89.3 WFPL http://wfpl.org Louisville's NPR® News Station Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:01:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 ‘Stealing Base’ Art Exhibition Brings Together Louisville Slugger Museum, 21C http://wfpl.org/stealing-base-art-exhibition-brings-together-louisville-slugger-museum-21c/ http://wfpl.org/stealing-base-art-exhibition-brings-together-louisville-slugger-museum-21c/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:01:11 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=30794 ‘Stealing Base’ Art Exhibition Brings Together Louisville Slugger Museum, 21C

Louisville has many faces, but when driving down Main Street it’s obvious that two of those are “baseball town” and “arts town.” (The 10-story tall baseball bat and gigantic statue of David may be a tip-off.) Now, those two faces … Read Story

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“Untitled,” Arlés del Rio Flores

Louisville has many faces, but when driving down Main Street it’s obvious that two of those are “baseball town” and “arts town.”

(The 10-story tall baseball bat and gigantic statue of David may be a tip-off.)

Now, those two faces are coming together for the collection Stealing Base: Cuba at Bat.

The exhibition, presented by the Louisville Slugger Museum and 21C Museum Hotel, speaks to the future of unexpected artistic collaboration in the city.

Stealing Base opened Saturday at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville in Gallery 3. Largely drawn from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection, the exhibition features work by 15 Cuban artists living both on the island and in the U.S. Stealing Base originated at The 8th Floor gallery in New York City, and features an essay by Havana-based curator Orlando Hernández.

A love for baseball connects Cubans across race, religion, politics and geography and provides meaningful and accessible imagery for Cuban artists. Responding not only to the sport as national pastime, their work further conveys larger complexities within Cuban society, culminating in this collection which is especially timely given the current talks on restoring diplomatic relations between the country and the U.S.

In Louisville, this is the first collaboration between the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory and 21C, which are located only a block apart. It’s a move Alice Gray Stites, the museum’s director and vice president, said is indicative of changing attitudes towards art in the city.

“This kind of collaboration demonstrates the broadening enthusiasm for contemporary art in this community and the expansion of the audience for it,” Stites said. “21C is really committed to the idea that art should be integrated into everyday life and accessible for everyone.

“You know, I think Louisville is a great sports town, and Louisville is also a great arts town, and there is no reason that people can’t enjoy both at the same time.”

The free exhibit will run through mid-spring.

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]]> Louisville area roads may be slick Tuesday morning because of flurries and freezing drizzle, the National Weather Service cautions.

In a travel advisory in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday, the weather service said motorists may encounter slick spots on untreated surfaces, such as bridges, rural roads and and sidewalks.

Some schools districts in the Louisville area have delayed or canceled school. They include:

 

 

]]> http://wfpl.org/louisville-area-roads-may-slick-spots-tuesday-morning-commute-weather-service-says/feed/ 0 John Arnold Accuser Alleges Retaliation in Firing From Kentucky Statehouse Job http://wfpl.org/john-arnold-accuser-alleges-retaliation-firing-kentucky-statehouse-job/ http://wfpl.org/john-arnold-accuser-alleges-retaliation-firing-kentucky-statehouse-job/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:09:06 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=30829 John Arnold Accuser Alleges Retaliation in Firing From Kentucky Statehouse Job

A former Kentucky legislative staffer alleges House Majority Whip Johnny Bell fired her because she’d filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against another legislator. Yolanda Costner alleges that Bell was also motivated to fire her because he wanted to hire a … Read Story

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A former Kentucky legislative staffer alleges House Majority Whip Johnny Bell fired her because she’d filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against another legislator.

Yolanda Costner alleges that Bell was also motivated to fire her because he wanted to hire a woman to whom he’d previously expressed sexual interest. Costner, in documents filed Monday in Franklin Circuit Court, also claimed Bell had purchased Xanax from the staff member, Shannon Ellis, and that he had been seen in the Capitol with marijuana.

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Bell, a Glasgow Democrat, became House majority whip this month. He did not respond Monday evening to requests for comment.

Costner is one of three women who’ve filed suit in 2013 against the Legislative Research Commission and state Rep. John Arnold. The women alleged Arnold sexually harassed them in the Statehouse. Arnold denied the claims but resigned in fall 2013 after the allegations were made public. He was later fined by the state legislative ethics commission.

Costner worked for the LRC and was assigned to the office of Bell’s predecessor as majority whip, Owensboro Democrat Tommy Thompson.

In an email dated Dec. 31 and addressed to Louisville Democratic Rep. Tom Riner, Costner alleges that before Bell beat Thompson, he told other legislators “that he intends to ‘clean house,’ including terminating my employment.”

In Monday’s court filing, Costner claims that since her lawsuit against Arnold and the LRC was ongoing, her termination was illegal.

Here’s the supplemental complaint that was filed Monday:

]]> http://wfpl.org/john-arnold-accuser-alleges-retaliation-firing-kentucky-statehouse-job/feed/ 0 What Republican Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidates Say About Fracking, Eminent Domain http://wfpl.org/kentucky-republican-gubernatorial-candidates-say-fracking-eminent-domain/ http://wfpl.org/kentucky-republican-gubernatorial-candidates-say-fracking-eminent-domain/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:00:29 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=30818 What Republican Kentucky Gubernatorial Candidates Say About Fracking, Eminent Domain

The three Republican candidates for Kentucky governor were in agreement on several issues during a debate last week sponsored by the Kentucky Press Association. All oppose the use of eminent domain for companies not regulated by the state Public Service Commission, … Read Story

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The three Republican candidates for Kentucky governor were in agreement on several issues during a debate last week sponsored by the Kentucky Press Association. All oppose the use of eminent domain for companies not regulated by the state Public Service Commission, and all are in favor of allowing large-scale hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Kentucky.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, former Louisville mayoral candidate Hal Heiner and former state Supreme Court justice Will T. Scott participated in Friday’s forum. Democratic candidate Geoff Young was there, too. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has also filed to run as a Democrat, but didn’t attend the forum.

Eminent domain issues were thrust to the forefront in Kentucky politics in 2013, when a company proposed building a natural gas liquids pipeline across the state. The Bluegrass Pipeline developers said they would only seek eminent domain as a last resort, but believed they had the ability to condemn property for the pipeline under Kentucky law. The issue is currently before the Kentucky Court of Appeals. The Bluegrass Pipeline has since been put on hold, but another company is considering converting an existing pipeline to carry NGLs.

Heiner, Scott and Comer said that companies not regulated by the Public Service Commission shouldn’t have the power of eminent domain.

Scott said in the case of high-pressure lines carrying materials like NGLs, people should have the right to decide whether it goes through their land.

“There’s a lot of reasons people are afraid of it and there’s a lot of reasons where you take extra care in how you place it,” he said, citing the risk of explosion. “But hey, the market can handle this. Believe me, if somebody in one farm doesn’t want it and it’s important to us commercially, they’ll get another way around it and everybody gets their right and nobody loses their land.”

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But even amid a discussion of natural gas and natural gas byproducts, candidates kept steering the conversation to coal.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said the proposed pipelines—to carry natural gas liquids from drilling fields in the Northeast to the Gulf of Mexico—wouldn’t be an issue at all if the Obama administration hadn’t pursued stricter environmental regulations on coal mining and burning.

“We wouldn’t have to have the pipeline if President Obama wasn’t trying to cram unfair, overburdensome environmental regulations down the throats of our utilities,” he said.

(Environmental regulations are playing a role in making coal less competitive in the marketplace, but there are other factors, too. Natural gas is abundant and cheap, due to technology like hydraulic fracturing, and coal reserves are declining in Eastern Kentucky.)

Then, someone in the audience asked the candidates about fracking, and whether they’d support fracking in Kentucky. As WFPL reported earlier this month, speculation has begun in Eastern Kentucky about whether shale gas buried two miles underground would be profitable to extract. If gas drillers begin tapping the Rogersville Shale, they’ll need to use hydraulic fracking like what’s used in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

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All three candidates said they supported fracking in Kentucky. For Comer and Scott, their support included a caveat: cheap, abundant natural gas is great, but cheap, abundant coal is better. Both men used the opportunity to repeat their support of the state’s beleaguered coal industry.

Heiner pointedly did not talk about the coal industry, and stuck to the topic at hand.

“In our current oil and gas industry in Kentucky, permitting is not handled in Kentucky, we do not have primacy,” he said. “I would move to bring primacy of permitting here to Kentucky. The estimates are we’d have another 300-400 people today working in the oil and gas industry, in good jobs, if we had primacy in permitting.”

But Heiner is incorrect about state regulators not issuing permits for oil and gas drilling. Kentucky actually regulates almost every detail of oil and gas permitting.The only federal permit operators need are for underground injection wells, which are used for enhanced oil recovery or disposing of brine water.

In an email sent Monday, a campaign spokesman said Heiner was referring to those injection wells in his comment.

]]> http://wfpl.org/kentucky-republican-gubernatorial-candidates-say-fracking-eminent-domain/feed/ 0 The City Wants Public Input For Final Unplanned Portion of Louisville Loop http://wfpl.org/city-wants-public-input-final-unplanned-portion-louisville-loop/ http://wfpl.org/city-wants-public-input-final-unplanned-portion-louisville-loop/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:22 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=30792 The City Wants Public Input For Final Unplanned Portion of Louisville Loop

Just a small stretch of the Louisville Loop hasn’t been planned for yet. It will be, and city officials want the public’s help in developing the section. The unplanned for portion of the proposed 100-mile loop around the city for … Read Story

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Just a small stretch of the Louisville Loop hasn’t been planned for yet. It will be, and city officials want the public’s help in developing the section.

The unplanned for portion of the proposed 100-mile loop around the city for cyclists and pedestrians is in the northeast section of Jefferson County, near Prospect and Brownsboro Road.

Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane. 

City planners want the loop to connect Prospect to the Big Four Bridge.

Here is a map of the area:

Planners are hopeful a public meeting on Tuesday will give them an idea of what residents want for the section, said Milana Boz, a project manager for that portion of the Louisville Loop’s development

“They are the users of the loop, so we want their input, we want this conversation,” she said. “We want them to participate because this facility will become their facility.”

She said the section will likely be a shared-use pathway about nine miles in length.

A shared-use path is about 12 foot-wide and costs roughly $1.5 million a mile to install, she said.

Because no specific plans have been set for the remaining section of the loop,  no exact budget has been set, Boz said.

She said a federal transportation grant is fueling the planning process. The grant provides federal funding for 80 percent of the cost; the remaining 20 percent is paid by local funds.

Boz is encouraging residents to be heavily involved in the planning process.

“We’re trying to figure out what would be the best route,” she said. And to do that, public input is necessary.

To date, just more than 38 miles of the loop have been completed, Boz said. The remaining portions are either in construction or are in the planning and design phase.

Here is map of the entire project:

Louisville Loop

 

 

 

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