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5:02 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Pat O'Brien to Talk About His Recovery from Alcoholism at Dinner for The Healing Place

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Friday night, The Healing Place will hold its 9th annual Celebrate Freedom Dinner, marking the success of those who have been helped by the Louisville addiction recovery facility and homeless shelter.

The guest speaker for the dinner is Pat O’Brien of Fox Sports Radio.

Arts and Humanities
3:44 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Convention Brings Theatre Pros, Hopefuls to Downtown

If downtown feels a bit more dramatic than usual next week, it’s not your imagination. It’s more than 4,000 actors, theater designers, producers, administrators, educators and theater students gathering for the country's largest regional theater convention. The annual Southeastern Theatre Conference convention runs March 6-10 at the Galt House.  

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Politics
3:31 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Seniors Rally Against Nursing Home Bill

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FRANKFORT — More than 100 senior citizens and advocates rallied Thursday at the Capitol Rotunda in support of several bills before the Kentucky General Assembly—and against one bill in particular.

They urged Kentucky lawmakers to oppose  legislation that creates a panel to review lawsuits against nursing homes and requires those filing suits to pay fees to submit their case to the panel, said Cathy Murphy, associate state director for the AARP.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Reversing Early Criticism, House Speaker Greg Stumbo Calls Ashley Judd a 'Formidable' Candidate

Ashley Judd
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After dismissing the idea last fall, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is warming to the idea of actress Ashley Judd running for the U.S. Senate in 2014.

Judd has begun reaching out to Kentucky Democratic leaders;  Stumbo said on Thursday that he'll tell Judd that, should she enter, the race is winnable.

"Ashley Judd, if she chooses to get into this race, will be a formidable candidate by the time the race is over I'm convinced of that," Stumbo said.

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Politics
2:42 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Yarmuth Praises Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

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Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth says the passage of the Violence Against Women Act is a major victory for millions of American women.

The House reauthorized the measure with a bipartisan coalition of 199 Democrats and 87 Republicans. After months of delay and public pressure, GOP leaders surprised observers by allowing a vote on the House floor Thursday.

"I was very surprised and very pleased. I think the Republican leadership realized that this was potentially a devastating issue for them if they did not at least allow a vote," says Yarmuth

VAWA’s reauthorization means Louisville groups such as Catholic Charities and the Center for Women and Families will continue to receive federal support.

Those organizations receive about $700,000 in funding from the act, and rely on it to pay for staff positions and legal aide. About $4 million is spent on 45 similar agencies across Kentucky.

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Environment
2:06 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Ex-Massey Executive Implicates Ex-CEO Blankenship in W.Va Mine Case

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A former mine company executive in West Virginia pleaded guilty today to federal charges stemming from the 2010 disaster at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine. David Hughart was the Massey division president overseeing the mine when it exploded, killing 29 coal miners.

From U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office:

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Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Keith Runyon Discusses Kentucky Ties to the Academy Awards

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Keith Runyon, the former Courier-Journal editorial page editor, also takes great interest in film. He discussed Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony—where a couple of Kentucky natives were recipients—recently with WFPL's Jonathan Bastian.

You can listen to the interview here:

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Politics
12:50 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Indiana Senate Leader: States Should Rein In Federal Goverment

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Indiana's state Senate leader says he hopes to stir up support around the country for a new U.S. constitutional convention aimed at limiting the powers of the federal government.

The state Senate voted largely along party lines this week to approve a resolution seeking a state-called constitutional convention. Thirty-three more states would have to call for such a convention, which has never happened before.

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Local News
12:04 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Going Camo for Big East Tournament

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The Louisville Cardinals basketball teams will don camouflage pants for the Big East Tournament, starting on March 8 for the women's team and March 12 for the men's team.

Also, the men's uniforms have short sleeves.

The uniforms come from Adidas and are being called the "adizero uniform system."

Here's how they look:

And here are details—many details—about the uniforms from UofL athletics:

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Politics
11:20 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Senate Committee Advances Fix to 2012 Pill Mill Legislation

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A bill addressing issues with 2012's pill mill bill has cleared a state Senate committee, less than a day after it cleared the full House.

The bill calls off some regulations of the 2012 House Bill 1, which cracked down on prescription pain clinics and abuse. 

It also exempts hospitals and long term care facilities from pulling KASPER reports every time they prescribe medication.

And while some regulations are being pulled back, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said the teeth in the original law are still strong.

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