Politics
2:46 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Raises $4 Million, Breaking Kentucky Fundraising Record

Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes recently spoke to members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers at their District 4 progress meeting held at the Galt House.
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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Tuesday she has broken a Kentucky fundraising record by hauling in more than $4 million from supporters over the past three months.

The latest tally means Grimes has also out raised Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell for the third straight quarter, this time by more than $1 million.

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Local News
1:40 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

WAMZ Radio's Coyote Calhoun Announces Retirement

One of Louisville’s best known radio personalities is announcing his retirement after 45 years in broadcasting.        

Coyote Calhoun plans to step down later this year as afternoon personality and program director at country music powerhouse WAMZ.

Calhoun was named program director at WAMZ shortly after it adopted the country format in the late 1970s, and he helped build it into one of the most successful country stations in the U.S.

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Education
1:11 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Louisville NAACP Awards Annual Scholarships to 12 Students

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The Louisville branch of the NAACP on Tuesday night will award 12 Louisville students more than $17,000 in scholarships.

The group is holding its annual Scholarship Awards Program at the West Chestnut Street Baptist Church in west Louisville. This year, the NAACP partnered with McDonald's, which is providing $10,000 worth of scholarships.

Funding for the other scholarships comes from the Salome C. Worthington scholarship.

Raoul Cunningham says the local NAACP chapter has awarded over $650,000 dollars in scholarships since e became president in 2005.

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Education
7:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools Is Putting Resource Police Officers in a Few More Buildings

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More police will be working in schools within the Jefferson County Public School district next year.

Funds coming from a federal grant will allow the Louisville Metro Police department to send school resource officers to five additional schools when classes resume in the fall, said Stan Mullen, the director of student safety at JCPS.

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Politics
6:56 am
Tue July 15, 2014

U.S. Attorney For Southern Indiana Steps Down Amid Indianapolis Mayoral Talk

Joseph Hogsett
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U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett is resigning as the top federal prosecutor for central and southern Indiana after nearly four years in the position.

The decision announced Monday by the former Indiana secretary of state follows months of speculation that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Indianapolis mayor next year.

Hogsett's office says his resignation will be effective July 31. His resignation letter to Attorney General Eric Holder doesn't give a reason for the decision.

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Politics
4:35 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Louisville Metro Government to Thank You For Not Smoking in City Parks

Tyler Park
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Louisville Metro government this week is taking steps to discourage smoking at city park playgrounds and swimming pools.

City officials will unveil signs Thursday thanking adults for not smoking in certain areas of the park where children frequently use.

"Basically we’re just trying to remind the adults that will be in that area to keep the children from being exposed to second-hand smoke," Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz told WFPL.

"That’s the main thing, and by having the signs there they’ll be thoughtful of reminding them of that possibility."

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Local News
4:33 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Kentucky Residents May Soon Need More Than a Driver's License to Get Into Some Federal Buildings

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Kentucky residents may have trouble getting into federal buildings with just their driver's license come July 21.

The Real ID Act of 2005, signed by President Bush as a means of deterring terrorism, lays out a strict set for states to issue identification, such as driver's licenses.

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Arts and Humanities
3:57 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare Breaks Own Attendance Records in Central Park

Kentucky Shakespeare counted 707 in attendance on opening night of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the first of eight productions to run in Central Park this summer.
Credit Alix Mattingly / WFPL News

Kentucky Shakespeare is having a record-breaking summer. More than 13,000 patrons have attended the free outdoor Shakespeare performances in Louisville’s Central Park since this year’s festival opened June 12.

That tops attendance at the 2001 summer festival - 12,420 - which set the previous record, and there are still five weeks left in the current Central Park season. 

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Environment
1:53 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Louisville Records First Bad Ozone Day Since 2012

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Louisville’s streak of good air days has been broken.

The city recorded its first bad ozone day since 2012 on Friday, when levels were high enough to count as an exceedance of the federal government’s 8-hour standard.

Air Pollution Control District spokesman Tom Nord says the highest reading was 93 parts per billion at the District’s monitor on Cannons Lane.

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Arts and Humanities
12:27 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

This Week: Pop-Up Outdoor Bourbon Baroque Concert in Willow Park

John Austin Clark and Nico Fortin, co-founders of Bourbon Baroque.
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Louisville's hippest classical music chamber ensemble wheels their harpsichord into Willow Park this week for an impromptu free performance. Bourbon Baroque is known for staging the music of the 17th and 18th centuries in unorthodox performance spaces to encourage a more social approach to classical music. The company will announce their 2014-15 season at the free concert,  7 p.m. Wednesday in the gazebo at the small Cherokee Triangle neighborhood park. 

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