Louisville Needs A New Frankfort Leader Now

A state audit released in May found that JCPS is spending too much on high-dollar administrators, and not enough on students. Six months later, the district gets a new progress report with a grade school leaders did not see coming. [WDRB]

Walmart has filed a development plan with the city for its much-anticipated western Louisville store just southwest of Broadway and 18th Street. [C-J/AKN]

In a state that leads the nation in lung cancer cases, Kentucky is turning its attention to small but growing group: lung cancer survivors. [WHAS11]

In a surprise announcement Wednesday, House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark said he will not seek re-election to the chamber’s No. 2 post he has held since 1993. [H-L]

A Louisville man who admitted to killing a woman while driving drunk wants to get out of prison early but prosecutors say he needs to spend more time behind bars. [WLKY]

In some American cities, up to 40 percent of households don’t have an Internet connection, according to a new analysis based on census data. [HuffPo]

Abramson said he would advise local politicians across the country that their work shouldn’t be about big developments. “If you can’t pick up the garbage, if you can’t get recycling picked up, if you can’t fill the potholes, then no community’s going to give you the opportunity and support when, as an example, I decided to expand the airport, relocate 4,000 people and 180 businesses and 11 churches,” Abramson said. “That was a monumental decision.” [WAVE3]

More than two dozen advisers to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul converged inside a boutique Washington hotel Wednesday to begin to form the skeleton of a 2016 presidential campaign. [U.S. News]

The group behind a project to build a botanical garden on Louisville’s waterfront will unveil its master plan. [WFPL]

Some spectacular jumps in generic drug prices have been exposed in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. [CBS News]

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are banned from picking up customers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. [Business First]

The city of Jeffersonville revoked the zoning permit from MAC Construction and Excavating Inc. last week that allowed it to operate an asphalt plant at the Hanson-Atkins Quarry. [News & Tribune]

MSD Turned Into A Real You-Know-What Show

Valley High School was put on level four security Monday afternoon, after two students reported seeing someone with a gun on campus. [WDRB]

Angry union workers at Metropolitan Sewer District threatened a strike when they appeared before the agency’s board Monday to vent their frustration over contract negotiations that have remained unresolved for more than two years. [C-J/AKN]

A man who’s served time for two separate murders will now head to prison for a third. [WHAS11]

The concrete piers of two new bridges are rising out of the Ohio River between Louisville and Southern Indiana, as crews blast limestone and move earth to build the roads and tunnels that will soon connect the twin spans to nearby interstate highways. [H-L]

Wanna watch a bunch of videos of Greg Fischer telling you why he’s the best? Of course you don’t but here you go anyway. [WLKY]

He’s not on the ballot this fall, but Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is launching new ads to help Republicans in key elections across the country. [HuffPo]

A $39.86 million contract drawn up for a company to handle tolling of the new Ohio River Bridges is being terminated. [WAVE3]

DuPont’s third-quarter profit scraped past the average analyst estimate as the company’s cost-cutting efforts helped to boost operating margins in five of its seven businesses. [Reuters]

Jefferson County Public Schools administrators are looking to hire more non-white teachers. [WFPL]

The Kentucky State Parks are offering lodging discounts to current and former members of our nation’s armed services with the “USA Military Discount” program from Nov. 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015. The program is available to those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists. Proof of military service is required at check-in. [Press Release]

Lee T. Todd Jr., who was president of the University of Kentucky from 2001 to 2011, has been named board chairman and chief strategist for FacilityOne, a Louisville-based software company. [Business First]

Two weeks after he was chosen by caucus as Clark County sheriff, Brian Meyer filled two positions left vacant in the department. [News & Tribune]

Your Weekly Not Transportation Lady Video Update

Without the Transportation Lady on staff, the folks at KYTC are slower than the day is long. So they were late getting their weekly video out. (We’re being mean because it features Steve Beshear. Also, meanness makes you more likely to click things.)

Steve Beshear can’t tease his hair out or use Aquanet or whatever, which is not fun. Bring the Transportation Lady back!

This one is about the Mountain Parkway Expansion Project:




Help Give That Poor Kid A Dignified Funeral

Will you help pay for Ray Allen Etheridge’s funeral? He’s the homeless kid found murdered in Cherokee Park. You can donate at any PNC branch, despite what the story says. [WDRB] Errrr. Nope. Master P is paying for it all. Glad to see someone step up like that!

Despite a judicial rule against endorsements, a Jefferson District Court judge appeared in an ad for a woman’s clothing store, modeling a coat next to copy that said: “The verdict is in! They FEEL great!” [C-J/AKN]

Sure, everything is screwed up lately but don’t forget about this great event at the zoo. [WHAS11]

In the past five months, Fayette County health officials have quarantined two patients who had traveled to or from Liberia after they showed symptoms similar to those of Ebola. [H-L]

Police have arrested a man in connection with the slaying of 12-year-old Ray Etheridge at Cherokee Park. [WLKY]

The world has known about Ebola for almost 40 years, yet there’s no cure or vaccine on the market. [HuffPo]

An attorney for the former sheriff of Clark County, Indiana says his client has taken a plea deal to the federal charges he is facing. [WAVE3]

The thin red line on the topographical map winding through the Daniel Boone National Forest from Rowan County in the north to Pickett County, Tenn. in the south is a recreational jewel and a valuable economic development tool, according to Steve Barbour, executive director of the Sheltowee Trace Association. [Ashland Independent]

Jefferson County Public Schools and Louisville Metro Police plan to review school safety procedures following the shooting Tuesday of a student at Fern Creek High School. [WFPL]

Rand Paul is warning that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention might be downplaying the threat from the Ebola virus. [Politico]

A recent study says Kentucky could earn about $30 million per year if it legalized marijuana. [Business First]

Next to Jim Epperson’s name on his nameplate is a figure of man a skiing. [News & Tribune]