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5:19 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

McConnell Congratulates Obama on Re-Election, But Advises President Move to Center

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, has extended congratulations to President Obama on his re-election, but argues the White House needs to moderate and that voters have not given the president a mandate.

Mr. Obama defeated Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday in the popular vote and soundly in the Electoral College, winning most of the battleground states. It was two years ago when McConnell said that his main objective was to ensure that Mr. Obama would be a one-term president.

But now McConnell says Republicans are eager to hear from the president on how to resolve problems such as the looming fiscal cliff, but he

warns Mr. Obama should propose a way for both parties to work together.

"Now it’s time for the president to propose solutions that actually have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a closely-divided Senate, step up to the plate on the challenges of the moment, and deliver in a way that he did not in his first four years in office," he says.

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Business
3:51 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Calculating Profit and Loss at Fourth Street Live

After receiving roughly $30 million in public subsidies, and after nearly a decade in business, Fourth Street Live hasn't turned enough of a profit to pay Metro Government any dividends.  The entertainment district is run by The Cordish Companies, a Baltimore-based developer. But by their calculations and accounting practices, Fourth Street Live isn't profitable -- at least not to the city per se.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Pence Begins Transition To Indiana Governor's Office

Indiana Governor's Office

Indiana Governor-elect Mike Pence says he’s wasting no time getting started on his transition to office.

Pence and current Governor Mitch Daniels held a press conference today to discuss the process.

The Republican congressman defeated Democrat John Gregg in the gubernatorial race.

The GOP also gained enough seats in the Indiana House on Tuesday to have supermajorities in both legislative chambers, meaning they can conduct business even if no Democrats are present.

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Arts and Humanities
2:52 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Kahlo Play Focuses on Artist, Not Her Marriage

Bellarmine senior theatre major Victoria Reibel as Frida Kahlo.
Bellarmine University Theatre Program

When Bellarmine University theater professor and playwright Carlos Chavarria decided to write a play about Frida Kahlo, he immersed himself in the celebrated surrealist painter's life and work.

“I submerged myself for a year and a half in Frida, Frida, Frida," says Chavarria, who heads up Bellarmine's theater program. "My life has been Frida ever since.” 

But this play has been a lifetime in the making—Chavarria says he’s been fascinated with Kahlo (1907-1954) as long as he can remember. His house is full of Kahlo prints, skeletons and books on the artist's work and life.

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Politics
2:44 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin Walks Out on Ethics Hearing

Shanklin attorney Aubrey Williams addresses the Ethics Commission.

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, left in the middle of her own ethics hearing at the request of her attorney.

Shanklin has been accused of violating five provisions of the city’s ethics code, including using her position to benefit relatives.

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Environment
1:41 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Official Says Two Pike County Coal Mines Will Restart Production

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A coal company plans to restart production at two mines in eastern Kentucky.

Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne Rutherford says 150 coal miners in his county will soon go back to work, but he can’t say for which company.

Rutherford was told the miners had worked at two idled mines in the county, but the company is still working on permits and doesn’t want to make the news public yet. Even so, Rutherford hailed the news as a sign that more coal jobs will be returning to eastern Kentucky.

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Education
12:46 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Ted Gordon: Suit Against JCPS Board Member-Elect David Jones Jr. to Proceed

David Jones Jr.

A Louisville attorney who has sparred with Jefferson County Public Schools for several years says he could file a lawsuit as early as today seeking to disqualify David Jones Jr. from taking the school board seat to which he was elected on Tuesday.

Just before the election, Ted Gordon said he would sue David Jones Jr., who won the District 2 school board seat.

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Local News
12:35 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

P&L Railway Now Making Appointments for Outreach Centers

Louisville Metro

Update 3:30 p.m.: Paducah & Louisville Railway is implementing an appointment system for its outreach centers to people affected by the October train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County.

Here's the news release from a company spokeswoman:

I wanted to let you know that, in order to reduce waits for those visiting our P&L Outreach Centers in connection with the derailment, we are moving to an appointment system.  We also have set up a hotline for questions on issues OTHER than claims. Here are the details:

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Local News
12:26 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

UK's Phillips "Grateful" For Coaching, Playing Opportunities

Fired University of Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips says he hoped to have another season to get the program back on the winning track, but he understands that quicker results were expected.

Phillips, who came to the program 22 years ago as a player, then worked his way up the coaching ladder, made his first public comments Tuesday about the decision to replace him.

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Local News
11:32 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Louisville Metro Corrections Director Testifying in Barbara Shanklin Ethics Hearing

Louisville Metro Council

In  Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin’s ethics hearing today, Louisville Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton is testifying on an ex-offender program that seemingly served few ex-offenders

Shanklin, who represents District 2, has been accused of violating five provisions of the city’s ethics code including using her position to benefit relatives.

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