Russell’s A Start And A Big Step Forward

The number of people being shot in Louisville is on the rise, according to Louisville Metro Police. [WDRB]

Imagine a solar city in a leading coal state. Increasingly, advocates and some public officials are doing just that in Louisville, as the price of using the sun to keep the lights on continues to fall. [C-J/AKN]

Everybody is freaking out about what James Procell, of UofL’s music lie-berry, discovered. [WHAS11]

Sometimes the best ideas really do come while enjoying a glass of bourbon. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Thousands of zombies took over the Highlands on Saturday night, but it’s what some of the undead left behind that has neighbors upset. [WLKY]

Louisville is the 4th-most segregated city in America (or the metro area is), apparently, and no one wants to talk about it. When are we going to talk about it? Or are we always just going to hold feel-good events and talk about puppies and rainbows on the teevee instead of trying to improve life for people living in the West End? [HuffPo]

We often hear the stories of homicide victims, but the stories of people who actually survive violent attacks often are left untold. [WAVE3]

The phrase “police militarization” conjures up an image of cops wrapped in Kevlar, barging into homes with semi-automatic weapons. [NPR]

In about a month, Metropolitan Sewer District officials will wrap up a short-term program aimed at buying out homeowners whose houses flood frequently. [WFPL]

The national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs through Labor Day weekend and is aimed at reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday, there were six alcohol-related highway deaths on Kentucky roadways. Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 55 people for DUI during that same time period. The 2015 Labor Day enforcement period begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept.4 and extends through Monday, Sept. 7 at 11:59 p.m. [Press Release]

Revitalizing Russell — once a bustling economic center in West Louisville — has been a hot topic for some community leaders for years. But the buzz seems to be increasing lately as several projects have committed substantial investment to the neighborhood. [Business First]

Jeffersonville Parks Authority President Ed Zastawny says he wants the public to know the city only had an issue maintaining the 10th Street medians once the Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission stopped taking care of them early last year. [News & Tribune]

Flood Gates Opened Against Norton

They may only stand a couple feet off the ground, have four legs and wet noses, but their lives might save the life of a veteran. [WDRB]

A man says in a lawsuit that Norton Healthcare lost a piece of his brain. [C-J/AKN]

Wondering just how terrible Donna Hargens’ communication skills are? Just check out this latest mess. A Louisville neighborhood remains shaken following a horrific accident Friday evening involving a young elementary student and her school bus. [WHAS11]

One wants to abolish the state office he is trying to win. Another started her own business at age 9. Four have state legislative experience, and two are Louisville businessmen. [H-L]

Police are investigating a fatal crash at Dr. W.J. Hodge and Magazine streets early Sunday morning. [WLKY]

If Flint, Michigan can run a pig for mayor, surely Louisville can run something similar. [HuffPo]

FEMA will soon open a second office in Jefferson County to help those recovering from spring flooding. [WAVE3]

American Pharoah is the king of the nation’s horse races this month: in a driving rain, the Kentucky Derby winner took home top prize at the Preakness Stakes Saturday. [NPR]

Public meetings begin this week to share information about Louisville’s draft assessment of the city’s urban tree canopy. [WFPL]

For thousands of years, religious people have gathered together in houses of worship to sing songs, celebrate sacred rituals, and lift up prayers to God(s) on high. And on July 1, a new religious group in Indiana intends to do just that — but with a lot more emphasis on the “high” part. [ThinkProgress]

Expect to see Norton Healthcare Inc. and the University of Louisville back in court on June 10. That’s as a long-running legal dispute between the two organizations continues to play out. [Business First]

Former Indiana state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett won’t face any criminal charges after an investigation into whether he misused state resources for his 2012 re-election campaign. [News & Tribune]

Here’s another Louisville/Kentucky movie to get excited about. [Variety]

The Snow Has Ruined Everything Forever & Ever

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, along with other city leaders, provided residents in Metro Louisville with an update at a Tuesday afternoon press conference, regarding the city’s plans for snow removal — and he also addressed criticisms that some streets had not yet been cleared. [WDRB]

A 19-year-old inmate charged with multiple crimes including kidnapping and robbery committed suicide Monday morning, according to Corrections Major Endora Davis. [C-J/AKN]

What happens when a bunch of whitewater boaters throw a party and a film festival breaks out? [WHAS11]

Steve Beshear issued two executive orders Tuesday: to protect consumers from price gouging and to make sure Kentuckians have access to needed prescription orders during winter’s onslaught. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Two people and a dog were pulled from an icy pond in Lyndon on Tuesday afternoon. [WLKY]

Attorney General Eric Holder called Tuesday for a moratorium on the death penalty pending a Supreme Court decision on the use of lethal injection drugs in Oklahoma. [HuffPo]

As road crews continued to clear routes throughout the city Tuesday, many businesses spent the day getting back up and running. [WAVE3]

Many children pretend to be astronauts or dream of exploring space, but eight Rowan County students have dedicated time to learning about space science. [The Morehead News]

Jefferson County Public Schools will stay closed on Wednesday because of the winter weather, school district officials announced Tuesday during a news conference with city officials. [WFPL]

Just in case you missed it, here’s a deeper look at the behind-the-scenes of Greg Fischer’s minimum wage nonsense. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Ford says pricing pressures and excess capacity are among the problems for the U.S. auto industry. [Business First]

Though two members hadn’t cast a vote on the matter as of Friday, the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County board isn’t expected to seat New Albany City Councilman Scott Blair. [News & Tribune]

Don’t Worry! Possibility City Is Totally Crime-Free

A plan to transform Maupin Elementary into a school that will be based on arts and humanities in an effort to boost student achievement was approved by the Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday. [WDRB]

Two politically savvy and seasoned candidates, incumbent Republican Kevin Kramer and longtime labor leader Larry Hujo, are battling for the 11th District seat on the Louisville Metro Council. [C-J/AKN]

A former candidate for Clark County Sheriff has pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday after allegations of campaign fraud. [WHAS11]

Jon Larson campaigned in 2010 for Fayette County judge-executive saying he wanted to abolish what he saw as an unnecessary office. Once Larson, a Lexington attorney, was elected, he lobbied hard for an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution four years in a row but never got a hearing before a legislative committee. [H-L]

Looks like there was a fun stabbing just off Frankfort Avenue near Caffe Classico and a Catholic church. But don’t worry! Crime doesn’t happen outside the West End. [WLKY]

Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they’re from urban, suburban or rural areas. [HuffPo]

See? Crime isn’t a thing outside the West End. [WAVE3]

There wasn’t much new information gleaned from the eagerly awaited debate between incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes on Monday night on KET’s Kentucky Tonight program. [Ronnie Ellis]

Remember last winter, when schools around Kentucky closed because of the unusually harsh weather? [WFPL]

Death is often an uncomfortable conversation but it is one that Morehead State University instructor Steven Middleton and MSU alumnus Mike Clark have had many times. [The Morehead News & Video]

The Old Forester Distillery and Bourbon Experience announced by Brown-Forman Corp. last month isn’t the only project on Whiskey Row in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

As more students come into schools without knowing how to speak English, Greater Clark County Schools will pilot a program to help prepare them and their parents before they enter kindergarten. [News & Tribune]

Everyone’s Super-Mad About MSD Rate Increases

A week after a state audit criticized JCPS for not spending enough of its $1 billion budget on students, there’s news that the district will create dozens of new positions outside the classroom. [WDRB]

Louisville’s sewer rates will rise another 5.5 percent starting Aug. 1 to pay for an ongoing $850 million project to stop billions of gallons of local sewage from overflowing into area creeks and the Ohio River. [C-J/AKN]

The best thing about this marijuana bust story is the little dog barking in the background. [WHAS11]

Two environmental groups filed suit Wednesday in federal court against Louisville Gas & Electric for allegedly inappropriately dumping coal ash in the Ohio River on an almost daily basis. [H-L]

Starting Jan. 1, 2015, yard waste such as leaves and grass clippings will no longer be picked up in plastic bags. [WLKY]

A movie based on the life of a southern Kentucky football player will be seen nationwide later this year. [WKYT]

Three dozen human service and arts organizations warned Louisville Metro Council members that Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed budget cuts would harm their programs. [WAVE3]

Louisville sits near the bottom of the 60 largest U.S. cities in the latest rankings of park systems conducted by the Trust for Public Land. [WFPL]

The Louisville and Elizabethtown metro areas were among 70 that saw a decline in construction employment in April, compared with a year earlier. [Business First]

If this year’s Keg Liquors Fest of Ale leaves a sour taste in your mouth, good. That’s what they’re going for. [News & Tribune]

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Who’ll Move To The Portland Neighborhood Next?

Yep, $26 million of your tax dollars are paying for unbelievable discrimination at Sunrise on the basis of sexual orientation in 2014. [WDRB]

Four things that put cities’ record-low murder rates into context. Over the same period that murders dropped in large cities, they have risen in suburbs. [Think Progress]

Here’s the latest press release from the Ohio River Bridges Debacle that WHAS11 passed on intact, not bothering to do actual reporting on the matter. News Director will attempt to leave nasty comments about us being too lazy to report on things in 3, 2… [WHAS11]

The University of Louisville’s Yearlings Club spring forum series will begin Jan. 12 with a discussion of local initiatives to help young black men. [C-J/AKN]

Ford has announced its best sales results in six years and strong demand for pickup trucks is a big reason why. [WLKY]

Public schools in this Appalachian town pocked with shuttered factories and vacant storefronts got an average of $8,362 to spend on each student’s education in 2013, the least they had gotten in five years. Several hours away, at the public K-8 school in the wealthy Jefferson County suburb of Anchorage, revenue rose slightly to $19,927 per student, more than twice as much as Barbourville’s. [John Cheves]

We’re not entirely sure how you can cover The Wolf of Wall Street without mentioning any of the involved shenanigans. [WAVE3, BuzzFeed, LA Weekly]

Mold, mice and zip codes: Inside the childhood asthma epidemic. Why children in low-income neighborhoods are more likely to suffer from asthma. [NBC News]

Gill Holland poached his first thingy from Butchertown/East Market for Portland. Predictions on the next big move? [WFPL]

Tina Ward-Pugh tweeted this out over the weekend and you should take a look at it. Louisville wants to be a city of parks and there are a lot of ideas like this around the world. [Design Boom]

Among the 2014 goals of Tendai Charasika, executive director of The Enterprise Corp, is to increase the community involvement in the city’s entrepreneurial scene. Business First]

The New Albany City Council will select a new leader during its first meeting of the year on Monday and cast decisive ballots on forming a port authority and curbing aggressive panhandling. [News & Tribune]

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Former University of Louisville Dean and local historian, J. Blaine Hudson, has died at 63. [WDRB]

The new eastern bridge is getting a new look. With Indiana’s approval, the companies in charge of designing and building the span rejected the style that a committee of elected and community leaders selected more than six years ago. [C-J/AKN]

If expanded gambling is approved in Kentucky, Churchill Downs says it’s important they own and operate any casino in Louisville. No one disagrees. But no one in their right mind believes Churchill Downs (or any company) should be CONSTITUTIONALLY GUARANTEED ownership of a casino. [WHAS11]

The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration’s discussions. [WaPo]

The New Albany City Council will elect officers for 2013 during its first meeting of the year Monday. Chief among the selections will be the choice for council president — a role currently held by two-term Councilwoman Diane McCartin-Benedetti. [News & Tribune]

Questions concerning whether or not a 12-year-old who died from a self inflicted gun wound are being answered. [WAVE3]

Four eastern Kentucky coal mines are being idled, affecting 260 jobs. [H-L]

Police said they’ve solved a string of armed business robberies with the arrests of two men. [WLKY]

Although the Allstate Sugar Bowl had the lowest attendance in decades, the television rating for the game was up in 2013 from a year ago. An average of 10.1 million viewers tuned into Wednesday’s game in New Orleans between the University of Louisville and the University of Florida, according to ESPN. [Business First]

Starting this week, WFPL will begin airing a month-long series about past and present air pollution in the city’s Rubbertown neighborhood, and the health effects for those who live nearby. [WFPL]

The Clifton Center will show the controversial documentary “This Is Not a Film” as part of the Wild and Woolly Film Series on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. The documentary, much of which was secretly shot on an iPhone, was smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes Film Festival. [C-J/AKN]