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The principal of Stuart Middle School has been reassigned and transferred to Central High School as an assistant principal. [WDRB]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The University of Louisville announced Thursday that it’s kicking off a capital fundraising campaign for its previously announced plans to expand Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. [C-J/AKN]

Labor leaders at Brown-Forman have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the spirits maker of unfair labor practices. [WHAS11]

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has formed a task force to advise him on what to do about a controversial mural in Memorial Hall. [H-L]

Another day, yet another JCPS bus crash. Everyone is numb to news like this. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama has said that a college degree “has never been more valuable.” But if you borrow to finance your degree, the immediate returns are the lowest they’ve been in at least a generation, new data show. [HuffPo]

In just a few short months, tolls across WAVE Country will be a reality. The price will range from $1 to $4 per way for everyday drivers, but getting that discounted rate may be harder than you think. [WAVE3]

Marlow Cook may forever be remembered by Louisvillians as the Jefferson County Executive who purchased the Belle of Louisville, but I remember him not only as my first boss, but also as someone who directly and significantly shaped my life and the lives of so many in public life [John Yarmuth]

The Louisville Metro Council will soon consider measures to streamline the process for bringing ultra-fast Internet access, including a plan to condense the franchise-granting authority of Jefferson County’s suburban cities for communication services into one entity. [WFPL]

In Kentucky, more men than women die pedestrian deaths. [Click the Clicky]

Jim Ramsey knows his days at the University of Louisville are numbered. [Business First]k

Clarksville has decided not to open its pool this year due to ongoing renovations. That decision should reap benefits for New Albany’s River Fun Water Park. [News & Tribune]

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Pay Attention To The Homeless Count!

For more than a decade, elected leaders in Louisville and Southern Indiana have urged Norfolk Southern Corp. to consider opening part of the K&I Bridge over the Ohio River to walkers and cyclists. [WDRB]

Every year, hundreds of volunteers bundle up and head to hotels, emergency shelters, camps and soup kitchens, determined to answer two questions: how many people are homeless in the Louisville area and who are they? [C-J/AKN]

If you didn’t know, your new governor is a hot garbage fire. [WHAS11]

A problem in the solicitation to build a high-speed broadband network across Kentucky has jeopardized funding for the project, a top administration official said Thursday. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! He was a pioneer: A civil rights lawyer who became Jefferson County’s first African-American Circuit Court judge. Benjamin Shobe died Friday at a local hospital. []

Both the Democratic and Republican races are close contests in Iowa, and pollsters say surprises are likely. [HuffPo]

A trial date has been set for a former gun shop owner who is charged with murder after two brothers were shot in a Valley Station parking lot. [WAVE3]

Most of the time when we talk about homelessness, big cities come to mind. But about seven percent of homeless people live in rural areas, where access to help is much harder to come by. [NPR]

Former Kentucky state Sen. Georgia Powers has died. Powers was the first African-American and first woman elected to the Kentucky Senate, where she served for 21 years beginning in 1968. [WFPL]

The United States is still lagging the world in the rollout of broadband. Look at the map and you’ll hate people like Brett Guthrie, Jim Waters and anyone associated with them even more than you already do. You’ll rage against just about any telecom-tied lobbyist you can think of after seeing it. Disgusting. [The Register]

We got to talking about lots of different economic development topics this morning at The Pointe in Butchertown. [Business First]

Attorney Amy Wheatley can’t help but laugh at her newfound reputation as being the first attorney to use the Clark County Clerk’s new e-filing system. As only one of two counties in Indiana to switch to electronic filing, Clark County and Wheatley share a similar claim to fame. [News & Tribune]

Bridge Tolls Are Coming. Freak Out.

Elizabethtown Police are investigating an early morning homicide. [WDRB]

A coalition of transportation advocates is pressuring the city to be more transparent about its application for a $50 million award to revolutionize roadways. [C-J/AKN]

The scene of a crash on Watterson Trail between Stone Bluff Road and Hurstbourne Parkway involving a JCPS school bus, #0853, has cleared. [WHAS11]

Food prices in Kentucky fell by 7.5 percent last year, according to the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s quarterly Marketbasket Survey. [H-L]

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?! [WLKY]

Donald Trump may be about to do something that has never been done in the modern presidential nominating era: Win a state primary without a single endorsement from a member of Congress. [HuffPo]

Sandra Mae Frank, a young woman from the Bluegrass, is making quite a mark on the Great White Way. [WAVE3]

If FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has his way, most people who subscribe to cable will stop paying a monthly fee to rent a set-top box from their provider. [NPR]

The chief executive of Aetna is optimistic about the future of the company and Louisville following the planned sale of Humana. [WFPL]

Reaction to Gov. Matt Bevin’s first budget proposal was mixed with Republicans approving and Democratic lawmakers asking for more details and expressing concerns. [The Morehead News]

When Kentucky and Indiana transportation officials debuted the new RiverLink brudge tolling system in November, they promised there would be plenty of discussion ahead on how the tolling system works. The system is a financing mechanism for the Ohio River Bridges Project, which will be completed later this year. [Business First]

An order banning weapons at the Clarksville Municipal Building is back on the table. [News & Tribune]

A Rich Neighborhood Is Fun & Fancy

Louisville’s best kept white flight secret that no one can afford to live in or visit, maybe. Seems convenient to trot out after a bit of bad news. [WDRB]

Everybody is freaking out about the latest Jefferson County Public Schools budget. [C-J/AKN]

40 days of peace. In a row. In Louisville. HAHAHAHA. [WHAS11]

Officials are preparing for the complete closure of an Ohio River bridge at Louisville to allow construction crews to make improvements to the 52-year-old bridge. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A new exhibit at the Muhammad Ali Center, called ‘Selma to Montgomery,’ is paying tribute to civil rights leaders that made an impact for voting rights in the 1960s. [WLKY]

The Obama administration, in the first major review of the country’s coal program in three decades, on Friday ordered a pause on issuing coal-mining leases on federal land as part of new executive actions to fight climate change. [HuffPo]

Let’s all act as if Rick Pitino isn’t looking for a way out. It’ll be fun. [WAVE3]

The McConathy Farm Rescue Team has rescued nearly 60 horses to date and recently took in seven horses between the ages of two and 10 from a farm in Lawrenceburg. [WKYT]

Louisville business and political leaders say the planned sale of General Electric’s appliance business to the Chinese company Haier is potentially a positive development for the city’s economy. [WFPL]

The United States on Saturday lifted sanctions against Iran and announced that four Americans held prisoner in the country will be returning home, in a whirlwind day of diplomacy that cements President Obama’s engagement with Iran as a pillar of his legacy. [The Hill]

Louisville needs about 3,700 workers in the health care sector, according to a third-quarter 2015 report from KentuckianaWorks, the city’s workforce development board. [Business First]

Clark County is up and running with a new software system to be used on planning and zoning projects. [News & Tribune]

Awful Jim Ramsey-UofL Soap Opera

All the sudden we’re just supposed to trust that Metro Animal Services is going to solve this dog shooting problem? Just like that? What the heck kind of short memory does this city even have? [WDRB]

Raising the stakes for University of Louisville President James Ramsey, two members of the board of trustees announced Thursday that they no longer support his presidency while the board’s chairman said he favors reducing the president’s powers. Don’t forget that Greenberg has never cared about Ramsey in the past. Not during any number of other scandals. Fascinating to see this turn. [C-J/AKN]

The Kennedy Bridge is shutting down for half a year and everyone is losing their mind. [WHAS11]

Louisville-based Brown-Forman announced on Thursday it is selling the Southern Comfort label, as well as Tuaca liqueur to New Orleans-based Sazerac, owner of Buffalo Trace, for a combined $543.5 million. [H-L]

The men police say brutally beat a woman and then dumped her body in a shallow grave faced a judge Thursday. [WLKY]

A former federal regulator and Elizabeth Warren acolyte who has repeatedly questioned the Obama administration’s treatment of student loan borrowers just took a job with the Department of Education. [HuffPo]

Tyler Russell was pronounced dead at University Hospital after being shot near the intersection of 20th Street and Market Street around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday. [WAVE3]

President Barack Obama has vigorously defended his legacy while striking an optimistic note for America’s future in his final State of the Union address. [BBC]

St. Matthews City Council members are distancing themselves from that city’s police department claim that juvenile crime is spiking in the Louisville suburb. [WFPL]

Mitch McConnell’s life mission is to do anything and everything to be a roadblock for President Barack Obama. Even if that means screwing over his constituents. Because most of them are too disconnected and scared to notice. [Politico]

How much do you know about Kentucky Towers, Barrington Place and Crescent Centre? They think stories like this are worth paying for and they wonder why they’re still dying. [Business First]

City Controller Amy Deering is stepping down from her position with the city of Jeffersonville and taking a job with Louisville Metropolitan Government, said Mayor Mike Moore. [News & Tribune]

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Donna Hargens Is Now In Meltdown Mode

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Donna Hargens is right when she says Jefferson County Public Schools are not in a crisis. She’s in a crisis. Of her own making. [WDRB]

When the Ohio River Bridges Project and Spaghetti Junction were redesigned in 2011 to trim $1.5 billion from the project budget, Louisville waterfront officials lost a chance to add up to 40 acres to Waterfront Park, widely viewed as a community gateway. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Jefferson County Public Schools approved a measure Monday evening that will have more students college and career ready. [WHAS11]

Kentucky legislators, who often call for greater transparency from the struggling state employee pension system, keep their own retirement accounts in a much better-financed system that publicly offers no information about itself. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Two murders in four days. It was the deadliest weekend in recent memory, in what police say has been the deadliest year in the city since 1979. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the newly passed international climate change agreement as a major achievement that could help turn the tide on global warming, but got a quick reminder that Republicans will fight it all the way. So of course Mitch McConnell lost his mind. [HuffPo]

In it’s seventh year, Big Momma’s Soul Kitchen is worried they may not be able to keep up their annual tradition of free Christmas dinner for hundreds in Louisville. [WAVE3]

“Facts matter, science matters, data matters. That’s what this hearing is about.” That’s how Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the chairman of the Senate’s Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, began a Monday hearing he called about the reality of human-caused climate change. Cruz — who is also running for president — does not believe that human-caused climate change is real, which he made clear at Monday’s hearing. He did not make it clear that 97 percent of climate scientists disagree with him, but such is life in the U.S. Senate, where 70 percent of Republicans largely side with Cruz. [ThinkProgress]

Recently, I spent a week in Germany studying the country’s energy transition. Elected officials and businesses there have committed the country to aggressive renewable energy goals during the past couple decades; meanwhile, they’ve also mandated phase-outs for nuclear and coal-fired power plants. [WFPL]

Looking to improve Medicaid managed care for all Kentuckians, House Speaker Greg Stumbo pre-filed legislation that would end unnecessary delays in Medicaid payments to healthcare providers and recipients while setting a baseline limit on how much money must be spent on care on Friday. [Floyd County Times]

Yum! Brands Inc. CEO Greg Creed said he wasn’t shocked by yesterday’s downgrade from Standard & Poor’s Rating Service that cut his company’s debt rating to junk status. [Business First]

The Jeffersonville City Council At-large race recount is on a temporary hiatus. The recount, which started Saturday around 9:30 a.m., was put on halt around 5 p.m. after four of the 30 precincts had been counted, said Larry Wilder, attorney for the Republican candidates. [News & Tribune]

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JCPS Is Turning Into LMAS. No Joke.

JCPS has hired O’Dell Henderson to be the district’s new director of labor management and employee relations amid an open investigation involving him and the director of Louisville Metro Animal Services. Now the Animal Services messes are moving to JCPS. This city is screwed up. [WDRB]

Louisville is beginning to take significant action on affordable housing, but more needs to be done to make sure the city is in compliance with recent federal changes to avoid fair housing violations against protected classes, according to the 2015 State of Metropolitan Housing Coalition. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s amazing how technology can change someone’s life. Translation: UofL needs some positive spin in local media. [WHAS11]

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali on Wednesday criticized Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, calling on Muslims “to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda.” [H-L]

A new movement aims to give local teenagers and young adults alternatives to crime and violence. [WLKY]

How can a small nation of just 330,000 people, located in the middle of the North Atlantic, be fully self-sufficient when it comes to energy for house heating? And not just independent — but with 99% of it’s energy production renewable. [HuffPo]

A JCPS employee and the mother of two students are accused in a lawsuit by the mother of another student who was allegedly bullied and beaten at school. [WAVE3]

Wanna see what went down with Adam Edelen’s audit of West Buechel? [External PDF Link]

Across the Atlantic Ocean, governments and businesses are taking big steps toward renewable energy. Their transition could provide lessons for Kentucky. [WFPL]

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MozzaPi LLC, a food-truck and catering service, plans to open a bricks-and-mortar restaurant. [Business First]

See the journey of the Ohio River Bridges Project, from the first call for its initiative to the final completion of the Abraham Lincoln Bridge. [News & Tribune]