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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Compassionate City Strikes Once Again!

Compassionate City! An eight-year-old boy witnessed his mother’s murder on Mother’s Day. [WDRB]

With a playground, splash pad, restrooms, covered stage area and grassy event lawn, Clarksville Gateway Park took just under a year and nearly $2 million to bring to life. [C-J/AKN]

This is what counts as education coverage for WHAS – two sentences. JCPS is eliminating more than two dozen jobs in the central office in an effort to slash nearly $3 million from the budget. [WHAS11]

A new study by University of Kentucky researchers contends that there is a strong relationship between suspensions and the racial achievement gap between black students and white students. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Indiana State Police are investigating a death of an inmate who was found asphyxiated in her cell over the weekend and her family welcomes the investigation. [WLKY]

Donald Trump likes giving nicknames to his enemies, but now he’s got a couple of his own. “He is the ugly American,” former Mexican president Vicente Fox said in an interview on the Kickass Politics podcast. “He is the hated gringo because he’s attacking all of us. He’s offending all of us.” [HuffPo]

Tolls for RiverLink, the all-electronic tolling system, will be based on the height of the vehicle and the number of axles it has. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump says he thinks he can win the general election, even if the Republican Party does not unify to support his candidacy. [ABC News]

Todd Boston spends his workdays hammering on horse hooves. The farrier fits fresh shoes on horses. And this Derby Week, he’s one of hundreds of workers — trainers, holders, cleaners — milling about in the track’s backside stables, making sure the high-priced horses are ready to race. [WFPL]

Including a Kentuckian from Henderson. President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 58 more federal prisoners Thursday, seeking to add momentum to his drive to allow earlier releases of men and women serving lengthy terms for drug offenses. [Politico & Press Release]

Turning Point Brands Inc., a company that deals in tobacco and related products such as Zig-Zag rolling papers, Beech-Nut chewing tobacco, cigar products and moist snuff, is on its way to becoming Louisville’s next publicly traded company. [Business First]

Two incumbents and four others, including a political newcomer, advanced in the race for Floyd County Council At-large Tuesday night. Three candidates from each party moved on to the November general election, where voters will elect three of the six. [News & Tribune]

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New Fischer-MSD Slap Fight Under Way

This story is a little bit insane. Officials say the body of a woman missing since February has been located. Family members told WDRB News they found Fox’s body in her home Monday. [WDRB]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Hugh Cochran, driving a classic 1940s black sedan, clasped his hands over his head in a celebratory handshake in November 1946 as he became the first person to cross the Louisville Municipal/Clark Memorial Bridge for free between Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Mayor Greg Fischer wants the Metropolitan Sewer District to change their plans for a storage basin in Smoketown. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky Senate will vote Wednesday on its two-year spending plan for the state, which will provide money to state universities and community colleges based on performance, Senate President Robert Stivers said Monday night. [H-L]

Metro police hope a Louisville cold case will heat back up on the two-year anniversary of a woman’s slaying. [WLKY]

Ted Cruz called for the United States to “empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” Leaving aside the blatant violations of civil and human rights, namely due process, what would that even look like? Try to imagine your local sheriff’s department picking and choosing streets to patrol based on the (perceived) religious identity of the residents. [HuffPo]

Okay… what? What is this latest mess from John Boel about dog bites? Is it all hype? Because that’s what it seems like. Everything with him is exaggerated to be some damn epidemic. [WAVE3]

Coal’s days are numbered as the dominant energy source and utility companies had better be ready to deploy other sources, a top electric company official said Monday. [Ashland Independent]

State regulators are continuing to monitor an Eastern Kentucky creek that ran red due to mine discharge over the weekend, though they say it wasn’t responsible for dead fish and turtles reported in the area. [WFPL]

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a lower court judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging gun control laws approved by Colorado in the wake of a movie theater massacre in a Denver suburb, saying the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the case. [Reuters]

If you like the quirkier side of sports reporting, chances are you know the answer to those questions, courtesy of ESPN anchor and feature reporter Kenny Mayne. Mayne will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival They’re Off! luncheon. The event, the official kickoff to the annual festival, is set for Friday, April 22 at The Galt House in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

How to handle out-of-district transfer students, who to accept, when to notify parents and other particulars of policy surrounding those children were discussed at Thursday’s meeting of West Clark Community Schools’ board of trustees. [News & Tribune]

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JCPS Buses & Pedestrians Finally Collide

On Thursday morning, the Kentucky Derby Festival issued a statement in response to the claims made by the Kentucky Dance and Step Alliance. [WDRB]

In response to the Kentucky Derby Festival’s rejection of a West End dance group’s request to join the Pegasus Parade, the group and community leaders said Thursday they plan to hold a separate heritage parade. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The political storm in Shepherdsville has spilled over into the community. Two council members, Larry Hatfield and Bernie Brown, have been advised from their attorney not to attend any city council meetings for the time being following the lawsuit they filed with the city about the legal process in which the new mayor was hired. [WHAS11]

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has lost his bid to defend a state law designed to protect life insurance benefits. [H-L]

Woah, woah, woah. Someone is messing with the space-time continuum. A pedestrian accident involving a JCPS bus! [WLKY]

President Barack Obama unleashed Thursday on Republicans who blame him for the rise of Donald Trump, noting that they are the ones who have fed the anger and worst instincts of their base throughout this administration. [HuffPo]

But wait… Here’s yet another pedestrian accident involving a child. [WAVE3]

Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered into the Middle Eastern abyss and stepped back from the consuming void—began with a thundering speech given on Obama’s behalf by his secretary of state, John Kerry, in Washington, D.C. The subject of Kerry’s uncharacteristically Churchillian remarks, delivered in the Treaty Room at the State Department, was the gassing of civilians by the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad. [The Atlantic]

Kentuckians have judged their own health in the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. The biggest group of respondents—43 percent—reported their health as “very good or excellent.” The percentage of adults who said their health was either “good” or “fair or poor” was pretty close at 26 percent and 31 percent, respectively. [WFPL]

Eric O’Grey knew he was in trouble. His weight had ballooned to 320 pounds, and he was spending more than $1,000 a month on medications for high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. [NPR]

When tolls go into effect later this year on several of the area’s bridges, frequent drivers can get a reduced rate. But businesses won’t be eligible for a discount. [Business First]

Hoosiers are showing their state pride as communities across the state find unique ways to celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial. [News & Tribune]

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Surprise! Local Repubs Love The Racist

Before she retired, Fay Allen regularly drove from her home in Jeffersonville to her job in downtown Louisville. She estimates she now makes about 10 trips a month across the Ohio River, mostly for volunteer work. [WDRB]

A day before his twins’ sixth birthday celebration, Donald Mattingly Jr., 36, was riddled with bullets. Nine months later, his killer remains free, as do those responsible for nearly half of the homicides in Louisville last year. [C-J/AKN]

Landscape awards don’t matter when your administration is a walking disaster. [WHAS11]

Donald Trump won a tight battle with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in Kentucky’s Republican presidential caucus late Saturday night. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Residents in one Fern Creek neighborhood are stepping up security after Metro police found a handful of belongings that were stolen. [WLKY]

Talk about breaking barriers in the world of fried chicken. [HuffPo]

Customers inside the Walgreens on the Outer Loop left in shock Thursday after a woman, upset over her transaction, started punching and biting the clerk. [WAVE3]

Heads-up, Louisville Metro Government. When homeless people cluster and set up stable tent camps, most American cities eventually send garbage men, cops, and social workers to tear the camps down, kick out the occupants, and even destroy their belongings. But in Indianapolis, such encampments are now protected from the sudden, destructive approach that so many other cities use to break up unsightly homeless communities. [ThinkProgress]

A Louisville Metro Council committee is shuttling a proposed surplus spending plan on to the full council for final approval. [WFPL]

A Louisville House Democrat filed two bills Monday in an attempt to block Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to dismantle the state health exchange, kynect, and revamp how Kentucky delivers Medicaid. [The Morehead News]

A new rail yard on in Jeffersonville will serve as a transfer and loading terminal for Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co. [Business First]

The New Albany City Council will introduce two ordinances and one resolution at Monday’s meeting. [News & Tribune]

Another Shooting, Another Pedestrian Struck

Another day, another shooting in Compassionate City. One person was found shot in the Hazelwood neighborhood Thursday afternoon, according to Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley. [WDRB]

We’ve been saying it since 2008 but people only care now because of a sex scandal. Jim Ramsey and his circle of pals are the reason the University of Louisville is not moving forward. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It was the statement made by Jody Prather on Tuesday that turned the gears of discussion on moving forward without President Jim Ramsey. After the meeting, Ramsey was asked whether or not he intended to stay at his job, he responded with “I don’t know.” [WHAS11]

The winter holidays left Brown-Forman, the Louisville-based parent of Jack Daniel’s and Woodford Reserve, a little blue. [H-L]

Another day, another pedestrian struck in Compassionate City. A portion of Shelbyville Road was closed in both directions after a pedestrian was struck Thursday morning. [WLKY]

Sixty Republican national security heavyweights vow in an open letter released late Wednesday to work “energetically” to prevent GOP front-runner Donald Trump from winning the party’s nomination. [HuffPo]

Several step and dance teams say their applications were denied and they are concerned about a lack of minority representation in this years parade Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. [WAVE3]

General Electric Co said its proposed deal to sell its appliance business to China’s Haier Group for $5.4 billion had received approval from U.S. anti-trust authorities. [Reuters]

A bill introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly would change the relationship between Louisville Metro government and suburban cities when it comes to waste management. It could also chip away at county-wide initiatives such as a ban on plastic yard waste bags. [WFPL]

A Louisville House Democrat filed two bills Monday in an attempt to block Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to dismantle the state health exchange, kynect, and revamp how Kentucky delivers Medicaid. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Ohio River Bridges project on Monday shared images of new transponder devices that local motorists will use once the RiverLink bridge tolling system takes effect late this year. [Business First]

The official groundbreaking was held in October, but the real work on the new Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park begins next month. [News & Tribune]

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Really, Indiana? The Lewis & Clark Bridge?

This is silly, Indiana. We already have a Clark-named bridge. [WDRB]

Citing self-dealing, thefts, conflicts of interests and other embarrassments and scandals, dissident members of the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees called for a vote of no-confidence Tuesday in embattled President James Ramsey. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another murder. Another day, another murder. Another day, another murder. [WHAS11]

Here’s your chance to redirect tax dollars to backward-ass religious “schools” that discriminate and focus on profit over education. As expected, Republican state lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow public charter schools in Kentucky, including a pilot program in Fayette County. [H-L]

New numbers show February was a big month for automakers. Ford Motor Company said its sales rose 20 percent from one year ago. [WLKY]

Voters in 13 states and one U.S. territory made their presidential picks on Super Tuesday 2016. Just a reminder in case you got drunk and blanked out for a day or so. [HuffPo]

After nearly four hours, the Bullitt County Fiscal Court tabled the decision on the budget for the Bullitt County Sheriff. [WAVE3]

Unlike many films about reporters, “Spotlight” accurately depicts the frustrations and joys of breaking a big story, from the drudgery of spreadsheets to the electric thrill of revelatory interviews. [ProPublica]

Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon will charge the University of Louisville as much as $125,000 for an audit examining its governance structure, he said in a recent letter to U of L President James Ramsey. [WFPL]

The United States has the most advanced health care in the world. There are gleaming medical centers across the country where doctors cure cancers, transplant organs and bring people back from near death. [NPR]

Why did Jeff Ruby “ban” Donald Trump from his Louisville restaurant? Publicity. [Business First]

After 30 years of serving summer treats at the corner of Country Club Drive and Graybrook Lane in New Albany, Mom & Pop’s Cone Corner looks like it is closing for good. [News & Tribune]