Local News
2:00 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Final Preparations Underway For Frazier's Princess Diana Exhibit

Nick Grossmark, art handler for the Althorp Estate, points out a detail on Princess Diana's 1981 wedding dress. It was uncrated Wednesday for display at the Frazier History Museum.

The Frazier History Museum opens its new exhibit, Diana: A Celebration, this Saturday.

It features nine galleries with more than 150 items recalling the personal life of Princess Diana. They include clothing, family heirlooms and rarely-seen home movies and photos.

Today, Diana’s royal wedding gown was uncrated in preparation for display. The gown, veil and 25 foot train are featured in the Royal Wedding gallery as well as photos, letters, and video presentations surrounding her engagement to Prince Charles.

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The Two-Way
12:02 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

U.S. Ambassador To Libya, Three Other Americans Killed In Benghazi Attack

The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was in flames during a protest by an armed group angry over a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
Esam Omran Al-Fetori Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 7:13 pm

Update at 7:02 p.m. ET. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other staff members were killed in an attack against the American consulate in Benghazi, last night. The attack happened over an American-produced film that criticized the prophet Muhammad.

Here's the latest on the story:

-- Quoting U.S. officials, the AP reports that the Pentagon is moving two warships toward the Libyan coast. CNN is also reporting the move.

-- The remains of all four Americans killed in Libya have been recovered.

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Politics
11:49 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Paul Outraged Over Ambassador Stevens Killing, Demands Sanctions

U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is calling for sanctions against Libya in reaction to the killing of four American diplomats, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

From Paul's office:
 
"I am heartbroken and outraged by the murder of four U.S. citizens, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, during the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
 
The perpetrators of this senseless attack must be brought to justice. I, therefore, demand that until the Libyan police hand over suspects to U.S officials, any U.S. foreign aid to the government of Libya be contingent on their full support in this matter."

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Local News
11:48 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Kentucky Kingdom Open for Bids

File photo

The bidding process for investors wanting to reopen the former Kentucky Kingdom amusement park is being launched this week.

Once the applications are in, the state will narrow the competition to the top three bidders.

The doors to Kentucky Kingdom have been closed since late 2009.  Its previous operator, Six Flags, declared bankruptcy.

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Politics
11:10 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Republican Legislative Challengers Announce Plans to Change Lawmakers' Pensions

After years of lawmakers attempting to find solutions to the state’s underfunded pension problems, a group of Republican legislative candidates are hoping to institute a plan of their own.

At a news conference today at the Capitol, the majority of Republican challengers in House and Senate races endorsed a plan to put new lawmakers into a 401k style pension system.

The challengers say if elected their plan would be the first bill they jointly introduce. And they would include themselves in the new 401k plan.

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Environment
10:50 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Big Box Stores Lead U.S. Companies in Solar Power Usage

Fernando Tomas Wikimedia Commons

According to a list released this morning, retail giant Walmart leads U.S. companies in solar power installations. Walmart has 144 solar systems installed in seven states; as the report notes, the combined capacity of Walmart and Costco (number two on the list) is greater than all the solar capacity deployed in the state of Florida.

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Politics
10:40 am
Wed September 12, 2012

McConnell Condemns Killing of U.S. Diplomats in Libya

Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., condemned the attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Libya that resulted in the murder of four American diplomats, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

The consulate in Benghazi was bombarded by a group of protestors who were furious over an amateur film released via YouTube that mocked Muhammad, Islam's founding prophet. According to reports, Stevens was leaving the building for a safer location when gunmen launched an attack.

From McConnell's office:

"These attacks remind us of the sacrifices made on a daily basis by foreign service officers, diplomatic security personnel, and our Marine Security Guards.

I join my colleagues in strongly condemning the murder of these innocent Americans. And I support employing every available tool at our disposal to ensure the safety of Americans overseas and to hunt down those responsible for these attacks.

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Education
5:22 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

UK's Capilouto Gets Good Marks, But No Bonus

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has received a mostly positive review after a year on the job but won't receive a performance bonus. That word was made official by UK Board of Trustees Chair Britt Brockman.

"We decided that he deserved a bonus for extraordinary performance. However, based upon the economy and discussions with the president, we both decided, mutually, that we wouldn’t award the bonus. And I think that speaks volumes to his personality and his character as well,"  Brockman said today.

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Local News
4:57 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Gospel Music Convention Leaving Louisville

After two decades in Louisville, the National Quartet Convention will move south in two years.

What’s billed as the world’s largest gathering of Southern gospel musicians and fans will relocate to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 2014.

The convention’s executive director says in a release that economic realities are forcing the event to seek a smaller venue and a different setting to adjust to a shift in demographics.

Environment
4:46 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Liquor Company Cited by Air Pollution District for Whiskey Odors, Fungus

Roger Griffith Wikimedia Commons

Louisville’s air pollution regulators say a company that stores whiskey in the city has violated its air permits. The Air Pollution Control District sent the notices of violation to Diageo late last week.

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