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2:20 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Kindred Healthcare buying Gentiva in $719.6M deal

Kindred's building in downtown Louisville.
Credit James McNair/Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Kindred Healthcare Inc. is buying home health and hospice care provider Gentiva Health Services Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $719.6 million, sealing a deal after previous rejections by Gentiva.

Kindred will pay $14.50 per share in cash and $5 of its common stock.

The companies put the transaction's value at $1.8 billion, including the assumption of debt.

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Health
1:37 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

5 Takeaways from the Southern Obesity Summit in Louisville

The Smart Plate advises drinking more water, eating more vegetable and limiting dairy consumption.
Credit Karen Newton

Holding a conference in the state with the fifth-highest obesity rate in the U.S. only seemed fitting. 

The annual Southern Obesity Summit was this week in Louisville. Experts from across the country discussed successes in the fight against obesity and the challenges that still remain—from the foods people eat to the issues that arise from obesity.

Here are a few takeways from my time at the summit:

No Two Plates Are Made The Same

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Politics
10:19 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Federal Judge Hears Libertarian Candidate's Arguments Against KET

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A federal judge is hearing arguments this morning about whether the Libertarian candidate should be included in a televised debate of Kentucky U.S. Senate candidates.

David Patterson sued Kentucky Educational Television for not inviting him to the debate Monday between incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The event will likely be the only time voters will see the two debate on statewide television before the Nov. 4 election.

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Arts and Humanities
10:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

New Documentary Explores the Enduring Appeal of Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali at his Deer Lake training camp (film still).
Credit I Am Ali / Focus World Features

Fifty years after he won his first heavyweight world championship in an upset over Sonny Liston, a new documentary examines the spiritual and personal side of boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s fame.  

Directed by Clare Lewins, “I Am Ali” is a thoughtful and insightful look into the three-time heavyweight boxing champion and Olympic gold medalist who, at 72, is still arguably the most famous American in the world.

The film, from the producers of the Academy Award-winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” opens nationwide this week, and Friday at Village 8 Theatres.

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Commentary
7:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Celebrating the History Surrounding the Belle of Louisville

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Beginning on Tuesday, Louisville will see the largest collection of passenger steamships gathered at its wharf in many years. The Festival of Steamboats, which continues through Oct. 19, is the city’s celebration of the 100th birthday of the Belle of Louisville.

Roughly half of the steamboat's lifetime has been spent as the Belle. In 1962, then-Judge-Executive Marlow W. Cook took the bold step of buying the steamboat (at that time known as the Avalon) at auction for what many in town considered the outrageous price of $34,000.

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Health
6:43 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

As E-Cigarette Bans Gain Steam Across State, No Such Plans in Louisville

E-cigarette
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Lexington could soon become the eighth city in Kentucky to ban e-cigarettes, but it doesn't look like Louisville will follow suit anytime soon. 

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the Urban County Council's General Government Committee voted 8-0 this week to add e-cigarettes to a 2003 citywide smoking ban.

On Wednesday, Louisville Metro Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch said establishing a citywide e-cigarette ban is not on the council's to-do list.

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Environment
2:30 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Louisville Workshop Will Train Citizen Foresters to Plant Trees, Teach Others

One of Louisville's many ash trees.
Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

Area residents interested in learning how to properly plant trees—and training others to do the same—are invited to a citizen forestry workshop this Saturday organized by non-profit Louisville Grows.

Valerie Magnuson, executive director of Louisville Grows, said with the current state of Louisville’s tree canopy, it’s even more necessary to have as many people as possible trained to plant and care for trees.

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Politics
2:21 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

McConnell Has Contentious Interview With Kentucky Sports Radio

Mitch McConnell
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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the host of Kentucky Sports Radio had a series of sharp exchanges Wednesday in a broadcast interview that tackled topics ranging from same-sex marriage to global climate change.

McConnell called in to Kentucky Sports Radio and spoke for over 10 minutes with host Matt Jones, who has made repeated pleas for an interview. McConnell's Democratic opponent in the November election, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, spoke with Jones and KSR in September.

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Musical Coming to Actors Theatre Examines One Couple's 'The Last Five Years'

Jed Resnick (Jamie) with Autumn Hurlbert (Cathy) in the background during rehearsals for Actors Theatre of Louisville's upcoming production of Jason Robert Brown's "The Last Five Years."
Credit Philip Allgeier / Actors Theatre of Louisville

In Jason Robert Brown’s intimate, two-actor musical “The Last Five Years,” the audience meets rising-star writer Jamie as he meets and falls in love with Cathy, a struggling actress. Things go well, until they don’t. But what sets this show apart from the usual failed romance is where Cathy is at the top of the show—she begins the show five years later, at the end of her relationship with Jamie, looking back, then tells her side of the story in reverse chronological order. 

They’re only at the same point in their relationship once, ever-so-briefly.

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Education
10:55 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Kentucky Students Are Taking and Passing More Advanced Placement Tests

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Kentucky has seen a positive trend of more students taking and passing Advanced Placement tests, according to data release recently by the test's administrator.

High school students who score high enough on AP tests can earn college credit. Last school year, 30,133 students took at least one or more of the AP exam that follows completion of an AP course, according to data provided by the College Board.

That's more than double the number six years ago.

And the number of exams students took and passed last school year has also more than doubled during that time.

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