Education
5:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

JCPS Assistant Principals Back to School

Semple Elementary Principal Danielle Randle says she's feeling the jitters this week being back at school.

Jefferson County Public Schools elementary principals are in class this week prepping for the end of summer vacation, and many are not alone.

Earlier this year, the school board approved the hiring of assistant principals for elementary schools with more than 400 students.

Of the nearly 80 schools eligible, all but a dozen principals have already hired their assistants, who officially begin Wednesday.

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Politics
9:16 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Begala, Kristol Talk Presidential Politics at Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Event

Bill Kristol, left, and Paul Begala, right, discuss the 2012 presidential race.

Democratic strategist Paul Begala and Republican commentator Bill Kristol were in Louisville on Tuesday evening to discuss the ongoing presidential campaign at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s annual business summit.

Polling numbers shows President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are locked in a tight race this fall with a small margin of undecided voters. The negative attacks are beginning to escalate with both campaigns accusing the other of misleading voters. 

Political observers note that Mr. Obama has run harsh ads against his GOP challenger on television, which is unusual for an incumbent president seeking re-election.

Begala a CNN analyst and  an adviser for Priorities USA, a super PAC supporting the president. He says Mr. Obama needs to run as a challenger who will outline what the next four years will hold if he is re-elected.

"When times are tough and the president tells you, ‘I’ve done a great job’ people get resentful. They say ‘really, cause I’m still hurting out here.’ What I would do instead is lay out my agenda for a second-term and run as if he were a challenger," he says. "I’m all for attacking Romney and I’m doing it full-time. But he’s also got to say what I can’t do, which is here’s what I will do if you give me this job for the next four years."

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Politics
5:40 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Luallen Says She Won't Run Against McConnell

Luallen for Auditor campaign

Former Auditor Crit Luallen says she will not challenge Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014.

Luallen has long been considered to be among the best-situated Democrats to unseat McConnell. She served two terms as auditor and many political observers credit her with raising the office's profile during her tenure. Luallen also served in former Governor Paul Patton's administration for several years.

But the long-time public servant tells Kentucky Public Radio she will not enter the 2014 race.

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Local News
5:34 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

EDGE Outreach Gets New Name, Logo

The Louisville-based non-profit that provides portable water purification systems for developing countries and disaster areas is changing its brand.

EDGE Outreach is now called WaterStep.

Founder Mark Hogg says the new name and logo better reflect the group's mission of providing clean drinking water where it’s needed around the world, and is a reference to a shoe-recycling program that generates some of its operating funds.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Kentucky Chamber Supports Right to Work Legislation

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is taking a firmer stand on conservative issues.

Republican legislators have criticized the chamber in the past for supporting Democratic-led proposals like expanded gambling and a higher dropout age while staying quiet on so-called right to work and prevailing wage laws.

But in the chamber's latest annual report, right to work and other conservative issues are more prominent.

Such legislation has caused lengthy political battles in other states, recently in Indiana.

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Local News
4:42 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Landmarks Ordinance Clears Committee

Opponents of the landmarks changes held signs for the duration of the committee's discussion.

After months of debate, Louisville Metro Council’s Planning and Zoning committee has passed a measure with some compromise that would change the city’s long-standing landmarks process.

The committee approved the measure on a 3 to 2 vote Tuesday after Councilman David Yates, D-25, first introduced the changes in February. 

The ordinance includes the contentious provision of giving Metro Council power to overturn a Landmarks Commission’s decision, but the measure was amended prior to a vote to require a super majority to bring the issue forward.

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Arts and Humanities
4:01 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

LVAA Prepares to Move to Downtown

After more than three decades in the historic Water Tower on River Road, the Louisville Visual Art Association will move downtown later this year. In October, the LVAA will move into interim headquarters at 609 West Main Street while they search for a new permanent home. Scheduled children’s art classes will remain at the Water Tower through the fall semester.

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Environment
3:54 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

LG&E Disputes State's Findings in December Gas Explosion

Louisville Gas and Electric is asking the case against the company for its role in a residential gas explosion in December be dismissed. In documents filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission yesterday, the company disagrees with many of the state's conclusions as to the cause of the explosion.

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Environment
3:05 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

International Hydropower Conference Begins Today in Louisville

Representatives from power companies around the world are in Louisville today for HydroVision International's annual conference. The event draws people who are already invested in hydroelectric power, or are looking for ways to begin the process. Participants also had a chance to tour two local hydropower facilities: the new Cannelton Locks and Dam project (which is still a work in progress) and LG&E's Ohio Falls Generating Station.

The conference's keynote speakers are:

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Politics
2:51 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

DeVore Files for Third District Congressional Race

In the Third District Congressional race, independent candidate Robert L. DeVore Jr. has filed to run against Republican Brooks Wicker and Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth in the fall election.

DeVore ran for Congress in the GOP primary in 2008 under a conservative platform that sought to make English the country's primary language and separate Social Security from the federal budget.

At the time he released a rather bizarre campaign announcement video explaining his views.

Check it out:

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