Arts and Humanities
3:36 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Orchestra Announces Upcoming Season

The Louisville Orchestra returns to the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall after a year-long hiatus to celebrate its 75th anniversary season with a September 8 concert featuring both classics and pops. 

Music director Jorge Mester will conduct the first half of the Fanfara gala concert, which will feature pianist Jeremy Denk on Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 25.” Denk is the 1997 winner of the prestigious Young Concert Artists competition and has played with many major orchestras, and he appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

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Local News
3:24 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Kentucky Impact of Court Decisions; Daniels and Purdue; Typecast Publishing: Today on Byline

Here's the rundown for Byline today:

0:00 - We consider the Kentucky impacts of the major Supreme Court decisions this week, beginning with the Affordable Care Act.  Joining us are Terry Brooks from Kentucky Youth Advocates, Ann Hadreas from Kentucky Equal Justice Center, and Jodi Mitchell, Kentucky Voices for Health.

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Politics
3:03 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Shaughnessy Resigns from Kentucky State Senate

Kentucky state Senator Tim Shaughnessy, D-Louisville, has officially resigned.

Last fall, Shaughnessy announced he was not seeking re-election after serving more than 20 years in the state legislature. And with no plans of a special session or imperative issues on the interim agenda, Shaughnessy says now is the best time to step down.

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Sports
2:42 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

NASCAR Fans To Cope With Heat, Traffic At Kentucky Speedway

From Alan Lytle and Mark Heyne, Kentucky Public Radio

It promises to be an especially hot, and potentially dangerous, NASCAR weekend at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, but the medical director for UK HealthCare’s Good Samaritan Emergency Department says he will have a team of physicians stationed around the track to treat anyone suffering from heat-related conditions. 

Dr. Ryan Stanton says the temperature at a racetrack is typically higher than the surrounding area.

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Politics
2:15 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Congress Reaches Agreement on Transportation Bill, Student Loans

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation Friday that funds transportation programs and averts an increase in interest rates on loans for college students.

The packaged measure passed by a 373-to-52 vote and avoids a looming deadline that would have doubled Stafford loan rates to 6.8 percent on July 1. The bill also pays for construction of highways, bridges and other projects over the next two years. 

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Politics
2:00 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Yarmuth Tells GOP to Read Health Care Law

Speaking on the House floor Friday, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., suggested Republican lawmakers have not read the Affordable Care Act and accused them of misleading Americans about President Obama's health care overhaul.

Check it out (h/t FatLip):

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Local News
1:45 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

VA Chooses Brownsboro Hospital Location

The "Midlands" or Brownsboro Road site is the VA's chosen location.

The Veterans Administration will soon purchase nearly 36 acres along Brownsboro Road to build its new medical center.

VA officials were previously considering two sites for the new hospital, which is expected to be at least 800,000 square feet, and had approved environmental studies for each. The announcement this week that the VA has made its final selection comes with assurance from VA Secretary Eric Shinseki that the VA will continue monitoring issues affecting area residence.

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Environment
12:57 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Four Days of Bad Air Quality Forecasted for Louisville Metro

Louisville's Air Pollution Control District has issued air quality alerts for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The heat wave is exacerbating pollution problems, and ozone levels each day are expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups. Ozone levels today are forecasted to be unhealthy for everybody. 

From the APCD:  

Here are Air Quality Index forecasts:   

Friday, June 29--156 (unhealthy for everyone)

Saturday, June 30 – 150 (unhealthy for sensitive groups)

Sunday, July 1 – 150 (unhealthy for sensitive groups)

Politics
12:23 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Scott Applauds "Cut it Out" Program

A vacant property with overgrown grass. (photo provided by Metro Government)

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, is praising several local lawn service companies who voluntarily mowed grass at the worst abandoned properties in her district. But the outspoken lawmaker wants the city to do a better job addressing blight.

The “Cut it Out” program was launched by Scott’s office last month to address blight in west and southwest Louisville neighborhoods due to the rise of vacant properties. According to city records, one-third of the 155 worst properties with overgrown grass have been mowed by local businesses and their crews for free.

Scott says residents are fed up with the eyesores, but that community leaders and business owners have stepped up to tackle the problem.

"We were able to do because we had someone in the community who lives in District 1 who said, ‘you know what I’ve got some connections, I see you’re out here trying to do the work so let’s make this happen.’ And then every single week we started getting another lawn care company that said they wanted to get involved with this. We had a company all the way out in Prospect that said, 'I want to do something and this is what I can do,'" she says.

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Local News
11:28 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Crisis Response Team Seeks Volunteers

Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt is co-chair of Louisville's violence prevention work group.

 

Volunteers are being asked to join the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Team as part of Louisville’s new violence prevention initiative.

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