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3:43 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

American Drama in Three One Acts

Karina Strange and Jon Patrick O'Brien in Pendleton King's "Cocaine."
Savage Rose Theatre Company

Any list of celebrated American 20th century dramatists will include Pulitzer Prize winners Tennessee Williams and William Saroyan. Their work is a natural fit for Louisville's  Savage Rose Classical Theatre, which draws on a classical repertoire covering roughly 2,000 years of theater, from the ancient Greeks to the 20th century modern classics. 

Savage Rose's "American One Acts," which opens tonight in the Kentucky Center's MeX Theatre, features Williams' "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" and Saroyan's "Hello Out There." But it's Pendleton King's "Cocaine" that's the intriguing dark horse,  the kind of lesser-known, infrequently-staged classic that Savage Rose is known for producing.

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Local News
3:28 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Military Base Furlough Notices Going Out This Week

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Military installations in Kentucky and elsewhere have begun receiving furlough notices this week. 

Under across-the-board spending cuts in the federal budget, civilian Defense Department employees must be furloughed 11 days between July and September. 

At Fort Campbell, that affects about 4,000 workers in support roles such as schools and the commissary.  Fort Campbell Public Affairs Director Bob Jenkins says the post is trying to keep disruptions to a minimum.

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Local News
3:25 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The West Sixth-Magic Hat Dispute Concludes

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BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont's Magic Hat brewery says a dispute with a Kentucky brewery over its corporate logo has been resolved.

Magic Hat had sued West Sixth Brewing for trademark infringement over its logo that has a numeral 6 and a star-like symbol. Magic Hat said it was too much like its No. 9 beer label, which has a 9 and a star-like symbol.

The Burlington Free Press reports that West Sixth's co-founder had called the dispute an example of a large corporation trying to bully a smaller company.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Louisville Democratic Chair Would Like Grimes to 'Make Her Mind Up' on Senate Race

Louisville Democratic Party Chair Bill Ryan
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The chair of the Louisville Democratic Party says he'd prefer Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to make a quick decision on challenging Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell next year.

Grimes is scheduled to appear at the party's annual Wendell Ford Dinner in Louisville on Thursday evening, but an announcement on the U.S. Senate race is not expected.

Pressure is mounting on Grimes to decide and attacks from a pro-McConnell super PAC have already been launched in newspaper ads.

Last month, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth told WFPL Grimes needed to make an immediate decision on running or risk hurting the party.

Louisville-Jefferson County Democratic Party Chair Bill Ryan says he doesn’t agree Grimes is doing the party a disservice, but that it would be bet better to know the secretary of state's intentions now rather than later.

"I would like to see her make her mind up in the next few weeks. That would make it a whole lot simpler for the Democratic Party to find other candidates ... that are considering to go ahead and say they’re going to run," he says. "But as far as bullying her, no I’m not going to say she should or should not get into the race. If she wants to take up to January to decide that’s her business."

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Local News
2:34 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Louisville Bar Judicial Evaluations Show Lowest Overall Marks for Olu Stevens, Joseph O'Reilly

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Louisville's lawyers have judged the judges. Most of them, anyway.

The lawyers are most satisfied with James Shake on the Jefferson Circuit Court Stephen M. George on the family court.

They're least satisfied with Olu Stevens on the circuit court and Joseph O'Reilly on the family court.

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Education
1:04 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

How To Prevent Summer Learning Loss Through Quality Programming

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School is out for many area public school students and the concept known as Summer Learning Loss says some of those students will lose week’s worth of skills over the next few months.

Plus, studies show the losses are even greater for at-risk students, who may lose as much as two to three months of reading skills during the summer. Most students lose two to three months in math skills, studies show.

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Environment
12:36 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

AEP Will Invest in Wind Power, Energy Efficiency Under Proposed Agreement in Big Sandy Rate Case

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Under the terms of a tentative agreement, Kentucky Power will invest heavily in energy efficiency improvements in Eastern Kentucky, and convert half of its Big Sandy Power Plant to natural gas.

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Politics
12:20 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Senator Rand Paul Outraged Over NSA Collecting U.S. Citizen's Phone Records

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky.,
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In a blistering statement, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., says President Obama has "sunk to a new low" after reports the National Security Agency has collected millions of U.S. citizen's telephone records.

A story in The Guardian revealed the practice and shows a court order requiring Verizon to provide the NSA with information about calls in its system on an "ongoing, daily basis" from inside county as well as between U.S. customers and people in foreign countries.

The White House is defending the practice as a tool to combat terrorism, but civil liberties advocates say the practice is similar to NSA overreach under President George W. Bush in 2006.

Paul says the president is abusing his executive power, but that the Democratic-controlled Senate failed to put Fourth Amendment protections in the post-9/11 surveillance laws.

From Paul's office:

The National Security Agency's seizure and surveillance of virtually all of Verizon's phone customers is an astounding assault on the Constitution. After revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted political dissidents and the Department of Justice seized reporters' phone records, it would appear that this administration has now sunk to a new low.

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Education
10:52 am
Thu June 6, 2013

JCPS Recognized For Improving Advanced Placement Passing Rates For Black Students

Courtesy of the Broad Foundation

Jefferson County Public Schools has been recognized for the number of African-American students passing Advanced Placement exams.

The gains are slight, but nationwide more black students are being tested in AP but "maintaining the status quo or losing ground" passing rates and/or participation, according to the educational Broad Foundation that release a report this week.

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Politics
8:25 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth: Immigration Talks Will 'Move Forward' Despite GOP Members Exit

John Yarmuth
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Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth downplayed the exit of Republican Raul Labrador from a bipartisan group of lawmakers working on immigration reform.

The House "Gang of 8" was made up of four Republicans and four Democrats, including Yarmuth.

Lawmakers had been meeting in secret negotiations for months, but Labrador's departure came down to whether undocumented immigrants should be required to pay for their own health care on their pathway towards citizenship.

From Politico:

The problem, Labrador said, was an impasse over how the pending legislation would address the issue of health care for undocumented immigrants. That issue had recently emerged as a major sticking point between Democrats and Republicans, and the negotiations had teetered on the edge of collapse at least three times in the last several weeks before drawing closer to an agreement again.

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