Arts and Humanities
8:08 am
Sat July 19, 2014

The Whole World Loves It When You Make That Sound: What You Missed Friday at Forecastle

Big Boi performing in Outkast's headlining Friday night set at Forecastle.
Credit Alix Mattingly / Louisville Public Media

Forecastle Festival opened its Waterfront Park gates Friday at lunchtime for the first of three days of music, bourbon, beer, very large puppets and fashions strange and beautiful. Here are some highlights from Friday:

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Local News
4:17 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Details of the Kentucky Child Care Subsidy's Expansion Next Month

Southside Christian Child Care on Klondike Lane
Credit www.southsidechristianchildcare.com

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services this week released a few more details on the process for expanding eligibility to the Child Care Assistance Program.

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Politics
2:15 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

You Don't Care About 'Untoward Dealings' in Politics, Wife of U.S. Congressman Says

Connie Harriman-Whitfield

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting's latest investigation into money, politics and ethics explored the business ties among longtime Congressman Ed Whitfield, his lobbyist wife, and another well-known lobbyist.

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Arts and Humanities
2:11 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Fund for the Arts Responds to State Funding Cuts

Christen Boone, President and CEO, Fund for the Arts
Credit Submitted photo

This week the Kentucky Arts Council, which took a 25 percent reduction in funding for its Arts Partnership grant program due to state budget reductions and a return of $600,000 in its earned income to the general fund, announced its 2015 Kentucky Arts Partnership grants. Nearly all groups in Jefferson County saw a reduction in funding (see yesterday's article), including the Fund for the Arts.

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Environment
12:45 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Federal Judge Allows Coal Ash Lawsuit Against LG&E to Move Forward

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

A federal judge has rejected most of the complaints filed against Louisville Gas and Electric and parent company PPL over persistent air pollution and coal ash issues at the company’s Cane Run Power Plant.

But he has allowed the suit to proceed on three of the claims—and the lawyer representing residents living near the power plant says the main thrust of the case remains.

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Arts and Humanities
8:45 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Forecastle Fest: Here Are Some Bands to Catch on Friday

St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Credit Submitted photo

Forecastle Festival 2014 kicks off this afternoon. With dozens of performers slated, who besides headliners Outkast, Beck and Jack White should you catch?

WFPL arts reporter Erin Keane and Sean Cannon, a DJ from our sister station WFPK, have some ideas. We'll roll out daily picks each morning. Here are suggestions for Friday:

Old Baby (WFPK Port Stage, 1:45 p.m.)

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Education
6:56 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Why JCPS Schools Aren't Releasing Supplies Lists Yet

Credit Steven Depolo/Creative Commons

Jefferson County Public Schools administrators are developing uniform, district-wide general lists of supplies all students will need next month when classes resume.

Schools haven't released supply lists yet, possibly to the consternation of parents wanting to get a jump start before the first day of classes on Aug. 13.

A top JCPS academic official said the general school supplies list will be beneficial to parents.

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Local News
4:56 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Beshear Cuts Kentucky Budget to Balance $90.9-Million Shortfall

Gov. Steve Beshear in 2013
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Gov. Steve Beshear issued a pair of executive orders this week reducing state spending levels to plug a $90.9-million hole in Kentucky's budget.

The Office of the State Budget Director announced the shortfall last week, which is due largely to an unexpected $63-million decline in income related to capital gains

Beshear's cuts cover the $90.9-million gap.

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Arts and Humanities
3:50 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

State Funding Cuts Come Home to Louisville Arts Groups

Bourbon Baroque and Squallis Puppeteers collaborated on the opera "Les Sauvages" last season.
Credit Bourbon Baroque

Nonprofit arts groups have been preparing for reduced state funding for the next fiscal year since they were told in April to expect a reduction in the Kentucky Arts Partnership grants, which provide operational support through the Kentucky Arts Council. The arts council announced fiscal year 2015 funding amounts  today. Nearly every group in Jefferson County saw their funding reduced, but the impact of those cuts will be felt differently from organization to organization. 

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Local News
2:54 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Metro Council Slows Efforts To Bring Ultra High-Speed Internet to Louisville

An Internet speed test.
Credit File photo

Efforts to begin installing ultra high-speed internet service in Louisville hit a snag at a Metro Council committee meeting this week.

The council's Public Works, Bridges and Transportation committee declined to vote Wednesday on awarding three franchise agreements to companies that wish to begin running fiber cables to residential and commercial properties.

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