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9:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Film Tackles Hand-Painted Signs, a Returning Art in Louisville

Credit Sign Painters Movie

The reemergence of hand-painted signs and murals in Louisville has some local artists and designers excited about the future of public art.

Jessica Suhr, a representative of the Louisville Graphic Designers Association, said hand-crafting signs on building sides is more than just a pretty picture.

“Sign painting is great because it helps develop an individual identity for a city,” she said. She said what today may appear to be a simple mural or advertisement can, in time, be regarded as timeless art.

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Commentary
7:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Lifelong Listening to Louisville Public Media

Keith Runyon
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For most of my life, I’ve been at the other end of the radio experience—tuning in wherever I go and keeping abreast with news, features, sports and music through broadcasting. But for most of my professional life, I was a print guy, a writer and editor for newspapers since I was 16, and at The Courier-Journal since I was 18. Until early this year, I never regularly sat at behind the microphone. Now, thanks to the folks at Louisville Public Media, I am enjoying the power of the airwaves, and it is gratifying indeed.

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Arts and Humanities
6:50 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Passion Project: A Timelapse Tour of Louisville

Credit Eric Stemen

  Do you ever feel like time is slipping away? Today's very cool thing: a time-lapse tour of Louisville. Eric Stemen started by photographing Louisville from the Indiana side of the Second Street Bridge one day last year, almost by accident

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Politics
7:16 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

McConnell-Reid Deal Includes $3 Billion Earmark for Kentucky Project

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,
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A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.

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Politics
3:50 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Kentucky Congressmen Reticent on McConnell-Reid Deal as Moderates Take Lead on Shutdown, Default

Senators Mitch McConnell (l) and Harry Reid (r)

Kentucky Congressmen John Yarmuth and Hal Rogers support Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling, but the rest of Kentucky's federal delegation are withholding judgment until huddling with GOP House leaders.

The deal struck with Democratic Leader Harry Reid appears to have bipartisan support in the Senate, but could face an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled House.

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Local News
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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