Aaaaaaand Thunder Is Finally Here Again

If you’ve followed our coverage on Page One, you know you can’t trust the Commissioner of Education or anyone else at the Kentucky Department of Education when it comes to accountability and that’s something we’ve proved time and time again. Kentucky’s top education official was in Louisville Thursday night asking the public help to shape what students learn. [WDRB]

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton recently cast aspersions on studying history. It is an interesting and sad juxtaposition for a daughter of the race that produced Ida B. Wells, Carter G. Woodson, Audre Lorde and Paul Robeson to utter such words. In her rush to display conservative bona fides and historic amnesia (or ignorance), Hampton spits in the face of the fact that the study of history richly rewards us. [C-J/AKN]

Budget woes are leading to layoffs at Jefferson Community & Technical College. [WHAS11]

The state will pay a $250,000 penalty to Kentucky’s two largest newspapers to settle a lawsuit that requires public disclosure of documents about children who die or are severely injured from abuse or neglect. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A lot of things have changed since Kathy and Samantha Netherland were found murdered in their Nelson County home, but Kentucky State Police said they are not giving up on the investigation. [WLKY]

If corporations paid the same tax rate as they did under Ronald Reagan, governments in the U.S. would have enough money to fund prekindergarten for every 4-year-old in America and higher education for every American attending public colleges and universities, according to a Huffington Post review of government data. [HuffPo]

Another day, another shooting in Compassionate City! [WAVE3]

This is a story that begins with cries for help from a small town school district and ends with justice. You’ll want to read all of this. [Page One]

The chairman of the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees is presiding at a meeting in defiance of Gov. Matt Bevin’s order removing him from the board. [WFPL]

Matt Bevin deserves major applause from everyone on this KRS move! Matt Bevin has removed the chairman of the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees, which oversees about $16 billion in assets for the pension and insurance benefits of state and local government retirees. [John Cheves]

A 10-year labor of love that required more than $125 million in public and private funds and about 80 real estate transactions paid off on a beautiful morning as the Parklands of Floyds Fork opened its final phase in the nearly 600-acre Broad Run Park today. [Business First]

South-central Los Angeles has little in common with Logansport. [News & Tribune]

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Let’s Put On Our Fake Derby Happy Faces

Surprise! There are still people who ignorantly believe keeping a liquor store out of their neighborhood is going to solve all of their problems. Like her mother, Jessica Green is apparently delusional. Metro Councilwoman Jessica Green is trying to prevent property at 1200 S. 28th Street from becoming a liquor store. But the owner said he refuses to let it sit vacant any longer. [WDRB]

Mayor Greg Fischer wants to expand Louisville’s smoking ban to include electronic cigarettes and hookah, he announced Friday morning. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! This is not compassionate. There’s nothing compassionate about Louisville at the moment. Not when there are countless deaths from guns, drugs and automobiles. Anyone who attempts to claim everything is puppies and rainbows out to be immediately taken to a physician for an evaluation. [WHAS11]

Noah Greenhill, 10, stood attentively Tuesday morning at the side of Gov. Matt Bevin in the state Capitol as he watched the governor ceremonially sign into law a bill that will help reduce his medical expenses. The governor gave the first pen he used to sign the bill to the youngster from Pikeville. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! What the hell is wrong with people!? [WLKY]

Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was sentenced to just one year for safety violations at a West Virginia mine that led to the deaths of 29 miners in a 2010 explosion. Now, one woman is working to push Blankenship to reflect on his crimes. Ann Bybee-Finley, who grew up in Hurricane, West Virginia, launched a campaign called “Making one year count” on Wednesday, calling on people to send letters to Blankenship every day that he is in prison. [HuffPo]

The way your child is graded in Jefferson County could soon change – again. [WAVE3]

President Obama made headlines recently as the first U.S. leader to visit Cuba since the communist revolution. The two neighboring countries have resumed diplomatic relations and are taking cautious steps toward full normalization, including trade and travel. [Richmond Register]

Yes, a liberal Democrat can win a statewide election in Kentucky but it will not be Sellus Wilder. If you weren’t sure there could be a worse statewide candidate than Jim Gray, here you go. You can thank Christy Brown for hyping up his candidacy. [WFPL]

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of his ambassador to the United States who was behind Francis’ controversial meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail rather than comply with a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses. [TPM]

A project that could cost as much as $87 million to construct along the southeast corner of the 6,000-acre River Ridge Commerce Center in Jeffersonville should enter its next phase this fall. [Business First]

After a several-hour-long executive session in the morning and early afternoon, the River Ridge Development Authority held a public meeting Friday to give site project updates. [News & Tribune]

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Really Gonna Miss All This Compassion

Gov. Matt Bevin must first fill two open seats on the University of Louisville Board of Trustees before the board can take up a proposed vote of “no confidence” in the leadership of President James Ramsey, according to the terms of a settlement reached last month in a lawsuit challenging the board’s lack of minority representation. [WDRB]

A new survey of Louisville roads released Tuesday by Metro Public Works shows a slight improvement in the city’s overall road conditions, but more than one-third of major thoroughfares are still so deteriorated that they require “immediate attention,” including rehabilitative work. [C-J/AKN]

Compassionate City just can’t stop killing its people. [WHAS11]

That line of pear trees in the Palomar neighborhood in south Lexington is gorgeous, fluffy and decked out like clouds descended to suburban earth. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Additional charges could be filed after a University of Louisville student was shot and killed during a triple shooting in the Park Hill neighborhood. [WLKY]

A new report nearly doubles previous predictions for sea level rise if global emissions continue unabated, portending a doomsday scenario for many of the world’s coastal cities. [HuffPo]

According to the city of New Albany, preliminary work to prepare for the final planned section of the city’s portion of the Ohio River Greenway project has begun. [WAVE3]

In these first years of the 21st century, we may be witnessing a new world being born inside the hollowed-out shell of the American system. [Bill Moyers]

In the United States, we like to think that our success is determined only by how hard we work. But in reality, some of it’s just luck. And some of that luck has to do with things we can’t control: Our race. Our gender. Our sexual orientation. What language we grow up speaking. [WFPL]

Shandra Woworuntu arrived in the US hoping to start a new career in the hotel industry. Instead, she found she had been trafficked into a world of prostitution and sexual slavery, forced drug-taking and violence. It was months before she was able to turn the tables on her persecutors. Some readers may find her account of the ordeal upsetting. [BBC]

When you buy a car, the salesman makes a commission. The same’s often true when you buy insurance from an agent — unless they’re selling you a health plan from Louisville insurance giant Humana Inc. or one of the other major insurers who have decided not to pay them. [Business First]

Michael Shepard headed to his campus food court this week looking for students hungry for political action. He came away unsatisfied. [News & Tribune]

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This City Is So Super-Compassionate

Compassionate City. Homicide detectives are investigating after a person was fatally shot in the Algonquin neighborhood late Tuesday. [WDRB]

Portland has long fostered its green cred with a light rail, efforts to curb sprawl, bicycle-friendly policies, and in many people’s minds, it has maintained a crunchy granola atmosphere. I have some experience with Portland. I used to live there years ago, and nearly landed a job at The Oregonian before finding my way to Kentucky. But recently, that image has been tarnished a bit with – as weird as it sounds – the discovery by the U.S. Forest Service of tree moss containing toxic chemicals from the air. It even got the full New York Times treatment on March 2: Toxic Moss in Portland, Ore., Shakes Cities Green Ideals. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky businesses could invoke their religious beliefs to refuse service to gay, lesbian or transgender customers under a bill passed by the state Senate. [WHAS11]

We still maintain that this is probably one of Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes’ biggest accomplishments. [H-L]

Complaints about Louisville’s vacant and abandoned properties surged last year compared to 2014. [WLKY]

Donald Trump continued to beat the GOP field on Tuesday night, winning contests in Florida, North Carolina and Illinois, but dropping Ohio to John Kasich and struggling against Ted Cruz in Missouri. [HuffPo]

It may be round two for a public nuisance ordinance designed to deal with problem hotels. “Anytime you have a new ordinance, there’s going to be opportunities to make improvements,” Patrick Carrico, the President of the Bon Air Neighborhood Association, said. [WAVE3]

House Democrats on Tuesday showed their hand on the state budget, sending to the floor a budget that puts more money into pensions than Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposals while restoring cuts to education and creating less debt than which the governor called. [Ronnie Ellis]

The attorneys representing Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky say a lawsuit filed earlier this year by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration lacks the merit. [WFPL]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump predicted on Wednesday that there would be “riots” if he does not secure the GOP nomination, given his lead among delegates. [The Hill]

Can KentuckyOne fix what ails the state? No. But it’s sure gonna spend every last cent it’s got on public relations and getting media coverage. This is just the latest example of the hype. [Business First]

Indiana communities will soon get about $430 million to fix roads under a deal forged on the last day of the Legislature’s session. Getting much more than that means raising taxes — an option that many local leaders will find loathsome. [News & Tribune]

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Brown Gave Master Class In Throwing Shade

Community activist Angela Newby-Bouggess has died. [WDRB]

Nearly 500 sexual assault kits that would have continued to sit untested in the Louisville Metro Police property room will now be sent for lab testing after a shift in LMPD philosophy. The department is sending 1,386 untested rape kits to Kentucky State Police for testing – 463 more than originally intended. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! “We have to start opening our eyes and reconciling the fact that these things happened,” says Attorney Larry Wilder, a statement he has repeated since October when his client’s book Breaking Cardinal Rules hit store shelves. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission has dedicated 88 acres to an existing preserve in Pulaski County. [H-L]

Another day, another fun pedestrian accident in Possibility Compassionate City! [WLKY]

The White House has narrowed its search for a Supreme Court nominee to three federal appeals court judges, Sri Srinivasan, Merrick Garland and Paul Watford, a source familiar with the selection process said on Friday. [HuffPo]

If she can do it, you can do it. One year after her story went viral, Asia Ford returned to the Rodes City Run 10K Saturday. [WAVE3]

Obama Administration transparency is a lot like Fischer Administration transparency. It’s not a real thing. Two years ago last month, I filed a public-records request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of my reporting into the flawed response to Hurricane Sandy. Then, I waited. [ProPublica]

Kelly Downard has apparently turned into all bark and no bite. No clue what happened to him but he’s been entirely neutered. [WFPL]

Environmental policies are often vilified as economical agents of destruction. From the Clean Power Plan, to methane rules, to the Paris Agreement, every time a new environmental policy is proposed detractors argue that new rules drive costs up, kill jobs, and hamper trade. But a new study is challenging the idea that curbing pollution hurts business to the point of stifling export trade. [ThinkProgress]

A pair of sisters is opening a barber shop that will be a little different than most others. [Business First]

Two contracts up for a vote in April got some scrutiny by the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp.’s board of trustees work session Monday. [News & Tribune]

Wait. Nope. Another Bad Week For JCPS

JCPS has received 115 calls through its bullying tipline. Fifty-two calls have come from middle schools, 31 from elementary schools, and 25 from high schools, while seven calls have come from other areas. [WDRB]

Jessica Green needs to hold Greg Fischer’s feet to the fire. She’s one of the few people who could do it and get away with it. Metro Council members blasted Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration Thursday for failing to alert them about a key vacancy on the planning commission last summer that resulted in an appointment being made without the mayor’s or council’s approval. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! An 18-year-old Jeffersontown High School student appeared in front of a judge Friday morning, charged with a felony after police say he and two other students beat another student, leaving him for dead. [WHAS11]

Just what Kentucky needs! Another tax increase. The very thing the working poor cannot afford is sales tax. [H-L]

The new and improved Speed Museum has reopened its doors. The museum had been closed for 3 1/2 years for renovations and construction of a new wing. [WLKY]

In NPI’s telling, white Americans are increasingly under siege in their own country, doomed to be a hated minority as people of color grow ever more numerous and politically powerful. And Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy has given the group’s members more hope than ever that help is on the way. [HuffPo]

There are new developments for a firefighter’s widow fighting with state government over whether her husband died in the line of duty. [WAVE3]

Kashiya Nwanguma, a student at the University of Louisville who is black, attended a Trump rally in Louisville this month, she says, to better understand the Trump phenomenon. She said in an interview this week that she suddenly felt the crowd’s attention turn to her after Trump saw the anti-Trump sign she was holding and asked that she be removed. Someone promptly snatched it out of her hand. Next, she was being roughly shoved by several white men. “I think a lot of it has to do with ignorance that’s rooted in fear of the other,” said Nwanguma, 21, when asked about the incident Thursday. “None of the people who were attacking me even knew what was on my sign. I obviously stood out in the crowd based on my appearance.” [WaPo]

Louisville has officially kicked off an education and advocacy campaign to promote the use of solar energy. [WFPL]

More than 30 states have enacted some version of voter ID law in recent years. How much do these laws change voting rules and what impact could they have on the general election? [ProPublica]

“‘Population health” has become something of a trend in the health care industry. [Business First]

The Clark County Council will vote Monday, March 14, on a budget revision to account for cuts dictated in the state certified budget order, for the sixth year in a row. [News & Tribune]

There Are Now Daily Scandals At UofL

We hear this racial tension stems from a small number of bigoted white people who obviously come from horribly backward families. But the University of Louisville didn’t send out an email or issue a statement until AFTER the media and members of the local legal community started poking around. [WDRB]

More than one-fourth of Louisville roads are considered in poor condition or worse and it will cost about $110 million to fully rehabilitate those thousands of miles, according to a Metro Public Works report provided to Mayor Greg Fischer last year. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! According to WHAS11’s news partner The Courier Journal, a University of Louisville trustee is requesting personal records from Charlie Strong, a former U of L football coach, in connection with his divorce proceedings. [WHAS11]

Spending and programs at Kentucky’s 15 Area Development Districts would face more scrutiny and financial reporting under a bill filed Friday. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Apparently, everybody is freaking out because a car smashed into a pizza joint on Bardstown Road. [WLKY]

If shame is the only real tool that President Barack Obama has to force the U.S. Senate to consider a Supreme Court nomination in his final year, let the shames begin. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Grandmother) declared over the weekend — within hours of the news that Justice Antonin Scalia had died — that the Senate should not even hold hearings on a replacement. [HuffPo]

A discussion on the Louisville downtown civil rights demonstrations was held Sunday in honor of Black History month. [WAVE3]

Churchill Downs Racetrack [yester]today announced a multi-year agreement with Fanatics, the largest retailer of officially licensed sports merchandise, to exclusively operate both online and on-site retail for the Kentucky Derby race weekend, starting with the 2016 event. [Press Release]

A surplus spending plan backed by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is being held up in a Louisville Metro Council committee. [WFPL]

In 1992, Bill Clinton ran for president promising to “end welfare as we know it.” In 2016, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders should promise to bring welfare back. [NY Magazine]

Three former local Kroger Co. employees have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Cincinnati-based supermarket giant, claiming it failed to pay them for overtime work. [Business First]

Clark County is gearing up for the 2016 primary election by fine-tuning some of the processes for getting out absentee ballots and deciding how many total ballots will be needed. [News & Tribune]

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