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11:58 am
Thu December 19, 2013

The Christmas Season in Louisville, From 1778 to 1960 to Today

Fourth Street in December 1960.
Credit Photo submitted by Keith Runyon

The picture you see is how it was. Dec.19, 1960, exactly 53 years ago. This is Fourth Street, the central shopping street of Louisville, at a time when our city was the 30th largest in America with a population approaching 400,000. It was also very much like other cities, all across America, in the year that John F. Kennedy was elected president, when the space race was in full swing, and when I was just a boy of 10. It was a grand time to be alive.

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Local News
7:30 am
Thu December 19, 2013

University of Louisville Buys, Plans to Eventually Demolish, Silos Near Campus

The silos from Interstate 65.
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The  silos that have for years signaled to Interstate 65 travelers that they are in the midst of the University of Louisville have been sold.

Purchased by UofL for the price of $3.3 million, the silos will most likely be demolished to make way for the expanding Belknap campus, university officials said.

The silos and adjoining industrial property serves no practical purpose for the University’s Master Plan, UofL spokesman Mark Hebert said.

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Politics
11:31 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Court Filing: Former Kentucky Rep. John Arnold Allegedly Inappropriately Touched Colleague

John Arnold
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Former Kentucky state Rep. John Arnold allegedly inappropriately touched a House colleague, according to new filings in a sexual harassment civil suit by two Statehouse staff members.

In a pair of responses to discovery requests, Legislative Research Commission employees Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper allege that Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, was inappropriately touched by Arnold.

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Local News
4:43 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

About 92,000 Kentuckians Have Signed Up For Health Care Under State Exchange

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More than 92,000 Kentuckians have signed up for health coverage through the state’s healthcare exchange, Kynect, since it opened in October.

Kynect’s executive director, Carrie Banahan, says that the expansion is result of a growing demand for the health exchange’s services, which shows no signs of slowing down.

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4:19 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Judge Says USA Harvest Founder Competent for Trial

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A federal judge has concluded that the founder of USA Harvest is competent to stand trial on charges that he used money from the volunteer organization for personal expenses. 

U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley on Wednesday ruled that the case against 63-year-old Hugh "Stan" Curtis is primarily based on paper records that can be reconstructed without the need for Curtis' recollections. 

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Politics
3:10 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Expiring Unemployment Benefits Will Affect Thousands of Kentuckians

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A Kentucky think tank is warning that unemployment benefits for tens of thousands of people in the commonwealth will expire Dec. 28 if Congress does not act.

The emergency benefits were created five years ago under President George W. Bush to combat the recession, and it now gives workers up to 73 weeks of unemployment compensation.

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Politics
2:11 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Governor, Others Must Drive to Farthest East, West Points in Kentucky, Legislator Proposes

Steve Beshear
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A Kentucky lawmaker has pre-filed a bill that would require many state leaders—including the governor—to visit the state’s most eastern and western counties before taking office.

State Rep. Kenny Imes, a Murray Republican, has sponsored the bill. It requires policy makers in the executive cabinet and their deputies to drive—not fly—to Fulton and Pike Counties at least six months before they take office. It does not reimburse their travel costs.

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Education
11:50 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Rural Kentucky Education Co-op Wins $30 Million 'Race to the Top' Grant

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A co-op that includes 17 eastern Kentucky rural school districts has won $30 million in federal grant money.

“We were ecstatic. I don’t think words can express how important we believe this is for the region’s schools and for the communities in the region," says Jeff Hawkins, executive director of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, which serves over 100 schools and 40,000 students.

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Environment
11:12 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Cane Run Power Plant Neighbors Sue LG&E Over Coal Ash

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Several  of the residents living near the Cane Run Power Plant in Southwest Louisville filed a lawsuit on Monday against Louisville Gas & Electric and parent company PPL over persistent coal ash issues in the neighborhood.

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Politics
8:59 am
Wed December 18, 2013

PPP: Kentucky Voters Favor GOP Takeover of State Government

Kentucky state Capitol
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A growing number Kentucky voters want Republicans to assume control of the governor's office and most will support the GOP in state legislative elections, according to a new survey released this week.

The results are a good sign for the GOP as prospective contenders for the 2015 gubernatorial contest and as the Democratic majority narrows in the House.

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