Barbara Shanklin Cost The City HOW Much?

We’ll find out next week how much tolls will be on the Ohio River bridges, as officials with the project prepare to lay the groundwork for tolling in the coming weeks. [WDRB]

A judge assassinated while serving on Kentucky’s highest court more than a century ago has been memorialized with a portrait in the Capitol. [H-L]

Another Louisville library is getting a green designation for their efforts at energy saving. [WHAS11]

Are pension liars meddling with the criminal justice system in Louisville? [The ‘Ville Voice]

Another day, another damn school bus accident. Seven students were taken to a hospital after an accident involving a school bus, according to MetroSafe. [WLKY]

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell is involved in another skirmish with the district court, accusing a judge of summarily “cutting loose” two accused drug traffickers a few hours after another judge had set cash bonds for them. [C-J/AKN]

It’s 2013 and we’re still discussing food deserts in Louisville. That’s some real Possibility City stuff. We spend millions on bike trails, parks and on tons of unnecessary mayoral appointees but we can’t make sure our citizens have access to healthy food. [WFPL]

You will explode with rage when you see how much Barbara Shanklin cost the taxpayers with her ethics trial. It’s Possibility City, though, so a bunch of Democrats on Metro Council will attempt to spin this as a positive. [WAVE3]

Floyd County is facing a nearly $1 million combined shortfall in two major tax funds this year, with funding David Camm’s third murder trial being mostly to blame. [News & Tribune]

Louisville developer Steve Poe has received approval to build a second apartment building at RiverPark Place, a 40-acre residential and commercial development on River Road, just east of Eva Bandman Park. [Business First]

Everybody Still Hung Over Post-Championship?

Louisville’s downtown economy is holding its own after the recession, but steps must be taken to attract people to live in the urban area. That’s the conclusion of the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation’s annual report. [WDRB]

The University of Louisville is inviting the public to help celebrate its men’s and women’s basketball teams Wednesday at the KFC Yum! Center. [C-J/AKN]

Kosair Charities began its annual campaign to end child abuse with a kick-off held at Slugger Field Monday. [WHAS11]

A Campbell Circuit judge’s ruling that Kentucky public libraries created by petition can’t raise tax rates without a similar petition by 51 percent of voters has libraries across the state worried. [Ronnie Ellis]

Louisville Cardinals fans had a lot to celebrate Monday night, but Louisville Metro Police said some of that celebrating turned violent. [WLKY]

A judge likely will decide if an arbiter’s ruling is enough to force the city to pay benefits and past salary increases to New Albany Police Department employees. [News & Tribune]

Questionnaires are coming back to Floyd County from potential jurors in the case against William Clyde Gibson. [WAVE3]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s already been in the news a few times [yesterday], but here’s one more story from an environmental perspective: McConnell says President Obama’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator will be detrimental to Kentucky’s coal industry. [WFPL]

A Kentucky agency is expected to give final approval [today] to state financial incentives requested by the group headed by businessman Ed Hart that is seeking to reopen the long-closed Kentucky Kingdom amusement park. [C-J/AKN]

The two volunteer boards overseeing health care for the poor in Fayette County continue to bicker over such basics as scheduling meetings even as the federal government threatens to cut off $2.3 million in funding. [H-L]

Louisville police used tear gas and an armored car early Tuesday to calm disturbances that erupted during a celebration of the Cardinals’ NCAA championship win over Michigan. [WKYT]

If you missed it yesterday, there’s a growing rumor that Adam Edelen is set to audit Kentucky Retirement Systems again. [Page One]

Broke Metro Gubmint Folks: Greg Says Give More

It’s really tough not to make obvious jokes about this. Mayor Greg Fischer helped open the new Teen Computer Center known as “The Loft.” [WDRB]

The walls of one of Louisville’s longtime downtown retailers were pulled apart at the beams Monday. All to make way for a bridge a majority of residents don’t want and can’t afford. [C-J/AKN]

The mayor asked city employees to improve their giving levels not only to help those in need, but to make Louisville one of the nation’s most compassionate cities. [WHAS11]

Kentucky prosecutors argued Monday that executions in Kentucky should resume because the state changed the way it would carry out lethal injections based on the concerns raised by condemned inmates who sued over the method. [H-L]

There are still many unanswered questions surrounding the mysterious death of Jamie Clutter and her two young children who were found dead in a creek on March 13. [WAVE3]

Wonder why you can’t get a straight answer on how much a treatment or test will cost you? One big reason: State laws that allow hospitals and other providers of health care to keep costs hidden until they send you the bill. Kentucky gets a C. [NPR]

Louisville leaders are tackling crime in an unconventional way, letting victims have a say in criminals’ punishment and talk with them face-to-face. [WLKY]

If you’re wondering why Kentucky’s educational system is screwed up, look no further than this latest mess. [Page One]

Construction employment in Kentucky was 67,400 in January, a 1.7 percent decrease from the 68,600 employed in January 2012, according to a new analysis of U.S. Department of Labor statistics by the Associated General Contractors of America, a construction trade organization. [Business First]

We recently discussed this issue on Page One but it seems it’s trendy to be interested in Eastern Kentucky in Louisville lately. [WFPL]

A state audit of New Albany’s 2011 financial records questioned the purchase of two fire trucks, payments for legal counsel and the reconciliation of bank accounts during Mayor Doug England’s last year in office. [News & Tribune]

Local Business Experts Must Be Paid Comedians

Kentucky officials say the state is ready to resume executions with new rules that change the drug concoction used in lethal injections. [WDRB]

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, nearly a quarter of Kentucky’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition and nearly a third of its bridges are deficient or obsolete. Kentucky faces a growing maintenance backlog, and the state has borrowed $1.1 billion in the past decade to improve its major interstates. But Steve Beshear and Hal Rogers both want to spend zillions building interstates in their hometowns. [McClatchy]

Maybe they could start paying this much attention to poor health care at the jail? Louisville Metro Corrections unveiled an airport-style body scanner called the SecurPass Friday to the media, three weeks after it was installed at the jail. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky State Fair Board passed a resolution Friday asking state officials to solicit hotel companies’ proposals for developing a luxury hotel near the Kentucky Exposition Center’s Gate 1. [C-J/AKN]

Sen. Mitch McConnell says he’s ready to take on all challengers. “I welcome those guys, they want a fight we are ready,” says McConnell. [WLKY]

How to save a public library: make it a seed bank. Despite the cold and snow, some signs of spring are starting to break through in Colorado. The public library in the small town of Basalt is trying an experiment: In addition to borrowing books, residents can now check out seeds. [NPR]

Wow, these “local experts” show their extreme disconnection with reality. Claiming online shopping won’t directly impact brick-and-mortar stores. HAHAHA. It’s like they’ve never heard of ear X-tacy, Best Buy, Blockbuster, yadda, yadda, yadda. [Business First]

Soon charitable organizations and youth leagues may no longer be allowed to collect donations in the midst of busy city intersections in New Albany. [News & Tribune]

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has overturned a $300,000 award to a former University of Louisville coach. [WAVE3]

Vice Mayor Linda Gorton has directed a small work group to find solutions to some of the thorny issues that food-truck owners say inhibit mobile food vendors from thriving in Lexington as they do in many other cities. [H-L]

More jobs could be coming to Jeffersonville’s River Ridge Commerce Center following the announcement from Internet retail giant Amazon, which plans to expand its operations there over the next several months. [WFPL]

Pray Greg Runs So We Can Get A Better Mayor

We’re closer and closer to hitting our goal and launching our new project. Consider helping make that happen because it’s so close we can taste it. [Support Our New Project!]

Authorities believe they have found the remains of a Southern Indiana teenager, missing since September. Police discovered what is believed to be Ethan Bennett’s silver Jaguar [Friday] night with a body inside. [WDRB]

An alternative energy company looking to build multiple energy beet-to-biofuel plants in Kentucky recently became the first corporation to join the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association. Although federal rules currently prohibit the growth of hemp in the U.S., Patriot Bioenergy Corp. sees value in industrial hemp for biomass blending with bituminous coal for power generation as well as a possible cellulosic feedstock for biofuels. [Biomass Magazine]

Over the past few years police have been working and training to be prepared in the event a shooter ever enters a local school. [WHAS11]

Who wouldn’t love for Greg Fischer to try running for the U.S. Senate again? He’d likely lose even harder to another Democrat than he did in 2008. Primarily because he’s now got a record to run against that’s even worse (if you can imagine) than what he already had against him. [WFPL]

Investigators returned the scene where the vehicle of missing Clark County teenager was discovered. [WAVE3]

Greg Fischer presented his proposal for a local-option sales tax to the Metro Council on Thursday and got a positive reception from several Republicans who signaled their possible support. [C-J/AKN]

Family and friends hope reward posters posted on Saturday will lead to an arrest in the shooting death of a father of seven. [WLKY]

You’ll want to pay close attention to this, folks. Fifty years ago, lanky, loquacious Harry Monroe Caudill of Letcher County climbed onto the national stage and tapped the microphone. [H-L]

The Louisville Free Public Library and University of Louisville have started a College Shop at the Shawnee branch library, 3912 W. Broadway. [Business First]

With three houses left to rebuild, the initial construction phase of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program in New Albany is winding down, and city officials are considering what will happen next. [News & Tribune]

John Yarmuth will hold a presser at 10:00 A.M. this morning to discuss gun violence. [Press Release]

New Albany Library Deserves Major Praise For That

The Louisville Free Public Library should also do this. The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is partnering with the Dare to Care Food Bank to collect food items for distribution to the needy in Floyd County. [News & Tribune]

Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby, a spectator at Drew Peterson’s murder trial, has been thrown out of the Joliet courtroom after mouthing an expletive at the former Illinois police officer. [WHAS11]

Turns out that Southern Indiana doesn’t hate the gays. The New Albany City Council adopted a non-discrimination ordinance earlier this summer and created a human-rights commission to help enforce the measure. [C-J/AKN]

The Food and Drug Administration has identified a southern Indiana farm that produces cantaloupes linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak and says the operation has recalled its melons. [WLKY]

Love them or hate them, this is common sense. Wearing a shirt made of hemp he bought online from Canada, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul joined state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer Thursday in promoting industrial hemp. [H-L]

Mayor Greg Fischer’s office has released the findings of a review of grant funds given to local nonprofits. Seven groups haven’t documented their grant spending. They are: Derby City Baseball, First Congregation Methodist Church, Family Healing Inc., LIFE Institute, New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Women of Vision and Purpose, 100 Black Men of Louisville. [WFPL]

Gov. Steve Beshear recently sent a letter urging the Kentucky State Fair Board to decide what will become of the property that was once occupied by Kentucky Kingdom. Although developer Ed Hart — who originally operated Kentucky Kingdom before Six Flags took over — has submitted a second proposal, Fair Board President and CEO Harold Workman says he can’t discuss it until other proposals have been received. [WDRB]

The latest housing data compiled by Re/Max of Indiana shows strong sales in the Southern Indiana market in July with 250 homes being sold, a nearly 22 percent increase over the 205 sold in July 2011. [Business First]

A family plans to sue the city of Jeffersonville for demolishing an old building that housed thousands of dollars worth of their possession inside. [WAVE3]

Bill Clinton is appearing in a new television spot for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. Like the rest, this one won’t be airing in Kentucky. [Page One]

Have you see those dumb billboards that stereotype women? Here’s a story about it. [Louisville Cardinal]

“Evaluation” Won’t Change The Arena Debacle

We’re not going to shut up about you giving to the Red Cross for tornado relief efforts. This will take a long time. [Click Here To Give]

Here comes the second wave of negative press for the Beshear-Fischer folks as Jim Host and crew look foolish over the Grease Bucket’s poor performance. [H-L]

Now the State Fair Board is “evaluating” its role with the Grease Bucket. All because Ron Carmicle and Jim Host promised way more than they could deliver. As usual. And egg is all over the place. [WAVE3]

If you elect not to live in the Lieutenant Governor’s housing provided, you shouldn’t get to pocket $30,000. [WKYT]

The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld the state’s prevailing wage law and says the statute does not violate either the state or federal constitutions. [FOX41]

In case you missed it, here’s a look at Jerry Abrmason’s assistant promoting homophobia. [Page One]

It’s been a year since Rubbertown exploded. What’s changed in Louisville? [WLKY]

If the only thing Eastern High School has to worry about is students eating pot brownies? Then they’ve got a really terrific school with nearly perfect kids. [WHAS11]

Here’s a story about Eastern High School students getting a taste of entrepreneurship with a student-run coffee shop. Which says to us, “Hey, make pot brownies like in 90% of the world’s coffee shops.” Ha. [Business First]

Do you need a reason to complain about genetically-modified corn? It’s nearly unavoidable in bourbon. [WFPL]

Hahaha, Greg Fischer and crew are determined to snow everyone into thinking he’s some great person for showing up at the Fairdale Library opening. Unfortunately for them, not everyone is gullible. [Consuming Louisville]

It’s Monday. What Will Float Up At MSD Today?

The Metro Sewer District board is set to discuss ethics policy. Will you be holding your breath on that one? [WFPL]

Let the Jerry Abramson knob-slobbing begin. We’re not sure how it’s technically possible to work full-time in Frankfort while he works full-time in Louisville. [WAVE3]

This is the State of the Commonwealth speech that Steve Beshear should have given. It did need a bit of Gatewood Galbraith. [Tom Eblen]

Nope, still no mention that Attica Scott had to drag Greg Fischer kicking and screaming to take a tour of the first Metro Council district. [FOX41]

Never mind that that’s exactly what she had to do last week with the aid of the press. [The ‘Ville Voice]

This latest mess in Lexington is why Kentucky counties need to be given the ability to abolish the use of constables at their own discretion. [H-L]

In an editorial praising the merger of non-public hospitals, the editorial board has finally decided that it’s appropriate to question the soundness of “stewardship” at the University of Louisville and its hospital. [C-J/AKN]

Did you know authors who visit the lie-berry take part in a free podcast when they come to town? [Consuming Louisville]

You should probably go to Fern Creek High School tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. to “Talk to Greg” Fischer. [WHAS11]

Yep, just like that the Louisville Orchestra and its musicians (former musicians?) have dragged that drama out again. This time over unemployment benefits. [Business First]

More changes to the Jefferson County Public Schools student assignment plan are possible. So that means it’s time for everybody to freak out. [WLKY]

The ongoing Kentucky Retirement Systems scandal is raging like wild fire. Locals should probably pay attention because it’s all the Abramson-Fischer folks in charge of burning that barn down. [Page One]

Many MSD Questions Will Likely Not Be Answered

Why the heck has the library foundation registered to lobby in Frankfort for the upcoming legislative session? This won’t end well. [Page One]

The dang Ohio River Bridges Debacle probably isn’t going to happen because no one can make it happen. [C-J/AKN]

The Cincinnasti Enquirer is gonna be printed in Columbus and will soon be just 10.5″ by 14 2/3″ in size. [Enquirer]

So now the Oldham Count murders/deaths were in self-defense. This story is getting crazier and crazier. [WLEX18]

Really. Just read the latest stories and tell us how long it takes for your skin to start crawling. [WLKY]

The public is being encouraged to weigh in on the Ohio River Bridges Debacle. Which, loosely translated, means the hundreds of thousands of comments already provided don’t matter and any new comments won’t matter, either. [FOX41]

Eight new properties in Kentucky are under consideration for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. [Page One]

It’s actually sad for this community that the editorial board is only now waking up to the problems at MSD. That body effectively allowed MSD and Abramson to operate without ever being questioned for years and years like it was no big deal. Now they want to complain. How convenient. At least they’re complaining. [C-J/AKN]

Can you imagine being wrongly convicted and then serving more than 14 years in prison? [WAVE3]

Kentucky got $11.6 million in federal funds to replace two aging railroad bridges… but not for our Ohio River Bridges Debacle. [Business First]

“JCSS”? The least WHAS11 could do is have someone loosely familiar with, you know, Louisville to handle putting “news” on the internets. [WHAS11]

Too many questions surround Crit Luallen’s audit of the Metro Sewer District and we wish our local and state electeds had the guts to continue asking them. [The ‘Ville Voice]