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9:10 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Seven Counties Services Files for Bankruptcy

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Seven Counties Services officials say the organization filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday, threatening the services of more than 32,000 in the region.

In a release sent out by Seven Counties, officials say the organization is "seeking relief from the burden of unsustainable mandatory employer contribution rates imposed by the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS)."

Further, officials say the laws passed this legislative session "did nothing to address the financial burden placed on non-governmental entities like Seven Counties that participate in KERS."

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Environment
7:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Thinking About Burning A Couch if the Louisville Cardinals Win? Don't.

Couch burning in Morgantown, W.Va.
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The University of Louisville’s men’s basketball team will play Saturday in the Final Four, and Metro Police are warning fans to celebrate without lighting couches on fire, as fans are sometimes wont to do.

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Local News
6:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Who is Wichita State and How May the Shockers Beat the Louisville Cardinals?

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The Louisville Cardinals play the Wichita State Shockers on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament national semi-final, begging a question—who is Wichita State, anyway?

They're not a renown powerhouse like the other Final Four teams, Louisville, Syracuse and Michigan, though the program did once appear in the Final Four. In 1965.

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Local News
4:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Should College Athletes Be Paid?

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On Wednesday, Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware spoke at news conference attended by every local media outlet and several national news outlets. They all were curious about Ware's right leg, which he broke in Sunday's Elite Eight game before a national televised audience.

Ware's injury was the news peg used by many writers to discuss how the NCAA treats its athletes. Among those was David Sirota, who wrote in Salon.com:

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Politics
7:26 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

BuzzFeed Ranks Jack Conway Second 'Hottest' Attorney General

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Kentucky Democrat Jack Conway is the second hottest attorney general in the country, according to BuzzFeed. 

How did this arbitrary and meaningless satirical list even come up, one may ask.

Well The Washington Post reported on Thursday President Obama diverged from his prepared remarks at fundraiser to praise California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

The president said: "She’s brilliant and she’s dedicated, she’s tough. She also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general."

"It’s true! C’mon," Obama added.

Not so, says the online news outlet that is known for viral cat videos as much as political reporting.

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Environment
5:37 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Kentucky Releases Revised Selenium Proposal, With Minimal Tweaks

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and environmental groups are still at odds over proposed changes to Kentucky’s water quality standard for a substance called selenium. The state released its revised proposal today.

Selenium is a naturally occurring element that is released into waterways during mountaintop removal mining.  Studies have found it's toxic to aquatic life, and high-level exposure has been linked to health problems in humans.

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Arts and Humanities
5:07 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

LVAA Adds $100 Art Sale to Annual Auction

Every year, the Louisville Visual Art Association partners with the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute to host a high-end art auction to raise funds for LVAA's children’s fine art classes and U of L's Mary Spence Nay Scholarship. This year, they're adding an art sale on the morning of the auction.

The By-Bye-Buy Art Sale begins at LVAA’s @PUBLIC Gallery, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. 

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Politics
4:59 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Former Mitch McConnell Aide, Karl Rove Protégé Launches Kentucky Super PAC

A Kentucky-based Republican operative is launching a new super PAC that observers expect will help Senator Mitch McConnell in the 2014 U.S. Senate race.

GOP strategist Scott Jennings is a former Karl Rove deputy who worked as a campaign aide for McConnell before running Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign in Ohio. He now serves as a chief adviser to Kentuckians For Strong Leadership, which is listed to make unlimited outside expenditures in federal races.

From Politico:

"Kentucky’s a battleground, in some ways, to keep conservative leadership in Washington," Jennings told POLITICO

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Local News
4:49 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Extra Police Planned for Final Four Revelry if the Louisville Cardinals Win

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Louisville authorities plan to have 200 officers ready to mobilize should the Louisville Cardinals win in the Final Four on Saturday and the national championship on Monday.

The plan focuses on the University of Louisville campus, Bardstown Road /Baxter Avenue corridor, Fourth Street Live and western portions of Broadway.

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Education
4:48 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

ACLU to Schools: Stop Letting Groups Hand Out Bibles to Students

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The ACLU of Kentucky is calling on school districts to disclose their practices for letting groups  distribute literature to students during school hours.

Spokeswoman Amber Duke says the ACLU request follows multiple complaints by parents over the past few years in Kentucky. Most recently the superintendent of Logan County Schools has admitted allowing Gideon International to distribute Bibles, saying it was a long-time tradition.

Duke says in the past, the ACLU has dealt with schools individually.

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