Local News
4:33 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Courier-Journal Changes Website, Preps Smartphone App

The Courier-Journal's paywall is now up. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:40 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Theatre [502]'s 'Futura' Is Now

Betsy Huggins and Laurene Scalf in Theatre [502]'s production of "Futura" by Jordan Harrison.
Bill Brymer

When director Amy Attaway started working on Jordan Harrison’s typographical dystopian play “Futura,” she had just bought her first iPad. One of the first news stories she read on her tablet was about Encyclopedia Britannica discontinuing its print edition.  The sinister future Harrison devised, where handwriting, printing, paper and books are outlawed and all written materials are part of “The Big Collection” in the cloud, suddenly felt very close.

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Environment
2:38 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

State Grants AEP Request to Withdraw Big Sandy Application

By Flickr user CM195902: http://bit.ly/KhOtGU

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has granted a request by American Electric Power to withdraw a pending application to retrofit the company's Big Sandy Power Plant in Lawrence County.

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Politics
1:53 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Company's Withdrawal Restarts Battle Between Nursing Homes and Legal System

A prominent nursing home company is ending its operations in Kentucky, and the decision has reignited a battle between the nursing home industry and legal professionals.

Earlier this week, Extendicare announced plans to lease its Kentucky nursing homes. The company said too many unnecessary lawsuits were being filed for operations to continue in the state.

Kentucky has grown into a senior living hub, and many big companies like Altria and Kindred have corporate headquarters in the state. 

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Politics
1:21 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Donnelly Flaunts GOP Support

Indiana Democratic Senate candidate Joe Donnelly has unveiled a group of Republicans who are supporting him over Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock in the fall campaign.

The group is made up of former supporters of Republican Senator Dick Lugar, who was defeated in the GOP primary by state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Its initial six members have pledged to cross party lines and support Donnelly over Mourdock in November.

Donnelly campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Shappell says GOP voters will back the congressman due to his bipartisan approach.

"Moderate voices and folks who are wiling to compromise are too few and far in between these days. And that’s Joe," she says. "And in order to move this country forward, he truly believes—and as do I think many folks here in Indiana—that we need to work together and find common ground."

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Local News
12:08 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Defining Fairness Series Recap

Our Defining Fairness series will wrap up next week; we'll speak with Amanda Stahl on Tuesday, June 5th, and Lucian Grey on Thursday, June 7th. In case you missed any of them, here are the previous conversations:

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Local News
12:07 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Talks Continue Between WDRB and Time Warner

Yesterday, the talks between WDRB -TV and Time Warner Cable went public in a big way.

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Environment
6:00 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Lawsuit Alleges Damages From "Whiskey Fungus"

The fungus is visible on Heaven Hill's Bardstown distillery
Shadle Wikimedia Commons

A lawsuit filed today in federal court alleges a black substance coating the homes of residents in some areas of Louisville is caused by whiskey distilling.

Attorney Bill McMurray says for years, residents have seen a black substance growing on metal surfaces, and it’s nearly impossible to remove.

“And it’s only recently been understood within the last couple of years what the actual cause for that blackening is, and it’s this particular fungus,” he said.

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Local News
5:34 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Talks Get Tough Between WDRB and Time Warner

WDRB General Manager Bill Lamb in a "Point of View" Editorial

The contract between Time Warner Cable and WDRB-TV in Louisville is on the verge of expiring.

Time Warner pays content providers such as local television stations to carry their programs on cable. Time Warner has reportedly offered WDRB and its sister station WMYO the same fees Insight Communications paid before Time Warner purchased the company. WDRB officials have refused the offer, and the WDRB newsroom posted a story detailing the talks.  

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Local News
3:56 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Preliminary East End Bridge Work Set for August

Ohio River Bridges Project

Indiana officials are advertising for bids for preparatory work on the state‘s portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield says construction will begin this summer on a road extension between Utica, Indiana and the River Ridge Commerce Center.

It’s the first step toward construction of a new east end bridge.

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