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7:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

The Big Break: A Face in the Crowd

On our audio diary series The Big Break, we hear from Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks on staging the market scene in Act Two of "Romeo and Juliet," opening March 1, and studio artist Brad Raymond discusses his role in the chorus of "Don Giovanni," his final role with the Kentucky Opera. 

Learn more about our audio diarists, who report in every Thursday on life in Louisville's performing arts companies. 

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Louisville Journalist Jonathan Katz on Shortcomings of Haiti Disaster Aid

Jonathan Katz
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In January of 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck Haiti—one of the nations least prepared to handle it. Jonathan Katz, a Louisville native, was the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti at the time.  He was inside his house when it buckled, along with hundreds of thousands of others.

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Environment
9:20 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

In Public Meeting, Some Say Louisville's Draft Sustainability Plan Doesn't Go Far Enough

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s sustainability plan was both praised and panned at a public meeting tonight. Many people thought the plan needed to be bolder, while others applauded the attainable goals that were set.

Fischer released the plan last month. It sets an agenda for the next several decades in categories including energy, transportation and the environment.

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Politics
6:23 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Resolution Honoring Late Councilwoman Judy Green Faces Opposition

A resolution in the Louisville Metro Council honoring the late Judy Green is facing opposition, according to its sponsor.

Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, introduced the non-binding measure in the Community Affairs committee this week.

Green died last month from a heart attack and the resolution praises her for adopting nearly a dozen children and being a foster mother to over 50. The resolution says Green "loved all people” and had an "unyielding generosity" towards District 1 constituents.

In 2011, Green became the first council member booted from office for violating the city’s code of ethics, specifically the mismanagement of taxpayer funds.

Scott says residents were looking for a way to honor Green’s memory and move beyond the controversy, but a handful of city lawmakers raised concerns.

"I explained to my colleagues on council that (Councilwoman Green) being removed from office occurred before I got here," says Scott. "My tenure should not be tainted by what happened previously."

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Politics
6:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Gunning for Three Bills, Fairness Campaign Hopes at Least for Kentucky House Hearing

Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

FRANKFORT — Seeking the passage of three pieces of legislation protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation, more than 200 people rallied on Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda with Kentucky's Fairness Campaign. 

Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Democrat of Louisville, is  sponsoring a bill that would prevent employers from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation. The bill, along with Senate Bill 28, would also make it illegal for landlords and real estate agents to discriminate on those grounds.

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Politics
5:48 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Rand Paul Reticent About Potential Tea Party Challenger to Mitch McConnell

Rand Paul and Matthew Bevin
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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul isn’t sure if Louisville businessman Matthew Bevin would pose a problem for Mitch McConnell in a primary election.

The wealthy investor acknowledged an interest in taking on McConnell and has been in discussion with Tea Party groups. A Bevin spokeswoman said several individuals have voiced "frustration with their current representation" in Washington.

Speaking in downtown Louisville on Wednesday, Paul says he has been following news reports about the race but hasn't had a chance to speak with Bevin directly.

"I haven’t had any real discussions with him or others about it other than to say I’ve heard the same rumors," says Paul. "I’ve met him before and I’m pretty sure he’s a supporter of mine."

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Environment
5:22 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Coal Without Emissions? A Breakthrough in Chemical Combustion Technology

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Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a way to extract energy from coal without burning it, eliminating the greenhouse gases which are usually emitted from the process.

From OSU:

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Local News
5:21 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Garry Wills asks: 'Why Priests?'

There’s been a lot of talk about the resignation of the Pope, and the state of the Catholic Church.

And it’s likely, my guest, Gary Wills, takes one of the more controversial positions in his new book: “Why Priests? A Failed Tradition.”

Wills is a prolific author, scholar of religion and spent five years in a Jesuit Seminary.

In his new book, he argues that there is no evidence in the bible or early Christian documents for the creation of a Priesthood. But rather, it was an invention, created after the death of Christ. Check out my conversation with Wills:

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Education
4:57 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Kentucky Students Make Strides in AP Testing

The College Board

Over 12,000 Kentucky public high school graduates took an Advanced Placement exam last year, according to new data released Wednesday by the College Board.

That’s nearly a 75 percent increase from Kentucky’s graduating class five years ago. Half of those students--or 6,067--received a high enough score to qualify for credit at the college level, which is a benefit of taking AP courses and exams.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

University Bonding Bill Passes Both Chambers, Likely to Be Signed by Governor Immediately

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A bill allowing most of Kentucky's public universities to start more than $360 million in bonding projects has officially cleared both legislative chambers.

The Senate passed the bill 36-1 today, with Sen. John Schickel, a Union Republican, as the lone dissenting vote. 

The bill allows six of the state's eight public universities to start projects such as dorm renovations, construction of academic buildings and renovation of Commonwealth Stadium.

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