Dear Greg: Don’t Let Those Trees Die

Don’t you love when she makes “anonymous” donations like this? Hopefully Greg Fischer won’t kill these. An anonymous donor has contributed $1 million to facilitate tree planting throughout Louisville, and now the community is launching an effort to match the donation, according to a news release from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s office. [WDRB]

Often, when conducting a routine eye exam, Louisville optometrist Dr. Aaron McNulty discovers that a patient has diabetes but doesn’t know it. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEOS! The mother of the teen killed in a shooting in the Hallmark shooting is asking for the violence to end. [WHAS11]

Lexington Realtors announced Friday a $16,500 program that will help pay deposits and the first month’s rent for people struggling with homelessness. [H-L]

Louisville Metro Police are searching for a person accused of killing a man outside his mother’s home. [WLKY]

Americans are overwhelmingly surprised by Donald Trump’s victory, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds, with a narrow majority saying they’re unhappy with the results of the election. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEOS! Teens and gun violence not only a problem in Louisville but, also in Lexington. A juvenile has been charged with murder in a shooting that left a teenager dead Friday. [WAVE3]

For several years, transgender U.S. Army Captain Julia Harrison shunned military social events, anxious at the thought of having to wear the pants and coat of male service members despite identifying as a woman. [Reuters]

Louisville Metro Police officials continue to offer up few details about their use of online social media surveillance software. [WFPL]

Donald J. Trump met in the last week in his office at Trump Tower with three Indian business partners who are building a Trump-branded luxury apartment complex south of Mumbai, raising new questions about how he will separate his business dealings from the work of the government once he is in the White House. [NY Times]

Turning Point Brands Inc. is spending $27 million to bring a competitor into its fold. [Business First]

Erika Armstrong grew up knowing in her heart that she wanted to help others. [News & Tribune]

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It’s Over! It’s Finally Effing Over!

The JCPS teachers union and its political action committee have spent at least $291,005 to help Chris Brady keep his seat on the Jefferson County Board of Education, according to newly available election finance records. [WDRB]

A family court judge whose controversial comments about gay marriage recently caught the public’s attention wants state lawmakers in Kentucky to help put a stop to quickie divorces for couples who have children. [C-J/AKN]

It’s just the kind of non-story you need to get nervous about prior to voting. [WHAS11]

Suntory, parent company of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, released third-quarter financial results Thursday indicating broad-based growth internationally for its alcoholic beverages segment, the company said. [H-L]

A Kroger store is closing and every media outlet in town is losing its mind. [WLKY]

Hillary Clinton has consistently led in a greater portion of presidential polls in the two months heading into Election Day than President Barack Obama did in both 2008 and 2012. [HuffPo]

What could possibly be worse than standing in line on Election Day, waiting to vote? Waiting to vote with small children in tow comes to mind. That’s why the YMCA of Greater Louisville is offering free Election Day child care so parents can cast their ballots in peace. [WAVE3]

In the Texas county known as the buckle on the “execution belt” for sending more people to the death chamber than any other nationwide, both candidates in the campaign for top prosecutor are calling for moderation in capital punishment. [Reuters]

If you think history doesn’t paint a clear picture of who will win this race, you have no business writing about it and have literally done no backgrounding. [WFPL]

Every election season, cries that voter fraud will threaten the legitimacy of American democracy can be heard throughout the country. [ProPublica]

Union head tells GE Appliances workers to prepare in case of strike. Contract negotiations have been ongoing for months now. [Business First]

River Run Family Waterpark was recently recognized at the United Aqua Group’s 2016 Awards of Distinction Competition. [News & Tribune]

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Why Do Bikes Infuriate Old People?

Proposed plans are in the works for new bike lanes along a narrow stretch in Louisville. The plan shows that lanes would go along Barret Avenue and continue onto Castlewood Avenue past Tyler Park. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairman Russell Lloyd on Tuesday retracted – and apologized for – an allegation he made in a news release Monday about Republican state Rep. Denny Butler. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! WHAS11 News has learned the police officer under investigation for a fatal August shooting is now subject of a new investigation. [WHAS11]

Matt Bevin’s administration has banned flip-flops and exposed midriffs in a new dress code for Kentucky’s more than 31,000 executive branch employees. [H-L]

A father shot and left for dead. Now, nearly a week after the death of Kenny Belt, 46, his family is looking for answers. [WLKY]

Republicans who back Donald Trump and are now expressing shock and consternation at his trashing of the democratic process shouldn’t be surprised. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Five people have been shot since Friday in the Park Hill community and one councilman says there needs to be more officers on the streets patrolling Louisville’s most troubled neighborhoods. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump rode to the top of the Republican ticket promising a “big, beautiful, powerful” border wall with Mexico to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants. Along that border, however, Americans are more likely to call the wall a “waste of money”, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. [Reuters]

A committee launched to investigate allegations that Gov. Matt Bevin illegally canceled a road project to punish a lawmaker for not switching political parties met for the first time Friday. [WFPL]

Few things are more awesome than listening to kids playing on the playground. There’s magic in that mix of laughter and exhausted breaths — giggle, pant, giggle. [ProPublica]

Slice, a 1980s-themed sandwich shop, has closed after just a few months in business. [Business First]

When Emily Carroll, a reservist master at arms in the United States Navy, learned she was being deployed to Djibouti, Africa, for a year, she sat in her bosses’ office at Denzinger Family Dentistry in New Albany and cried. [News & Tribune]

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The First Story Is Beyond Horrific

Police say a railroad supervisor discovered a gruesome scene Monday in Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood. [WDRB]

Go looking for Donald Trump’s Kentucky, and you might find yourself on Terry Wright’s front porch. [C-J/AKN]

A Justice from the nation’s highest court stopped in the Derby City Monday as she received one of the top honors from the University of Louisville. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky is making a dramatic change in how it gives out financial aid by concentrating more on students who need help paying for college. [H-L]

The Chicago Cubs’ bats for the World Series will soon be headed to Cleveland. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s unpopularity is threatening to take the Republican Senate majority down with him. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Almost a year has passed since now-Miss Kentucky USA Kyle Hornback took the Breaking Cardinal Rules scandal to court, alleging that self-proclaimed ‘Escort Queen’ Katina Powell’s claims of providing strippers and sexual favors to UofL men’s basketball recruits devalued any graduate’s academic degree. [WAVE3]

Matt Bevin lost another round in court Friday when a Franklin Circuit Judge declined to vacate or amend his earlier ruling that Bevin could not abolish the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. [Ronnie Ellis]

If you’re wondering why trust in GLI continues to fall, here’s a look at how Kent Oyler is claiming to be unsure of the presidential election. [WFPL]

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a double-digit lead in the inaugural ABC News 2016 tracking poll released Sunday morning. [The Hill]

A retail and restaurant development on the retail-heavy Veterans Parkway in Clarksville took a leap forward earlier this week. [Business First]

Taking a second shot at securing funding for upgrades and rebuilt schools, the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. has an $87 million referendum on the ballot for Nov. 8. [News & Tribune]

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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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Maybe Stop The Whitewast That Is Claiming Louisville Is Mega-Super-OMG Compassionate And Focus On Crime? That’d Be A Good Place To Begin

We all want gun violence to end but when will we give people a reason to end it? [WDRB]

After a school security monitor slammed a girl’s head into a table at Breckinridge Metropolitan High School, her blood poured from a cut and pooled on the gym floor, a Jefferson County Public Schools investigator found. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s become a hotspot for crime and now some residents in Louisville’s Taylor Berry neighborhood say they are living in fear. [WHAS11]

Only 6 percent of Kentuckians lacked health insurance in 2015, a drop of 8.3 percentage points since 2013, according to fresh data from the U.S. Census Bureau. [H-L]

Metro police are investigating an overnight shooting in Pleasure Ridge Park. [WLKY]

New national polls show the presidential race close, but Clinton remains consistently ahead. [HuffPo]

There are reports of growing unrest among officers within the Louisville Metro Police Department. [WAVE3]

A national campaign led by Walmart, Lowe’s and other big companies to let employers opt out of workers’ comp insurance was dealt a blow after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled such plans unconstitutional. [ProPublica]

People fighting a proposed affordable housing development in Norton Commons are not getting the support of their Louisville Metro Council representative. [WFPL]

Turns out that when it comes to fighting climate change, most Americans are willing to pay a little more to get the job done. [ThinkProgress]

United Parcel Service Inc. is looking to hire 2,500 people in the Louisville area. The openings are a combination of seasonal and permanent jobs , and they include part-time package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers. [Business First]

When Joshua Rose and Adam Miller started the Family and Friends Community Center, it was with the the hope that people of all faiths and non-faiths, with various backgrounds, could come together to share ideas to help the community. [News & Tribune]

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Eastern Kentucky Needs Your Love

The Jefferson County Board of Education unanimously approved lowering the property tax rate for the current fiscal year on Tuesday night. [WDRB]

The owners of an industrial building at 708 W. Magazine St. where a Texas company proposed opening a controversial methadone clinic have ended all negotiations with the firm. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Cry us a damn river, FOP. You don’t want media attention when cops kill someone but when a few officers get butthurt and choose to leave a Taco Bell, you go insane begging for media attention. LMPD officers were refused service at the Taco Bell on Preston Hwy, near Phillips Lane, according to the River City Fraternal Order of Police. [WHAS11]

Eastern Kentucky needs your love. She died alone in the middle of the night, and her body was swiftly autopsied, embalmed and carted 135 miles to a remote Kentucky county where she had been raised. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! New Albany loves killing people, too. Police are investigating a homicide in New Albany after a man was found fatally shot. [WLKY]

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 12 percentage points among likely voters, her strongest showing this month, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting in the area where LMPD Chief Steve Conrad held a peace walk just hours earlier. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump used his campaign funds to buy thousands of copies of his own book at retail cost, simultaneously diverting donor money back into his pockets while artificially boosting his sales figures. It’s a tactic that may be illegal, campaign finance experts say. [TDB]

The Louisville Metro Police Department’s body camera program drew praise when it was introduced more than a year ago. [WFPL]

Matt Bevin is a bigot. Matt Bevin’s administration is suing the federal government to block a rule that says medical providers and insurance companies can’t discriminate against transgender patients. [More WFPL]

This story will probably make you gouge your eyes out. Louisville senior living company borrows Chick-fil-A’s secret sauce. [Business First]

New Albany Floyd County Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 25 year of helping low income families in Floyd and Clark counties realize their dream of homeownership. [News & Tribune]

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Jim Ramsey-UofL Funtimes Just Won’t Quit, Now Involves Fun Foundation Construction Shenanigans

What this story doesn’t tell you is that one guy is paying for everything out of his own pocket. That means he’s making massive campaign contributions to Trump in violation of FEC limits. [WDRB]

James Ramsey, who was forced to resign last month as president of the University of Louisville, apparently plans to stay awhile at its foundation, where he is still president. The foundation is constructing new offices at its building at 215 Central Ave., for Ramsey and Kathleen Smith, his chief of staff, according to a university official and several tradesmen who were busy working Friday on the space. [C-J/AKN]

Surprise! TARC is making cuts/alterations/changing routes again. Just what Compassionate Possibility City needs – more (bad) transportation changes for the working poor. [WHAS11]

We’ve been yelling about it for years and here you go. Many people in Lexington who see doctors at University of Kentucky HealthCare write checks to the Kentucky Medical Services Foundation. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Muhammad Ali tribute hanging at Spalding University has disappeared. [WLKY]

The Justice Department plans to stop using privately run prisons that typically house undocumented federal inmates following a report finding they are less safe than those that are federally run, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said Thursday. [HuffPo]

A man was arrested after a three-hour standoff with police in the Shawnee neighborhood Saturday afternoon. [WAVE3]

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 8 percentage points among likely voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. [Reuters]

Over the past decade, the news about Kentucky’s coal industry has been reliably bad. The latest numbers show the state is mining the smallest amount of coal since about 1934, and there are fewer coal miners employed here than anytime in the 20th century. [WFPL]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a direct appeal to African-American voters, saying “What do you have to lose?” [BBC]

University of Louisville Hospital is back in compliance after concerns were raised about patient safety. [Business First]

The Tri-County Health Coalition, based in New Albany, has opened its doors to homeless community members to come in and cool off in the summer heat. [News & Tribune]

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More On The Weekend Shooting Spree

Louisville Metro Police are investigating after three juvenile females were shot. [WDRB]

A group of pastors and ministers said Thursday they are frustrated and angry over how quickly Louisville Metro Police officers shot and killed a man this week. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The 2016 Kentucky State Fair kicks off on August 18 amid multiple instances across our country of county and state fair accidents. As you can imagine, ride safety is on the minds of those on the Kentucky State Fair Board. [WHAS11]

Artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova’s latest work didn’t wind up where it’s located by accident. “We wanted something that would directly address the monuments,” Gohde said standing on Upper Street between the old Lexington Courthouse, which boasts statues of two Civil War figures, and the 21c Museum Hotel where his and Todorova’s work boasts the Frank X Walker quote, “Unlearn Fear + Hate,” which is the name of the piece. [H-L]

A shooting that left two people dead when gunfire erupted at a birthday party Tuesday in west Louisville remains under investigation. [WLKY]

Despite the world’s string high-profile terror attacks this year, the economy remains at the top of American voters’ minds, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds. A 45 percent plurality name the economy as one of the two issues most important to them, ranking it first on a list of 10 topics. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The David Armstrong Extreme Park is known as one of the best skate parks around the state. However, many have been taking it for granted and leaving it worse than they had found it. [WAVE3]

The first nationwide study to ask high school students about their sexuality found that gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers were at far greater risk for depression, bullying and many types of violence than their straight peers. [NY Times]

Lead problems with the water in Flint, Mich., have prompted people across the country to ask whether they or their families have been exposed to the toxic metal in their drinking water, too. [WFPL]

Here’s Matt Bevin wasting your taxpayer dollars in favor of discrimination. Texas and a dozen other states asked a U.S. judge on Friday to block Obama administration guidance to public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms of their choice, saying it usurps the authority of school districts nationwide. [Reuters]

GE Appliances is attempting to scare, intimidate and disorganize unionized workers ahead of contract negotiations scheduled to take place [this] week, according to Dana Crittendon, president of the IUE-CWA Local 83761. [Business First]

It took several years to get approved and more than an hour to debate Tuesday, but 18 Floyd County court employees will soon see a significant pay raise due to being reclassified. [News & Tribune]

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Morning Department Of Nonstop Murder

With seven homicides in just eight days Louisville is on track to set a deadly record in 2016. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Board of Education chairman David Jones Jr. has filed for re-election to the District 2 board seat he currently holds. [C-J/AKN]

JCPS has named Former GE manager Randy Frantz as the new Transportation Director. [WHAS11]

Lexington is better known for horses and bourbon than high-tech entrepreneurs. But there are more of them than you might think, and they make everything from hardware for the International Space Station to designer mice. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A homicide investigation in underway on Taylor Boulevard after a man was found beaten to death. [WLKY]

Retiring Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) on Tuesday announced he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November because Donald Trump is “unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country.” [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A tall order for the man tasked with leading the University of Louisville through a difficult transition. Thursday, Neville Pinto discussed his new post as UofL’s acting president. [WAVE3]

As algorithms control more aspects of our lives, we need to be able to challenge them. Algorithms are ubiquitous in our lives. They map out the best route to our destination and help us find new music based on what we listen to now. But they are also being employed to inform fundamental decisions about our lives. [ProPublica]

This seems like a supreme waste of taxpayer dollars. A recently released multi-month study examining the need for a stadium to house the city’s minor pro soccer team calls for a 10,000-seat stadium to be built by 2020. [WFPL]

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 8 points nationally in a poll released early Sunday. [The Hill]

It turns out Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman wasn’t given much time to think about it when Gov. Matt Bevin asked him to be on the board of trustees at the University of Louisville. [Business First]

New Albany wants to be just like Louisville, apparently. Two teenagers were struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Spring and Vincennes streets in New Albany on Thursday around 4:30 p.m. [News & Tribune]

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