Crime, Murder, More FOP Shenanigans

Rapper Master P made a special stop while he was in Louisville this weekend. [WDRB]

Louisville Metro Police officers and area youths held a frank conversation following a recent police shooting at a forum in the California Community Center on Thursday. [C-J/AKN]

A news release that Congressman John Yarmuth “will announce his intentions for the 2016 campaign” on Monday triggered a buzz among Kentucky Democrats this weekend speculating whether he will seek a sixth term in the U.S. House and, if not, who might step up to replace him. [WHAS11]

The Metropolitan Sewer District quietly paid a $228,000 fine earlier this year for illegal sewage discharges as part of its ongoing program to curb overflows into local waterways. [H-L]

Two pedestrians were hit by a car late Friday night in Louisville, police said. [WLKY]

A substantial share of America’s youth remains economically disconnected, even as the economy continues to recover. [HuffPo]

People in the South End have been freaking out over the cancellation of this festival. [WAVE3]

Community members have both a constitutional right and a responsibility to question authority. They have a right to understand the policies employed by police, the parameters for deciding when deadly force is appropriate, and the training received on de-escalation techniques. It is unjust to equate the upholding of these rights as “anti-law enforcement” or “race baiting.” [ACLU]

Under certain scenarios, a large percentage of Americans could subsist on a diet made up of mostly local food, according to a new study. [WFPL]

The Confederate flag was adopted to represent a short-lived rebellion to extend and protect white supremacy and black slavery. [Vox]

Discover Financial Services said it plans to lay off 460 workers as it closes its mortgage origination business to focus on its profitable direct banking products, where the company sees greater growth opportunities. [Business First]

Some residents asked New Albany City Councilman Dan Coffey Thursday to apologize for remarks he made earlier this month that they felt were offensive to gays and transgender individuals. [News & Tribune]

Possibility City Had A Murderous Weekend, Kids

A solution to a sidewalk problem in Fairdale will only take two weeks to finish and many who live in the area say the project is a big deal. [WDRB]

The Louisville Jefferson County Democratic Party on Sunday selected attorney Pat Mulvihill to be its nominee for an election in November to serve out the final year of the late Metro Councilman Jim King’s term. [C-J/AKN]

It’s kind of sad that anyone thought they could stop the local Democrats from playing corrupt politics. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky Court of Appeals says a company that once managed 125,000 Medicaid recipients must pay the state damages for leaving the contract early. [H-L]

When will JCPS get its act together? Police arrested a JCPS principal on speeding and DUI charges early Saturday morning. [WLKY]

Insurers aren’t required to encrypt consumers’ data under a 1990s federal law that remains the foundation for health care privacy in the Internet age — an omission that seems striking in light of the major cyberattack against Anthem. [HuffPo]

In two days, four people were killed within Louisville city limits during one of the most violent weekends the city has seen in years. But ask Greg Fischer and everything is puppies and rainbows. [WAVE3]

EquiLottery CEO and inventor of the patented lottery game with the same name, Brad Cummings, will be testifying on behalf of SB74 in Frankfort, Kentucky on Tuesday, Feb. 10 (that’s today). The bill, which supports a lottery game like EquiLottery based on the outcome of live horse racing, will be heard in front of the Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee at 10 am in Room 169 of the Capitol Annex and is open to the general public. [Press Release]

When it came time for Anna Brashear to finish high school, college seemed out of reach. Financially, Brashear couldn’t swing it. And she said her family wasn’t in position to help either. [WFPL]

It was a busy legislative week on one end of the capitol during the second week of the 2015 General Assembly, as the Republican Senate passed a series of bills its leaders call their priorities – most of which have little chance of success in the Democratic-controlled House. [Ronnie Ellis]

In 1974, music critic Jon Landau famously wrote, “I have seen rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.” [Business First]

Floyd County Democratic Party Chairman Adam Dickey is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Franklin Township Board created by the resignation of Hazel Riley. [News & Tribune]

It’s A Just Okay & Really Bad Week For JCPS

You’ve already read the response from the school district but here’s another story about it. JCPS issued its response Monday night almost a month after a state audit found the district spends more money on administration – and less on instruction – than similarly sized school districts. [WDRB]

No one looks out from the shattered windows or relaxes on the rickety front porches. Neighbors have long forgotten the names of those who called the houses home. [C-J/AKN]

Residents in one South Louisville neighborhood are waiting to see if their homes are contaminated with toxic chemicals. Over the last week, the Environmental Protection Agency has been visiting people near the Lee’s Lane landfill. [WHAS11]

Keeneland Race Course was officially named the host of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup on Tuesday. [H-L]

BEWARE THE RIDICULOUS AUTO-PLAY VIDEO! Another day, another pedestrian death in Possibility City. [WLKY]

Health insurance is apparently a gigantic deal for Kentucky or this list is incorrect. [HuffPo]

JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens has been re-appointed for the 2014-2015 school year. [WAVE3]

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Louisville Male High School’s principal has been reassigned because of an investigation into the school’s administration of the ACT test. [WFPL]

Like many American cities, Baltimore has had a curfew for many years, but had enforced it only sporadically. This summer, the city will put in place one of the strictest curfews in the country, an attempt, supporters say, to get youths off the streets at night both for their safety and to reduce crime. [NY Times]

Minneapolis-based pharmacy network Excelera Corp. will move into a facility on Commerce Crossings Drive on July 1. [Business First]

Officials with America Place Business Park announced a new company will soon be moving into its 86-acre property in the River Ridge Commerce Center. [News & Tribune]

Greg Fischer Won’t Hype The Urban Sprawl Study

Louisville Metro officials have reached a deal with Underhill Associates to convert the historic Colonial Gardens property across from Iroquois Park into a development anchored by locally owned businesses such as restaurants and coffee shops. [WDRB]

It will probably come as no surprise to residents and visitors of Kentuckiana that Louisville has ranked poorly in a new study of metropolitan areas looking at sprawl. [C-J/AKN]

Wondering why Kentucky is being kept in the dark ages? It’s issues like this. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has made a ruling in the case of grocery stores and gas stations being able to sell liquor and wine. [WHAS11]

Louisville has the First Saturday in May for the Kentucky Derby. But Lexington has the second Saturday in April, the day when spring really starts, with Blue Grass Stakes Day at Keeneland Race Course. [H-L]

Do area restaurants get a big boom of business during Thunder? Thunder Over Louisville could result in a day of record sales for Sidebar at Whiskey Row, said general manager Jason Pierce. [Business First]

Yum! Brands is teaming up with Dare to Care and Chenoweth Elementary fourth and fifth graders to fight hunger here in Louisville. [WLKY]

After a several year hiatus, Louisville has returned to the list of the 25 cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings in the nation. [WFPL]

Picture-perfect weather lured a crowd of more than 650,000 to the waterfront for the 25th Thunder Over Louisville show. [WAVE3]

While judges typically serve in response to past criminal activity, Jeffersonville City Court Judge Ken Pierce is taking a proactive stance to prevent crimes, specifically, mob-driven violence during Thunder Over Louisville, he says. [News & Tribune]

Ruh ro moment. Juan E. Monteverde, a partner at Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities firm headquartered in New York City, is investigating the Board of Directors of Churchill Downs Inc. for potential breaches of fiduciary duties in connection with their conduct in seeking shareholders’ approval for the Company’s 2007 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan. [Business Wire]

Graffiti Symbolic Of Jeff Mayor’s Poor Leadership?

The Jeffersonville ramp to the Big Four Bridge isn’t even open, but vandals have already made their mark. Jeffersonville’s Mayor is now hoping to have the ramp open by the Great Steamboat Race. In the meantime, the graffiti will be cleaned up. [WDRB]

You probably want to see Chris Tobe provide testimony before the Louisville Metro Council about pulling city and county (CERS) folks out of the nightmarish Kentucky Retirement Systems. [Click the Clicky]

Do you have ideas on how to keep South Louisville “weird”? Let’s start with ditching the “weird” schtick and allowing the South End to be true to itself. [WHAS11]

Alison Grimes is afraid to discuss gun control. In fact, she loves to pander to the NRA crowd. Here’s a look at her wasted opportunity. [Page One]

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A local couple was astounded when their beloved beagle, who missing for almost two years, was found more than 400 miles away in Pennsylvania. [WLKY]

The president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System said Tuesday he is “shocked” that the Senate’s proposed state budget maintains a 2.5 percent budget cut for the system while restoring money for state universities. [H-L]

Police responded to a shooting around 11:30 Tuesday morning. Possibility City! [WAVE3]

Federal environmental officials now estimate more than 20,000 gallons of crude oil — double the initial estimates — leaked from a pipeline into a nature preserve in southwest Ohio. [HuffPo]

The violent, “mob-like” activities in downtown Louisville on Saturday has led Mayor Greg Fischer to call for extra vigilance from community members and police. [WFPL]

Local officials who opposed Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s proposal to get rid of a tax on business are gearing up for another round in the fight. [News & Tribune]

The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau has appointed interim president and CEO Karen Williams to the permanent post. [Business First]

There’s A Lot Of Fun JCPS Stuff Going On Today

If you missed Governor Steve Beshear’s budget address last night, go give it a read and download all the supporting fact sheets. [Page One]

A state legislative panel is reviewing the lease agreements college basketball programs have at public arenas as part of an evaluation of the University of Louisville’s revenue-sharing deal at the KFC Yum! Center. [WDRB]

Everybody and their mother is filing to run for every office in the dang city. From Larry Hujo to Geoffrey Morris. [C-J/AKN]

Pleasure Ridge Park High School Principal David Johnson has been reassigned to duties within the district pending the outcome of an investigation that alleges Johnson allowed a private business to operate on the school’s property. [WHAS11]

Animal-protection activists removed more than 40 dogs Tuesday from a substandard breeding operation in Pulaski County where many had been living in filth. [H-L]

Mayor Greg Fischer is making a push for early-childhood, education and it starts in the home. [WLKY]

The Society of Environmental Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists are unhappy with the West Virginia chemical spill — not just because 300,000 people were left without drinking water, but because government agencies refused to provide timely information about the leak to the public. [HuffPo]

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is backing two state lawmakers who are pushing for a statewide smoking ban. Monday night the legislation sparked a lively discussion on KET’s Kentucky Tonight. [WAVE3]

Mayor Bob Hall says Charlestown is preparing for major growth in the next 20 years by laying a foundation in 2014 and years to come. [News & Tribune]

The Louisville Independent Business Alliance wants to know what type of local businesses South Louisville residents would like in their community. [Business First]

Pleasure Ridge Park High School Principal David Johnson was placed on non-instructional duties Tuesday while the district investigates allegations that the school’s activity fund accounts were used improperly. [Toni Konz]

Officials with the Kentucky Department of Education confirm that the ACT testing company is investigating Jefferson County Public School’s Male High School. [WFPL]

Possibility City: Who Will Be Gunned Down Next?

A teenager standing at a bus stop became Louisville’s latest murder victim Monday night. [WDRB]

The Metropolitan Sewer District board agreed Monday to pay a $101,000 fine for 250 illegal sewage discharges during the first half of 2013, totaling about 152 million gallons, MSD officials said. [C-J/AKN]

A group of Louisville residents who say coal ash from a nearby power plant drifts into their lungs and homes have filed a federal suit against the utility company. [WHAS11]

Spoiler alert: it’ll be a bust because Charlotte is awful. Members of the Louisville and Lexington chambers of commerce are planning a joint road trip to see how another city handles economic development. [WKYT]

Sorry, no, there are no baby boomers moving to Shepherdsville in sizable numbers. [HuffPo]

The Dixie-do-over has moved one step closer to reality. People had the chance to weigh in on the Dixie Highway improvement project Tuesday night. [WLKY]

A new study released Monday by Breeders’ Cup officials clouds the picture on whether Lasix helps or hurts racehorses. [H-L]

$3.3 million well-spent by the UofL Foundation or not? The University of Louisville has finally made a deal to buy the old silo property off Interstate 65 near Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. [WAVE3]

The River Ridge Development Authority moved to put the final say on whether certain types of businesses can locate in the commerce center back in the hands of the people. [News & Tribune]

It’s still tough not to cringe/laugh when Greg Fischer tries to talk about being an inventor, which he still is not, the past hasn’t magically changed for him. [WFPL]

The Academy @ Shawnee, a school in Louisville’s West End that allows students to earn a pilot’s license while they study, has a new principal. [Business First]

Attack ads in recent months have taken their toll on Grimes’ image too- where in May she had a 34/24 favorability rating, now she’s dropped a net 16 points to 31/37. She was at almost break even with Republicans in the spring at 26/30 but is now at 10/53. [PPP]

The State Auditor of Public Accounts just released its report, in the form of a nine-page letter, reviewing the case of nepotism in Montgomery County Schools. It’s a perfect example of what’s wrong with many small town school districts in Kentucky. This one just may be the worst, however. [Page One]