Economy
6:52 am
Fri January 3, 2014

For The Unemployed, Ideas To Help Bridge The Gap To Work

Job seekers line up to talk to recruiters during a job fair held in Atlanta in May.
John Amis AP

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 8:01 pm

When members of Congress return to work next week, at the top of the "to-do" list is whether to renew emergency unemployment benefits. An extension of the benefits expired at the end of 2013, which means 1.3 million out-of-work Americans are no longer getting unemployment checks.

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Law
6:52 am
Fri January 3, 2014

DOJ Expected To Defend Health Law's Contraceptive Mandate

The health care law's requirement that workplace insurance policies include free birth control has been controversial from the get-go.
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Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 9:08 am

The Justice Department will answer a challenge Friday morning to a controversial provision in the new health care law. It requires most employers that offer health insurance to include birth control at no cost.

A group of Catholic nuns has objected to that, and this week they won a temporary reprieve from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. It's an unusual test case, but it won't be the last one.

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Media Critic
6:48 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Media Critic: Why Was a Fight at Mall St. Matthews News for a Louisville TV Station?

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There are a lot of questions that go into determining what makes a good news story: Does it affect a significant percentage of area citizens? Will it have a significant impact on those citizens? Does it shed light on a larger issue affecting the entire community? Does it help explain the status quo, or does it depict an interesting or enlightening departure from the status quo? Does it illuminate the human condition in some meaningful way?

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Arts and Humanities
4:26 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

New Speed Exhibit a Matter of Life, Death, Identity

A self-portrait in a series by Trenton Doyle Hancock.
Credit Trenton Doyle Hancock / Speed Art Museum

A new exhibition opens this week at the Speed Art Museum’s satellite gallery in Nulu.  “We’ll Wear a Jolly Crown” examines some of the big themes in American art – life, death, identity – through the work of a small and focused group of artists selected by Lexington-based artist and curator Aaron Skolnik. 

(The exhibition's title refers to the lyrics of a Beat Happening song, "Indian Summer.")

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Politics
3:49 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Kentucky State Auditor Plans to Contact Mayor Greg Fischer About KFC Yum Center

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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen will soon contact Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to discuss a potential audit of the KFC Yum Center.

The arena recently suffered a downgrade of its debt to junk status.  Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson is calling for an audit.

Auditor's office spokeswoman Stephanie Hoelscher says Edelen will call Fischer about the matter soon.

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Local News
3:32 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Kentucky Kingdom to Host Job Fair

Kentucky Kingdom's mascot at its re-opening announcement last year.
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A job fair for Kentucky Kingdom is aimed at attracting more than 1,000 employees to the park for its May reopen.

Set up as a "meet and greet," the job fair will present potential candidates with the opportunity to interact with managers and directors from every department within the park.

The job fair will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Phillips Lane.

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Local News
2:09 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

65 Percent of Kentuckians Support a Statewide Smoke-Free Law, Survey Says

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Support for a statewide smoking ban is at its highest level in Kentucky since annual polling on the issue began in 2010, according to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

In fact, 38 percent of Kentucky smokers support a statewide smoke-free law said the Kentucky Health Issues Poll results released Thursday.

Among all Kentuckians surveyed, 65 favor a statewide smoking ban—up from 48 percent in 2010.

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Commentary
1:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

A Majestic New Year's Concert in Vienna, and Public Broadcasting's Yearly Reminder

Credit Submitted by Keith Runyon

As I am inclined to do from time to time, I would like to salute public broadcasting for one of the very special ways it brings seasonal joy and cultural benefits to all of us. Specifically, I am thinking of the annual broadcasts of the New Year’s Day concert from Vienna, Austria. Every Jan. 1, at 11 a.m. in the Eastern time zone, National Public Radio airs the concert live. Then, that same evening, the Public Broadcasting System transmits the same concert, delayed via videotape, on televisions across America.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Kentucky Senate President: Local Option Sales Tax Presents a Dilemma for Republicans

Robert Stivers
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

An effort in Kentucky to fund projects with a new local option sales tax is posing a dilemma for Republican lawmakers.

Democratic Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer pushing for the state to allow for the local option sales tax, which would allow communities to have public votes on temporary sales tax increases to pay for new projects.

But Republican State Senate President Robert Stivers says it's difficult to balance higher taxes against civic improvement.

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Local News
11:19 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Another Louisville Record Store is Moving to Frankfort Avenue

Credit Matt Anthony's Record Shop

Until last fall, Frankfort Avenue had no record stores.

Soon, it'll have three.

Matt Anthony's Record Shop is moving to the Crescent Hill neighborhood. It'll be joined in the same storefront by Paul Wheeldon's Second Hand Books. Both small shops are currently in the Tim Faulkner Gallery in Butchertown.

The shop(s) will be at 2354 Frankfort Ave., which is near the restaurants El Mundo and Sari Sari. 

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