JCPS Is A Ton Of Awful Fun Again

JCPS officials have fired a teacher who was under investigation over accusations she had inappropriate contact with a student. [WDRB]

Former Jefferson County Board of Education member Debbie Wesslund says Adam Edelen’s JCPS audit was a fraud. Mainly because it was selective and manipulative, which everyone already knew. [C-J/AKN]

On June 23 Jefferson County Public Schools fired a bus driver, Melinda Sanders, who dragged a student, 7-year-old Ally Rednour, down a street by her backpack on May 15. [WHAS11]

Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upheld the nationwide tax credit subsidies to help people buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. [H-L]

The Louisville Waterfront Fourth of July celebration will return this year and there are dozens of other events happening around the metro area to celebrate Independence Day. [WLKY]

You won’t believe this horrible Fox story about the homeless. Or maybe you will. [MMFA]

She was arrested, along with Louisville’s former Chief Financial Officer Steve Rowland, and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. The police report said they were engaged in “disruptive, provocative and intimate behavior.” [WAVE3]

They took a page out of Greg Fischer’s playbook. City workers and police cleared an encampment of homeless people from the west side of Baltimore on Friday morning, provoking a brief traffic-blocking protest and leaving some of the city’s homelessness services organizations chagrined at what they say was a surprise operation. [ThinkProgress]

James Blanton is the new director of the Louisville Free Public Library, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday. He takes over for retiring director Craig Buthod, who announced his resignation in November after 17 years on the job. [WFPL]

There have only been 9 days this year when the police have not killed somebody. Some news outlets put the number as high as 500 dead in the past six months, according to both The Guardian and Killed by the Police.Net. The Washington Post’s own investigation showed nearly 400 dead as of the end of May. [WaPo]

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a settlement that reduces the base rate increases sought by Louisville Gas & Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co. [Business First]

It starts with a professional rodeo and ends with a demolition derby. In between there will be a queen pageant, midway rides, interactive activities for children and exhibits to view. And yes, there will be plenty of animals. [News & Tribune]

More Fun Stuff At Cahoots Last Night

Gobs of police showed up at Cahoots (1000 block of Bardstown Road) around 4:00 A.M., shutting down traffic, causing all kinds of fun:

LMPD and LMEMS eventually pulled someone out on a stretcher:

That sounds fun. Cahoots sure sounds like a fun family place. Somewhere you definitely won’t get shot and definitely won’t see all kinds of horse deals going down.

But don’t worry! It’s the Highlands. There’s no need for there to be full-court press when something goes down because it’s not the West End. Right? (Kinda like when LMPD tells you the gunshots you not only heard but witnessed, three people called 911 about, were just fireworks, in the daylight…)

Greg Fischer Animal Shelter Pee Alert

Check out this tweet from Mr. Transparency:


FROM TWITTER

Seems innocuous, right? That was a guy the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Fischer invited to give a talk.

Well…

Ten minutes into his presentation, he told a story about how a friend of his has worked on numerous occasions to develop NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTERS. He went on to provide a few examples and highlighted how it was done.

Isn’t that great? Fischer had no idea he planned to unload.

Even after all that, Fischer didn’t have the guts to share the man’s words of wisdom.

Cherry on top: Sadiqa Reynolds got up and left the presentation until he was finished.

Get Ready: Everybody Is Gonna Get Run Over

Good fucking grief. And you wonder why there’s a behemoth of a racial divide in Louisville. [WDRB]

What? Tom Owen has gone against his word to his constituents? Surely not. Dollars to doughnuts he blames it on old age or something shady like that. Several Louisville Metro Council members have proposed a resolution asking Metro Government to stop issuing and enforcing violations against homeowners renting space through websites such as Airbnb as the city weighs new regulations to address such rentals. [C-J/AKN]

The city of Jeffersonville has a new police chief. Mayor Mike Moore has appointed 21-year police veteran Kenny Kavanaugh to the post. Kavanaugh is the first African American to lead the department. [WHAS11]

University of Kentucky students from the Bluegrass State will pay 3 percent more for tuition and fees this fall, an increase that brings tuition to $10,780 a year for first-year students. [H-L]

Another day, another pedestrian struck in Possibility City! An 8-year-old girl was injured Monday evening after being hit by a car. [WLKY]

An obscure item in the president’s new budget would put an end to the longstanding practice of states and cities using tax-exempt bonds to finance professional sports arenas, a practice that costs the U.S. Treasury $146 million, according to a 2012 Bloomberg analysis. [HuffPo]

Wait, nope, there was another one. Police and an EMS crew are responding after a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on East Muhammad Ali Boulevard at South Jackson Street. [WAVE3]

A hundred years from now, humans may remember 2014 as the year that we first learned that we may have irreversibly destabilized the great ice sheet of West Antarctica, and thus set in motion more than 10 feet of sea level rise. [WaPo]

The public will have a chance later this month to offer input on the tentative selection of a Virginia company to handle electronic tolling on new Ohio River bridges linking Kentucky and Indiana. [WFPL]

Will T. Scott, the 67-year-old former state Supreme Court Justice running for the Republican nomination for governor, trails three other Republicans in the polls and in fundraising. [Ronnie Ellis]

Growth in Kentucky’s bourbon industry is probably something you’re aware of by now. But that growth has helped fuel an escalation of related services. [Business First]

The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications cut short its investigation of former Clark County Judge Jerry Jacobi, after he agreed to never again seek a judicial office. [News & Tribune]

JCPS School Buses: Big, Yellow Accident Magnets

A 5-year-old girl was left alone on a school bus at a Jefferson County Public Schools bus compound Wednesday after she fell asleep and the driver failed to notice her, according to a JCPS spokesman. [WDRB]

The Greg Fischer kiss of death is a real thing and it is alive and well. [C-J/AKN]

Homicide detectives with Louisville Metro Police say they may have discovered additional human remains at a construction site in Lake Louisvilla in far eastern Jefferson County. [WHAS11]

The House and Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 119, which includes language allowing school districts to waive some of their mandatory 1,062 instructional hours this year because of snow days, if the districts cannot make up the time by June 5. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Attorneys for accused killer and cannibal Joseph Oberhansley want a change of venue in his case. [WLKY]

Two police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department just after midnight Thursday, police and eyewitnesses said. The shootings came during protests following the Ferguson police chief’s resignation on Wednesday afternoon. [HuffPo]

A school bus has been involved in a wreck on Taylor Boulevard and Berry Boulevard. [WAVE3]

Even though the two sides have narrowed their differences, the Democratic-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate still have no agreement on how to attack the rise in heroin addiction and trafficking. [Ronnie Ellis]

Kitty Head remembers asking one of her adult education students years ago what his plans were for Thanksgiving. The man had been homeless and said he didn’t have any friends or family to spend time with during the holiday. [WFPL]

Of the million or so women who have abortions every year in the U.S., nearly a quarter end their pregnancy using medications. But just as states have been passing a record number of restrictions on surgical abortion, more are trying to limit this option as well. [NPR]

The Waterfront Development Corp. says a now-empty block of land along Witherspoon Street, between Floyd and Preston streets, could someday have a very valuable view, and officials are looking for ideas on what to do with the land. [Business First]

As if the state-level bickering, extended testing times and executive orders weren’t enough, Mother Nature has gotten in on the ISTEP+ slugfest. [News & Tribune]