Donna Hargens + Tolls = Horrible Morning

Kentucky and Indiana officials have locked in rates for three Ohio River toll bridges and approved charging drivers based on the size of their vehicles. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Public Schools will soon be notifying some of its central office staff that their jobs are being eliminated as different departments work to meet a district-imposed reduction of $2.4 million in central office position spending. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Too little, too late from school board members. Just one day after JCPS board members publicly declared their concerns about Superintendent Donna Hargen’s leadership, she was back to making public appearances. [WHAS11]
Hundreds of protesters lined up along Newburg Road in the pouring rain, thunder and lightning to send a message to the Board of Education about issues not on the board’s agenda.
President Barack Obama on Friday called on Sen. Rand Paul to drop his “quirky” objections to pending international tax treaties so they can move forward in Congress. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Two weeks after her daughter was murdered in Louisville, a woman is begging for answers. [WLKY]

U.S. President Barack Obama will make an historic visit toHiroshima during a trip to Vietnam and Japan later this month as part of his 10th trip to Asia, the White House said. [HuffPo]

Hundreds of protesters lined up along Newburg Road in the pouring rain, thunder and lightning to send a message to the Board of Education about issues not on the board’s agenda. [WAVE3]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Obstructionist Retirement Home) is under increasing pressure to bring up a revised criminal justice bill despite staunch opposition from conservatives in his own caucus. [The Hill]

All over eastern Kentucky, you see cars and pickup trucks with black license plates proclaiming the owner is a “friend of coal.” [WFPL]

A group of researchers at Harvard Medical School has found that medical industry payments to physicians in Massachusetts are associated with higher rates of prescribing brand-name drugs that treat high cholesterol. [ProPublica]

A historic site on Wheeler Avenue that once was home to the Charles D. Jacob Elementary School long has been a target for vandalism and other public safety concerns, but a new project announced Tuesday will transform the site into a safe haven for seniors. [Business First]

Former Jeffersonville councilwoman Connie Sellers will run on the Republican ticket for a seat on the Clark County Commissioners in the November election. [News & Tribune]

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Another Compassionate Pedestrian Death

Another day, another pedestrian death in Compassionate City. Louisville Metro Police say a woman was killed after being hit by an SUV on Zorn Avenue. [WDRB]

Louisville Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens has been suspended from the bench as a state judicial disciplinary body considers misconduct charges against him. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO WILL EAT YOUR DATA! An agreement has been reached. Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens will be suspended with pay while both sides settle their differences. [WHAS11]

Luxco, the St. Louis-based liquor company that markets Rebel Yell, Blood Oath and Ezra Brooks bourbons, announced Monday that it will build a $35 million, 18,000-square-foot distillery in Nelson County that is expected to be fully operational by late 2017. [H-L]

A death investigation is underway in Jennings County after a body was found in a lake. [WLKY]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) appeared to offer a thinly veiled rebuke of liberal economist Paul Krugman on Wednesday by highlighting a “scary” too-big-to-fail ruling from federal bank regulators. [HuffPo]

The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating after someone opened fire at an apartment that is across the street from where a child was hit and killed Friday. [WAVE3]

The Turd Cruz-Mitch McConnell slap fight is getting crazier by the minute. [The Hill]

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Jessica Green wants police officers to spend more time patrolling on foot and bike in an effort to build better relationships with communities. [WFPL]

Twelve state attorneys general have asked the federal Department of Education to revoke the recognition of the much-criticized Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. [ProPublica]

The Old Forester Distillery project will give a fresh look to some very old structures on Main Street in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

Gathered in the Nolan Solar Building, the former art students met with their teacher, chatted for a while and marveled at their finished product, a mural spanning an entire wall along a staircase. [News & Tribune]

Can We Quit Pretending We’re Compassionate?

Strengths and weaknesses of each Jefferson County Public Schools facility, a redesign proposal that would impact three middle schools and the Class of 2016 graduation schedule will all be up for discussion on Tuesday. [WDRB]

Some 7,700 Louisville Water Co. service lines are made of lead – and now for the first time, customers can quickly check to see whether those old pipes are made of lead. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky’s new State Police Commissioner was announced Monday and they’re from right here in the Louisville area. [WHAS11]

A judge has denied a request by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration to temporarily close a Lexington abortion clinic that the state claims is operating illegally. [H-L]

A man shot and killed his wife and children before setting their house on fire and killing himself in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, Louisville Metro Police said. [WLKY]

After nearly a decade of generally lukewarm concern over what’s been called the “greatest threat“ of our time, Americans are finally taking climate change seriously. [HuffPo]

It wouldn’t be a day in Compassionate City without a school bus accident. mergency crews responded to a multi-vehicle crash involving a school bus. [WAVE3]

It’s 2016, but the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex didn’t get the memo. The minimum and medium security prison in West Liberty, Kentucky has a mail policy that prohibits prisoners from receiving books and magazines that “promote homosexuality” — whatever the prison thinks that means. In just a four-month period in 2015, EKCC used the policy 13 different times to confiscate mail including letters, cards, “pages out of book,” and magazines like Out and The Advocate. [ACLU]

It’s obvious just from looking at it that the Black Leaf site in West Louisville is in an extreme state of disrepair. [WFPL]

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) on Thursday called on Republican leaders in Congress to renounce Donald Trump because of his controversial views, saying their “moral cowardice” led to the GOP presidential front-runner’s rise. [The Hill]

Don’t expect another big purchase from Kindred Healthcare Inc. anytime soon — at least, not in the world of home health care. [Business First]

Floyd County Democratic Party Chairman Adam Dickey has announced the declared candidates for a special vacancy caucus for the position of party vice chair. The caucus was called following the resignation of Stacy Deck last month. [News & Tribune]

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HOW Is JBS Still In The Damn News?!

Inclusivity is powerful. Much more than being just the opposite of exclusivity, it’s a distinct way of looking at the world. Its power has been revealed to me over and over in the internet business, in political campaigns, and from living in my adopted hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. [Matthew Barzun]

Seniors in Jefferson County Public Schools would graduate over a three-day period at the end of May, according to a proposal that will be up for school board approval on Tuesday, March 22. [WDRB]

Louisville Gas and Electric Company warned Mayor Greg Fischer on Monday it will stop collecting a 2 percent fee used to fund public safety and other community initiatives if a new franchise agreement cannot be reached by the end of March. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! JBS Swift plant’s plan to begin killing pigs using CO2, rather than the current method of electrocution, called for a public meeting Wednesday night. [WHAS11]

John Sanders’ room on the second floor of St. James Place is comfortable yet cramped. There is no storage space for his pots and utensils in the small kitchenette on one side of his room. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A woman was rushed to University Hospital after a shooting Wednesday night in southwest Louisville. [WLKY]

In an effort to curb America’s deadly opioid crisis, federal health officials are urging doctors to largely avoid prescribing highly addictive painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin when treating patients for chronic pain. [HuffPo]

Critics say it’s a destruction of civil rights. Supporters say it’s part of Kentucky’s constitution. Tuesday, Kentucky’s Senate has passed a bill allowing businesses to refuse service to people based on their religious beliefs in certain situation. [WAVE3]

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 call this week for fiber Internet service providers to begin applying for franchise status marks the next step in Louisville’s quest to become a gigabit city. [WFPL]

Mitch McConnell spoke to Donald Trump on Tuesday and recommended that the business mogul condemn violence at his rallies. [Politico]

The state of Florida has already given Humana Inc. the OK to merge with its Connecticut-based competitor, Aetna Inc. But some doctors groups aren’t so sure. [Business First]

The first phase of a project to install security cameras along Riverside Drive in Clarksville is completed and the town is ready for phase two. [News & Tribune]

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Dark Cloud Lifted, Donald Trump Left

Teenagers like weed, surprise. Two duPont Manual High School students were arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana after a routine narcotics sweep at the school on Friday. [WDRB]

Oh hell, the local paper’s new education reporter is relying on a study from the Bluegrass Institute. So much for her potential. [C-J/AKN]

In case you’re wondering what all the racists who showed up to the Trump event think? Have a look at them and their fun, half-literate signage. [WHAS11]

Republican Ben Carson brought his struggling campaign for president to Lexington Monday, and used the event to denounce the recent tone of the GOP nomination battle. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! That sense of doom you felt yesterday? It was because Donald Trump came to town. [WLKY]

When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Grandmother) decided that he would keep Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court seat vacant so the next president could decide, he might not have anticipated exactly how ugly the campaign was about to turn in his party. [HuffPo]

Just in case you needed another reason to keep your middle school-aged children off social media… [WAVE3]

Sen-Ching (Samson) Cheung is an associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a faculty member within the UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments. Like most professors, he is deeply involved in engineering research. For most of his academic career, his research has been in the area of multimedia information analysis. [Richmond Register]

As negotiations over the city’s budget surplus continue, another group is seeking a slice of the funds. [WFPL]

“Stronger Together” is not the name of the latest social-media fitness app. It’s a grant proposed in President Obama’s new budget, reviving an idea that hasn’t gotten much policy attention in decades: diversity in public schools. If the request is approved, $120 million will go to school districts for programs intended to make their schools more diverse. [NPR]

Louisville-based spirits distiller Brown-Forman Corp. has told about 79 production workers at its bottle, shipping and and warehouse operations not to come to work for the next three weeks. [Business First]

After a roughly eight-month testing phase, the Jeffersonville Police Department is changing the body camera technology its officers use. The switch comes after what JPD Sgt. Isaac Parker said was a series of mechanical issues with the cameras, including problems with battery life and camera lenses. [News & Tribune]

At Least There’s The Derby Festival Fun

A University of Louisville employee claims university President Ramsey and other administrators worked to “derail and interfere with” his duties investigating and calling attention to conflicts of interest, according to a whistle-blower lawsuit filed against Ramsey and the university on Monday. This should come as no surprise, as Jim Ramsey loves to tell anyone who will listen that Robert Felner was no big deal. [WDRB]

Get ready for every mouth-breathing racist within 250 miles to be in town for Donald Trump today. [More WDRB]

If anyone considers Sadiqa Reynolds a leader after the way she bungled the corrupt Louisville Metro Animal Services mess for YEARS? Holy hell, we’re all screwed. [C-J/AKN]

Of course there’s been another murder or two here in Compassionate City. [WHAS11]

With Gov. Matt Bevin’s blessing, a state House panel Thursday approved a bill that would allow Lexington’s Urban County Council to pass an additional 2.5 percent transient room tax to help pay for an expanded Lexington Convention Center. [H-L]

Aaaaand it’s already time to think about the Kentucky Derby Festival! [WLKY]

Many scholars see the Civil Rights Movement as a second Reconstruction Era and a second try at rebuilding our nation into one truly committed to liberty and justice for all. But just as the progress of the first Reconstruction was followed by decades of retrenchment and reversal, many of the formidable threats millions of poor children and families of all races but especially children of color face today are very dangerous steps backwards. [HuffPo]

Candidates running for an office in Metro Louisville got the opportunity to interact with voters and hear their concerns Sunday at a meet-and-greet forum at Central High School. [WAVE3]

Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has laid out a plan that would have lawmakers break with Mr. Trump explicitly in a general election. [NY Times]

The head of the Kentucky State Fair Board will leave in April to become the president and chief executive of the San Diego Convention Center, according to a news release issued late Friday afternoon. [WFPL]

The first thing you notice at Donald Trump’s rallies is the confidence. Amateur psychologists have wishfully diagnosed him from afar as insecure, but in person the notion seems absurd. [Rolling Stone]

Hospitals have been a mainstay for Kindred Healthcare Inc., but the company expects they could be less of a focus in the near future. [Business First]

Changes on how students from other districts are admitted to West Clark Community Schools may not occur until the board sees how some new numbers shake out. [News & Tribune]

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