Politics
2:33 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Kentucky Attorney General Candidate Andy Beshear Flexes Fundraising Numbers, Endorsements

Attorney Andrew Beshear
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Democrat Andy Beshear is continuing to build-up a massive treasure chest in his bid for the 2015 Kentucky attorney general.

The campaign reported Thursday it raised nearly $160,000 this past quarter, and has approximately $1.2 million cash on hand.

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Local News
11:29 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Sights and Sounds: The Allure of Serious Fireworks in Southern Indiana

Some firework shots from Donald Threeblood's firework stand.
Credit Photos by Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Louisvillians are getting their fireworks ready for the Fourth of July weekend.

Jefferson County law prohibits the purchase and lighting of the airborne stuff—but there's a way to get serious fireworks.

Related: Hey Louisville, Keep the Fireworks Away From Buildings and People This Fourth of July

On Thursday, we visited two fireworks sellers: Powder Keg in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and a stand at the corner of Hancock Street and Broadway in Louisville.

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Education
8:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

JCPS Administrators Trained On New Code of Conduct, Want Consistency

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

Jefferson County Public Schools administrators are undergoing training this summer to increase consistency of how discipline is meted out through the district.

Assistant principals, principals and school resource officers are meeting  with district officials and University of Louisville professors to ensure that recent revisions to the student code of conduct are understood and that proper practices are applied appropriately to all disciplinary cases.

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Local News
7:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Field Sizes Dropped in Churchill Downs' Spring Meet

Churchill Downs patrons using electronic betting machines in June.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Churchill Down's spring meet concluded with a 6-percent decline in the average number of horses running per race and a slight decrease in average daily purses.

The spring meet ended on Sunday.

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Local News
5:18 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Hey Louisville, Keep the Fireworks Away From Buildings and People This Fourth of July

Sign from the Powder Keg firework store in Jeffersonville.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Louisville's chief fire investigator has a request for the city: Be careful with those fireworks this week.

Louisville Fire & Rescue typically deals with a three- to four-times increase in runs on the Fourth of July and days surrounding it, Major Henry Ott said.

Because of this, firefighters dealing trash fires or brush blazes may not be in place to deal with more serious structure fires, he added.

Ott noted fireworks that shoot in the air or explode are prohibited in Louisville. 

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Education
4:46 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Louisville Educator, Youth Advocate Ed White Receives National Award

Ed White
Credit Ron Burgis of Glory Days

Ed White helped create the River City Drum Corps more than 20 years ago.  Since then, he has been working with young people across the state to help tear down racial barriers through music and cultural education.

His efforts have been recognized on the local and state levels. Now, White has been honored on the national stage.  

On Wednesday, White was one of 12 recipients of the National Education Association’s annual Human and Civil Rights Awards.

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Arts and Humanities
4:36 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Speed Art Museum Names New Curator of Contemporary Art

Louisville's Speed Art Museum has hired a veteran curator from New Orleans to manage its contemporary art collection when it re-opens in spring 2016. Miranda Lash, who currently works as the curator of contemporary works at the New Orleans Museum of Art, will start her new job next month, according to the Speed Art Museum. 

The Speed is currently undergoing a $60 million renovation and expansion project, which has closed the main museum building for construction until 2016. 

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Politics
2:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Releases Plan to Tackle Mine Safety, Black Lung Disease

Alison Lundergan Grimes vistited a Floyd County coal mine earlier this year.
Credit Grimes campaign

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes unveiled a plan Thursday to improve mine safety and address black lung diseases—an offensive campaign move on the Kentucky coal issue.

Her plan also takes Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to task for vowing to repeal a key provision in the Affordable Care Act that helps coal miners receive benefits for black lung disease.

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Local News
11:40 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Louisville Memorial Service For 3 Israeli Teens Killed While Hitchhiking

Cantor Sharon Hordes sings "Han'shamah Lach" by Shlomo Carlebach during the memorial service for three Israeli teens.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Louisvillians gathered Wednesday evening at Adath Jeshurun Synagogue in the Highlands to memorialize three teenagers whose bodies were found in Israel on Monday, weeks after they were kidnapped while hitchhiking.

The service for the teens—Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16—was planned by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Louisville Board of Rabbis and Cantors.

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Local News
8:55 am
Thu July 3, 2014

New Face-To-Face Exams Aim To End Medicare Fraud, But Not All in Louisville Think It'll Work

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Jean Lonergan has been a Medicare beneficiary since 1998.  She had knee surgery about a decade ago.  She’s also had back surgery and suffers from a spinal disease.

The 71-year-old Louisville resident said she is “fairly savvy” when it comes to dealing with salespeople—but a few weeks ago she invited a medical supplies salesman into her home.

When the salesman left, Lonergan was the new owner of a back brace she didn’t need.

“I knew the thing wasn’t going to work,” she said. 

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