Day: June 20, 2016

Kindred pays $39M for Arkansas home-health ops; Humana top doc sells $603K in stock; and no charges for St. Louis cop in fatal KFC robbery shooting

A news summary, focused on 10 big employers; updated 8:29 p.m.

KINDRED: Under the agreement announced late his afternoon, Kindred said it will expand its existing home health and hospice services to 70 of the state’s 75 counties from the current six.

Smaller Kindred building detail
Fourth and Broadway headquarters.

The deal with the Arkansas Department of Health includes the Louisville company’s buying the agency’s 74 home health locations; seven hospice service offices, providing hospice services in 42 counties, plus personal-care service business that helps patients with daily living activities. It’s expected to close in the third quarter, pending regulatory and other approvals (press release).

HUMANA: Chief Medical Officer Roy Beveridge sold 3,228 company shares for $186.67 each — a total $603,000 — in a two-step transaction Friday, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing this afternoon. The shares were among 7,947 he received earlier that day as restricted stock units awarded under the insurance giant’s 2011 stock incentive plan. Humana appointed Beveridge to the post in 2013 (SEC document). Humana’s stock closed at $189.90 a share today, up 1.5%.

KFC: A St. Louis police officer who gunned down a robbery suspect in the doorway of a KFC restaurant in January won’t face charges because he acted in self-defense, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce announced today (Riverfront Times).

PAPA JOHN’S franchisees have signed a three-year contract to become the official pizza at the Chicagoland Speedway NASCAR track in Joliet in a deal announced today. The track previously served Chicago-based chains Giordano’s Pizza at its concession stands and Connie’s Pizza in its suites (Crain’s).

Laura Kay Roberts

TACO BELL: In Eugene, Ore., police arrested a 44-year-old woman at a Taco Bell Friday night when a dispute with a teenager turned ugly in the restaurant’s drive-though lane. Laura Kay Roberts was booked and released from the Lane County Jail on charges of interfering with police, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. “Thank God county [jail’s] full,” read a post on her Facebook page, followed by several emoji icons. “No pickle suit for me hahaha.” When a commenter asked what happened, she replied, “I had beer muscles with a side of fireball” (Register-Guard).

Churchill Downs posts new logos for 2017 Derby and Oaks

They were designed by the New York-based SME marketing agency, which has developed the official Derby and Oaks marks since 2007, according to the Paulick Report.

Derby 143 logo

And they’ve been unveiled just in time, because there are now only 319 days, 7 hours, and 21 minutes until next year’s first Saturday in May, according to Boulevard’s exclusive 2017 Derby Countdown Clock™.


Kentucky Oaks 143 logo

Ali Center presser

10:40 a.m., the Muhammad Ali Center. CEO Donald Lassere is visible on a TV cameraman’s video monitor as he tells a press conference the UPS Foundation has donated $500,000 to the museum honoring the Louisville native.

The gift will fund the center’s education initiatives, including UCrew, Generation Ali, its Character Education Program “Creating Our Future,” and the Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students. More about the Ali Center.

The UPS Foundation is the charitable arm of the shipping giant, which has 22,000 workers in Louisville — the city’s single-biggest employer. More about UPS and about its foundation.

Mayor Greg Fischer was there, too. But one of the most important people present — maybe the most important — wasn’t publicly acknowledged at all: Brown-Forman heiress Ina Brown Bond, one of the Ali Center’s main movers.

Ali Center to disclose ‘significant’ gift this morning

Muhammad Ali Center logoThe 10-year-old museum downtown said the contribution will “continue the special legacy of the late, great Muhammad Ali.”

The Muhammad Ali Center will announce the gift and introduce the donor at a 10:30 a.m. press conference at the 144 N. Sixth St. museum. CEO Donald Lassere and Mayor Greg Fischer will be there.

The Louisville native, prize fighter and humanitarian died June 3 in Phoenix, his primary home, after battling Parkinson’s disease for decades. He was 74. Ali was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery a week later amid a celebrity-studded memorial service.

The $80 million Ali museum has struggled at times, with frequent top staff changes, occasional budget issues, and facility setbacks that included long delays in opening an adjoining plaza and a pedway connection to the Riverfront Plaza/Belvedere, The Courier-Journal said in advance of the center’s 10th anniversary in November.

Long-time CJ columnist Kay, who pioneered cutting-edge features and loved lavender, is dead at 87

Joan Wood Kay’s “Speaking of People” column helped turn the traditional society and women’s pages into an “issue-oriented features section that was nationally admired,” said retired Courier-Journal editorial page editor Keith Runyon. Kay worked for the paper for 34 years, ending in 1987. She died Sunday at 87, the CJ said this morning.

Speaking of People ad
Kay at her typewriter in 1969.

In a 1969 advertisement, the paper told readers Kay’s column was the “up-to-the-minute and very much ‘with it’ successor” to the paper’s old social notes stories — like this one from Aug. 5, 1917:

“Little Miss Virginia Gray Montgomery was honored with a party Wednesday afternoon when her grandmother, Mrs. James W. Montgomery, asked the future belles and beaux to an al fresco affair which she gave at her home on Shelby Street. The children presented a lovely sight in their dainty white dresses  with varicolored ribbons on bobbed heads. . . . The large galleries were festooned with ropings of red, white and blue, and flags were hung in the pergola. Toy balloons and baskets of candies were the favors given.”

Writing this morning about Kay, another long-time CJ correspondent, Sheldon S. Shafer, said: “Kay had a keen appreciation of art, especially impressionist and modern, and she was an avid reader of mysteries and newspapers. She was skilled at needlepoint and knitting, and was a world traveler who wrote humorous poems and limericks for friends. She also acquired a vast collection of teddy bears. She spoke Italian and French and was always fashionably dressed — often in her favorite color, lavender.”

Herman Meyer & Son Funeral Home is handling final arrangements.

Yum! Brands wins trademark case in Philippines!!!; Kindred attorney bolts for a competitor, and a KFC beanie promo on Twitter captivates New Zealand

A news summary, focused on 10 big employers; updated 2:39 p.m.

Jolibee YumYumYUM has won a trademark case in the Philippines brought by fast-food chain Jollibee, which sought to block the Louisville company from using its business name in the country. The government’s trademark office said the word “yum” is a commonly-used interjection, and the chain’s “Yum!” logo employs an exclamation point and a different font — in caps-and-lower case — that distinguish the mark from Jollibee’s (Interaksyon). The Philippines is a potentially big market: its population is nearly 100 million.

HUMANA CEO Bruce Broussard knew his personal and work lives were out of whack after his mother died in a car accident. “I regretted the time I was not able to spend with family members. I also regretted that I defined life success as career success,” Broussard told Georgetown University graduates at their Saturday commencement ceremonies. The school gave him an honorary doctorate in humane sciences (The Hoya). Brossard, CEO since 2013, attended Texas A&M and the University of Houston.

David Pearce

KINDRED: David Pearce, chief counsel for Kindred’s home division for 11 years, has been named senior vice president and chief compliance officer at home health provider Amedisys of Baton Rouge, La. (Home Health Care News).

KFC: It was the competition that captivated a nation on Twitter, according to Spinoff magazine: The busy working world of New Zealand ground to a halt last week as one tweet from a KFC New Zealand social media person — featuring three, identical, crimson beanies — got 6,800 retweets and a 16-piece bucket full of favorites. “This is the oral history of the greatest online giveaway in New Zealand history, as told by key players” (Spinoff).

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