Local News
5:11 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Richie Farmer Gets Delay in Start of Prison Term to Attend Son's Tournament

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Rick Howlett

Update: Judge OKs Delay

Richie Farmer, the former Kentucky Wildcats star and state agriculture commissioner, has gotten the OK from a federal judge to delay reporting to federal prison. Farmer asked for the delay so he can see his son play in the Kentucky  boy's high school basketball tournament.

The Associated Press reports:

A federal judge has delayed former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer's report date to a federal prison by a week.

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Arts and Humanities
2:37 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Having It All: A Conversation with Playwright Gina Gionfriddo

Gina Gionfriddo

In playwright Gina Gionfriddo's comedy "Rapture, Blister, Burn," two forty-something former schoolmates confront their choices - one became a feminist academic superstar, the other a stay-at-home mom - and decide they each want what the other has.

In an ad hoc women's studies classroom featuring three generations of American women, they interrogate the theoretical underpinnings and practical implications of feminist ideals and put them to practice in their own lives, to mixed results.

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Arts and Humanities
1:04 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

REVIEW | For Love or Money: Dorothy Fortenberry's Humana Fest Premiere 'Partners'

David Ross, Kasey Mahaffy, LeRoy McClain and Annie Purcell in "Partners" by Dorothy Fortenberry. Part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, 2014.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

As the great Eighties philosopher Cyndi Lauper once promised us, money changes everything. Playwright Dorothy Fortenberry explores how finances and emotions converge in marriage and in friendship in her new play “Partners,” currently making its world premiere in what is, so far, a very strong Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Byline Today: 'Ban the Box,' School of Innovation Finalists and Jim Lehrer

This week, Louisville Metro Council decided that the city and its vendors shouldn't ask about criminal histories on job applications. Meanwhile, Jefferson County Public Schools announced the finalists in a community competition to design a new school. And where was Sherman's March to the Sea planned, anyway?

We'll talk about these stories and more today on Byline.

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Local News
10:01 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Former Louisville Journalist Joel Brinkley, a Pulitzer Winner, Dies at 61

Joel Brinkley
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Joel Brinkley, who won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting when he was a 29-year-old member of The Courier-Journal’s news staff in 1982, died Tuesday at a hospital in Washington, D.C. His wife, Sabra Chartrand, told reporters that the cause was acute undiagnosed leukemia, which resulted in respiratory failure from pneumonia. He was 61.

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Education
7:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

In 2010, Mayor Greg Fischer Wanted to Help Put Nurses in JCPS Schools. That's on Hold

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s 2010 campaign plan to put a nurse in every Jefferson County Public School isn't happening anytime soon.

When he was seeking office, Fischer unveiled a 31-page book with nearly 200 ideas to increase the quality of life in Louisville. One of those ideas was to get a nurse in all 155 schools and learning centers in the JCPS system.

Currently, only 28 JCPS schools have a full-time licensed practical nurse on staff.

Here's a graphic sent from JCPS:

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Politics
6:55 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Votes 26-0 to 'Ban the Box'

A supporter urges Metro Council to pass 'ban the box'
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

The Louisville Metro Council unanimously approved the so-called "ban the box" ordinance Thursday after a debate filled with contention and compromise.

Under the measure, people seeking jobs with the city and many of its vendors will no longer have to fill out applications asking if they have a criminal conviction.

Mayor Greg Fischer's office initially said the measure was unnecessary given Metro Government already does not ask about a person's record.

But supporters who held a rally before Thursday's meeting argued the policy needed to be codified into law.

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Local News
11:08 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Gay Marriage Battle, Tax Cuts Highlight Indiana Legislative Session

A broad package of business tax cuts, a preschool pilot program and new money for transportation are headed to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's desk after state lawmakers who fought bitterly early in the session over gay marriage found consensus on the final day of the 2014 legislature.

The Indiana General Assembly worked into Thursday night to wrap up its session and deliver some of Pence's top priorities.

Extensive negotiations preceded last-minute approval of preschool funding for some low-income children, $400 million for road construction and the business tax cut package.

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Education
9:56 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

University of Louisville Medical School Put on Accreditation Probation

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The University of Louisville School of Medicine has been placed on probation by its accrediting body.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the body that issues accreditation to medical education programs in the United States and Canada, has expressed concern in nine areas of UofL’s Medical School.

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Local News
5:45 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

College Basketball: Louisville Cardinals Roll Over Rutgers, 92-31

The Louisville Cards have easily advanced to the semifinals of the men’s American Athletic  Conference Tournament in Memphis.

U of L crushed Rutgers 92-31 today and will play Houston Friday evening at 7:00.   Chris Jones led the Cards with 18 points, but four others also scored in double figures.  

Houston upset SMU in their quarterfinal game.  

The Indiana Hoosiers have been eliminated from the men’s Big Ten Tournament.  IU lost to Illinois 64-54 this afternoon in first-round play.  

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