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2:25 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Koch Family Members In Legal Battle Over Control of Holiday World

A judge has placed control of Indiana’s Holiday World theme park in the hands of the widow of the park's late president.

A Vanderburgh County circuit judge has ruled that Lori Koch is majority owner of the holding company that operates Holiday World & Splashin' Safari. She's the widow of former park president Will Koch, who died in June 2010.

Dan Koch had served as Holiday World's president following his brother's death, but Lori Koch fired him after the judge's ruling.

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Arts and Humanities
1:31 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

REVIEW | Raw Truths, Compelling Performances in 'The Whipping Man'

Frankie Alvarez (Caleb), Michael Genet (Simon) and Biko Eisen-Martin (John) in "The Whipping Man" at Actors Theatre of Louisville
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Meredith McDonough makes her directorial debut in her new role as associate artistic director at Actors Theatre of Louisville with a powerful production of Matthew Lopez's heartbreaking Civil War drama "The Whipping Man." Set against the backdrop of the days between General Lee's surrender at Appomattox and President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, "The Whipping Man" is the riveting emotional story of thre

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Politics
1:30 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Congressman Thomas Massie Defends Vote Against Sandy Relief Funding

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky.
Credit U.S. Congress

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., is responding to an attack by state Democratic Party Chair Dan Logsdon, who chastised freshman congressman for voting against federal relief for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

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Local News
12:32 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Louisville Should Develop South Fourth Street Corridor, Urban Land Institute Fellows Say

Courtesy of the Urban Land Institute

Visiting fellows from the Urban Land Institute have laid out plans for improving Louisville’s Fourth Street corridor and say the city should focus efforts first on the area they call SoBro — between downtown and Old Louisville.

There are four main sections to the corridor: downtown Louisville, SoBro (south of Broadway), Old Louisville and University of Louisville/Churchill Downs. Louisville’s challenge: How can Louisville create an identity for, improve connections between, and foster desired development along the diverse districts of the Fourth Street corridor?

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Politics
11:17 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Leaders Undecided On Whether to Delay Redistricting

Kentucky legislative districts approved in 2002.
Credit Legislative Research Commission

Kentucky legislative leaders say they haven't responded yet to Gov. Steve Beshear’s request to delay General Assembly redistricting in the 2013 session.

Senate President Robert Stivers says his leadership team has not yet decided on a response and that many in his chamber are conflicted on when to address redistricting.

“And we all have varying opinions on what needs to be done and when it needs to be done and one thing I don’t think we need to do is a special session,” he says.

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Environment
6:30 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Rubbertown Odor a Nuisance, But is it Illegal? Hard to Tell

In Rubbertown, industrial and residential areas coexist.
Erica Peterson WFPL

All of the major factories in Louisville's Rubbertown area have permits that allow them to put specific amounts of certain chemicals into the air. But when residents report unpleasant smells, it’s hard to know where they’re coming from and whether a factory is violating its permit.

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Politics
10:01 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

City Highlights Progress on Demolitions, Foreclosures of Vacant Properties

Joined by Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, and other city officials, Mayor Greg Fischer says Louisville Metro Government is increasing its efforts to tackle vacant and abandoned properties.

The demolition of abandoned properties went up by 30 percent in 2012, and city officials are aiming to foreclose on another 100 homes by June 30. According to different housing reports, Louisville has an estimated 7,000 vacant homes and approximately 1,300 of those are abandoned.

Fischer is spending $125,000 in the current city budget to file those foreclosures, and says the goal is to reduce the number of abandoned properties by 40 percent in the next three years and 67 percent over the next five.

"This is one of those projects that is so big it's easy just to throw up your hands and say it's been going on for decades, and we can't do anything about it. Well, I want to say that if you live next to an vacant or abandoned properties and the weeds are six feet tall, I can tell you that it is not an acceptable answer to say there's nothing we can do about this," he says.

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Politics
6:35 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Metro Council President Jim King Announces Committee Leaders for 2013

Louisville Metro Council President Jim King
Credit Louisville Metro Council

Louisville Metro Council President Jim King, D-10, announced Thursday the chairs and vice chairs of the council's committees for 2013.

Along with the standing committees and two ad hoc panels created last year, King says a new Intergovernmental Committee will be formed. 

Councilman David Yates, D-25, suggested the creation of the new panel, which will work to strengthen the council's relationship and ties with state lawmakers in Frankfort and federal leaders Washington D.C.

"This  will work to build a relationship with our Jefferson County legislative delegation and make recommendations for change to our state governance statutes under (state) law that created merged government," King said in a news release. "I anticipate this committee will also work with the mayor’s office to review other statutes that affect Metro Louisville, such as local option taxes and federal issues as well."

The committee leaders are as follows:

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Politics
5:20 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Education Week Ranks Kentucky in its Top 10

Last year, Kentucky was 14th in the nation; In 2010 it was 34th, according to the report.
Courtesy of Education Week

Education Week, a national publication dedicated to education issues, has ranked Kentucky in the top ten on its annual Quality Counts report measuring education policy and achievement indicators.

The improvement in ranking was praised Thursday by Gov. Steve Beshear and Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday who credits the ranking in part to Senate Bill 1 and the state’s new accountability system.

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Politics
4:38 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

WHAS's Mandy Connell on Gun Registration: 'Why Don’t We Make Them Wear Yellow Stars'

WHAS radio host Mandy Connell

In a tense exchange over gun control, WHAS radio host Mandy Connell told Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., some regulations could be the first step in total citizen disarmament.

Yarmuth has co-sponsored a bill that would ban high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and is a proponent of other regulations in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre.

In an on-air interview with Yarmuth on Thursday, Connell said responsible gun owners should also be concerned about further regulations, and compared attempts to register legal gun owners to the Nazi regime tagging Jewish Germans.

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