Arena Authority Revenue Dropped? Surely Not!

Louisville Metro Police say they found more than just drugs during a narcotics investigation at a Louisville hotel: they found several women acting as prostitutes. [WDRB]

Several Louisville Metro Council members aren’t happy with Mayor Greg Fischer for failing to restore previously cut urban services in his new budget proposal. [WFPL]

This is certainly not a humane way to put any sick pet down. The guy obviously needs a crash course on common sense. But firing him as a councilman? That’s kind of extreme in this instance – and we’re all crazed animal lovers here. [WHAS11]

Here’s your non-shocker of the morning. Arena authority financials show a reliance on city money and event revenue dropped by more than $4 million. [C-J/AKN]

As the school year rounds out for Jefferson County Public Schools, union contract negotiations began Monday between the district and the teacher’s association. This comes of the heels of criticism from Kentucky’s education commissioner about some of JCPS’ low-performing schools. [WLKY]

Kentucky judicial officials are moving to suspend a senior judge over allegations of misbehavior during two hearings, including an appeal from a death row inmate. A hearing is set for Tuesday in Paducah for Senior Judge Martin McDonald before the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission. [H-L]

Today John Yarmuth meets with Kentucky Community and Technical College System President Michael B. McCall. [Press Release]

The effectiveness of school suspensions is up for debate. California is the most recent battleground, but a pattern of uneven application and negative outcomes is apparent across the country. [NPR]

Dear WHAS11 medialady: dismissing suicide prevention efforts in a sarcastic manner is a surefire way to get us to tell the world who you’re humping for stories. This city has a tragic suicide rate and it is not something to be laughed at. [Media Failure]

A woman convicted of burning down her business for insurance money is ready to clear her name. [WAVE3]

One of 14 people arraigned last week on federal charges of being part of a drug distribution ring was a Jefferson County Public Schools bus driver, the school system said. And you wonder why the school bus system is so screwed up in Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Last month, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced plans to expand Medicaid eligibility to individuals who are at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level. [Business First]

Louisville Ignores The Looming Pension Disaster

JCPS Principals at some of the district’s lowest performing schools get to keep their job. The move is in response to a surprising report from the Kentucky Department of Education. [WDRB]

Kate Hopkins didn’t know the man in the casket, never met him or his family. Yet, Hopkins attended the funeral of Francisco Carmona, 48, on a gray, cold day at a county-owned cemetery in south Louisville. [H-L]

Remember when Joe Arnold freaked out because he thought he’d discovered some sexytime paintings or something? Turns out, they made a big impression on him and he went back to try to find those sexytime pictures. He has apparently never heard of magazines or the internet. [WHAS11]

Mayor Greg Fischer has appointed the city’s chief financial officer to the Louisville Arena Authority Board amid growing concerns about the financial stability of the KFC Yum Center in downtown. [WFPL]

Here’s a shocker for you: WLKY discovered a story we wrote about LMEMS and carrying weapons. Haha. All kinds of people emailed us about it like it’s never happened before. [WLKY]

The House unanimously approved a pair of bills aimed at cleaning up “unintended consequences.” One deals with the Medicaid managed care system that has left many hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers complaining about getting paid on time by the managed care firms when they provide health care to Medicaid enrollees. [Ryan Alessi]

After completing the final year of a three-year sponsorship agreement with the National Football League, Papa John’s International Inc. announced Wednesday that it has reached a new long-term agreement with the league. [Business First]

Surely this isn’t the way it was supposed to work? Short or odd-year sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly were supposedly designed to clean up bills passed in regular even-year budget sessions or to address issues which arose since the last session. [Ronnie Ellis]

If dog owners don’t start cleaning up after their pets they could soon be banned from the Big Four Bridge. People who don’t pick up after their dogs ought to be face planted in a pile of dookie. [WAVE3]

The Jeffersonville Board of Public Works adopted a resolution Wednesday that it hopes will resolve issues that have arisen from the city’s sweeps of area homeless camps. [News & Tribune]

Why on earth does Kentucky Retirement Systems continue buying Private Equity? Another KRS mess the mainstreamers ignore. [Page One]

How Excited Are You For The MSD-Water Merger?

The effort to merge MSD and the Water Company is getting bigger and bigger. It’s only a matter of time until you’re spending even more money on the two services. [WHAS11]

The number of construction jobs in the Louisville metropolitan statistical area declined by 3.5 percent from December 2011 to December 2012, according to a new analysis of U.S. Department of Labor statistics by the construction trade group Associated General Contractors of America. [Business First]

A long-term effort to save energy on the University of Louisville’s campus is surpassing its goals. [WDRB]

A new study says the heat that’s released from buildings and transportation in major urban areas can affect the temperature in cities far away. [WFPL]

A Hardin County father originally charged with manslaughter in the death of his 1-month old son has now been indicted for murder. [WLKY]

The state will dramatically cut child care assistance to low income families and will pay no new subsidies to relatives raising abused or neglected children beginning in April, state officials announced Tuesday. [H-L]

Some gross sex theater in Southern Indiana is in trouble for having glory holes in its walls. And for perverts doing things in a theater or something. [WAVE3]

The three New Albany City Council members that lost their health insurance have filed a lawsuit seeking to have the coverage restored. [News & Tribune]

Things that do not go well with running for the United States Senate: divorcing your husband. Especially when you spend half your life tweeting about how great your marriage is. [WLKY]

The opening of the Big Four Bridge cross-river pathway has been delayed until next week, as workers finish installation of benches and other features. [C-J/AKN]

Six weeks after the massacre of 26 people at a Connecticut school ignited new calls to fight gun-related violence, the issue reaches the U.S. Congress on Wednesday amid questions about whether lawmakers will be able to agree on significant legislation. [Reuters]

Metro Animal Services Was Nowhere To Be Found

Why, of COURSE Metro Animal Services is refusing to return calls in an emergency situation. Of course they are. Not even returning calls when a media outlet tries to get in touch. Anybody with enough common sense, though, would have used their googler to locate another animal welfare agency to help them out. So one has to wonder whether WAVE’s people have common sense. [WAVE3]

Remember Sexytime Herman Cain and that lady he sexytimed for like 13 years? Yeah? That sexytime all started in Louisville and sexytime lady has written about it on the internet! Go read it posthaste. [Salon]

Way to go, Old Louisville, for your latest murder near First and Ormsby. Metro Police are searching for a gunman in a fatal shooting in Old Louisville. [FOX41]

Jefferson County Public Schools has decided it won’t charge parents and others wanting to volunteer in schools a $10 fee for a background check, instead setting aside $150,000 in its 2012-13 budget to cover the cost. [C-J/AKN]

U.S. employers hired at a dismal pace in June, raising pressure on the Federal Reserve to do more to boost the economy and dealing another setback to President Barack Obama’s reelection bid. [Reuters]

Here’s more from one side of the Avalon guy and the Derby Museum snafu. Now that a lawsuit has been filed. [WHAS11]

Reading this story about Housing with quotes from Sadiqa Reynolds really illustrates everything. [C-J/AKN]

Exit ramps aren’t open again today and local drivers are beginning to freak out. This is Possibility City. [WLKY]

Last year, the western Kentucky town of Madisonville was runner-up in a nationwide contest aimed at being named the “Best Town on Earth.” This year, it wants to be No. 1. [H-L]

An investigation by NPR and several partners has found that black lung disease is far from being eradicated among coal miners. On the contrary: the reports outline a disease where diagnoses have doubled in the last decade in parts of Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. [WFPL]

A 20 year educational lesson? Evidence from America and Britain shows that independence for schools works. [The Economist]

Shanklin Needs A Really Cool Nickname STAT

Okay, kids, which barns will Barbara Shanklin burn down within the Fischer Administration and within Jim King’s world once she’s toast? You know she’s sitting on a mountain of dirt. Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin used city grant money to continue an upholstery training program that the mayor’s office had ordered shut down. [C-J/AKN]

Sexytime Karen Sypher’s conviction was upheld by a federal appeals court. WHEN WILL THIS SEXYTIME GROSSNESS GO AWAY? [FOX41]

Jim Gray is following in Greg Fischer’s footsteps by starting all kinds of commissions in Lexington. Maybe his commissions will actually DO something, though. [H-L]

He said he was an innocent bystander, beaten by Louisville Metro and Jeffersonville police after a chase and filed a lawsuit. Now, the family of the New Albany man have taken up his fight after his death. [WAVE3]

Don’t worry, you’re all prolly gonna die of the bad air quality today, amen. [WFPL]

Can you imagine being without air conditioning for six days like these families in Newburg? [WHAS11]

Hey, look, your local newspaper figured out that the Metro Parks review is complete. It didn’t realize that it was nearly worthless, however. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville Metro Police busted a drug operation in southwest Louisville after they said they found heroin and needles inside a home filled with young children. [WLKY]

Kentucky stands to benefit most from the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to a study. [Business First]

Republicans in Frankfort are still really made about the health care system changing but they still have no alternative. [Page One]

Will The World End If Fox Isn’t On Your Cable?

Ford Motor Co will pursue its boldest attempt yet to tackle a nearly $50 billion risk to its business when it begins offering lump-sum pension payout offers to 98,000 white-collar retirees and former employees this summer. [Reuters]

Guess who got removed from Time Warner/Insight/Whatever Cable. Yep, WDRB/FOX41. [FOX41]

The bonds issued to build the KFC Yum! Center are now classified as “junk” status by Moody’s Investors Service, meaning the rating agency thinks the bonds are particularly risky investments. [C-J/AKN]

Just what Louisville needs! Another deadly shooting. This time near Iroquois Park. [WAVE3]

This should send Marilyn Parker and crew into a fit of rage. Mitch Daniels is a member of the Bilderberg Group. [Dahahaha]

Ruh ro, an appeals panel scolded Karen Sypher’s attorney for repeatedly making assertions that weren’t backed by evidence in the trial record. Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey said the argument “appeared to be a waste of everybody’s time.” [WHAS11]

Nolan offered claims that Sypher wasn’t properly represented by attorney James Earhart, and that he didn’t call witnesses who might’ve testified positively about the ex-trade show model. [84WHAS]

Kentucky officials signaled Thursday they will change how prisoners are executed, opening the door to using a single drug instead of the current three-drug method that has been challenged by inmates who call it cruel and unusual punishment. [H-L]

Some lady was hoarding cats in J-town. Because that is apparently a nice life to live. [WLKY]

The top pick of Kentucky Retirement Systems to lead that organization has once again been sued. That’d be the guy Greg Fischer’s honcho wants to pick, obviously. [Page One]

A federal judge has given the Environmental Protection Agency one week to set standards for fine particle pollution across the United States. These are the fine particles that come out of factories, power plants and automobiles. [WFPL]

Greg Fischer can afford to spend $450,000 of your tax dollars to buy land near Fairdale for a park but can’t afford to feed the animals at Metro Animal Services. That’s compassion, right? [Business First]

What Is Mayor Buzzwords Talking About Now?

Have you seen this sad Brooks Wicker campaign against John Yarmuth? The amount in his campaign war chest is less than Frankfort folks spend on hookers in a given five-minute period of time. It’s just sad watching his campaign. Sad. [WFPL]

Sorry, Louisville’s great, just not the “most compassionate city in the world.” When will Greg Fischer quit with this world record tripe? [FOX41]

If you need a laugh break this morning, be sure to check out all the comments on the story about Karen Sypher’s book. Highly entertaining. [C-J/AKN]

If you missed it yesterday, WHAS11 ran yet another one-sided story about the Brownsboro Road sidewalk project. And those who oppose were again unable to offer any real reason to oppose it. Interesting that the station that claims such great integrity is continuing down this Bob Gunnell path of one-sided dishonesty with no disclosure. [WHAS11]

The Fourth District Congressional race is getting a bit testy. Though, the race is still a sleeper and will be over in May. Because the only way a Democrat can win in November is if Alecia Webb-Edgington wins. [Page One Here & Here]

Another day, another Jefferson County Public Schools bus crash. Sadly, two students were injured in this one. [WAVE3]

TARC wants to raise fares again and cut ten more routes. Because that’s what we consider compassion in Possibility City. [Business First]

WLKY takes a look at the everyday operations at Louisville Metro Corrections. What will the station find? [WLKY]

Kentucky racetracks and horsemen are feeling competitive stress at all levels. You should probably give this story a read. [H-L]

A woman was found dead in the East End and media speculation is running rampant. [84WHAS]