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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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Politics
8:30 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Democrat John Yarmuth Condemns GOP Congressman Calling Young Immigrants Drug Smugglers

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky.,
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Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is condemning comments by Republican Steve King, who said the majority of undocumented immigrants's children are drug runners.

But Kentucky's Third District representative says those remarks don't reflect the views of most GOP lawmakers and shouldn't impede bipartisan efforts to overhaul the U.S. immigration system.

Almost two weeks ago King told Newsmax that for every immigrant child who is a valedictorian there are 100 hauling illegal drugs across the U.S.-Mexicon border.

The Iowa congressman hasn't backpedaled either, adding that many who are smuggling narcotics fit the qualifications under DREAM Act as defined in the Senate immigration reform bill.

"I’d love to see him resign," says Yarmuth. "If he would take my suggestion I’d say resign. What he said was clearly way out of bounds and in horrible taste, and just reprehensibly ignorant."

Yarmuth is a member of the so-called Gang of 7 working on a comprehensive measure in the House. He says most Republican don't take King seriously, and reject his views.

House Speaker John Boehner did rebuke King's comments, calling them "wrong" and "hateful." And other conservatives in the GOP-controlled House such as Congressman Raul Labrador of Idaho said they were "irresponsible and reprehensible."

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Environment
7:30 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Environmental Quality Commission Head Urges Action on Lees Lane Landfill

Kentucky’s top environmental advocate is calling for further action on a former Superfund site in Southwest Louisville. The head of the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission says it’s time to start a conversation about the future of the Lees Lane Landfill.

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Politics
7:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Madison Project PAC Endorses Matt Bevin for Senate

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin
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A national political action committee is backing Louisville businessman Matt Bevin over Senator Mitch McConnell in next year's Republican primary election, saying the incumbent has refused to use his leadership position to fight for conservatives.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Madison Project describes itself as a PAC that supports small-government and anti-abortion candidates across the country.

The group previously supported Missouri Republican Jim Talent during his successful 2002 senate bid, and raised close to $2 million for political candidates in last year's elections.

Bevin has already been endorsed by The United Kentucky Tea Party, a coalition of 14 different groups across the state. But this is a sign that Bevin is also getting national attention from organization's outside of the state.

Madison Project spokesman Daniel Horowtiz says the group is proud to endorse Bevin mainly because of his background as an entrepreneur. The group isn't sparring McConnell any criticism, however.

"After 28 years in the Senate and over 10 years in leadership, Senator Mitch McConnell has become the embodiment of stale moss-covered leadership. It's not just his votes for Democrat proposals, such open borders, bailouts, fiscal cliff tax hikes, debt limit increases, green energy stimulus, and funding for Obamacare, it is that fact that McConnell has refused to use his leadership role to fight for conservatives." he says.

Asked about the Madison Project's decisions to back Bevin, McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton dismissed the group.

"Are they still around? I thought they were defunct," he says.

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Local News
5:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Councilwoman Attica Scott: West, Southwest Residents Should Weigh in on Vision Louisville Plan

  Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott wants residents of west and southwest Louisville to weigh in on the city's 25-year plan this week.

The mayor's office has been gathering citizen input on the city's future online and in a series of public meetings for a project called Vision Louisville. The ideas will be compiled and incorporated into a master plan for development.

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