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2:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Big Dreams, Big Show: 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' at CenterStage

Louisville’s Center Stage opens Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” this week. The musical was the first Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tim Rice collaboration to be staged, but it didn’t really catch on until the two had a smash hit with “Jesus Christ Superstar” in the early Seventies.

The musical tells the Old Testament story of Jacob's favored son Joseph and his twelve jealous brothers. Joseph's a big dreamer -- and his dreams tend to come true -- so when he dreams that he will one day become king, his resentful brothers conspire to sell him into slavery. 

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Politics
12:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Senate Considering Changes to Special Taxing District Reform Bill

Robert Stivers
Credit Legislative Research Commission

A bill aimed at reforming the way special districts are treated in Kentucky is likely to undergo some changes in hands of the state Senate.

House Bill 1 is a partnership between Auditor Adam Edelen and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, based off recommendations Edelen made during his investigation of special taxing districts across Kentucky.

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Education
10:08 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools Students Respond to 'Academic Genocide' Comments

Last week the Jefferson County Board of Education responded to criticism from Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, who referred to the district’s lowest performing schools as “academic genocide.”

At last Monday’s school board meeting District 7’s Chris Brady addressed JCPS staff members, including three principals of low performing schools, asking what the student response has been.

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Local News
9:50 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Officials Urging Kentuckians to Fill Out Transportation Survey

Officials are urging citizens to make their voices heard about Kentucky’s transportation needs by filling out a survey.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Ryan Watts says there’s a February 25 deadline to fill out the survey, which will help the agency update its long-range plans to accommodate the state’s transportation needs.

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Politics
8:55 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Democrats Divided on Ashley Judd, But Supporters Becoming More Vocal

Ashley Judd
Credit Salon

Parallel to the divide between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the Tea Party, Kentucky Democrats are vocally split over actress Ashley Judd running the GOP leader.

Democratic officials, lawmakers and operatives have voiced opposition to Judd, suggesting the Hollywood star is too liberal and would hurt down-ticket candidates. Judd has been described as a "catastrophe" for not only state House candidates but gubernatorial ones in 2015.

But Judd supporters are pushing back.

Former state treasurer Jonathan Miller tells WFPL that Judd could actually defeat McConnell next year, and that her critics represent the Democratic establishment who are trying to repel a threat to their pocketbooks.

"Ashley Judd would be what we call a change agent, she would be someone very new on the scene. And folks in the status quo who are everyday active in politics sometimes fear change, and I think that’s what you’re seeing here," he says.

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Local News
7:15 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Strong Southerly Wind Gusts Expected for Monday; Wind Advisory Issued

Map of Monday's Wind Advisory.
Credit National Weather Service

Strong wind gusts are expected Monday in the Louisville area, leading the National Weather Service to caution motorists driving high-profile vehicles on west-east roadways such as Interstate 64.

The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory for Jefferson County and surround counties in Kentucky and Indiana. It goes into effect at 10 a.m. Monday and expires at 10 p.m.

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Politics
7:00 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Despite Reservations Elsewhere, Kentucky House Moves Forward With Redistricting

Greg Stumbo
Credit Kentucky Legislative Commission

Kentucky House leaders are moving ahead with addressing redistricting this session—despite hesitation from the Senate and pleas from the governor.

The regional caucuses are still working on their areas when it comes to redistricting, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.

But that the main hold up was in eastern Kentucky, where there are large population losses. Despite those issues, Stumbo said his Democratic caucus has voted in favor of finishing redistricting this session.

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Business
12:36 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Maker's Mark Not Lowering Alcohol by Volume After All

Credit Creative Commons

In response to criticism, Maker's Mark has decided not to reduce the alcohol by volume of its bourbon after all.

The distillery had recently moved to 42-percent alcohol by volume; the switch back to the traditional 45-percent alcohol by volume is immediate. The Loretto, Ky., distillery has posted this statement to its website—which Sunday afternoon wasn't loading properly—and Facebook page. 

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Local News
12:27 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Local Food Proponents Discuss the Movement's Challenges, Opportunities

Vassil Wikimedia Commons

Food advocates say Louisville and Kentucky are in prime positions to develop the local food economy and emerge as a leader in the movement.

Author and farmer Wendell Berry, consultant Karen Karp of Karp Resources and Mayor Greg Fischer discussed the region's role in local food yesterday at the library.

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Dutch Artist Explores Function and Dysfunction with Clouds, Landscapes

Berndnaut Smilde's "Nimbus Minerva," 2012.
Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk

The first solo exhibit in the United States by Dutch installation artist Berndnaut Smilde is open at the Land of Tomorrow gallery on Broadway. 

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