Local News
3:17 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Louisville Businesses Turn To Crowdsourcing For Loans

Ben Abel is one of several small businesses that have benefited from the crowdsource funding website Kiva.
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A new crowdsourcing website is helping Louisville area businesses get zero-percent interest loans based on their unique needs and projects.

Metro Louisville has partnered with the non-profit Kiva, which began in 2005 and allows anyone to loan $5 or more to projects of their choosing.

So far 16 Louisville area businesses have taken advantage of the partnership, including Ben Abel, who operates Rootbound Farm with his wife, Bree Pearsall.

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Education
2:44 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Incoming KCTCS President's Contract To Be Finalized In Coming Month

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  Kentucky Community & Technical College System Chairman P.G. Peeples expects to reach a contract agreement with President-elect Jay Box next month, but declined to say if Box will be paid as generously as his departing predecessor, Michael McCall.

“We’re working diligently right now and negotiating with him in good faith,” Peeples said, “and we feel very comfortable that we’re going to come up with a contract in tune with the market.”

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Health
1:10 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

State Officials Hopeful 2014 Can Beat Last Year's Health Insurance Enrollment Numbers For Kynect

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Kentucky's health insurance exchange was off to a good start in the first nine days of open enrollment this year, Executive Director Carrie Banahan said on Friday.

"We have not had any systems problems or issues, the system is not slow. Things are going extremely well," she said.

By Friday afternoon, the Kynect website had 72,235 unique visitors and 4,107 people had newly enrolled or renewed their enrollment in a qualified health plan, according to a press release from Gov. Steve Beshear's office. 

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The Two-Way
10:14 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Will Step Down, Once Successor Is Confirmed

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
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Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 1:34 pm

(This post was last updated at 11:41 a.m. ET.)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the highest-profile Republican on President Obama's Cabinet, will step down, once his successor is confirmed by the Senate.

Calling Hagel an "exemplary defense secretary," Obama made the announcement in the State Dining Room of the White House on Monday.

Hagel, a two-term Republican senator, came to the post in February of 2013, the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Department of Defense.

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Environment
7:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Kentucky Public Service Commission to Consider LG&E Solar Project

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Hearings begin today on a proposal to allow Louisville Gas and Electric to construct a 10 megawatt solar array. If it’s approved, it’ll be the first time the commissioners have voted to let a wind or solar project go forward in the state.

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Education
6:39 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Kentucky's GED Graduations Trending Down

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Kentucky is not on pace to meet its GED graduation goal, according to the latest annual accountability report released by the Council on Postsecondary Education. 

During the 2009-2010 year, Kentucky had more than 10,000 GED graduates. At that time, the CPE set what its Executive Vice President Aaron Thompson calls an ambitious goal for the high school diploma equivalency program—by 2013-2014 year there would be 11,500 GED graduates.

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Business
2:22 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Kentucky Economy Set to Close Strong in 2014

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As the year comes to a close, state economists say Kentucky’s economy is reaping significant gains due to a steep drop in unemployment and a boost in jobs.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development reports that manufacturing sector growth has had a big impact.

 

“The sector added 700 jobs from September to October and tallied more than 3,400 jobs since last year," according to Kim Saylor Brannock of the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. "That's a really good increase."

 

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Arts and Humanities
7:43 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Walden’s ‘Mountain Language’ is Poignant, Challenging in its Closeness

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It’s easy to become desensitized—to violence, to conflict, to war. A 24-hour news cycle is now the norm; filled with programming to fit our personal political bents, but without the gore, and often without the emotion. Walden Theatre Alumni Company’s “Mountain Language” is challenging in its closeness, both physical and topical, and poignant in director Ben Park’s decidedly unsterilized depiction of oppression.

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Music News
7:41 am
Sun November 23, 2014

In Bowling Alleys And In Rock Clubs, The Dude Abides

Jeff Bridges and his band The Abiders perform in concert at the Paramount in Huntington, N.Y.
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Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 7:06 pm

Actor Jeff Bridges may have revealed his musical talent in a movie — as Bad Blake, the fading country singer in Crazy Heart — but music is more than just a side gig for him.

Bridges says he's always strumming his guitar, even when he's on a movie set.

"Whenever I'm working, I'll have my guitar with me," he says. "And if there's a nice tree to sit by, or a little creek or something, I'll go out there. Anywhere is a good place to play music."

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Local News
8:20 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

College Football: U of L Survives at Notre Dame, 31-28

Freshman quarterback Reggie Bonnafon ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw a 21-yard scoring pass to DeVante Parker to lead Louisville to a 31-28 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday, the third straight loss for the Fighting Irish.    

The Irish (7-4) had a chance to force overtime but Kyle Brindza missed a 32-yard field goal wide right with 51 seconds left. The Irish scored a pair of touchdowns early in the third quarter, the second set up by a 61-yard punt return by Greg Bryant, to take a 20-17 lead.

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