From a voter guide to judicial races to Growler USA opening in Jeffersonville, here are Insider’s top stories this week.

Voter guide to the 2018 judicial races

Here come the judges, wrote Jonathan Meador. Read more about how with several contested races in the state’s 30th judicial district, it’s time to take a closer look at who wants your vote come the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Keep in mind that these are nonpartisan judicial races, which can make it tricky to determine where a potential justice lies on the ideological spectrum.

Chili weather has arrived, so here are a few notable Louisville spots to consider

It’s that time of year again. Finally, the heat and humidity have turned loose and given way to cool breezes and mild temperatures. Football season is in full swing. It’s time for chili, wrote Kevin Gibson. Read more about how there are plenty of styles of and places to get chili, whether it’s with spaghetti or without, red or white, Texas-style or otherwise. Is it just meat and beans in a spicy, tomatoey base? Or is it clean-out-the-fridge chili loaded with everything from green peppers to mushrooms to corn? There’s even vegan chili.

California dreaming no more: Louisville getting nonstop flight to Los Angeles

American Airlines will soon be welcoming Louisvillians to the jungle. After a monthslong effort, the airline is sending Louisville an angel in the form of a nonstop flight to and from Louisville and Los Angeles, meaning Louisvillians will have the chance to visit Compton, Long Beach, Inglewood and see California girls, Hollywood freaks and under the bridge, reported Caitlin Bowling. Read more about how daily nonstop flights will begin on April 2, with the first tickets going on sale on Nov. 5. American Airlines said in an email that it does not release prices ahead of time.

Shelby Park courts ALDI to fill grocery void

The Shelby Park Neighborhood Association is courting ALDI to replace a recently vacated Save-A-Lot grocery that some residents depended on, reported Darla Carter. Read more about how the association has started a social media campaign and sent a letter to ALDI, asking the business to consider filling the void left by Save-A-Lot, which abruptly closed its doors at 1311 S. Shelby St. earlier this month. “We’re just trying to create a wave of enthusiasm and take care of our neighbors,” said Charles Rogalinski, the association’s president and a nine-year neighborhood resident.

Craft beer pub Growler USA to open in Jeffersonville in early December
Growler USA expects to open in Jeffersonville in early December. | Courtesy of Growler USA

While Growler USA is a Colorado-based company with more than 30 franchise locations, Greg Brown, owner of the Jeffersonville location opening sometime in early December, assured Insider that the craft beer pub and restaurant is no cookie-cutter locale, reported Kevin Gibson. Read more about how he said the corporate direction was to create a unique space using the logo, brand, some signature food items and not much else. “You’re expected to customize it and regionalize it,” Brown said of the 4,000-square-foot space that will house a 43-foot bar, 100 taps, seating for about 150 inside and a patio with two fire pits that will seat another 60-plus.