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12:29 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Cancels Remainder of 'Twelfth Night' Run

One of the mantras of the theater business is “the show must go on.” But after abruptly cancelling Tuesday evening’s Shakespeare in the Park performance of “Twelfth Night,” Kentucky Shakespeare announced today that the remainder of the run is off. Producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway also directed the production.

According to a release, an unnamed cast member resigned for personal reasons, and, due to budget restrictions, the production had no understudies to step in:

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Politics
12:14 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Study: Immigration Reform Would Boost Kentucky Revenues By $23 Million

A study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates Kentucky stands to gain $23.2 million in increased revenue should Congress pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

The 50-state analysis assumes that a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country will be included in any legislative package.

That would add around 80,000 new Kentuckians who would fully participate in the state and local tax systems.

According to the study, those immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally are already paying $10.6 billion a year in state and local taxes nationwide, which is $58.8 million in Kentucky.

Supporters of immigration reform argue the added revenue demonstrates creating legal channels for the undocumented helps immigrant and native households, especially in poorer states.

"Some people would be surprised by how much undocumented immigrants already pay in taxes, including sales, property and income. But immigration reform would increase those contributions especially with income tax by creating a legal path for full compliance," says Anna Baumann, a research associate with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, a non-partisan group that studies economic issues in the state.

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Education
12:11 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Indiana Works Out New Restraint and Seclusion Guidelines for Schools

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The Indiana commission in charge of creating  a new set of guidelines for restraint and seclusion policies in schools will meet over the next few weeks to complete its  work.

The policies set the rules for how teachers are supposed to act when dealing with students who are misbehaving to the point where they need to use hands-on or seclusion techniques.

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Politics
10:36 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Businesses Tied to Alison Lundergan Grimes Miss State Reporting Deadline

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
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A pair of Kentucky businesses linked to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes failed to file their annual reports required by her office.

Earlier this week, Grimes's office announced over 156,000 companies complied with the July 1 deadline, but about 41,000—including two run by her father—had not.

From The Lexington Herald-Leader:

Grimes organized both businesses and has an ownership interest in one of them, but her father, former state Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Lundergan, took the blame Tuesday for missing the filing deadline.

Lundergan is listed as the sole officer for both businesses — Glenncase and GCL Properties — in filings with the secretary of state's office. Glenncase, in which Grimes has an ownership interest, involves 11-plus acres on New Circle Road. GCL Properties owns the Carriage House on Limestone Street.

Grimes, a Democrat, is seeking to run against Republican Mitch McConnell for U.S. Senate next year and the GOP is pouncing on this latest story.

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Politics
7:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear Wasn't Clued in on Alison Lundergan Grimes' Senate Plans

Steve Beshear
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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he wasn't given a heads up before fellow Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes announced her U.S. Senate bid last week. But he says he doesn't see it as a slight.

The governor said Tuesday he's eager to help Grimes in her effort to unseat five-term Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014. Beshear himself lost a Senate race to McConnell in the 1990s.

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Environment
7:00 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Pipeline for Natural Gas Liquids Could Cross Kentucky; Here's What You Need to Know

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Over the past few years, more and more of America’s energy has come from natural gas. And much of that gas has come from the Marcellus and Utica Shales, which lie mostly under parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Ohio and Maryland.

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Politics
6:43 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Louisville Businessman Matthew Barzun Selected as U.S. Ambassador to Britain

Matthew Barzun
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President Obama has nominated Louisville entrepreneur Matthew Barzun to be the next U.S. ambassador to Britain.

A major fundraiser for the president, Barzun served as finance chairman for the Obama re-election campaign last fall.

The selection had been rumored since January, when the New York Times noted Barzun, a tech executive, was in the running for the coveted foreign relations position along with Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour.

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Education
5:40 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Shawnee High School Principal Keith Look Submits Leave of Absence

The principal at one of Louisville’s lowest achieving schools is leaving the position for an education organization located in Washington D.C.

Keith Look submitted his leave of absence Monday from Shawnee High School.  It’s effective immediately.  

Look says being a principal is an isolated experience and he’s decided to leave, in part, to challenge his assumptions about education.

Look has been a JCPS principal for a decade. Before taking the helm at Shawnee High, he was at Meyzeek Middle School, which is one of the state’s higher performing schools.

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Local News
5:10 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Kentucky Officials Gathering Data for Health Improvement Plan

Officials are asking for the public’s help in assessing Kentucky’s greatest health needs.

The state Department for Public Health is putting together a State Health Improvement Plan, and is collecting data through an online survey.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Craig Humbaugh says officials want as many people as possible to complete the survey, which asks participants to prioritize needs and areas where more resources should be committed.

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Local News
4:23 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Louisville Meeting Spawns Boy Scouts-Like Group After Gay Members Decision

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A conservative activist is following through with his promise to create an alternative youth organization to the Boy Scouts of America, following  the Scouts' decision to allow for openly gay members.

The yet-to-be-named organization was formed from a private meeting held last month in Louisville. It's leaders announced its forming on Tuesday.

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