Shootings, Shootings & More Shootings!

Local leaders are speaking with the community to try and address tensions with police. [WDRB]

Nah, no gun issues at all in Compassionate Possibility City. Authorities are investigating after a 4-year-old girl accidentally shot herself with a stolen firearm Thursday night in the Algonquin neighborhood. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating at least three Louisville businesses. FBI agents executed search warrants Wednesday morning for a criminal investigation that appears to be targeting international grocers. [WHAS11]

You already know Friends of Coal and the Kentucky Coal Association exist only to make a handful of people wealthy. They use far-right Republican extremists as spokespeople (like the Coal Association used RPK’s Tres Watson for years). They decimate Appalachia, take from the poor and ignore Kentucky. It’s all bullshit hype and panicked, worried people fall for it without fail. [H-L]

Metro police are investigating a shooting late Wednesday night in west Louisville. Police said a man was found shot at about 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of 17th Street and Garland Avenue. [WLKY]

If July felt horrendously hot, that’s because it was. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ― two leading global authorities on climate ― both say July 2016 was not only the hottest July on record, but the most sizzling month in the history of record-keeping. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The plans for a food port in West Louisville have been canceled. [WAVE3]

Two of the victims at the heart of a sexual assault and harassment case against an associate professor are angry and say UK is protecting the professor at the expense of his victims, other students and the public. [Kentucky Kernel]

Scott Wade is the only native English speaker in his third period class. [WFPL]

Federal buildings nationwide must allow transgender employees and visitors to use the bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, according to a notice set for Thursday publication in the Federal Register. [The Hill]

Google Fiber gigabit internet is supposed to be super fast. Unfortunately, the rollout of that service has been … well, not. [Business First]

Though 29 people applied for the job, the Sellersburg Town Council narrowed its choices for executive secretary to two applicants who both have ties to board members. [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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UK Beats UofL At Yet Another Thing

Humana and Aetna may be ready to sell assets to ease Justice Department concerns. [WDRB]

The city issued a building permit Monday for Ford Motor Co. to proceed with $14 million of planned improvements at its Truck Plant on Chamberlain Lane. [C-J/AKN]

TARC is expanding its fleet of all-electric buses. Officials say 6, all-electric, zero-emission buses will travel along the Fourth Street Corridor between downtown Louisville and Iroquois Park. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital is ranked No. 1 in Kentucky in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals survey, which was released Tuesday. [H-L]

The University of Louisville School of Dentistry is using $2 million in federal funding to provide dental care for people with HIV or AIDS. [WLKY]

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, has had success dealing with hard-to-manage dictatorial types, from Imelda Marcos of the Philippines, to Jonas Savimbi of Angola, to Victor Yanukovych of Ukraine. [HuffPo]

If you showed up at the Jeffersontown Police Department with heroin, needles, or prescriptions you might think officers would put you behind bars. But as of Monday, the department is opening its doors to addicts as part of its Angel Initiative. [WAVE3]

Members of the Indiana State Teachers Association will rally near the annual convention of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Indianapolis Friday afternoon where Republican vice presidential nominee Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is speaking on Friday. ALEC, whose members are a mix of representatives of large corporations and legislators, is a group known for drafting model legislation for conservative lawmakers. [ThinkProgress]

Ever wanted to find the cheapest price for a surgery but had no luck accessing information? [WFPL]

Just when it seems that Donald Trump could not display more ignorance and bad judgment or less of a moral compass, he comes up with another ignominy or two. This weekend he denigrated the parents of a fallen American military hero and suggested that if elected he might recognize Russia’s claims to Ukraine and end sanctions. [NY Times]

Kindred Healthcare Inc. announced plans to open a 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital. [Business First]

New language added to a Clark County zoning ordinance is intended to give the county more recourse to regulate the use of temporary storage units. [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]

Be Sure To Handle Sick Bats, Folks

Of course the Health Department has to warn people. Doctors say several Louisville children were potentially exposed to a deadly disease this month after touching an animal known to carry the disease. [WDRB]

During a briefing about the Health Science Center at Thursday’s University of Louisville Board of Trustees meeting, J. David Grissom, a trustee and former banker who is chairman of an investment firm, asked what the university is doing in response to reports that KentuckyOne Health, which manages U of L Hospital, has been cited for a nursing shortage there and received “D” mark on cleanliness and other issues. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Many of us probably don’t think twice about getting a regular haircut, but for the homeless and less fortunate, it can be an unaffordable luxury. [WHAS11]

A former central Kentucky sheriff’s deputy has been convicted on charges that he arrested a man for crimes he didn’t commit. [H-L]

Just in case you were beginning to feel a bit safe out there in the suburbs… [WLKY]

Hillary Clinton made her first appearance with vice presidential pick, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), hailing him for being extremely qualified for the job and offering a stark contrast to Donald Trump and his VP choice. [HuffPo]

Young adults from West Louisville put on a “Celebration of Life” block party Sunday. The event was put on by Do Ya Part, a group of youths from the West End who want to help those in need while also shedding hope, love and family values on the community, and was held at Cole’s Place on W. Kentucky Street. [WAVE3]

President Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments about NATO show he is unprepared to address issues of foreign policy. [The Hill]

While questions loom about the University of Louisville’s future, its new Board of Trustees met Thursday and took no significant action. [WFPL]

A federal agency sends thousands of letters a year to health providers closing out complaints about HIPAA violations. Though the government could make those letters public, it doesn’t. ProPublica has started to do so. [ProPublica]

Humana Inc. just doubled its number of military members. Guess they needed a bit of positive press spin. [Business First]

Divided on a provision that would keep the board from hearing expulsion appeals, New Albany-Floyd County Schools’ board of trustees passed a new policy on suspension and expulsion with a 4-3 vote. [News & Tribune]

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Everybody Has Humana Panic…

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Thursday to block the $37 billion takeover of Louisville-based Humana by Aetna. [WDRB]

On the third floor of the Copper & Kings brandy distillery near the edge of Butchertown, a spacious tasting room that’s accented by a view of the Louisville skyline is expected to soon be renovated into the neighborhood’s latest cocktail spot. [C-J/AKN]

Charges have been filed months after the nation watched one woman harassed at a Donald Trump rally on Super Tuesday in Louisville. [WHAS11]

Programs allowing intravenous drug users to exchange dirty syringes for clean ones are spreading in Kentucky as communities confront growing heroin abuse and concerns over the potential for disease outbreaks caused by addicts sharing needles. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Boosting trust between Louisville police and the community is a goal of Mayor Greg Fischer and Police Chief Steve Conrad. [WLKY]

Just in case you need a reminder of what the current Republican Party stands for? Remember this video of Steve King spewing out some serious loads of white supremacy. [HuffPo]

A Charlestown animal refuge faces more than $1 million in fines and possible closure after a 24-page complaint filed by the US Department of Agriculture. [WAVE3]

President Obama on Wednesday vented his frustration over persistent tensions between law enforcement and minority communities following a nearly four-hour meeting with representatives from both groups. [The Hill]

Officials in Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration did not directly answer whether they plan to notify users of a problem-plagued state benefits system that they should reapply for services such as Medicaid and food assistance. [WFPL]

Back in January, as the Supreme Court was preparing for its most important abortion case in a generation, some four dozen social scientists submitted a brief explaining why they believed key portions of Texas law HB2 should be struck down. [ProPublica]

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. is partnering with tequila brand Jose Cuervo by testing a bioplastic made from byproducts of the agave plants it uses in production. [Business First]

Days after learning that a private firm plans to buy and redevelop Charlestown’s Pleasant Ridge neighborhood, opponents pleaded with city officials Thursday to consider a different plan. [News & Tribune]

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Don’t Go To The Hospital Or Else

Police in Floyd County, Indiana are investigating a home invasion that took place on Wednesday morning. [WDRB]

What’s your risk of avoidable hospital death? Thousands of lives could be saved if more hospitals were as safe as those that received an A grade in a recent round of grading by a watchdog group that found no top scorers in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Cole’s Place in the Parkland neighborhood is no stranger to crime, finding itself as the site of shooting scenes in the late night hours. [WHAS11]

Curiosity finally got the best of me. I had to drive up I-75 and see Noah’s Ark. I found the ark to be an impressive piece of woodcraft, which made me feel better about paying $40 to see it. (It cost an additional $10 to park in the 4,000-space parking lot, which was only a fraction full.) [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Crews were called to the scene of a house fire Wednesday near Taylor Boulevard, in the Iroquois neighborhood. [WLKY]

The last year has shined a harsh light on two distressing realities of American life. Mass shootings are becoming more common. And more Americans are killing themselves. These disturbing trends share something in common, obvious in the first case and less so in the second: guns. [WaPo]

LMPD reviewed its use of force policies this past April and said the department is not only meeting national standards, but is exceeding them. [WAVE3]

Last week, two lawmakers introduced a bill to put new limits on what debt collectors can take from debtors’ paychecks and bank accounts. It is the first legislation to address the issue in decades and follows a series of ProPublica stories about the widespread practice of garnishment. [ProPublica]

When the bullets hit Shenitrea Vaughn’s stomach, they burned like hot rocks. The shooter, she suspects, had come to her home for a robbery. [WFPL]

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy (D) and Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D) introduced a bill this week that aims to help public schools become more racially diverse by providing grants for school districts to create voluntary school desegregation plans. [ThinkProgress]

After decades as a television mainstay in Louisville, journalist Jean West is taking a new government job. [Business First]

Jeffersonville High School Principal Julie Straight said training educators for an active shooter situation wasn’t even on the table before 1999. [News & Tribune]