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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Eastern Kentucky Needs Your Love

The Jefferson County Board of Education unanimously approved lowering the property tax rate for the current fiscal year on Tuesday night. [WDRB]

The owners of an industrial building at 708 W. Magazine St. where a Texas company proposed opening a controversial methadone clinic have ended all negotiations with the firm. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Cry us a damn river, FOP. You don’t want media attention when cops kill someone but when a few officers get butthurt and choose to leave a Taco Bell, you go insane begging for media attention. LMPD officers were refused service at the Taco Bell on Preston Hwy, near Phillips Lane, according to the River City Fraternal Order of Police. [WHAS11]

Eastern Kentucky needs your love. She died alone in the middle of the night, and her body was swiftly autopsied, embalmed and carted 135 miles to a remote Kentucky county where she had been raised. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! New Albany loves killing people, too. Police are investigating a homicide in New Albany after a man was found fatally shot. [WLKY]

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by 12 percentage points among likely voters, her strongest showing this month, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday. [HuffPo]

The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting in the area where LMPD Chief Steve Conrad held a peace walk just hours earlier. [WAVE3]

Donald Trump used his campaign funds to buy thousands of copies of his own book at retail cost, simultaneously diverting donor money back into his pockets while artificially boosting his sales figures. It’s a tactic that may be illegal, campaign finance experts say. [TDB]

The Louisville Metro Police Department’s body camera program drew praise when it was introduced more than a year ago. [WFPL]

Matt Bevin is a bigot. Matt Bevin’s administration is suing the federal government to block a rule that says medical providers and insurance companies can’t discriminate against transgender patients. [More WFPL]

This story will probably make you gouge your eyes out. Louisville senior living company borrows Chick-fil-A’s secret sauce. [Business First]

New Albany Floyd County Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 25 year of helping low income families in Floyd and Clark counties realize their dream of homeownership. [News & Tribune]

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A Deadly Week In Compassionate City

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identified two people who died in a triple shooting in the Parkland neighborhood Tuesday night. [WDRB]

Highlands, Buechel, Fern Creek people, et al get ready! Costco has affirmed that it will open its long-anticipated, second membership warehouse in Louisville on Saturday, Aug. 27. [C-J/AKN]

A man was transported to the hospital after a shooting in Old Louisville Tuesday evening. [WHAS11]

The Herald-Leader editorial board handed Jerry Miller’s behind to him. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Two people have died and one other person was injured after gunfire broke out at a birthday party in west Louisville. [WLKY]

When Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh, who is running for his old Senate seat, left Congress in 2011, he cited dysfunction, gridlock and the outsize influence of “entrenched” special interests on lawmakers. He even floated returning to Indiana to teach, telling Ezra Klein he felt he could “make a bigger difference in a different capacity.” [HuffPo]

Property taxes are going down again slightly in Louisville Metro, the city’s mayor and chief financial officer announced on Wednesday. [WAVE3]

One of Obamacare’s major provisions — which is bitterly opposed by most Republicans — has helped improve patients’ insurance coverage, financial situation, and overall quality of life, according to a new study. [ThinkProgress]

A study of drinking water systems found 6 million Americans, including people in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio, are living with drinking water containing chemicals linked to a host of health problems. [WFPL]

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who presided over the state’s fracking boom of the mid-2000s, admitted the state’s fracking regulations favored economics over environmental safety during much of his tenure. [ThinkProgress]

Officials at GE Appliances are engaged in what’s called “effects bargaining” with leaders of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local 2249 in Bloomington, Ind. [Business First]

Plans for a barrier within the town hall that would lift the weapons ban placed last May could be on hold until it’s determined whether the building is ready for such construction. [News & Tribune]

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The City’s Losing Yet Another Convention

Louisville sure is Compassionate City. According to LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell, three people were found dead in a home on the 1600 block of Louis Coleman Jr. Drive after police responded to a report of shots fired in the neighborhood Saturday afternoon. [WDRB]

Thanks, religious extremists, for ruining hospitals everywhere when you buy them up! The state is investigating whether patient care is unsafe at University of Louisville Hospital because of staff cuts made by KentuckyOne Health. [C-J/AKN]

WARING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! As violence continues to spike around the city, one neighborhood is continuing to combat crime by promoting a festival of non-violence. [WHAS11]

Meanwhile, the people who do all the actual work at UK are paid dirt in comparison. University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto received a 48 percent increase in his base pay and a three-year contract extension Friday. [H-L]

If it’s not a gun death, it’s a stabbing, so that’s fun. Police are investigating a stabbing in southern Jefferson County. [WLKY]

Mitch McConnell (R-Cowardly Grandmother) is supporting Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump for president — but he isn’t saying, at least for now, whether he thinks the business mogul is actually up to the job. [HuffPo]

A big convention in Louisville will finish out its contract, and then it will be off to another city. SkillsUSA Executive Director Timothy Lawrence said hotels and transportation are the two biggest factors why the organization will be switching locations in 2021. [WAVE3]

A tax break that benefits only about 2,000 people adds up to billions in savings for them — and billions lost for the US economy. Leo Hindery Jr. remembers the call he got the night before he was to testify before Congress, in September of 2007, to close a tax loophole enjoyed by private-equity investors. It was from Stephen Schwarzman, co-founder of the Blackstone Group, the largest private-equity management firm in the US. [Bill Moyers]

Residents wishing to rent their homes through online portals like Airbnb must soon adhere to a set of local regulations. [WFPL]

Republicans STILL DON’T have an actual health care alternative and they never will. The House GOP’s health-care proposal would expand savings accounts, provide tax credits for buying insurance, and allow people to purchase coverage across state lines. Just don’t ask how much it costs. [The Atlantic]

Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. are giving themselves a little more time to shore everything up before merging. [Business First]

The last vote is just three days away, but some the details regarding Floyd Memorial Hospital’s sale to Baptist Health have raised concerns among local officials. [News & Tribune]

Puke Alert: Ali Funeral Ticket Scalpers

The Jefferson County Coroner’s office could soon be without a morgue in a battle between county and state. [WDRB]

When young Cassius Clay returned to his hometown in 1960 after winning an Olympic gold medal as a light heavyweight, he was greeted by hundreds of fans at the airport, and a 30-car motorcade followed him to Central High School, his alma mater. [C-J/AKN]

People are so disgusting that they scalped tickets FOR A FUNERAL! It’s so gross we’re still thinking about it more than 24 hours later. [WHAS11]

Have you seen what’s going on in Lexington? Houses and other buildings on 10-acre lots must be excluded from the total acreage before an agricultural exemption on property taxes can be given to a homeowner, according to an official legal opinion from the Kentucky Department of Revenue to Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator David O’Neill. [H-L]

Compassionate City has reached peak pedestrian accident. Getting hit by an LMPD cruiser takes the cake. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama mourned the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in a Saturday statement, remembering “The Greatest” for his talent and his spirit. [HuffPo]

Why we love Louisville: someone gets shot every day. [WAVE3]

A secret report warned that British spies may have put lives at risk because their surveillance systems were sweeping up more data than could be analyzed, leading them to miss clues to possible security threats. [The Intercept]

Demand for bourbon is putting pressure on the population of Kentucky’s white oak trees, which are used to make staves for whiskey barrels. [WFPL]

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Forty-five years after founding his fire-protection company, Richard Barber was considering an expansion plan. Meanwhile, an Indiana company was looking for growth opportunities. [Business First]

Getting some answers on the process and what’s coming forward for the Summit Springs development off State Street is the aim of a city council work session Monday night. [News & Tribune]

Fun Weekend Of Compassionate Shootings

Police are investigating a shooting that happened overnight near U of L’s campus. [WDRB]

Jefferson County Public Schools has agreed to pay $1.75 million to the family of a 16-year-old disabled boy who suffered two fractured legs —a life-threatening injury — after he was physically restrained by a teaching assistant. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The public is beginning tours of Muhammad Ali’s boyhood home. [WHAS11]

Hotel and motel stays in Fayette County will cost more this fall. On Thursday, the Urban County Council voted unanimously to increase the Fayette County hotel and motel tax by 2.5 percentage points to pay for a nearly $250 million overhaul and expansion of the Lexington Convention Center. That means hotel taxes will rise to 9.5 percent. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating the death of a woman in south Louisville. [WLKY]

The United States has killed the leader of the Afghan Taliban in an air strike in a remote border area just inside Pakistan, Afghanistan said on Sunday, in an attack likely to dash any immediate prospect for peace talks. [HuffPo]

Two people were shot early Sunday morning near the University of Louisville campus. [WAVE3]

Your risk of getting killed by a car goes up with every mile per hour. [ProPublica]

The Portland Investment Initiative, an organization founded by developer Gill Holland with the goal of purchasing and renovating real estate in the West Louisville neighborhood, has closed on two new properties. [WFPL]

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, promised on Thursday to roll back some of America’s most ambitious environmental policies, actions that he said would revive the ailing U.S. oil and coal industries and bolster national security. [Reuters]

Two Louisville small businesses will receive more than $100,000 in loans that will aid in the advancement of two aging buildings. [Business First]

When Betty Watkins envisions what Charlestown might look like in five or 10 years, what she hopes for seems simple enough. [News & Tribune]

Gun Nuts Visited Murder City This Weekend

Louisville Metro Police are investigating a double homicide in the 4000 block of River Park Drive, near South 40th Street. [WDRB]

It’s a prime example of infill – using land in already developed areas for new homes. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! And not far away from the Expo Center, dozens gathered to pray for victims of gun violence. [WHAS11]

Donald Trump brought his brand of feel-good fascism back to Louisville to receive an endorsement from National Rifle Association leaders and to speak to its national convention. [Tom Eblen]

Police were called to the scene of a shooting near Churchill Downs. [WLKY]

Exaggerator took advantage of sloppy conditions and a “dream trip” to win the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes by 3-1/2 lengths in Baltimore on Saturday, ending Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist’s bid for the Triple Crown. And two horses died because of course they did. [HuffPo]

Many people gathered around the city Saturday at different events promoting unity and safety. [WAVE3]

A new study by the Pew Research Center spurred a rash of headlines last week about “the dying middle class.” But the word “dying” might be more appropriate if we were watching the regrettable-but-inevitable effects of natural forces at work. We’re not. We’re seeing the fruits of deliberate action – and sometimes of deliberate inaction – at the highest levels of power. The great American middle was never large enough, even at its height. It always excluded too many people – sometimes, shamefully, merely for their skin color. And now, instead of growing and becoming more inclusive, it’s fading away instead. [Bill Moyers]

Exaggerator has taken home the second gem in horse racing’s triple crown. The colt won a mud-filled Preakness Stakes on Saturday, handing rival Nyquist the first loss of his career and effectively ending his shot at a triple crown. [WFPL]

A powerful array of the Republican Party’s largest financial backers remains deeply resistant to Donald J. Trump’s presidential candidacy, forming a wall of opposition that could make it exceedingly difficult for him to meet his goal of raising $1 billion before the November election. [NY Times]

The University of Louisville is expanding its Enterprise CarShare program to downtown, offering the service for the public at its Health Sciences center. [Business First]

The Floyd County Commissioners voted 3-0 to fund LifeSpring Health System and Rauch, Inc. from the tax levy instead of the general fund. But minutes after taking that vote Tuesday, they reversed it, voting 2-1 to keep the two out of the levy. [News & Tribune]