Is There A Murder Every Other Day?

City leaders in Jeffersonville have released an ambitious new plan to help fight homelessness in the city. [WDRB]

The makeup of the membership of the metro panel that decides some key zoning-related cases is facing a legal challenge. State law requires the membership of the seven-member Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment to be diverse and reflect the demographics of Metro Louisville. But the newly filed lawsuit notes that the board has only one African-American and two women among its membership. [C-J/AKN]

The ongoing discussions about the relationship between the police and the community continue with a ‘monthly race summit’ that is set to start Thursday evening. [WHAS11]

Rand Paul of Kentucky, running for president on a platform of keeping the government out of people’s business, took a deep breath when asked at a recent stop in Philadelphia whether he’d make addressing abortion a part of his campaign. Pander to bigots = you’re a bigot. [H-L]

The coroner has identified the man shot and killed at a downtown restaurant. Compassionate City. It’s Possible here. [WLKY]

American gun owners are far more likely to injure themselves or someone else with their firearm than to stop a criminal, according to a new study from a group calling for tighter gun control. [HuffPo]

There’s a lot that we can learn from our past so we can move forward in the future. In light of what we’re going through in our country with outrage in cities like Ferguson, Baltimore, even here in Louisville, there is a demand for change when it comes to encounters between police, city leaders and minorities. [WAVE3]

This is not a time for peace and quiet. Only scared white people want peace and quiet. [NY Times]

Independent candidate for governor Drew Curtis needs to get 5,000 signatures by Aug. 11 in order to appear on the ballot in November’s general election. [WFPL]

When Audrey Haynes sat down before the legislature’s Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee Wednesday, she expected the data she brought would persuade lawmakers that Kentucky’s expansion of Medicaid has been good for the state. [Ronnie Ellis]

The University of Louisville Foundation is moving ahead on the second phase of building out the ShelbyHurst Office and Research Park, which would include a conference hotel and numerous commercial developments on the University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus. [Business First]

The police presence was strong at Clarksville’s most recent town council meeting. Not only were four reserve officers stationed at the door, manning the new metal detectors, but they appeared on the council’s agenda as well. [News & Tribune]

At Least It Moved To Cordish Central

Remember the Louisville “purge” nonsense? Now it’s a thing in Baltimore — where Cordish is headquartered. [Baltimore Sun]

They are family homes, but they’re being used like extended stay hotels in neighborhoods where that was never the plan. Now, new rules regulating boarding houses in Louisville are aiming to put a stop to it. [WDRB]

Meanwhile, we give away MILLIONS to Cordish for doing nothing. The Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department is eliminating half of its clinics serving residents in the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program because of a projected $800,000 budget shortfall this year. [C-J/AKN]

When Tess Graham, 64, looks in the mirror these days she sees the female she’s also felt she was inside. “I waited 55 years to see me. That is a long time,” Graham said. [WHAS11]

Trying to pry information out of professional chauffeur T.J. Doyle is harder than wrestling a winning trifecta ticket out of a poor man’s hand. [H-L]

A Louisville elementary school got some big-name recognition when Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear visited to celebrate the school reaching an environmental milestone. [WLKY]

This highly entertaining pothole move is hilarious. It’s a shame it hasn’t happened in Louisville. [HuffPo]

All the pageantry and tradition of Derby week really boils down to one thing: the incredible athletic talent of 20 horses that reach the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. Kentucky loves its horses, and the Derby horses are some of the best treated around. But the Bluegrass is also home to many people who are working to better the lives of other horses that don’t have it anywhere near as good. [WAVE3]

A Kentucky judge has validated a printing company’s discrimination against an LGBT group under the state’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA). [Think Progress]

The Kentucky Public Service Commission was scheduled to hold a hearing on Tuesday on Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities’ proposed rate increase. [WFPL]

A Kentucky judge has validated a printing company’s discrimination against an LGBT group under the state’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA). [Think Progress]

Louisville-based Baptist Healthcare System Inc., operator of Baptist Health Louisville and several other hospitals across the state, plans to expand its corporate headquarters on Eastpoint Parkway in Louisville in the coming years. [Business First]

The space the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center’s museum exhibits once occupied now is a labyrinth of metal frames and stacks of drywall. A cacophony of clanging metal on metal and shrieking power tools overwhelms the senses there now, but it won’t be too long before a different sound fills the air. [News & Tribune]

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Lawn Darts of Fate! Contest runs through the end of the week. [Page One & The ‘Ville Voice]

Sadly, Education In Kentucky Continues To Suffer

Elderly and low income neighbors in Jeffersonville are caught in the middle of a zoning fight that could force them out of their home. [WDRB]

Your dying local newspaper got at least a few school board endorsements right, it seems. Not endorsing people like Horne was a wise move. [C-J/AKN]

Prosecutors said they plan to ask for the death penalty in the case of a Louisville man charged with killing his neighbor while her three children were sleeping in the home. [WHAS11]

Janice Duncan, a fifth-grade teacher at Lexington’s Southern Elementary, shares the opinion of other educators who are concerned about the lack of specifics in the proposed new Kentucky Core Academic Social Studies Standards. [H-L]

Jeffersonville leaders disagree on a major project that has already hit residents in the pocketbook. [WLKY]

You can thank Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes and Mitch McConnell for the national embarrassment. [HuffPo]

Just what Louisville needs! Another downtown hotel. [WAVE3]

Global climate models have underestimated the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research. [BBC]

Louisville Metro has reached an agreement with the J.B. Swift plant in Butchertown over some administrative violations, but the plant’s issues with alleged odor violations remain unresolved. [WFPL]

Kentucky ranks 11th worst in the country in depth of cuts to school funding since the start of the recession, according to a new report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-partisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C. Kentucky has cut per-student investment in K-12 schools by 11.4 percent between 2008 and 2015 once inflation is taken into account. [KYCEP & CBPP]

The Ohio River Bridges Project is showcased in a Bloomberg report about the nation’s infrastructure. [Business First]

The Jeffersonville Sanitary Sewer Board and members of the city council were updated on the city’s ability to pay for an EPA-mandated project — and were told one of the last things they wanted to hear. [News & Tribune]

Of Course Macfarlane Is Trying To Walk It All Back

The Oldham County Jail was built in 1989. Over 25-years-later, the technology is outdated and county officials say it’s time for an upgrade. [WDRB]

What kind of delusional crack is Cathy Zion smoking? This member of the Metro Animal Services SPOT Board wrote a letter to the editor chastising the entire city for having a conversation about what’s gone wrong with that shit hole of an agency. Jesus H, the stupid is thick. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another death in Possibility City. Louisville Metro Police are conducting a death investigation in the Russell neighborhood, according to MetroSafe. [WHAS11]

A majority of Kentucky voters continue to view the economy as the top issue facing the United States, but a growing number say foreign policy is the nation’s top concern, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll. [H-L]

Doesn’t she sound nice? A Louisville woman admitted to beating a homeless man to death with a baseball bat. [WLKY]

21 numbers that explain why the time to address climate change is right now. Or maybe yesterday. [HuffPo]

Too little, too late, Macfarlane. It’s too late to walk your racist commentary back. [WAVE3]

Exposure in pregnancy to a chemical commonly found in plastics and cans — known as bisphenol A, or BPA — may increase a child’s risk of breathing problems, researchers say. [CBS News]

Officials have announced what’s next in Jefferson County Public Schools’ partnership with Ford’s Next Generation Learning program, and it includes more investment to improve students’ real world experience. [WFPL]

More than six months after a bill that would improve coordination and oversight of the for-profit college industry was introduced in the Senate and House, a number of state attorneys general have signed on in support. [Consumerist & Press Releases]

Work is under way at the former Goss Avenue Antique Mall after a series of historic approvals delayed the original start date for the project. [Business First]

A proposed senior living facility that raised opposition from its neighbors a year ago is coming back before the Jeffersonville Planning and Zoning Department. [News & Tribune]

Council Is About To Take Greg Fischer To Task

And people still wonder why we cover the intricacies of smaller school districts. It’s because that’s where we’ve shown for years the focus should be. [WDRB]

Can we please start taking youth homelessness more seriously in Louisville and in Kentucky? [C-J/AKN]

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Louisville Metro Police released new details after a woman was found locked inside the trunk of her daughter’s car. [WHAS11]

A Woodford County High School student is at odds with administrators who put her into an alternative school and stripped her of her position as senior class president after she purchased from a classmate a pill that treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Lexington. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Louisville Metro Police said a 12-year-old boy found dead in Cherokee Park on Tuesday afternoon was killed. [WLKY]

After years of listening to Wayne LaPierre croon away about how “only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” we finally have some real data to test whether this rationale for arming civilians (and selling more guns) is really true. [HuffPo]

Kentucky has one of the highest rates of homeless children in the county. [WAVE3]

Turns out Louisville’s Metro Council DOES have subpoena power and can force Greg Fischer to turn over documents and hand over staffers to testify. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Student Timothy Tungate was on the third floor of Fern Creek High School on Tuesday afternoon when he heard gunshots ring out. [WFPL]

The Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger vote was delayed after New York regulators found deficiencies. NY’s consumer protection agency pointed to the companies’ substandard customer service. [Ars Technica]

The world wouldn’t have bourbon without Kentucky. [Business First]

New Albany will maintain zoning control over the two-mile fringe area between the city and Floyd County, the Indiana Supreme Court decided. [News & Tribune]

Think Positively! Thunder & Derby Are Upon Us

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has addressed a letter to citizens in an effort to ease recent apprehensions over violence downtown. [WDRB]

An abrupt slashing of state funding for Louisville’s waterfront agency will almost certainly lead to elimination of the city’s traditional Fourth of July celebration and a drastic reduction in the planned six-day gala to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Belle of Louisville. [C-J/AKN]

Waterfront Park is treading water this week after Kentucky lawmakers decided to slash its funding completely. The cuts mean a loss of 18 percent of the park’s annual budget. [WHAS11]

A PBS documentary scheduled for broadcast in late April dissects the pattern of incarceration in America by turning the lens on prison culture in Kentucky. Produced by “Frontline,” the documentary features several members of the Louisville community, including Jayjuan Taylor, the 14-year-old that has been a voice in the recent concerns of teenage violence. [WFPL]

Officials in a financially-strapped southern Indiana county are weighing whether to sell off some county-owned properties and boost local income taxes to deal with a deepening budget crisis. [WLKY]

Josh Nadzam grew up as the only child of a single mother in a small Pennsylvania town. He hoped to escape poverty, if only he could run fast enough. [Tom Eblen]

It’s here again! Thunder Over Louisville is one week away and the city is busy getting ready for the official kick-off of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival. [WAVE3]

Three misprinted or misplaced signs around the city have caused some Jeffersonville residents to do double-takes while on the street or sidewalk. [News & Tribune]

Maybe there’s a bit of a problem with some downtown Louisville employees? Particularly when it comes to assault folks on camera. [The ‘Ville Voice]

A group of preservationists and homeowners in the Tucker Station neighborhood of East Louisville, represented by real estate attorney Stephen T. Porter, are fighting the planned development of two warehouse and distribution facilities in the Blankenbaker Station Business Park. [Business First]

The JeffCo Pension War With Frankfort Heats Up

A Jefferson County city says they simply can’t afford to continue paying pensions to retired city workers, and they’re asking that the money already paid out to those individuals be returned. [WDRB]

The Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment has approved a controversial request by the JBS USA pork packing plant in Butchertown to expand its animal bleeding and stunning building and enclose its outdoor unloading area. [C-J/AKN]

14-year-old Me’Quale Offutt died Tuesday afternoon after two days in the hospital. [WHAS11]

Who do you believe? Alison Grimes or Steve Beshear? It’s a question a Karl Rove front group is asking lately. [Page One]

To avoid keeping students and teachers in school until mid-June, the Greater Clark County Schools Board of School Trustees voted Tuesday to extend the school day by 45 minutes from April 7 to May 9. [WLKY]

Why doesn’t the Mayor’s senior staff participate in LouieStat? [The ‘Ville Voice]

To House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Alison Lundergan Grimes’ position in the U.S. Senate race is reminiscent of a scene in “Secretariat,” when Big Red is on his way to a record 31-length victory in the Belmont Stakes and trainer Lucien Laurin yells to jockey Ronnie Turcotte. [Sam Youngman]

A 9-month-old boy was removed from a home in Louisville’s Chickasaw neighborhood where two people were found dead Tuesday afternoon. [WAVE3]

After a string of business closures on Fourth Street Live in downtown Louisville last year, the company that owns the block of restaurant and retail space has some positive news. Any predictions on how long this will last? [Business First]

The Kentucky Foundation for Women announced today that executive director Judi Jennings will retire at the end of this fiscal year. [WFPL]

A makeover of one of the largest continuos public housing sites in Indiana has hit a snag, but officials said they will persist in finding other funding sources to make the project a reality. [News & Tribune]