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McConnell super PAC raises more than $730,000

courier-journal.com — The super PAC supporting the re-election of Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has reported raising $739,300 in the first quarter of this year in very few - mostly very large - contributions. The largest came from retired Humana executive David A. Jones, of Louisville, who gave $125,000.
Oil man from Tyler, Texas gives $100,000 to McConnell super PAC cjky.it/QjnbVF via @courierjournal
A Joe Joe Craft-related trust fund gives $100,000 to McConnell super PAC cjky.it/QjnbVF via @courierjournal

McIver, Mudd power Male softball team past Mercy 7-1

courier-journal.com — It had been 13 months since her softball team's 13-0 loss to Mercy Academy last season, but Male High School's Amanda McIver hadn't forgotten. "They spanked us last year," she said. "You don't forget those." McIver and her teammates made sure there would be no repeat Thursday.
RT @loumalesoftball: Start your morning off by reading about the Dawgs win over Mercy last night! courier-journal.com/story/sports/p…

Arnold sex-harassment complaints still open

courier-journal.com — Complaints alleging sexual harassment by former Rep. John Arnold remain active before the Legislative Ethics Commission despite the panel's votes on the matter last week, its executive director said.

Rosters for Kentucky senior All-Star teams

courier-journal.com — Rosters for the Kentucky senior All-Star basketball teams.
Looks like a better Kentucky All-Star team than last few years. Was really impressed with Justin Johnson last year. cjky.it/1eEGXps
#Butler commit Kelan Martin among headliners to face Indiana. RT @sports_cj Rosters for Kentucky senior All-Star team cjky.it/1jOkYeP
Closer look at rosters for Kentucky All-Star basketball teams, including scoring averages and college choices: courier-journal.com/story/khs-blog…

Big Four Bridge ramp’s opening delayed again

courier-journal.com — The Indiana Department of Transportation has determined that Jeffersonville cannot partially open the Big Four ramp April 30 as planned because of liability concerns. Will Wingfield, spokesman for the department, said in a statement Thursday that the state cannot take the risk of having pedestrians and bicyclists using the ramp as construction workers finish their work.

John Calipari hobnobs with Bills Clinton and O’Reilly

courier-journal.com — It has been a whirlwind week for Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, who has followed up his team's wild ride to the NCAA championship game with a tour to promote his new "Players First" book, which was released this week.
UK Basketball Notes || Calipari gets different treatment from two Bills, Clinton and O'Reilly; imagines veteran team: courier-journal.com/story/sports/c…
Among news Cal dropped is that he is getting hip replaced the day before Derby. Not in Kentucky, I bet. cjky.it/1j9Ygf7

Louisville athletics lands $39 million deal with adidas

courier-journal.com — The University of Louisville's athletic department announced Thursday a lucrative, five-year extension to its contract with adidas that ranks the Cardinals' apparel deal in the top five nationally. Though U of L's news release didn't disclose financial figures, ESPN reported earlier Thursday that the deal amounts to $40 million over five years, running through the 2018-2019 school year.
#UofL's $39 million extension with adidas helps recruiting, represents stability and brings in $7.7 million in cash: cjky.it/1nslyQp
UofL's Tom Jurich says this adidas deal beats the old "buy 2 shoes get the third at 20 percent off" deal cjky.it/QgyUnC

Q&A | Providence softball’s Charly Wolford

courier-journal.com — Charly Wolford is an elder statesman - a senior outfielder on Providence's softball team - who also enjoys helping care for the elderly as a volunteer at a local nursing home. She's hoping to help guide the Pioneers back to the Class 2-A semistate and lead the chase for a state title.

Lanesville builds solid base for softball semistate run

courier-journal.com — Lanesville was four innings, only 12 outs, from the 2013 Class A softball state final. But before the countdown reached a critical stage, Tecumseh rocketed away to the semistate title and left the Eagles on the launch pad. The Eagles are firing the engines for another liftoff in 2014.

Milton-Madison Bridge reopens

courier-journal.com — The Milton-Madison Bridge, which temporarily closed last month after a steel bearing dislodged, reopened to motorists Thursday evening. The reopening comes one week after construction crews finished sliding the nearly half-mile-long bridge 55 feet from temporary piers onto refurbished permanent piers.

Willenborg responds to Hooten confession (March 2013)

courier-journal.com — Todd Willenborg gave his first interview since the brutal death of his 17-year-old daughter, Tara Willenborg, after her accused killer held a news conference.
My interview with #Hooten rape/murder victim's father Todd Willenborg shortly after his confession in March 2013 cjky.it/1gO3dfl

Videos | Kentucky Derby Festival dunks

courier-journal.com — Travel down memory lane ahead of tonight's Kentucky Derby Festival slam dunk contest as we look at some highlights from years' past. See anyone who looks familiar? Then check back late tonight and Friday for the best dunks from this year's crew.
Watch some familiar players from previous Kentucky Derby Festival dunk contest cjky.it/1j8P22Y #kdf2014

Tim Sullivan | Selling to the sluggers not easy

courier-journal.com — Ballplayers can be alternately demanding and desperate about the tools of their trade, and sometimes both in the space of a doubleheader. In 30 years as Louisville Slugger's director of professional baseball sales, Chuck Schupp's job was to resupply players and, if necessary, to reassure them.
Column on #Louisville Slugger's retiring bat man and the art of selling lumber to picky big leaguers. cjky.it/1eZRvdJ

Child dies in PRP hit and run; suspect charged

courier-journal.com — The child was hit in the 5500 block of Grandel Boulevard around 7 p.m.

Gibson: Little comment during murder sentencing

courier-journal.com — New Albany man's 1st victim died in 2002 William Clyde Gibson III, the New Albany man accused of brutally slaying three women, was sentenced Thursday to 65 years in prison for the October 2002 murder of Karen Sue Hodella.
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