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5:06 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

State Rep. Will Coursey to Provide Deposition in Retaliation Lawsuit

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A Western Kentucky lawmaker will have to provide testimony in a lawsuit brought against him by a state staffer.

Rep. Will Coursey, a Democrat from Symsonia, and state staffer Nicole Cusic will provide depositions in a retaliation lawsuit.

Cusic is an employee of the state Legislative Research Commission. She alleges Coursey and former LRC executive director Bobby Sherman retaliated against her when she accused Coursey of inappropriate behavior toward female interns.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Indiana Education Officials Meet With Mediator

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A national mediator called into help with Indiana’s ongoing education battle says she sees progress between the two sides.

Kris Amundson guided the members of the State Board of Education through a three-hour discussion of their roles Wednesday.  

She was called in to help with an ongoing fight between Democratic schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz and board members who've been appointed by Republican governors.

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Education
4:41 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Ali Center Offers Free Screening Of 'Girl Rising'

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"Educating girls will change the world." That’s the message of a film to be screened at the Muhammad Ali Center Thursday.

“Girl Rising” features stories from girls around the world who struggle to compete in countries that oppress their education.

Ingrid Johnson helped bring the film to Louisville. She says the United States doesn’t experience the same problems as other countries, but the film can be used to inspire participation in the community.

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Local News
4:40 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Cardinals, Bearcats to Battle Thursday for Keg of Nails

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A college football rivalry that dates back to 1929 will come to at least a temporary halt after Thursday's battle between the Louisville Cardinals and Cincinnati Bearcats.

This will be the 53rd meeting for possession of the Keg of Nails trophy and both teams’ regular season finale.    The Bearcats hold the series lead, 30-21-1, but the Cards won last year in overtime.

U of L moves to a new conference next season, so the future of the series is uncertain.

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Arts and Humanities
4:20 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Louisville's Alley Theater Keeps Christmas Weird With Dr. Seuss/Doctor Who Mash-up

The Alley Theater doesn’t always do a holiday show – last year’s end-of-year offering was the zombie-Hamlet fantasy “Living Dead in Denmark” – but Todd Ziegler saw the opportunity in his first year as artistic director to combine the British science fiction show “Doctor Who,” which enjoys a robust cult following in the U.S., with a perennial holiday favorite – Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

A very special Grinch/Doctor cross-over episode? That’s an Alley Theatre no-brainer.

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Politics
3:58 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

FEC: Mitch McConnell Campaign Contributions Appear to Exceed Legal Limits

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The Federal Election Commission is threatening to audit Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign over excessive contributions from individuals and political action committees.

Under federal law, an individual or a single-candidate PAC can donate up to $2,600 per election to a candidate seeking federal office. A multi-candidate PAC is allowed to contribute up to $5,000. 

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Local News
2:32 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

U of L Basketball's Antonita Slaughter Undergoing Tests After Collapse During Game

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University of Louisville basketball player Antonita Slaughter has been undergoing tests at a hospital today after collapsing during Tuesday night’s game against Missouri State.

Slaughter slumped on the bench in the first half of U of L’s 91-49 win.

The senior was taken off the court on a stretcher.

Louisville coach Jeff Walz said Tuesday night that Slaughter, who was alert and talking at the hospital, showed no signs of feeling ill before the game.

Slaughter had started all nine games this season for the Cards, averaging 10 points and five rebounds.

Environment
1:47 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Louisville Food Distributor Grasshoppers Will Close by Friday

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Grasshoppers Distribution won’t exist after Friday, according to an email the local food distributor sent to its members.

Based in Louisville's Portland neighborhood, Grasshoppers was founded in 2007. As city officials have talked about growing the city’s local food movement, the company was often held up as a success story and a model for future local food infrastructure in Portland.

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Politics
1:40 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

‘Stand Your Ground’ Summit Focusing on Kentucky Self-Defense Laws

A one-day summit will be held in downtown Louisville this week to educate residents about controversial Stand Your Ground laws and question if they make communities safer.

The laws have been under intense scrutiny since the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, who was killed by George Zimmerman in an altercation. Since then other high-profile cases involving the use of deadly force have put Stand Your Ground laws more into focus.

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Education
12:24 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Louisville's 55,000 Degrees Receives Another $200,000 From Lumina Foundation

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Louisville's long-term education initiative—55,000 Degrees—has received another $200,000 to continue working toward its goal to increase the number of college degree earners in the city. Project officials say the city needs to ramp up its efforts to support high school to college transitions and working-age adults completing their degrees. 

The Lumina Foundation has named 20 cities that will receive cash and will have access to a number of national organizations that will provide technical and data assistance to help communities improve educational attainment.

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