Louisville Needs A New Frankfort Leader Now

A state audit released in May found that JCPS is spending too much on high-dollar administrators, and not enough on students. Six months later, the district gets a new progress report with a grade school leaders did not see coming. [WDRB]

Walmart has filed a development plan with the city for its much-anticipated western Louisville store just southwest of Broadway and 18th Street. [C-J/AKN]

In a state that leads the nation in lung cancer cases, Kentucky is turning its attention to small but growing group: lung cancer survivors. [WHAS11]

In a surprise announcement Wednesday, House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark said he will not seek re-election to the chamber’s No. 2 post he has held since 1993. [H-L]

A Louisville man who admitted to killing a woman while driving drunk wants to get out of prison early but prosecutors say he needs to spend more time behind bars. [WLKY]

In some American cities, up to 40 percent of households don’t have an Internet connection, according to a new analysis based on census data. [HuffPo]

Abramson said he would advise local politicians across the country that their work shouldn’t be about big developments. “If you can’t pick up the garbage, if you can’t get recycling picked up, if you can’t fill the potholes, then no community’s going to give you the opportunity and support when, as an example, I decided to expand the airport, relocate 4,000 people and 180 businesses and 11 churches,” Abramson said. “That was a monumental decision.” [WAVE3]

More than two dozen advisers to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul converged inside a boutique Washington hotel Wednesday to begin to form the skeleton of a 2016 presidential campaign. [U.S. News]

The group behind a project to build a botanical garden on Louisville’s waterfront will unveil its master plan. [WFPL]

Some spectacular jumps in generic drug prices have been exposed in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. [CBS News]

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are banned from picking up customers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. [Business First]

The city of Jeffersonville revoked the zoning permit from MAC Construction and Excavating Inc. last week that allowed it to operate an asphalt plant at the Hanson-Atkins Quarry. [News & Tribune]

No Way Around It. Yesterday Was Just Horrible.

Officials say one person has been shot and one person has been taken into custody after a shooting at Fern Creek High School Tuesday. [WDRB]

A child was been found dead in Cherokee Park Tuesday evening, Louisville Metro Police said, and the incident is being treated as a death investigation. [C-J/AKN]

Officials confirm that a suspect is in custody in relation to the shooting of a student at Fern Creek High School [yesterday] afternoon. [WHAS11]

A state lawmaker is calling for the results of a review on the operations of Kentucky legislative staff to be made public. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO THAT THE STATION’S GENERAL MANAGER DOESN’T UNDERSTAND HOW TO STOP! Louisville police now believe a man found along the side of a road was killed. [WLKY]

THIS is the bullshit Rand Paul is supporting and pandering to. Anti-gay baker Melissa Klein openly cried at the Values Voter Summit last week over the forced closing of her business due to backlash stemming from her refusal to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding. [HuffPo]

Have you seen the latest with Chris Thieneman? This incident involves a horse, a kid and severe head injuries. [WAVE3]

Are you Eastern Kentucky buttcramps so disconnected from reality that you can’t see that having a coal dock on the waterfront in Louisville would be a horrible idea? WTF planet are you people living on? [Floyd County Nonsense]

Philosopher Stephen Cave argues that since the beginning of civilization humans have always tried to defy or defeat death. [WFPL]

Kentucky is done, with Sen. Mitch McConnell on his way to a hard-fought, single-digit victory over Alison Lundergan Grimes. [ U.S. News]

A new report shows there were few shakeups among the area’s largest banks as ranked by deposits in Louisville’s metropolitan statistical area. [Business First]

ndiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and State Sen. Ron Grooms visited Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville on Friday to recognize the hospital for its efforts to fight prescription drug abuse. [News & Tribune]

Let’s Take Racism More Seriously, Louisville

Officials with Jefferson County Public Schools unveiled a plan to the school board Monday on where to place two new innovative schools that will open in time for the 2015-16 school year. [WDRB]

The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday the crew of a UPS jet that crashed last year in Birmingham, Ala., made mistakes during the critical pre-dawn approach to the runway, adding that the fatigue of the pilot and co-pilot were factors in the accident. [C-J/AKN]

With the appliance sale of General Electric to Electrolux, many employees are wondering what it will mean for them in the future. [WHAS11]

Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer formally entered the 2015 race for governor on Tuesday in front of hundreds of hometown supporters in an ambitious campaign rollout more than a year before the election. [WKYT]

Will this Josh Young saga never end with local media??? [WLKY]

Atmospheric volumes of greenhouse gas hit a record in 2013 as carbon dioxide concentrations grew at the fastest rate since reliable global records began, the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

Six decades ago a family’s home was attacked in a neighborhood ripped apart by racism. Now, researchers at the University of Louisville are retelling the story about two families and their fight for desegregation and need the public’s help. [WAVE3]

The Louisville ECHO program (Louisville is Engaging Children Outdoors), Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation’s signature environmental education initiative for fourth-grade students, has received significant support this year with $41,295 in grant funding from the U.S. Forest Service, and $7,500 Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. [Press Release]

Starting this week, members of the Jefferson County Board of Education are hosting community conversations across the district. [WFPL]

WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky has hired six journalists from print publications to contribute to its website during the last two years, said Barry Fulmer, the station’s news director. [Poynter]

A University of Louisville cancer researcher, Dr. Anthony Dragun, is trying to make treatment easier for breast cancer patients. [Business First]

An outside firm will investigate New Albany’s police department for possible workplace violations after a state police investigation cleared two officers accused of working on private jobs on taxpayer time. [News & Tribune]

When Will The Killing Stop In Possibility City?

Louisville is being recognized for its efforts to get more businesses connected to the Internet. [WDRB]

A Metropolitan Sewer District investment program that had been sharply criticized by the state auditor in late 2011 has been found by the U.S. Treasury Department to have violated federal regulations. [C-J/AKN]

The coroner said marijuana, heroin, amphetamine and Xanax was found in Cogswell’s system. She said Cogswell died from an accidental overdose. [WHAS11]

Keeneland’s new dirt track is open and ready for training. [H-L]

Police continue to look for the people responsible for a shooting that killed a 1-year-old girl and sent her mother to the hospital. [WLKY]

In a local radio interview Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gave a frank response when asked why he thinks his re-election race against Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is so competitive. [HuffPo]

Leftover Ironman sports drinks, supplements and snacks are supposed to go to charity. Instead cases of non-perishables ended up tossed in the trash. However, the discarded leftovers finally ended up in the right hands. [WAVE3]

A fault on Time Warner Cable’s network left its 11.4 million broadband internet subscribers without a connection. [BBC]

Impropriety and shenanigans at Louisville Water Company? Surely not! Surely this isn’t even more borderline corrupt behavior from Greg Fischer’s team. (Yes, it’s Fischer’s team of people, let’s not pretend otherwise) [Kristina Goetz]

The FCC has announced that TWC must pay a $1.1 million penalty for failing to report a number of network outages to the Commission. [Consumerist]

An event in September will bring entrepreneurs and Norton Healthcare Inc. senior leaders together to discuss innovation. [Business First]

Scaled back but more expensive marina plans for Jeffersonville are in the works, with hope for future growth as one of the unwritten specifications. [News & Tribune]

Holy Wow! Hell Has Truly Frozen Over In Louisville

This is big – can you believe it? We’re on the same page as the paper! WHAT! And it involves Greg Fischer! Essentially, the paper points out that he’s full of it. Because the jackass had the audacity to lie to the media after we’d already published a mountain of evidence. [C-J/AKN]

Authorities in Clarksville, Indiana are hoping the installation of a number of surveillance cameras will discourage criminals near Ashland Park. [WDRB]

Some Section 8 Louisville recipients will soon be asked to begin paying a minimum rent of $50 a month. The board of commissioners for the Louisville Metro Housing Authority unanimously approved a rent reform study Tuesday that will initiate a minimum rent for selected residents for the first time. However, unlike the controversial original proposal, those selected will be able to opt out. [More C-J/AKN]

A Louisville teen shot in the head Monday night continues to recover at University Hospital. [WHAS11]

One company, Star Coach in Atlanta, said the $456-a-day rate was legitimate. But Dan Neuen, the company’s vice president of operations, said he would have charged the campaign every day regardless of whether they used the bus. “If they’re paying 11 grand to have that bus wrapped for 266 days and use it however many days they want to use it? That’s a sweetheart deal,” Neuen said. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A woman beaten by her boyfriend was found stumbling down a Clarksville street, desperately calling out for help, police said. A couple of residents heard her cries and came to her rescue. [WLKY]

As American students return to classes in a public education system projected to be majority minority for the first time this fall, new test scores provide alarming evidence that students of color remain far behind their white counterparts. [HuffPo]

Ford and the United Auto Workers celebrated Tuesday after building their 100 wheelchair ramp for disabled residents. [WAVE3]

The he said, she said of the legal questions over how the campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is renting her 45-foot campaign bus continued Wednesday as companies cited by the Grimes campaign take issue with the numbers and Jerry Lundergan’s business says they do not provide transportation services. [CN|2]

A report released Wednesday by a climate change nonprofit has ranked Louisville among the top 10 U.S. cities with a serious urban heat island effect. [WFPL]

All hell broke loose in Louisville this week and hell froze over. Read Jake’s thoughts on what’s been a long time coming. [The ‘Ville Voice]

After more than two years in business downtown, the partners in Food 4 The Soul are ready to open a second restaurant. But co-owner Calvin Harris said finding a location at the right price has proved tricky. [Business First]

After an analysis of this year’s ISTEP+ scores, administrators at Greater Clark County Schools said they want to pay special attention to middle schoolers taking the test. [News & Tribune]

Fischer Still Playing Games With LMAS Scandal

A Jefferson County jury deliberated for about an hour Thursday before finding in favor of The Courier-Journal and its parent company in an age discrimination lawsuit brought by a newspaper executive who was fired in 2011. [WDRB]

Thought Cordish was gonna do all that? The city is moving to find a new life for the long-dormant, historic Louisville Gardens, a century-old, former armory and event venue where Elvis Presley performed and Martin Luther King Jr. spoke. [C-J/AKN]

LMPD released in a statement Wednesday afternoon 22-year-old Danielle Cogswell may have died from a, “suspected overdose.” [WHAS11]

Churchill Downs bought a stake in Saratoga Harness and the deal could lead to financial interest in several more casinos. [H-L]

Sentencing is set for September for a JCPS resource teacher found guilty of murdering her husband. [WLKY]

The cheerleader death story has apparently gone national. [HuffPo]

Metro Council members said they will pursue new zoning rules that require boarding house operators to get a license as neighbors complain the group homes continue to plague West Louisville. [WAVE3]

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]

When you’re rated worse than Katie King (the girl whose daddy bought her a judgeship), you know you ought to just give up and get a job at Walmart. McLaughlin, a Jefferson County district court judge, is the lowest-rated judge in the county by a wide margin, according to a recently released survey by the Louisville Bar Association. [WFPL]

Just before approving a rate increase of 5.5 percent to raise about $9 million, the Metropolitan Sewer District board Monday voted to spend up to $600,000 on bonuses to most of the agency’s 600 employees. [More C-J/AKN]

A proposal to convert Colston Park in Jeffersonville into a housing development is facing opposition from nearby homeowners. [Business First]

If you live in Southern Indiana, you need to comment on this transportation plan. [News & Tribune]

OH GOD OH GOD THERE’S POOP IN THE WATER

The Affordable Care Act has Louisville’s health department exchanging patients for policy, cutting back on child immunizations and preventative care for women. [WDRB]

They didn’t require passports, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency threatened for access by Kentucky residents to its climate change hearings this month and next. But for the first time, the Metropolitan Sewer District on Monday required that anyone attending its board meeting produce a government-issued identification card, such as a driver’s license. [C-J/AKN]

As federal courts in rapid succession strike down gay marriage bans, opposition to same-sex marriage continues to decline in Kentucky. [WHAS11]

Really, Frankfort, giving the Ark Park loonies millions more? [H-L]

WARNING: ANOTHER RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden is on administrative leave of absence effective immediately in the wake of Tuesday’s announcement that he faces federal charges involving a prostitute. [WLKY]

Valuing diversity is apparently frowned upon in Corporate America — unless you’re a white man. [HuffPo]

Here’s more on John Boel’s OMG THERE’S POOP IN THE WATER investigation. [WAVE3]

Lexington is trying to turn into Louisville with daily shootings. [WLEX18]

The Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville will soon offer visitors a chance to explore a rarely-seen area of the park’s fossil beds. [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]

Second-quarter net income for Humana Inc. fell 18.1 percent from a year earlier, to $344 million, or $2.19 per share, diluted. That’s in line with analysts’ expectations. [Business First]

Jeffersonville city is getting ready to start its marina project despite missing one key component. [News & Tribune]