Rejoice! Kids Are Back In School Soon!

Possumbility City? Police are investigating after someone drove a stolen Corvette into a gun store in south Louisville early Wednesday. [WDRB]

Surrounded by thick gray smoke and encroaching neon flames, Louisville firefighter Randy Croney tuned out the shrieking siren signaling him and others to get out immediately. [C-J/AKN]

There’s another slapfight going down in Bardstown. The mayor of Bardstown has suspended the use of body cameras temporarily. [WHAS11]

The federal government is investigating how its money was spent at a Louisville nonprofit that trained troubled youths for entry-level jobs in the horse industry. [John Cheves]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Two days before a building collapsed and crushed a man to death, the Louisville Fire Department warned the building was unstable.[WLKY]

Donald Trump on Wednesday said he hopes Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails have fallen into the hands of Russian hackers. [HuffPo]

The new code of conduct was designed with a focus to keep students in school and address behavior offenses with a four step punishment system. [WAVE3]

President Barack Obama charged Sunday that divisive rhetoric from Donald Trump on Muslims and terrorism is “ultimately helping do ISIL’s work.” [Politico]

Louisville Metro government’s long range transportation plan is drawing praise and criticism from residents. [WFPL]

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine has attended his first rally as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, saying: “America was not built on fear”. [BBC]

There are a couple new faces behind the scenes at the Brown Hotel’s English Grill restaurant. [Business First]

New Albany resident Ann Hendrix was giddy when she finally held a local RiverLink transponder in her hands. She asked a customer service representative to snap a picture of her and husband Bryan to remember the moment. [News & Tribune]

Another Terrible Week For Ramsey

In a meeting that lasted five minutes in late 2014, three members of the University of Louisville Foundation Board of Directors approved a change in U of L President James Ramsey’s pay package that, while subtle, could end up being very lucrative for Ramsey now. Republicans Scott Jennings and John McCarthy won’t be able to spin this one away. [WDRB]

New York regulators have approved Aetna’s bid to buy Louisville-based Humana – a boost after a brutal stretch for the companies. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Here comes UofL with some positive spin to try to take attention away from its daily shitshow. [WHAS11]

How to know the RNC is a train wreck and desperate for speakers… Ralph Alvarado got a primetime spot for Wednesday. He’ll sound a little slick to outsiders but once they poke around his voting history, his hemp fun and general backwardness, he’ll end up being yet another person of color the Republican Party is so fond of objectifying and he’ll be too thick to realize it. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro police are investigating after a man was shot and killed in southwest Louisville. [WLKY]

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R-Gay Panicked), Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick, opposed a successful effort in 2007 to raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour over two years. [HuffPo]

If you’re a church holding a concealed carry class, you’re doing it wrong. [WAVE3]

How a man with children of color – immigrants – could support a bigot like this is beyond telling. People can get upset all they want for mentioning Matt Bevin’s children but it’s alarming that this man doesn’t have his shit together enough to speak out against Trump’s extreme racism. [Ronnie Ellis]

There are lots of factual ways to describe coal: carbon-rich, abundant, fossil fuel. But Republicans would like to add one more to the list: clean. [WFPL]

A federal judge dismissed evidence gathered by a warrantless cellphone-tracking device that locks onto a phone’s location by pretending to be a cell tower for the first time Tuesday. [ThinkProgress]

One of the key components of the plan to realign the Kennedy Interchange — better known as Spaghetti Junction — in downtown Louisville is almost ready for public use. [Business First]

In a small way, the teens inside the Central Christian Church Activities and Program Center were doing their part in making sure the school year gets off to a good start for hundreds of students. [News & Tribune]

Louisville Racists Are Still Fired Up

The tension between police and African Americans seemed to reach a boiling point two years ago with the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. [WDRB]

After bouncing from one temporary job to another for years, after filing for bankruptcy, after losing the mobile home he’d bought on credit with his wife, Bryan Reeves couldn’t help but dream big when Ford announced plans in December to hire 2,000 autoworkers. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Guess the FOP and UofL have decided to coordinate their media offensive. [WHAS11]

During their working years, women tend to earn less than men, and when they retire, they’re more likely to live in poverty. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! In light of the officer-involved shootings that have taken place in the last few days, a rally was held in west Louisville with speakers calling for change. [WLKY]

Hillary Clinton reaffirmed her support on Saturday for creating a “public option” within Obamacare and allowing people to enroll in Medicare at age 55. [HuffPo]

Check out all the racist comments on this one… that is, if they haven’t been deleted by now. Hundreds of protesters for Black Lives Matter rallied and shut down part of Broadway on Sunday evening. [WAVE3]

President Barack Obama pledged on Saturday to seek ways to calm racial tensions and reduce divisions between police and minorities during his final months in office, but he warned that easy access to guns nationwide exacerbated the problem. [Reuters]

There’s an unexpected item decorating the desk of Kentucky Science Center Executive Director Joanna Haas: a box of wooden blocks. [WFPL]

The Democratic Party endorsed a “reasoned pathway to future legalization” of marijuana and called for the drug to be downgraded in the Controlled Substances Act, in a tense and unexpected victory for supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders. [WaPo]

Shares of Louisville-based Humana Inc. are down nearly 10 percent today because of antitrust concerns related to its pending acquisition by Aetna Inc. [Business First]

The Clarksville Community Board of School Trustees approved Adrienne Goldman as Clarksville High School principal at a special meeting July 8. [News & Tribune]

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KDE Won’t Do A Damn Thing Re: JCPS

Ugh, Bardstown is still the worst. More fallout is coming from the firing of a Bardstown Police officer accused of destroying records. [WDRB]

Just a reminder… Calling waterfront officials “creative folks,” Mayor Greg Fischer has declined to restore money that Gov. Matt Bevin recently deleted in the state budget that had been earmarked for the agency that oversees the highly popular Waterfront Park. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Unfortunately the opioid epidemic is nothing new in Kentuckiana. [WHAS11]

Matt Bevin has been in office for six months, and I still don’t know what to make of the selfie governor. Every time he says something that almost makes sense, the next thing out of his mouth is a cuckoo-clock bird. In one breath he will lecture people about the state motto being “United We Stand, Divided We Fall,” and in the next breath take a petty swipe at a political opponent. The irony seems completely lost on him. [Tom Eblen]

Oh, please, like the Commissioner of Education has any damn clue what goes on in Kentucky – he advocated FOR Joshua Powell, FFS. The head of education in Kentucky said he may be more “heavy-handed” with JCPS if the culture doesn’t change. Stephen Pruitt was speaking specifically about a JCPS report that found that staff members were motivated or directed not to report students being restrained by school personnel. [WLKY]

Donald Trump may have vowed to “bomb the shit” out of the Islamic State, but his anti-Muslim rhetoric may actually be helping the terror group, according to one of the United States’ top foreign policy experts. Michael Hayden, the former head of both the CIA and the NSA, explained in an interview with the Guardian that “the jihadist narrative is that there is undying enmity between Islam and the modern world.” [HuffPo]

WATB ALERT! In southern Indiana, the legal team behind the embattled Wildlife in Need animal refuge claims its operator is being targeted by federal inspectors. [WAVE3]

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against the Obama administration in a case regarding water pollution permits. [The Hill]

Funding requests from some Louisville groups working to support young people are being reduced or ignored in Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed spending plan, and they say it’s hurting their ability to address spiking violence in the city. [WFPL]

When Donald Trump’s new airline, the Trump Shuttle, launched on a summer day in 1989, tuxedoed waiters with white gloves passed out smoked salmon, honey chicken skewers, and chocolate truffles. It was early in the day, but champagne flowed at Logan Airport. And then it all went to pot – just like everything else he’s touched. [Boston Globe]

The University of Louisville’s board of trustees finance committee denied a motion that proposed an increase in tuition for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. [Business First]

Clark County residents will soon have a new spot to drop off recycling in the county, if a deal to purchase new property for solid waste and recycling closes next week. [News & Tribune]

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Deadly Weekend In Compassionate City

One person is dead following a shooting at a park in southwest Jefferson county. [WDRB]

Mayor Greg Fischer unveiled his budget plan Thursday, devoting $2.5 million toward the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which has been woefully underfunded since its inception eight years ago. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! With shootings continuing to rise in the area, Kentucky’s lieutenant governor is reaching out in efforts to help tackle the problem. [WHAS11]

Kentucky officials say unemployment rates fell in 83 of the state’s counties between April 2015 and April 2016. Jobless rates rose in 33 counties and stayed the same in four. [H-L & Press Release]

Maybe E-town is the worst. Police have arrested an Elizabethtown man on a felony charge that he struck his adult son in the head with a claw hammer. [WLKY]

The presidential campaign of Donald Trump has largely been a policy-free, fact-free, detail-free event, based on emotion (especially fear), pandering to shallow slogans (“Make America Great”), and the aggressive personal and ad hominem abuse of his Republican and Democratic opponents. [HuffPo]

Two people, a male and a female, were shot early Sunday morning near the University of Louisville campus. [WAVE3]

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed a “public service” by triggering a debate over surveillance techniques, but still must pay a penalty for illegally leaking a trove of classified intelligence documents. [CNN]

Louisville is now officially in ozone season, the several months every year when pollution and meteorological factors contribute to unhealthy ozone levels in the area. [WFPL]

The Federal Reserve should raise interest rates “in the coming months” if the economy picks up as expected and jobs continue to be generated, U.S. central bank chief Janet Yellen said on Friday, bolstering the case for a rate increase in June or July. [Reuters]

Kentucky State Fair Board chairman Mark Lynn has appointed a search committee to find a replacement for Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, the former fair board president and CEO, who recently departed to take a job in San Diego. [Business First]

For kids in Floyd County this summer, there will be such a thing as free lunch. Starting June 6, children under the age of 18 and adults enrolled in a state-approved education program for the mentally or physically disabled can get lunch and a snack at no charge. [News & Tribune]

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Racist Republicans Are Really Butthurt

University of Louisville President James Ramsey received total compensation of $2.8 million from the school’s nonprofit foundation in 2014, while the university’s former provost Shirley Willihnganz received $1.1 million and Ramsey’s chief of staff, Kathleen Smith, received $859,181. [WDRB]

The second-graders in Sarah Bowling’s class at Dunn Elementary were on a mathematical scavenger hunt. Students cradling clipboards moved around the room matching groupings of things and learning the concept that three groups of five things total the same as five groups of three things. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! There is no fallout, just a bunch of racists calling for the death of Ricky Jones. [WHAS11]

As more coal companies file for bankruptcy, it’s increasingly likely that taxpayers will be stuck with the very high costs of preventing abandoned mines from becoming environmental disasters. [H-L]

Norfolk Southern is pursuing criminal charges against an Ohio man for disrupting rail service. [WLKY]

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) went all in on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the head of the Democratic National Committee, on Saturday, saying he supports a primary challenger in her re-election bid for her House seat and would remove her from the DNC if elected president. [HuffPo]

The decision came after a Brown School Student Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council meeting on Tuesday night. [WAVE3]

Most shootings with four deaths or injuries are invisible outside their communities. And most of the lives they scar are black. [NY Times]

On a rainy Friday afternoon, about a half-dozen people stay dry inside the storied Phoenix Hill Tavern on Baxter Avenue. [WFPL]

Uhhh… [ThinkProgress]

Three descendants of Brown-Forman Corp. founder George Garvin Brown have been elected the company’s board of directors, and three other descendants will leave the board. [Business First]

By upgrading its lights in city hall, Jeffersonville expects to save $12,000 this year. The energy and cost savings are part of Duke Energy’s Smart Saver Incentive Program, which rewards businesses that replace equipment with higher-efficiency products by lowering the costs of purchasing new equipment. [News & Tribune]

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Let’s Lock All The Youth Up Or Something

If you missed it earlier this week, kids these days are horrible. [WDRB]

A judge has upheld Gov. Matt Bevin’s right to cut higher education in the current budget year, ruling that under Kentucky law the governor has the authority to reduce spending within state government. Wingate’s order rejects arguments in the high-profile lawsuit filed April 11 by Attorney General Andy Beshear. [C-J/AKN]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Are y’all goin over to the shootin festival? [WHAS11]

Only about 20 percent of Kentucky’s 3.2. million registered voters made it to the polls for Tuesday’s primary election. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Guess what most gay people don’t give a flip about, Fairness Campaign: hate-filled, backward religious organizations. Maybe you should keep your money – donated mostly by gay people – out of church nonsense. [WLKY]

The House passed a massive National Defense Authorization Act late Wednesday, and tucked inside of it, a provision that would allow federal contractors to fire employees for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. [HuffPo]

Wednesday marked 10 years since Earon Harper was murder and 10 years since her daughter 2-year-old Erica Hughes was shot multiple times in the head and rushed to the hospital. [WAVE3]

The overdose death toll from opioids, both prescription drugs and heroin, has almost quadrupled since 1999. In 2014 alone, 28,000 people died of opioid overdoses, more than half from prescription drugs. [ProPublica]

This sort of thing is a big deal for food deserts. [WFPL]

On Friday afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new rule regarding the implementation of nondiscrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It guarantees that transgender people cannot be denied health care by professionals that receive federal funding, and also that it is discriminatory to refuse them access to transition-related services. [ThinkProgress]

The lowest-paid employee at 21st Century Parks Inc. earns just $1 per year. But “he may double his wage after this,” CEO Dan Jones said at the Louisville nonprofit’s fundraiser kickoff luncheon Monday, benefiting The Parklands of Floyds Fork. [Business First]

Indiana Department of Transportation officials met with contractor representatives and New Albany city engineer Larry Summers at Seymour District offices last week to launch a $811,000 Local Public Agency (LPA) project that will make improvements at the Spring Street/Silver Street intersection this summer. [News & Tribune]

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