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11:54 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Kentucky State Senate President David Williams Says He'll Take Judgeship If Picked

David Williams' tenure as president of the Kentucky State Senate -- and political adversary to Gov. Steve Beshear -- may soon end.

Williams is among three nominees selected Thursday by the Judicial Nominating Commission for the open 40th Circuirt Court judgeship, and he said he'd take the job if chosen. The other nominees are Angela M. Capps and Stephen Douglas Hurt.

"I am appreciative of the nomination and if the Governor appoints me, I will accept the position," Williams said in a statement released soon after the nomination was announced.

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Politics
11:52 am
Thu October 25, 2012

A Timeline of David Williams' Career

Williams Bio

59 years old.  Native of Burkesville.

Graduate of University of Kentucky (undergrad) and University of Louisville law school.

Attorney by trade, but shuttered law practice for good in 2011 to run for governor

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11:09 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Violence Prevention Task Force Releasing Report This Afternoon

Louisville's Violence Prevention Task Force will release its recommendations and findings to the public and Mayor Greg Fischer this afternoon.

The 37-member task force was created by Fischer after a series of brazen shootings this year in the Parkland neighborhood.

The report includes a range of topics like education, health and community-building.

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Politics
10:57 am
Thu October 25, 2012

The FEC Letter to the Brooks Wicker Campaign

The Federal Election Commission is warning Brooks Wicker, the Republican nominee for the Kentucky Third District, that his October Quarterly Report is late. Read the letter here:

Politics
10:55 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Federal Election Commission Scolds Brooks Wicker for Late Finance Report

The Federal Election Commission has warned Republican congressional candidate Brooks Wicker about an overdue campaign finance report, which could result in civil penalties.

As first reported by LEO Weekly's Joe Sonka, the FEC wrote a letter warning the GOP challenger that he has failed to file his third quarter receipts and disbursements and has four days to comply. The report was due October 15.

The FEC goes on to say that any "failure to timely file this report may result in civil money penalties, an audit or other legal" action.

"All documents have been reported to the FEC," says Wicker campaign manager Michael Wray. "I spoke with (FEC analyst Chris) Ritchie today, and the matter will be resolved shortly."

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Environment
10:35 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Coal Mining Costs are on the Rise

There are lots of factors playing into declining coal production in Central Appalachia: low natural gas prices, high stockpiles of coal after a warm winter and new environmental regulations.

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Politics
9:10 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Rand Paul to Speak to Rotary Club in Louisville

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul
U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will address the Rotary Club today amid a heated campaign season, with a closely contested presidential race and a heated race for U.S. Senate just north in Indiana.

Arts and Humanities
8:30 am
Thu October 25, 2012

The Big Break: A Break in Routine

  • Samantha works in the literary department, Claire kicks back in the dancers' lounge and Brad's family comes to town.

This week on our new audio diary series, "The Big Break," Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach pulls a shift in the literary department and sees herself in the incoming ten-minute play scripts. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks takes us inside the dancer's lounge, while Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond balances family time with the rigors of the stage. 

Learn more about our audio diarists, who report in every Thursday about life in Louisville's professional arts companies.

Politics
7:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Anti-Abortion Advocates Defend Mourdock, Pro-Life Views

Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has ignited a national firestorm for his abortion comments this week, but pro-life activists are coming to the GOP nominees defense and see the remarks as a chance to explain their views.

Democrats and Republicans have pounced on Mourdock after he said that pregnancies resulting from rape should not be an exception to an abortion ban because it is the will of God. At a press conference Wednesday, Mourdock stood by his position, but he explained that he abhors rape and apologized if anyone "came away with the wrong impression" from his statement.

Anti-abortion activist Rebecca Kiessling is a spokeswoman for Personhood USA. She says pro-life voters are are proud that Mourdock stood up for life against abortion even in cases of rape, and that critics are deliberately exaggerating his comments to score political points.

"Of course he was saying that the life of the child conceived in rape was created by God. And I believe that he’s in line with the overwhelming majority of Americans and Hoosiers who understand that God is the author of life," he says.

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Local News
4:14 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

EKU's Rugby Team Suspended During Hazing Investigation

Eastern Kentucky University officials have suspended the school’s club rugby team following hazing allegations.

Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Mike Reagle says the suspension means more than not playing games. The student-run team cannot meet, practice, have parties or do anything together as a group. Reagle said the prohibition is for the safety of team members.

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