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Surekha Kulkarni immigrated to America from India and has made it her life goal to empower other women, especially refugees. [WDRB]

Surprise! Racial profiling is still a problem in Compassionate Possibility City! An analysis of 2014 vehicle stops by Louisville Metro police officers has found again that black drivers are searched twice as often as whites. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Hate to be the bearer of bad news… but… uh… no one really believes she’s coming home safely, right? [WHAS11]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is wrestling with an unenviable, arguably impossible task this election year: protecting Senate Republicans from the political upheaval caused by Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. [H-L]

Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting the city to a new lunchtime event in downtown Louisville. [WLKY]

A graphic video shows a Baton Rouge police officer shooting and killing Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was selling CDs in front of a convenience store early Tuesday morning. [HuffPo]

It’s a call police get more than they would like – reports of people firing guns in their backyards, especially on holiday weekends. [WAVE3]

If you missed it, Jamie Comer and his crew are under investigation by the Office of the Attorney General. [Page One]

During a sweltering summer afternoon, Metro workers are on their hands and knees spreading green goop that smells like a brand new rubber eraser on parts of Louisville’s bike lanes. [WFPL]

At a time when Democrats and Republicans in Congress can’t agree on just about anything, there is one issue that unites them: the urgent need for criminal justice reform. [ProPublica]

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will file a fresh lawsuit that challenges Gov. Matt Bevin’s actions to disband and recreate the University of Louisville board of trustees. [Business First]

These are the arguments going down in Southern Indiana. Who is responsible for maintaining the Sellersburg Pool is a matter of disagreement among town officials. [News & Tribune]

Shootings, Shootings & More Shootings

For the last year, signs with pictures and information about Crystal Rogers have been posted all over Bardstown. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Public Schools has made important accomplishments this year but there have also been “obvious mistakes and omissions,” the district’s board said in its yearly performance evaluation of Superintendent Donna Hargens. [C-J/AKN]

School is right around the corner for Clarksville Community students and officials are already focusing the need for supplies. [WHAS11]

Massie’s ideas about “sovereignty” are an extreme example of the naïve thinking that fueled the Brexit vote, has propelled Trump’s candidacy and energizes Tea Party activists. It is our inner 4-year-old screaming, “You can’t tell me what to do!” [H-L]

One person was taken to the hospital after an overnight shooting in south Louisville. The shooting happened at about 2:30 a.m. at Déjà Vu on Taylor Boulevard, near Longfield Avenue. [WLKY]

Senate Republicans have never made it easy for President Barack Obama to put judges on federal courts. But now, with just months left in his term, they’re not even pretending to try to let judicial nominees through. [HuffPo]

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

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin proclaims the days of “pay to play” ended with his arrival in Frankfort. But some House Democrats say if you’re not willing to play, Bevin isn’t reluctant to make you pay. [Ronnie Ellis]

A Lexington city council committee will soon review constable policies in the central Kentucky community. [WFPL]

The coal industry is slated to lose clout in the next Congress, with term limits set to force out a chairman who has frequently battled with the Obama administration on behalf of mining companies. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Keeping Eastern Kentucky Impoverished) will relinquish the gavel of the House Appropriations Committee in January, after having led the powerful panel for six years, which is the maximum allowed under GOP rules. [The Hill]

The Louisville Sports Commission has named a new slate of officers and appointed new board members. [Business First]

The contract for newly hired town manager of Clarksville has been approved and Kevin Baity is scheduled to start June 30. [News & Tribune]

Three Horrible Superintendents In A Row

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens must “step up to the challenge” of leading Kentucky’s largest school district and regain the trust that has eroded in the past year, according to an annual evaluation unanimously approved by the school board Tuesday. [WDRB]

Thanks, religious extremists, for ruining hospitals everywhere when you buy them up! The state is investigating whether patient care is unsafe at University of Louisville Hospital because of staff cuts made by KentuckyOne Health. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s a battle over trees but for Cynthia Huber the fight has a deeper meaning. “This is not only did they lose their loved ones that they have memorialized but they’re also losing the tree in memory of that person,” she said. [WHAS11]

Welp, readers of the Herald-Leader can now look forward to a much poorer experience. The Lexington Herald-Leader announced on Monday that it will transfer its printing and packaging operations to Louisville starting in August, and that the company will put its downtown Lexington building on the market. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Jefferson County Public School board voted unanimously to approve Superintendent Donna Hargens’ 2015-2016 summative evaluation. [WLKY]

“You might think, ‘Well that is not going to happen to us in America. We’re not going to listen to some ridiculously haired buffoon, peddling lies and nativism in the hopes of riding a protest vote into power.’” Oliver said. “Well let Britain tell you, it can happen, and when it does, there are no fucking do-overs.” [HuffPo]

Photographs went viral on social media; thoroughbreds with sores on their backs, ribs showing. Hooves in need of trimming. The outcry began drawing attention from equine industry standards such as the Daily Racing Form and Blood Horse. [WAVE3]

In his final State of the Union address in January, President Obama made an ambitious pledge to overhaul the management of fossil fuels on America’s public lands in his final year, focusing, in particular, on the antiquated and little-known federal coal program. [ThinkProgress]

A new Google project to estimate solar potential has come to Louisville. [WFPL]

Mitch McConnell tried to blame Democrats for refusing to fund Zika-related activities. Reality? McConnell and his friends pushed all kinds of nastiness into the legislation that they knew would keep Democrats from supporting it. Like trying to harm women and undoing confederate flag bans in federal cemeteries. [TPM]

Aetna Inc. isn’t happy with Missouri’s decision earlier this year to oppose its pending purchase of Humana Inc. [Business First]

The South Central Regional Airport Authority has received assurance of the $750,000 local match needed for the runway extension project at the Clark Regional Airport. [News & Tribune]

The City’s Losing Yet Another Convention

Louisville sure is Compassionate City. According to LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell, three people were found dead in a home on the 1600 block of Louis Coleman Jr. Drive after police responded to a report of shots fired in the neighborhood Saturday afternoon. [WDRB]

Thanks, religious extremists, for ruining hospitals everywhere when you buy them up! The state is investigating whether patient care is unsafe at University of Louisville Hospital because of staff cuts made by KentuckyOne Health. [C-J/AKN]

WARING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! As violence continues to spike around the city, one neighborhood is continuing to combat crime by promoting a festival of non-violence. [WHAS11]

Meanwhile, the people who do all the actual work at UK are paid dirt in comparison. University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto received a 48 percent increase in his base pay and a three-year contract extension Friday. [H-L]

If it’s not a gun death, it’s a stabbing, so that’s fun. Police are investigating a stabbing in southern Jefferson County. [WLKY]

Mitch McConnell (R-Cowardly Grandmother) is supporting Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump for president — but he isn’t saying, at least for now, whether he thinks the business mogul is actually up to the job. [HuffPo]

A big convention in Louisville will finish out its contract, and then it will be off to another city. SkillsUSA Executive Director Timothy Lawrence said hotels and transportation are the two biggest factors why the organization will be switching locations in 2021. [WAVE3]

A tax break that benefits only about 2,000 people adds up to billions in savings for them — and billions lost for the US economy. Leo Hindery Jr. remembers the call he got the night before he was to testify before Congress, in September of 2007, to close a tax loophole enjoyed by private-equity investors. It was from Stephen Schwarzman, co-founder of the Blackstone Group, the largest private-equity management firm in the US. [Bill Moyers]

Residents wishing to rent their homes through online portals like Airbnb must soon adhere to a set of local regulations. [WFPL]

Republicans STILL DON’T have an actual health care alternative and they never will. The House GOP’s health-care proposal would expand savings accounts, provide tax credits for buying insurance, and allow people to purchase coverage across state lines. Just don’t ask how much it costs. [The Atlantic]

Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. are giving themselves a little more time to shore everything up before merging. [Business First]

The last vote is just three days away, but some the details regarding Floyd Memorial Hospital’s sale to Baptist Health have raised concerns among local officials. [News & Tribune]

What’ll Metro Govt/JCPS/Whatever Bury Amid All The Muhammad Ali Death Coverage Hype?

Like many other entry-level workers in Louisville, 17-year-old Brittany Marshall got a small raise last year when metro government’s minimum wage ordinance kicked in. [WDRB]

A day after boxing titan Muhammad Ali died at age 74, his family announced his funeral would be held Friday in his hometown of Louisville and include a motorcade through the city, private burial at Cave Hill cemetery and a public memorial at the KFC Yum! Center with eulogies by former President Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal and Bryant Gumbel. [C-J/AKN]

The morning following the death of the world famous Muhammad Ali, Mayor Greg Fischer delivered a heartfelt speech in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Ky. His speech was part of a flag lowering ceremony in which the city paid respects to The Greatest. [WHAS11]

The Louisville Lip has fallen silent. The world on Saturday mourned Muhammad Ali — Olympic gold medalist; three-time professional boxing heavyweight champion of the world; symbol of the socially turbulent 1960s; and, in his heyday, perhaps the most famous citizen in the world — who died Friday night in Phoenix at age 74. [H-L]

Police responded to a disturbance on 26th and Chestnut streets. According to officials there was a crash, followed by a fight that led to shots being fired. [WLKY]

Muhammad Ali’s most famous act of social activism — one that would strip him of his best fighting years, cost him millions of dollars, forever alter his image and eventually send him into debt — began with one off-hand quote: “Man, I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong.” [HuffPo]

His mother, Mary Springer, said she was pushing her son, Chase Springer, in the stroller across 12th and Jefferson Streets when a woman backed up into the stroller on May 25. [WAVE3]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Grandmother) is growing increasingly critical of Donald Trump, warning him to lay off GOP officials and drop his penchant for “name calling.” [The Hill]

Funeral plans have been set for legendary boxer and humanitarian Muhammad Ali. [WFPL]

Aren’t you glad that your bigoted governor joined this hate-filled circlejerk? A lawsuit brought by Texas and other states against the Obama administration’s policy on bathroom access may move the United States closer to a resolution on transgender rights by putting the issue on a trajectory for the Supreme Court. [Reuters]

WellCare of Kentucky and the Kentucky Pharmacists Association are partnering to combat opioid overdose death in Kentucky. [Business First]

It seems like every day someone tells Robbie Valentine about their struggle with addiction, or about how their family is caught in the midst of the same drug epidemic plaguing so many communities across the country. [News & Tribune]

Your Governor Is Still Super-Dumb, Folks

We weren’t joking – are you interested in buying The ‘Ville Voice? [The ‘Ville Voice]

It’s official: Bardstown is still one of the worst places on earth, probably. Thank goodness for bourbon. The mayor of Bardstown has fired the assistant chief of the Bardstown Police Department after he was allegedly caught shredding documents belonging to the City of Bardstown, according to official documents. [WDRB]

How will Scott Jennings continue trying to spin this Jim Ramsey-UofL mess? Maybe he’ll just sue everybody who mentions his lucrative contract to spin on behalf of the UofL Foundation. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Ugh, who let Claudia Catfish back on the teevee? Less than 24 hours after a Valley Station family shared how it fell victim to a rental scam on CraigsList, WHAS 11 viewers stepped in to help the family raise the money it needed to avoid being forced out on the street. [WHAS11]

A Lexington council woman says she will meet with Lexington fire officials and planning staff to determine what can be done to protect homes and help firefighters in neighborhoods where homes are close together. Since September 2015, at least three fires have occurred in neighborhoods where the distance between homes was less than 10 feet. [H-L]

Crews broke ground Wednesday in Hardin County for a pipeline that will connect one of its water districts to Louisville’s water infrastructure. [WLKY]

Donald Trump would respect limits on his authority if he’s elected president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Grandmother) said Monday. [HuffPo]

In case you were wondering? Matt Bevin is dumber than anything the corrupt former governor could cough up. [WAVE3]

Police do not need a warrant to obtain a person’s cellphone location data held by wireless carriers, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday, dealing a setback to privacy advocates. [Reuters]

Once again, Louisville — a city that prides itself on its park system — has landed near the bottom of a ranking of parks. Probably because the city’s cheerleader electeds consistently ignore reality and focus on hype. [WFPL]

Donald Trump claims a net worth of more than $10 billion and an income of $557 million. But he appears to get there only by overvaluing properties and ignoring his expenses. [Politico]

Cities and businesses in Kentucky have made improvements in including the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community — but there’s still a ways to go. [Business First]

For 10 weeks, viewers of A&E’s “60 Days In” saw the ins and outs, the good and the bad of the Clark County jail. The show also opened a conversation about the state corrections across the country. Every week, the News and Tribune hosted a panel with local experts to dig into the stories behind the show. Below are the top 5 takeaways from season one and from those weekly conversations. [News & Tribune]

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At Least There’s Good Bourbon News

Check out the spin/excuses from Jack Conway’s former spokesperson. A meeting held Wednesday was supposed to address the JCPS code of conduct. However, JCPS and the Metro Public Safety Committee saw the clock run out on a conversation many are waiting to have. [WDRB]

Louisville’s Coalition for the Homeless announced Monday that the overall number of homeless people in the city has dropped for the third year in a row — but those numbers don’t change local agencies’ disappointment in the federal government’s decision to cut their funds by 11 percent this year. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky bourbon production hit a nearly 50-year high last year. [WHAS11]

The Republican leader in the Senate says most candidates for president have released their tax documents as presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump insists he’ll wait until after an IRS audit. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Ten years ago a 2-year-old Louisville girl was shot multiple times and her mother was killed. [WLKY]

More than 7 million previously uninsured Americans gained health coverage in 2015, the second full year of the Obamacare coverage expansion, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [HuffPo]

While JCPS tries to provide social and emotional support for students in the form of Student Response Teams, Positive Behavior Coaches and other resources, Metro Council members voiced their concern that it is not enough. [WAVE3]

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said it would take another 9/11 to wake up border security — and predicted refugees would plan the next attack. [The Hill]

Faculty and staff within the Jefferson County Public Schools system continue to call out district administration for potential changes to teacher salary structure and the student code of conduct. [WFPL]

Interviews with dozens of women who have worked for Donald Trump or interacted with him socially reveal a pattern of often unsettling personal behavior by the Republican presidential candidate, The New York Times reported on Saturday. [Reuters]

Kroger isn’t just in the beginning stages of grocery delivery, it’s been testing refining things in Lexington and other markets so it can be rolled out ASAP. [Business First]

Anesthesiologist Jaime Guerrero, who had a practice in Jeffersonville, was sentenced to 100 months in prison Thursday by United States District Judge Greg N. Stevens, and according to the terms of a prior plea agreement, agreed to forfeit his license to practice medicine and real property owned by Guerrero Real Estate Investments, LLC. [News & Tribune]