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5:20 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Latinos Join 55,000 Degrees Initiative: Behold 1500 Latinos

 

Louisville’s Latino population is hoping to tackle its portion of the city’s 55,000 Degrees program.

The Behold 1500 Latinos program kicks off Wednesday night, where speakers will share how Jefferson County’s Latino population can overcome “barriers that hinder post-secondary participation.”

The 55,000 Degrees initiative aims to improve education in Louisville by inspiring and supporting 55,000 new college graduates. Last year, the Urban League of Louisville announced that 15,000 of those new graduates will be African-American. Now the Behold 1500 Latinos initiative is doing the same for the county’s fastest-growing population.

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Local News
4:47 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

LG&E Spokesman Keeling Announces Retirement

Louisville Gas and Electric Vice President of Communications and spokesman Chip Keeling has announced his retirement, effective at the end of May. Keeling started at LG&E in 1999 and has served in his current position for the past decade.

Keeling’s decision to retire comes after he was charged with driving while intoxicated after Thunder Over Louisville last month. He has since pleaded not guilty, but police reports say Keeling used a company-issued strobe light to try to bypass traffic, and then claimed he was acting in an official LG&E capacity.

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Arts and Humanities
4:43 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Speed Museum Hosts Horse Sculptor Talk

Deborah Butterfield’s horse sculpture “Burnt Pine” stands seven feet tall, and its spare frame brings to mind reconstructed dinosaur skeletons. “Danuta” is a reclining bronze giant in outline, a tangle of rough bronze.

The two sculptures have joined the Speed Art Museum’s collection and are now on display in “Inside | Out,” a preview of how the museum’s collection will interact with nature when the Speed reopens in 20125 after a $50 million expansion and renovation.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Denton Says Lawmakers Will Remove CoventryCares From Medicaid System if Tough Bargaining Continues

 

Kentucky Senator Julie Denton says the state's largest private Medicaid company is underpaying and threatening healthcare providers, and she says lawmakers may kick the company out of the state Medicaid system if the behavior persists.

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Local News
2:56 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Health Department Looking For More Survey Participants

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness wants more people to participate in a survey that assesses public perceptions of the community’s healthcare providers. 

Information from the survey, mandated under the new federal health care law, will be shared with area hospitals.

The online survey was launched in March.   Health department spokesman Dave Langdon says more than one thousand people have filled it out so far.

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Business
2:41 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Appeals Court Sides With Maker’s Mark in Wax Seal Dispute

A federal appeals court has ruled that Maker’s Mark holds the trademark on the dripping wax seal atop its bottles. 

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a lower court ruling granting the Kentucky bourbon maker a trademark on the seal, which serves decorative purposes only.

The decision comes in a case brought by London-based Diageo North America and Casa Cuervo of Mexico, which used a dripping red wax seal on special bottles of its Reserva tequila.

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Politics
2:40 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Sneak Preview III: Noise & Notes Podcast

On this preview edition of Noise & Notes, I sat down with Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston and LEO Weekly’s Joe Sonka about the scathing audit of former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. It appears the only question left besides how far Farmer has fallen is will the former basketball star and lieutenant governor candidate be prosecuted.

Politics
11:12 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Yoder Will Face Young for Ninth Congressional District Seat

Democrat Shelli Yoder will face Republican Congressman Todd Young in the general election for Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District seat.

The 43-year-old Yoder is a first-time candidate, who works a professional development director at Indiana University's business school. She won the five-way primary race with 46 percent of the vote and beat notable opponents, such as retired Air Force Gen. Jonathan George and Robert Winningham, who was an aide to former Congressman Lee Hamilton.

Politics
11:10 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Mourdock Wins Indiana Senate Primary

Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock has defeated longtime incumbent Dick Lugar in the Republican Senate primary, according to NBC News.

The political obituary of Lugar began at home.

From National Journal:

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Local News
5:56 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Consultants Predict Financial Benefits of Utility Collaboration

The task force studying potential collaborations between several Louisville utilities has one more week to finalize its recommendations to Mayor Greg Fischer. The group heard from a consultant today about some potential financial benefits to a merger.

The utility task force was assigned to analyze the services provided by Metropolitan Sewer District, Louisville Water and Metro Public Works and determine what functions could be consolidated. According to the consultants advising the group, there are numerous financial reasons for at least some type of collaboration.

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