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5:45 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Man Dies After Being Shot on TARC Bus

A Louisville man is dead following a shooting on a TARC bus.

The shooting was reported at 3:00 pm today, and officers declared the victim dead on the scene.

Police say the victim was in his late teens or early 20s and the shooter entered the bus, shot, then fled in an unknown direction. No other passengers where injured.

The police do not have any suspects in custody and described the incident as "unusual".

Local News
4:32 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Contempt Motion Against Sexual Assault Victim Who Tweeted About Attackers Withdrawn

Attorneys have withdrawn a contempt motion against 17-year-old Savannah Dietrich of Louisville.

The motion was filed after Dietrich tweeted about the two boys who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her. By naming them, their attorneys said, Dietrich violated the confidentiality of a juvenile hearing. But the filing gathered national attention, and has now been withdrawn.

From the Courier-Journal:

Defense attorneys for two boys who pleaded guilty to assaulting a 17-year-old Savannah Dietrich have withdrawn their motion that she be held in contempt for tweeting the names of her attackers in defiance of a court order.

David Mejia, an attorney for one of the teens, said now that the Louisville teen’s story has gone global because of a Courier-Journal article on Saturday there was no reason to continue the contempt motion.

Local News
3:42 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Indiana Website Offers Immunization Tracking

Photo from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Information for this story also came from the Associated Press

The Indiana State Department of Heath has launched a new website aimed at making it easier for parents to keep track of their children’s vaccination records.

The site, paid for with federal stimulus dollars, is called MyVaxIndiana.

Parents can log into the site with a personal identification number provided by their doctor, health department or child’s school.

Politics
3:12 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Kentucky Club for Growth Releases General Assembly Scorecard

The Kentucky Club for Growth has released its legislative report card for the last two sessions of the General Assembly.

The state chapter is part of the larger conservative political action committee, which advocates for lower taxes, cuts in spending and limited government. Its national scorecards often target Democratic legislators, but it also criticizes Republican lawmakers for being "Republican In Name Only" (RINO) who vote against the club's taxation agenda.

The report card rates only four lawmakers with its top distinction of "Defenders of Economic Freedom" with a score over 85 percent. It gives Republican state Representatives Jim DeCesare of Warren County its top rating overall.

Andy Hightower is the executive director of the Kentucky Club for Growth. He says most Kentucky lawmakers continue to talk about controlling spending, but their rhetoric does not match their votes.

“The people who make decisions are again trying to spend as much as they can despite whatever restraints the revenue levels put on them. I will say this year, the budget reflected these constraints more than in the recent past. The level of spending only increased about 2.7 percent,” he says.

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Local News
12:59 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Four Louisville Radio Stations Up for Sale

The Cox Media Group is selling its radio stations in Louisville.

The Atlanta-based conglomerate has purchased TV stations in Florida and Oklahoma, and will sell its properties in several cities to focus on larger markets. The stations up for sale in Louisville are: 

Local News
12:18 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Kentucky Demolishes First "Visual Step" in Bridges Project

Gov. Beshear and Lt Gov. Jerry Abramson walk past one of the two buildings that will be preserved.
File photo

Several buildings along Main Street across from Louisville Slugger Field have sat empty for more than a quarter of a century. Graffiti decorates the walls inside and outside of the complex, which state officials have deemed contaminated.

The buildings also stand in the way of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Kentucky officials are now celebrating the first "visual step" that shows the $2.6 billion bridge project is moving forward, despite several bureaucratic processes that have yet to play out.

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Politics
10:43 am
Mon July 23, 2012

New Pence Ad Focuses on Jobs

Indiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence launched his latest television ad Monday, which focused on bringing jobs to the state. 

The 30-second spot features Pence recounting to a crowd of supporters how he found himself out of work as a young man with a new family. It doesn't contain specific proposal to attract new businesses, but emphasizes that bringing new jobs to Indiana is a chief priority.

"I want Indiana to be known everywhere as the state that works, with better jobs, bigger paychecks and unlimited opportunities," he says in the ad.

Check it out:

 

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Politics
10:01 am
Mon July 23, 2012

How Kentucky's Health Insurance Exchange Will Likely Work

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear recently signed an executive order to create an insurance exchange for Kentucky. Under the Affordable Care Act, states must create marketplaces in which residents can purchase insurance, or else the federal government will do so for them.

“It’s a lot easier to adapt your policies and regulations to personalize it to your population, so we think Kentucky is in a better position to respond to the needs of Kentuckians,” says Kentucky Voices for Health Executive Director Jodi Mitchell, who believes state-run exchanges are the way to go.

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Education
9:23 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Task Force to Study Teacher Retention

A task force created by the Pritchard Committee for Academic Excellence will meet at the end of this week to begin a year-and-a-half effort to address how to retain an effective teaching workforce in Kentucky.

The Pritchard Committee Team on Teacher Effectiveness will include nearly 30 members made up of legislators, education professionals and other advisors.

The panel will look more broadly at policy issues preventing retention of strong teachers, said Cindy Heine, Pritchard’s associate director.

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Politics
8:30 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Tea Party, MoveOn to Host Debate Over Coarsening Political Dialogue

The Louisville Tea Party and Kentucky MoveOn.org organizers are teaming up to discuss ways to find solutions on divisive political issues.

The two groups will host a debate Tuesday on issues including the national debt and campaign finance reform, with participants seeking to find common ground. It will feature former Republican congressional candidate Larry Hausman, who served on the local Tea Party board, and Kentucky MoveOn organizer Keith Rouda.

Louisville Tea Party President Sarah Durand says the two groups don’t agree on much, but the country’s political dialogue needs to improve.

"It doesn’t have to be all about screaming and getting angry, and you can disagree in a way that’s still very respectful to the other person. And you have a much better chance at coming up with some compromises and some solutions," she says.

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