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1:53 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Gay Scout Leader Greg Bourke's Experience and the Deciding to Stay an Eagle Scout

Greg Bourke said he was forced out of the Boy Scouts last year because he is gay, and since then he's become a national advocate for the organization to accept openly gay Scouts.

In May, the Scouts agreed to allow openly gay Scouts—but not Scout leaders.

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Local News
12:10 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

From Aspen Ideas Fest: E.J. Dionne

NPR addicts inhale a weekly dose of E.J. Dionne. He appears most Fridays with The New York Times' David Brooks on All Things Considered to discuss the week's news. Policy wonks will know him from his work at the Brookings Institution and plethora of books. News junkies can find his columns in the Washington Post.

So it was an honor to bump in Dionne at the Aspen Ideas Fest in June to discuss everything I could with him — NSA leaks, DOMA, rise/decline of the U.S., and effective government:

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Arts
11:41 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Governor's Awards Recognize Four Louisville Arts Leaders

Studio clay work by Laura Ross
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  This year's recipients of the Governor's Awards in the Arts include four Louisville individuals or organizations.

The Governor’s Awards are the commonwealth’s highest honor in the arts. The annual awards recognize individuals and businesses who have made a significant impact on the Kentucky arts landscape. Recipients are nominated by the public and awards are given in nine categories. This year, 21C Museum Hotel, Actors Theatre of Louisville, River City Drum Corps founder and director Ed White and potter Laura Ross were all honored.

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Politics
10:16 am
Thu July 11, 2013

McConnell Campaign Raises $2.2 Million in Second Quarter

Flexing its financial muscle the campaign to re-elect Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is reporting it raised $2.2 million in the second quarter.

The numbers haven't been reported with the Federal Election Commission, but campaign manager Jesse Benton confirmed the substantial amount with WFPL.

McConnell has now raised over $15 million in total and has close to $10 million on-hand as he seeks a sixth term in office.

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Education
9:28 am
Thu July 11, 2013

WFPL's Brain Drain Series: 'There Are a Lot of Great Minds Here'

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Last year, the city announced Louisville had lost thousands of bachelor’s degree holders, reversing nearly a decade of steady gains that help prevent the phenomenon known as “brain drain.”

The largest declines came from young adults between 25 to 34 years old, according to 2011 data. As cities across the country continue competing for brilliant minds and to grow the number of young professionals, WFPL is asking the question: What does Louisville have to offer?

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Education
8:14 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Senate Fails to Keep Student Loan Rates Low

WASHINGTON — An effort to restore lower interest rates on student loans has failed in the Senate.

The White House and most Senate Democrats favored restoring interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans to 3.4 percent for another year. But lawmakers on Wednesday were unable to muster the necessary 60 votes to overcome a procedural hurdle.

That left interest rates at 6.8 percent — a rate that leaders from both parties called unacceptable.

Interest rates doubled on July 1 because Congress was unable to send a bill to President Barack Obama for his signature.

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Politics
6:39 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

City Reaches Contract Deal with Police, Firefighters Union

Louisville Metro Government has reached a five-year deal with the city’s police and fire unions that provides raises while making significant changes to the overtime and health plan systems.

The contracts with the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters were recently ratified by their membership, and both contracts will be presented to the Metro Council next week for consideration.

Mayor Greg Fischer says the new labor agreement helps the city align projected revenues with rising costs.

"I applaud both sides for taking a fair and affordable approach to these contracts," he says. "Our employees are among the best in class and we are on a constant journey of improvement. These new contracts take a big step toward matching revenue growth with personnel costs."

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Local News
4:47 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Lexington Hires Architect to Renovate Rupp Arena

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Lexington officials now have architectural and construction firms in place for a large-scale renovation of Rupp Arena, the home of the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team.

What’s missing is financing.

Leaders from the city and the Lexington Center Corporation overseeing the project announced Wednesday that the firm NBBJ would design the new building and Hunt Construction would do the construction work.

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Local News
2:47 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

U of L Expands Pediatric Services On Kosair Charities Germantown Campus

Dr. Erica Labar says the new medical facilities on Kosair's campus will serve up to 3,000 children annually.

The University of Louisville’s pediatric services department plans  to increase the number of children  it serves  by opening new medical offices at the Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre in Germantown. 

Kosair has agreed to support a $1.2 million charitable lease over the next five years with an option to renew the lease for two additional five-year terms.

The lease agreement means new medical and dental offices at Kosair will serve thousands of children each year.

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Local News
2:34 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

14,000 in Louisville Without Power Following Severe Weather

About 14,000 LG&E customers in Jefferson County are without power following a batch of severe storms that passed over the city this afternoon. 

You can track outages on LG&E's outage map.

LG&E officials say they're working to restore power as quickly as possible. 

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