Still Loving The Christy Brown Shade

The federal government is throwing new resources at the growing heroin problem in Kentucky and throughout the nation. [WDRB]

Louisville planners recommended Thursday morning that short-term rentals be allowed in most zoning districts but that a special permit should be necessary if the unit is not a host’s primary residence. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The best part of this whole Speed Museum coverage? All the photos of Christy Brown throwing shade at Matt Bevin. May we all grow up to be as skilled as her. [WHAS11]

Lexington is apparently trying to imitate Louisville again. Second overnight shooting in a week. [H-L]

Valley Station may be one of the few areas of the city where Rand Paul would be welcomed with open arms. [WLKY]

Another Donald Trump supporter was caught on video evoking Nazis as he yelled at protesters following a rally in Cleveland on Saturday. “Go to Auschwitz,” the man said to the protesters after raising his arm in an apparent Nazi salute. “Go to fucking Auschwitz.” [HuffPo]

Really, all that shade Christy Brown threw was terrific. Somebody please give her an award. [WAVE3]

Apollo Global Management says it’s buying specialty grocery store chain Fresh Market Inc., for $1.36 billion, in a deal that adds a premium of more than 20 percent to Fresh Market’s closing stock price last week. [NPR]

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced federal funding for several Kentucky health care centers to help fight the state’s opioid epidemic. [WFPL]

How hot was it last month globally? It was so hot that the famed Iditarod sled race in Alaska brought in extra snow from hundreds of miles away by train. [ThinkProgress]

Two-thirds of state economic development spending benefits big businesses, according to a sample of three states analyzed by Good Jobs First. [Business First]

One of the last things left before Gateway Park opens in Clarksville is to wait for the grass to fill in. [News & Tribune]

Wait. Nope. Another Bad Week For JCPS

JCPS has received 115 calls through its bullying tipline. Fifty-two calls have come from middle schools, 31 from elementary schools, and 25 from high schools, while seven calls have come from other areas. [WDRB]

Jessica Green needs to hold Greg Fischer’s feet to the fire. She’s one of the few people who could do it and get away with it. Metro Council members blasted Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration Thursday for failing to alert them about a key vacancy on the planning commission last summer that resulted in an appointment being made without the mayor’s or council’s approval. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! An 18-year-old Jeffersontown High School student appeared in front of a judge Friday morning, charged with a felony after police say he and two other students beat another student, leaving him for dead. [WHAS11]

Just what Kentucky needs! Another tax increase. The very thing the working poor cannot afford is sales tax. [H-L]

The new and improved Speed Museum has reopened its doors. The museum had been closed for 3 1/2 years for renovations and construction of a new wing. [WLKY]

In NPI’s telling, white Americans are increasingly under siege in their own country, doomed to be a hated minority as people of color grow ever more numerous and politically powerful. And Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy has given the group’s members more hope than ever that help is on the way. [HuffPo]

There are new developments for a firefighter’s widow fighting with state government over whether her husband died in the line of duty. [WAVE3]

Kashiya Nwanguma, a student at the University of Louisville who is black, attended a Trump rally in Louisville this month, she says, to better understand the Trump phenomenon. She said in an interview this week that she suddenly felt the crowd’s attention turn to her after Trump saw the anti-Trump sign she was holding and asked that she be removed. Someone promptly snatched it out of her hand. Next, she was being roughly shoved by several white men. “I think a lot of it has to do with ignorance that’s rooted in fear of the other,” said Nwanguma, 21, when asked about the incident Thursday. “None of the people who were attacking me even knew what was on my sign. I obviously stood out in the crowd based on my appearance.” [WaPo]

Louisville has officially kicked off an education and advocacy campaign to promote the use of solar energy. [WFPL]

More than 30 states have enacted some version of voter ID law in recent years. How much do these laws change voting rules and what impact could they have on the general election? [ProPublica]

“‘Population health” has become something of a trend in the health care industry. [Business First]

The Clark County Council will vote Monday, March 14, on a budget revision to account for cuts dictated in the state certified budget order, for the sixth year in a row. [News & Tribune]

JCPS Can’t Catch A Break With Hargens

It’s one thing after another with Donna Hargens. Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens admits the district made a “data entry discrepancy” in reporting to the state the number of times students were either physically held down or confined to a room last school year. [WDRB]

One victim was found in a garbage can. A second was beaten to death and set on fire, his body found burning on a sidewalk. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! The story of Katina Powell, the UofL basketball scandal, and possible new details will be getting nationwide attention once again. Powell sat down with ESPN’s Outside the Lines for the second time on March 8 in Louisville for another interview. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky state Senate has approved a bill that would give public school districts an incentive for starting school in late August. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It was bizarre-o watching Greg Fischer speak at a Jefferson County Board of Education meeting. [WLKY]

Can you imagine the Kentucky Democratic Party doing something like this? Of course you can’t. We can’t. The KDP not only fears the gays, it fears women. So something like this isn’t going to happen any time soon. [HuffPo]

Louisville Metro police are investigating after two people were shot in the Chickasaw neighborhood late Tuesday night. [WAVE3]

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said Tuesday he expects the House to vote on a two-year state budget plan early next week, one which will restore most of Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed funding cuts to education. [Ronnie Ellis]

The University of Louisville has won a gold ranking in sustainability from a global group, making it the first university in Kentucky to achieve gold status. [WFPL]

“Religious Liberty” is the new FEAR THE GAY buzzword. Candidates in Kentucky sure are taking advantage of it. [FiveThirtyEight]

Believe it or not, CEOs and investors of these innovative software and technology companies have Congress to thank for an upcoming banner year for startups. [Business First]

Several ongoing projects in downtown Jeffersonville may look stalled, but work inside and behind the scenes is moving forward. [News & Tribune]

At Least There’s The Derby Festival Fun

A University of Louisville employee claims university President Ramsey and other administrators worked to “derail and interfere with” his duties investigating and calling attention to conflicts of interest, according to a whistle-blower lawsuit filed against Ramsey and the university on Monday. This should come as no surprise, as Jim Ramsey loves to tell anyone who will listen that Robert Felner was no big deal. [WDRB]

Get ready for every mouth-breathing racist within 250 miles to be in town for Donald Trump today. [More WDRB]

If anyone considers Sadiqa Reynolds a leader after the way she bungled the corrupt Louisville Metro Animal Services mess for YEARS? Holy hell, we’re all screwed. [C-J/AKN]

Of course there’s been another murder or two here in Compassionate City. [WHAS11]

With Gov. Matt Bevin’s blessing, a state House panel Thursday approved a bill that would allow Lexington’s Urban County Council to pass an additional 2.5 percent transient room tax to help pay for an expanded Lexington Convention Center. [H-L]

Aaaaand it’s already time to think about the Kentucky Derby Festival! [WLKY]

Many scholars see the Civil Rights Movement as a second Reconstruction Era and a second try at rebuilding our nation into one truly committed to liberty and justice for all. But just as the progress of the first Reconstruction was followed by decades of retrenchment and reversal, many of the formidable threats millions of poor children and families of all races but especially children of color face today are very dangerous steps backwards. [HuffPo]

Candidates running for an office in Metro Louisville got the opportunity to interact with voters and hear their concerns Sunday at a meet-and-greet forum at Central High School. [WAVE3]

Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has laid out a plan that would have lawmakers break with Mr. Trump explicitly in a general election. [NY Times]

The head of the Kentucky State Fair Board will leave in April to become the president and chief executive of the San Diego Convention Center, according to a news release issued late Friday afternoon. [WFPL]

The first thing you notice at Donald Trump’s rallies is the confidence. Amateur psychologists have wishfully diagnosed him from afar as insecure, but in person the notion seems absurd. [Rolling Stone]

Hospitals have been a mainstay for Kindred Healthcare Inc., but the company expects they could be less of a focus in the near future. [Business First]

Changes on how students from other districts are admitted to West Clark Community Schools may not occur until the board sees how some new numbers shake out. [News & Tribune]

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Murder City’s Homicide Unit Is Expanding

The small city of Hillview is suing its former attorney for more than $15 million. In a complaint filed in Bullitt Circuit Court Tuesday, the city alleges Mark Edison, who served as Hillview city attorney from Jan. 2003 to March 2015, failed to properly advise city leaders during a land dispute case in the early 2000s. That case led to a judgment against the city of $11.4 million. [WDRB]

At the end of every April, OneWest interim director Jenny Recktenwald says, out-of-town companies hunt for western Louisville’s most vulnerable residents with overdue tax bills. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Louisville Metro Police Department is expanding its Homicide Unit in an effort to lower crime in 2016 and take more violent offenders off the streets. [WHAS11]

With Gov. Matt Bevin’s blessing, a state House panel Thursday approved a bill that would allow Lexington’s Urban County Council to pass an additional 2.5 percent transient room tax to help pay for an expanded Lexington Convention Center. [H-L]

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

Remember when this happened in Kentucky and then everyone forgot about it? A Georgia-based telecom startup had a clear, pointed response after the state’s senate approved a measure that will allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in denying services to same-sex couples. [HuffPo]

Surprise! A new ranking of the happiest and healthiest cities is out and it is not good news for Louisville. [WAVE3]

New orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods in January rose by the most in 10 months as demand picked up across the board, offering a ray of hope for the downtrodden manufacturing sector. [Reuters]

Deborah Collins squinted her eyes, triple-checking the information on the screen in front of her. She traced the blinking cursor with her finger, repeating her ZIP code, address and phone number. [WFPL]

The FBI’s much-discussed request to Apple can seem innocuous: Help us extract six weeks of encrypted data from the locked iPhone of Syed Farook, an employee of San Bernardino’s health department who spearheaded an attack that killed 14 people. Most people believe Apple should comply. But the FBI is demanding a lot more than the data on a single phone. [ProPublica]

Kindred Healthcare Inc. will be selling four transitional care hospitals and acquiring five long-term acute care facilities from Select Medical Holdings Corp. [Business First]

Jeffersonville police and fire chiefs are asking for some of the money the city council didn’t fund for this year when it tried to create a balanced budget. [News & Tribune]

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Frankfort Is Always Ruining Everything

An empty lot along Bicknell Avenue will soon become a place addicts can find the city’s needle exchange program once a week. It will be the third site Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness has opened for the program, but reaction in this area has been mixed. [WDRB]

Seems a lot of people missed this story from a couple weeks ago. Officials with the already financially strapped Waterfront Development Corp. fear they may not get the pledged $350,000 contribution from the third Gallopalooza program to help pay for putting special lighting on the Big Four Bridge. At the same time, they are trying to convince the General Assembly to restore more than $800,000 in state funding for the waterfront agency that was not included in the new budget that Gov. Matt Bevin recently announced. [C-J/AKN]

The Kentucky Department of Revenue has slowed down issuing state tax refunds because of concerns of identity theft and other forms of fraud. [WHAS11]

The state’s Kynect health insurance exchange is a financially unsustainable boondoggle that has cost $330 million, Gov. Matt Bevin’s top health officials told lawmakers at the Capitol Tuesday. An hour earlier, at a news conference down the hall, several Kentucky farmers described Kynect as a lifeline that provided their families with affordable health insurance. [John Cheves]

More arrests are expected Wednesday morning following a massive drug bust in Hardin and Nelson counties. [WLKY]

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Tuesday praised two audience members who tackled a protester at his rally in South Carolina. [HuffPo]

The story sounds familiar. A hotel criticized for crime, and a city changing a law to hold the owners accountable. [WAVE3]

Providers of community mental health have no choice but to sit and wait in fear of how state budget cuts will affect them, said Pathways Inc. CEO Kimberly McClanahan. [Ashland Independent]

The head of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System says the schools are key to building a stronger workforce, which translates into a stronger middle class — this is despite a steep decline in enrollment. [WFPL]

House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, went out of his way to praise a Democratic colleague with whom he frequently disagrees — and in doing so subtly suggested most Democrats are afraid to take tough votes or stand up for their convictions. [Ronnie Ellis]

One more state has approved Aetna Inc.’s acquisition of Humana Inc. Florida’s insurance regulator has given the approval and required no divestitures, according to Dow Jones Business News. [Business First]

The Department of Local Government Finance certified Floyd County’s 2016 budget order and tax rates Thursday, paving the way for on-time property tax bills. [News & Tribune]

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JCPS Just Can’t Quit With The Scandals

JCPS’ early childhood education director has been suspended for 10 days without pay for allegedly intimidating an employee. [WDRB]

It’s a trash bin that doubles as your link to the world. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Wednesday will introduce new Big Belly compaction waste units that also will serve as solar-powered 4G hot spots. These will be “the first of their kind deployed in the world,” according to the mayor’s office. [C-J/AKN]

Surprise! It’s what everyone’s been talking about for months. The future of U of L President Jim Ramsey is now in informal talks. [WHAS11]

NOW Adam Edelen cares about the direction of the Commonwealth? Good to know. Kentucky is headed the wrong way, down a dangerous road. [H-L]

A proposal which would require that the remains of miscarried or aborted fetuses be either cremated or interred in Indiana is set for consideration by a Senate committee. [WLKY]

President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to pick an indisputably qualified nominee for the Supreme Court and chided Republicans who control the U.S. Senate for threatening to block him from filling the pivotal vacancy. [HuffPo]

Hasn’t this been going on for a decade? Dump garbage illegally and it will cost you. That’s the message Louisville city officials want illegal dumpers to know. City leaders now believe they have a good track record for busting them to stand by. [WAVE3]

U.S. housing starts unexpectedly fell in January likely as bad weather disrupted building projects in some parts of the country, in what could be a temporary setback for the housing market. [Reuters]

Kentucky Medicaid beneficiaries and other welfare recipients will apply for services using a new website called Benefind starting Feb. 29. [WFPL]

Dr. Seth Ammerman listens intently to his new, 21-year-old patient. Ernesto, who does not want his last name disclosed, is homeless. He is earning a high school degree and working part time, but at night, he and his brother share a tent that they set up on the streets of San Jose, Calif. The daily stress of being homeless is wearing Ernesto out, and making him light up too many cigarettes. [NPR]

Louisville’s parking agency is being sued for nearly $43,000 in tax and maintenance payments. [Business First]

J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter Director Sarah Green will ask the Jeffersonville City Council to update its animal treatment ordinance, hoping to improve welfare in the city for pets. [News & Tribune]