Arts and Humanities
3:35 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

‘It’s All Go or Nothing’: Shakespeare Board Committed to Funding Park Productions in Full

Paige Hershell as Hero, Liza de Weerd as Beatrice, Abi Van Andel as Esmerelda Baker and Bree Murphy as Ursula in the 2012 summer Kentucky Shakespeare production of "Much Ado About Nothing."
Melissa Donald Kentucky Shakespeare

Despite a recent report by WAVE 3 that the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival is in financial trouble, incoming board president Allen Harris says the company as a whole is financially sound.

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Politics
1:35 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Shanklin Seeks More Grant Funds for Neighborhood Group Despite Ethics Controversy

Louisville Metro Council

Embattled Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, is seeking additional funding for  a neighborhood group at the center of her ethics controversies.

The Petersburg-Newburg Improvement Association will come before the Appropriations Committee on Wednesday requesting $5,000 from Shanklin's discretionary fund. Grant expenditures over that amount require approval from the committee.

A complaint has been filed with the Ethics Commission against Shanklin and a Metro Police investigation has been launched into her office over allegations that funding to the group reportedly went to her relatives, who were members of the non-profit.

The city's finance department is also awaiting documentation on $20,000 in total grant funds given to the group in the two previous fiscal years. A spokesman for Mayor Greg Fischer says if the group misses the August 13 deadline, it could be forced to repay the money or be barred from receiving future allocations.

Ruben Pulliam is president of the Petersburg-Newburg Improvement Association. He says the latest request is for grass cutting at vacant properties and other program expenses, adding that the community shouldn't be punished for the allegations against Shanklin.

"Barbara Shanklin is a member of the community, but she’s not the community. She’s an individual. Whatever she’s done or been accused of or could be liable for, we haven’t done anything. But we want our grass cut," he says.

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Local News
1:19 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Churchill Downs Offers Top-Notch Guests New Venue

The library room located in the Mansion.

Churchill Downs officials have announced its $9 million renovation project to create "The Mansion" and will soon offer its preferred guests a chance to enjoy races in luxury.

This is how significant the new space will be: The Mansion is pushing the Gold Room--which serves certain VIPs--down to floor two. But, given the Gold Room is expanding as well it’s not such a bad thing.

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Politics
1:10 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Gay Marriage Plank in DNC Platform Won't Likely Affect Kentucky Democrats

The push to add support for gay marriage to the national Democratic platform this year is unlikely to affect elected officials in Kentucky.

Following President Barack Obama's recent statement in support of same-sex marriage, political observers expect the party to change the platform at this year's Democratic convention.

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Education
12:58 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Jefferson County PTA Membership Down, Leaders Say Parent Engagement Crucial

While local PTA leaders have stressed the importance of parent engagement, membership in Jefferson County’s 15th District PTA has decreased the last three years.

Parent engagement has long been said to be crucial to student success, and local leaders are asking parents to step up participation.

President Cherie Dimar said in the 2009-2010 school year the 15th District PTA—which includes 141 local PTAs—had 55,521 members. The following year there were 47,287 members and last year membership was at 41,514.

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Sports
10:54 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Nothing But Net & The 2012 Men's Olympic Basketball Team

How sweet is it to have some of the greatest basketball players in the world playing against one another in the Summertime? Doubly great if it happens only once every four years. Brothers and Sisters, don't pinch yourself — tune into the 2012 Summer Olympic Games from London, the next two weeks. The greatest basketball players in the States are balling against some of the greatest players from around the world, many current NBA stars, like France's Tony Parker, Brasil's Nene and Manu Ginobli from Argentina.

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Local News
9:05 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Louisville Eagle Scout Returns Badge to Protest Ban on Gay Members

Cooper's letter to BSA leadership
eaglebadges.tumblr.com

A local Eagle Scout has joined many others across the country in returning his badge to the Boy Scouts of America in light of the organization's doubling down on its policy against gay members.

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Politics
8:34 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

McConnell Elated With Fall of Newspapers

File photo

In a BuzzFeed profile piece, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., celebrates the rise of social media and is praising the fall of traditional newspaper outlets.

Like most conservatives, McConnell views traditional media outlets as bias against GOP views and he appears somewhat elated about the dwindling print media that once held a stranglehold on political coverage.

McConnell says social media allows for ideas to be heard in a more competitive landscape and commented on The Courier-Journal hiring a marketing and sales VP as its publisher earlier this year.

From BuzzFeed:

McConnell, 70, spoke to BuzzFeed in his office overlooking the National Mall; he had tweeted of his plans for the interview earlier in the day from his iPad.

“To the extent that there isn’t media domination like there was in the days NBC, ABC, CBS the New York Times, the Washington Post, particularly since most people on my side of the aisle feel they had a pretty obvious bias … those days are over,” he said. “I kind of like this new environment. I think its much more competitive, much more balanced."

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Politics
5:05 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Louisville Couple Files as Write-In Candidates for President and Vice President

The House residence
Google Maps

A Louisville couple is running for President and Vice President of the United States.

Dr. Louis Todd House, an anesthesiology doctor, has filed as the presidential candidate. His wife, Suzanne, has filed for the vice presidential slot. Both are running as write-in candidates.

There is some dispute as to whether candidates from the same state can share a presidential ticket. But the issue hasn’t been fully vetted in court.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Council Committee to Discuss Discretionary Fund Audit Report

The Louisville Metro Council’s Government Accountability Committee will meet Tuesday to discuss recommendations from a troubling audit report that found a lack of oversight in discretionary grant spending.

Last month, a review of Neighborhood Development Fund grants from the past two fiscal years showed half of the $1.9 million grants awarded during that period lacked proper documentation. It also found inconsistencies and a vague criteria for non-profit groups receiving city funds, including over $6,500 in funds that were spent out of compliance with Metro Government rules.

The audit specifically mentioned Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, who faces an ethics complaint after a series of controversies were reported about her office’s discretionary spending.

Councilman Jerry Miller, R-19, is chairman of the government accountability committee. He says the panel will address the community’s growing concerns about how those grants are approved and monitored, but told WFPL the committee will avoid any mention of the Shanklin case specifically.

"I think it will be good for the public to hear the recommendations and the findings, and how we are going to begin making the changes in the process to hopefully restore the public’s confidence," he says.

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