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11:37 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Remembering The 1974 Louisville Tornado, 40 Years Later

Credit © The Courier-Journal

Not long ago I took an afternoon drive through many of the neighborhoods that were ravaged by a violent tornado on the afternoon of April 3, 1974, 40 years ago this month. My deliberate itinerary took me through a trail of tidy, in many cases elegant, neighborhoods — from the Cherokee Triangle north and east through Cochran Hill, Crescent Hill, Rolling Fields, Indian Hills and Northfield.

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11:35 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Report: Company Pushing Biomass Plant in Kentucky Misled About Pollution Rate

Credit Frankie Steel/ Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

This story was reported by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, part of Louisville Public Media. You can find out more and see more stories at the KyCIR website.

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Politics
9:59 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Jabs Mitch McConnell's Personal Wealth at 'Raise the Wage' Rally

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes at a 'Raise the Wage' rally in Louisville, Ky.
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

Saying a minimum wage hike would be a chief priority if elected, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes blamed Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell's personal wealth for his opposition at a rally in Louisville on Tuesday.

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Local News
9:28 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Maryland Beats Louisville 76-73, Advances to Women's NCAA Final Four

Maryland has advanced to the Terrapins' first NCAA women's Final Four since winning the 2006 national championship, holding off Louisville 76-73 Tuesday night in the Cardinals' home arena.       

U of L's Shoni Schimmel scored 31 points in her final game as a Cardinal, missing a tying 3-pointer off the back rim just before the buzzer. Louisville (33-5) missed a chance for a second straight Final Four with the Cardinals' season ending shy of the national championship game they lost a year ago.

Local News
5:27 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Louisville Is Allergy Capital of America…Again

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  It’s spring time in Louisville and that means pollen is in the air.

For the third time in 12 years, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has placed Louisville atop its list of American Allergy Capitals (it was top of the list in 2003 and 2009, too). 

The report takes into consideration a city’s pollen score, the number of allergy medications in use and the number of allergy specialists per patient.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Over a Quarter Million Kentuckians Are Newly-Insured Under the Affordable Care Act

  A vast majority of Kentuckians who have signed up for healthcare plans under the Affordable Care Act are going to be insured for the first time in their lives.

More than 370,000 Kentuckians have signed up for health coverage under the state’s insurance exchange, KyNect. The Governor’s Office reports that the number of enrollees “surged” in the days before the March 31st open enrollment deadline, with about 12,000 signing up for coverage on the deadline.

Here are the key numbers:

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Local News
4:09 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Mercury Ballroom Opening Delayed, First Concert Canceled

Mercury Ballroom on South Fourth Street.
Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

Update: The concert has been canceled due to construction issues. Here's a statement from Live Nation:

Due to an unforeseen construction delay, Okkervil River’s concert on Friday night at Mercury Ballroom has been cancelled.

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Local News
2:01 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Anti-Racism Group Calls for Engagement, Not Police, To Address Louisville Downtown Violence

  The Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression is criticizing Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s plan to respond to  teenage violence in downtown Louisville with boosted police presence and added security cameras.

Since a group of nearly 200 teenagers were responsible for a string of violence in the downtown area on March 22, city leaders have been hosting public and private discussions to develop programs that aim to prevent future outbreaks of violent behavior.

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Local News
1:35 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

State Defunding Attempts Won't Hurt Affordable Care Act In Kentucky, Says House Speaker Greg Stumbo

Credit Legislative Research Commission

Kentucky’s highest-ranking Democratic lawmaker says language in the state’s budget that attempts to pull funding for the Affordable Care Act won’t kill the program.

Kentucky is set to begin paying a portion of the cost for expanded Medicaid and the health-insurance exchange in 2017. Provisions in the recently-passed state budget bar state money from going toward the program.

But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says it's largely symbolic.

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Local News
12:34 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Hunter S. Thompson Joining Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame

Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson will be joining the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame this year.

(We double-checked. It's not an April Fool's joke.)

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