Everybody’s Excited For Big Toll Drama

Drivers will have roughly two months to challenge tolls believed to be charged incorrectly on Ohio River bridges, under rules approved Friday by a state transportation panel. [WDRB]

She had no prior record, but Alexandra Arnold, 21, of Carrollton is serving 10 years in prison for manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro Police are investigating a fatal shooting just west of downtown. This marks Louisville’s 92nd homicide for 2016. [WHAS11]

The race for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat features two self-proclaimed foreign policy realists who have vastly different opinions about how the U.S. should engage in the world. [H-L]

Louisville metro police are investigating a shooting in the California neighborhood. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s troubled campaign has seen an incredible exodus in support over the past week. After footage released last week showed him bragging about groping women, more than a dozen members of Congress withdrew their endorsements. Others, who’d previously stayed neutral in the race, called for the Republican presidential nominee to drop out. [HuffPo]

Kentucky colleges will soon get money previously cut from the state’s budget by Governor Matt Bevin. [WAVE3]

Jim Gray spent Saturday criss-crossing a swath of Kentucky between Louisville and Ashland looking for votes in his uphill battle to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. [Ronnie Ellis]

Charles Seay leans against the chain link fence outside his Smoketown home, shaking his head at the rutted street beyond the curb. [WFPL]

The U.S. economy is on track to grow at a 1.9 percent annualized pace in the third quarter following the September data on domestic retail data, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDP Now forecast model showed on Friday. [Reuters]

The University of Louisville’s endowment is set to gain nearly $29 million thanks to a reworking of debt under the umbrella of the school’s foundation. [Business First]

Initial funding has been secured and the Clark County needle exchange is expected to be up and running in about a month. [News & Tribune]

Crime In The Highlands? Surely Not!

Tolls are coming to the Ohio River Bridges and drivers are getting ready. [WDRB]

Talk is cheap for Matt Bevin. During his campaign for governor and since his election, Matt Bevin has said he supports restoring civil rights to nonviolent felons who have completed their sentences. [C-J/AKN]

Crime spike in the Highlands? It’s been going on since at least 2014 but no one wants to talk about it because it might frighten the wealthy white people. [WHAS11]

On Friday, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether panhandlers have a legally protected right to ask motorists and pedestrians for money and if Lexington’s city-wide ban violates panhandlers’ First Amendment right to free speech. [H-L]

JCPS students got an inside look at how vehicles are made at the Louisville Ford Assembly Plant on Wednesday. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women present him with a tough challenge roughly one month before Election Day, and it’s also landed House Republicans in trouble. [HuffPo]

Louisville-based Yum! Brands is cutting jobs as part of a major corporate overhaul. [WAVE3]

In 1990, a group of four black teens and one Latino teen were convicted of the brutal assault and rape of a jogger. The April 1989 attack came amid rising crime rates in New York City and a wave of violence in Central Park itself. [ThinkProgress]

As the University of Louisville-Clemson football game was played last weekend, dozens of attendees ate, drank and filled the Green Building in NuLu for the culmination of Diversity Pitch Fest. [WFPL]

The number of Americans who support the death penalty has fallen below half for the first time, according to a US study. [BBC]

A new report shows that the number of small businesses in Kentucky that offer employee health insurance dropped sharply from 2012 to 2015. Only 26.6 percent of small businesses in the state offered health insurance last year, down from 36.4 percent in 2012, according to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. [Business First]

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission has formally asked the state’s high court to give Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson more than a “mere slap on the wrist” over findings that Henderson acted unethically. [News & Tribune]

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Compassionate City. Possibility City. 16th Largest City (Ha). 90+ Murders So Far This Year…

What a Compassionate City. Authorities have released the name of the person who died after being found shot inside a vehicle on Blevins Gap Road at East Orell Road. [WDRB]

Performing the sad task of cleaning out her husband’s chambers after his death last year, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II’s widow made an extraordinary discovery. [C-J/AKN]

Jefferson County School Board members are discussing a recent request from local attorneys asking for metal detectors in schools. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky’s University Senate voted Monday to approve the academic content but not the administrative structure of a proposed institute on free enterprise funded by $10 million from the Charles Koch Foundation and pizza magnate John Schnatter. [H-L]

Trauma surgeons at University Hospital are calling shootings in Louisville a public health crisis. [WLKY]

A former aide on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign now says he regrets working for the Republican nominee and cannot vote for him for president. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Hold on to your wigs cause you’re about to be choked with bridge tolls. Drivers in Southern Indiana are pleased that the Kennedy Bridge is now reopen, but they are not looking forward to the tolls to come. [WAVE3]

The nation’s opioid epidemic shows no signs of abating—and in fact may be headed in a far more dangerous direction. [ProPublica]

At 26th and Broadway there’s a small, neighborhood shop called The Liquor Store. Inside, bottles are neatly arranged in steel-barred cabinets decked with glossy posters. Owner Sandra Fant steps away from the drive-through window where, on the other side, a couple has asked for two bottles of Absolut vodka. [WFPL]

Mitch McConnell said Donald Trump should apologize for being repugnant… but he still supports and promotes the monster. [Politico]

How bout a drink to go with that home-cooked meal? Kroger Co. is adding a wine and spirits shop at its location on Outer Loop in Louisville. [Business First]

A voter registration group is asking for a federal investigation of the Indiana officials who are looking into voter fraud allegations in at least eight central Indiana counties including Madison County. [News & Tribune]

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JCPS Drama Part… What Part Is This?

Citing a strong objection to the approach Jefferson County Public Schools has taken to negotiate employee wages over the past few months, four major unions who represent more than 13,000 employees sent a letter to the school board Monday pleading with members to “provide oversight and direction.” [WDRB]

A Texas-based company wants to open a methadone clinic in a non-residential area of downtown Louisville, near Seventh and Magazine streets. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The East End Bridge appears to be one link away from being finished. When it’s open by this winter, did you know that there’s no exit into Prospect for drivers from Indiana? [WHAS11]

Matt Bevin appointed three people Friday to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, including one of Kentucky’s top Republican fundraisers. [H-L]

Someone else has been found dead inside a car in Compassionate City. A homicide investigation is underway in the 600 block of South 44th Street. [WLKY]

Aetna Inc, the No. 3 U.S. health insurer, on Monday said that due to persistent financial losses on Obamacare plans, it will sell individual insurance on the government-run online marketplaces in only four states next year, down from the current 15 states. [HuffPo]

Louisville judge suspended without pay will get a sizeable amount of cash elsewhere. [WAVE3]

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday denied requests to stop classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use, leaving users and businesses in limbo after many states have legalized it for medical or recreational purposes. [Reuters]

As Nashville considers whether to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, we wondered whether a similar effort could take hold in Louisville. The short answer is, despite some interest in doing so, a decisive no. [WFPL]

Hillary Clinton has released her tax returns, adding to the pressure on her Republican rival for the White House, Donald Trump, to do the same. [BBC]

Jefferson County Public Schools on Monday named Lisa Herring as the school system’s chief academic officer. [Business First]

VT Industries will soon be closing its doors in New Albany. [News & Tribune]

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Rejoice! Kids Are Back In School Soon!

Possumbility City? Police are investigating after someone drove a stolen Corvette into a gun store in south Louisville early Wednesday. [WDRB]

Surrounded by thick gray smoke and encroaching neon flames, Louisville firefighter Randy Croney tuned out the shrieking siren signaling him and others to get out immediately. [C-J/AKN]

There’s another slapfight going down in Bardstown. The mayor of Bardstown has suspended the use of body cameras temporarily. [WHAS11]

The federal government is investigating how its money was spent at a Louisville nonprofit that trained troubled youths for entry-level jobs in the horse industry. [John Cheves]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Two days before a building collapsed and crushed a man to death, the Louisville Fire Department warned the building was unstable.[WLKY]

Donald Trump on Wednesday said he hopes Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails have fallen into the hands of Russian hackers. [HuffPo]

The new code of conduct was designed with a focus to keep students in school and address behavior offenses with a four step punishment system. [WAVE3]

President Barack Obama charged Sunday that divisive rhetoric from Donald Trump on Muslims and terrorism is “ultimately helping do ISIL’s work.” [Politico]

Louisville Metro government’s long range transportation plan is drawing praise and criticism from residents. [WFPL]

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine has attended his first rally as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, saying: “America was not built on fear”. [BBC]

There are a couple new faces behind the scenes at the Brown Hotel’s English Grill restaurant. [Business First]

New Albany resident Ann Hendrix was giddy when she finally held a local RiverLink transponder in her hands. She asked a customer service representative to snap a picture of her and husband Bryan to remember the moment. [News & Tribune]

Another Terrible Week For Ramsey

In a meeting that lasted five minutes in late 2014, three members of the University of Louisville Foundation Board of Directors approved a change in U of L President James Ramsey’s pay package that, while subtle, could end up being very lucrative for Ramsey now. Republicans Scott Jennings and John McCarthy won’t be able to spin this one away. [WDRB]

New York regulators have approved Aetna’s bid to buy Louisville-based Humana – a boost after a brutal stretch for the companies. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Here comes UofL with some positive spin to try to take attention away from its daily shitshow. [WHAS11]

How to know the RNC is a train wreck and desperate for speakers… Ralph Alvarado got a primetime spot for Wednesday. He’ll sound a little slick to outsiders but once they poke around his voting history, his hemp fun and general backwardness, he’ll end up being yet another person of color the Republican Party is so fond of objectifying and he’ll be too thick to realize it. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro police are investigating after a man was shot and killed in southwest Louisville. [WLKY]

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R-Gay Panicked), Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick, opposed a successful effort in 2007 to raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour over two years. [HuffPo]

If you’re a church holding a concealed carry class, you’re doing it wrong. [WAVE3]

How a man with children of color – immigrants – could support a bigot like this is beyond telling. People can get upset all they want for mentioning Matt Bevin’s children but it’s alarming that this man doesn’t have his shit together enough to speak out against Trump’s extreme racism. [Ronnie Ellis]

There are lots of factual ways to describe coal: carbon-rich, abundant, fossil fuel. But Republicans would like to add one more to the list: clean. [WFPL]

A federal judge dismissed evidence gathered by a warrantless cellphone-tracking device that locks onto a phone’s location by pretending to be a cell tower for the first time Tuesday. [ThinkProgress]

One of the key components of the plan to realign the Kennedy Interchange — better known as Spaghetti Junction — in downtown Louisville is almost ready for public use. [Business First]

In a small way, the teens inside the Central Christian Church Activities and Program Center were doing their part in making sure the school year gets off to a good start for hundreds of students. [News & Tribune]

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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