Really, JCPS, Please Get It Together

With 410 new applications, the window closed Friday for the new EMT recruit class with Louisville Metro EMS. [WDRB]

Mayor Greg Fischer is ready to start a public conversation on Louisville banning electronic cigarettes and hookah five months after he first raised the idea. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! How much hype can the local teevee folks give this guy? The President of the local Fraternal Order of Police is asking LMPD Chief Steve Conrad to hold off on his plans to reorganize LMPD, at least until November. [WHAS11]

A judge has upheld a state ethics code violation against a woman linked with former state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. [H-L]

A non-profit trade group that leads Kentucky’s bourbon and distilled spirits industry is expanding. The Kentucky Distillers’ Association said Monday that the Bardstown Bourbon Company is its newest member. [WLKY]

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence on Thursday said Americans should refrain from speaking about racial bias within law enforcement immediately after police shootings to help bring unity to communities like Charlotte, North Carolina, where violent protests raged this week over the police shooting of a black man. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A Jefferson County Public School teacher was fired for a consistent pattern of using physical restraint to manage her classroom. The termination letter addressed to Jodi Anderson, lists 21 charges that support the termination and dates back to 2006 at Layne Elementary School. [WAVE3]

Our team that’s been travelling across the northern US hearing from voters is now at the halfway stage – crossing the states of North Dakota and Montana. There, our North America correspondent, Aleem Maqbool has been looking at the thorny issues surrounding the oil industry and climate change, in a place that’s directly affected by both. [BBC]

Louisville has been chosen for a federal pilot program aimed at attacking the city’s heroin and prescription opioid problem. [WFPL]

Ruling on a lawsuit filed by a state’s Democratic attorney general against its Republican governor, the Kentucky Supreme Court says Gov. Matt Bevin doesn’t have the authority to unilaterally slice money out of a state university’s budget. [NPR]

Major League Baseball has a new sponsor for its 2016 World Series: Evan Williams bourbon. [Business First]

Opposing groups of a New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. referendum say they’re missing political signs throughout the county, and neither group seems to know where they went. [News & Tribune]

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Guns, Silly Condos, Stabbings, FOP Meltdowns And Awful Indiana Things

In case you missed in earlier this week… A freshman at Atherton High School was arrested Tuesday after bringing a loaded .380 handgun to the school. [WDRB]

The board of the trendy Cherokee Triangle neighborhood will appeal a recent Jefferson Circuit Court ruling that would give clearance to the construction of a luxury condominium tower called Willow Grande at Willow and Baringer avenues. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Catholic Charities of Louisville resettles an estimated 700 refugees every year. [WHAS11]

A Fayette district judge’s ruling on a 2016 amendment to the drunken-driving law has prosecutors and defense attorneys battling in court. [H-L]

In case you missed it earlier this week… Police are investigating a stabbing in the 3300 block of Preston Highway. [WLKY]

Of course Mitch McConnell is playing politics with issues of major importance. Mr. Cornyn concedes the tumult of this election year was a major factor given sharp disagreement among Senate Republicans reflected in the decision by Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, to not allow a vote on a proposal most believe would pass easily. [NY Times]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Members of the River City Fraternal Order of Police voiced their concerns Tuesday night over Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad’s reorganization plan. The chief was on a peace walk in west Louisville during the FOP meeting. [WAVE3]

Arctic ice cover in 2016 reached the second lowest minimum on record, tied with 2007. [BBC]

Earlier this year, first grader Cora Maddox stopped receiving Medicaid benefits that helped pay for treatment of her apraxia, a brain disorder that affects her speech and motor skills. [WFPL]

Carla Hayden, a career librarian who grew up in Chicago and kept Baltimore’s libraries open during last year’s civic unrest, was sworn in Wednesday as the 14th Librarian of Congress, becoming the first woman and the first African-American to lead the national library. [WaPo]

A Cincinnati developer received one of its needed city approvals for a $47 million apartment development at the corner of Fourth and Chestnut streets that could be open in early 2018. [Business First]

An embattled wildlife sanctuary in Southern Indiana will remain open, despite three attempts by the United States Department of Agriculture to terminate the owner’s operating license. [News & Tribune]

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Fight The Urge To Roll Your Eyes At The UofL Foundation…

As LMPD Chief Steve Conrad met with neighbors at a peace walk in the California neighborhood Tuesday night, some of the rank and file met with their union. [WDRB]

Promising a “new era of harmony” between the University of Louisville and its foundation, the foundation’s new chairwoman has announced she’s formed a committee to review its governance and create “a structure of which the entire community can be proud.” [C-J/AKN]

The University of Louisville Foundation will meet for the first time Friday with its newly elected chairwoman. [WHAS11]

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wants more time to complete its environmental review of a proposed conversion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline that runs through Kentucky. [H-L]

The Louisville Water Company has scheduled another public meeting on a controversial power generator. [WLKY]

The entire full-time University of Kentucky journalism faculty is calling for UK President Eli Capilouto to drop his suit against the school’s student newspaper and apologize for criticism leveled at the paper and its editor at a Board of Trustees meeting last Friday. [Ronnie Ellis]

Louisville Metro police are investigating whether someone with a weapon followed a Jefferson County Public School bus on its after school route. [WAVE3]

Police in Florida and other states are building up private DNA databases, in part by collecting voluntary samples from people not charged with — or even suspected of — any particular crime. [ProPublica]

A new report says some Kentuckians could be drinking a cancer-causing chemical called chromium-6. [WFPL]

If you’re a voter who cares about stopping climate change, you really need to read Donald Trump’s newest economic policy plan. [ThinkProgress]

Developers of the $60 million South Pointe Commons in Fern Creek are wasting no time after winning a major court battle last month. [Business First]

Legislation up for consideration could cause budget headaches for Greater Clark County Schools — and other districts across the state — as it prepares to finalize 2017 budgets next month. [News & Tribune]

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Maybe Stop The Whitewast That Is Claiming Louisville Is Mega-Super-OMG Compassionate And Focus On Crime? That’d Be A Good Place To Begin

We all want gun violence to end but when will we give people a reason to end it? [WDRB]

After a school security monitor slammed a girl’s head into a table at Breckinridge Metropolitan High School, her blood poured from a cut and pooled on the gym floor, a Jefferson County Public Schools investigator found. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s become a hotspot for crime and now some residents in Louisville’s Taylor Berry neighborhood say they are living in fear. [WHAS11]

Only 6 percent of Kentuckians lacked health insurance in 2015, a drop of 8.3 percentage points since 2013, according to fresh data from the U.S. Census Bureau. [H-L]

Metro police are investigating an overnight shooting in Pleasure Ridge Park. [WLKY]

New national polls show the presidential race close, but Clinton remains consistently ahead. [HuffPo]

There are reports of growing unrest among officers within the Louisville Metro Police Department. [WAVE3]

A national campaign led by Walmart, Lowe’s and other big companies to let employers opt out of workers’ comp insurance was dealt a blow after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled such plans unconstitutional. [ProPublica]

People fighting a proposed affordable housing development in Norton Commons are not getting the support of their Louisville Metro Council representative. [WFPL]

Turns out that when it comes to fighting climate change, most Americans are willing to pay a little more to get the job done. [ThinkProgress]

United Parcel Service Inc. is looking to hire 2,500 people in the Louisville area. The openings are a combination of seasonal and permanent jobs , and they include part-time package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers. [Business First]

When Joshua Rose and Adam Miller started the Family and Friends Community Center, it was with the the hope that people of all faiths and non-faiths, with various backgrounds, could come together to share ideas to help the community. [News & Tribune]

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Possibility City: One Hotel Per Resident

Jefferson County Public Schools will soon revisit its controversial student assignment plan, but instead of focusing on diversity and choice, school board members urged the district to place a larger emphasis on equity and quality across all schools. [WDRB]

Since she was installed as president of Spalding University in 2010, Tori Murden McClure has not accepted a raise or a bonus. She turned down a car allowance and she turned down a housing allowance. Her only perk as president is a campus parking space. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Just what Louisville needs! More hotels eating up downtown. Developers have announced plans to build two high-end hotels near Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row development. [WHAS11]

His base wants few details and fewer facts; they just want to burn it down and blame their failures on the collective other. And Donald John Trump is their demonic messiah in Oompa Loompa’s clothing. [GQ]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The family of a Louisville man who was fatally shot by two Metro police officers said those officers were reckless, malicious and grossly negligent. [WLKY]

Speaking at the Values Voter Summit on Saturday, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin alluded to Thomas Jefferson’s famous aphorism about the need to periodically water the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots and tyrants. [Vox]

Clarksville Community Schools will soon search for a new superintendent. The Clarksville Community Board of School Trustees voted unanimously 5-0 on Tuesday not to renew Superintendent Kimberly Knott’s contract. [WAVE3]

Once upon a time, in New York City in the 1950s, a little boy didn’t like his second-grade music teacher, Charles Walker. So, the boy later boasted, he slugged Mr. Walker, giving him a black eye. [NY Times]

The murder tally in Louisville is spiking this year. As of Wednesday, Louisville Metro Police report 81 homicides since the beginning of the year. That’s the highest year-to-date total since at least 2006, police records show. [WPFL]

Donald Trump has maintained he was always against the US invasion of Iraq, but he is on record as saying otherwise. [BBC]

Louisville officials have chosen a design team to transform the look and feel of the Ninth Street underpass off Interstate 64 near downtown. [News & Tribune]

After more than a month of limbo, a local support group for people struggling with mental illness and addiction has found a new home, and it’s opening its doors to the community this weekend. [News & Tribune]

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Did You Survive The Weekend Again?

Who does this mean think he is lecturing? LMPD Chief Steve Conrad sat down with WDRB on Thursday, and he talked about what every parent should be doing to keep Louisville’s kids out of gangs. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Public Schools is considering doing a comprehensive review of its student assignment plan that determines where students attend school. [C-J/AKN]

Under the leadership of University of Louisville Foundation President James Ramsey, the value of the university’s foundation – adjusted for inflation – dropped 19 percent, or $131 million, from 2006 through April this year. [More C-J/AKN]

Woah, it’s been a minute since Louisville has seen a pedestrian death – at least a few days. A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on East Main Street near Slugger Field. [WHAS11]

University of Louisville trustees are threatening to sue the school’s foundation for what they see as a lack of accountability in the university’s fundraising arm. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The University of Louisville board of trustees passed a resolution Friday threatening to sue the U of L Foundation if the latter body does not release financial information requested by the trustees and submit to an external audit. [WLKY]

A major ruling expected Friday from a federal judge could derail construction of a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Starting in November, the Louisville Water Company will begin a three year project to replace one of the company’s oldest water mains. [WAVE3]

The notes are handwritten on a legal pad and provide a verbatim account of the shock, pain and grim determination aboard Air Force One on Sept. 11, 2001. [Reuters]

In an effort to clean up a “culture of secrecy,” the University of Louisville Board of Trustees voted Friday to potentially sue its own foundation. [WFPL]

At last, Bill Clinton could not help himself. He paced the stage during a speech on Tuesday in North Carolina, holding his microphone close. He raised his left index finger. And at once, the meandering address turned sharply, and without prompting, to his charitable foundation, a magnet for criticism in recent weeks. [NY Times]

Big insurers say they don’t want the government to release data on what they bid to provide Medicare Advantage plans. [News & Tribune]

Teresa Bottorff-Perkins will remain as a candidate for Greater Clark County Schools’ board after her candidacy was challenged before the Clark County Election Board in a meeting Tuesday. [News & Tribune]

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Violence & Poverty In Compassionate City? Surely That’s Not Our Reality

Violence and poverty took center stage at a west Louisville forum on Wednesday. [WDRB]

A war between two rival gangs has left several wounded and dead this summer, including a 14-year-old and 21-year-old whose funerals are Friday. [C-J/AKN]

Thursday, August 18 started as a normal day on the job for Metro Parks and Recreation workers’ Ricky Duncan and Bryan Haynes.
“Clean up the park, pick up paper, deliver picnic tables, clean grills,” said Duncan.
[WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky violated the state’s Open Records Act by refusing to disclose documents the Herald-Leader requested concerning a Hazard cardiology practice that UK once owned, the attorney general’s office has ruled. [John Cheves]

Blaine Hudson may be a big deal for some but don’t forget that he allowed – literally – most of what Robert Felner did to occur. He knew it was happening and enabled the shenanigans. [WLKY]

Donald Trump paid the IRS a $2,500 penalty this year, an official at Trump’s company said, after it was revealed that Trump’s charitable foundation had violated tax laws by giving a political contribution to a campaign group connected to Florida’s attorney general. [WaPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Interim University of Louisville President Dr. Neville Pinto sounded off Wednesday over letters from donors threatening to withhold millions of dollars in donations. [WAVE3]

Three federal prisons in California and others nationwide appear to be falling short in preparing inmates for safe release into society, investigators are warning. [McClatchy]

Work is beginning in earnest to develop a plan to take Louisville into the next two decades. [WFPL]

Donnie Gaddis picked the wrong county to sell 15 oxycodone pills to an undercover officer. If Mr. Gaddis had been caught 20 miles to the east, in Cincinnati, he would have received a maximum of six months in prison, court records show. In San Francisco or Brooklyn, he would probably have received drug treatment or probation, lawyers say. [NY Times]

The 11-day Kentucky State Fair attracted an attendance of 564,937 for its 112th outing, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. That’s down slightly from the recorded 2015 attendance of 601,672. [Business First]

Democratic candidate Shelli Yoder, running for the Ninth Congressional District, released the last five years of her tax returns, and she is calling on her opponent, Trey Hollingsworth, to do the same. [News & Tribune]

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