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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Compassionate City Strikes Once Again!

Compassionate City! An eight-year-old boy witnessed his mother’s murder on Mother’s Day. [WDRB]

With a playground, splash pad, restrooms, covered stage area and grassy event lawn, Clarksville Gateway Park took just under a year and nearly $2 million to bring to life. [C-J/AKN]

This is what counts as education coverage for WHAS – two sentences. JCPS is eliminating more than two dozen jobs in the central office in an effort to slash nearly $3 million from the budget. [WHAS11]

A new study by University of Kentucky researchers contends that there is a strong relationship between suspensions and the racial achievement gap between black students and white students. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Indiana State Police are investigating a death of an inmate who was found asphyxiated in her cell over the weekend and her family welcomes the investigation. [WLKY]

Donald Trump likes giving nicknames to his enemies, but now he’s got a couple of his own. “He is the ugly American,” former Mexican president Vicente Fox said in an interview on the Kickass Politics podcast. “He is the hated gringo because he’s attacking all of us. He’s offending all of us.” [HuffPo]

Tolls for RiverLink, the all-electronic tolling system, will be based on the height of the vehicle and the number of axles it has. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump says he thinks he can win the general election, even if the Republican Party does not unify to support his candidacy. [ABC News]

Todd Boston spends his workdays hammering on horse hooves. The farrier fits fresh shoes on horses. And this Derby Week, he’s one of hundreds of workers — trainers, holders, cleaners — milling about in the track’s backside stables, making sure the high-priced horses are ready to race. [WFPL]

Including a Kentuckian from Henderson. President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 58 more federal prisoners Thursday, seeking to add momentum to his drive to allow earlier releases of men and women serving lengthy terms for drug offenses. [Politico & Press Release]

Turning Point Brands Inc., a company that deals in tobacco and related products such as Zig-Zag rolling papers, Beech-Nut chewing tobacco, cigar products and moist snuff, is on its way to becoming Louisville’s next publicly traded company. [Business First]

Two incumbents and four others, including a political newcomer, advanced in the race for Floyd County Council At-large Tuesday night. Three candidates from each party moved on to the November general election, where voters will elect three of the six. [News & Tribune]

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Everyone Finally Realizes Hargens Sucks

The school day started with another loud show of support for Jefferson County Public Schools teachers and other employees. [WDRB]

As many legal experts had expected, a lawsuit has been dismissed in which University of Louisville students claimed Katina Powell’s book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules,” diminished the value of their education. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Yet another murder here in Compassionate City. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky will lose $12.6 million next year thanks to a 4.5 percent cut in state funding. At the same time, student financial aid and scholarships will increase by more than $20 million, and fixed costs for things such as utilities and employee health insurance are on the rise. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! An improvement plan for the Greater Clark County Schools is stopped by the state. [WLKY]

Goudy’ll be in Louisville for the upcoming NRA funtimes. Remember the House Select Committee on Benghazi? The ninth official probe into what really happened in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. consulate in eastern Libya? [HuffPo]

Sheronda Morris couldn’t help but identify when she saw the video of a 14-year-old girl being carried to safety after suffering a non-life threatening gunshot wound at the Pegasus Parade on May 5. [WAVE3]

By seizing the Republican presidential nomination for Donald J. Trump on Tuesday night, he and his millions of supporters completed what had seemed unimaginable: a hostile takeover of one of America’s two major political parties. [NY Times]

The long-awaited state audit of the University of Louisville and its separate, nonprofit foundation is delayed. [WFPL]

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the presidency of George W. Bush changed instantly. In a new collection of never-before-seen photographs from that day, the president can be seen responding to the worst terrorist attack in United States history — an event that would redefine his time in office and propel the nation into two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. [PBS]

Two big drug companies will pay Kentucky almost $4.8 million. [Business First]

The November slate of six candidates for the Clark County Council At-large race is set with Democrats advancing two incumbents and a current Republican council member losing in the primary. [News & Tribune]

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Derby’s Over, Are You Still Woah Hung Over? Only 50 Weeks Until The City Looks Clean Again!

Louisville Metro Police say officers responded to the scene of a fatal shooting. [WDRB]

The Kentucky Derby isn’t what it used to be, at least as far as producing mayhem is concerned. Police said they made only 14 arrests in and around Churchill Downs Saturday. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Nyquist stormed into the lead on the turn for home and won the Kentucky Derby to become just the eighth undefeated horse to win the Run for the Roses. [WHAS11]

Humana Inc. (HUM) on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $234 million. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A woman in her mid to late 20s was shot and killed Sunday morning, according to police. [WLKY]

Picture it – fish herpes in the Ohio River! [HuffPo]

Saturday’s crowd of 167,227 at Churchill Downs was the second-largest in Derby history. [WAVE3]

Tribune Publishing on Friday released a slate of talking points aimed at supporting its decision to rebuff Gannett’s recent $815 million offer to buy the company. The statement, labeled “Setting the Record Straight,” lists seven “myths” about Gannett’s recent bid and offers a series of brief rebuttals stating its case. [Poynter]

Every year at the Kentucky Derby, crazy hat-wearing, mint julep-guzzling horse-gazers break into a passionate rendition of Kentucky’s state song, “My Old Kentucky Home.” As tradition goes, the University of Louisville Cardinal Marching Band accompanies the crowd as they croon a ballad that seems to be about people who miss their happy home. “The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home/’Tis summer and the people are gay” begins one version. [WFPL]

A majority of the five-member U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to approve Charter Communications Inc’s (CHTR.O) acquisitions of Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N) and Bright House Networks, two sources briefed on the matter said on Thursday. [Reuters]

ImagineAir said it also might start hiring pilots locally. [Business First]

In the race for the Floyd County Coroner, David Moore and William H. Garner III will face off in November’s general election. [News & Tribune]

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It’s Oaks Day And No One Is At Work!

It’s a disturbing side effect to big events like the Kentucky Derby, and this week, officials and local organizations are raising awareness about human trafficking. [WDRB]

Policing strategies and economic development were major topics at Monday’s debate between the two candidates for the seat representing the Louisville Metro Council’s 6th District, which includes the Old Louisville, Park Hill, California and Algonquin neighborhoods. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The city is now just days away from Kentucky’s biggest event of the year. Hundreds of thousands will pour into derby city to be part of the festivities. Those large crowds will typically bring large boosts to the city’s hospitality and economy, but this year’s turnout hasn’t been like the year’s before. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s coal industry continued to hemorrhage jobs in the first three months of 2016, hitting the lowest level in more than a century. The number of jobs dropped by a little more than 1,500 during the quarter. There were an estimated 6,900 people employed at coal mines as of April 1, the lowest number since 1898, according to a report released Monday by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Former President Bill Clinton campaigned in Louisville Tuesday on behalf of his wife, Hillary Clinton. [WLKY]

The Federal Reserve Board’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided not to raise interest rates at its meeting last week. However, the FOMC also made clear that a rate hike was still an option for its June meeting. [HuffPo]

Thousands of tourists will soon feast their eyes on Churchill Downs. They will also drive, park and walk through the neighborhoods the track is surrounded by. [WAVE3]

ProPublica is launching a new interactive database that will help you keep track of the officials who represent you in Congress. [ProPublica]

The teenager in custody was suicidal, which meant staffers at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center were tasked with near-constant surveillance. [WFPL]

FBI requests for customer records under a secretive surveillance order increased by nearly 50 percent in 2015, according to a U.S. government transparency report published this week. [Reuters]

Surprise! Another “luxury” subdivision is hitting Louisville’s East End. [Business First]

Four Republicans hope for spots in the Clark County Council At-large seats. [News & Tribune]

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Outsiders: Check Out Our Fun Murder Rate

The signs have been made, the T-shirt color has been selected and the community has been alerted. [WDRB]

A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge on Tuesday agreed to delay until May 25 a hearing on a temporary injunction that has halted the removal of a controversial Confederate monument near the University of Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The riverfront is quiet again as crews are breaking down the stage.[WHAS11]

Kentucky Retirement Systems operate openly and transparently. Unless you’re talking about anything beyond the surface, of course. [H-L]

It appears Bardstown’s mayor will stay in office despite the efforts of several city council members to remove him. [WLKY]

Donald Trump, the real estate magnate and reality television star who has said Mexican immigrants are rapists and has called for banning all Muslims from the U.S., won the Republican primary in the pivotal state of Indiana on Tuesday night. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), his most serious remaining challenger, dropped out. Trump is now the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. [HuffPo]

Another day, another fun shooting in Compassionate City. [WAVE3]

Meanwhile, shady-ass Republicans, because they’ve been paid, are trying to limit damages. Nightmare stories of nurses giving potent drugs meant for one patient to another and surgeons removing the wrong body parts have dominated recent headlines about medical care. Lest you assume those cases are the exceptions, a new study by patient safety researchers provides some context. [WaPo]

It’s Derby Week in Louisville, which means large crowds at the racetrack all week long. On the other side of the track from the grandstand, hundreds of backside workers tend to the horses, working long days, often far away from their families, living in temporary housing until the racing season takes them to another track in another state. [WFPL]

According to a report from the Energy Information Agency, American coal use for electricity dropped 29 percent in 2015, compared to its peak usage in 2007. That means consumption hit 1,045 million short tons in 2007, and dropped fairly steadily to 739 million short tons last year. [ThinkProgress]

Mark Bertolini is not a fan of the Affordable Care Act — at least, not yet. But the Aetna Inc. CEO says he could get behind it if the government made some changes that he thinks would make it easier for companies like his to turn a profit on compliant plans and the exchanges where they’re sold. [Business First]

In a seemingly inexhaustible campaign, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is digging his heels into Indiana, a state he calls “incredibly important” in winning the nomination. [News & Tribune]