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1:32 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Now Heather French Henry? Less Prominent Candidates May Hurt Democrats' Senate Hopes

Heather French Henry
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Now it's Heather French Henry's turn.

The former Miss America has joined a list of half a dozen party activists or leaders waiting for Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to decide whether she'll run in 2014 against Mitch McConnell for his U.S. Senate seat. 

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Politics
10:27 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Louisville Metro Budget Hearings to Begin May 29

The Louisville Metro Council Budget Committee will begin its review of Mayor Greg Fischer's spending plan next Wednesday.

The committee has scheduled several hearings over the coming weeks and will review the health department's funding first with the goal of approving the entire budget by June 18.

Fischer's office will give an overview of revenue, planned projects and operations at a hearing on June 3. The council will also hear from public safety agencies such as the fire, EMS and Metro Police departments.

"This is the first budget where our revenue picture looks much brighter than in years past," Budget Committee Chairwoman Marianne Butler, D-15, said in a news release.  "We have a good working relationship with the mayor and his staff and I do not expect any major surprises as we begin our review."

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Politics
6:12 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Trey Grayson Appointed to Presidential Election Commission

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Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson has been appointed to President Obama's commission to improve U.S. elections, which was first introduced at this year's State of the Union address.

During the 2012 elections, voters across the country complained of long lines and confusion at the polls, and many have called for reforms to the system since the 2000 presidential race.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Bob Stewart Named Kentucky Tourism Secretary

Governor Steve Beshear has named a longtime tourism veteran to oversee the part of his administration that deals with travel and the arts.

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Arts and Humanities
4:06 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer's Budget Calls For Public Art Administrator

Tony Smith's "Gracehoper," one of Louisville's most recognized pieces of public art, is installed on Waterfront Park's Overlook
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Mayor Greg Fischer has included funds for a new public art administrator in his proposed city budget. The budget, which Mayor Fischer proposed to Metro Council on Monday, adds an additional $30,000 to hire a public art administrator to the $500,000 allocated to the city’s arts fund, which provides funding to external agencies.

The new position falls under the objective Mayor Fischer’s six-year strategic plan labels “investing in people and neighborhoods.”

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Politics
2:05 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Senator Joe Donnelly Proposes Creation of Gulf War Memorial

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana

Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, D-In., has introduced a bill to create a monument commemorating the armed service members in the first Gulf War conflict.

The legislation is being co-sponsored by Senator John Boozman, R-Az., and would authorize the government to establish the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial on federal lands within Washington, D.C.

It has been over 20 years since U.S. troops were sent into Iraq to defend the country of Kuwait, and many observers say is long overdue for a landmark.

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Politics
1:43 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Pharmaceutical Company Helps Train Kentucky Law Enforcement to Address Pill Abuse

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A national pharmaceutical company is helping train Kentucky law enforcement on how to address prescription pill abuse in their communities.

Purdue Pharma helps produce some of the prescriptions often abused in Kentucky, including OxyCotin.

This week at an FBI-sponsored conference, Purdue Pharma staff are giving a free training seminar to helping Kentucky health care officials and law enforcement address potential pill abuse.

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Arts and Humanities
12:34 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Forecastle Schedule Released

Forecastle has released the daily schedules for its upcoming festival, so you can start obsessively arranging your three days on Waterfront Park hour-by-hour. The festival kicks off on Friday, July 12 at 4:45 p.m. with folk-rockers Roadkill Ghost Choir (sounds like: Radiohead channels Gram Parsons) on the Boom Stage and American bass pioneer Salva on the dance-oriented Ocean Stage, then wraps at 11 p.m. Sunday, July 14, with closing headliners The Avett Bros. 

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Local News
12:16 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Dalai Lama Speaks With Students on Final Day of Louisville Visit

The Dalai Lama, pictured Sunday in Louisville
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The Dalai Lama called aggression a sign of weakness and compassion a sign of strength as the Buddhist spiritual leader spoke to a group of students in Louisville.

The Nobel Laureate said today that compassion enhances a person's inner strength and self-confidence and reduces fear and distrust.

The Dalai Lama spoke to a crowd at the Kentucky Center for the Arts and fielded questions from a group of Louisville-area students on the third and final day of his Louisville visit.

Local News
11:49 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Comer Hopeful That Federal Farm Bill Will Include Hemp Provision

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer
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Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says a recent legislative setback shouldn't cause hemp supporters to give up hopes of getting the crop legalized. James Comer says he's not surprised that language legalizing industrial hemp wasn’t added to the first drafts of farm bills in the U.S. House and Senate.

Last week, a group of Kentucky U.S. Senators and House members tried--and failed--to get the provision included in the legislation.

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