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6:57 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Kentucky Privacy Advocates Concerned About Supreme Court's DNA Ruling

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The ACLU of Kentucky says the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling allowing for the collection of DNA without a warrant poses privacy concerns.

On Monday, the Court upheld a Maryland law allowing law enforcement to take and keep DNA samples from people who’ve been arrested—with or without a warrant.

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Politics
8:21 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Louisville Metro Council Prods Mayor’s Office Over Urban Services

Several Louisville Metro Council members aren't happy with Mayor Greg Fischer for failing to restore previously cut urban services in his new budget proposal.

City chief financial officer Steve Rowland testified at a budget hearing Monday that the city is investing in key areas such as infrastructure and strategic planning.

Fischer had been praised for putting additional funds towards fixing the city's roads, for instance.

But city lawmakers grilled Rowland over why the administration is not using  a projected $3.3 million surplus to bring back two rounds of street cleaning and junk pick-up in the Urban Services District that were cut during the recession.

"It's really hard for me to understand how we continue to implement new programs and spend the taxpayer's dollars when we can't restore services that were in place before merger," says Councilwoman Mary Woolridge, D-3. "It mind boggling to think we can spend $6.4 million to upgrade side walks, roadways and especially bike lanes when we have reduced services in this city. Are we ever going to get money in this budget to restore at least one of these?"

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Education
4:33 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Program Offers Free Stuff to Help Prepare Louisville's Rising Kindergarteners

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Families are being encouraged to take advantage of the Louisville’s 8th annual Kindergarten Countdown program this summer, which will include more ways the region’s youngest incoming students can prepare themselves for school.

Kindergarten Countdown is a way to get parents and students comfortable and thinking about school early. According to screeners, around one-third of Jefferson County Public Schools students are school-ready when they enter kindergarten.

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Arts and Humanities
4:06 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Women's Theatre Company Explores Family Life, Out Loud

Su Crocker and Susan McNeese Lynch in rehearsal for "Motherhood Out Loud."
Eve Theatre Company

Designed to celebrate family while shattering traditional notions of parenthood, “Motherhood Out Loud” is the second production by Eve Theatre Company, a new Louisville stage production company whose mission is to explore the human experience from a female perspective.

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Environment
3:24 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

McConnell's Bill to Block Fishing Barriers Near Dams Becomes Law

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President Barack Obama has signed a bill championed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from restricting access to dams on the Cumberland River.

As I reported last month, the Army Corps proposed blocking access to the dams for safety reasons.

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Local News
2:39 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

U of L Baseball Team Returning to NCAA Super Regionals

For just the third time in school history, the University of Louisville baseball team has reached the NCAA super regionals.

The Cards swept their three regional games last weekend before more than 4,000 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium to advance to the next stage and a chance to go to the College World Series.

It’s U of L’s first super regional appearance since 2009.  

Coach Dan McConnell calls it the reward for a having a great season.

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Local News
12:11 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Danville's Pioneer Playhouse Kicking Off 64th Season

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Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theater will begin its 64th season this weekend. 

Pioneer Playhouse of Danville brings in actors from New York, Los Angeles and other cities to spend the summer in central Kentucky.    It's alumni include John Travolta, Lee Majors and Jim Varney. 

Managing Director Heather Henson says the theater built by her late father Col.  Eben Henson, and her mother, Charlotte, has grown a supportive audience over the years.

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Environment
12:10 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Watch: How Air Pollution Affects Your Lungs

Here in Louisville, we talk a lot about air pollution and the related health effects. We're entering ozone season, and if last year is any indication, there will be some days where pollution levels are so high, residents are encouraged to stay indoors. But for those of us without medical degrees, it's hard to actually picture how pollution is affecting our lungs, and how bad the air in any given place actually is.

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Business
10:02 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Dunkin' Donuts Adding Glazed Doughnut Sandwich to Menu

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NEW YORK — Even as fast-food chains tout their healthy offerings, they're also coming up with fatty new treats to keep customers interested. Case in point: Dunkin' Donuts is adding a doughnut breakfast sandwich to its national menu next week.

The sandwich, which comes with fried eggs and bacon between a split glazed doughnut, will become a part of the permanent menu starting June 7, which the chain claims is "National Donut Day."

Dunkin' Donuts had tested the sandwich in select stores in eastern Massachusetts in April, creating considerable buzz online.

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Local News
8:30 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Milton-Madison Bridge Replacement Entering Final Stages

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Construction of a new Ohio River bridge linking Milton, Ky., and Madison, Ind., is entering its final stages.

Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says starting today or tomorrow, traffic will be rerouted onto the new bridge, which is being built on temporary piers alongside the old span.

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