A Local Legend Is Leaving WHAS11

A natl television station wants to hear from millennials in Kentucky who have no interest in the current election or are overwhelmed. Contact Jake for details. [Get In Touch]

Thousands of people in the Russell neighborhood get a chance to shape the future of their community. [WDRB]

Since the run up to the 2013 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs has instituted a points system to determine starters in the first leg of America’s Triple Crown series, moving away from graded stakes earnings as a determining factor. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO WILL EAT YOUR DATA! As the spirit of volunteering has taken over the city, the Build-a-Bed event at Meyzeek Middle School kicked off Mayor Greg Fischer’s 5th Annual Give a Day Week of Service. [WHAS11]

“Get out! Leftist scum! Get out!” In the video, the bearded white man wears a black shirt and a red baseball cap with the words Make America Great Again. He is yelling at a young black woman. He shoves her once, then again, screaming at her to leave. The crowd around him is agitated. Others push the woman as well. Many are yelling. [H-L]

Do you, like most people, forget that there’s a professional soccer team in Louisville? [WLKY]

If you run a business, are employed by one, care about the stability of the financial system, or would prefer that the U.S. economy not be needlessly thrown into disarray — a group that seems like a pretty broad coalition of voters — Cruz’s economic policy is not OK. [HuffPo]

Middle school girls came together Saturday to learn, network and have fun. [WAVE3]

For decades some of the poorest people in the US have lived in subsidised housing developments often known as “projects”. Many of these projects, however, are now being torn down and studies suggest only one in three residents find a home in the mixed-income developments built to replace them. [BBC]

Angel wings dangle from Rose Smith’s ears and hang from her wrist. [WFPL]

In this week’s installment of Hanging On, Weekend Edition’s series about issues facing the middle class, we ask why some of the country’s biggest banks are still “too big to fail.” [NPR]

One of Louisville’s best-known TV journalists is retiring after 31 years in the market. Melissa Swan’s last day at WHAS-TV will be April 21. [Business First]

This is straight out of Parks & Recreation. For Indiana’s Bicentennial, the Jeffersonville Public Arts Commission is pulling strings to create something its never created before: a puppet show. [News & Tribune]

SNOWPOCALYPSE II Ruined Everything For You

Local doctors and nurses are saying children’s lives are at stake and Kosair Children’s Hospital is among those begging Frankfort to fix a law they say is broken. [WDRB]

Another day, another odor story. It’s just Louisville, I guess. Louisville’s largest sewage treatment plant has a $450,000 emergency that may be contributing stronger odors wafting from the Outer Loop Landfill. [C-J/AKN]

At 12:31 P.M. yesterday the big story for WHAS11 was Jodi Arias. Because nothing else was going on in Louisville. [WHAS11]

Faculty at the two largest campuses in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System have passed resolutions asking former President Michael McCall to return more than $300,000 he will receive as “emeritus” system president. [H-L]

More than 200 motorists were stranded on I65 and had to be rescued by the National Guard. [WLKY]

In a worsening trend, deaths from heroin overdose in the United States increased even more dramatically in recent years than they did over the previous decade, according to a new report. [HuffPo]

LMPD officials confirmed before 8 a.m. Thursday that they’d been at the scene of a standoff for more than six hours. [WAVE3]

Two protestors seeking state Senate action on a bill to restore voting rights for non-violent felons who complete their sentences were forcibly dragged from a legislative committee meeting room Wednesday. [Ronnie Ellis]

Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet secretary has drawn both praise and criticism for comments he made during last week’s Climate Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. [WFPL]

One of America’s largest circus companies has said it will phase out the use of elephants in its shows. [BBC]

Brown-Forman Corp. has cut 25 jobs, and most of those were from the company’s Louisville headquarters. [Business First]

You could say that the town of Clarksville’s timeline for completion of its new wastewater treatment plant is a bit backed up. [News & Tribune]

You A Pedestrian? Your Days Are Numbered

Walsh Construction won’t be cited after three workers were thrown into the Ohio River as they sought to retrieve a boat that had broken free from the downtown bridge construction site. [WDRB]

A year after two members of Congress asked for an investigation into the appraisal price of the planned Brownsboro Road VA Medical Center site, there has been no response and opponents are launching an 11th-hour appeal to persuade Veterans Affairs officials to pick another site. [C-J/AKN]

Three pedestrians in the Kentuckiana area were struck in three separate accidents within two hours Friday night. Nothing to see here, move along, Possibility City, compassion, transparency. [WHAS11]

The state Senate voted Friday to limit Kentucky’s debt, and the Senate president later said the chamber will search for another way to strengthen the state’s teacher pension system instead of the House-approved plan to borrow $3.3 billion. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! A local reporter was indicted for leaving the scene of a deadly crash. Police said Jeff Woods, a WHAS sports reporter, was driving a station vehicle when he hit a woman in downtown Louisville in January. [WLKY]

There’s good news and bad news for both parties, in a Pew Research poll out Thursday: Republicans are seen as extreme and intolerant but more trusted to handle international issues, while Democrats’ position as the party of the middle class doesn’t translate into an edge on the economy. [HuffPo]

Remember Debbie Fox? She’s the woman who half-assed everything so badly at Metro Animal Services that everyone threatened to resign unless Fischer moved her ASAP. Now she’s making mega bucks handling an agency that’s far more important. [WAVE3]

Indiana could be the first US state to introduce baby boxes – anonymous drop-off points designed to prevent the deaths of abandoned infants. [BBC]

Young people living in Louisville’s westernmost neighborhoods have less opportunities for physical, social and cognitive development than in other parts of the metropolitan area, according to findings of a recent study by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. [WFPL]

More jails are replacing face-to-face visits with video, passing the costs on to inmates. [Mother Jones]

Hillerich & Bradsby Co., maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats, may be up for sale. [Business First]

The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is looking for a new director. [News & Tribune]

Johnson Should Spend More Time w/His Family

Despite delays and changes to school meals and bus routes, JCPS says its first day back to class on Wednesday was a success. [WDRB]

Sorry, no, raising taxes like this while Greg Fischer and others spend money on random people and random jobs like it’s going out of style? No. Possibility City should not be jacking taxes up for anything until spending is under control. [C-J/AKN]

A Mississippi man was convicted in Louisville on Wednesday for extorting the UofL Athletics Department. [WHAS11]

Keep those umbrellas close. It’s about to start pouring garbage in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race. [H-L]

Mary Pat Vonderhaar suffered a stroke in 1997. Her left side was paralyzed and she spent the next three years confined to a wheelchair. Now, she is back in that wheelchair and police said it is her husband that put her there. [WLKY]

Woah, Fox and CNN must be taking their suicide coverage cues from WHAS11’s folks. [HuffPo]

Metro Councilman Dan Johnson may sell his house to pay off debts that came to light in recent lawsuits from two Louisville businesses. [WAVE3]

Tensions between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri, have mounted during a fourth night of unrest since a black teenager was shot dead by police. [BBC]

Goodness gracious, it’s time for Dan Johnson and his assistant/aide/whatever to just give up and go home. [WFPL]

Eight state leaders signed their names to a letter to Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett asking him and the association to join them in demanding Elaine Chao, former U.S. Labor Secretary and wife of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, resign from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ board of directors. Because she’s apparently not permitted to have a different opinion than her husband? [Richmond Register]

Louisville Water Co.’s bond sale to pay off a 2006 bond issue will produce more savings than originally anticipated. [Business First]

Waiting for the bus in Clarksville can be an uncomfortable experience for some, but officials with the town and the Transit Authority of River City have set their sights on changing that. [News & Tribune]

Ramsey Should Be The UofL Sacrificial Lamb

It’s time for these Sunrise hacks to be cut off from the government milk cow. The fact that Steve Beshear allows those folks to continue to get wealthy under the charade of helping children with Jesus should make your skin crawl. [WDRB]

Nothing ever changes at the University of Louisville under Jim Ramsey. And it never will. In the wake of a string of cases involving embezzlement and misuse of funds at the University of Louisville in recent years, an independent audit commissioned by the university has recommended 17 policy and procedure changes, including improvements to disbursement practices, oversight and management. [C-J/AKN]

Kristin Who? No one knows who this girl is. [WHAS11]

Let’s all watch the mouthbreathers crap their pants. A group of parents has appealed a decision by a Louisville high school to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their sexual identities. [H-L]

Police say an abused baby is being kept alive by machines and now the question is whether the baby should be kept on life support or taken off. Kosair Children’s Hospital and the baby’s family took the issue to a judge Thursday. [WLKY]

On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, officially banning discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also ended racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and in general public facilities. Fifty years removed from that milestone, it’s apparently easy to think that we’re over racism. [HuffPo]

The weather for the Fourth of July weekend looks perfect and has a lot of people in Kentuckiana trying to figure out what to do for the holiday. Due to a lack of funding in the state budget this will be the first year Waterfront Park has canceled its Independence Festival and firework show, which means some smaller celebrations are planning for an influx of visitors. [WAVE3]

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The University of Louisville released Wednesday an auditing firm’s long-anticipated report on the school’s financial controls, an analysis prompted by a series of thefts at the institution. [Kristina Goetz]

The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in June, as the unemployment rate falls to 6.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday. [HuffPo]

Baptist Health is apparently in a big home care fight in Hardin County. [Business First]

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore’s comments about a Friday sewer board workshop caused members of the city council to cry foul, but Moore doesn’t see what the fuss is. [News & Tribune]

WHAS11 Made A Great Call Removing This One

Dozens of people have written in to ask about this:


Do we really need to count all the reasons she needed to be let go as a journalist?


No, we don’t.

Because character assassination — the kind she jealously practices when it comes to her colleagues and a certain future political candidate/current officeholder — is not a game worth playing.

Though, the shady and unethical way she reported on the sidewalk expansion on Lower Brownsboro is a good place to start if you’re looking for one.

WHAS11 Hypes Clinton Fundraiser With Nonsense

Where do we begin?

Just take a look:


WHAS11 is claiming that ticket prices for Alison Grimes’ fundraiser featuring Bill Clinton are “soaring.”

And Doug Proffitt goes on to portray the $5,200 top ticket price as out of the ordinary. It’s not – it’s the maximum amount you can contribute in a U.S. Senate race. And soaring? From what? That implies this is an everyday event.

We’re clearly not fans of any current senate candidate but how is that a story? Has every local station gone to WAVE3-style pot?