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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JCPS Continues To Get Crazy Under Donna Hargens’ “Leadership”

JCPS is getting really fancy these days. An Iroquois High student was arrested after allegedly bringing a loaded handgun to the school on Wednesday. [WDRB]

John Owen has a vision of a streetcar line returning to Market Street to connect West Louisville to downtown and East Louisville, capitalizing on the fact that much of the rail line infrastructure is still intact beneath the pavement. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! By 2020, graduation ceremonies may look different for greater Clark county schools. [WHAS11]

University of Kentucky officials will eventually unveil a controversial mural in Memorial Hall that was shrouded last year and will surround it with other works of art and more context, President Eli Capilouto announced Thursday. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Louisville has seen as many homicides so far this year as there were in all of 2015. [WLKY]

The James Graham Brown Foundation, which has provided more than $72 million in grants to the University of Louisville and related entities over the past 55 years, has threatened to cut off funding unless the U of L Foundation hires a nationally recognized forensic accounting firm to review its finances. [C-J/AKN]

What should be the criteria for removing a student from the Jefferson County Public Schools’ magnet program? [WAVE3]

The U.S. added 151,000 new jobs in August and the unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent, according to the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. [NPR]

Joann Robinson stands under the trestle on Vine Street and Broadway, looking with admiration at the mural she painted back when the neighborhood was called German Paristown. [WFPL]

In 1988, a small-time drug dealer became the first man charged under a new, harsh drug law signed by then-President Ronald Reagan. Almost 30 years later, President Barack Obama granted a sentence commutation to Richard Van Winrow, a literal posterboy for the history of America’s drug war. [BBC]

When Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc. is finished with a $25 million expansion of its Bernheim Distillery in West Louisville next summer, it will have one of the biggest distilleries in the state, according to Denny Potter, master distiller and plant manager. [Business First]

The Republican challenger of Indiana schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz wants authorities to investigate a contract benefiting a company that hired a Ritz aide. [News & Tribune]

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Eastern Kentucky Needs Your Love

The Jefferson County Board of Education unanimously approved lowering the property tax rate for the current fiscal year on Tuesday night. [WDRB]

The owners of an industrial building at 708 W. Magazine St. where a Texas company proposed opening a controversial methadone clinic have ended all negotiations with the firm. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Cry us a damn river, FOP. You don’t want media attention when cops kill someone but when a few officers get butthurt and choose to leave a Taco Bell, you go insane begging for media attention. LMPD officers were refused service at the Taco Bell on Preston Hwy, near Phillips Lane, according to the River City Fraternal Order of Police. [WHAS11]

Eastern Kentucky needs your love. She died alone in the middle of the night, and her body was swiftly autopsied, embalmed and carted 135 miles to a remote Kentucky county where she had been raised. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! New Albany loves killing people, too. Police are investigating a homicide in New Albany after a man was found fatally shot. [WLKY]

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 12 percentage points among likely voters, her strongest showing this month, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting in the area where LMPD Chief Steve Conrad held a peace walk just hours earlier. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump used his campaign funds to buy thousands of copies of his own book at retail cost, simultaneously diverting donor money back into his pockets while artificially boosting his sales figures. It’s a tactic that may be illegal, campaign finance experts say. [TDB]

The Louisville Metro Police Department’s body camera program drew praise when it was introduced more than a year ago. [WFPL]

Matt Bevin is a bigot. Matt Bevin’s administration is suing the federal government to block a rule that says medical providers and insurance companies can’t discriminate against transgender patients. [More WFPL]

This story will probably make you gouge your eyes out. Louisville senior living company borrows Chick-fil-A’s secret sauce. [Business First]

New Albany Floyd County Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 25 year of helping low income families in Floyd and Clark counties realize their dream of homeownership. [News & Tribune]

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LMPD Looks For Answers, Needs Your Help

Do people really believe the folks responsible for one of the biggest Metro Animal Services scandals in history – those now running Louisville Forward – can solve this city’s problems? That’s a terrifying prospect. [WDRB]

Student-run newspapers can be great experiences, giving students a taste of what they’ll face if they continue with a journalism career. They learn to chase important stories and dig for the facts. They learn to take on powerful institutions and hold officials accountable. [C-J/AKN]

The city of Louisville is calling on residents for ideas to improve the health of the city. [WHAS11]

Oh, look, Valarie Honeycutt Spears noticed that there were more than 200 testing violations in Kentucky schools. She’s failed to investigate anything in Montgomery County. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Detectives with the cold case unit at the Louisville Metro Police Department hope the anniversary of a Louisville man’s death will prompt someone to come forward. [WLKY]

Religious freedom is a valid defense for a Michigan business owner who fired a trans woman after she asked to dress in accordance with her gender identity, a federal judge ruled Thursday. [HuffPo]

Are you excited about all the new apartments downtown no one will be able to afford? [WAVE3]

Middle- and lower-income children don’t visit eye doctors as often as wealthier kids, and as a result, thousands of them may have undiagnosed sight-threatening conditions, U.S. researchers say. [Reuters]

Matt Bevin has asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals to overturn an order that blocked his overhaul of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [WFPL]

Surprise! Fraternity atmosphere can (especially in Frankfart) make state capitols hotbeds of sexual harassment. [USA Today]

Remember that big warehouse fire at Appliance Park last year? GE Appliances has a new plan for the site. [Business First]

Health officials in Clark County are taking a different path toward a yearlong plan for a county needle exchange. [News & Tribune]

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Surprise! Everything Is Still Terrible

Police cruisers and crime scene tape blocked off an apartment on Appleton Lane near Dixie Highway, early Sunday morning. [WDRB]

GLI is part of what’s wrong with Louisville and it’s beyond time for everyone to recognize it. An organization like that is not necessary in the modern era. Louisville’s first heat-management plan is flawed and should not be used as the basis for any new regulatory programs aimed at reducing temperatures, the city’s chamber of commerce said. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Still not a mention by Louisville media that the Trump “headquarters” is a potential campaign finance nightmare. [WHAS11]

The Madison County school district has decided to take a drug company up on its offer of two free doses of Narcan, a life-saving drug in instances of heroin overdose — even though the district hasn’t seen an overdose problem. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Police are investigating a homicide after a man was found shot to death inside a Shively apartment. [WLKY]

After the chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign resigned on Friday, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski tried to insist Trump’s bid for the White House was going just fine. Lewandowski, who was fired by Trump in June, drew a puzzling parallel to make his point, arguing that in 2004, John Kerry was also making staff changes as the election approached. [HuffPo]

A missing Russellville teenager is believed to be in the Louisville area. [WAVE3]

Middle- and lower-income children don’t visit eye doctors as often as wealthier kids, and as a result, thousands of them may have undiagnosed sight-threatening conditions, U.S. researchers say. [Reuters]

More than a year after introducing a multimillion-dollar body camera system, the Louisville Metro Police Department isn’t keeping track of how the cameras are being used. [WFPL]

ProPublica’s reporting on the water crisis in the American West has highlighted any number of confounding contradictions worsening the problem: Farmers are encouraged to waste water so as to protect their legal rights to its dwindling supply in the years ahead; Las Vegas sought to impose restrictions on water use while placing no checks on its explosive population growth; the federal government has encouraged farmers to improve efficiency in watering crops, but continues to subsidize the growing of thirsty crops such as cotton in desert states like Arizona. [ProPublica]

A West Louisville supermarket that opened as a citywide collaboration in 2012 has new leadership at the helm and will be given a new name. [Business First]

Though unanimously passed on second reading, an updated noise ordinance for New Albany drew a lot of debate at Thursday’s city council meeting. [News & Tribune]

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Wednesday Morning Dept Of Awful

LMPD released footage Monday from two body cameras as a suspect reportedly wielding a “large curved bladed object” was shot and killed by two officers. [WDRB]

Losing the Kentucky International Convention Center for a 22-month renovation and expansion may be a blow for downtown hotels and restaurants, but the $207 million project should pay big benefits for all business in the long run, say officials sponsoring the project. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Monday, a judge in Franklin County Circuit Court asked attorneys for Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear for more information he needs before deciding the lawsuit involving the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [WHAS11]

A Louisville judge, incensed when a prosecutor questioned his authority to scrap a jury panel because it lacked minorities, did not turn to appeals courts, legal precedent or other avenues typical for aggrieved jurists. [H-L]

A western Kentucky man who spent several days in jail for posting violent song lyrics to Facebook has settled a lawsuit against the county where he was jailed. [WLKY]

Two prominent scholars are calling B.S. on a popular conservative argument about poverty. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The names of the Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man in southwest Louisville have been released. [WAVE3]

The US economy added a stronger-than-expected 255,000 jobs in July, fuelling speculation that interest rates could rise before the end of the year. [BBC]

Alberta Jones’ life was one of firsts. She was the first African-American woman to pass the Kentucky bar and the first female prosecutor in Jefferson County. But 51 years ago Friday, Jones’ life came to an abrupt end. Her body was found on the banks of the Ohio River near the Sherman Minton Bridge. The case was never solved. [WPFL]

During a 33-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, I served presidents of both parties — three Republicans and three Democrats. I was at President George W. Bush’s side when we were attacked on Sept. 11; as deputy director of the agency, I was with President Obama when we killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. [NY Times]

A federal judge has agreed to hear one of the insurance mega-merger cases but has handed off the other. [Business First]

Charlestown resident Tim Stoner is familiar with Clark County’s new roundabouts, but he wouldn’t call himself a friend of them. [News & Tribune]

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Jim Ramsey Finally Got Kicked Out

Throw back to that time everyone told me it was pointless to cover UofL and Jim Ramsey… James Ramsey’s 14-year tenure as president of the University of Louisville came to an abrupt end after about six hours of closed-door negotiations with the Board of Trustees on Wednesday. [WDRB]

The fire in Old Louisville was the most dangerous fire in the city in seven years. In 2009, a fire at 1249 S. Clay St. claimed the lives of six, including four children and two adults. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Second incident in a week? Jeffersontown police continue to monitor the area around a local gun shop after a pickup truck rammed into the entrance early Thursday morning. The suspect remains at large. [WHAS11]

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes used her speech Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to paint Hillary Clinton as caring and inquisitive and “a fighter for every single thing Donald Trump is against.” [H-L]

Louisville Metro Police are in the process of hiring 122 new recruits. [WLKY]

A quarter-century after winning his party’s nomination for the presidency, Bill Clinton took the Democratic National Convention stage to tell a story on the night his wife officially won it herself… [HuffPo]

As Tim Stark of Wildlife in Need faces a litany of accusations recently filed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an administrative law officer has upheld a ruling that allows the Charlestown animal refuge to keep its license. [WAVE3]

Under the Freedom of Information Act, ProPublica requested letters closing HIPAA complaint investigations. Here’s what we’ve received so far. [ProPublica]

Canceled meetings are the norm for the Louisville Metro Council’s recently established committee on vacant properties. [WFPL]

Work that involves complex thinking and interaction with other people seems to help protect against the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, according to research presented Sunday at the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference in Toronto. [WaPo]

A downtown Louisville hotel that was named the best hotel in Kentucky by Business Insider magazine for 2015 will be sold by its out-of-state owner. Annapolis, Md.-based Thayer Lodging Group — a hotel investment group that owns hotels in several U.S. states and Mexico — told Louisville Business First it plans to sell the Seelbach Hilton Hotel in downtown Louisville at the corner of Muhammad Ali Boulevard and South Fourth Street. [Business First]

A real estate company previously focused in the Louisville and Lexington markets has expanded to Southern Indiana, and in a big way. [News & Tribune]

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FEAR! LIBRULZ! THOUGHT PO-LEECE!

After months of debate and planning, a $2 million overhaul involving two of Kentucky’s lowest performing middle schools will soon take center stage as Jefferson County Public Schools opens two separate academies on the former site of Stuart Middle School. [WDRB]

Wanna see Scott Jennings fall into an unbearable tirade about “liberal thought police”? It’s your lucky day. Jennings went on for paragraph after paragraph blaming liberals for daring hold Doug Cobb accountable for the heinous, disgusting, homophobic things the man has said. And, of course, Jennings even whitewashed that by ignoring the impact on the LGBT community entirely. If you whitewash and excuse homophobia, you’re a homophobe. Liberal thought police? More like Whiny Ass Titty Baby Republican. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A man is facing charges of murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse in relation to the homicide of a woman.[WHAS11]

A state judge said it is “problematic” for Kentucky’s Republican governor to entirely replace the University of Louisville board of trustees, calling into question the new board’s authority on the day it met to discuss the school’s billion-dollar budget and higher student tuition. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Some Metro Corrections inmates will be moved to house arrest this week to ease overcrowding. [WLKY]

There’s a reason Donald Trump’s be-very-afraid acceptance speech resonated with his supporters. [HuffPo]

An African-American woman’s home was the recent target of racially-charged vandalism in Campbellsburg, Ind. Police are now investigating in the Washington County town that has a population of less than 600 people. [WAVE3]

David Duke, a former leader of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan, launched his candidacy on Friday for the U.S. Senate from Louisiana, saying white people are threatened in America and that he hears echoes of his views in Donald Trump’s rhetoric. [Reuters]

On Monday, a court will hear arguments over the legality of some electronic betting machines that base outcomes on horse races that have already taken place. [WFPL]

What kind of first gentleman would Bill Clinton be? That’s the question on the minds of many as Hillary Clinton seeks to become the first woman to ever hold the Oval Office. [The Hill]

Work is underway on a new headquarters for Louisville Grows, a nonprofit that promotes urban agriculture and forestry. [Business First]

Outside the cattle barn at the Clark County 4-H Fairgrounds, three guys who’ve been to the fair a few times discussed the last 50 or so years of the fair. [News & Tribune]