3:14 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Maker's Mark Helping Raise Funds For U of L Facility

Photo by Rick Howlett

The University of Louisville has begun raising funds for an $8 million academic center for student athletes.  The project is getting a boost from Maker's Mark. 

The bourbon maker is donating proceeds from a commemorative bottle featuring U of L football coach Charlie Strong.

More than 8,000 of the bottles went on sale at retail outlets last Friday and quickly sold out.

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1:28 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Fischer Approves MSD, Louisville Water Merger Process

After reviewing task force recommendations for over two months, Mayor Greg Fischer says he supports the consolidation process between the Metropolitan Sewer District and the Louisville Water Company, but a full merger is not set in stone.

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Local News
1:22 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

TARC Leader Responds to Bus Shooting

WFPL File Photo

The Transit Authority of River City is reacting to a brazen homicide that was committed on a bus this week.

According to the Jefferson County Coroner's office, 17-year-old Rico Robinson Jr., died Monday afternoon from a single gunshot to the head while riding a TARC bus.

TARC Executive Director Barry Barker released the following statement:

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Local News
9:35 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Herald-Leader Reports Cuts, Furloughs

The Lexington Herald-Leader has announced cuts to staff and employees are being forced to take a second week of furloughs this year.

The paper reported Monday that it plans to cut the equivalent of 10 positions including two unnamed executive committee members. Others cuts come from the general administration, circulation, news and operations divisions.

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8:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Beshear Unsure Tighter Gun Laws Could Prevent Massacre

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear won't commit to additional gun control laws in light of the shooting spree at a Colorado theater last week.

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The Two-Way
8:36 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Sally Ride, First American Woman In Space, Is Dead

Ride and her crewmates rocketed into space aboard Challenger at 7:33 a.m. Eastern Time on June 18, 1983. Ride later described the launch as "exhilarating, terrifying and overwhelming all at the same time."

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 7:42 pm

In 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. She blasted off aboard Challenger, culminating a long journey that started in 1977 when the Ph.D. candidate answered an ad seeking astronauts for NASA missions.

In a lecture she gave at Berkeley, Ride said she saw the ad on Page 3 of the student newspaper.

"The moment I saw that ad, I knew that's what I wanted to do," she said.

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Arts and Humanities
5:49 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

'Nicest Cease and Desist Letter' Boosts Novelist's Sales

Cover for Broken Piano for President

The Brown-Forman Corporation, which owns Jack Daniel's whiskey, among many other liquor brands, is claiming local author Patrick Wensink has violated the company's trademark.

This could have been a classic David vs. Goliath story, in which corporate lawyers threaten to squash a struggling novelist. But in this case, it seems Goliath would rather take David out for a friendly drink.

Wensink got the letter from Brown-Forman's attorneys on July 12.

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Local News
5:45 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Man Dies After Being Shot on TARC Bus

A Louisville man is dead following a shooting on a TARC bus.

The shooting was reported at 3:00 pm today, and officers declared the victim dead on the scene.

Police say the victim was in his late teens or early 20s and the shooter entered the bus, shot, then fled in an unknown direction. No other passengers where injured.

The police do not have any suspects in custody and described the incident as "unusual".

Local News
4:32 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Contempt Motion Against Sexual Assault Victim Who Tweeted About Attackers Withdrawn

Attorneys have withdrawn a contempt motion against 17-year-old Savannah Dietrich of Louisville.

The motion was filed after Dietrich tweeted about the two boys who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her. By naming them, their attorneys said, Dietrich violated the confidentiality of a juvenile hearing. But the filing gathered national attention, and has now been withdrawn.

From the Courier-Journal:

Defense attorneys for two boys who pleaded guilty to assaulting a 17-year-old Savannah Dietrich have withdrawn their motion that she be held in contempt for tweeting the names of her attackers in defiance of a court order.

David Mejia, an attorney for one of the teens, said now that the Louisville teen’s story has gone global because of a Courier-Journal article on Saturday there was no reason to continue the contempt motion.

Local News
3:42 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Indiana Website Offers Immunization Tracking

Photo from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Information for this story also came from the Associated Press

The Indiana State Department of Heath has launched a new website aimed at making it easier for parents to keep track of their children’s vaccination records.

The site, paid for with federal stimulus dollars, is called MyVaxIndiana.

Parents can log into the site with a personal identification number provided by their doctor, health department or child’s school.