Local News
1:43 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Louisville City Soccer Team Names a President

Djorn Buchholz will be Louisville City FC's first team president.

Louisville’s new soccer team, Louisville City FC, has announced hiring its first president.

Djorn Buchholz has 13 years of soccer executive experience, including management and fan engagement positions. He’s worked with soccer clubs in Indiana, Minnesota and Texas, according to a release sent by the soccer clubs PR team.

His latest role is director of fan experience with the 2013 Major League Soccer champions, Sporting Kansas City.

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Local News
1:42 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Pitino: Former Card Russ Smith Reaches Contract Deal With NBA's Pelicans

U of L coach Rick Pitino and guard Russ Smith, in 2013.
Credit Rick Howlett

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino says former Cardinal standout Russ Smith has reached an agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans on his first NBA contract.

Smith was picked 47th in last month’s NBA draft by Philadelphia, but was traded to the Pelicans, who had long been interested in the guard.

"It only takes at the NBA level one team to believe in your talent," Pitino said.    "And we were always convinced that Russ Smith could be an outstanding pro because he can do so many different things."

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Politics
1:31 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Koch-Tied Group's Arrival Points to Increased Interest In Kentucky State-Level Races

Inside the Kentucky state Capitol building.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

FRANKFORT—The well-funded non-profit Americans for Prosperity's hiring of a Kentucky state director signals to many political observers outside donors' intense interest in this fall's state House races and beyond.

In a news  release on Tuesday, Americans for Prosperity announced that Julia Crigler, a former political director for the Kentucky House Republican Caucus, would lead its efforts in Kentucky.

Democrats maintain a narrow majority over Republicans in the state House, 54-46.

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Politics
7:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Rand Paul Doesn't Have a ‘Distinguished’ Civil Rights Record, Congressional Black Caucus Leader Says

U.S. Senator Rand Paul speaks with students on Monday at the Village Learning Center at Midwest Church of Christ in west Louisville.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

The vice chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday blasted Republican Senator Rand Paul for saying he is doing more for minorities than any other sitting U.S. lawmaker.

Paul touted his civil rights record a day earlier in a visit to west Louisville, where he discussed the importance of school choice. Gearing up for a 2016 presidential bid, Paul has tried to reach out to minorities and make inroads in the black community.

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Arts and Humanities
6:59 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Roxane Gay: 'Bad Feminist,' Real Person

Roxane Gay's new novel is An Untamed State. Her essay collection Bad Feminist will be released later this year.
Roxane Gay

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:54 pm

Roxane Gay's new collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is littered with defiant, regal I's. "I do not care for epigraphs." "I was not impressed."

Gay — novelist, essayist and relentless documenter of her own life — proclaims her I-ness everywhere she goes: On her blog, she describes what she ate for dinner, what made her mad on an airplane, what she's afraid of, what she's ashamed of, what makes her lonely.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Uses Fellow Kentuckians to Target McConnell’s Medicare Vote

Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes delivers a speech Tues., July 8, in Louisville.
Credit Alix Mattingly / WFPL

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is defending a new TV ad targeting incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell over Medicare costs.

At a campaign stop Tuesday in Louisville, Grimes said McConnell has taken votes that have hurt seniors and increased their health expenses.

The 30-second campaign spot features Grimes sitting in front of a fire truck alongside retired coal miner Don Disney, who questions McConnell's vote for the controversial Paul Ryan budget plan.

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Commentary
4:31 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Media Critic: In Wake of Reporter's Departure, The Courier-Journal Should Communicate More

Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Education reporter Toni Konz’s decision  to leave The Courier-Journal and join WDRB is a terrible but predictable blow to the local daily newspaper.

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Local News
4:13 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

What To Know About The Clark Memorial Bridge Shutdown

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Louisville traffic authorities said the first morning commute following the closure of the Clark Memorial Bridge was not as troublesome as many expected.

Major delays were expected for motorists that usually depend on the Clark Memorial Bridge, which closed Tuesday for construction on the new Ohio River downtown bridge. The Clark Memorial Bridge is expected to be closed for about six weeks.

Jim Mallory is the operation center supervisor for TRIMARC, which monitors traffic on the freeway system in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

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Politics
11:29 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Jack Conway Raises $750,000 Towards Kentucky Governor's Race

Jack Conway
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Attorney General Jack Conway has raised more than $750,000 since announcing his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Kentucky governor less than two months ago.

Conway has about $705,000 in cash on hand, according to the campaign's first report to the state election finance registry. He has donated only $1,000 of his own money to his campaign.

It's a significant amount in such as short period. Conway is the only Democratic candidate running in the primary so far.

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Shots - Health News
6:44 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Stress Causes Health Problems, Which Then Cause More Stress

Staci Moritz and her son Aidan, 11, play at a park in their neighborhood in Portland, Ore. Caring for three children and her injured husband exacerbated her health problems.
Beth Nakamura for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 12:38 pm

Stress is bad for your health. And bad health causes a lot of stress.

Poor health and disability are common among people who say they suffer from a lot of stress, according to a national poll by NPR, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

And it's not just those whose own health is poor. Serious illness and injury often impose enormous stress on entire families.

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