The Worst Thing On Earth, Probably

From A Kentucky Newspaper:

Dr. George Nichols, a season-ticket holder who was formerly Kentucky’s chief medical examiner, said: “There was many inappropriate things that (former President James) Ramsey did. But to punish the basketball program proactively was a wise decision.

“It is better to spank yourself before somebody else does, but it won’t hurt as much.”

He said the allegations don’t answer the questions of where McGee got the money to entertain recruits and prospects, and university officials deflected questions from reporters about that. But given the benefits totaled only an averaged about $1,350 a year, McGee could have afforded that from his own salary, which exceeded $100,000 annually by the time he left Louisville.

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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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Everyone Panicked Over A UofL Foundation Meeting That Ultimately Didn’t Take Place

All that media hype for nothing. The special University of Louisville Foundation meeting set for Labor Day has been called off because of concerns raised by the U of L Board of Trustees. [WDRB]

Of course two entitled white guys are arguing over something in the West End. Louisville Metro Council President David Yates scolded fellow member Kelly Downard on Thursday evening for getting involved in the West End Wal-Mart negotiations, saying it was an inappropriate step that had pushed the project back. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Louisville Metro’s Meals on Wheels program cares for more than a thousand seniors every year and more volunteers are needed to continue that generous work. [WHAS11]

If you want to know why so many average Kentuckians are unhappy about the lack of good jobs and better wages since the Great Recession, read a report published Wednesday by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. The report has a mix of good news and bad news, with most of the good news in the “Golden Triangle” between Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati and most of the bad news in rural and chronically depressed parts of Kentucky. [Tom Eblen]

Louisville Metro Police are investigating the city’s 81st homicide of 2016. Police were called around midnight Sunday on a report of a shooting in the 600 block of Village West Drive. [WLKY]

Taco trucks on every corner!? SIGN US UP! [HuffPo]

A belated Fourth of July celebration was held in Crescent Hill on Sunday. [WAVE3]

Lawmakers are returning to Washington next week to confront an impasse over funding bills that threatens to cause a government shutdown, something Republican leaders want to avoid at all costs. [The Hill]

Elizabeth Boccieri has been using meth and oxycontin in the past few days, ever since she heard about extra-strength laced heroin that’s been making its way south from Ohio to Louisville. [WFPL]

A powerful drug that’s normally used to tranquilize elephants is being blamed for a record spike in drug overdoses in the Midwest. Officials in Ohio have declared a public health emergency and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says communities everywhere should be on alert for carfentanil. [NPR]

When Florida State athletes arrived on campus in 1998, they received $144,750 in free Nike footwear and apparel. This year, a vault of $2.8 million in Nike gear awaited players arriving in Tallahassee. That’s in addition to the $1.4 million in cash Nike will pay this year for the right to outfit the university’s athletes. [Business First]

The New Albany City Council hopes higher fines in an updated noise ordinance will ratchet down the number of violations. [News & Tribune]

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Latest Aetna-Humana Fun: Good? Bad?

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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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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Shootings, Shootings & More Shootings

For the last year, signs with pictures and information about Crystal Rogers have been posted all over Bardstown. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Public Schools has made important accomplishments this year but there have also been “obvious mistakes and omissions,” the district’s board said in its yearly performance evaluation of Superintendent Donna Hargens. [C-J/AKN]

School is right around the corner for Clarksville Community students and officials are already focusing the need for supplies. [WHAS11]

Massie’s ideas about “sovereignty” are an extreme example of the naïve thinking that fueled the Brexit vote, has propelled Trump’s candidacy and energizes Tea Party activists. It is our inner 4-year-old screaming, “You can’t tell me what to do!” [H-L]

One person was taken to the hospital after an overnight shooting in south Louisville. The shooting happened at about 2:30 a.m. at Déjà Vu on Taylor Boulevard, near Longfield Avenue. [WLKY]

Senate Republicans have never made it easy for President Barack Obama to put judges on federal courts. But now, with just months left in his term, they’re not even pretending to try to let judicial nominees through. [HuffPo]

Another day, another fun shooting in Compassionate City! [WAVE3]

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin proclaims the days of “pay to play” ended with his arrival in Frankfort. But some House Democrats say if you’re not willing to play, Bevin isn’t reluctant to make you pay. [Ronnie Ellis]

A Lexington city council committee will soon review constable policies in the central Kentucky community. [WFPL]

The coal industry is slated to lose clout in the next Congress, with term limits set to force out a chairman who has frequently battled with the Obama administration on behalf of mining companies. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Keeping Eastern Kentucky Impoverished) will relinquish the gavel of the House Appropriations Committee in January, after having led the powerful panel for six years, which is the maximum allowed under GOP rules. [The Hill]

The Louisville Sports Commission has named a new slate of officers and appointed new board members. [Business First]

The contract for newly hired town manager of Clarksville has been approved and Kevin Baity is scheduled to start June 30. [News & Tribune]