Human Trafficking, Stabbing And Electric Buses

The first person in Louisville convicted of human trafficking was sentenced to 10 years in prison with no probation Monday morning. [WDRB]

In June, 16-year-old Elivar Mazariegos stepped off a bus in the desert town of Altar, Mexico, 1,900 miles north of his rural village in Guatemala, where a death threat had pushed him to join a surge of unaccompanied children fleeing violence and poverty. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another fun stabbing? The victim of the stabbing in the 500 block of East Ormsby has been identified. [WHAS11]

Louisville officials plan to phase out the oldtime-looking trolleys that are a staple of downtown in favor of all-electric buses. [H-L]

The 125th fall meet is officially underway at Churchill Downs. [WLKY]

A few hours before dawn on Wednesday morning, city counselors in Fort Lauderdale, FL passed a bill to make it harder to feed the homeless. [Think Progress]

Two months after a baby girl was shot to death on her front porch in Louisville’s West End, we’re learning more about why. [WAVE3]

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Saturday the U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages in six more states, bringing to 32 the number of states where couples in gay unions qualify for federal benefits. [Reuters]

Kentuckians enrolling in Kynect, the state’s health care exchange, can expect changes in the way they shop for health insurance beginning Nov. 15. [WFPL]

Listen to voters from either end of the political spectrum and you’ll hear a similar complaint: most are tired of the inability of members of Congress to work together to get something done. [Ronnie Ellis]

Teddy Abrams doesn’t see why the Louisville Orchestra shouldn’t sell out every performance. [Business First]

The newest member of the Sellersburg Town Council hopes to bring some of youth to the team. [News & Tribune]

LG&E Managed Its DUI Scandal Better Than LWC

If you’re going over the Kennedy Bridge in the next few months, you may notice some new equipment as temporary transponder readers were put up on Friday. [WDRB]

If the spokesperson for LG&E gets fired for a DUI, why shouldn’t the overpaid CEO of the Louisville Water Company be fired for the same? [C-J/AKN]

The founder of USA Harvest, Hugh “Stan” Curtis, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and three years of supervised probation Thursday after pleading guilty to tax evasion, mail fraud and money laundering. [WHAS11]

The state this week finalized new rules on coal-mining permits that include upgraded water-quality standards. Several environmental groups argue the rules aren’t strong enough, however, and are suing over one key provision. [H-L]

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said an investigation into corruption allegations in the New Albany Police Department found no criminal violations. [WLKY]

Lil Randy raised eyebrows this weekend when he endorsed one of the most hawkish positions toward the Islamic State militants currently wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria. [HuffPo]

It can be heard for miles – a bellowing from the Louisville Zoo. But it’s not a lion or large animal making the sound. The animals causing all the noise are only about three feet tall. [WAVE3]

The Justice Department and immigrant-rights attorneys clashed before a federal judge in Seattle on Wednesday — a case dramatizing the split personality in the Obama administration over the question of providing counsel to child migrants faced with deportation hearings. [Politico]

Teddy Abrams has arrived. The 27-year-old new music director of the Louisville Orchestra opens the orchestra’s season Saturday with the annual Fanfara gala performance. [WFPL]

Moms Demand Action is launching what it describes as its first ad campaign against a corporate gun policy. The group, a campaign of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, is running print and digital “homepage takeover” ads in half-a-dozen newspapers criticizing the gun policy at grocery retail chain the Kroger Co. [WaPo]

A Clark County prosecutor says anyone caught vandalizing the Big Four Bridge shouldn’t expect any sympathy from his office. [Business First]

Looks like Home Depot stores in the metro area were hit by credit card hackers. [Consumerist]

The Clark County Redevelopment Commission voted 4-0 with one abstention to pay up to $500,000 for environmental and surveying work to establish the route for a proposed road connecting Ind. 62 near the River Ridge Commerce Center to the Clark County Regional Airport. [News & Tribune]

Greg Fischer: He’s The Opposite Of Transparent

The city of Jeffersonville is changing its plans for a marina that’s been vacant since the first of the year, after construction bids were more expensive than expected. [WDRB]

Chris declined to comment if Kindred had asked the city for financial incentives to assist its project. Because he can’t be caught being transparent with taxpayers and his former employer, the paper, can never be caught pressing him to open up. [C-J/AKN]

An infant was shot and killed and another person was injured after a shooting in the 110 block of South 37th Street, close to Market Street. [WHAS11]

Lexington hopes to have its first “Housing First” program that would provide permanent housing to about 20 homeless people by the end of the year. [H-L]

Local organizations met Wednesday at the VA Medical Center on Zorn Avenue to find ways to help homeless veterans in Louisville. [WLKY]

Lexington is apparently one of the ten cities with the highest quality of life. [HuffPo]

It was called Frost Middle School, one of Jefferson County’s most low performing schools, but that all is gone. In its place is the new Robert Frost 6th Grade Academy. [WAVE3]

Cowboy boots and denim jeans. That’s all that was new here Tuesday as Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes squared off before more than 500 at the Red, White and Blue Picnic on the grounds of the Daviess County Courthouse in sweltering, mid-90 degree heat. [Ronnie Ellis]

On Tuesday, Jeffersonville unveiled large-scale, wood models of the first piece commissioned by a community, civic and private initiative focused on developing public art in the Southern Indiana city. [WFPL]

“There’s only one thing Barack Obama needs to keep his grip on power,” Mitch McConnell said, his voice cracking amid the applause. “He needs the U.S. Senate!” [NY Times]

Ghislain d’Humieres, the director of the Speed Art Museum, has seen how the other half lives through many trips abroad. [Business First]

With a promise of 82 jobs to be added over the next three years, the New Albany City Council approved tax abatements for three companies . [News & Tribune]

How Many People Actually Use Bike Lanes?

The Louisville Bats Baseball Club will donate more than $6,800 to Kosair Children’s Hospital, the beneficiary of the first ever Star Wars Night held on Sunday, July 27 at Louisville Slugger Field. [WDRB]

Dr. Forest Arnold worries about the growing menace of CRE — a deadly superbug that preys on hospitalized patients and kills about half who get bloodstream infections. [C-J/AKN]

A federal appeals judge hearing arguments about gay marriage bans in four states says “it doesn’t look like the sky has fallen in” in other states that allow same-sex marriage. [WHAS11]

Just days after Democrats scrambled to disavow a political consultant’s comments about the ethnicity of former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, she is starring in a new ad on behalf of her husband, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. [H-L]

At least three men — and possibly more suspects — have been arrested in connection with a string of robberies at fast food restaurants and a pharmacy in Louisville. [WLKY]

Three third-graders from the Chicago suburbs were the force behind a new law that increases penalties for animal abuse. [HuffPo]

TARC once again will make it easier for some people to get to the Kentucky State Fair this year. [WAVE3]

The inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finds Medicare spent tens of millions of dollars in 2012 for HIV drugs there’s little evidence patients needed. A 77-year-old woman with no record of HIV got $33,500 of medication. [ProPublica]

Louisville has a preliminary count on the number of commuters who use one of the city’s newest bike lanes on any given weekday. [WFPL]

Want to read the most scandalous Louisville Metro Animal Services story yet? Have at it. The worst in eight years of our LMAS coverage. Everyone from Greg Fischer on down are to blame and should be prosecuted. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The numbers aren’t final yet, but it looks like the Louisville Orchestra will have a surplus of about $20,000 for fiscal 2014, which ended May 31. [Business First]

Big Four Station’s projected fall opening finally has a date attached to it. Contractors for the park said construction will be complete Oct. 1, City Engineer Andy Crouch said at the Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission meeting Wednesday. [News & Tribune]

UofL Continues To Play A Game Of Secrecy

It’s Louisville’s signature event of the summer — but before Forecastle music rumbles the Ohio River, we’re hearing sounds of setup and seeing what makes this year’s festival bigger than ever. [WDRB]

Pretty sure we were the first to tell you GE was in talks to sell its appliance business. [C-J/AKN]

Medical emergency runs in Louisville are getting a second look while city and suburban fire chiefs negotiate over money. [WHAS11]

A lawyer asked the public Wednesday not to rush to judgment in the case of a young Western Kentucky woman accused of killing her 5-year-old son by poisoning him with salt, but he offered no details in her defense. Lacey Spears of Scottsville, Ky., in Allen County, “looks forward to her day in court and the opportunity to challenge the allegations,” attorney Stephen Riebling said after a brief court session. [H-L]

Police said they have two people in custody after three downtown Louisville banks within a block of each other were robbed Wednesday afternoon. [WLKY]

Jimmy Russell grew up along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, so it was a foregone conclusion that he would one day go to work for a distillery, just like his father had. [Fast Company]

The YMCA of Greater Louisville has teamed with Jefferson County Public Schools to provide swim lessons for hundreds of children who might not otherwise have access. [WAVE3]

In October of 2011, Jeromy Coots helped transport the lifeless body of his older brother out of the coal mine where they’d worked together in eastern Kentucky. Richard Coots, just 23 years old, had been crushed to death by a piece of mining machinery below ground. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville is still fighting to keep emails, memos and other notes related to a high-profile financial audit cloaked from public view. [WFPL]

Are you a generous person or someone who loves animals? Help Jackson the Dachshund out ASAP, as he needs surgery! Jessica has been a tireless advocate for years and has definitely given more than she’s received. Let’s all pitch in. [Go Fund Me!]

A Louisville Metro Council committee has postponed making a recommendation about three companies’ proposals to bring fiber Internet service to Louisville. [Business First]

The Clark County Commissioners and County Council are working on untangling some crossed wires that have caused numerous recent communication issues between the two bodies. [News & Tribune]

These Awful Shootings & Stabbings Need To End

Louisville police chief Steve Conrad says if you want to keep the city safe, you have to pay for it. And that’s why he wants an additional $7 million. [WDRB]

Woah, mob violence overtime cost the city almost a million dollars. But at least people are going back downtown. [C-J/AKN & More C-J/AKN]

The University of Kentucky’s operating budget will hit two milestones in the upcoming fiscal year — its total will reach $3 billion for the first time and state support will slip below 10 percent for the first time. [H-L]

We all wish surveys like this meant more for Louisville than they actually do. [Governing]

When will these crazy ass shootings stop here in Possibility City? [WHAS11]

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal law seeking to improve accountability for environmental spills and pollution can be circumvented by certain kinds of state laws. [NPR]

Louisville isn’t content with daily shootings. Gotta start with the daily stabbings. [WLKY]

The number of sex offenses reported at American colleges and universities went up in the last decade even as overall campus crime decreased, according to an Education Department survey that also suggests high schools are safer than they used to be. [HuffPo]

This summer, several dozen JCPS schools began serving breakfast and lunch free of charge as part of the district’s Summer Food Service program. [WAVE3]

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Muhammad Ali is renewing his ties with the African country where he won his epic “Rumble in the Jungle” fight 40 years ago. The Muhammad Ali Center has announced plans for a Sept. 20 benefit concert marking the anniversary of the bout. [WFPL]

Will 2014 be the hottest year on record? As the odds on El Niño keep rising, so does the chance of a disturbing new global temperature high. [Mother Jones]

This year’s Forecastle Festival will be using a lot more of Waterfront Park. [Business First]

New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey hasn’t located any city ordinances that restrict vehicle weight, though he said Tuesday he would support working with local officials on such restriction measures. [News & Tribune]

Fischer Content With Living In Fantasy World

A Louisville non-profit says the mayor’s proposed budget cuts its funding by more than $13,000. They say it’s money that could mean the difference between life and death. [WDRB]

Greg Fischer says the LG&E fee compromise will cause pain. What planet is this man living on? As if the original proposal wasn’t even worse for the average citizen? Message to Greg: Stop listening to the mega-wealthy people you surround yourself with. Most people can’t afford to pay an extra couple hundred bucks per year to cover your every whim and want. You walk into disaster after disaster with your foot in your mouth and look more like an out-of-touch fool each time. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville’s Forecastle Festival made the list of must-see summer music according to Vogue. [WHAS11]

About two dozen people attended a $1,000-a-plate breakfast in January for a U.S. Senate candidate from Kentucky. They gathered at the Washington lobbying firm Podesta Group, founded by Democratic power brokers Tony and John Podesta, the latter of whom advises President Barack Obama on climate change policy, including last week’s proposed greenhouse gas restrictions. [John Cheves]

A driver was shot while driving along Interstate 265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) on Saturday. [WLKY]

The federal judge who struck down Wisconsin’s gay marriage ban thinks state officials have a thing or two to learn about the history of marriage as a social institution. [HuffPo]

For all the races Saturday at Churchill Downs, there was one horse people couldn’t get off their minds. [WAVE3]

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From the Department of Things That Are Just For Show… Joined by dozens of residents and elected officials, the Jefferson County Republican Party opened new headquarters in west Louisville on Saturday in an effort to better reach black voters. [WFPL]

The Triple Crown drought continues as California Chrome failed to win the Belmont Stakes. [HuffPo]

Officials from Louisville-based Norton Healthcare Inc. and the University of Louisville have been meeting in the last week for mediation related to the dispute about Kosair Children’s Hospital. [Business First]

A large downtown hotel and retail development project could be in jeopardy, following concerns of a sewer board member about a pipe proposed to run underneath the development. [News & Tribune]

Way Too Much JCPS News To Rehash Today

On Tuesday, the Fund for the Arts Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve Christen Boone as Designate President and CEO of the Fund for the Arts, according to a news release. [WDRB]

They prayed, they sang, they held up signs and they made demands — for an end to zero tolerance policies in Jefferson County Public Schools that have resulted in 9,093 suspensions so far this year — 68 percent of them of students who are black. [C-J/AKN]

Since the shysters at No Kill Louisville continue to play pat-a-cake, it’s time to release banking documents former board members and whistleblowers have handed over as part of our ongoing investigation into the non-profit. [The ‘Ville Voice]

The Jefferson County Public Schools board is exploring the option to close Myers Middle School in Hikes Point next school year, but many parents said they are unhappy with that option. [WHAS11]

A group of University of Kentucky students are continuing their fight against the administration’s decision to outsource the school’s dining services. On Monday, about five UK-United Students Against Sweatshops held a protest outside the Administration Building before holding a sit-in at UK President Eli Capilouto’s office. [H-L]

Another day, another fun shooting in Possibility Compassionate City. [WLKY]

A committee of state lawmakers wants the Energy and Environment Cabinet to explain apparent inconsistencies between its position and that of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency on a new regulation governing how much selenium mining operations may release into Kentucky streams. [Ronnie Ellis]

A group of Jefferson County Public Schools students have teamed with a Louisville organization to bring safe, pure water to children clear across the world. [WAVE3]

An ordinance on sign usage in Clarksville that was before the town council Monday night had at least one council member concerned. [News & Tribune]

Many investors and analysts will be taking a close look at Churchill Downs Inc.’s casino business when the company reports its financial results for the first quarter late Wednesday. [Business First]

Who knew that those old concert flyers you’ve been holding onto since high school could be important? [WFPL]

KentuckyOne Lives Up To The Negative Predictions

Whether it’s from an asthma attack, drug overdose or cardiac arrest, patients having difficulty breathing will no longer be cared for by respiratory therapists at three Louisville-area emergency rooms as a result of the recent layoffs at KentuckyOne Health. [WDRB]

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth is calling for an investigation into the VA’s purchase of land for a new Louisville hospital following a newspaper report that found the agency paid 31 percent more than the parcel’s initial appraisal price. [C-J/AKN]

We can’t wait for the rest of Kentucky to learn about all of the craziness that is Hal Heiner. We may have liked him more than Greg Fischer but that’s only because he was less boring. When put up against people with experience and actual sense, he turns out to be just another washed up old rich guy. [WHAS11]

As Hal Heiner pushes his right-wing homeschool failure effort, otherwise known as charter schools, things like this continue to happen. [WaPo]

The Forecastle Festival returns this summer led by hip hop royalty, Outkast; 21st century rocker, Jack White; and alt-rock renaissance man, Beck. [WLKY]

Barzun has been a breath of fresh air since he took up the position six months ago, tweeting, instagramming, and opening up the guestlist at his parties to the cutting edge of cool. [London Evening Standard]

They’re known for their vehicles, but Tuesday members of the Ford Motor Company Fund centered attention on Jefferson County Public Schools. [WAVE3]

Six state Transportation Cabinet employees received disciplinary notices after an investigation found abusive behavior at the Lee County highway garage, including crew members repeatedly being hit in the testicles. This is why we pay so much attention to KYTC. [H-L]

Here’s perpetually gay-panicked Bob Damron lying out his rear end about 70% of people opposing gay marriage. And a pro-tip regarding that poll: they’re not verified voters – they’re merely asked if they’re registered to vote. [WFPL]

People are getting upset over this and wringing their hands like it’s the end of the world. With plans to open a long-sought new location in the Highlands, Louisville ice cream maven Tim Koons-McGee wanted to build up suspense. [Business First]

By getting a one-year extension for wetlands mitigation at the Clark-Floyd Landfill, Clark County avoided having to contract with a company to move earth at the landfill. [News & Tribune]