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12:15 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Judge Will Open Savannah Dietrich Case Files

A Jefferson District Circuit Judge will open the files surrounding the Savannah Dietrich case.

The County Attorney's office confirms that Judge Angela McCormick Bisig has ordered the case to be opened in response to a request filed by the Courier-Journal newspaper

Dietrich, 17, first made national headlines earlier this summer. She was sexually assaulted, then, after a juvenile court proceeding, tweeted the names of her attackers in response to what she felt was too light a sentence from the judge.

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Politics
11:05 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Yoder: Young Stalling On Debate Challenge

In Indiana's Ninth Congressional District race, Democrat Shelli Yoder is calling on Republican incumbent Todd Young to get serious about a series of debates she has proposed.

Last month, Yoder challenged Young to 13 town-hall-style debates, one in each county in the southern Indiana district. In response, the Young campaign called the request a political stunt meant to gain media attention because Yoder's staff delivered a letter requesting the debates only 15 minutes before sending it to the press.

Yoder told WFPL in a recent interview that the two camps met since her initial request, but she now accuses Young's campaign of "stalling" and "wasting time" while voters want to hear the issues.

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Education
8:36 am
Tue August 28, 2012

JCPS Approves Tax Increase

The Jefferson County School Board has approved a 3.4 property tax increase.

The increase was proposed in light of dwindling state and federal funding. It will generate about $17 million for the district, and cost homeowners about $23 for every $100,000 their houses are worth.

The revenue will be used to support the district's dozens of new assistant principals and updates to the JCPS transportation plan.

Arts and Humanities
3:55 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

A Year in the Life of Kentucky's Minor League

A new book about Kentucky’s minor league baseball teams is out. Written by journalist Katya Cengel,  “Bluegrass Baseball” (University of Nebraska Press) is an intimate look inside the 2010 baseball season, starring Kentucky’s minor league teams: the Lexington Legends, the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Florence Freedom and the Louisville Bats. The book documents the highs and lows of the players, groundskeepers, managers and fans of the game’s smaller outfits. 

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Local News
3:41 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Cards and Cats to Renew Football Rivalry Sunday

Photo from kentuckysportsradio.com

The Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats open their football seasons against each other next weekend.

U of L and UK will battle for the Governor’s Cup Sunday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Coach Charlie Strong’s Cardinals are coming off two consecutive bowl appearances and were the Big East co-champions last season.

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Arts and Humanities
3:29 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Opera Ends Another Year in the Black

The Kentucky Opera announced today that the organization ended the year with a budget surplus. This is the third season under general director David Roth that the Opera has come out ahead.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Revised RNC Schedule Still Gives Kentuckians Speaking Slots

National Weather Service

The schedule shuffling at this year’s Republican National Convention won’t cost any Kentucky politicians their speaking slots.

With the first day’s events canceled due to Tropical Storm (soon to be Hurricane) Isaac, at least two Kentucky speakers were in danger of being knocked off the schedule.

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Local News
3:00 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Restrictions on Birth Control Prompt Louisville Medical Practice to Leave KentuckyOne Health

In January, when Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare merged with Lexington's St. Joseph Health System to form KentuckyOne Health, Highlands Family Medicine was part of the deal. But now the Bardstown Road doctors office, which has around 6,000 patients, has announced they'll leave KentuckyOne due to religious restrictions that affect how they can care for patients.

Under KentuckyOne's policies, doctors whose practices had been part of Jewish & St. Mary's aren't allowed to dispense birth control for pregnancy prevention.

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Local News
12:56 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

TARC Increases Frequency of 4th Street Buses

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The Transit Authority of River City is ramping up service in and around downtown.

TARC is increasing the frequency buses arrive and depart along the entire length of 4th Street in downtown Louisville.

North of Central Ave, the 4th Street bus will run every 10 minutes from 6am to 9pm. South of Central, it will run every 20 minutes.

The new schedule has been in effect since August 12. TARC Executive Director Barry Barker says this comes on the heels of increasing the frequency of the number 18 and 23 buses last year.

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Environment
12:32 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Louisville's Air Exceeded Ozone Standard Three Days Last Week

The Louisville Metro area is coming off of a string of bad air quality days, in which ozone levels were high enough to be unhealthy for many people. But relief may be on the horizon.

There were four consecutive air quality alerts called last week, but ozone levels were only high enough to exceed the federal standard on three of those days: Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Air Pollution Control District spokesman Tom Nord says the weather could be tricky to predict this week, but it seems likely Louisville’s ozone levels will remain normal for now.

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