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]

We’re Officially Pedestrian Death Central

Looks like things aren’t going so well in Bullitt County and special deputies are still a dumb idea. Investigators say a former Bullitt County Special Deputy has ties to a Mexican Cartel. WDRB traveled to the center of drug operations to investigate how authorities caught up with him and the other local men tied to the investigation. [WDRB]

Former mayoral candidate and bike store owner Jackie Green is seeking to undermine Mayor Greg Fischer’s effort to win a $50 million Smart Cities Challenge grant, calling it unrealistic, undemocratic and unambitious. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another pedestrian death in Compassionate Possibility City! [WHAS11]

A legislative committee has bet on a longshot bill to provide tax relief for Kentucky’s horse industry. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A U.S. Postal Service carrier was shot Wednesday morning while on his route in the Chickasaw neighborhood. USPS is offering up to a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter. [WLKY]

The family of Tamir Rice has been told to pay a past-due balance of $500 for life support and ambulance services the 12-year-old received after he was shot and killed by a police officer in 2014. [HuffPo]

Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed two year spending plan provides no money for downtown Louisville’s Waterfront Park. But Waterfront Development Corporation director David Karem is “cautiously optimistic” that House members will include his request for $420,000 per year when they present a revised plan for a vote next month. [WAVE3]

Congressman John Yarmuth doesn’t have an hilarious potential opponent on the Republican side this year. Full of racism, xenophobia and hatred. [Page One]

The Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition will distribute and train people on how to use a medication that reverses the effects of overdoses from heroin and other opioid drugs. [WFPL]

Congressman Hal Rogers and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin made their way to Pine Mountain State Resort Park to host the SOAR Executive Board Meeting on Friday. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is looking for a buyer for his mansion in Miami. Asking price: $25.9 million. [Business First]

There’s not much on Michigan Avenue. The two-and-a-half blocks in downtown Jeffersonville are mostly home to concrete and empty buildings. [News & Tribune]

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JCPS Bus Crash Marathon Continues

Another day, another fun Jefferson County Public Schools bus crash. [WDRB]

Louisville had the sharpest increase of any U.S. city in terms of residents age 65 or older who are scrapping by to pay their rent, according to findings released Monday by a national affordable housing group. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Now that plans for a methane plant in West Louisville are off the table, Heaven Hill has announced new plans for the property at 17th and Maple Streets in the California neighborhood. [WHAS11]

Cheers, Kentucky: Bourbon and American whiskey sales in the United States were up 7.8 percent to $2.9 billion in 2015, according to figures released Tuesday morning by the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. Looking at exports, sales of American whiskey were up 4 percent by volume, although the value fell 2.7 percent to about $1 billion, putting total sales of American whiskey at just less than $4 billion for 2015. [H-L]

Another day in Compassionate City means it’s time for another pedestrian to be struck! This time it’s a child. [WLKY]

Real estate mogul Donald Trump accused Ted Cruz of fraud on Wednesday, claiming the Texas senator “stole” the Iowa caucuses and arguing that “either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.” [HuffPo]

As the HIV crisis around Louisville and southern Indiana worsens one organization is doing what it can to stop it. [WAVE3]

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-Cookie Tree) is suspending his campaign for president after a disappointing finish in Iowa, turning his focus now to his Senate re-election bid. [NPR]

You can’t fix stupid in Frankfort. The State Senate voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Because the entire body is filled with mouth-breathers who believe everything that scares them on Fox News. [WFPL]

If you missed it, some disgusting stuff has gone on in Shelby County for several years. But legal action has been taken to hold people accountable for atrocious animal abuse and torture. [Page One]

You might not think much about the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, but there’s a lot going on there. More than ever, in fact. [Business First]

To capture more revenue from a growing local economy, the Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission is hoping to significantly expand one of its tax-increment finance districts. [News & Tribune]

What’s With All The Misbehaving Judges?

A pilot program that will place volunteer monitors on some of Jefferson County Public Schools’ most challenging bus routes is expected to begin later this month. [WDRB]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A Jefferson District Court judge who jailed a witness without a hearing in a move another judge called “outrageous and disgusting” has been formally charged with violating the Code of Judicial Conduct. [C-J/AKN]

Here’s what your new governor had to say about Planned Parenthood. [WHAS11]

Jordan Smith will serve as grand marshal for the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Pegasus Parade. The 61st annual parade is scheduled to be held on May 5 in Louisville. [H-L]

Maybe some day Louisville will get its act together. Two Louisville teens were arrested, accused of robbing a pizza delivery driver. [WLKY]

A Saudi prince may have just beaten Donald Trump at a game of Twitter trolling. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on Twitter that he’s bailed the billionaire out twice — and suggested the GOP presidential frontrunner might need his help a third time. [HuffPo]

Elizabethtown community members gathered at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center to honor the life of 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen and ask for answers about her unresolved cause of death. [WAVE3]

The Kentucky Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing has introduced a new feature on their website that makes it easier for motorists to access their 2015 vehicle property taxes for the upcoming tax season. Now, individuals who normally would contact their county clerks for this information can access it directly online. [Click the Clicky]

In his sixth State of the City address since taking office, Mayor Greg Fischer says he is optimistic about the city’s direction. [WFPL]

Passport Health Plan, Kentucky’s leading provider-sponsored, community-based Medicaid provider, will host a press conference [this] morning at the Muhammad Ali Center to make an important announcement regarding the company’s future and the delivery of Medicaid managed care services. [Press Release]

Lots of states have loosened up their marijuana laws. We can at least talk about it here now, right? [Business First]

Clerk-Treasurer Michelle Miller is suing the Sellersburg Town Council for eliminating a position from her office, claiming the decision was made in political retaliation. [News & Tribune]