Clark County Schools Seem A Hot Mess

Busing kids in Clark County may have just hit a pothole. [WDRB]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Five intersections have been identified as the most dangerous locations for pedestrians to cross, according to a five-year study by city officials. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Now Jim Ramsey wants to meet one-on-one with University of Louisville trustees. [WHAS11]

Another bad week for Damon Thayer… Matt Bevin cannot remove members of the Kentucky Horse Park Commission but must allow them to serve out defined terms, according to an opinion released Monday by Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Off-duty police officers will be walking the streets in Old Louisville. It’s part of an initiative to cut down on crime in the area. [WLKY]

There’s a presidential candidate being compared to Adolf Hitler — and odds are, it’s not the one you’re thinking of. Disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker recently equated the support Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders is getting from America’s youth to support for Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany. [HuffPo]

“I-STEP is just another standardized test that doesn’t do anything but give kids anxiety,” Leslie Rayborn, mother of a Clarksville Elementary School student, said. “It doesn’t measure their true potential.” [WAVE3]

Some Republican state senators spent a long weekend back and forth between family and working on their version of a two-year state budget. [Ronnie Ellis]

Oldham County has the state’s best health outcomes, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. [WFPL]

Republican leaders adamantly opposed to Donald J. Trump’s candidacy are preparing a 100-day campaign to deny him the presidential nomination, starting with an aggressive battle in Wisconsin’s April 5 primary and extending into the summer, with a delegate-by-delegate lobbying effort that would cast Mr. Trump as a calamitous choice for the general election. [NY Times]

Another day, another hurdle for the merger of Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. There are a number of people scrutinizing the deal and its possible impact on competition among health insurers, but antitrust regulators said this week that they’ll pay especially close attention. [Business First]

Floyd County employees hoping to soon vote for union representation will have to wait a little longer, that is if the commissioners give them the opportunity to vote at all. [News & Tribune]

Brown Gave Master Class In Throwing Shade

Community activist Angela Newby-Bouggess has died. [WDRB]

Nearly 500 sexual assault kits that would have continued to sit untested in the Louisville Metro Police property room will now be sent for lab testing after a shift in LMPD philosophy. The department is sending 1,386 untested rape kits to Kentucky State Police for testing – 463 more than originally intended. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! “We have to start opening our eyes and reconciling the fact that these things happened,” says Attorney Larry Wilder, a statement he has repeated since October when his client’s book Breaking Cardinal Rules hit store shelves. [WHAS11]

The Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission has dedicated 88 acres to an existing preserve in Pulaski County. [H-L]

Another day, another fun pedestrian accident in Possibility Compassionate City! [WLKY]

The White House has narrowed its search for a Supreme Court nominee to three federal appeals court judges, Sri Srinivasan, Merrick Garland and Paul Watford, a source familiar with the selection process said on Friday. [HuffPo]

If she can do it, you can do it. One year after her story went viral, Asia Ford returned to the Rodes City Run 10K Saturday. [WAVE3]

Obama Administration transparency is a lot like Fischer Administration transparency. It’s not a real thing. Two years ago last month, I filed a public-records request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of my reporting into the flawed response to Hurricane Sandy. Then, I waited. [ProPublica]

Kelly Downard has apparently turned into all bark and no bite. No clue what happened to him but he’s been entirely neutered. [WFPL]

Environmental policies are often vilified as economical agents of destruction. From the Clean Power Plan, to methane rules, to the Paris Agreement, every time a new environmental policy is proposed detractors argue that new rules drive costs up, kill jobs, and hamper trade. But a new study is challenging the idea that curbing pollution hurts business to the point of stifling export trade. [ThinkProgress]

A pair of sisters is opening a barber shop that will be a little different than most others. [Business First]

Two contracts up for a vote in April got some scrutiny by the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp.’s board of trustees work session Monday. [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]

Anti-Jim Ramsey Chorus Getting Louder

The University of Louisville basketball team won’t play in either the Atlantic Coast or NCAA basketball tournaments. But that doesn’t mean there is a lack of news surrounding the program. [WDRB]

When will the Jefferson County Board of Education act to hold Donna Hargens accountable? Never, most likely. David Jones and his pals can’t see the forest for the trees. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another shooting in Possumbility Compassionate City! [WHAS11]

After reading about peaceful protesters being cursed and assaulted at Donald Trump rallies, I went online to watch videos of his appearance in Louisville last week. They reveal much about the Republican candidate, the followers he attracts and his effect on them. [Tom Eblen]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Remember stories like this the next time you complain about first responders. They save your lives and the lives of your pets. [WLKY]

Twenty million previously uninsured people have gained health coverage since the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, President Barack Obama said during a speech in Milwaukee Thursday. [HuffPo]

A well-respected professor emeritus and surgeon who’s spent much of his life helping build the reputation of the University of Louisville is now weighing in on the ongoing controversy surrounding UofL President Dr. James Ramsey. [WAVE3]

The GOP presidential race has been brutal and often vulgar. So how do you talk to kids about it? [NPR]

Proposed regulations saying where short-term rental units may be located in Louisville will go before a city planning committee later this week. [WFPL]

Gov. Matt Bevin took to social media Monday, the day before four critical special House elections, to pressure House Democrats to pass a budget. [Ronnie Ellis]

John Schnatter, along with the Charles Koch Foundation, has awarded a $3.25 million grant to Schnatter’s alma mater, Ball State University, in order to fund the new John H. Schnatter Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise. [Business First]

Judge Vicki Carmichael was not one of three finalists selected for the Indiana Supreme Court on Friday. [News & Tribune]

The Sadiqa Reinvention Tour Is Underway

Turnaround efforts at Jefferson County’s eight chronically low-performing middle schools have presented ‘unique challenges’ when it comes to improving academic achievement and increasing student growth. [WDRB]

Pbbbbbbt. Louisville Urban League President and CEO Sadiqa Reynolds is pitching Mayor Greg Fischer’s office and Metro Council members on dedicating part of the city’s $10 million surplus to the civil rights group’s housing redevelopment program. [C-J/AKN]

One of Katina Powell’s attorneys, Bart McMahon, confirms she is scheduled to meet with NCAA investigators Monday afternoon, March 7. [WHAS11]

For many years, this editorial board’s position on the death penalty has been keep it but fix it, because some crimes are so heinous that no other punishment will do. We now must concede that the death penalty is not going to be fixed and, in fact, probably cannot be fixed at any defensible cost to taxpayers. [H-L]

Convenience stores and gas stations in Oldham County can now apply for a packaged liquor license after voters expanded alcohol sales in December. [WLKY]

After learning that Donald Trump apparently kept a volume of Adolf Hitler’s speeches at his bedside, Bill Maher made a scary comparison between the GOP front-runner at the German dictator on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday. [HuffPo]

A firefighter’s widow claims Kentucky Retirement Systems is playing hardball with her in her time of need. [WAVE3]

Tim Cook got almost $400 million of restricted stock when he was named Apple chief executive in 2011, succeeding Steve Jobs. Regardless of whether Apple shareholders fared well or badly over the grant’s 10-year term, all Cook needed to do to collect that stock (worth about $700 million at today’s price) was keep his job. It was the kind of deal that pay mavens derisivelycall “pay for pulse.” [ProPublica]

Holy crap! After all the havoc Sadiqa Reynolds wreaked in Metro Government, she’s now trying to spin some tale of hopefulness. And media outlets are taking her seriously. We’ll take that hack seriously the day she takes responsibility for her role in the Metro Animal Services shenanigans. Spoiler alert: Sadiqa will never do that. [WFPL]

Regulations that limit heavy metal pollution from oil- and coal-fired power plants will continue to be enforced by the EPA — at least for now — thanks to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. [ThinkProgress]

The nation’s largest pharmacy retailer is about to open a smaller location in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

Residents in need of a watchful eye now have three designated safe place locations under surveillance at the Clark County Government Center in Jeffersonville. [News & Tribune]

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Surprise! Local Repubs Love The Racist

Before she retired, Fay Allen regularly drove from her home in Jeffersonville to her job in downtown Louisville. She estimates she now makes about 10 trips a month across the Ohio River, mostly for volunteer work. [WDRB]

A day before his twins’ sixth birthday celebration, Donald Mattingly Jr., 36, was riddled with bullets. Nine months later, his killer remains free, as do those responsible for nearly half of the homicides in Louisville last year. [C-J/AKN]

Landscape awards don’t matter when your administration is a walking disaster. [WHAS11]

Donald Trump won a tight battle with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in Kentucky’s Republican presidential caucus late Saturday night. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Residents in one Fern Creek neighborhood are stepping up security after Metro police found a handful of belongings that were stolen. [WLKY]

Talk about breaking barriers in the world of fried chicken. [HuffPo]

Customers inside the Walgreens on the Outer Loop left in shock Thursday after a woman, upset over her transaction, started punching and biting the clerk. [WAVE3]

Heads-up, Louisville Metro Government. When homeless people cluster and set up stable tent camps, most American cities eventually send garbage men, cops, and social workers to tear the camps down, kick out the occupants, and even destroy their belongings. But in Indianapolis, such encampments are now protected from the sudden, destructive approach that so many other cities use to break up unsightly homeless communities. [ThinkProgress]

A Louisville Metro Council committee is shuttling a proposed surplus spending plan on to the full council for final approval. [WFPL]

A Louisville House Democrat filed two bills Monday in an attempt to block Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to dismantle the state health exchange, kynect, and revamp how Kentucky delivers Medicaid. [The Morehead News]

A new rail yard on in Jeffersonville will serve as a transfer and loading terminal for Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co. [Business First]

The New Albany City Council will introduce two ordinances and one resolution at Monday’s meeting. [News & Tribune]

Another Shooting, Another Pedestrian Struck

Another day, another shooting in Compassionate City. One person was found shot in the Hazelwood neighborhood Thursday afternoon, according to Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley. [WDRB]

We’ve been saying it since 2008 but people only care now because of a sex scandal. Jim Ramsey and his circle of pals are the reason the University of Louisville is not moving forward. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! It was the statement made by Jody Prather on Tuesday that turned the gears of discussion on moving forward without President Jim Ramsey. After the meeting, Ramsey was asked whether or not he intended to stay at his job, he responded with “I don’t know.” [WHAS11]

The winter holidays left Brown-Forman, the Louisville-based parent of Jack Daniel’s and Woodford Reserve, a little blue. [H-L]

Another day, another pedestrian struck in Compassionate City. A portion of Shelbyville Road was closed in both directions after a pedestrian was struck Thursday morning. [WLKY]

Sixty Republican national security heavyweights vow in an open letter released late Wednesday to work “energetically” to prevent GOP front-runner Donald Trump from winning the party’s nomination. [HuffPo]

Several step and dance teams say their applications were denied and they are concerned about a lack of minority representation in this years parade Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. [WAVE3]

General Electric Co said its proposed deal to sell its appliance business to China’s Haier Group for $5.4 billion had received approval from U.S. anti-trust authorities. [Reuters]

A bill introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly would change the relationship between Louisville Metro government and suburban cities when it comes to waste management. It could also chip away at county-wide initiatives such as a ban on plastic yard waste bags. [WFPL]

A Louisville House Democrat filed two bills Monday in an attempt to block Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to dismantle the state health exchange, kynect, and revamp how Kentucky delivers Medicaid. [Ronnie Ellis]

The Ohio River Bridges project on Monday shared images of new transponder devices that local motorists will use once the RiverLink bridge tolling system takes effect late this year. [Business First]

The official groundbreaking was held in October, but the real work on the new Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park begins next month. [News & Tribune]

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