Education
10:54 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Kentucky Community College Top Job Draws 40 Applicants. (Just Don't Ask Who.)

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Sometime after Nov. 1, the Kentucky Community & Technical College System will name a new president to succeed the retiring Michael McCall. But only a group of insiders knows who’s in the running.

The application deadline passed nearly two months ago, on July 25. With the help of an outside search agency, the Association of Community College Trustees, a 16-person search committee expects to narrow the field of applicants to just a few finalists next month. KCTCS Chairman P.G. Peeples, co-chairman of the search committee, said he is pleased with the progress being made.

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Environment
7:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Want to Get Your Energy From Renewable Sources? Louisville Has a New Option.

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A new start-up is offering ratepayers in Louisville another opportunity to get their electricity from renewable sources. Arcadia Power is selling Renewable Energy Certificates to customers around the country; now between Arcadia and a similar program offered by Louisville Gas and Electric, Louisvillians have two choices for buying renewable energy.

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Politics
8:24 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Kentucky Congressional Delegation Divided on Islamic State Vote

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After a six-hour debate, the U.S. House approved a bipartisan measure to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State on Wednesday.

Congress adopted an amendment to the spending bill allowing the Obama administration to provide aid against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is also referred to as ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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Local News
8:07 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Kynect Benefiting HIV/AIDS Patients

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The expansion of Medicaid in Kentucky under the Affordable Care Act is benefiting a program run by the state that prescribes medication to low-income patients with HIV and AIDS.

Kraig Humbaugh, senior deputy commissioner for the state’s Department of Public Health, on Wednesday told the Joint Committee for Health and Welfare that the state’s health insurance exchange under the ACA, known as Kynect, is providing more comprehensive treatment for those diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.

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Education
5:37 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

UofL President James Ramsey Says Higher Education Will Endure 'Hell Week' of Budget Cuts

University of Louisville President at a Board of Trustees meeting earlier this year.
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State budget cuts to higher education are poised to create challenges for the University of Louisville, school president James Ramsey said Wednesday.

At the annual State of the University address, Ramsey said dwindling resources have ended a “period of privilege for higher education.”

“This new reality has shifted our conversations at UofL to how can we continue our amazing academic trajectory with less public support,” he said at Wednesday’s address.

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Politics
3:01 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Pro-Coal Senate Democrat Joe Manchin Affirms Alison Lundergan Grimes' Position

Joe Manchin
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Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes received a boost from the most prominent pro-coal Democrat in Washington in her slugfest with Republican Leader Mitch McConnell this fall.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., waded into the contest Wednesday and said Grimes would be an ally to the coal industry and miners if elected.

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Local News
3:01 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Computershare Bringing 250 Jobs to Louisville

A company specializing in financial services and investor communications is opening a facility in Jefferson County.

Computershare Inc. plans to hire up to 250 people for new jobs in management, human resources, call center operations and other positions, according to a news release from Mayor Greg Fischer’s office. The company has been preliminarily approved for up to $2.5 million in performance-based tax incentives from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.

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Politics
1:22 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

National AFL-CIO President Says Kentucky's Senate Race Is a Top Labor Priority

Richard Trumka
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

 The leader of a national labor union said Wednesday Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race is a top priority for organized labor that could define the country’s direction over the next two decades.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is visiting the state this week to rally working-class voters at a critical time for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ bid to defeat Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell, who has widened a slight lead in the polls.

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Local News
11:24 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Louisville ALS Clinic Gets National Designation, Donation

The Frazier Rehab Institute
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The University of Louisville Physicians clinic that serves patients with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is getting a national designation and a financial boost.

The ALS Association has designated the facility a "Recognized Treatment Clinic," meaning it has undergone a vigorous review by the association and its board, according to a UofL Physicians news release. Clinic director Dr. Martin Brown said it opens the door for new opportunities in research, clinical trials and therapies.

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Local News
7:01 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Examining Accused Murderer Joseph Oberhansley's Troubled Past

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Brenda Self said her son, alleged murder Joseph Oberhansley, is not a violent man. 

Yet he's been accused of violence before, and the latest accusation against him has drawn national attention.

Oberhansley, 33, was charged last week in the gruesome murder of his 46-year-old girlfriend, Tammy Jo Blanton. Authorities allege he removed, cooked and ate some of her organs, according to The Courier-Journal.

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