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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Environment
3:26 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

U of L Conference to Explore Green Infrastructure Possibilities

The University of Louisville will hold a conference on green infrastructure later this week. It’s meant to explore innovative ways to manage stormwater.  

Stormwater experts are usually quick to point out there are two ways to manage water runoff and prevent floods—with concrete infrastructure like collecting basins and pipes, or with green infrastructure like rain gardens and green roofs.

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Local News
2:42 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Las Vegas Investor Buys Muhammad Ali's Boyhood Home

Muhammad Ali in 1967.
Ira Rosenberg Wikimedia Commons

The childhood home of boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been purchased by a Las Vegas real estate investor.

Last month, the single-story home in west Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood where Ali grew up was put up for sale. State lawmakers and Metro Council members had recently held a ceremony placing a historical marker in front of the house.

Jared Weiss is president and CEO of Motion Properties, and bought the home earlier this week for $70,000.

In a telephone interview with WFPL News, Weiss says he is a lifelong fan of Ali and wants to restore the home to honor the former heavyweight-boxing champion.

"Right now my options are open. I’d probably speak with the city and see what they think I could do with the property possibly. I’d like to refurbish it maybe back to the original look it had in the 1950s when he was growing up in it," he says. "Possibly a museum, but right now the options are open. But it’s definitely going to be part of the legacy for Muhammad Ali."

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Education
1:34 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Daniels Meeting With Purdue University Faculty

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is spending two days on the Purdue University campus this week meeting with faculty members ahead of becoming the school's president in January.

Daniels is taking part in forums through Wednesday on the West Lafayette campus with professors and others from eight of Purdue's colleges. Meetings with other colleges are planned for October, according to the West Lafayette Journal and Courier.

Politics
12:25 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Area Leaders Mark Low-Key Anniversary of September 11

Several area leaders are marking the eleventh anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, but overall the commemorations are taking a less political tone than in year's past.

In Washington, D.C., congressional Democrats and Republicans plan to stand outside the Capitol for a moment of silence in an act of bipartisanship. At ground zero in New York City, the family members of the victims are reading their loved ones names, but no elected officials were included in the ceremony.

In a statement, Congressman John Yarmuth says Americans should seek to learn that facing the country's problems requires a transcendence of politics.

From Yarmuth's office:

"Eleven years ago, terrorists attacked our nation and killed thousands of our fellow Americans. Today, we remember their lives. We grieve with their families and loved ones. And we reflect on the national unity that arose from the ruin of that calamitous day, reminded of our shared purpose: to keep our country safe and to preserve the values that shape our national character.

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Arts and Humanities
11:47 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Art in Metro Hall

Metro Hall Gallery

Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Metro Hall will host a rotating series of art exhibits curated by local artists. The Rotunda Art Project is part of the mayor's on-going efforts to make Metro Hall (601. W. Jefferson St.) a community gathering place. 

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Local News
11:46 am
Tue September 11, 2012

DerbyCon Returns to Louisville Later This Month

A conference for information security professionals and enthusiasts returns to Louisville at the end of the month.  DerbyCon is a four day event that will feature lectures by information and security experts as well as training courses for those who wish to hone their skills.

Organizer Adrian Crenshaw says the conference grew out of a series of classes he helped put together with co-founders Martin Bos and David Kennedy.  The classes were very popular and the group decided to try to put together a conference.

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