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4:14 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Poll: 70 Percent of American Voters Support Early Childhood Education Expansion

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Seventy percent of American voters support efforts to expand early childhood development programs, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The non-partisan First Five Years Fund released results were released Wednesday. It found that 60 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of independents and 84 percent of Democrats want expansion of programs that prepare children for Kindergarten.

They were responding to this:

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Arts and Humanities
4:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

'It Feels Like Coming Home': Matt Wallace on Rejoining Kentucky Shakespeare

Matt Wallace

The Kentucky Shakespeare board of directors announced today that Matt Wallace, former artistic associate at Kentucky Shakespeare and current Shakespeare Behind Bars artistic director, would be the company's new producing artistic director. The appointment follows Brantley Dunaway's July 15 resignation.

Wallace is already on the job, and he spoke with WFPL's Erin Keane this afternoon about coming back to the organization to which he feels both professionally and emotionally attached. 

How do you feel stepping into this role now, in 2013?

I’m excited to get this company on the right track, to get us going into the future while honoring the past and trying to learn from what has worked and what hasn’t worked in the past, to take us forward.

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Arts and Humanities
2:46 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Names Matt Wallace Producing Artistic Director

Matt Wallace

The Kentucky Shakespeare board of directors announced today that Matt Wallace, former artistic associate for the organization (2001-2010) and current artistic director of Shakespeare Behind Bars, would re-join the organization as producing artistic director.

Wallace has strong ties in the local arts community. In addition to his work with Shakespeare Behind Bars, he is currently director of children's theatre and audience development at Derby Dinner Playhouse. Wallace directed productions for Kentucky Shakespeare through the 2010 summer season ("Richard III").  

Read an interview with Wallace on re-joining the company.

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Environment
2:45 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Unusual Birds Nesting in St. Matthews

Mississippi Kite.
Courtesy Pam Spaulding

Today in St. Matthews wildlife: a pair of birds that aren’t native to the region have built a nest and hatched a chick in a neighborhood off Chenoweth Lane. Mississippi Kites are part of the raptor family—like hawks and eagles—but mainly eat insects.

The birds usually nest in the southern Great Plains, and along the Mississippi and lower Ohio Rivers, and this year marks the first confirmed nest in Louisville.

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Local News
12:31 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Indiana Court Allows Planned Parenthood To Continue Serving Medicaid Patients

Indiana’s Planned Parenthood may continue serving Medicaid patients seeking preventative care and receiving reimbursements for those patients  following a court decision this week.

Planned Parenthood and the ACLU challenged an Indiana law signed by then Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2011 that defunded the organization--and similar organizations--because it offered abortions.

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Food and Dining
7:07 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Louisville's Burgers Get Fancy

La Coop
Credit Ashlee Clark Thompson

Was I at the wrong restaurant?

Surely, the oozing mound of ground meat coated in cheese and spilling onto a pile of shoestring French fries wasn’t from the kitchen of La Coop: Bistro à Vins, a French restaurant at 732 East Market Street.

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Politics
11:08 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Alison Lundergan Grimes Officially Kicks Off Senate Campaign in Lexington

Alison Lundergan Grimes' Senate campaign officially kicked off Tuesday in Lexington with an attack on Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell's for, among other things,  encouraging congressional gridlock and refusing to allow votes on the Senate floor.

“Indeed, over 400 times, governor, he has stood in the way and blocked votes from ever even coming to the floor,” Grimes said. “While Senator McConnell might be thriving, Kentucky is only barely surviving. After nearly 30 years in office, I’m here to tell you Senator McConnell, it stops now.”

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Education
4:59 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Oldham County School District Reduces Bus Routes, Changes Start And Dismissal Times

Oldham County Schools has cut bus routes and rearranged school times this year in an effort to save $500,000, which officials say will keep some 10 teachers in classrooms.

The school day won’t be longer, but elementary schools will start and end 5 minutes earlier and middle and high schools will start and get out 15 minutes later, which should allow fewer buses to pick up additional students.

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Environment
4:37 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Four Kentucky Lakes Now Affected by Harmful Algae

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Four Kentucky lakes are now affected by harmful algal blooms.

The four lakes—Taylorsville, Barren, Rough River and Nolin—make up half of the lakes the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages in Kentucky. High levels of blue-green algae were first found in Taylorsville Lake last month.

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Arts and Humanities
4:31 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Pandora Stages Cheeky Musical Revue 'Naked Boys Singing'

Pandora Productions' cast of "Naked Boys Singing" - Thomas Stoddard (foreground); (left to right) James Langteaux, Jonathon Porter, Richie Goff, Sebastian Kearney, Justin D. Moore, Omicah House
Pandora Productions

Over the years, Pandora Productions has staged brave, groundbreaking theatrical works exploring different facets of LGBT life, featuring heavyweights like Doug Wright's Pulitzer Prize-winning "I Am My Own Wife" and the Holocaust drama "Bent" alongside musicals and comedies like "Oh, My Godmother!" and "Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche." But producing artistic director Michael J. Drury  says one show kept cropping up over and over when audiences made suggestions – the musical revue "Naked Boys Singing." And for years, he resisted the call. 

"When I did finally listen to it and read it, I saw the deeper meaning about being vulnerable," says Drury. "Being naked isn’t just a matter of being unclothed. It’s about being vulnerable and revealing yourself." 

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