GLI: Working Hard To Keep Everybody Down

Jefferson County Public Schools has hired a new team to help its most vulnerable students. [WDRB]

Of course GLI opposes a living wage for workers in Louisville. Remember, these are people put in charge by Greg Fischer. Arguing that increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 locally would hurt local businesses and possibly result in job loss, Louisville’s chamber of commerce announced its opposition to a proposed increase on Tuesday. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another pedestrian gets hit in Possibility City. MetroSafe tells us that a pedestrian has been hit by a vehicle near the intersection of S. Hancock Street and E. Kentucky Street in Louisville. [WHAS11]

The American Heart Association has awarded $1.26 million in grants to the University of Kentucky for cardiovascular research. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Time is running out for crews to finish construction on the Big Four Station in Jeffersonville(sic). [WLKY]

Large churches in the South tend to pay their senior pastors the highest salaries, a new survey finds. That’s right, poorer states have the highest-paid megachurch pastors. [HuffPo]

The University of Louisville is spending $300,000 on new police officers and patrols after a series of crimes left students and parents on edge. [WAVE3]

Whenever someone mentions a General Electrics appliance the first thing that comes to mind is 30 Rock‘s Jack Donaghy and the pocket microwave, “The Funcooker.” Of course neither of those things really have anything to do with Electrolux’s deal to buy the GE appliance business, but it’s never the wrong time to reminisce about Liz Lemon and the gang. [Consumerist]

Two Jefferson County Public Schools are getting some help in the fight against childhood obesity. [WFPL]

More carbon dioxide was emitted into our atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 than in any other year since 1984, putting humans on the fast track toward irreversible global warming. [Think Progress]

Jim Mims was one of the people who has allegedly gone after women working in Metro Government, giving them hard times, silencing and discriminating against them. The most recent is a woman who had an injury and, with physician requests, asked Mims to allow her to work from home until recovered – something Metro does not infrequently. Her labor rep even recommended it. Mims wouldn’t have it, started pushing her out, claiming her work needed to be done in-house. When she was gone, he outsourced her (union) job to a grunt who is not in-house. What’s he get as a reward? A sweet promotion. Just like Margaret Brosko of LMAS. [Business First]

Jeffersonville asks for plaintiff to put up $24 million bond in suit over ‘gateway’ property. Jeffersonville’s city attorney submitted two pleadings in response to a resident filing suit against the city Monday. [News & Tribune]

Is Everyone Just Getting Stabbed These Days?

A new multi-million dollar marina is on hold after Jeffersonville City Council tabled a proposed plan at their meeting Tuesday night, sending it back to Plan Commission for further review. [WDRB]

As they debate a proposed increase in the local minimum wage, Louisville Metro Council members will likely approve exemptions as they work toward boosting minimum wage for most workers to $10.10 an hour. [C-J/AKN]

We’re all pretty sure this means absolutely nothing. If you’re a parent of a student in Jefferson County Public Schools you’ll soon be able to keep track of the district’s spending online. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky will ask the state for permission to add 120 beds to its hospital, a 14.5 percent increase that would bring the number of beds to 945. [H-L]

A Louisville man accused of terrorizing his neighbors faced a judge Wednesday morning. [WLKY]

A North Carolina death row inmate exonerated by DNA evidence on Tuesday was once held up by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as an example of someone who deserved to die. [HuffPo]

A UofL student is recovering in the hospital after she was stabbed near campus. [WAVE3]

The first federal appeals court to hear a challenge to the National Security Agency’s broad collection of data on Americans’ telephone calls since the program was publicly revealed last year gave a surprisingly chilly reception Tuesday to the government’s arguments for the legality of the surveillance. [Politico]

The local chapter of the Sierra Club has released its candidate endorsements for this fall’s elections, and has declined to make picks in two key races: U.S. Senate and Louisville mayor. [WFPL]

Why coal is still worse than fracking and cow burps. Geoscientist Raymond Pierrehumbert argues that carbon dioxide is always worse than shorter-lived pollutants like methane. [Mother Jones]

A couple of Kentucky distillers have special-edition releases on the way. [Business First]

It’s just a couple of newspapers, a hard hat, part of a city resolution and a piggy bank, but all of it relates to how an idea turned into a facility for the future of education in Clarksville. [News & Tribune]

BONUS: The University of Louisville has violated the state’s Open Records Act and must release e-mails and documents regarding a high-profile report on the school’s financial controls, according to a recent ruling by the Kentucky Attorney General’s office. [WFPL]

JCPS Continues To Make It Rain For Union Guy

Brent McKim is paid about $75,000 annually by Jefferson County Public Schools — the going rate for a high school physics teacher with a master’s degree and 23 years’ experience. Yet, it’s been more than a decade since McKim has taught a class or had any duties at a particular school. [WDRB]

You can go thank this man for twiddling his thumbs for four years. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration has scheduled a public hearing on tax rates for the 2014-15 fiscal year for metro government’s operations. [C-J/AKN]

Yes, as we’ve told you for years, Greg Fischer is considering another U.S. Senate bid. But that’s not going to happen. Just like everyone ate him alive in 2008, we’ll all eat him alive in 2016. Just like then — faux ice machine credentials and shiz — it’ll be all his doing. You think Metro Animal Services stings now, Greg? Wait until wealthy folks run against you and we have a Super PAC to tell your story to the entire Commonwealth. Heck, if you had a credible opponent this year, you’d already be finished. [WHAS11]

When the University of Kentucky’s new emergency room opened in 2010, Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for UK’s health affairs, compared the sleek new facility to a Ferrari. [H-L]

Louisville Metro Police are investigating an armed robbery. The robbery happened Saturday afternoon at the Family Dollar on Eastern Parkway at Preston Highway. [WLKY]

RunSwitch PR has been recognized as the largest PR firm in the state of Kentucky. The ranking, released today by Louisville’s Business First and based on 2013 net fee income and total revenue, places RunSwitch PR at the top of the state’s most recognized public relations agencies. [Click the Clicky]

Football players at a local high school had to tackle the extreme heat. Several of them and a coach were rushed to the hospital Saturday during the PRP versus Doss High School game. [WAVE3]

UltraViolet, a group that runs campaigns for women’s rights, recently began an ad campaign to target states that have big tourism industries and bad track records on women’s economic equality. The group requested to place ads in airports in Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas. [Think Progress]

The Kentucky Department of Education is looking to fill open seats on a statewide student council that offers feedback to state education leaders. [WFPL]

Wearing a Bushnell camo hat, Jeremy Arnold held up a black poster with a single blue line taped across it to show his support for Darren Wilson and other police officers. As for the man he shot to death? Michael Brown, Arnold said, “got exactly what he deserved.” [HuffPo]

Louisville banking numbers are in line with national averages, but that might mean bank earnings could plateau soon. [Business First]

This guy really ought to be shut down. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, today asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate Wildlife in Need owner Tim Stark for mistreating a tiger cub. [News & Tribune]

We Already Know Some Officers Racially Profile

Make sure you’re caught up on the latest in the Will Coursey sex scandal. Complete with newspaper and video realness, gurl. [Page One]

Louisville has grown slightly this decade, but new Census estimates show outlying areas are adding people at a faster rate. [WDRB]

A burst of cannon fire signaled the end of three years of work — and multiple delays — on the Big Four Bridge Wednesday night, as Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Jeffersonville, Ind. Mayor Mike Moore met in the middle to celebrate the official rededication. [C-J/AKN]

A Louisville man was arrested after allegedly filing a false insurance claim because he did not want to pay for his truck repairs. [WHAS11]

Anthany Beatty said Wednesday that a change in leadership was needed to repair the city’s relationship with the University of Kentucky because of the now suspended Rupp Arena renovation. [H-L]

It’s time for them to put up or shut up. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer teamed up with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray at the Muhammad Ali Center to announce new projects to strengthen the region’s global competitiveness on Thursday morning. [WLKY]

Kentucky history gets a little tipsy Saturday, with the Filson Bourbon Academy at Belle’s Cocktail House in Lexington. [H-L]

The bagpipes set the pace, step by step as the crowd inched closer to a meeting point that took millions of dollars and years to create. [WAVE3]

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The results of a year-long study to determine whether Louisville Metro Police officers racially profile when making traffic stops should be available “later this summer,” police officials said on Wednesday. [WFPL]

Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren will join Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes Sunday on the University of Louisville campus for a rally on college affordability. [Ronnie Ellis]

For eateries along Frankfort Avenue, the annual Taste of Frankfort Avenue fund-raiser for the Clifton Center has been a part of their summer for years. [Business First]

Most administrators for the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. will get a 1.95 percent raise for the 2014-15 school year after a vote from the district’s board of trustees. [News & Tribune]

Yes, hell froze over yesterday. The Courier-Journal referenced us TWICE IN A SINGLE DAY. Maybe the paper finally realizes we’re fans and a useful resource for promotion and not the enemy? [More C-J/AKN]

Greg Fischer’s Silver Spoon Is Showing Again

The University of Kentucky has struck a new multimedia rights deal that makes it among the highest-paid universities in the country for athletic and campus media rights. [WDRB]

But Jim King can’t do a goddamn thing about Metro Animal Services? He just sits on his hands making excuses. The Louisville Metro Council budget approved Thursday applies the brakes to Mayor Greg Fischer’s urban bike network, blocking further spending on new bike lanes unless certain conditions are met. [C-J/AKN]

Jefferson County Public Schools is cutting take-home cars to save cash. [WHAS11]

It is still legal to deny Americans housing because of their sexual orientation under federal law, which does not prohibit discrimination based on sexuality. Federal studies have shown that even when the law prohibits it, sexual minorities are routinely shut out of housing opportunities that are made available to straight people. [NY Times]

Friends are rallying to show support for the family a Kentucky Marine. [WLKY]

Violent and legal: the shocking ways school kids are being pinned down and isolated against their will. [ProPublica]

Police and a Louisville family are searching for a missing 12-year-old girl who they fear may be trying to connect with a man she met online. [WAVE3]

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Greg Fischer once again proves how much of a damn fool he truly is. Raising the minimum wage hasn’t been much of a topic in Louisville? Really? Louisville gets what it deserves by electing these idiots. [WFPL]

Economists say there are more than 2 million “missing households” in the U.S. — young people who bunk with family or friends rather than buying their own home. New data suggest this trend continues. [NPR]

Is there good news ahead for Almost Family Inc.? [Business First]

Members of the State Budget Committee took a detailed look Friday at how Gov. Mike Pence would pay for “Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0,” his proposal to expand insurance coverage using a state-run plan instead of traditional Medicaid. [News & Tribune]

Seriously, Just Build The Damn Walmart Already

The heroin epidemic is terrible but no one is paying attention to a group of people having a funtimes walk on the Big Four Bridge. [WDRB]

All the fights over the West End Walmart are adding up to be some of the dumbest in years here in Possibility City. There is NOTHING in that part of town. It won’t kill businesses and it won’t choke local jobs. We hate Walmart, too, but… Get the hell over it. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another cyclist killed here in Possibility City. [WHAS11]

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced Wednesday that he is scuttling a $351 million renovation of Rupp Arena and attached convention center after the University of Kentucky told city and state officials that it was interested only in a scaled-back Rupp Arena renovation. [H-L]

There was a celebration of life and a call to stop gun violence Saturday. [WLKY]

Walkable cities aren’t just easy to navigate — they’re also richer and have higher percentages of college grads, according to a new study. [HuffPo]

Friends and family could hear the clanking of medals as Team Kentucky got off their plane, returning from the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games Saturday. [WAVE3]

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Though a coalition of west Louisville neighborhood leaders are demanding an urban-styled Walmart, a prominent civil rights organization says the 300 expected jobs matter more to residents. [WFPL]

Young delinquents are much more likely than their peers to die violently as adults. And girls are at particular risk. Lack of access to preventive care is partly to blame, researchers say. [NPR]

The lawsuit between Norton Healthcare Inc. and the University of Louisville, related to Kosair Children’s Hospital, is expected to go before a Franklin Circuit Court judge at 9 a.m. [Business First]

An Umbaugh and Associates report says the Jeffersonville Sewer Department has the bonding capacity it needs to move forward with a project aimed at curbing sewer overflows into the Ohio River, but concerns about the city’s future sewer needs still linger. [News & Tribune]

These Awful Shootings & Stabbings Need To End

Louisville police chief Steve Conrad says if you want to keep the city safe, you have to pay for it. And that’s why he wants an additional $7 million. [WDRB]

Woah, mob violence overtime cost the city almost a million dollars. But at least people are going back downtown. [C-J/AKN & More C-J/AKN]

The University of Kentucky’s operating budget will hit two milestones in the upcoming fiscal year — its total will reach $3 billion for the first time and state support will slip below 10 percent for the first time. [H-L]

We all wish surveys like this meant more for Louisville than they actually do. [Governing]

When will these crazy ass shootings stop here in Possibility City? [WHAS11]

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal law seeking to improve accountability for environmental spills and pollution can be circumvented by certain kinds of state laws. [NPR]

Louisville isn’t content with daily shootings. Gotta start with the daily stabbings. [WLKY]

The number of sex offenses reported at American colleges and universities went up in the last decade even as overall campus crime decreased, according to an Education Department survey that also suggests high schools are safer than they used to be. [HuffPo]

This summer, several dozen JCPS schools began serving breakfast and lunch free of charge as part of the district’s Summer Food Service program. [WAVE3]

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Muhammad Ali is renewing his ties with the African country where he won his epic “Rumble in the Jungle” fight 40 years ago. The Muhammad Ali Center has announced plans for a Sept. 20 benefit concert marking the anniversary of the bout. [WFPL]

Will 2014 be the hottest year on record? As the odds on El Niño keep rising, so does the chance of a disturbing new global temperature high. [Mother Jones]

This year’s Forecastle Festival will be using a lot more of Waterfront Park. [Business First]

New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey hasn’t located any city ordinances that restrict vehicle weight, though he said Tuesday he would support working with local officials on such restriction measures. [News & Tribune]