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11:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Indiana Meetings Set on New Area Code for 812 Region

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has scheduled a series of public meetings on the addition of a new telephone area code in southern and south central Indiana.

The commission’s Danielle McGrath says because of cell phones and other devices, the region served by the 812 area code is running out of numbers.

"According to reports that we’re receiving, there will be no further numbers available by March of 2015," McGrath said. 

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Kentucky's School Safety Subcommittee to Meet Once More This Week

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The chair of Kentucky’s House Subcommittee on School Safety says the panel does not support arming teachers, despite hearing testimony last week in support of the option.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo created the special subcommittee to address school safety following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Since then, many communities have begun discussing ways to improve school safety.

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Environment
8:08 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Environmental Group Concerned About Indiana Legislation

An environmental group in Indiana is concerned about pending legislation and executive orders it says could reduce the state’s ability to protect the environment and public health.

Jesse Kharbanda is the executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council.

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Education
7:54 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Louisville Author Highlights Effects of Desegregation in Local Schools

A Louisville native and education reporter has authored a new book to be released this week that considers the effects of the Jefferson County Public Schools’ student assignment plan.

Sarah Garland is author of “Divided We Fail”, which draws personal narratives into the conversation of desegregation in the public school system.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Power Pop Love: 'Girlfriend' Musical Opens at Actors Theatre

The iconic cover of Matthew Sweet's 1991 landmark power pop album "Girlfriend."

It’s been called the best power pop album of all time. Matthew Sweet’s “Girlfriend” is a beautiful paradox – a break-up album that is lyrically devastating but sonically optimistic, and it features a killer roster of musicians, including Lloyd Cole, Television’s Richard Lloyd and both members of the Indigo Girls. The 1991 anime-style video made Sweet an MTV star, back when music videos were still the reason to watch MTV.

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Local News
6:23 am
Mon January 28, 2013

GLI Boosts Degrees at Work Effort, But Needs to Play Catch-Up

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Greater Louisville Inc. has increased its efforts to boost its Degrees at Work initiative, which is a partner of the city’s 55,000 Degrees program. 

Since the initiative was created in 2010, the GLI team in charge of the program has been gathering research and sending out survey’s to its member businesses who have expressed interest in connecting their employees with higher education.

“What the surveys do is it helps us determine who the employees are that want to know more about education and how we can assist them,” said Turner Wathan, one of three 

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Politics
12:02 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Poll: Kentucky Parents Favor Raising Dropout Age

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An overwhelming majority of Kentucky parents favor moving the dropout age to 18, a new poll says.

Currently, students can drop out of school at 16 years old with a parent’s permission. But Gov.  Steve Beshear has advocated moving that age to 18.

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Local News
12:01 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Read | Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Report

A poll by  the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky says a vast majority of Kentucky parents support raising the school dropout age to 18. Read the report here:

Arts and Humanities
10:04 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

SAG Award Goes to Jennifer Lawrence

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Another award for J-Law.

Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence  on Sunday night won the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a lead role from the Screen Actors Guild for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook.

Lawrence vied for the SAG Award against Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock) and Naomi Watts (The Impossible).

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Local News
2:44 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

West Louisville Space Gives City Something Rare to Offer—Plenty of Land

Vacant land at 30th and Muhammad Ali.
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The announcement last week that the city had purchased 30 acres in west Louisville with the purpose of redeveloping it spotlights a key issue for job creation in Louisville—the lack of large swaths of land that can be used for advance manufacturing.

The city is buying the acreage at 30th and Muhammad Ali Boulevard from the state for $1.2 million; $750,ooo of which comes from a settlement in an unrelated dispute and the rest from funds set aside for redeveloping brown space. 

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