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1:00 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

Louisville's Merton Institute Closing Down

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A Louisville-based center that offers spiritual guidance based on the teachings of Thomas Merton will dissolve next week.

The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living will close December 31. It was founded 17 years ago, but Executive Director Vanessa Hurst says the institute does not have the financial means to continue.

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Politics
10:00 am
Tue December 25, 2012

New Leadership in Senate Doesn't Equal Easier Road for Dropout Bill

Damon Thayer
Credit Kentucky Legislative Commission

Three of the chief opponents to raising the dropout age in Kentucky will not return to Frankfort next year.

That doesn't mean a dropout bill is likely to pass in the 2013 legislative session.

State law allows 16-year-olds to drop out of school with parental permission. But education advocates want the law changed to eliminate all loopholes and require dropouts to be 18 or older.

With a new education chairman and new leadership in the Senate, those advocates are hopeful this will be their year.

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Politics
7:00 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Kentucky Legislative Leaders: Pensions Will Be Top Issue in 2013

Greg Stumbo and Damon Thayer
Credit Legislative Research Commission

Figuring out how to finance a plan to shore up Kentucky public employees' pensions will be the General Assembly's greatest task in 2013, two legislative leaders said.

A legislative task force has suggested several ways to brace  state employee pensions, but passing legislation and paying for it will be difficult. Lawmakers' proposals include relying on existing economic growth and raising taxes on Kentuckians with higher earnings.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he hasn't settled on a solution.

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Local News
6:00 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Year-long Renovations Complete at Brown Hotel

Louisville’s Brown Hotel has just undergone a $4 million renovation of its guest rooms.

Hotel manager Brad Walker says all 293 rooms were given a makeover, reflecting the nearly 90 year old hotel’s place in Kentucky’s history.

"So many hotels have the same look room after room, but we’ve got ten different wall coverings in the guest rooms, and a half dozen different drapes and chair fabrics, we’ve got about a dozen different looks there. So from floor to floor and room to room there’s all kinds of colors and flavors and a lot of different looks," Walker said.

Local News
2:00 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Mixed Martial Arts Events Drop in Kentucky Following New Regulations

Credit Courtesy of the Public Protection Cabinet and KBWA

After ranking fourth in the nation for the number of Mixed Martial Arts or MMA events held statewide in 2011, Kentucky has seen a significant drop in the number of fight cards this past year.

Officials say the drop is likely due to economic factors but some say new regulations enacted by the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority--which has regulated the sport since 2007--are the cause.

Last year, Kentucky’s 81 events ranked only behind California, Ohio and Texas. In 2012, there were only 54 events.

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Arts
12:00 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Southern Indiana Historian Releases Book With Favorite Articles of Last 100 Years

A new book by southern Indiana historian Jane Sarles includes a collection of newspaper clips from southern Indiana over the last century. 

Sarles is chair of the Clarksville Historic Preservation Commission and president of the Clarksville Historical Society. She also writes a column in the News and Tribune called “Looking Back.” 

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Local News
11:15 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Ice Skating Under the Big Four Bridge Approach? Maybe.

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Louisville's Waterfront Development Corporation has revised its plans for an ice skating rink at Waterfront Park.

The seasonal rink was originally planned to go up last year at a location on the festival plaza, near the Christmas tree vendors. But funding fell through and complications with utilities in the original location nixed the plans.

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Local News
11:14 am
Mon December 24, 2012

No Snow on Christmas for Louisville, but Maybe on Wednesday

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Louisville looks to have a wet Christmas night -- and maybe snow on Wednesday.

Rain is expected to move into the Louisville area Tuesday evening, and the precipitation would stay until Wednesday evening, said Tom Reaugh, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. The temperature will drop through Wednesday, which means the rain would transition to snowfall as the day goes on.

Louisville may get about an inch of precipitation through Wednesday, Reaugh said. As much as two inches are possible further north. That, of course, could change as Wednesday gets nearer.

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Environment
9:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

TVA Settlement Funds 13 Energy Efficiency Projects

Thirteen Kentucky organizations will receive grant funding next year under a settlement between the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

The TVA settlement money is meant to go to environmental mitigation projects in the TVA service area.

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Politics
7:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Stumbo: Short Session Doesn't Allow for Many Drastic Actions

Greg Stumbo
Credit Kentucky Legislative Commission

The Kentucky House speaker doesn't expect the General Assembly to take drastic action in the 2013 legislative session.

That doesn't mean lawmakers won't have much to discuss when they return to Frankfort on Jan. 8. 

Pension reform and tax reform are up for discussion.

And don't forget that recurring issue of expanded gambling.

But it's an odd-numbered year, when the General Assembly meets for just 30 days.

That short session will limit lawmakers' activity, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.

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