Arts and Humanities
4:36 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Speed Art Museum Names New Curator of Contemporary Art

Louisville's Speed Art Museum has hired a veteran curator from New Orleans to manage its contemporary art collection when it re-opens in spring 2016. Miranda Lash, who currently works as the curator of contemporary works at the New Orleans Museum of Art, will start her new job next month, according to the Speed Art Museum. 

The Speed is currently undergoing a $60 million renovation and expansion project, which has closed the main museum building for construction until 2016. 

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Politics
2:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Releases Plan to Tackle Mine Safety, Black Lung Disease

Alison Lundergan Grimes vistited a Floyd County coal mine earlier this year.
Credit Grimes campaign

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes unveiled a plan Thursday to improve mine safety and address black lung diseases—an offensive campaign move on the Kentucky coal issue.

Her plan also takes Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to task for vowing to repeal a key provision in the Affordable Care Act that helps coal miners receive benefits for black lung disease.

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Local News
11:40 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Louisville Memorial Service For 3 Israeli Teens Killed While Hitchhiking

Cantor Sharon Hordes sings "Han'shamah Lach" by Shlomo Carlebach during the memorial service for three Israeli teens.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Louisvillians gathered Wednesday evening at Adath Jeshurun Synagogue in the Highlands to memorialize three teenagers whose bodies were found in Israel on Monday, weeks after they were kidnapped while hitchhiking.

The service for the teens—Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16—was planned by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Louisville Board of Rabbis and Cantors.

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Local News
8:55 am
Thu July 3, 2014

New Face-To-Face Exams Aim To End Medicare Fraud, But Not All in Louisville Think It'll Work

Credit Jay Gorman/Creative Commons

Jean Lonergan has been a Medicare beneficiary since 1998.  She had knee surgery about a decade ago.  She’s also had back surgery and suffers from a spinal disease.

The 71-year-old Louisville resident said she is “fairly savvy” when it comes to dealing with salespeople—but a few weeks ago she invited a medical supplies salesman into her home.

When the salesman left, Lonergan was the new owner of a back brace she didn’t need.

“I knew the thing wasn’t going to work,” she said. 

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The Two-Way
8:54 am
Thu July 3, 2014

U.S. Added 288,000 Jobs In June, Labor Department Says

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 1:27 pm

Analysts' expectations of continued growth in the jobs report for June were surpassed by federal data issued this morning, as the Labor Department says U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs last month. The government released the numbers one day early because of the July 4 holiday.

Update at 8:35 a.m. ET: 288,000 Jobs Added

"Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 6.1 percent," the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

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Local News
6:50 am
Thu July 3, 2014

5 Fast, Flashy Fireworks Facts

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 7:07 am

Fireworks can be:

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Education
5:22 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

University of Louisville Needs To Tighten Financial Controls, Audit Says

University of Louisville president James Ramsey listens as an audit report was given to a Board of Trustees committee.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

The University of Louisville released Wednesday an auditing firm’s long-anticipated report on the school’s financial controls, an analysis prompted by a series of thefts at the institution.

Strothman and Company said U of L needs to hire a chief financial officer, which the school is already trying to do. The institution also needs to ensure all of the university’s computer systems are subject to the same security controls. And it should improve controls over payroll to reduce the risk that fictitious employees could be paid, the report says.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Federal Highway Trust Fund Insolvency Threatens $185 Million in Kentucky Projects

Steve Beshear
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

FRANKFORT— Congressional inaction threatening the solvency of the Federal Highway Trust Fund may cost Kentucky $185 million for projects, drastically changing how the state pays for road construction, Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday.

Beshear and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who was visiting the state, criticized Congress for  inaction that will reduce the amount the highway trust fund reimburses states for roadwork by 28 percent, affecting upwards of 700,000 jobs nationwide.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Prefers Urban-Style Walmart, Has Concern About Cost

Credit Eric Fischer/Creative Commons

Mayor Greg Fischer agrees with neighborhood leaders who favor an urban design for the planned Walmart coming to west Louisville, but he warns the potential for extra cost could be a roadblock.

Last month, a coalition of residents and preservationists held a forum calling on Walmart and the city to build a more urban-styled store to benefit pedestrians and public transit users.

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Education
1:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

University of Louisville Releases High-Profile Audit

Students at the University of Louisville's Belknap campus earlier this year.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

The University of Louisville on Wednesday released a highly-anticipated audit examining the school's financial controls.

Strothman and Company, a Louisville-based firm that is known for working with large governmental organizations, made 17 recommendations for changes. The recommendations including:

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