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2:37 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Director Brantley Dunaway Placed on Administrative Leave from Kentucky Shakespeare

Brantley Dunaway
Kentucky Shakespeare

Kentucky Shakespeare board chair Allen Harris has confirmed that producing artistic director and CEO Brantley Dunaway is on leave from the organization. On Thursday, the board voted to place Dunaway, who is Kentucky Shakespeare's top executive, on paid administrative leave through July 22, 2013. 

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Local News
12:45 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Rand Paul Leading Potential Republican Rivals in Iowa and New Hampshire

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is leading the field of prospective 2016 Republican candidates for president in two key primary states, a new poll says.

The latest Public Policy Polling results state that Paul has support from 18 percent of Iowans—four percentage points over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came in third with 11 percent and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was fourth with 1o percent.

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Local News
11:19 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Byline Today | 'Southern Avenger' Controversy, Kentucky's Dropout Age Increases and More

Topics up for discussion on Byline today: A Louisvillian is nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to Great Britain, a Rand Paul adviser's past as a neo-Confederate advocate comes to light and a controversy at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.

Jack Hunter, a staffer for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, is under scrutiny for having once belonged to a group that wanted Southern secession and worked as a radio shock jock known as the "Southern Avenger." WFPL's Phillip Bailey will discuss the situation.

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Local News
11:02 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Things to Know if You're Going to Forecastle

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The Forecastle Festival is expecting a record crowd this weekend.

On the presumption that some of the hoped-for 65,000-plus fest-goers have questions, here are some tips for navigating (sorry) the music, art and activism festival at Waterfront Park.

First off, gates open at Waterfront Park at 3:45 p.m. today, 1:15 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Politics
8:55 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Senator Rand Paul Defends 'Southern Avenger' Aide

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is standing by an aide who was criticized for his past affiliation with a neo-Confederate group, saying 39-year-old Jack Hunter is an "incredibly talented" part of his staff.

For most of this week Hunter has been under intense scrutiny for once belong to the League of the South, which advocated for secession.

He also worked as a radio shock jock dubbed the "Southern Avenger," who worse a Confederate flag mask and bemoaned America's growing non-white majority.

Hunter has since said he has renounced most of his views, but several analysts and critics called on Paul to fire the aide in order to maintain credibility as a potential presidential candidate.

In an interview with Huffington Post, however, Paul rejected those suggestions saying he opposed Hunter's past views but that his aide has never treated anyone unfairly.

From The Huffington Post:

"People are calling him a white supremacist," Paul told me in his Senate office. “If I thought he was a white supremacist, he would be fired immediately. If I thought he would treat anybody on the color of their skin different than others, I’d fire him immediately."

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Environment
7:29 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

PSC Considers Proposal to Replace Big Sandy Generation

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Kentucky’s Public Service Commissioners will begin considering whether Kentucky Power should be allowed to purchase a share in a West Virginia power plant. Two days of public hearings on the matter ended today.

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Arts and Humanities
4:29 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Cancellation Followed Actress' Accusations of Domestic Abuse Against Director

Brantley Dunaway
Kentucky Shakespeare

The abrupt cancellation of Kentucky Shakespeare Festival's run of "Twelfth Night" followed the resignation of lead actress Madison Dunaway, who left the production after requesting and receiving an emergency protective order on Monday evening against Kentucky Shakespeare producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway, who directed the production. 

The two have been married for eight years and have two children.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Fort Knox Cuts Could Factor Into Kentucky Congressional Race

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U.S. defense cuts that will slash about half of Ft. Knox’s combat brigades could be a top issue in Kentucky’s Second Congressional District race.

Last month it was reported the base will lose 3,300 troops in the so-called Duke Brigade over the next six years, which public officials worry could result in the loss of 10,000 jobs in the process.

In reaction to the news, Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie, whose district includes Ft. Knox, blamed President Obama's defense plan for the cuts.

In a June 25 e-mail, however, Army officials said the reduction forces reflects funding cuts based on the Budget Control Act, which Guthrie voted for two years ago.

"Congressman Guthrie did vote for the Budget Control Act because he believes we must get our nation’s spending problem under control," says congressional spokeswoman Jennifer Sherman. "He has also voted several times to offset the military cuts and ensure our nation’s men and women in uniform have the tools they need to protect our country."

At the time, many lawmakers supported the Budget Control Act to get beyond an impasse between Democrats and Republican over the debt ceiling. But after the so-called Super Committee failed many of those cuts are coming to fruition.

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Local News
3:22 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Gov. Pence Touts Indiana Budget Surplus

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says the state ended its last fiscal cycle with more money than expected.

Pence today praised budget closeout numbers showing the state with $93 million more than projected in an ongoing surplus and $86 million more in cash reserves.

The majority of the new money will be used to pay off bonds for the Miami Correctional Facility in northern Indiana.

Pence says the surplus would be better used to pay down debt left to him when he took office.

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Arts and Humanities
2:45 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Board Member on Twelfth Night: "Something We Didn't Feel We Could Overcome"

The abrupt cancellation of the remainder of Kentucky Shakespeare’s production of “Twelfth Night” in Central Park has raised questions about the company’s ability to deal with departing cast members. The company announced yesterday that after an unnamed cast member resigned, the production, directed by producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway, would not move forward.  

Dunaway has not returned requests for an interview.

Board chair Allen Harris says after Tuesday evening’s performance was canceled (“I imagine that was Brantley’s decision”), Dunaway and the board’s executive committee made a joint decision to cancel the remainder of the performances, which they announced yesterday. The show was scheduled to run through Sunday.

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