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3:22 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Does Walmart Fit West Louisville’s Jobs and Economic Vision, Forum Asks

The proposed Walmart on 18th & Broadway
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Does Walmart fit with the vision of west Louisville's economic and jobs plan?

That was a question the Louisville Forum tackled Wednesday afternoon in a debate featuring some of the deal's vocal critics and supporters.

Metro Council Democrats Attica Scott and David Tandy took opposing views on the deal and the need for public subsidies.

The two grappled with what the $25 million project will mean for the area.

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2:29 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Bobby's Kitten Leads a Field of 14 for Saturday's Bluegrass Stakes

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The post positions are set for Saturday’s running of the $750,000 Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington.

Bobby's Kitten is the 3-1 early favorite in the field of 14.

Javier Castellano will ride the Chad Brown-trained bay colt, who drew the fifth post position for the race awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby. The winner earns 100 points, which all but assures a spot in the 140th Run for the Roses.

Bobby's Kitten has three wins and two third place finishes — one of which was in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita.

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Local News
12:42 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's Chief of Staff Stepping Down

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One of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's closest confidants is leaving the Statehouse to start a political consulting firm.    

Bill Smith announced Wednesday he will leave his job as Pence's chief of staff after 16 months effective May 9. Smith has been a top aide to Pence since the Republican was first elected to Congress in 2000.

Pence called Smith's contributions to his administration "incalculable" and thanked him for his service. While Smith's formal work with the governor's office is ending, he is expected to continue as a political adviser.

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Education
11:43 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Education Instigator Diane Ravitch To Speak At WFPL News

Diane Ravitch won U of L's 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Education. She'll speak with WFPL on April 16.

Since working with the U.S. Department of Education, historian Diane Ravitch has recanted her support for many of the country’s education reforms, such as standardized testing and charter schools.

Ravitch is a leading national voice on education issues, and next week she'll will join WFPL and an audience in an exclusive interview to discuss the current and future state of public education.

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Politics
8:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Mum as Staffer Claims 'War on Women' in Kentucky State House

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes
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A statehouse staffer says there is a clear "war on women" being waged in the Kentucky legislature after a questionable decision cleared former state Rep. John Arnold of any ethical wrongdoing.

The scandal is also threatening to entangle U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is in a difficult spot due to her connections to state Democrats involved.

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Education
6:53 am
Wed April 9, 2014

JCPS Holds Workshops in Louisville Neighborhoods Where Kindergarten Readiness Scores Were Lower

The first day of the 2013-14 school year at Shelby Elementary School.
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Earlier this year, Kentucky released results of screeners meant to show what percentage of this year's kindergartners entered with the skills needed for school.

The results showed vast differences in "kindergarten readiness" in children coming from Louisville's many neighborhoods.

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Environment
12:01 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Middle Mississippi River Makes List of 'Most Endangered Rivers' for Flood Control Project

A paddler on the Mississippi River
Ted Heisel American Rivers

The stretch of the Mississippi River that touches Kentucky and Missouri is on one environmental group’s list of the most endangered rivers in the country. American Rivers says the wildlife of the Middle Mississippi River is threatened by a proposed flood control project.

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Politics
8:36 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

What Does 'Equal Pay Day' Mean for Kentucky Women, Especially Minorities?

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President Obama penned a pair of executive actions on Tuesday tied to "Equal Pay Day," acting on an especially important issue for Kentucky women of all races and ethnicities.

The wage rates along gender lines overall are telling.

In the Bluegrass state, women earn 24 cents less than their male counterparts despite their growth in the workforce over the past three decades.

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Politics
4:44 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges

John Arnold
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FRANKFORT—A former state House lawmaker accused of sexually harassing and assaulting three female state employees has been cleared of the ethics charges they filed against him.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Trey Grayson is Leaving Harvard and Hopes to Return to Kentucky

Trey Grayson
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Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is resigning his position as director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Grayson said he hopes to come back to Kentucky to explore “a couple opportunities,” but doesn’t have plans to enter the 2015 race for governor.

“Until my kids get older, I don’t have any interest in running for office in the near term," Grayson said. "So I’m just looking for a good opportunity, and maybe someday I’ll return to elective politics, but I don’t see that in the near term.”

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