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1:14 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Proposed Execution Protocol Gets Hearing in Frankfort

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The Kentucky Justice Cabinet heard today from critics of the state’s proposed new death penalty method.

They’re asking officials to make multiple changes to how executions are carried out, now that the state is switching to a one-or-two drug lethal injection.

Public defenders, private attorneys and anti-death penalty activists said during a hearing in Frankfort that the rules Kentucky wants to put into place have multiple problems.  One would not allow condemned inmates to have access to their lawyers on the day of execution.

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Local News
1:00 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Toyota to Fund Early Childhood Program

Automaker Toyota is helping Kentucky schools expand an early childhood learning program.

Toyota is giving $115,000 to open 10 more Born Learning programs in the commonwealth. The program is for pre-kindergarten students and their parents and is meant to prepare children to enter school.

The initial grant will be followed by more funds.

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Arts
12:35 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Author of Catherine the Great Bio to Speak in Louisville

Pulitizer Prize winning author Robert Massie is coming to Louisville this week to talk about his latest work, a highly acclaimed biography of  Catherine The Great, who was empress of Russia for 34 years.   

The 82 year old Massie, a native of Lexington, Kentucky,  has devoted most of his career to writing about Russian royalty

Robert Massie will speak Thursday evening at 7:00 at the main Louisville Free Public Library.

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Local News
11:17 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Louisville's Job, Wage Growth Lag Behind Peers

Louisville still ranks lower than its peers in offering competitive wages, despite excelling in the number of degrees for young professionals.

On Tuesday, the Greater Louisville Project released its new Competitive City Report, which compares 15 cities in education and economic factors.

Louisville leads the pack in four-year college attainment rates for 25 to 34 year-olds the past decade, but it’s second to last for wage growth the past 20 years at 18 percent. Raleigh, North Carolina ranked the highest at 49 percent. 

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Local News
5:33 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Kentucky Among States With Highest Income Inequality

Median Household Incom
U.S. Census Bureau

The latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau places Kentucky in two unfortunate categories.

The commonwealth is among states with the lowest median household income (below $45,000, Kentucky's is around $41,000) and it is among the states with the highest income inequality.

In the first category, Kentucky fits in with most of the states to the south. Only Georgia has a median income above $45,000, making it the outlier in the south, along with Texas. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Baby Horse Blurs Line Between Performance Art and Theater

Jon Becraft, Danielle Burns and Kelli Fitzgibbons in "Biography of Physical Sensation."
Baby Horse Theatre Group

Baby Horse Theatre Group, a new Louisville company, blurs the line between drama and performance art with its first experimental show. Devised from extensive interviews with one ordinary subject, “Biography of  Physical Sensation” tells the story of one woman’s life through her memories.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Coal Executive Threatens to Sue Rep. Chandler for Slander

A coal executive is threatening to sue Congressman Ben Chandler over a recent campaign ad.

Chandler is facing Republican Andy Barr in the November election. Executive Heath Lovell appeared in a Barr ad recently wearing a hardhat and miner's garb.

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Local News
1:45 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

White House Recognizes Louisville's Chief of Innovation

Louisville’s Chief of Innovation and Economic Growth will be honored at the White House Tuesday as of Champion of Change.

President Barack Obama’s Champions program honors community members doing extraordinary things. Nominees are invited to the White House to share their ideas for improving the future.

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Politics
1:36 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Report Shows Kentucky's Debt Continues to Increase

An annual report that describes the state’s financial outlook shows that Kentucky has once again gone deeper into debt.

The report, when compared with past years, shows the state added more than $110 million in debt during the last fiscal year.

Tea Party activist David Adams says that number shows that claims by Governor Steve Beshear that he’s balanced the budget 10 times are false.

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Politics
12:13 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Managed Care Official Criticizes Kentucky's Approach to the Medicaid System

Michael Neidorff, CEO of Centene
Centene

The CEO of a major Medicaid managed care company (MCO) is criticizing Kentucky for the way the state deals with businesses like his.

Michael Neidorff is the CEO of Centene, which operates Kentucky Spirit, one of three statewide MCOs that has managed Medicaid patients for the state since last year.

In a recent call with Wall Street investors, Neidorff criticized Kentucky officials and the mindset they have about what managed care can do for the state.

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