Ford in a new push for self-driving cars, and Churchill shows off

A news summary focused on 10 big employers; updated 6:32 p.m.

FORD, Uber, Google and two other companies have formed a coalition to push for federal action they hope will speed self-driving cars to market (Reuters). Also, Ford reports first-quarter financial results Thursday; analyst forecasts. Ford’s shares closed at $13.76 a share today, up 18 cents.

CHURCHILL DOWNS unveiled $18 million in improvements at its namesake track in time for the Derby (CJ).

AMAZON won’t be a threat to FedEx or UPS anytime soon. Why? It doesn’t have the density and reach of UPS/FedEx, and retail customers won’t want to switch to a shipper run by one of their largest competitors. (Business Insider).

UPS pilots’ action will affect German flights (CJ). More signs emerge that Louisville could be the next city to get lightning-fast Google Fiber service: It’s all about “huts” (Business First). Appeals court denies request to stop Galt House sale (WDRB).

PAPA JOHN’S introduces new Pepperoni Rolls as their latest side option (Brand Eating). UPS mechanics say a contract proposed by the shipper would significantly increase health care costs and do little to improve wages (Business First).

Fresh ThymeIn other news, the new Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will give away a free bag of “healthy groceries” to the first 250 people in line before the store officially opens tomorrow; this is the two-year-old grocery chain’s first outlet here (CJ). SuperChefs plans to open a new restaurant on Bardstown Road in the Highlands, replacing an earlier location in St. Matthews that was destroyed by fire three months ago (WDRB). U.S. stock futures rise amid earnings deluge.

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