Local News
3:41 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Local Groups Stage Walmart Protest

Walmart

A group of demonstrators led by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union gathered at a south Louisville Walmart today to protest the retail giant’s labor practices.

It was among dozens of Black Friday demonstrations at Walmart stores across the country.

The protesters want Walmart to improve workers’ wages and benefits; they also allege the company has been intimidating employees to prevent them from organizing.

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Local News
2:35 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Morehead State's Woods Given One Game Suspension for Player Confrontation

Morehead State has suspended basketball coach Sean Woods for one game after he appeared to shove an Eagles player during Wednesday night's loss at No. 8 Kentucky.

Woods will sit out Monday night's game against Norfolk State.

The first-year Eagles' coach appeared to push Morehead State point guard Devon Atkinson in the back and screamed at him after the senior fouled out with 5:51 remaining.

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Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Worst Kids Ever Take Over Best Christmas Pageant

The young cast of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
Stage One Family Theatre

Stage One Family Theatre opens its first public performances of Barbara Robinson’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the Kentucky Center Saturday. The family-friendly play is recommended for grades 4-8. 

Directed by Lucas Adams, the play is about how a small town reacts when the rowdiest children in town—the Herdmans —decide to muscle their way into the annual Christmas play.

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Africa
12:02 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Sierra Leone's Diamonds Still A Source Of Contention

A diamond prospector filters earth from a river in Koidu, the capital of diamond-rich Kono district in eastern Sierra Leone. Koidu suffered some of the worst ravages of Sierra Leone's war in the 1990s as rebels forced citizens to mine at gunpoint. Ten years after the conflict, diamonds remain a contentious issue.
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 23, 2012 1:53 pm

Sierra Leone's "blood diamonds" helped fuel atrocities in the impoverished West African nation in the 1990s. The war has now been over for a decade, and the country's most valuable resource is no longer known as the product of a conflict. But it remains a contentious issue.

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Local News
11:29 am
Fri November 23, 2012

College Football: Cards Need Win to Keep Conference Title Hopes Alive

The University of Louisville football team plays its home finale tomorrow against Connecticut.

Coach Charlie Strong’s Cardinals need a victory over the 4-6 Huskies to keep their Big East Conference title hopes alive going into their last regular season game at league-leading Rutgers.

"It’s not what anyone is going to do to us, it’s what we’re going to do ourselves. What’s key for us is just our effort, our preparation heading into these next two games and just making sure that we are mentally and physically locked in," Strong said this week.

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Politics
9:55 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Bob Leeper, an Independent, Makes Case to be Next Kentucky Senate President

State Sen. Bob Leeper
Credit Legislative Research Commission

Kentucky’s lone independent state senator says his record as budget chairman is the reason he should be the next state Senate president. 

Originally a Democrat, Leeper made the switch to the GOP in 2000, before becoming an Independent later that decade. He may be the one state senator who can say he has literally worked with each side of the aisle in Frankfort.

Now, he’s hoping to convince Senate Republicans to make him the next president of the chamber, because he has been a loyal GOP caucus member and budget chairman.

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Politics
8:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Stumbo: Make High Earning Pensioners Pay More to Help Fund System

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo
Credit Kentucky Legislative Commission

State employees with higher pensions should pay more to help the underfunded systems recover, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo said in a recent interview.

One thing Stumbo doesn't want to see is lawmakers floating bonds to help pay for the state’s underfunded pensions.

And that echoes what Republicans want; they're ruling out such a possibility.

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Local News
8:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Need Tax Amnesty? Deadline Looms

Lori Flanery
Credit Finance and Administration Cabinet

In just a few days, the deadline will pass for Kentuckians who owe state taxes to pay back without financial penalty.

Delinquent taxpayers can pay what they owe and avoid penalties, fees and additional interest by Nov. 30. Kentucky Secretary of Finance and Administration Lori Flanery says it’s been ten years since Kentucky has offered tax amnesty.

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Environment
7:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

New Yew Dell Greenhouse Incorporates Passive Design

De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Work has begun on a new greenhouse for Yew Dell Gardens—one that incorporates renewable energy and other sustainable elements. But the structure’s architects say the most important elements are the simplest.

Yew Dell’s new greenhouse is meant to be a demonstration structure of different ways to build “green.” It’s powered by solar panels, and heated by geothermal energy.

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Local News
4:00 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

Louisville's 'Buy-Local' Campaign Helps Small Businesses Compete for Holiday Cash

Louisville is one of several cities with a

Louisville’s independent business community is hoping for a year of positive returns as they compete with price-wary shoppers and a market that’s been moving online.

This year, members of the Louisville Independent Business Association--or LIBA--participated in a survey by the group Civic Economics, which has produced small business surveys for other cities.

The survey showed just over half the money spent at independent businesses stayed in the community, which was contrasted with 13 percent of dollars spent at well-known chain stores.

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