Politics
4:35 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Tax Commission Gets Final Reports as Deadline Draws Near

Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Tax Commission has spent months learning how the state’s tax system works, and is now beginning to hammer out proposals to reform the state’s tax code.

The commission met again today in Frankfort to hear some final reports from the Beshear administration on how Kentucky’s current revenue systems work.

State representative and commission member Jim Wayne says the reports served as another reminder of how far behind Kentucky has fallen.

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Local News
3:52 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Louisville's Anti-Violence Task Force Submitting Report to Mayor Soon

Recommendations from Louisville’s Violence Prevention Task Force are being finalized, and a report will be submitted to Mayor Greg Fischer soon, but task force members say improving the city’s crime culture could take time.

The 37-member workgroup has been considering how the city can reduce violence in Louisville following a series of shootings in May. The report includes a range of topics like education, health and community-building.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Huckabee to Headline Louisville Fundraiser for House GOP Candidates

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

Former Republican presidential candidate and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will be in Louisville this week to headline a fundraiser for state House GOP candidates.

In Kentucky’s history, the GOP has held the majority in the state House for only four years and just briefly in the 1920s. This November, Republicans need to win 10 seats to gain control of the House from the Democrats, who hold a 59-to-41 majority.

Last month, House GOP leaders unveiled their platform, which includes reforming the state tax code, cutting Medicaid spending and requiring each bill be read before a vote.

Republican Caucus spokesman Joe Burgan says Huckabee’s appearance demonstrates how serious the GOP is about winning this fall.

"It really speaks to the opportunity that Republicans have this fall," he says. "The governor is coming to town because he realizes for the first time in 91 years we have the chance to take the state House and set a new course for Kentucky."

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Education
3:39 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

JCPS Prepares for Middle, High School Applications, Now Online

Jefferson County Public Schools is offering families a chance to apply for their school choices online for the first time following the school showcases, which will be held at the end of this month for middle and high schools.

The move is one of several changes to the application process following the school board’s recent approval of the new student assignment plan.

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Arts and Humanities
2:59 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

World Premiere Musical Opens Stage One Season

Wiley (Tyler Johnson-Campion) on set.
Stage One

Stage One Family Theatre opens its season at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts with "Wiley and the Hairy Man," a world premiere musical for young audiences.   

“Wiley and the Hairy Man” isn’t a new play. Suzan Zeder wrote it 40 years ago, adapting a Depression Era tale from the Works Progress Administration’s Folklore Project. It’s the story of a young boy who lives in a swamp with his mother, a magic-wielding "conjure woman," and his loyal dog, headed for a showdown with a big, hairy trickster. 

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Local News
2:31 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Chickasaw Community Walk Continues Dialogue with Law Enforcement

Louisville Metro councilwoman Attica Woodson-Scott will hold her third neighborhood walk tonight to address the problem of violence in West Louisville.

A series of brazen shootings in the Parkland neighborhood earlier this year led Mayor Greg Fischer to create a 37-member Violence Prevention Task Force. Several subcommittees have completed their work and a final report could be sent to Fischer’s office this week.

Scott says her neighborhood walks improve communication between law enforcement and the community.

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Politics
1:58 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

High Anticipation for First Presidential Debate

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are preparing for their first debate this week, and observers are eager to see if it will impact the race.

Both campaigns have been complimentary of each other and are trying to lower expectations before the televised debate in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday in order to gain an advantage going in. But experts agree that stakes are higher for Romney, who trails the president according to most polls in battleground states.

Tiffany Dillard-Knox is acting director of the University of Louisville debate team. She says people are excited to watch the first presidential debate, but that the forums are becoming more of a liability.

"I think the debates more likely can make you lose a candidacy more so than win one. You can say the wrong things. I don’t think people are really listening for the right things anymore. But I think people are taking into consideration when the candidates are saying the wrong things," she says.

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Environment
1:55 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Judge Rules Against Groups Seeking Federal Designation for W.Va. Mountain

A federal judge has ruled against environmental groups who wanted a mountain in West Virginia to be returned to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Local News
12:53 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

U of L Wings HIV Clinic to Close Jeffersonville Location

The University of Louisville Wings Clinic is consolidating patient care to its downtown Louisville branch. 

Wings is a research and treatment facility for patients with HIV and AIDS, and used to offer patient care one day a week in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Now, University of Louisville spokeswoman Julie Heflin says it makes sense to merge the operations in downtown Louisville.

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Politics
12:10 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Brown Voices Disgust With McConnell's Leadership

During a televised debate with Democratic opponent Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Ma., voiced his displeasure with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and said he's undecided on voting for him to lead the GOP caucus.

President Obama is leading in Massachusetts by at least 30 points, and Brown is stressing his role as a moderate Republican with a bipartisan record. Asked if he'd support McConnell next year, Brown said he was undecided and voiced disgust with Congress.

Watch (h/t LEO Weekly):

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