Local News
4:09 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Financing Options Discussed for New Northern Kentucky Bridge

The Brent Spence Bridge

Transportation officials in Kentucky and Ohio are working on a financing plan for a new bridge linking Covington and Cincinnati. 

They say the bridge, with an estimated cost of $2.5 billion, is needed to ease congestion on the 50 year old Brent Spence Bridge, which carries Interstate-75 and 71 traffic over the Ohio River.  

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Chuck Wolfe says that bridge remains sound and would still carry northbound I-71 traffic.

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Theatre [502]'s 'Auctioning the Ainsleys' Is a YPAS Family Affair

Cara Hicks, Neill Robertson, Leah Roberts, Pat Allison, Lucas Adams, and Erica McClure in Theatre [502]'s "Auctioning the Ainsleys." Roberts, Robertson, and McClure all studied with Allison at Louisville's Youth Performing Arts School.
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It’s been said that actors don’t retire— they just open their next act.

Pat Allison taught drama at Louisville’s Youth Performing Arts School for 31 years before hanging up her grade book last year. Now, she’s back on stage in the upcoming Theatre [502] production of Laura Schellhardt’s “Auctioning the Ainsleys,” a dark comedy about a family of auctioneers. She plays Alice, the matriarch of the Ainsley family.

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Local News
3:40 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Appeals Court Issues Ruling in Holiday World Dispute

An appeals court says the widow of a southern Indiana theme park president isn't required to sell shares in the facility to her late husband's brother.

The ruling issued today upholds a county judge's finding that Lori Koch is the majority shareholder of the holding company that operates Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Ind.

She took control of the shares upon the sudden death of her husband, park president Will Koch, in June of 2010.

Education
3:30 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

U of L Gets 'Clean' Annual Audit Review, Proceeds With More Targeted Audit

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The University of Louisville’s annual audit of its $1.2 billion budget has come back "clean," while the school is moving forward with a more targeted audit following reports of employees’ misuse of  funds.

“To say that it’s a clean audit on a $1.2 billion operation is significant, particularly with the complexity of the university, when you look at 30,000 population of faculty, staff and students,” says U of L’s finance head Susan Howarth.

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Local News
2:54 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Gas-Fired Power Plant Proposed for Western Kentucky

Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities have announced plans to build a new natural gas powered generating plant in western Kentucky and a smaller, solar-powered station. 

Spokeswoman Chris Whelan says the facility planned for Muhlenberg County will be similar to the generating plant being built at the companies’ Cane Run site in Jefferson County.

"It will be 700 megawatts, roughly $700 million to construct," Whelan said.

"And then we’re also proposing we will build a 10 megawatt solar facility at one of our existing sites."

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The Two-Way
2:43 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Suspect Dead, Two Police Officers Injured In Chase At U.S. Capitol

A police officer checks out a car on grass with his canine near the U.S. Capitol on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The Capitol and the White House were placed on lockdown after an 'active shooter' situation was reported.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 9:39 am

We last updated this post at 7:19 p.m. ET.

A woman who authorities say tried to ram a security barrier outside the White House led the Secret Service and U.S. Capitol Police on a high-speed chase that ended near Capitol Hill, where gunshots were fired by police. Congressional lawmakers were briefly ordered to shelter in place, but by 3 p.m. ET, police had lifted the lockdown.

The incident left a suspect dead and two police officers injured. The 1-year-old child who was in the car with the suspect is OK and in protective custody.

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Arts and Humanities
2:27 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Annual Art Show Draws Crowds to Old Louisville

Credit Julie Wilkinson / St. James Court Art Show

 The annual St. James Court Art Show opens this weekend.  Last year's fair drew more than 200,000 visitors to historic Old Louisville. 

More than 700 artists will exhibit and sell their work in the streets around the St. James Court fountain near Central Park. Participating artists are selected by representatives from six different neighborhood groups.

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Local News
12:38 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Rick Pitino Gets Two Words in Before Boston Sports Radio Hosts Hang Up

Rick Pitino
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So Louisville Cardinals men's basketball coach Rick Pitino has a new book out, "The One-Day Contract," and he's been making the media rounds to promote it.

He calls in Thursday to the Boston sports radio show "Toucher & Rich," hosted by Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb. The exchange goes like this:

Toucher : "We are joined by Rick Pitino, former coach of the Celtics, current coach of the Louisville Cardinals who won the national championship. Rick Pitino, hello."

Pitino: "Morning, guys."

Toucher : "You stink. You ruined the Celtics."

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Politics
11:58 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Hot Mic Catches Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Discussing Shutdown Talking Points

Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul at a Tea Party rally in Kentucky
Credit Kenny Colston / Kentucky Public Radio

As a growing number of Americans disapprove of the federal government shutdown, a "hot mic" conversation Wednesday night caught Kentucky Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul discussing how the GOP can avoid blame.

Speaking to McConnell in the midst of Capitol Hill interviews, Paul says if Republicans were to pivot from de-funding President Obama's health care law to seeking an overall "compromise" the GOP will "win this."

McConnell can be heard concurring with Paul that it is bad politics for Democrats to say they won't negotiate, but a recent CBS News survey shows most Americans are still blaming the GOP for the shutdown.

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It is certainly a raw politics moment for Kentucky's two U.S. senators, who have forged an alliance in recent years.

The campaign to elect U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is pouncing on the conversation, calling it a cynical approach in the face of the shutdown's real world impact.

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Politics
10:57 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Senators Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Say Kentucky Not Buying Obamacare

U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell (l) and Rand Paul (r)
Credit U.S. Senate

In a rebuttal to Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's editorial praising the Affordable Care Act, Republican U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul argue Kentucky isn't buying into the president's health care law.

The health exchange dubbed Kynect launched on Tuesday allowing residents to shop for an insurance plan as part of the federal law, better known as Obamacare.

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