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2:59 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Governor Steve Beshear: Federal Budget Deal Kicks 'Can Down the Road'

Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear offered sharp criticism of Congress, chiding the nation’s lawmakers for being out of touch with their constituents and for causing needless pain across the state through the ongoing federal shutdown.

Striking a populist tone, Beshear characterized national congressional leadership as acting “like a bunch of spoiled brats in a food fight,” and that they ought not to be paid while the government continues to be shut down for a 16th day.

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Politics
2:49 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Kentucky House Panel Investigating John Arnold Claims Hires Legal Counsel

John Arnold
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FRANKFORT — A special state House committee tasked with investigating sexual harassment claims against a former lawmaker has moved to hire legal counsel.

The five-member panel voted unanimously to hire Patrick Hughes, a northern Kentucky attorney with the law firm Dressman Benzinger LaVelle, to advise it as it probes claims that former state Rep. John Arnold sexually harassed and assaulted female state employees. 

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Local News
12:53 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Louisville's Memory Cafe Gives People With Dementia, Caregivers a Place to Take a Break

Mike and Susan King at the Louisville Memory Cafe
Rick Howlett

Louisville has joined a growing number of U.S. cities in creating a place for people with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia—and their caregivers—to socialize and share a meal.  

It's called the Memory Café, a concept that perhaps can be best defined by what it’s not.

It’s not an adult daycare for people with dementia. It doesn't provide medical care. And it’s not a support group in the traditional sense. 

As odd as it may sound, it is a place for people who suffer from memory loss to share...memories.         

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Local News
10:53 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Louisville Suspends Application Process For Low-Income Subsidy Program, Cites Federal Shutdown

Credit Louisville Metro Government

Louisville officials say the federal government shutdown has affected the city’s application process for a critical program that helps low-income residents pay for their energy bills.

“We hear story after story from other years, if it weren’t for this they might not be able to pay for their medicine, or [it determines] what type of food they’re able to have in the household, just basic needs,” says Debbie Belt, with Louisville’s Department of Community Services and Revitalization.

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Politics
10:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

More Deer Leads to Greater Highway Safety Concerns in Kentucky

Credit U.S. Department of Agriculture

Since the end of World War II, Kentucky’s deer herd population has increased 900 percent. Now, they’re a common and costly hazard along the state's highways.

This is the time of year with the biggest risk of collisions.

It’s mating season for deer. Plus, as farm fields are cleared for harvest, the animals also lose their hiding places.

Les Dixon, of the state transportation office in Manchester, advises motorists not to swerve to avoid deer because it can often result in a more serious collision with oncoming traffic.

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Education
8:44 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Kentucky Names Teachers Of The Year

Jefferson County's James E. Farmer Elementary teacher Angela Pleasant has been nominated for Teacher of the Year.

UPDATE: Oct. 16 1:15 pm: Here are the winners announced by the Kentucky Department of Education:  A 3rd-grade teacher at Murray Elementary School in the Murray Independent school district, Holly Bloodworth, is the 2014 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

Melanie Trowel, a science teacher at Carter G. Woodson Academy in Fayette County, is the 2014 Middle School Teacher of the Year. Joanna Howerton Stevens, a mathematics teacher at Lincoln County High School in the Lincoln County school district, is the High School Teacher of the Year.

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Politics
4:14 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Congressman John Lewis Reflects on Civil Rights Past and Future in New Graphic Novel

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-GA,

Democrat John Lewis is more than an ordinary member of Congress in the view of many Americans.

The child of southern sharecroppers, Lewis became a pillar of the Civil Rights Movement as a student activist and is a legend in U.S. history for his direct protests against racial segregation.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause in John Arnold Sexual Harassment Claims

Kentucky State Capitol
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FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s highest ethics panel has found merit in a trio of sexual harassment complaints filed against a former state lawmaker.

The state Legislative Ethics Commission unanimously found probable cause Tuesday in three formal complaints filed by female Statehouse employees against former Rep. John Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis in western Kentucky.

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Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Plans Central Park Stage Restoration

Wadia Newman's new rendering of the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre in Central Park.
Credit Wadia Newman / Kentucky Shakespeare

Kentucky Shakespeare artistic director Matt Wallace says in the past, the company would spend the first couple of weeks of their season in Central Park repairing the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheatre to get the stage in shape for the summer productions. This year, he says he'd rather not put off needed repairs until after the winter, so the company has launched a Power2Give crowdfunding appeal to raise funds needed to restore the 20-year-old stage.

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Education
11:30 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Kentucky Education Committee Passes on Hearing Science Standards, Official Adoption Near

Credit Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Kentucky’s new science standards have taken a step closer to becoming officially adopted this week.

The Next Generation Science Standards—which were developed by 26 states including Kentucky—were rejected by a small regulation committee earlier this year. 

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