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4:52 am
Wed January 16, 2013

JCPS Open, On Schedule Wednesday

  After Tuesday night's winter weather, all Jefferson County Public Schools are open and running on their regular schedules. District officials announced the decision early this morning.

City crews began treating the roads last night as precipitation fell.

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Local News
8:56 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

2 killed, 1 injured in Hazard Community & Technical College shooting

Credit Hazard Community & Technical College

Authorities say two people were shot and killed and a teen wounded in the parking lot of an eastern Kentucky community college.

A police dispatcher told The Associated Press the shooting happened Tuesday afternoon at Hazard Community & Technical College in Hazard. The dispatcher spoke on condition of anonymity because the coroner on site was the only official allowed to be quoted by name.

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Local News
4:31 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Pence Budget Proposal Presented To Lawmakers

Gov. Mike Pence is asking lawmakers to spend most of Indiana's cash surplus on a 10 percent cut in the personal income tax.

Pence Budget Director Chris Atkins submitted a two-year spending plan Tuesday with a modest increase for the embattled Department of Child Services and 1 percent more spending for education.

But the new Republican governor limits spending growth in his roughly $29 billion budget to cover the $790 million cost of the tax cut.

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Local News
3:36 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Sleet, Snow, Freezing Rain Heading In Louisville's Direction

Credit National Weather Service

Sleet, snow and freezing rain are possible Tuesday evening into the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning, prompting officials to pre-treat roads.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Jefferson County and surrounding Kentucky counties until 9 a.m. Wednesday. Counties further south — including Hardin — are under Winter Storm Warnings.

The heaviest of the frozen precipitation could shift north or south "depending on subtle changes in temperatures at and just above the surface," the weather service said. 

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Politics
3:12 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Kentucky Health Co-Op Not in Danger After Fiscal Cliff Cuts

One lesser-known aspect of the Affordable Care Act is it’s reliance on state health cooperatives —  which work separate of the state- or federally run health exchange, but are free to offer their own brand of insurance on the exchange.

But recent Congressional deal-making is putting those co-ops in danger.

While states are getting grants to fund their exchanges, co-ops were getting federal loans which had to be paid back within five years.

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Politics
1:53 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

WHAS's Mandy Connell Apologizes for ‘Yellow Star’ Remark

WHAS radio host Mandy Connell

WHAS radio host Mandy Connell has apologized for controversial remarks that compared gun registration to the tagging of Jews in Nazi Germany.

Last week, Connell had a debate with Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth over firearm regulations in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre.

Second Amendment advocates have voice concern over new stricter laws, and Connell said legislation to register legal gun owners could be the first step to total citizen disarmament and was similar Jews being tagged with yellow stars during the Holocaust.

Speaking on her Tuesday morning broadcast, Connell said the comparison was inappropriate.

"It seemed to some that I was making light of the persecution of the Jews in Germany. That is not at all my intention—ever," she says. "I’m well aware of the horrors perpetuated on the Jewish people. And if my comments caused pain or unhappiness or discomfort to those in the Jewish community, I am truly, truly sorry."

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

National Tour Takes 'Flashdance' to Broadway via Louisville

Emily Padgett as Alex in the national tour of "Flashdance - The Musical."
Kyle Froman Broadway Across America

The 1983 movie "Flashdance" wasn’t loved by film critics in its day—too much like music videos, they said. But the film grossed more than $100 million, and the soundtrack spawned a series of top ten hits and an Academy Award for Irene Cara’s “Flashdance—What a Feeling.” 

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Education
12:14 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

U of L Receives Another Large Gift for Capital Campaign, Student Scholarships

Credit File photo

The University of Louisville has received a $6 million gift that will be applied to its capital campaign and will be used for student scholarships.

Half the money is coming from the Henry Vogt Foundation and its president Henry C. Heuser Jr., which has been matched by other donors. U of L officials say it will now rename its Hallmark scholars program the Henry Vogt Scholarships.

Students with a GPA of 3.75 in high school and at least a 30 on the ACT or 1320 on the SAT can apply for the awards which includes full tuition and an annual $3,500 allowance.

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Education
11:56 am
Tue January 15, 2013

PULSE: How Education Activists Are Changing Students' Voices

The Pulse project was formed after a successful student-attended school board candidate forum last year.

Treasure Rogers is one of several Jefferson County Public Schools students who attended a school board forum last year. It was organized by two young education activists who just thought it would be cool to hold a forum in which students could participate.

“I asked a question and the candidates seemed like they really liked the question and they gave great feedback. So I’m like, how can we now act on it because you can’t change nothing if you just say it. You have to make actions to build upon for a change so how can I do that?” she says.

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Environment
11:50 am
Tue January 15, 2013

State Toxic Releases Continue Downward Trend

Credit Courtesy Energy and Environment Cabinet

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection has finished analyzing data of all the toxic chemicals that were released in the state in 2011.

Since 1986, companies have been required to report the number of pounds of toxic chemicals they release into the air, into water and on land, and there’s been a definite downward trend in Kentucky as new regulations go on the books. More than 83 million pounds of toxics were disposed in Kentucky in 2011—about 13 million pounds less than in the previous year.

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