Arts and Humanities
5:00 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Both Alike in Dignity: Students and Comedians Honor Shakespeare

Shakespeare fans have two very different programs to choose from at The Bard’s Town this Friday with back-to-back performances that show the reverence and irreverence Louisville has for the Bard.

First up, a showcase of Walden Theatre students celebrating the end of the Summer Shakespeare Intensive program starts at 7:30 p.m. The 14 teens will perform scenes and monologues they prepared during the three weeks they’ve spent immersed in Shakespeare’s First Folio.

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Local News
4:32 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Work Begins On Third Phase of Parklands Project

Construction has begun on another phase of the Parklands of Floyds Fork, the nearly 4,000 acre park system under development in eastern and southeastern Louisville.

Ground was broken today on a section that will include a half-mile, tree-lined walk called the Humana Grand Allee .   It’s being funded with an $8 million donation from Humana and its employees.

The Parklands’ Scott Martin says this is the third of the project’s four major phases along the Floyds Fork watershed.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Legislative Leaders Will Attempt Payment for Redistricting Defense Again

 

Legislative leaders are going to take another crack at approving payments to lawyers who fought to defend last year’s redistricting maps.

The Legislative Research Commission hired the attorneys earlier this year to fend off challenges to new district maps. The attorneys were unsuccessful.

At the last scheduled LRC meeting, absences allowed minority leaders to block approval of payment to the attorneys.

So a new meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, and  officials hope to reverse the decision.

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Local News
2:29 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Heat Wave To Grip Area For Several Days

Illustration from louisvilleky.gov

A heat wave that will linger over the region for the next several days will produce high temperatures in the triple digits.

That has health officials cautioning those who have to be outside to consume plenty of liquids and avoid overexertion.

University of Louisville Hospital emergency department physician Laura Tudor says low humidity levels will make coping with the heat a bit easier.

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Education
1:32 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

More JCPS Schools Participate in Fresh Produce Program

Under the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program students are offered fresh produce three times a week.

Several Jefferson County elementary schools will continue participating in the fresh produce program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture next school year.

JCPS has taken part in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program(FFVP) since 2008, according to district officials.  Schools participating in the program offer students fresh produce three times a week.

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Business
12:38 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

General Electric Expands Production of New Refrigerators

Zenobia Williams, a production employee, works on the French door bottom-freezer refrigerator doors.
Courtesy of GE

General Electric is hiring more employees than expected to manufacture its new bottom-freezer refrigerator at Louisville's Appliance Park.

GE officials previously announced a total of 600 production line employees would build the new product.  The company currently employs around 400 workers on the first shift, according to spokeswoman Kim Freeman. When the second shift begins later this summer, a total of 772 employees will be working on the appliance, she said.

The addition of 172 production line employees is a testament to the product, said Freeman.

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Politics
12:19 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Former Mayoral Candidate, Conspiracy Theorist Arrested

Former mayoral candidate Connie Marshall was arrested by Louisville Metro Police after allegedly leading officers on a pursuit.

Marshall ran a bizarre campaign for mayor in 2010, but she is better known as a conspiracy theorist who has alleged local and federal officials are harassing her via electronic surveillance.

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Politics
12:03 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Yarmuth Predicts SCOTUS Will Uphold Health Care Law

U.S. Congress

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., believes the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act.

The justices are expected to rule on President Obama’s chief legislative accomplishment on Thursday to determine whether the law is constitutional. According to polling, at least 37 percent of Americans want the law struck down while other surveys show 35 percent want it upheld.

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Local News
10:34 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Kentuckiana's Summer Jobs Program Meets Goal

KentuckianaWorks administers the Summer Works youth jobs program.

Louisville's Summer Works job program has met its $1 million goal to employ up to 400 young workers this summer.

The program, which pays youth to work at various non-profits and public agencies around the county, is administered though KentuckianaWorks, the Workforce Investment Board for the Greater Louisville region.

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Politics
9:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Conway Takes For-Profit Fight to Washington

Kentucky Attorney General's Office

 

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is taking his fight against for-profit colleges to Washington D.C.

Conway has scheduled a news conference with various members of the Obama Administration and U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tom Harkin to reveal more about his investigations into the colleges.

The main focus will be on deceptive practices some colleges use to to lure veterans to enroll.

Conway has taken several for-profit colleges in Kentucky to court, including Daymar College, National College, and Brown Mackie.

 

 

 

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