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Education
2:07 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Two JCPS Elementary Schools Receive Library Grants

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is giving two Jefferson County elementary schools $5,000 grants to support the extension of their library collections and services.

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Politics
1:31 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

D.C. Mayor, Groups Call Paul Hypocrite

DC Vote accuses Paul of abandoning his libertarian principles.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul is being criticized for adding provisions to a bill that would give the District of Columbia more control over its budget.

The D.C. Budget Autonomy Act allows the mayor and city council to pass a spending plan without waiting for approval from Congress. Both Republican and Democratic Senators backed the proposal when it was introduced in April, arguing it would avoid a city government shutdown due to congressional delay.

But Paul introduced several amendments to the bill that would change the city’s gun, abortion and labor laws, and observers argue the legislation will remain in limbo for the rest of the year.

James Jones is a spokesman for D.C. Vote, which seeks full voting representation for residents of the nation's capitol in Congress. He says Paul is overstepping his bounds and betraying his libertarian values.

"Residents of the District are deeply offended by Mr. Paul’s hypocrisy. What seems to be right for the whole rest of the country, which is moving decisions closer to the locality where people seem to know best in the mind of Mr. Paul out on the stump. When it comes to the District of Columbia, he feels he knows best and is using the federal power to come down on us," he says.

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Arts and Humanities
9:24 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Walden Grads Reunite in Mamet's 'American Buffalo'

Walden Theatre graduates reunite on stage in several productions this summer, starting with David Mamet’s “American Buffalo.”

Walden has been turning out well-trained young actors from its conservatory program since 1976. They go their separate ways after graduation, but this summer they’ll have several opportunities to work at Walden again.

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Politics
7:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Scott Launches "Clean It Up" Program

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, is partnering with Metro Corrections and Solid Waste Management to launch a new program aimed at clearing out trash in alleyways.

The "Clean it up" initiative begins Tuesday and will use inmates in a work release crew from the city jail to clean up blight in District 1 neighborhoods. The first area that the program will target will be the Parkland neighborhood where a shooting spree broke out on May 17.

Scott says the program is a chance for inmates to earn back the community’s trust and volunteer in their former neighborhoods.

"To my knowledge what the inmates get is giving back to the community. This is their community service. This is there way of helping to take care of  the neighborhoods where some of them come from,"she says.

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Local News
6:32 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Former Louisville Occupier Attends Philadelphia Rally

Delegates from all of the country’s congressional districts have been invited to Philadelphia this week to participate in a rally addressing concerns similar to the Occupy movement.

Continental Congress 2.0 was created out of an Occupy workgroup, said former Occupy Louisville member Pam Newman, but is considered separate from the national Occupy movement

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Education
5:46 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Work Begins For New Greater Clark Superintendent

Melin begins work on July 2.

Greater Clark County Schools' new superintendent, Dr. Andy Melin, will begin work this week replacing Stephen Daeschner who was hired in 2009 and oversaw significant progress in student achievement.

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Local News
12:30 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Lane, Ramp Closures Continue For Kennedy Bridge Repairs

Motorists who use the Kennedy Memorial Bridge can expect more traffic delays this week as workers continue a major repair project.

Southbound bridge traffic is still down to one lane to allow for some unexpected repair work.    It will be expanded to two lanes on the morning of July 4thbut Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokeswoman Andrea Clifford says they’ll need to shut down an additional northbound lane after that.

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Local News
10:16 pm
Sun July 1, 2012

Storms Leave Thousands of Louisville Residents Without Power

Updated 10:00 am: 438 customers still affected by the power outages.

Updated 6:30 am: Power outages are still affecting over 6,000 LG&E customers.

Storms that passed through Louisville Sunday night left thousands of Louisville Gas and Electric customers without power. At the peak of the outages, more than 10,000 LG&E customers in Louisville had lost power. That number dropped throughout the night, dipping to around 6,000 shortly before 1 am. 

Politics
3:22 pm
Sun July 1, 2012

McConnell Grilled Over What Would Replace Affordable Care Act

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said a top GOP priority will be to repeal President Obama's health care overhaul.

But McConnell faced tough questions about what would replace the law.

When asked by Fox News' Chris Wallace what specifically are Republican lawmakers going to do to provide universal coverage to the uninsured, McConnell replied: "That is not the issue."

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Sports
11:52 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Smooth Sailing To Sparta For NASCAR Fans

Quaker State 400 winner Brad Keselowski (Photo courtesy of Kentucky Speedway)

Officials report no major traffic problems for this weekend's Sprint Cup Series races at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

It was a big turnaround from last year's inaugural event in Gallatin County.

The state and and the speedway spent $11 million on road and parking improvements following last year's gridlock that left thousands of NASCAR fans stranded in traffic on Interstate 71.

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