Let’s Pretend Everything Is Amazing For 2 Weeks

The secret to Derby Pie’s success: magic, obviously. Don’t even try explaining it. [WDRB]

Looky there, it’s Mitch McConnell spreading minimum wage fear. Instead of spreading racially-charged anti-Obama rhetoric (and that’s what it is— fear of a black man or a scary Muslim, at least in Kentucky), Granny Mitch ought to focus on ripping apart Alison Grimes’ lack of substance. [C-J/AKN]

Another day, another pedestrian hit by a vehicle in Possibility Compassionate City. [WHAS11]

Watching Keith Runyon continue to defend the dying beast and Gannett never stops being entertaining. Blaming changing technology is just an excuse. Not adapting is the real sadness here. The book industry, much like the music industry, has evolved. Just like the news industry. This bizarre bitterness at the younger generation taking over does nothing but encourage resentment and bitterness. [HuffPo]

Thousands of runners took part in the Kentucky Derby Festival marathon and mini-marathon on Saturday. [WLKY]

We linked to this story about school segregation last week but feel the need to promote it again. Louisville gets a significant mention. [ProPublica]

Witnesses said a 24-year-old was speeding and driving erratically before he drove over a curb, hitting and killing a 5-year-old boy. [WAVE3]

Kentucky U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes probably should have spoken up earlier about her frustration with the Legislative Ethics Commission handling of a sexual harassment case. [CN|2]

After a series of meetings spanning nearly three months, a Jefferson County Public Schools committee tasked with reworking the district’s code of student conduct is ready to present its revisions to the Board of Education for approval. [WFPL]

Metro United Way has announced the results of its 2013 annual campaign. The organization raised about $28.1 million, down from the $28.9 million a year ago. [Business First]

Three very different Democrats with different experience levels, different skill sets and different outlooks have one thing in common — they all want to serve as Clark County Commissioner. [News & Tribune]

UofL Lawyer Made Bank But She’s Still Awful

You know what’s crazy? That anyone thinks Angela Koshewa is worthy of any amount of sweet cash. What a terrible lawyer (in our opinion) — from countless internal matters to Nina Yoder.

But what’s crazier? That the University of Louisville is getting its ass handed to it for unchecked corruption. Again.

The University of Louisville is paying another large settlement in connection with the retirement of a high-ranking official — this time, $346,844 to its top lawyer.

University counsel Angela Koshewa is on a three-month leave of absence before she officially retires June 1. Documents obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act show the university is paying Koshewa — who has questioned some expenditures and proposals backed by President James Ramsey and Dr. David Dunn, the executive vice president for Health Affairs — twice her final salary.

A five-page separation agreement, which was signed by Koshewa and Provost Shirley Willihnganz in February, called for her to be paid $50,000 on March 15 and the balance on June 15. It says the parties “desire to settle … any and all possible claims and differences among them.”


Two university officials who declined to be named because they aren’t authorized to comment said Koshewa had raised questions with Ramsey and Dunn about expenditures, real estate deals, and university compliance issues.

It’s like Jim Ramsey’s administration is a never-ending series of awful. Robert Felner, Nina Yoder, the equine sciences mess, various sports scandals, law school mess, this.

But everybody in this town continues to give him a reach-around because they all want some of the deals that come from being ‘in’ with Jimbo. Like that time the local newspaper’s education reporter sat on her hands and half-assed the Felner coverage only to be awarded a high-paying job at the Dept of Ed, thanks to Jimbo.

This is why UofL can’t have nice things.

Indiana Side Of The Bridge May Never Open

The Kentucky State Fair Board is seeking to team up with additional corporate sponsors — both large and small businesses — for the state fair. [WDRB]

Eighteen months after Stan Curtis was charged with stealing $183,354 from a national charity he founded, leaders of another food charity he started years before — Kentucky Harvest — say it has largely recovered from the scandal. [C-J/AKN]

A tuition increase is on the way at the University of Louisville but they aren’t saying by how much. [WHAS11]

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he has a history of handling sexual harassment cases the right way, and Frankfort Democrats are “scrambling to try to belatedly get it right.” [Sam Youngman]

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway renewed his fight against child abuse during a stop in Louisville on Thursday. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t really a stop, as he already lives in Louisville. [WLKY]

Segregation now. In Tuscaloosa today, nearly one in three black students attends a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened. [ProPublica]

Tempers flared as would-be neighbors and veterans met to discuss plans for a controversial VA hospital in eastern Jefferson County on Wednesday. [WAVE3]

The latest appointment to the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees by Steve Beshear is unsettling, to say the least. [Page One]

Matt Taibbi describes writing his latest book—”The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap”—as a journalistic revelation of sorts. [WFPL]

As part of the state highway construction plan approved this week by the Kentucky General Assembly, a total of $38 million in road projects were approved related to the University of Louisville’s main Belknap Campus. [Business First]

Imagine that… Now that permanent lighting rails are being installed on the Big Four Bridge ramp, Jeffersonville’s April 30 opening date will have to pushed back, according to an Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield. [News & Tribune]