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12:57 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Beshear Orders Flags Half-Staff to Honor Sikh Temple Shooting Victims

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is ordering that flags at all state government buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims who were killed during a shooting rampage at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin.

The massacre claimed six victims and the alleged gunman has been identified as Wade Michael Page, who has ties with the white supremacist movement. It is has been reported that Page had a criminal record and a "checkered career" in the U.S. military, but was still able to obtain a firearm legally.

Beshear condemned the shooting and said the commonwealth stands with the victims and their families.

"Sunday’s attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin was an appalling and unnecessary act of violence," he said in a news release.  "Kentucky stands to honor the victims of this assault and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and all others who were affected by this tragedy."

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Politics
12:30 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Spotlight on Rand Paul Gets Brighter With Convention Speech

U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator Rand Paul will continue to build his national profile with a speech at the Republican National Convention later this month.

A speaking slot at a convention is usually a springboard for wider national appeal. Senator Paul is a rumored running mate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and a potential presidential candidate in 2016.

But Paul may have been selected for another reason.

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Local News
12:23 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Madison County Judge Appointed To Indiana Appeals Court

A Madison County, Indiana circuit judge has been appointed to the state Court of Appeals.

Governor Mitch Daniels today selected Judge Rudy Pyle to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Carr Darden. 

The 42 year old Pyle is a former Madison County prosecutor and state police trooper.  

The Indiana Court of Appeals has 15 members representing five districts.  This is Daniels’ third appointment to the court. 

Environment
12:02 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Another Day of Unhealthy Air Expected Wednesday

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Quality Alert for ozone for the metro area tomorrow.

The Air Quality Index is forecast to be 111--which is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

There's another Air Quality Alert in effect today, and the ozone levels are expected to reach levels that are unhealthy for everyone.

For hourly air quality updates, call 574-3319.

Education
11:08 am
Tue August 7, 2012

U of L Dean J. Blaine Hudson Takes Leave of Absence Due to Illness

J. Blaine Hudson has been dean of U of L's College of Arts and Sciences since 2005.
University of Louisville

The University of Louisville's College of Arts and Sciences Dean, J. Blaine Hudson, is taking a leave of absence following cranial surgery.

Hudson sent a message Monday night [below] through assistant dean John Ferre. The e-mail, which was forwarded to college staff, said Hudson had undergone cranial surgery and will now take time to rest. The prognosis remains positive, he wrote, but officials expect him out indefinitely.

“We don’t know how long he’s going to be gone and let me be really clear, we are expecting him back," said U of L provost Shirley Willihnganz.

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Politics
10:30 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Rand Paul Will Speak at Republican Convention

Given a position over his father, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is listed as one of the speakers at the Republican National Convention that will officially make former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney the party's nominee.

From CBS News:

In an effort to reach out the libertarian and Tea Party-minded members of the Republican Party, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, the son of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, will also have a speaking role.

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Politics
5:31 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Council Mulling Fischer Landmarks Veto

The Louisville Metro Council could override Mayor Greg Fischer's veto of contentious changes to the landmarks ordinance this week, but one member says the administration is twisting lawmakers' arms.

The legislation amended several provisions of the four-decade-old law that governs historic site declarations, but Fischer agreed with preservationists that the changes politicized the process and violated the separation of powers between the council and mayor's office.

Since city and county governments merged in 2003, there have been four mayoral vetoes of council measures and lawmakers have never mustered the necessary two-thirds vote to override.

Councilman Kelly Downard, R-16, who voted for the landmarks bill, says lawmakers have bipartisan agreement this time and should overturn the mayor's decision in part because Fischer is overstepping his bounds.

"The vote Thursday is not going to be about the ordinance again, it's going to be about overriding a veto. So there are other issues that come into play beyond the merits of the ordinance itself," he says. "And I'm hoping we end up with the 18 votes that we need. I just think (Fischer's) attempting to usurp some power of the council and I'm not exactly sure why. This is not a major issue for him to pull out the veto power."

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Politics
5:22 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Judge Sets Hearing in Christian Health Care Group Controversy

The dispute between a Christians-only health plan and the Kentucky state government will result in a court hearing later this month.

Medi-Share is a Florida-based ministry. Members can pay into the plan, then withdraw funds to pay medical bills. The state Supreme Court has classified Medi-Share as an insurance company that is not allowed religious exemptions to state law. Recently, the dispute garnered the attention of local tea partiers, who took Medi-Share's side.

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Education
2:50 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

JCPS Prepares to Screen Kindergarten Students

Jefferson County Public Schools is one of 107 Kentucky school districts that will use screeners this year to improve education for their youngest students.

The state adopted the BRIGANCE kindergarten screener offered by Curriculum Associates, which is being piloted this school year and planned to be implemented in all districts by the 2013-2014 year.

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Local News
2:31 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Hiring Underway For State Fair Jobs

Applications are now being accepted for hundreds of job openings at the Kentucky State Fair.

The ten-day fair begins next week and spokeswoman Amanda Storment says they’re hiring maintenance staff, admission gatekeepers tour guides and other personnel.

"We need as many as 800 temporary workers in addition to 200 full-time workers we have here," Storment said.

Wages start at $7.25 per hour and vary with position.   Hiring will continue during the fair, which runs August 16 through 26.

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