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Education
9:32 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

JCPS Board Narrowly Approves Student Assignment Changes

Four individuals spoke in opposition of the student assignment changes.

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved changes to the district's student assignment plan that will reduce school options but give many students shorter bus rides.

After lengthy discussion Monday night, the board ultimately approved revisions to the elementary school plan that create 13 clusters in which parents can choose schools for their children. The board retained the current six cluster system for middle and high schools, but approved new diversity criteria for all schools.  

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Environment
5:46 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Public Hearing Tomorrow on Pending Permits for Mill Creek Power Plant

Louisville's Air Pollution Control District will hold a public hearing tomorrow to let residents weigh in on two pending air pollution permits.

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Environment
5:36 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Grassroots Website Launches to Update Bowman Field Residents About Tree Proposal

According to Plea for the Trees, these massive oaks along Valletta Road in Seneca Gardens are threatened by the Bowman Field Proposal.
Michael Hayman Plea for the Trees

Residents living near Bowman Field have launched a new website to relay information about a proposal to trim or remove some of the area’s largest trees.

Last year, the Regional Airport Authority announced a plan to trim or remove some of the largest trees near Bowman Field to comply with new federal aviation regulations. Neighborhoods like Seneca Gardens and Kingsley have lots of old trees, and residents were concerned about what the trimming would do to the value of their property —as well as on air and noise pollution.

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Local News
4:57 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Indianapolis Star Asks Why Indiana Must Pay for Kentucky Tunnel

Artist's Rendering Bridges Authority

The Indianapolis Star has a lengthy piece on one controversial portion of the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project...The $200 million tunnel under the Drumanard Estate in Louisville:

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Politics
4:38 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Disputes Between ARH and Coventry Leads to Confusion for Patients

A continued contract dispute between an Eastern Kentucky hospital network and the largest private Medicaid operator in the state is leading to confusion in the region.

CoventryCares and Appalachian Region Healthcare are locked in a legal dispute over a new contract, with another court hearing scheduled for tomorrow.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Gay Marriage Opponents, Supporters Agree Obama Re-Ignites Debate

Gay rights advocates and opponents will debate same-sex marriage on KET’s Kentucky Tonight program Monday with both sides agreeing President Obama's recent support has triggered a new discussion.

In 2004, three-fourths of voters approved an amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage. But gay rights activists highlight a recent survey that shows 83 percent of registered voters in Kentucky now support civil protections for LGBT individuals.

Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman is participating in the KET debate. He says things have changed over the past eight years and revisiting the topic is appropriate given Mr. Obama’s remarks.

"I absolutely believe that President Obama’s support of same gender marriage has reignited the debate across the nation and really opened the door for more support than there ever has been before,” he says. "I think Democrats are proceeding more timidly than they need to be. Everyone in America, including conservatives and independents across the border are in support of full LGBT fairness and equality."

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Politics
1:30 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Mayors of Louisville and Lexington Want to Boost Kentucky's Exports

Kentucky’s two largest cities are looking to help businesses expand their markets.

Louisville and Lexington have formed a business partnership called the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement, or BEAM. On Monday, BEAM officials announced plans for an export service for businesses in each city and along Interstate 64 between them. 

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Local News
1:03 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Arena Authority Seeks New Management for Yum Center

Amanda Donhoff WFPL

The Louisville Arena Authority wants new management of the KFC Yum Center.

The authority voted today to look into dissolving its management agreement with the state fair board and inking a new deal with a private firm.

“When you're trying to manage the Yum Center, the convention center and Freedom Hall, I think it's just hard to focus on controlling expenses at the arena because it's not their first priority," says Metro Council President and authority board member Jim King.

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Local News
12:34 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Supreme Court Puts Kentucky Man Back on Death Row

The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated the death sentence for a 63-year old Kentucky inmate.

The decision overturns an appeals court ruling that granted David Eugene Matthews a retrial three decades after the double murder of his wife and mother-in-law. Matthews now returns to death row. Kentucky is currently in the process of revising its lethal injection procedures, so he will not be put to death until the state chooses a new execution method. Additional information from the Associated Press

Arts and Humanities
9:48 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Kentucky Natives Win Tony Awards

Ashland native Steve Kazee picked up a Tony Award last night for Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Guy in "Once," the Broadway adaptation of the 2006 film an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant who spend a week together writing and playing music. "Once" won eight Tony awards this year, including Best Musical.

Kazee graduated from Morehead State University and has appeared in many television and stage productions, including a run as Sir Lancelot in "Spamalot."

Watch Kazee's emotional acceptance, which he dedicated to his "Once" co-star and his late mother. 

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