Indiana Will Maybe Someday Open That Bridge

A Louisville judge accused of threatening to strangle a lawyer has been temporarily suspended by the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission. Senior Judge Martin McDonald was temporarily removed from the bench with pay this week pending the resolution of two ethics-related cases. [WDRB]

Really? The downtown bridge groundbreaking is a family-friendly event? [Business First]

The deadline has been pushed back again, the grand opening of the Indiana side of the the Big Four Bridge, at a standstill for half a year. [WHAS11]

The group planning to reopen Kentucky Kingdom says the rides and buildings have “significantly deteriorated” and need to be refurbished to ensure their safety. [WKYT]

A Jefferson Circuit Court judge will soon take up an issue that’s a first for Kentucky — whether spousal privilege can be invoked for same-sex couples. [WLKY]

By a vote of 16 to 3, the Louisville Metro Council has approved an ordinance to purchase the Colonial Gardens property for $430,000. This move allows Metro Louisville to issue a RFP for development for the property. [Press Release]

Another day, another shooting in Possibility City. Louisville Metro Police are investigating an early morning shooting in the Russell neighborhood. [WAVE3]

The leader of the state department that oversees services for Kentuckians with mental illness and intellectual disabilities was abruptly replaced on Thursday. Officials with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services declined to elaborate on the departure of Stephen Hall, who was named commissioner of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities in 2009. [H-L]

The Kentucky Board of Education on Wednesday approved new academic standards for science education in public schools, including updates on evolution and climate change that have drawn the ire of some conservatives. [C-J/AKN]

If that’s the rate in San Francisco, imagine the rate in the Commonwealth. Each year, one out of every three gay or lesbian students in the San Francisco Unified School District reportedly attempts suicide. For transgender students, that number jumps to nearly one in two. [HuffPo]

Louisville’s lawyers have judged the judges. They’re least satisfied with Olu Stevens on the circuit court and Joseph O’Reilly on the family court. No, “Senior Judge” does not mean “semi-retired.” They’re expected to work quite a bit within a fixed period of time. [WFPL]

The former site of a gas station at the corner of Middle Road and Allison Lane will be turned into a park and community garden in about six weeks. [News & Tribune]

Surprise: Outsiders Don’t Always Buy Our Hype

The Metropolitan Sewer District claims the process to buyout more than 120 flood-prone homes on Maple Street is “on schedule” despite liens on certain properties one city leader called “a problem.” [WDRB]

Wondering what the racial disparity in marijuana arrests actually looks like? Kentucky looks remarkably bad. [NY Times]

It’s a center that has saved the lives of hundreds of teenagers and now it’s closing its doors. The Lighthouse is a residential drug treatment center for kids and after 20 years of outreach they are shutting down. The agency says they simply don’t have enough money to keep their operations going. [WHAS11]

Though Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes remains undecided about challenging U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell next year, a pro-McConnell group is running newspaper ads linking her with President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. [Bluegrass Politics]

The death penalty is off the table for a man accused of killing a Sullivan University student and placing his body in a dumpster. [WAVE3]

The reality is, surprising only to Greg Fischer and people who believe the Possibility hype, Louisville is not a city of parks. [More NY Times]

On the last day of school for Jefferson County Public Schools students, a new report shows the district ranks among the top in increasing college readiness of African-American students. [WLKY]

U.S. bourbon sales should continue to grow for Louisville-based Brown-Forman Corp. Executive chairman and CEO Paul C. Varga said as much during a conference call with investors and analysts Wednesday. [Business First]

The attempt to move industrial hemp legalization through the Senate as part of the farm bill is running into stiff resistance from law enforcement, threatening to derail the effort. [HuffPo]

Curt Morrison continues to allege wrongdoing on the part of Mitch McConnell. Unfortunately, he has next to no understanding of campaign finance law and no understanding of what it means to face a damn FEDERAL INDICTMENT. Jesus H. You can’t make this kind of buffoonery up. Definitely give Gabe Bullard’s interview a listen because Morrison believes this is the downfall of McConnell. [WFPL]

The city of Jeffersonville is going to get the look it wants for the Ohio River Bridges Project, but it’s going to cost them. [News & Tribune]

The public will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed 2013 – 2014 metro budget on June 13 at 6 p.m. in the Metro Council chambers of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St. [C-J/AKN]

Only In Kentucky Is Enviro Science “Controversial”

The LMPD says four children escaped an abusive situation then walked to the nearest police station for help. But it isn’t the only case of child endangerment Louisville police are currently investigating. [WDRB]

Leaders with non-profit homeless and arts agencies are criticizing Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s decision to fund their certain external agencies at reduced levels. Plenty in his budget to pay his friends back for their support, though. [WFPL]

Kentucky State Police are giving new details about the murder of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis. For the first time on Tuesday, June 4, they said it was a tree limb that officer Ellis stopped to removed from the roadway when he was ambushed and shot to death. [WHAS11]

A convicted rapist who eluded capture for nearly a year will be returned to Kentucky after Gov. Steve Beshear signed a warrant, authorities said Tuesday. [H-L]

He’s accused of being the ring leader in a high-profile triple slaying in Louisville, but Lloyd Hammond got a huge break after two murder charges against him were dropped Tuesday and he could soon get out of jail on bond. [WLKY]

A vote Wednesday morning in Frankfort will likely affect your child’s education. The Kentucky Board of Education will vote on a senate bill that tackles several areas of education, but one is drawing controversy. [WKYT]

Just how desperate are city officials to make Louisville seem like a magical place? They’re now hyping things like this from a website called “Credit Donkey.” [WAVE3]

Phillip Bills is retiring at the end of June as director of the Louisville Metro Planning & Design Services Department. [C-J/AKN]

Jiro Hashimoto, Kentucky’s only economic development representative in Japan, will retire at the end of this month after 28 years on the job. [Business First]

The cost of renovating City Hall once the Jeffersonville Police Department relocates to a new headquarters and other concerns has city officials wondering if an $11 million bond is enough to pay for JPD’s move. [News & Tribune]