How Many Area People Would $500,000 Feed?

Louisville Metro Police Officer Jim Wood is taking a stand against domestic violence. Would also be helpful for someone of his stature to encourage people to take mental health seriously, as well. [WDRB]

The number of people employed in construction jobs in Kentucky in May was 64,500, a 2.6 percent decrease from the 66,200 employed in construction in April and a 4.4 percent decrease from the 67,500 employed in May 2012, according to a new analysis of U.S. Department of Labor Statistics conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America. [Business First]

A newborn baby and her mother are OK after being rescued during an apartment fire in Buechel. An elderly woman was also saved and the person who got her out safely is being called something very special by his neighbors. [WHAS11]

A Code Red alert was issued as a precaution to Rubbertown residents [yesterday], after a 20% solution of sodium hydroxide was released at Lubrizol’s plant. [WFPL]

In just the six months since the Newtown killings there have been more Americans murdered by guns than the 4,409 United States armed forces killed in the Iraq war. Despite its failure in April, reports are that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may bring a background check bill back to the floor between the Fourth of July and August recesses. [Bill Moyers]

The Jefferson County Board of Education shared its evaluation of Superintendent Donna Hargens on Monday evening. [WLKY]

Frankfort city commissioners are moving forward with a fairness ordinance. So of course they try to mix Jesus into government. [H-L]

Really, when will this region begin taking mental health care seriously? This guy was a firefighter and was no stranger to authorities. And giving him a bible? Really? Like that’s going to solve his mental health issues? [WAVE3]

A lease agreement that would allow Louisville businessman Ed Hart to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park is expected to be considered during the Kentucky State Fair Board’s regular monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday. [Business First]

Though he stressed the issues can be resolved, a local hospital official said there have been some concerns about the service provided by Rural/Metro Ambulance since the company began operating in New Albany. [News & Tribune]

The James Graham Brown Foundation has agreed to provide $500,000 toward the estimated $1.8 million cost of putting special lighting on the Big Four Bridge. [C-J/AKN]

Possibility City: Where Pedestrians Die Like Woah

A Louisville organization is working with Jefferson County Public Schools to encourage those without high school diplomas to take the GED test this year. [WDRB]

A Louisville clinic races to adapt to the health care overhaul. One morning last month, a health clinic next to a scruffy strip mall here had an unlikely visitor: a man in a suit and tie, seeking to bring a dose of M.B.A. order to the operation. Seems like it was yesterday when they were writing about our fancy food scene. [NY Times]

Two Portland neighborhood homes went up in flames overnight. Investigators say the fire may have been intentionally set. The homes were owned by Habitat for Humanity and one was already under renovation. [WHAS11]

Jefferson County Public Schools and its teachers union have come to terms on a new five-year contract that contains no pay raises for one year and gives principals more flexibility in hiring teachers. [Toni Konz]

The surviving victim of Wednesday’s Lakeview Condominium shootings continues to recover from her injuries. This has to be one of the saddest stories in the city. [WAVE3]

You’ll want to read the latest installment of stories about coal country from the Herald-Leader. And read the previous installments if you haven’t already done so. [Here, Here & Here]

Police are investigating an early Saturday morning accident. A man is dead after police said a woman ran him over with a mini-van. Basically, Possibility City loves running people over with cars. [WLKY]

Rather than euthanize unwanted cats and dogs, politicians in Florida’s Miami-Dade County are proposing a special property tax that would pay for saving the animals for possible adoption. [Reuters]

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report from the June 11 crash of a Cessna 172 M at Seneca Golf Course. [WFPL]

A chlorine generator developed, in part, by the Louisville nonprofit WaterStep is getting recognition in a national publication. [Business First]

Oh, yes, more about the 56th District Special Election and the Kentucky Democratic Republican Party’s unbelievably reckless choice of a candidate. [Page One]

Four citations were handed out by the Floyd County Health Department Thursday to vendors that didn’t obtain a temporary food permit. [News & Tribune]

The Entire City Rolls Its Eyes At Susan Lukjan

The effort to bring back Kentucky Kingdom takes a big step forward as city leaders approve a plan that gives it public financing. The ordinance passed almost unanimously during Thursday’s Metro Council meeting. Only one member abstained from the vote. [WDRB]

How stupid does someone have to be to face trial a second time? Susan Kay Lukjan was found guilty Thursday night for a second time of burning down her Campbell’s Gourmet Cottage business in St. Matthews nearly seven years ago. [C-J/AKN]

Family members say the man who shot and killed his 8-year-old daughter and ex-girlfriend and then killed himself suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. [WHAS11]

Earlier this week, Jake revealed on Twitter that the DOJ was probing Curtis Morrison and Shawn Reilly and the McConnell illegal recording operation. The Morrison idiot claimed Jake was embarrassing himself. Well whattya know? That’s exactly what was going on. Imagine that. P.S. Don’t forget Shawn Reilly, as he still faces indictment. [Politico]

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of two high school students and an adult chaperone hurt in the crash of a contract school bus on Interstate 64. [WLKY]

The next step for River Ridge is connectivity. The River Ridge Development Authority met this week and discussed a number of plans for road improvements and a re-examination of its masterplan to help the commerce center connect to new roadways. [News & Tribune]

A Louisville family hopes $10,000 will the be the incentive that will lead them to the person responsible for their loved one’s murder. [WAVE3]

Food truck owners in the audience burst into applause on Thursday night after Lexington’s Urban County Council unanimously approved a six-month pilot project allowing food trucks to set up in public street parking spaces. [H-L]

Arne Duncan says Kentucky needs to raise its tobacco taxes. It absolutely does. Even though that specific piece of revenue for the state has been constantly on the decline. [CN|2]

More funding for charitable agencies, mowing empty lots, razing vacant residences and for affordable housing was included in the 2013-14 Metro Government budget unanimously approved Thursday night by the Louisville Metro Council. [C-J/AKN]

There were 182,908 admissions at Horseshoe Southern Indiana, the closest Ohio River casino to Louisville, in May, a 4 percent decrease from May 2012, according to a report released this month by the Indiana Gaming Commission. [Business First]

Environmental and faith groups are coming together to advocate for an end to fossil fuels, and the resulting pollution that disproportionately affects poor and minority communities. The groups held a march and a rally Thursday in Louisville. [WFPL]

Ouch: Area Traffic Deaths Have Spiked Some 46%

Five JCPS high schools are receiving national attention. Newsweek and The Daily Beast released their list of “America’s Best High Schools,” and DuPont Manual, Ballard, Eastern, Brown School, and Louisville Male made the list. [WDRB]

Karen Sexytime Sypher is making some new friends these days. The Kentucky woman convicted of trying to extort millions in cash, cars and a house from University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino has a new federal home. [H-L]

Three of the young men injured in a plane crash at the Seneca Golf Course were released from the hospital Wednesday. [WHAS11]

There is one basic question that keeps being asked about the U.S. auto industry: Is it on the rebound? [NPR]

The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office is looking into a Louisville business linked to a former Jefferson County Constable. David Whitlock is once again in the spotlight. Glad to see the mainstream finally paying attention. [WAVE3]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has joined 17 other mayors asking congress to help reduce obesity by making food stamps ineligible for buying soda and other sugary drinks. It’d be silly to disagree with him but surely there are more pressing matters to attend to instead of hyping this up. [C-J/AKN]

A former Archdiocese of Louisville priest charged with sexually abusing boys in the mid-1970s and ’80s may not face trial next week as scheduled. [WLKY]

The Clarksville Town Council gave its preliminary approval to bond and rate ordinances to make way for the construction of the town’s new wastewater treatment plant at its meeting Monday. [News & Tribune]

Papa John’s International Inc. was the highest-rated pizza chain in this year’s American Customer Satisfaction Index, released this week. [Business First]

How do you know Jack Conway is running for another office? “Attorney General Jack Conwaywill participate in a round table and press conference with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to announce plans for a new, national early childhood education initiative.” [Press Release]

So far, 41 people have died on Jefferson County road in 2013, compared to 28 during the same time period in 2012—a 46-percent spike, according to Kentucky State Police statistics. [WFPL]

Here are stories from area television stations about the Gardiner Lane shooting. [WDRB, WHAS11, WAVE3, WLKY]