Homeless Kids? What Homeless Kids? Surely Not

Here’s your annual Greg Fischer Pee Alert: Citing his progress in making Louisville a globally-regarded city for caring and compassion, a coalition of international organizations has honored Mayor Greg Fischer with a City Leadership award for compassion. [Lane Report PR Regurgitation]

Nakiya Crawford hasn’t seen her father in more than a year. Crawford Confessed, “I don’t talk about it much.” [WDRB]

On a bus trip with 18 western Louisville residents to see how sustainable power plants turn waste into energy, Keith S. Hackett, assistant director of the Metro Department of Public Works, wondered aloud how much tax money could be saved. [C-J/AKN]

For one east Louisville family, early mornings are about getting in the yard and enjoying quiet time. Recently, the family experienced a big scare during their morning routine. [WHAS11]

A Superintendent Screening Committee will be formed to help the Fayette County school board select a new leader for the district. Under state law, the committee must include one parent, who will be elected by the presidents of the PTA or parent organization at all of the district schools. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Once again all eyes are on Ferguson as the nation waits for the grand jury’s decision on whether to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson for firing the shots that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. [WLKY]

The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence. [HuffPo]

The possibility of a labor strike looms after tempers rose during a Metropolitan Sewer District Board meeting. [WAVE3]

In Mitch McConnell’s world, it doesn’t matter who works in his Hill office, who left for K Street or who runs his campaign, almost everyone calls the Kentucky Republican “Boss.” [Politico]

Kentucky’s community college system offers little accountability in its presidential search. [WFPL]

After saying “no” last April, the Kentucky Court of Appeals said Friday that it now will hear oral arguments on two lawsuits that threaten the financial stability of most of the state’s public libraries, including Rowan. [The Morehead News]

The KFC Yum! Center will be at the heart of March Madness in 2016. [Business First]

A national watchdog organization for issues pertaining to church and state separation sent a letter to New Albany regarding Saturday’s 46th Annual Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast. [News & Tribune]

The Gays Caused That Big Hail Storm. Amen.

Walking up to Aleazia Caldwell’s home, he could not wait to ask me my favorite TLC song. “Scrubs!” I replied. As fast as he could, he slammed the CD into his boom box, set up on the porch of his home on 32nd street in Louisville’s west end. [WDRB]

Two years after the city of Louisville paid $8.5 million to a man wrongly convicted of homicide, its police department has adopted policies to prevent false confessions and eyewitness misidentification. [C-J/AKN]

Early sign-ups begins for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program,best known as LIHEAP. [WHAS11]

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has regained a two-point edge over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate Race, according to a new Bluegrass Poll. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Officials from several states are convening in Louisville to discuss how to deal with the issue. [WLKY]

The Supreme Court turned away appeals Monday from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. [HuffPo]

The largest public library built in Louisville in 45 years opened to the public Sunday. [WAVE3]

Meanwhile, people like Hal Heiner continue to push this nonsense in an attempt to further demonize public education. [Salon]

Jefferson County Public Schools moved from the 35th percentile to the 51st percentile in state test results released Friday, meaning the district performed better than half of Kentucky’s school systems in 2013-14. [WFPL]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to decide once and for all whether states can ban gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women to marry in five states where same-sex weddings were previously forbidden. [Reuters]

The University of Louisville has a strong financial standing as a metropolitan teaching and research institution, accounting firm BKD LLP said in an independent audit. [Business First]

It’s an ideal confluence. Big Four Station will be completed just in time for the long-awaited return of Steamboat Days Festival and the Belle of Louisville’s 100th birthday celebration, city officials say. [News & Tribune]

Kentucky May Just Never Be Energy Efficient

Several local organizations are in desperate need of food and clothing for the area’s poor and homeless. [WDRB]

A case pending before the Kentucky Court of Appeals could affect how dozens of libraries across the state are funded. [C-J/AKN]

From tragedy to life saving. We are taking a look at a national program with roots right here in Louisville. VINE grew from domestic violence murder into a safety net for victims. [WHAS11]

As it struggled to satisfy bond obligations and pay vendors, some considered the New Albany Sewer Department to be a train wreck just a few years ago. [News & Tribune]

Just two years ago, Louisville’s food truck scene was virtually non-existent. Now nearly 30 companies have permits to sell on-the-go. [WLKY]

University of Louisville administrators see many students load up on classes only to drop some of them before the end of the semester. [Business First]

It’s terrible that the guy was murdered and no one is disputing that. But this kind of coverage doesn’t happen when someone is shot in the West End. And this kind of coverage has never occurred in St. Matthews when people are raped, robbed or have their property vandalized. [WAVE3]

The federal government made enough money on student loans over the last year that, if it wanted, it could provide maximum-level Pell Grants of $5,645 to 7.3 million college students. The $41.3 billion profit for the 2013 fiscal year is down $3.6 billion from the previous year but it’s a higher profit level than all but two companies in the world: Exxon Mobil cleared $44.9 billion in 2012, and Apple cleared $41.7 billion. [USA Today]

The state of Indiana is one the last places in the U.S. that regulates the retail sale of beer by temperature. [WFPL]

The Kentucky Lottery Corp. says it has reached $15 billion in overall sales since the lottery was started in 1989. [WLEX18]

A whistleblower who brought to light memos and studies that dealt a severe blow to large tobacco companies has died in Ocean Springs, Miss. [Business First]

Comes as no surprise to anyone that Kentucky is one of the least energy efficient states in the nation. [Click the Clicky]

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]