Constants: Gun Deaths & UofL Shenanigans

Two public high schools in Jefferson County are seeking an appeal to the Kentucky Department of Education, asking the state to reconsider the labels given to Valley and Fern Creek high schools following the release of their latest test scores, according to a proposal up for board approval on Tuesday. [WDRB]

The University of Louisville publicly released the NCAA’s notice of allegations on Thursday after the organization’s year-long investigation into U of L’s men’s basketball program, and the NCAA charges U of L with four Level I violations – the highest level – and cites Louisville coach Rick Pitino with failure to monitor an employee. [C-J/AKN]

The Louisville area crossed a grim line Wednesday when it recorded its 100th homicide for the year, reaching triple digits for the first time in four decades. [WHAS11]

Lexington’s minimum wage will roll back to $7.25 an hour after the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Kentucky cities do not have the authority to raise the minimum wage. [H-L]

Louisville police are investigating a shooting sent three people to the hospital. Police say all three victims were shot in the same location on College Court. [WLKY]

It was a tacky, hostile and personal insult, but for Trump, it was actually a euphemism of sorts. Women around the world instantly knew what he was really saying. [HuffPo]

University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino is accused of failing to monitor one of his coaches in a way that would prevent the sex scandal that rocked the program. That’s included in the notice of allegations released by the NCAA Thursday morning, about a year after its investigation began. [WAVE3]

It is time someone got to the bottom of everything that people say about Hillary Clinton. Who is she? More importantly, WHAT is she? [WaPo]

Kentuckians are one step closer to learning what changes will be made to their Medicaid benefits. [WFPL]

President Barack Obama ripped Donald Trump here Friday as a man who’s embraced an attack on the “global elite” only after failing to be accepted as a member of the global elite himself, attacking the Republican nominee for running an anti-American campaign with paper-thin support that’s all about InfoWars.com conspiracy theories. [Politico]

Baptist Healthcare System Inc. has asked the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority to consider a bond issue of as much as $459 million for the hospital system. [Business First]

The silent, living giants that tower over our neighborhoods and streets aren’t just pleasing to the eye. [News & Tribune]

Arena Mess Déjà Vu? *EYES ROLL BACK IN HEAD*

In a new round of scrutiny over the KFC Yum! Center, a Kentucky legislative panel voted unanimously Tuesday to ask for a state audit of the Louisville Arena Authority. [WDRB]

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence began Friday supporting Donald Trump’s statements denying he had sexually assaulted women and promising evidence that would prove Trump’s innocence. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It’s a concern parents don’t want to think about when they put their kids on the bus every morning, but some do. [WHAS11]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is in a pickle. The senior Kentucky Republican began the year with a tough Senate electoral map. A wildly unpredictable Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, has possibly made that map even harder. [H-L]

A woman has been hospitalized after being shot in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood. [WLKY]

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump appeared to question the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency once again on Saturday, referring to the president in air quotes. [HuffPo]

The new chairwoman of the University of Louisville Foundation has responded to the resignation of former chairman Dr. Bob Hughes. [WAVE3]

To understand how Donald Trump’s comments and alleged mistreatment of women are stoking the anxiety of other Republicans, look no further than the private appeal sent Wednesday to a billionaire from a super PAC backing Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey. [ProPublica]

Homeownership is a dream not only of U.S. born citizens but of many who arrive here from other countries. In Kentucky, more than 26,000 immigrants own their homes. [WFPL]

A major evangelical college campus organization is allegedly instituting a policy that would result in firing employees who support same-sex marriage. [ThinkProgress]

The status of the 12-acre campus that is home to the former Urban Government Center again will be the subject of public discussion later this month. [Business First]

The Clark County Health Department is making preparations for training people how to use Narcan, which, if used appropriately, can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. [News & Tribune]

Maybe Next Week Won’t Be So Crazy

The University of Louisville’s endowment suffered a 5.8 percent investment loss in the year that ended June 30 – its biggest decline since the 2008 financial crisis. [WDRB]

Turns out that white flight is extremely valuable in Louisville’s East End. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Federal court records filed by the city said that police were justified in the shooting of Darnell Wicker. He is the man police said was holding a tree saw when officers responded to a domestic dispute in South Louisville in August. [WHAS11]

Horse Country hopes to boost Thoroughbred racing, Central Kentucky tourism by offering behind-the-scenes tours of farms, equine clinics and feed mills. The goal is to do for horse breeding what the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is doing for whiskey-making. [H-L]

How long has it been since there was a JCPS bus accident? Glad to see nothing changes. [WLKY]

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Monday implored young leaders invited to the White House to continue his generation’s legacy of civil rights activism by reminding them of sacrifices that won the right to vote. [HuffPo]

Can trees and bushes block pollution from busy streets? That’s the question Louisville is trying to answer with a pilot project at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School on Shelbyville Road. [WAVE3]

Possibility City! A replacement model of the fire-prone Samsung Note 7 smartphone began smoking inside a U.S. plane on Wednesday, the family that owns it said, prompting fresh investigations by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration. [Reuters]

Matt Bevin’s administration says HealthCare.gov will be up and running in Kentucky in time for Kynect customers to reapply for their health insurance later this year. [WFPL]

Voters in four states appear likely to approve ballot measures that would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, according to recent surveys, while voters are split on the question in a fifth state. [The Hill]

Yum Brands Inc.’s plan to spin off its China unit will allow the company to focus more on its high-margin franchising business. [Business First]

Local shop owner Terry Lynch said she was more than happy to host a monthlong art show for local New Albany artists. [News & Tribune]

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Funtimes In The Racist RPK Clown Car

The Republican Party of Kentucky has tons of other racists in their midst. Tons of them appointed by Matt Bevin to various and sundry positions. You’ve read all about them on Page One. This is their attempt to appear non-racist by throwing some nobody with no shot of winning to the wolves as a sacrifice. [WDRB]

Louisville Orchestra artistic director Teddy Abrams thought he might have a hard time swaying the public – let alone the orchestra’s professional musicians – to take a chance on a concert with DJ GlitterTitz, a local electronic music act. [C-J/AKN]

School may be out for JCPS students Friday, but class was in session for some teachers. [WHAS11]

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s victory at the state Supreme Court last week might have been good news for Kentucky’s colleges and universities, but it could eventually hurt the state’s credit rating, according to one major ratings agency. [H-L]

The judge handling the case of the former University of Kentucky board chairman charged with rape has recused himself. [WLKY]

Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, has a peculiar way of dealing with criticism. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Christian Care Communities announced a gift of $235,000 from prominent Louisville businessman Charlie Johnson in honor of his late wife, Bettie L. Johnson on Wednesday, September 28. [WAVE3]

The Obama administration on Thursday finalized rules requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to employees and expanding the type of data employers must provide on their pay practices. [Reuters]

Yusuf Bibb says he knows every heroin addict in Louisville. Many of them he would see as they cycled in and out of the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections’ detox program. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s campaign manager appeared to unwittingly confirm an explosive Newsweek story on Thursday, telling ABC’s The View that a Trump company did indeed spend money in Cuba in 1998, in violation of a longstanding U.S. embargo that Trump has vociferously defended. [ThinkProgress]

Louisville developer Kevin Cogan likely faces an uphill battle to build a 34-story high-rise at the triangle of Grinstead Drive, Lexington Road and Etley Avenue near Cherokee Park. [Business First]

The General Mills facility, once home to about 400 employees and high-paying jobs, has sat empty since August, but the city and One Southern Indiana have hope for the vacant property. [News & Tribune]

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Another Rough Weekend In Louisville

Donald J. Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years, records obtained by The New York Times show. [NY Times]

Sure was a fun and compassionate weekend in Possumbility City. Louisville Metro Police are investigating after a man was shot in the chest. [WDRB]

Kathleen Smith, former University of Louisville President James Ramsey’s chief of staff, is out at the university’s fundraising arm, the U of L Foundation. [C-J/AKN]

Senior citizens and disabled individuals can start applying for heating assistance in Louisville next week. [WHAS11]

Standard good old boy behavior in Kentucky. Former University of Kentucky board chairman Billy Joe Miles of Owensboro pleaded not guilty Monday to rape, sodomy and bribing a witness at a hearing in which the prosecutor said the alleged victim has received death threats and other harassment since the charges were filed. [H-L]

Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday Louisville Metro police responded to a call of a shooting on the 7300 block of Southside Drive. [WLKY]

Donald Trump ramped up his feud with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado on Friday, calling her “disgusting” and accusing her of having a sex tape. [HuffPo]

A Louisville teenager was killed in a shooting early Saturday morning in Lexington. [WAVE3]

Donald J. Trump has a cruel streak. He willfully causes pain and distress to others. And he repeats this public behavior so frequently that it’s fair to call it a character trait. Any single example would be off-putting but forgivable. Being shown many examples across many years should make any decent person recoil in disgust. [The Atlantic]

Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia are among the states challenging the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, or CPP, in oral arguments Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. [WFPL]

At Monday night’s debate, Donald Trump was called out for stiffing the people who work for him. Trump has been accused of failing to pay hundreds of contractors. And so far, he hasn’t seemed very sorry. When asked about failing to pay someone by Hillary Clinton this week, Trump replied, “Maybe he didn’t do a good job and I was unsatisfied with his work.” [WaPo]

Kathleen Smith, a longtime aide to former University of Louisville president James Ramsey, has been placed on paid administrative leave from her position with the University of Louisville Foundation. [Business First]

As one of the first orders of business, the Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana is working to put in place a network of volunteers and organizations that would work together to offer safe shelter for homeless in extreme weather. [News & Tribune]

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Really, JCPS, Please Get It Together

With 410 new applications, the window closed Friday for the new EMT recruit class with Louisville Metro EMS. [WDRB]

Mayor Greg Fischer is ready to start a public conversation on Louisville banning electronic cigarettes and hookah five months after he first raised the idea. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! How much hype can the local teevee folks give this guy? The President of the local Fraternal Order of Police is asking LMPD Chief Steve Conrad to hold off on his plans to reorganize LMPD, at least until November. [WHAS11]

A judge has upheld a state ethics code violation against a woman linked with former state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. [H-L]

A non-profit trade group that leads Kentucky’s bourbon and distilled spirits industry is expanding. The Kentucky Distillers’ Association said Monday that the Bardstown Bourbon Company is its newest member. [WLKY]

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence on Thursday said Americans should refrain from speaking about racial bias within law enforcement immediately after police shootings to help bring unity to communities like Charlotte, North Carolina, where violent protests raged this week over the police shooting of a black man. [HuffPo]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A Jefferson County Public School teacher was fired for a consistent pattern of using physical restraint to manage her classroom. The termination letter addressed to Jodi Anderson, lists 21 charges that support the termination and dates back to 2006 at Layne Elementary School. [WAVE3]

Our team that’s been travelling across the northern US hearing from voters is now at the halfway stage – crossing the states of North Dakota and Montana. There, our North America correspondent, Aleem Maqbool has been looking at the thorny issues surrounding the oil industry and climate change, in a place that’s directly affected by both. [BBC]

Louisville has been chosen for a federal pilot program aimed at attacking the city’s heroin and prescription opioid problem. [WFPL]

Ruling on a lawsuit filed by a state’s Democratic attorney general against its Republican governor, the Kentucky Supreme Court says Gov. Matt Bevin doesn’t have the authority to unilaterally slice money out of a state university’s budget. [NPR]

Major League Baseball has a new sponsor for its 2016 World Series: Evan Williams bourbon. [Business First]

Opposing groups of a New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. referendum say they’re missing political signs throughout the county, and neither group seems to know where they went. [News & Tribune]

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JCPS Scandals Have Gone On For Years, Probably Won’t End Soon

Two Jefferson County Public Schools employees have been suspended and a third has resigned after a student on a special needs school bus was sexually assaulted by another student. [WDRB]

Just when it appeared the fight between the University of Louisville Foundation and the school’s board of trustees was subsiding, both sides Thursday hurled angry charges and countercharges at each other. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Lonnie Ali is still very much grieving the loss of her spouse while learning to navigate without the man she calls her soul mate. [WHAS11]

Kentucky judges need to be paid more, Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. told state lawmakers Friday. [H-L]

While Advanced Placement exam scores in Kentucky improved this year, the number of test takers went down. [WLKY]

Shutting down for-profit detention facilities would hurt Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s ability to do its job, agency director Sarah Saldaña said Thursday amid a review over whether the government should do just that. [HuffPo]

A group of Louisville attorneys is calling for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to install metal detectors at its middle and high schools because of “the continuing danger of gun violence.” [WAVE3]

On Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. told Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he doesn’t think the Trump Organization’s international operations would be problematic if his dad were elected president. [ThinkProgress]

You’ve heard Jack Fox’s voice before, even if you don’t know him by name. Think back to the last time you were at the airport — any airport, really. Remember that voice that alerts you to the fact that “the moving walkway is now ending?” That’s Jack Fox. [WFPL]

Donald Trump’s campaign isn’t alone in patronizing his own businesses: taxpayers are indirectly doing so, too. Federal Election Commission records show that the U.S. Secret Service has paid the Trump campaign about $1.6 million to cover the cost of flying its agents with the candidate on a plane owned and operated by one of his companies. [Politico]

Something about this makes our eyes roll back in our heads… Total Wine & More plans to open its first Louisville store on Thursday, Oct. 6. [Business First]

River Ridge is one step closer to demolishing the remaining vestiges of the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant located on their property. [News & Tribune]

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