Local News http://wfpl.org en Crit Luallan Won't Run for Kentucky Governor in 2015 http://wfpl.org/post/crit-luallan-wont-run-kentucky-governor-2015 <div>Former Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen says she will not run for governor in 2015.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Luallen has been mentioned as a possible contender as incumbent and fellow Democrat Steve Beshear finishes his second term. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>In a written statement, Luallen said Thursday she is passionate about Kentucky's future but decided not to run because it was the best decision for her family. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:10:18 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 9209 at http://wfpl.org Crit Luallan Won't Run for Kentucky Governor in 2015 Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson Returning to UK Wildcats Next Season http://wfpl.org/post/alex-poythress-dakari-johnson-returning-uk-wildcats-next-season <p>Sophomore forward Alex Poythress and freshman center Dakari Johnson have announced they will return for another season of college basketball with the Kentucky Wildcats.</p><p>Poythress&nbsp;and Johnson were key contributors to the Wildcats' NCAA title-game run. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His postseason performances fueled speculation that he might enter the NBA draft, &nbsp;but </span>Poythress<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said in a release that he wanted "to make sure that I'm NBA-ready before I make that jump."</span></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:22:26 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 9204 at http://wfpl.org Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson Returning to UK Wildcats Next Season Louisville's New List of Peer Cities Now Includes St. Louis, Oklahoma City http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-new-list-peer-cities-now-includes-st-louis-oklahoma-city <p>The list of cities Louisville business and government leaders utilize to gauge the city’s socio-economic progress is getting bigger.</p><p>City officials will utilize the updated list of peer cities for the next decade as an agenda is developed to spark job growth and educational development.</p><p>Christen Boone is the director of the <a href="http://greaterlouisvilleproject.org/">Greater Louisville Project</a>, which updated the list.&nbsp;&nbsp; She said the list is not meant to provide a list of city blueprints from which to copy.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:18:04 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9202 at http://wfpl.org Louisville's New List of Peer Cities Now Includes St. Louis, Oklahoma City Organizers Hope 5K Will Help Bolster Investment In West Louisville's Russell Neighborhood http://wfpl.org/post/organizers-hope-5k-will-help-bolster-investment-west-louisvilles-russell-neighborhood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Community leaders in west Louisville’s Russell neighborhood are hopeful an event this weekend will attract investors into an area of the city that some say is isolated and neglected, but full of potential.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:14:08 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9200 at http://wfpl.org Organizers Hope 5K Will Help Bolster Investment In West Louisville's Russell Neighborhood Indiana House Ethics Panel Begins Hearing Case Involving Legislative Leader http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-house-ethics-panel-begins-hearing-case-involving-legislative-leader <p>The Indiana House Ethics Committee has begun hearing a case involving House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner.</p><p>The committee is deciding whether Turner broke rules when he worked privately to block legislation that would have cost his family's company millions of dollars in profits. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Turner fought a nursing home construction ban during the 2014 legislative session.</span></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:38:43 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 9201 at http://wfpl.org Indiana House Ethics Panel Begins Hearing Case Involving Legislative Leader Hillary Clinton to Address Methodist Women's Group in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/hillary-clinton-address-methodist-womens-group-louisville <p>Former U.S. &nbsp;Secretary of State and potential presidential candidate Hilary Clinton will be in Louisville this weekend to deliver the keynote address to the United&nbsp; Methodist Women’s Assembly at the Kentucky International Convention Center. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Assembly spokeswoman Selby Ewing &nbsp;says Clinton, who’s a lifelong Methodist, was invited &nbsp;to speak because &nbsp;her advocacy work fits with the organization’s mission.</span></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:07:50 +0000 Amy Talbott 9199 at http://wfpl.org Hillary Clinton to Address Methodist Women's Group in Louisville Wick's Pizza To Host Open-Mic Night Geared Toward At-Risk Youth http://wfpl.org/post/wicks-pizza-host-open-mic-night-geared-toward-risk-youth <p>Concerns for what some are calling a community of troubled youth has led the creation of a&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">weekly event where young people can express themselves at a L</span>ouisville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Highlands neighborhood business.</span></p><p>Expressions of You was once a long-running poetry slam series in west Louisville, and the people behind the event have decided it’s time to bring it back.</p><p>The series aims to attract at-risk young people and others affected by youth crime.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:09:18 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9194 at http://wfpl.org Wick's Pizza To Host Open-Mic Night Geared Toward At-Risk Youth WFPL Wins National, Regional, State Awards http://wfpl.org/post/wfpl-wins-national-regional-state-awards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>WFPL<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> News team and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting have received several awards in the last week, earning honors on the national, regional and local stages. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Nationally, Erica Peterson's <a href="http://wfpl.org/term/black-carbon">series&nbsp;on black carbon, </a>which utilized original air monitoring data, won the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in Radio Journalism.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:11:06 +0000 Staff 9196 at http://wfpl.org WFPL Wins National, Regional, State Awards UK's Julius Randle to Enter NBA Draft http://wfpl.org/post/uks-julius-randle-enter-nba-draft <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Kentucky basketball player Julius Randle is leaving the Wildcats after one season to enter the NBA draft.</span></p><p>The 6-foot-9 forward is widely expected to be among the top five picks in the June 26 draft.</p><p>Randle led UK in scoring and rebounding during the Wildcats NCAA Tournament run, which ended with a loss to Connecticut in the title game. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:08:23 +0000 Rick Howlett 9193 at http://wfpl.org UK's Julius Randle to Enter NBA Draft What's Next as Kentucky Begins Restoring Its Child Care Subsidy Program http://wfpl.org/post/whats-next-kentucky-begins-restoring-its-child-care-subsidy-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;B</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ecause of action by the General Assembly in the just-closed legislative session, m</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ore low-income working Kentucky families will be eligible for the state's subsidy to help &nbsp;them cover child care costs, state officials said.</span></p><p>But the state agency that runs the Child Care Assistance Program is still "analyzing options" for how to implement the increase for the 2014-15 fiscal year, officials tell WFPL.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 9187 at http://wfpl.org What's Next as Kentucky Begins Restoring Its Child Care Subsidy Program