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5:59 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Report: GE Considers Selling Its Louisville-Based Appliance Business

Appliance Park
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General Electric is once again looking sell its Louisville-based appliance business, according to a report today by Bloomberg.

Citing “people familiar with the matter,” Bloomberg reports that GE is in talks with potential acquirers about selling the Appliances and Lighting division.

Bloomberg adds:

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Politics
5:48 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Kentucky Independent Ed Marksberry Ends U.S. Senate Bid

Independent Ed Marksberry
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Independent U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry is ending his effort to be on the Kentucky ballot this fall.

In a Thursday announcement, Marksberry, an Owensboro contractor, said he will stop collecting the needed signatures to run as an independent against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.

Citing health problems, Marksberry said he doesn't have the energy to continue and also lacks the funds to hire a team to get the required 5,000 signatures before the Aug. 12 filing deadline.

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Politics
5:31 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Yarmuth Leads Democratic Effort to Craft an 'Action Plan' Ahead of Fall Election

John Yarmuth
Credit U.S. Congress

Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville is spearheading a 100-day action plan that Democrats hope will provide a push to regain the House this fall.

The legislative package unveiled by House Democratic leaders Wednesday emphasizes the middle-class and calls out the Republicans' record of accomplishment.

Among the ideas being pushed are raising the minimum wage, increased infrastructure spending, and creating tax incentives for U.S. companies operating in the country.

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Arts and Humanities
4:58 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

NEA Awards Louisville Grant to Start Artists-in-Corporate-Residence Program

Louisville’s contemporary art chamber of commerce is starting an artist-in-corporate-residence program.  The National Endowment for the Arts awarded IDEAS 40203 a $50,000 Our Town Grant to place artists on project teams inside Louisville-based businesses. 

The grant will help provide seed money to fund the residency program, which will place seven artists on six-week commitments over the course of a year. The program will also seek financial contributions from the businesses benefiting from the program.

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Politics
1:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Pro-McConnell Super PAC Raises $423,700 Over Three Months—But None From Kentucky

Mitch McConnell
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The super PAC supporting Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has once again filed a campaign finance report showing no donations from Kentuckians.

Founded by former McConnell campaign aide Scott Jennings, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership reported Wednesday it had raised just over $423,700 in the past three months.

Unlike a candidate's campaign, federal rules allow super PACs to raise an unlimited amount of money from individuals.

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Arts and Humanities
12:28 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare's Jon Patrick O'Brien Anchors Strong, Traditional 'Hamlet'

Jon Patrick O'Brien as Hamlet, addressing alas, poor Yorick's skull (uncredited) in Kentucky Shakespeare's "Hamlet."
Credit Holly Stone/Kentucky Shakespeare

How well we know “Hamlet,” one of Shakespeare’s most adaptable plays. The tragedy of a young man consumed with revenge for his father’s death is constantly quoted and referenced, gently parodied and violently re-imagined, its best quotes pinballing through art and pop culture. But Kentucky Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” side-steps the temptation to transform, staging a fairly traditional production anchored by Jon Patrick O’Brien’s powerful performance as the young prince.

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Education
11:09 am
Wed July 16, 2014

University of Louisville Continues to Fight to Keep Records From Public View

James Ramsey
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The University of Louisville is still fighting to keep emails, memos and other notes related to a high-profile financial audit cloaked from public view.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which has sought these public records for several months, has filed an appeal with the state attorney general.

Attorney General Jack Conway’s office extended the appeal an additional 30 work days in order to obtain more documentation.

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Politics
9:50 am
Wed July 16, 2014

In Lawsuit Response, Kentucky Pension System Argues Investments Were Legal

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The troubled Kentucky Retirement Systems pension is firing back at a lawsuit filed by a small Northern Kentucky town over what it alleges are “high risk investments."

In June, the city of Fort Wright — population 5,700 —filed a lawsuit against KRS over investments into Wall Street hedge funds with public money, seeking $50 million to cover the losses and to divorce its city and county employees from the state system.

Earlier: Kentucky City Sues State Pension System

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Be Advised: Kentucky's Waterways May Carry E.Coli

Signage warns people not to swim, fish or wade in Beargrass Creek near Beargrass Road and Alta Vista.
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The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is warning swimmers and boaters to stay away from several streams and tributaries in Eastern Kentucky.

The waterways are contaminated with E.coli bacteria, which comes from human and animal waste.

The problem is so extensive that the swimming advisories have been expanded to include all of Kentucky’s lakes and rivers after heavy rainfall.

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Local News
9:20 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Critics Lash Out Against Possible Public Housing Rent Reform Study In Louisville

Critics of the study protest during Tuesday's Metro Housing Authority meeting.
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Louisville Metro Housing Authority officials are considering taking part in a study that, in theory, would eliminate some financial burdens that come with living in public housing.

Residents would not have the choice of opting out of the study, leading to opposition from some Louisville public housing residents and community groups.

Critics spoke out against the agency's possible participation in the study on Tuesday at a housing authority meeting in Louisville.

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