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1:24 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

REVIEW | "Flashdance-The Musical" Dances for Its Life

Emily Padgett as Alex and Matthew Hydzik as Nick in the national tour of "Flashdance - The Musical."
Kyle Froman Broadway Across America

Broadway has seen no shortage of iconic, music-fueled films adapted for the stage in recent years, to varying degrees of success. “Sister Act” and “Footloose” met with mixed critical responses, but “Hairspray” knocked the ball out of the park, winning eight Tony Awards.  “Flashdance” is the latest Eighties film to get the Broadway musical treatment, and the musical is previewing with a national tour before it makes its way to New York later this year.

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Education
12:59 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Kentucky Attorney General Sues Spencerian College for Alleged Job Placement Misrepresentation

Jack Conway
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has sued Spencerian College for allegedly misrepresenting job placement numbers to consumers.

Conway said Wednesday at a news conference in Frankfort that the for-profit school violated the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act by making unfair, false and deceptive statements regarding the hiring rates of its students.

Spencerian operates two Kentucky campuses — one in Lexington and one in Louisville.

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Environment
12:11 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Deadly Bat Disease Found in Mammoth Cave National Park

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

White Nose Syndrome has been confirmed in Mammoth Cave National Park.

White Nose Syndrome is caused by a white fungus, and is deadly to bats. Since 2006, the fungus has been found in 21 states. The disease has killed more than 6 million bats in four Canadian provinces and 19 states, including Kentucky. Mammoth Cave has been taking steps to keep the fungus out of its caves--like making visitors walk over cleansing mats--but park superintendent Sarah Craighead confirmed the disease's presence today.

From the news release:

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Local News
12:08 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Greg Fischer: Investment Needed to Boost U.S. Skilled Manufacturing Workforce

Manufacturing in GE's Appliance Park in Louisville.
Credit General Electric Pressroom

A rebound in U.S. manufacturing is being inhibited by a lack of skilled workers, Mayor Greg Fischer told a Brookings Institution forum on Tuesday.

Speaking in Washington, Fischer recommended investments in high schools, middle schools and technical colleges for training a new workforce. More investment was also needed to promote manufacturing as an attractive career path, he added.

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Local News
11:35 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Big Four Bridge Receives Final Pieces, Soft Opening Expected in January

Nick Roberts, SpeedDemon2 Photography, www.speeddemon2.com

Officials say the last pieces of the Big Four Bridge will be delivered Thursday and the soft opening is still expected by the end of the month.

Converting the Big Four Bridge into a pedestrian and bicycle pathway is a bi-state project that began in 2011. The project’s soft opening was expected last month but was delayed after metal needed to finish the bridge could not be delivered due to the holidays.

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Politics
11:31 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch Opens Satellite Office in Fairdale Neighborhood

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch, D-13, announced Wednesday she is opening a satellite office in the Fairdale neighborhood to give resident more opportunities to stay in touch with her office.

From Welch's office:

"This office will allow closer contact to constituents and easy accessibility to problem areas in the district," says Welch. "I plan to have this office open on Mondays and Fridays 12 to 5 pm. Come out and see us there!"

The councilwoman will host a grand opening for the new office on January 28 from 2 pm to 5 pm. There will be Metro agencies available for information and light refreshments at this event.

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Politics
10:31 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Congressman Todd Young's Campaign Ad Nominated for National Award

Congressman Todd Young

A television ad aired by Indiana Ninth District Congressman Todd Young's campaign last fall has been nominated for two national awards.

The Reed Awards recognize excellence in campaign management, political consulting and political design across dozens of categories.

Young's ad focusing on his effort to get the name of David "Larry" Deckard inscribed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall have been nominated for Best Republican Congressional Candidate Ad and Best Television Advertisement of 2012.

Watch (again):

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Environment
6:30 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Patients, Widows, Researchers Still Dealing With Toxic Legacy of Rubbertown Chemical

Revis Crecelius, seen here on the day he went to the hospital for surgery.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Seventy years ago, in the early days of Rubbertown, there were a lot of dirty jobs. But no job was dirtier than an entry-level post at the B.F. Goodrich plant. Workers called “poly cleaners” climbed into large vats that had held the chemical vinyl chloride to clean them. And now, decades later, some of these men—they’re all men—have developed serious liver problems. At least 26 of them have developed cancer, and all have died from it.

One of them was Janet Crecelius Johnson’s husband, Revis.

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Local News
4:52 am
Wed January 16, 2013

JCPS Open, On Schedule Wednesday

  After Tuesday night's winter weather, all Jefferson County Public Schools are open and running on their regular schedules. District officials announced the decision early this morning.

City crews began treating the roads last night as precipitation fell.

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Local News
8:56 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

2 killed, 1 injured in Hazard Community & Technical College shooting

Credit Hazard Community & Technical College

Authorities say two people were shot and killed and a teen wounded in the parking lot of an eastern Kentucky community college.

A police dispatcher told The Associated Press the shooting happened Tuesday afternoon at Hazard Community & Technical College in Hazard. The dispatcher spoke on condition of anonymity because the coroner on site was the only official allowed to be quoted by name.

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