There Are Some Terrible Southern Indiana Stories

Way to go, racist twits of Southern Indiana. Community members protested outside the school board headquarters in New Albany, Ind. Wednesday morning, saying school officials haven’t done enough to prevent racism. [WDRB]

The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission is expected to issue findings today on whether Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin violated metro ethics laws and should be removed from office. [C-J/AKN]

A horrific scene unfolded late Wednesday afternoon in New Albany. Three bodies were found in Falling Run Creek in Binford Park, two of them were children. [WHAS11]

If aging is not for sissies, that’s especially true if you’re homeless. You can be on your feet for hours, forced to sleep in the frigid cold, or seriously ill with no place to go. [NPR]

An emergency hearing was held Wednesday on new accusations against convicted murderer Joseph Banis. His former boyfriend and co-defendant, Jeffrey Mundt, claims Banis is tampering with evidence from behind bars. [WAVE3]

A man has died in Louisville where he was hit by a train as he walked on railroad tracks. [WKYT]

A Hardin County woman admitted to detectives that she killed her grandmother and then dumped her body into a trash can. [WLKY]

Jefferson County Public Schools officials said Tuesday they support the state’s newly passed bill that allows districts to raise the dropout age to 18 and will seek a school board vote in less than two weeks. [C-J/AKN]

Louisville probably needs something like this, as well. Mayor Jim Gray announced an anti-litter campaign Wednesday, urging citizens to pick up anything from cigarette butts to plastic milk jugs. The campaign, “Pick it up, Lexington,” embraces a three-prong approach of education, enforcement and prevention in an effort to reduce littering. [H-L]

Few places in the United States are studying the stages of aging, market trends and housing more intently than Louisville. [Business First]

State auditors are calling for former New Albany Mayor Doug England to reimburse the city for expenses related to executive orders and decisions he made in 2011, but he insisted Wednesday the charges are misguided. [News & Tribune]

WAVE Only Station Not To Hype Bridges Meeting

More concerns are being brought to light now that the East End Bridge project is moving out of the planning phase and into the construction phase. [WDRB]

As advocates on both sides vie for his attention, Gov. Steve Beshear told reporters today he’d get input from state agencies and others before deciding on whether to sign House Bill 279. The measure, which passed by veto-proof margins in both chambers of the General Assembly, grants individuals greater rights to defy state mandates for religious reasons. [C-J/AKN]

A possible crack found on the Kennedy Bridge during inspections Tuesday means drivers will be dealing with a lane closure again Wednesday while crews get a closer look. [WHAS11]

The outgoing chair of the Louisville Young Republicans says he lost his seat to a Tea Party activist due to publicly supporting Senator Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign. [WFPL]

Frustration boiled over at a bridge meeting on the Ohio River Bridges Project Tuesday night. Hundreds of people showed up looking for answers on the East End Bridge. [WLKY]

Don’t forget that Damon Thayer is one of the mouth-breathers living in a glass house who decided to publicly support this piece of bigotry. [Page One]

Child advocates celebrated Tuesday as Kentucky lawmakers endorsed two of their highest priorities: an independent panel to review child abuse deaths and stronger protection of children sold for sex. [H-L]

The roller coaster weather — freezing and then warm — is having an effect on more than just personal cases of spring fever. It’s making the ride to work and school bumpier. So get ready to make way for pothole repair. [WAVE3]

In Kentucky, a Bible Belt state where voters have passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the movement to promote gay rights has two factions. Welcome to Reuters, which doesn’t realize those two Louisvillians have no idea what’s going on in the rest of the state. [Reuters]

Thanks to high income taxes, Louisville has landed on a top 10 list of cities with the highest taxes. [Business First]

Don Lopp, director of Floyd County Operations, and his assistant, former county auditor Teresa Plaiss, were given the task to review the county’s budget problems and come up with recommendations on how to help solve the crisis. [News & Tribune]

Jim King Finally Calls For CERS-KRS Divorce

Louisville Metro Council President Jim King woke up and finally decided to call for a divorce of CERS from Kentucky Retirement Systems:

As president of the Metro Council, I have watched our city budget suffer due to exponentially increasing local pension costs that are dictated to us by our state legislators. But, unlike the state, our city annually budgets and pays every dollar billed to us by the Frankfort-based County Employee Retirement System (CERS). This has resulted in a city/county plan that is on a much stronger fiscal footing than the state’s plan and has led the CERS to become a source of strength for the KERS. I believe this unfairly shifts administrative and other costs to our cities and counties from the state plan and puts at risk the benefits to which our city/county employees are entitled. Any solution for solving the pension crisis should include separating or otherwise protecting the participants of CERS from the dangerously underfunded KERS.

Will anyone else have the guts to speak out about it?

Pepper Spray All The Rage With Kids These Days

The government is looking for hundreds of victims of racial discrimination by a mortgage lender. As U. S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett explained Monday, “Now victims who were unfortunately susceptible can come forward and claim anywhere from $3,000 to $20,000 in terms of a class action settlement.” [WDRB]

Feature articles about locally owned businesses are often feel-good pieces — a creative cupcake maker, a charming vintage-radio repairman — that exist in a world far from the stories that are making front-page news and dividing the nation. But this one, about Lexingtonian Keith Pitts’ small but growing business, is a little different. [H-L]

The possibility of an Ashley Judd-Mitch McConnell race for U.S. Senate isn’t really the talk of the town. It’s just the talk of people who have nothing else to focus on. [WHAS11]

Kentucky’s 2-year-old ban on texting while driving is nearly impossible to enforce, police and prosecutors say, leading to calls for a stronger law punishing distracted driving. [C-J/AKN]

A man was found shot to death inside his Clark County home, and police are looking for the person who pulled the trigger. Homicide investigators spent much of the day at the home at 2305 Plum Woods Drive, in a neighborhood just off Indiana 60 and Charlestown Road. [WLKY]

Here’s a look at how raising the retirement age screws the working poor. But you already knew that. [WaPo]

This should make everyone really excited. A student used pepper spray during a fight inside a Jefferson County elementary school on Monday. [WAVE3]

We can’t decide if this story is good or bad for Morgan McGarvey. There are easily a half dozen negatives to be created from this single article. It’s like schadenfreude meets a ruh ro moment. [WFPL]

What happens when all the pension system bailout talks come to the Commonwealth of Kentucky? That means corrupt placement agents get away with robbing the taxpayer of billions. [Page One]

Admissions and wagering were down in February at Horseshoe Southern Indiana, the closest Indiana Ohio River casino to Louisville. [Business First]

The Clark County Council approved painful cuts to its 2013 general fund budget to get into compliance with the state’s budget order at its meeting Monday. [News & Tribune]