Mayor Greg Fischer has closed the door on any new tree protection ordinance or even a stop-gap, “no-net-loss” tree policy — at least for now. Fischer sent his economic development director Ted Smith to the Louisville Metro Tree Commission meeting yesterday evening — the first since the commission questioned the mayor’s resolve on his pledge to restore the city’s shrinking tree canopy and expanding urban heat island. [C-J/AKN]
Animals are no longer allowed on the Big Four Bridge. This comes after months of debate. Maybe it’s time to ban lazy, disgusting pet owners instead of dogs. [WDRB]
General Electric Co discovered it was financing a small number of firearm purchases in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings – despite deciding five years ago to avoid the practice – and moved to stop future loans, the company said on Wednesday. [HuffPo]
A University of Louisville chemistry professor has been awarded a 2014 Fulbright Distinguished Chair, which he will use to travel to Sao Paulo University in Brazil. [WHAS11]
The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking a four million dollar penalty from UPS for not complying with federal safety rules. [WFPL]
The metro council is expected to vote Thursday on whether to allow restaurants to sell alcohol earlier on Sundays. [WLKY]
Again, that’s not going to play out like liberals want it to. Tom FitzGerald, whose name is synonymous with environmental protection in Kentucky, is considering a possible run for the U.S. Senate next year against Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell. [H-L]
A 35-year-old man with a long criminal history pursued the murders of three Kentuckiana people, according to police. [WAVE3]
In a major step toward ending the city’s reliance on coal by 2025, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a far-reaching plan to amend its agreement with the Intermountain Power Project in Utah to convert it to renewable energy. [HuffPo]
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said Wednesday that he will convene a grand jury following the deaths of Jaime Clutter, 35, and her two children, whose bodies were discovered in a creek in New Albany’s Binford Park on March 13. [News & Tribune]
The group planning to reopen Kentucky Kingdom wants more time to raise the money to refurbish the amusement park and is expected to get a 60-day extension from the Kentucky State Fair Board when it meets Thursday morning. [C-J/AKN]
The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $4 million fine for Louisville-based UPS Airlines for alleged violations of safety regulations. But UPS Airlines, a division of Atlanta-based United Parcel Service Inc., plans to challenge the FAA findings. [Business First]
Another day, another murder in Possibility City. Homicide detectives are investigating Louisville’s latest murder. It happened just after 2 a.m. Wednesday off Southern Parkway near Churchill Downs. [WDRB]
The city has given two lawyers exclusive rights to develop a $200 million, mixed-use project on riverfront land abandoned by the Museum Plaza investors nearly two years ago. [C-J/AKN]
Police are investigating after a man was found dead in Beargrass Creek on Grinstead Drive near Lexington Avenue. (Will they ever learn street names?) [WHAS11]
Parks, gardens and green space in urban areas can improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people living there, says a University of Exeter study. Using data from 5,000 UK households over 17 years, researchers found that living in a greener area had a significant positive effect. [BBC]
Wait, no, even more horrible crap in Louisville. A police investigation is underway after a man was shot in the chest in Louisville. [WLKY]
You know what’s unfortunate? Watching Alison Lundergan Grimes refuse to answer Joe Arnold’s questions about the Progress Kentucky scandal. [Page One]
Jefferson County Public School’s superintendent has no plans to facilitate a meeting between Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education and the Jefferson County Teacher’s Association. The best part of this story is the photo of Brent McKim captioned with “Terry Holliday” – ha. [WAVE3]
A former Kentucky Department of Agriculture employee who took time off to appear on The Amazing Race television show in 2011 has pressed the state for compensatory time payments he claims he is owed. Richie’s Folks are just magical for pee alerts. Magical. [H-L]
The group launched by Gabrielle Giffords will start airing gut-punch radio ads against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, highlighting the Republicans’ votes against the Democrats’ failed gun control legislation. [Politico]
Oh, look, the paper picked up on a story we mentioned weeks (months?) ago. It’s a good one, though, about buying up medical debt. [C-J/AKN]
Restaurant giant Yum! Brands Inc. reported a decline in revenue and profit during the first quarter, primarily as a result of continued challenges in its China division. [Business First]
The New Albany Redevelopment Commission is considering whether to open a piece of property up for commercial development or leave it as a stormwater detention basin. [News & Tribune]
Since people are asking, here’s Greg Fischer’s full re-election campaign announcement:
I wanted you to be among the first to know that today I will announce my re-election campaign for Mayor.
I’ve been honored to serve my hometown for the last two years. My team, with the assistance of all 750,000 citizens, has set Louisville on a new course — creating a more innovative, entrepreneurial and compassionate city. We have accomplished much, but we have more to do.
In 2010, I ran on a platform of “jobs, jobs, jobs” and many of you were closely involved with my campaign. I’m proud to say that Louisville’s economy has started to grow again, with 22,000 new jobs created in the metro area the past two years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Brookings Institution report from 2012 concluded that Louisville had the fourth greatest economic recovery growth in the nation
Government doesn’t create jobs — but we create the right environment for entrepreneurs and the private sector to do so.
Some of my team’s more significant accomplishments these past 28 months include:
Breaking ground on the 40-year-old Ohio River Bridges Project by working with officials in Kentucky and Indiana.
Investing in the city’s libraries, including re-opening libraries on Sunday and renovating Shawnee, Bon Air and the Western branch, opening a new Fairdale branch and funding construction of the Southwest regional library, in Valley Station;
Creating a more efficient government through the the Office of Performance Improvement and LouieStat, short for Louisville Statistics, to ensure taxpayer dollars are wisely spent. LouieStat led to $1.46 million in savings in overtime from March of last year to March this year, a 14 percent savings.
Leading a cultural transformation at the Metropolitan Sewer District and a consolidation with Louisville Water Company, saving up to $25 million to ratepayers;
Developing a safer city, including the creation of the LMPD VIPER squad to pursue violent repeat offenders — and get them off the street. Overall crime in the city is down, according to data;
Developing a more compassionate community, including the Give a Day week of service each April, which led to Louisville being named America’s Most Livable City by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
I want to personally thank you for your help and assistance in the past campaign — and I humbly ask for your assistance in this new campaign.
The primary election is May 20, 2014. Our first big campaign event will be a fundraiser June 11. You’ll be hearing more about that soon and invitations will be mailed.
Sign up to volunteer, to contribute or to simply follow our campaign as we head to the election in 2014. Visit www.gregfischer.com for details.
General Electric is hoping to bring some excitement to the chore of doing laundry with a line of high-efficiency, front-loading washers and dryers. The new line means about 200 new jobs in Louisville. [WLKY]
Why the hell is government constantly creating charities? The Louisville Water Co. has created a charitable affiliate, the Louisville Water Foundation, aimed at improving public health through water-related assistance and education. [C-J/AKN]
Remains have been found near Bloomington, Indiana and the finding leaves the mother of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer with mixed emotions. [WDRB]
Board members don’t have to ask Adam Edelen to audit Jefferson County Public Schools. According to those we know at the Auditor’s office, that’s already going to happen. Has nothing to do with board requests. This is a push to make it look like it was the board’s idea. The district’s massive number of high-paid executives is the original reason for Edelen’s interest. Allegedly. *cough* [WFPL]
Residents in Waddy, Kentucky are on alert after another report of a livestock attack on Ditto Rd. This comes months after several other attacks initially were reported in December. [WHAS11]
If the U.S. government can prove that Richie Farmer misused property and more than $450,000 in funds during his tenure as Kentucky agriculture commissioner, then one of our state’s all-time basketball icons is worthy of no sympathy. [H-L]
It’s a big and sometimes dangerous problem that’s costing you. The Metropolitan Sewer District said more thieves are stealing storm grates for scrap metal. [WAVE3]
Louisville needs to be pulling in major gets like this. River Ridge Commerce Center is hoping to draw a major manufacturer to a minimum of 1,500 acres in the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant off of Ind. 62. [News & Tribune]
Asked for evidence that Jefferson County’s teachers union is holding up progress at more than a dozen low-performing schools, Kentucky’s education chief has bitingly obliged — unloading an eight-page letter that documents more than a dozen instances he says proves the point. [C-J/AKN]
The Harshaw Trane headquarters building in Blankenbaker Station Business Park was recognized Monday for being green-friendly, a milestone marked on Earth Day by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. [Business First]
Boston bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev told investigators in writing Monday that neither he nor his older brother were in touch with any overseas terror groups, according to NBC’s Pete Williams. [HuffPo]
Who knew the story of the Progress Kentucky-Mitch McConnell scandal would end up involving guns, drugs, murder, gay escorting and full-on mental illness? It’s a story so crazy no one would believe it without documentation to back it up. [Page One]
A southern Indiana man is behind bars in connection to a deadly golf cart crash overnight. [WDRB]
In state legislatures around the country, lawmakers are debating important subjects — education reform, election laws, gun control and abortion. But in Florida, one of the hottest issues to come before the Legislature this term involves cats. [NPR]
It’s the official kick-off to the Kentucky Derby Festival and the biggest fireworks show in North America – Thunder Over Louisville. [WHAS11]
The owners of nine Louisville child care centers have filed suit against the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The action comes as the state agency seeks to revoke the licenses of 18 centers in the city citing allegations of fraud after a yearlong investigation. [H-L]
In Louisville, as in locations all over the country and the world, people were following the movements of police after a bombing during the Boston Marathon in practically real time, aided by Twitter and online scanners. It brings up an issue that journalists watch closely in times of breaking news: the public’s right to know information and know it quickly versus the risk it can cause. [WAVE3]
This story will make you bang your head on your desk. Apparently, people really are nearly brain dead or have zero ability to think. [C-J/AKN]
A Louisville woman is telling her story of how she tried to save a young man’s life on Thursday. Quintin Moss was shot near her west Louisville home and died at the hospital a short time later. [WLKY]
Two Illinois workers injured in a fire during the October clean-up of a derailed Paducah & Louisville Railway train in southwestern Louisville have filed suit against the railroad and its contractors. [WFPL]
When the federal sequestration cuts led U.S. military branches to cancel participation in air shows, including Thunder Over Louisville, Kentucky Derby Festival Inc. staff started scrambling. [Business First]
Another round of verbal sparring broke out between Jeffersonville’s mayor and City Council as a revised Redevelopment Commission project list was presented earlier this week. [News & Tribune]
With one suspect dead and the other captured and lying grievously wounded in a hospital, the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings turned on Saturday to questions about the men’s motives, and to the significance of an overseas trip one of them took last year. [NY Times]
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