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2:56 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Ex-Grateful Dead Drummer "Baffled" By Kentucky Assault Charge

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Police in Harrodsburg, Kentucky have a warrant for the arrest of former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart stemming from an alleged assault after a recent show.

Harrodsburg Police Lt. Chad Powell told The Associated Press on Thursday that the warrant stems from an incident Saturday after a performance by the Mickey Hart Band at Terrapin Hill Farm in Harrodsburg.

In an email from his publicist, Hart says he is "totally baffled" by the assault claim and says it is completely false and without any basis.

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Politics
1:50 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Retirement Official Says Pensions Systems Haven't Used Controversial Placement Agents Recently

After being heavily criticized for their use, Kentucky’s major pension program says it hasn't used a placement agent for three years.

Placement agents are investing middle men that direct pension funds to investment opportunities. Kentucky has not had a good track record with placement agents, who have been accused of mismanaging millions for the pension funds according to a 2011 audit.

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Politics
12:36 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

AARP, Centre College Offering Non-Partisan Discussions Leading to VP Debate

The AARP has announced its sponsorship of the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate Festival at Centre College in Danville next month. 

AARP will offer three discussions over the next month leading up to the Oct. 11 debate.  They’ll focus on Medicare, financial security and Social Security, which are considered key issues to AARP and are featured in Voter Guides released by the organization.

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Local News
12:33 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Update: Power Restored To Most In Downtown, Clifton Outage

Louisville Gas and Electric Company says a downed wire in the East Market Street area caused about 1,900 customers to lose power late this morning.

A spokeswoman says service had been restored to all but about 77 affected customers, with the rest expected to be back online by early afternoon.   

Politics
12:31 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Young Agrees to Two Debates Against Yoder

Republican incumbent Todd Young has agreed to participate in two debates in Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District race, but Democratic challenger Shelli Yoder wants more forums.

The debates will be held at Franklin College in Johnson County and O'Bannon Publishing in Harrison County, but the Yoder campaign alleges Young is ignoring the need for additional debates in populated areas.

Last month, Yoder called for 13 debates in each county across the southern Indiana district.

Yoder campaign manager Katie Carlson says Young sought seven debates when he ran against then-Congressman Baron Hill two years ago, and that the negotiations are ongoing.

"We have not reached an agreement on the number of debates. We believe that more debates are necessary to give voters of the Ninth District an opportunity to hear from both of their candidates for Congress and an opportunity to discuss issues that are most important to them," she says.

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Local News
12:03 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Power Outage Affecting About 1,900 LG&E Customers

Louisville Gas and Electric Company crews are working to restore power to about 1,900 customers in an area that includes the Clifton neighborhood and sections of East Main and Market streets downtown.

A company spokeswoman says all customers should have their power restored by 2:00pm.

The cause of the outage, which occurred last this morning, is under investigation.

Local News
10:12 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Muhammad Ali Receives Liberty Medal Tonight

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Boxing legend and Louisville native Muhammad Ali will be presented with the 2012 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia Thursday night.

The award honors individuals of courage and conviction who strive to represent liberty to people around the world.

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Politics
9:45 am
Thu September 13, 2012

McConnell Recruits Tea Party Campaign Manager for Re-Election Bid

Seeking a sixth term, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has hired a Tea Party strategist who led campaigns for fellow Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

McConnell announced he hired Jesse Benton as his campaign manager for re-election on Thursday despite having no primary or general election opponent. Benton led Congressman Ron Paul's presidential primary race and worked for Rand Paul's Senate bid as well.

"We’re committed to running a presidential-level campaign in Kentucky, and that starts with a presidential campaign manager," McConnell told The Washington Post. "Jesse is literally the best in the business at building and organizing conservative grassroots movements, and I’m thrilled he’s chosen to return to Kentucky to lead my campaign."

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Environment
8:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Environmental, Religious Groups Convene in D.C.

Environmental activists are gathering in Washington D.C. today for an anti-mountaintop removal rally.

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Education
5:01 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Ramsey Says U of L Growing, But Laments Drop In Government Support

University of Louisville President James Ramsey says his institution and higher education in general face an uncertain future as long as government funding continues to be slashed.

Ramsey delivered his annual State of the University address today.

He says while U of L has seen growth over the past year at its Belknap, Shelby and Health Sciences campuses, there have been some setbacks, including another cut in state funding that forced a tuition increase.

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