UofL: Officially The Land Of Unchecked Corruption

The bright colors signature to the Kentucky Derby are a stark contrast to what organizations fighting human trafficking say the annual event can bring. [WDRB]

Jeffersonville’s ramp to the Big Four Bridge will open with a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon April 30, the day of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Great Steamboat Race. [C-J/AKN]

The former executive director of University of Louisville’s Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine was indicted Wednesday by a federal Grand Jury. [WHAS11]

African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says. [HuffPo]

On April 3, 1974, what is now the Louisville metro area experienced part of the worst tornado outbreak in United States history. [WLKY]

State lawmakers approved a passel of tax breaks for businesses earlier this week with little public discussion, providing potentially lucrative benefits for a proposed 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington, the state’s bourbon and beer industries, start-up companies and more. [H-L]

We can’t decide if this is a huge waste of time and money. Despite a brutal winter, construction on the Downtown Crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project has stayed on track. [WAVE3]

Go watch this episode of Kentucky Tonight that focuses on the death penalty. [KET]

The city’s response to violent outbreaks in the downtown Louisville area is drawing criticism from some in the teenage community. [WFPL]

The University of Louisville is nearing its goal of raising $1 billion for the university, and an announcement is planned for later this month to celebrate the achievement. [Business First]

Designs for what will someday be one of the first sights for many travelers into Jeffersonville were finalized Tuesday. [News & Tribune]

Here’s a quick flashback of Mitch McConnell receiving the keys to his first office as Jefferson County Judge-Executive in 1978. [Page One]

Steve Beshear Unveiled His 2014 Derby Poster

Miss Steve Beshear’s unveiling of the annual commemorative poster?

Here you go:


2014 KENTUCKY DERBY POSTER

“I’m privileged to take part in this time-honored tradition of unveiling the commemorative Derby poster,” said Gov. Beshear. “This year’s artwork is special because it features a Kentucky trainer and a Kentucky-bred horse. It exemplifies the excitement and enthusiasm that surround the greatest two minutes in sports and serves as a wonderful memento for the public.”

The poster, as you can see above, features Cannonade, winner of the 100th Kentucky Derby.

Scared White People Are Continuing To Freak Out

Police say a burglar ended up with a broken leg after falling through a skylight in downtown Louisville. [WDRB]

The mother of a girl sexually assaulted on a Louisville school bus two years ago and placed in the same high school class as her attacker has come to an agreement with Jefferson County Public Schools. [C-J/AKN]

Kentucky Kingdom opens to the public in May and if you’ve already purchased a season pass you can go get your photo taken. [WHAS11]

Much has been discussed about how tolls to help fund the Ohio River Bridges Project will impact residents and businesses in Louisville and Southern Indiana. [Business First]

If all goes as planned, the Big Four Bridge could be completely open by the end of the month. [WLKY]

Here’s the McConnell Campaign presenting its roadmap to victory to former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who was at the time executive director of the NRSC. [Page One]

Want to help support the next phase of our project? These document dumps barely scratch the surface. We’ve got gigs upon gigs upon gigs of research files to sort through and digitize. Literally months of work for a team of people. Wouldn’t it be useful to have everything we possess pertaining to U.S. Senate candidates prior to November? One person working eight hours per day for six months would barely get it done. [Click Here If You’re So Inclined]

Emergency calls made after two teenagers were stabbed onboard a TARC bus in Louisville have been obtained by WAVE 3 News. [WAVE3]

The state has appealed an order requiring it to give Kentucky’s two largest newspapers documents on children killed or badly injured as a result of abuse or neglect. This is unreal. People are starting to come forward to talk about some of the secret investigations and they’re mind-blowing. Some involve grandchildren of legislators. [H-L]

Congressman John Yarmuth on McCutcheon v. FEC: “For those who have everything, today’s Supreme Court ruling is a better gift than anything their money previously could buy, paving the way for special interests to dramatically increase their already vast influence over government and public policy,” Yarmuth said. “With this decision, the Court’s Republican-appointed majority continues to ignore the reality that money in politics is corrupting public policy, offering greater access to the well-off and well-connected and further diminishing the voices of the vast majority of Americans.” [Press Release]

Recent violence near the Louisville side of the Big Four Bridge has sparked conversations about safety in Southern Indiana, but Jeffersonville officials say residents shouldn’t worry when headed to riverside attractions. [News & Tribune]

Greg Fischer Still Twiddling Thumbs On Violence

The Jeffersonville side of the Big Four Bridge is expected to open April 30, Mayor Mike Moore tells WDRB. [WDRB]

Metro Councilman David James watched the raw video of a fight and subsequent stabbing of two teenagers on a Louisville bus and said the incident raised concerns about city bus safety. [C-J/AKN]

Several violent incidents on TARC buses recently have left some residents hesitant to ride, but Metro Council members want you to know TARC is safe. [WHAS11]

Mitch McConnell is no stranger to scratching the backs of those who scratch his. Just take a look at this request he received from a hotelier trying to get a sweet Kentucky Derby box at Churchill Downs. [Page One]

Want to help support the next phase of our project? These document dumps barely scratch the surface. We’ve got gigs upon gigs upon gigs of research files to sort through and digitize. Literally months of work for a team of people. Wouldn’t it be useful to have everything we possess pertaining to U.S. Senate candidates prior to November? One person working eight hours per day for six months would barely get it done. [Click Here If You’re So Inclined]

Jefferson County Public Schools have agreed to a restraining order in a lawsuit involving two teens. [WLKY]

The Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression is criticizing Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s plan to respond to teenage violence in downtown Louisville with boosted police presence and added security cameras. [WFPL]

It wasn’t an April Fool’s joke when officers arrested more than a dozen suspected drug dealers in southern Indiana Tuesday morning. [WAVE3]

Several auto makers reported sales increases during the month of March. [Business First]

From birth, the average black child in America is at a relative disadvantage, according to an Annie E. Casey Foundation study released Tuesday. [HuffPo]

If you thought you missed your chance to sign up in Kentucky for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act, think again. [H-L]

It cost Floyd County government $1.2 million to purchase Pine View Elementary School in 2011. It cost another $1.5 million to turn the school into a government center. [News & Tribune]