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Environment
11:34 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Beshear Says He Won't Add Pipeline Regulations to Special Session Call

Courtesy Williams

Governor Beshear says it’s unlikely he’ll ask state lawmakers to deal with regulations on pipelines when they assemble in Frankfort next month for a special session. The governor says he called the special assembly to draw new maps for House and Senate districts and doesn’t plan on adding anything else to the call.

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Education
11:22 am
Tue July 30, 2013

'Blitz Week' to Help Jefferson County Families Needing Help With School Uniform Costs

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens assists the 15th District PTA's clothing assistance program during 'Blitz Week.'
Credit Courtesy of Jonathan Roberts, JCPS

Jefferson County Public Schools is encouraging families who need help with uniforms this year to attend the 15th District PTA’s ‘Blitz Week.’

The annual clothing assistance program has been around for about 40 years and continues to see strong growth, says Heather Wampler, 15th District PTA president. Families that schedule an appointment will receive a uniform, belt, underwear and socks; they will also have the chance to pick up other used clothing.

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Local News
8:30 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Adds Mark Schaver

Mark Schaver

The latest addition to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting is Mark Schaver, a veteran Louisville journalist who is specializing in data reporting.

Schaver currently is the editor of The Courier-Journal's digital news team. 

In his new role, Schaver "will use data analysis to mine and scrape public records, unlock information and help tell investigative stories in new and compelling ways," the Center said.

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Arts and Humanities
5:24 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Sonnets, Scenes, Soliloquies: Actors To Stage Free Outdoor Shakespeare

 A group of local actors are mounting an afternoon of free Shakespeare in Memorial Park this weekend. The  event, "Sonnets, Scenes, and Soliloquies," will present the actors' favorite scenes and speeches from Shakespeare's work in Memorial Park  (971 S. 4th St.), on August 4, 2-3 p.m. A reception at Vault 1031 (1031 S. 6th St.) performance space will follow. 

Brian Hinds is one of the event's organizers. Hinds was an actor living in New York when he first traveled to Louisville to work a summer season with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. He says he "had been floundering" in New York, but fell in love with Louisville and its theater community after a summer performing under the stars in Central Park.

"What I remember most fondly about my years at Kentucky Shakespeare were the families sitting in the front rows," says Hinds. "Kids who were wandering through the park would stop and watch. I have such a clear memory of the faces of a group of boys smiling and listening during a production of 'Pericles.'"

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Politics
5:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Senate Candidate Sues Kentucky Democratic Party Over E-mail Supporting Alison Lundergan Grimes

Owensboro Democrat Ed Marksberry
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Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marskberry is suing the Kentucky Democratic Party for allegedly violating its own by-laws and favoring Alison Lundergan Grimes's candidacy.

When Grimes announced earlier this month she was seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Mitch McConnell the state party quickly sought donations.

In a July 1 e-mail the KDP asked donors to help them build a grassroots effort to defeat McConnell and to "make sure Alison wins." The party's bylaws specifically forbid party officials from endorsing in a primary, however.

Marksberry told WFPL earlier this month he was considering a lawsuit.

But in an interview with The Washington Post, the Owensboro contractor confirmed he filed a suit in Franklin County Circuit Court on Monday.

"If I don’t get some respect, I’m going to pull out and run as an independent," Marksberry says. "They’ve picked on the wrong guy here."

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Education
3:50 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

AP: Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett urged Staff to Improve Charter School's Grade

Tony Bennett
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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's A-F school grading system faces scrutiny over emails showing that education leaders scrambled to overhaul the program at least in part to ensure that a prominent Republican donor's charter school received a top mark.

The September 2012 emails obtained by The Associated Press show former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett urging his staff to find a way to give Christel House an A grade despite poor test scores in algebra that earned it a C.

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Local News
2:46 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence is Hollywood's Second Highest-Paid Actress, Forbes Says

Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
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Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence ranks No. 2 on Forbes' list of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses.

She's topped only by Angelina Jolie, who earned $33 million between July 2012 and June 2013.

Lawrence's income was reported as $26 million.

Forbes' Dorothy Pomerantz writes:

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Education
1:05 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Kentucky Moves to E-Transcripts, JCPS First To Use Districtwide

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By the end of the year all high school students will have access to Kentucky’s new electronic transcript system and Jefferson County Public Schools will be the first to open the system district wide, officials announced Monday.

The Kentucky Department of Education’s Chief of Staff Tommy Floyd says e-transcripts will offer a consistent process for partnering colleges and universities.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Louisville Re-Embraces its Bourbon Heritage as Distillers Return to Main Street

These buildings housed some of the many distillery offices and warehouses that made up Louisville's Whiskey Row in the 19th and early 20th centuries
Rick Howlett

For much of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Louisville's waterfront was the marketing center for one of Kentucky’s signature products, bourbon whiskey.

Dozens of distillery owners had offices and warehouses along the Ohio River.    The waterfront operations were known collectively as Whiskey Row.

Those businesses disappeared with Prohibition, but thanks to the libation's new popularity, Louisville is re-embracing its bourbon heritage.

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Business
10:17 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Amazon Adding 5,000 Full-Time Jobs in Jeffersonville and Other Distribution Sites

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The company says it will add 5,000 full-time jobs at its U.S. distribution centers, which currently employ about 20,000 workers who pack and ship customer orders.

The world's largest online retailer has been spending heavily on order fulfillment, a strategy meant to help the business grow, but one that has also weighed on profits. Amazon said last week it lost money in the second quarter even as revenue increased.

Warehouse jobs are available in Arizona, Delaware, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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