer finds himself out of a job after a 5-month investigation revealed he used racist, derogatory language towards another employee. [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]

The Kentucky Alliance hosted a panel discussion Monday about gun violence and race relations. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager reignited the long-debunked “birther” conspiracy theory on Tuesday night. Corey Lewandowski, now a CNN analyst/in-house Trump surrogate, suggested that President Barack Obama hadn’t released his Harvard transcripts because they might show he wasn’t a citizen of the United States. [HuffPo]

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness wants to help people in WAVE Country stop smoking. [WAVE3]

In Syria’s civil war, it’s dangerous to even treat the wounded. Since the beginning of the civil war, the Syrian government has killed hundreds of medical personnel, and dozens of doctors have been assassinated by ISIS. The few doctors who dare to treat the casualties have been forced to work in secret. [ProPublica]

White supporters of the movement have encountered responses (from welcoming to wariness) from some African-American activists. That hasn’t stopped them from leading pro-BLM protests in Louisville. [WFPL]

If you’ve yet to read this story, put on your crazy glasses. A report of a car full of men in body armor with semi-automatic weapons brought Lexington police to the Walmart on Richmond Road on Saturday night. Officers found two men, one in body armor, a 20-year-old woman and a six-month old baby. [More H-L]

The internet is no stranger to debate — just ask anyone who’s read through the comments on a YouTube video or Facebook post. But there also are debates between internet providers, such as those who have a stake in Louisville as Google Inc. considers rolling out its Fiber gigabit internet service here. Some companies already in the market are voicing their concerns through a pending lawsuit and a letter sent to government officials. [Business First]

He’s served in an interim role since July 1, but by about 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Lindon Dodd officially became the director of Clark County Community Corrections. [News & Tribune]

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UofL Dumpster Fire Is Still Smoldering

Your sewer bill is about to go up again, but not as much as the Metropolitan Sewer District wanted. [WDRB]

Rebuffed by the Louisville Metro Council for a 20 percent rate boost to pay for a backlog of major maintenance, the Metropolitan Sewer District on Monday will ask its board to charge its customers 6.9 percent more. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Neighbors are upset over tree removal at Bowman Field. [WHAS11]

Four children sat cross-legged as their teacher flipped through a numbers book. When the page turned, they raced to yell the next number first — “six,” “seven” and then, “nine!” [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s tough to take Adam Edelen seriously because he wanted to be on the Foundation board. [WLKY]

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

The Jefferson County Public School Board of Education has met on multiple occasions to discuss the evaluation of Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens. [WAVE3]

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Monday called on the Senate to take immediate action this week to address Puerto Rico’s $70 billion debt crisis before the critical July 1 deadline for the island territory’s next debt payments. [Reuters]

The Louisville Metro Council will spend the next two weeks on summer break. When the 26-member legislative body returns to City Hall, they’ll likely focus on establishing a natural gas franchise agreement with Louisville Gas and Electric. That will set parameters the utility provider must abide by to use the public rights of way for natural gas transmission. [WFPL]

A short-handed Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Texas law that tightens abortion clinic requirements in a way that critics say unduly restricts women’s access. [McClatchy DC]

Now that GE Appliances has been acquired by Qingdao Haier, several executive moves are taking place. [Business First]

It’s been a difficult few weeks for Erik Brewer, a former truck driver who recently became homeless before his van was totaled in a crash on Interstate 74 in western Indiana last month. [News & Tribune]

MSD & Health? In The Same Sentence?

Assistant Superintendent Amy Dennes has announced that she will retire from Jefferson County Public Schools effective Aug. 1. [WDRB]

Under proposed changes announced Wednesday by Gov. Matt Bevin, many Kentuckians covered by Medicaid would… Here’s your chance to watch poor Kentuckians suffer. As well as your chance to watch the Republican Party of Kentucky’s drunken, delusional leadership foam at the mouth about how wonderful this is. Such a shame the KDP has no guts. [C-J/AKN]

Water Step and MSD continue to spread their knowledge of healthy drinking water and education as a professor from Nairobi, Kenya is in town hoping to better his community. [WHAS11]

Two members of the former Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees are suing Gov. Matt Bevin, claiming Bevin did not have the authority to remove board chairman Thomas Elliott of Jefferson County from the panel. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Four people were shot in a Louisville apartment Tuesday night. Two died and two others are recovering. [WLKY]

Democrats literally sat down on the floor of the House chamber on Wednesday — and forced the House into a temporary recess — as part of an effort to compel Republican leadership to vote on gun control legislation. [HuffPo]

WAVE’s teabagger web guy is taking time out of his busy day of posting mugshots of brown people to bring you the important story about mulch fires. [WAVE3]

This should be filled with schadenfreude. Long-time Republican activist and public relations executive Scott Jennings will emcee this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic political speaking on Aug. 6. [Ronnie Ellis]

Louisville Gas and Electric has chosen a solar energy company as a partner in a new effort to offer solar energy to business and industrial customers. [WFPL]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! What is white privilege – and do white Americans believe they benefit from it? [BBC]

America’s economy has been on the rebound since the Great Recession, but Uric Dufrene still spies some downward trends. [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]

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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