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A section of a popular green space in a Louisville neighborhood could become the site of a backup power facility for the water plant. [WDRB]

The NCAA has not finished interviewing people in its investigation of the University of Louisville’s men’s basketball program. [C-J/AKN]

A 17-year-old male was injured in a shooting at 32nd and Greenwood, in the Parkland area, according to MetroSafe. [WHAS11]

PEE ALERT! Andy Barr says people are poor because they receive assistance. The fact that the Kentucky Democratic Party can’t rustle up someone to beat this halfwit is a searing indictment of the Party’s inability to do anything other than conduct insurance fraud schemes these days. If you think Candy Barr isn’t out of his league and just as terrible as people like Tim Longmeyer, take a look at his anti-poverty proposal. It involves gutting public education and ending the requirement that financial advisers disclose conflicts of interest to their clients. [John Cheves]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! On Tuesday, a group of Jefferson County Public Schools took the opportunity to lead the conversation on race relations in Louisville. [WLKY]

The CEO of Aetna threatened an Obamacare pullout if the feds opposed its merger with Humana. [HuffPo]

It’s that time of year again. The time when all the JCPS school bus accidents start flooding the teevee news. The crash happened at the intersection of Cane Run Road and Bridwell Drive at 3:28 p.m. [WAVE3]

Federal health regulators have announced plans to crack down on nursing home employees who take demeaning photographs and videos of residents and post them on social media. [ProPublica]

Aaron Siskind, the 20th century photographer best known for his detailed pictures of urban architecture, once said: “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever; it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” [WFPL]

The “lock her up” chants started early and came often at Donald Trump’s campaign event near Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Wednesday evening. [BBC]

Kindred Healthcare Inc.’s rehabilitation department has a new person in charge. [Business First]

A Sellersburg company will cease manufacturing and cut its workforce nearly in half before the first of the year. [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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LG&E + Solar Just Feels Super-Dirty

If there’s one thing Louisville loves as much as a compassionate shooting, it’s a compassionate pedestrian accident. A child was hit by a car Monday night in a south Louisville neighborhood. [WDRB]

State laws have blocked the expansion of grassroots community-led solar power, and now utilities are putting their own stamp on new ways letting customers get their energy from the sun with requests before Kentucky energy regulators. Customers of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities may get a chance to participate in what’s called “community solar,” where customers pay into a new solar farm and then receive credit on their bills for electricity generated from those solar panels. [C-J/AKN]

A Louisville Metro Corrections officer finds himself out of a job after a 5-month investigation revealed he used racist, derogatory language towards another employee. [WHAS11]

Italian spirits maker Campari, parent of Wild Turkey, on Tuedsay reported that sales for the first six months were down 1.8 percent to $834 million. Excluding the effect of the exchange rate and other factors, the company said organic growth was up 5 percent, boosted in part by gains from Wild Turkey and Aperol. [H-L]

The Kentucky Alliance hosted a panel discussion Monday about gun violence and race relations. [WLKY]

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager reignited the long-debunked “birther” conspiracy theory on Tuesday night. Corey Lewandowski, now a CNN analyst/in-house Trump surrogate, suggested that President Barack Obama hadn’t released his Harvard transcripts because they might show he wasn’t a citizen of the United States. [HuffPo]

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness wants to help people in WAVE Country stop smoking. [WAVE3]

In Syria’s civil war, it’s dangerous to even treat the wounded. Since the beginning of the civil war, the Syrian government has killed hundreds of medical personnel, and dozens of doctors have been assassinated by ISIS. The few doctors who dare to treat the casualties have been forced to work in secret. [ProPublica]

White supporters of the movement have encountered responses (from welcoming to wariness) from some African-American activists. That hasn’t stopped them from leading pro-BLM protests in Louisville. [WFPL]

If you’ve yet to read this story, put on your crazy glasses. A report of a car full of men in body armor with semi-automatic weapons brought Lexington police to the Walmart on Richmond Road on Saturday night. Officers found two men, one in body armor, a 20-year-old woman and a six-month old baby. [More H-L]

The internet is no stranger to debate — just ask anyone who’s read through the comments on a YouTube video or Facebook post. But there also are debates between internet providers, such as those who have a stake in Louisville as Google Inc. considers rolling out its Fiber gigabit internet service here. Some companies already in the market are voicing their concerns through a pending lawsuit and a letter sent to government officials. [Business First]

He’s served in an interim role since July 1, but by about 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Lindon Dodd officially became the director of Clark County Community Corrections. [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]

MSD & Health? In The Same Sentence?

Assistant Superintendent Amy Dennes has announced that she will retire from Jefferson County Public Schools effective Aug. 1. [WDRB]

Under proposed changes announced Wednesday by Gov. Matt Bevin, many Kentuckians covered by Medicaid would… Here’s your chance to watch poor Kentuckians suffer. As well as your chance to watch the Republican Party of Kentucky’s drunken, delusional leadership foam at the mouth about how wonderful this is. Such a shame the KDP has no guts. [C-J/AKN]

Water Step and MSD continue to spread their knowledge of healthy drinking water and education as a professor from Nairobi, Kenya is in town hoping to better his community. [WHAS11]

Two members of the former Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees are suing Gov. Matt Bevin, claiming Bevin did not have the authority to remove board chairman Thomas Elliott of Jefferson County from the panel. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Four people were shot in a Louisville apartment Tuesday night. Two died and two others are recovering. [WLKY]

Democrats literally sat down on the floor of the House chamber on Wednesday — and forced the House into a temporary recess — as part of an effort to compel Republican leadership to vote on gun control legislation. [HuffPo]

WAVE’s teabagger web guy is taking time out of his busy day of posting mugshots of brown people to bring you the important story about mulch fires. [WAVE3]

This should be filled with schadenfreude. Long-time Republican activist and public relations executive Scott Jennings will emcee this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic political speaking on Aug. 6. [Ronnie Ellis]

Louisville Gas and Electric has chosen a solar energy company as a partner in a new effort to offer solar energy to business and industrial customers. [WFPL]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! What is white privilege – and do white Americans believe they benefit from it? [BBC]

America’s economy has been on the rebound since the Great Recession, but Uric Dufrene still spies some downward trends. [Business First]

The Clarksville Police Department plans to suspend its use of body cameras in anticipation of a new law that dictates how departments store footage and when they have to release that footage to the public come July 1. [News & Tribune]

JCPS: Still The Most-Hated Local Devil

The Jefferson County Board of Education met for more than three hours in executive session following its regular meeting Tuesday night to discuss the performance and evaluation of Superintendent Donna Hargens. [WDRB]

Tucked against an Ohio River levee in Rubbertown sits a plain brick building that on many rainy days is all that stands between nature’s fury and deadly flooding that could impact tens of thousands of residents. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Support from Mayor Mike Moore to ease traffic congestion on a busy road means hundreds of thousands of dollars getting pulled from an airport expansion agreement. [WHAS11]

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spoke this past weekend at a Utah retreat organized by Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who has been one of the most outspoken critics of Donald Trump. [H-L]

The Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education met Tuesday night. Board members voted to approve a $165,603 contract with Bellarmine University and Dr. Theresa Magpuri-Lavell, an employee of Bellarmine University, for the third year of the JCPS-Bellarmine Literacy Project. [WLKY]

What we do know — what I’ve known my entire life — is that the sight of two men kissing is a stunning, terrifying thing. A dangerous thing. A thing that inspires fury and fear and violence and, yes, murder. [HuffPo]

Another tree fell in a storm, so Louisville media lost its mind for an entire day. [WAVE3]

Muhammad Ali grew up in a poor neighbourhood in segregated Louisville, Kentucky, in the 1950s. Sixty years later, segregation has yet to lose its grip on the city. [BBC]

A Louisville Metro Council committee is looking to ban nearly all apartments and condominiums from use as short-term rental units. [WFPL]

Last weekend, US TV show host John Oliver bought and forgave $15m (£10.3m) worth of medical debt, delighting hundreds of people who had defaulted on the sky-high expenses from life-threatening illnesses. It only cost him $60,000 plus a $50 set-up fee. So is it that simple? [BBC]

PNC Bank has agreed to pay millions of dollars to the University of Kentucky’s marketing partner to be the school’s “official” bank, with the school getting 70 percent of the proceeds. [Business First]

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) announced last week that New Hope Services has been approved for funding an expansion and rehabilitation of its Highland Glen housing community in Scottsburg. [News & Tribune]