We Love “Deb” Lots And You Should, Too

Could tobacco help prevent the transmission of HIV? Researchers from the University of Louisville are leading an international effort to find out. [WDRB]

House Democrats’ top priority in January could be allowing local governments to temporarily raise taxes to help pay for construction projects, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said last week. [C-J/AKN]

Congressman John Yarmuth wants to put pressure on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. [WHAS11]

With a spate of botched executions across the country this year looming over their discussion, Kentucky lawmakers are revisiting some fundamental questions about the death penalty, including whether the state should keep it on the books. [H-L]

It’s borderline shameful that the teevee folks don’t see fit to identify the ridiculous judge in this scandalous immigration/modern day slavery story. [WLKY]

Want to read the most scandalous Louisville Metro Animal Services story yet? Have at it. The worst in eight years of our LMAS coverage. Everyone from Greg Fischer on down are to blame and should be prosecuted. [The ‘Ville Voice]

An arrest made by the U.S. Marshals Task Force Monday afternoon may not be related to a recent string of fast food robberies despite earlier indications. [WAVE3]

Here’s a peek at someone involved in the next LMAS scandal. [Ruh Ro]

Jennifer “Deb” Carpenter is pretty dang cool and Louisville should be proud of her. Also, DEXTER! [WFPL]

No one on the Supreme Court objected publicly when the justices voted to let Arizona proceed with the execution of Joseph Wood, who unsuccessfully sought information about the drugs that would be used to kill him. [HuffPo]

Just as Yum! Brands Inc. was seeing a rebound in China sales, the most recent meat supply scandal is having a “significant, negative impact” on the company’s performance in the Asian nation. [Business First]

The Indiana Department of Transportation gave the Clark County Commissioners a pleasant surprise last week. [News & Tribune]

Greg Fischer’s Horrific LMAS Scandal Rages On

Had Kenneth Simmons worked a normal 40-hour week, he would have earned about $45,000 a year, on average, during the last six years of his career as a jail officer for Louisville Metro Corrections. Instead, Simmons worked what he described as an “ungodly” amount of overtime, pushing his average pay from 2008 to 2013 above $89,000. [WDRB]

About 1,500 elementary school students will spend less time en route to school this year because Jefferson County Public Schools is closing six bus depots. [C-J/AKN]

As parents receive classroom assignments and school supply lists, local organizations took time out to help ease the stress of supply shopping with a backpack giveaway. [WHAS11]

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday announced appointments to state university governing boards, including campaign donors who cumulatively have given more than $500,000 to him, the Kentucky Democratic Party and others. [John Cheves]

WARNING: RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Remember, Kentucky Humane Society may do a few good things but its leadership are partially responsible for much of what’s gone wrong with Metro Animal Services. [WLKY]

Wait, wait, the last paragraph of this Fineman story will cause you to wet yourself! [HuffPo]

Does anybody really believe this incident in Schnitzelburg is anything more than a stunt gone wrong? [WAVE3]

Want to read the most scandalous Louisville Metro Animal Services story yet? Have at it. The worst in eight years of our LMAS coverage. Everyone from Greg Fischer on down are to blame and should be prosecuted. [The ‘Ville Voice]

Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews resigned Thursday after two legal opinions said it was a conflict of interest for him to also work as a Louisville Metro Council aide. [WFPL]

Like it or not, Louisville’s transportation system doesn’t stack up against that of any other city. [FiveThirtyEight]

Ford Motor Co. reported U.S. sales in July of 212,236 vehicles — up 10 percent from last year. [Business First]

The New Albany City Council has no ordinances or resolutions on its agenda for Monday’s meeting. [News & Tribune]

Fischer Still Playing Games With LMAS Scandal

A Jefferson County jury deliberated for about an hour Thursday before finding in favor of The Courier-Journal and its parent company in an age discrimination lawsuit brought by a newspaper executive who was fired in 2011. [WDRB]

Thought Cordish was gonna do all that? The city is moving to find a new life for the long-dormant, historic Louisville Gardens, a century-old, former armory and event venue where Elvis Presley performed and Martin Luther King Jr. spoke. [C-J/AKN]

LMPD released in a statement Wednesday afternoon 22-year-old Danielle Cogswell may have died from a, “suspected overdose.” [WHAS11]

Churchill Downs bought a stake in Saratoga Harness and the deal could lead to financial interest in several more casinos. [H-L]

Sentencing is set for September for a JCPS resource teacher found guilty of murdering her husband. [WLKY]

The cheerleader death story has apparently gone national. [HuffPo]

Metro Council members said they will pursue new zoning rules that require boarding house operators to get a license as neighbors complain the group homes continue to plague West Louisville. [WAVE3]

Want to read the most scandalous Louisville Metro Animal Services story yet? Have at it. The worst in eight years of our LMAS coverage. Everyone from Greg Fischer on down are to blame and should be prosecuted. [The ‘Ville Voice]

When you’re rated worse than Katie King (the girl whose daddy bought her a judgeship), you know you ought to just give up and get a job at Walmart. McLaughlin, a Jefferson County district court judge, is the lowest-rated judge in the county by a wide margin, according to a recently released survey by the Louisville Bar Association. [WFPL]

Just before approving a rate increase of 5.5 percent to raise about $9 million, the Metropolitan Sewer District board Monday voted to spend up to $600,000 on bonuses to most of the agency’s 600 employees. [More C-J/AKN]

A proposal to convert Colston Park in Jeffersonville into a housing development is facing opposition from nearby homeowners. [Business First]

If you live in Southern Indiana, you need to comment on this transportation plan. [News & Tribune]