Politics
3:01 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

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

Joe Manchin
Credit U.S. Senate

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
Credit KentuckyOne Health

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

Credit Clark County Jail

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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Politics
5:16 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Kentucky Ordered to Pay $160,000 in Redistricting Lawsuit

Credit File photo

FRANKFORT — The state must pay the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and other plaintiffs more than $160,000 in attorneys’ fees because the legislature failed to enact new legislative district maps in a timely fashion, the group announced today.

U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman in late July ordered the payment in the joint civil suit filed against the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the State Board of Elections.

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Environment
4:25 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Sheppard Square Project Gets $31,000 Grant for LEED Certification

Louisville Metro Housing Authority is one of 11 recipients nationally of a grant to pursue green building certification for an entire neighborhood.

The agency will get $31,000 to put towards getting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification for Sheppard Square. The neighborhood is still under construction, but when it’s finished, it’ll be one of the city’s HOPE VI sites, with mixed-income housing. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:17 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Kentucky Opera Opens Reimagined Repertoire With Beethoven's Prison Drama 'Fidelio'

Jonathan Burton as political prisoner Florestan in Kentucky Opera's "Fidelio."
Credit Patrick Pfister / Kentucky Opera

Kentucky Opera opens its new season this week with “Fidelio,” Ludwig von Beethoven’s only opera. It’s part of the “repertoire reimagined,” a five-year effort to produce more adventuresome works, from the under-produced like “Fidelio” to new operas like Daron Hagen and Barbara Grecki's “A Woman in Morocco,” which will run during the Festival of Faiths in May.

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Arts and Humanities
12:14 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

No Performance-Enhancing Drugs Needed in Theatre [502]'s Strong, Swift 'Red Speedo'

Jon Patrick O'Brien and Michael Mayes in Theatre [502]'s production of Lucas Hnath's "Red Speedo."
Credit Bill Brymer / Theatre [502]

Louisville's Theatre [502] continues its mission to produce “recent and relevant” plays this month with the second production of their fourth season, an outstanding production of Lucas Hnath’s “Red Speedo.” Not a word is wasted in Hnath’s tight, emotional story about an aspiring Olympic swimmer who wins big while taking performance-enhancing drugs.

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Politics
11:04 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Kramer, Hujo Offer Contrasts In Louisville Council District 11 Debate

Larry Hugo and Kevin Kramer
Credit Phillip M. Bailey/WFPL News

Louisville Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer sparred with Democratic challenger Larry Hujo at a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Wednesday evening.

The debate touched on a range of topics, including District 11's infrastructure needs, ethics reform, and a recent bill filed to raise the minimum wage in Louisville.

And while Kramer and Hujo agreed on opposing the mayor’s LG&E fee hike and creating new bike lanes, the two provided many contrasts for voters in attendance.

Infrastructure

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