$48,000 worth of marijuana found at WAVE Country post office Friday, Feb 23 2018 

Grayson County Sheriff deputies invite the addressee to claim their marijuana, and pick up the package at the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office during normal business hours.

City’s Public Art Advisory Group Announces Meeting Schedule Friday, Feb 23 2018 

Louisville’s Public Art and Monuments Advisory Committee on Thursday announced their meeting schedule for the next several months:

  • March 6, 6 p.m. at the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage
  • April 14, 10:30 a.m. at the Cyril Allgeier Community Center
  • May 18, 12 p.m. at the South Central Regional Library
  • June 5, 6 p.m. at the Main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL)

I get it, a mayoral committee’s meeting schedule doesn’t sound like that big of a deal, but just getting these meetings on the calendar has been in the works since last fall.

In August 2017, the John Breckinridge Castleman statue was vandalized in Cherokee Triangle. Castleman played a key part in establishing Louisville’s parks system, but also served in the Confederate Army. It sparked a citywide discussion about who we want to honor through our public artwork, and how.

The city’s Commission on Public Art — or COPA — held an open meeting in September which was supposed to serve as an open forum to discuss all of Louisville’s public artwork and whether any could be “interpreted as honoring bigotry, racism and/or slavery.”

It ended up being a conversation that centered mostly on Castleman, but attendees did comment that it would be nice to have other meetings in different parts of the city and at different times. It would be a way to encourage more diverse feedback, they said.

The city went quiet until about December, then announced the formation of the Public Art and Monuments Advisory Committee, which will develop recommendations for Louisville’s public art.

They had their first meeting earlier this month at the main branch of the public library, during which the topic of more diverse meeting spaces came up again.

Planning for an additional meeting at the University of Louisville is in progress, and details are pending.

MSD begins to close floodwall openings to keep Louisville dry Friday, Feb 23 2018 

Metropolitan Sewer District crews began work this morning to install floodwall closures at 10th and 27th streets.

Drugs, guns and ammo recovered in narcotics raid, 8 arrested Friday, Feb 23 2018 

Eight people are in custody after a narcotics raid in the Russell neighborhood that where police found multiple guns, including two rifles, and ammo. 

As Ohio River Rises, MSD Assembles Flood Gates In West Louisville Friday, Feb 23 2018 

As Louisville prepares for more rain and flooding, the Metropolitan Sewer District began assembling its flood gates Friday.

MSD installed two of the flood gates Friday at 10th and 26th streets, as the Ohio River’s water level rose above 28 feet. It’s expected to crest early next week.

MSD Raising Flood GatesKyeland Jackson | wfpl.org

Crews work to assemble the flood gates.

MSD officials said they’ll place more gates if the water rises, but right now the agency is using all 16 of its flood pumping stations to stem that. Combined, those stations pump 11.52 billion gallons of water back to the Ohio River daily.

It’s not the first time MSD’s used all its pumping stations at once, and Flood Protection Supervisor JP Carsone said they’re prepared for flooding.

“We are constantly making adjustments to how we operate our system to deal with our changing circumstances,” Carsone said. “As we make changes, it does impact our system. But we make changes operationally to meet those demands.”

But an aging infrastructure could create problems.

Flood pump stations and structures were built in the 1940’s, and many companies which built parts for them are no longer around. MSD has identified $638 million in improvements needed for the city’s Ohio River flood protection system, but so far, lawmakers haven’t approved the significant rate increases the agency has requested to fund the infrastructure. Carsone said updates are necessary.

JP Carsone talks of MSD's preparations for floodingKyeland Jackson | wfpl.org

JP Carsone discusses MSD’s preparations for flooding.

“All these things need to be addressed to protect the city,” Carsone said. “If you don’t update the infrastructure, eventually it’s going to come to its service life. And that’s when you start having problems.”

In a press release, MSD estimated its Ohio River flood protection system protects 200,000 people and $24 billion in Louisville property. Carsone expects flood gates at 2nd Street and Bingham Way will also be activated this weekend as water levels rise.

UK Officials Respond To Report That School Is Tied To NCAA Scandal Friday, Feb 23 2018 

Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.

Among those who were listed as receiving loans were Nerlens Noel and Bam Adebayo, who both played at the University of Kentucky, and Brian Bowen, who committed to the University of Louisville but has since transferred to South Carolina, and former U of L player Juan Palacios.

Current UK player Kevin Knox is listed among players who had a meal with an associate of former NBA agent Andy Miller.

UK said it is conducting an internal investigation and will cooperate with any other investigations.

“As I said to our Board of Trustees this morning, we learned late last night of a report from Yahoo Sports that provides more details regarding documents related to the federal investigation of potential NCAA violations,” said UK President Eli Capilouto in a written statement Friday.

“We began immediately to conduct our due diligence, and we will cooperate fully with any appropriate authorities. That is our commitment as a university to our Board of Trustees and to the Commonwealth. I will keep you informed of any developments should they arise in this matter.”

Head Coach John Calipari also issued a statement. Calipari denied any involvement with Miller.

“I have no relationship with Andy Miller or any of his associates. Neither my staff nor I utilized any agent, including Andy Miller or any of his associates, to provide any financial benefits to a current or former Kentucky student-athlete. We will cooperate fully with the appropriate authorities.”

UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart said in a written statement Friday that the university was aware of the report but has had no contact with federal officials or the NCAA regarding the matter.

“We have not been contacted by the FBI or the NCAA, but since learning of the report, we have reached out to both the NCAA and our league office,” Barnhart said. “We will be conducting an internal review. At this time, we have no further comment.”

Yahoo said the documents obtained in discovery during the investigation link current players including Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Duke’s Wendell Carter and Alabama’s Collin Sexton to potential benefits that would be violations of NCAA rules.

According to the report, players and family members allegedly received cash, entertainment and travel expenses from Miller and his agency, ASM Sports.

NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement the allegations “if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America.”

This story has been updated.

WFPL’s Rick Howlett contributed to this story. 

Kentucky Senate plans for pension vote by next week Friday, Feb 23 2018 

Republican leaders in the Kentucky state Senate say they hope to vote on a sweeping overhaul of public teacher pensions by the end of next week.

Woman charged in Mount Washington man’s death Friday, Feb 23 2018 

The victim was shot at a home in the 400 block of Essex Way.

Louisville basketball at Virginia Tech: TV channel, radio and streaming details Friday, Feb 23 2018 

Louisville basketball faces a must-win in Blacksburg this weekend.

      
 
 

Report links Kentucky to NCAA basketball recruiting investigation. Here's what we know Friday, Feb 23 2018 

Kentucky basketball players were included in documents that tie top programs and players to activity that appears to violate NCAA rules.

      
 
 

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