Local News
6:34 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Greater Louisville Inc.'s CEO Addresses Layoffs in Open Letter

Craig Richard
Credit File photo

Greater Louisville Inc. is characterizing recent staff reductions as re-focusing on the organization's priorities—"economic development and outstanding member services"—and "not just a cost-cutting measure."

In an open letter, GLI CEO Craig Richard said the cuts—eight staff positions, not including a pair of recent resignations—wouldn't directly harm the organization's teams focused on economic development work for Louisville. He's also instituted a hiring freeze, a travel freeze, a "stringent" expense approval process and other measures.

Read more
7:06 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Authorizes Audit, Appoints Acting Director

The Kentucky State Capitol Building
Credit Wikipedia Commons

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Legislative Research Commission leaders on Wednesday elected a new acting director and authorized an audit of the nonpartisan state agency's operations in the wake of the LRC’s handling of sexual harassment complaints.

Lawmakers—who make up the LRC's leadership panel—chose Marcia Seiler by a unanimous 15-0 vote to replace Robert Jenkins, who was named as interim director last month after the resignation of his supervisor, Robert Sherman.

Read more
6:14 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth Calls for 'Clean' Spending Bill Vote as GOP Support Grows

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Congress

As President Obama meets with leaders in Washington, Kentucky Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth says there is enough support in the Republican-controlled House to pass a so-called "clean" spending bill to end the government shutdown.

But the remaining members of Kentucky's congressional delegation appear unwilling to accept such a plan even as more GOP members are supporting the idea.

"The solution to this crisis is simple: There is enough bipartisan support in the House right now to approve legislation to fund the government, send it to the president’s desk immediately and end this shutdown," Yarmuth told WFPL. "Every day they delay, House Republicans are hurting workers, small business owners, and millions of American families who depend on federal agencies, programs, and services."

House Democrats are pressuring Speaker John Boehner and GOP leaders to put forward a measure that doesn't attach any provisions to de-fund or delay President Obama's health care law.

A tally by The Washington Post shows there are now 21 GOP members who say they are either willing to and leaning towards voting for a "clean" continuing resolution.

That means a bill to fund the government would pass if the 200 Democrats went along.

In order for that vote to take place, however, Boehner would have to break the coveted "Hastert Rule" which forbids legislation that doesn't have the majority of the party in control's support.

A spokesman for Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie says the conservative lawmaker has already supported five "clean" bills that fund specific areas of the federal government.

Read more
Local News
5:00 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

National FFA Convention Returning to Louisville

Credit FFA

The National FAA Convention is returning to Louisville for  three straight years after an eight year absence—and it's expected to bring with it huge economical and community benefits, Mayor Greg Fischer said.

“When it comes to groups we love to have in our city, the FFA is at the top of the list,” Fischer said. “Not only do they bring numbers, but they bring a tremendous excitement and enthusiasm.”

Read more
Local News
4:48 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Indiana Ban on Deer Hunting Farms Rejected

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

A southern Indiana judge has thrown out the state's ban on enclosed deer hunting farms.

Harrison Circuit Judge John Evans ruled the Indiana Department of Natural Resources didn't have the authority in ban the deer farms when its former director, Kyle Hupfer, issued an emergency order doing so in 2005.

Evans issued a permanent injunction prohibiting enforcement of the DNR order. A preliminary injunction had barred it while the case was pending.

Read more
Local News
4:05 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Uncle of Jessica Dishon Charged With Her 1999 Murder

Jessica Dishon

A Bullitt County grand jury has returned an indictment in the long-unsolved murder of a 17 year old Shepherdsville girl.

Jessica Dishon was last seen alive in the driveway of her family’s home in September of 1999.    Her body was found just over two weeks later.

A neighbor was originally charged with her death, but his case ended in a mistrial and the charges were later dropped.

A grand jury today charged the girl’s uncle, 55 year old Stanley Dishon, with kidnapping and murder.      Dishon was already jailed on sex charges.

Read more
Arts and Humanities
3:51 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Object Permanence: Theatre [502] Closes Season with 'Auctioning the Ainsleys'

Cara Hicks and Leah Roberts as sisters Annalee and Avery in Theatre [502]'s production of Laura Schellhardt's "Auctioning the Ainsleys."
Credit Theatre [502]

Wise people say possessions can't make us happy. But in Laura Schellhardt's "Auctioning the Ainsleys," a dark comedy about a family of auctioneers who identify fiercely with the physical objects that surround them, stuff matters.

Directed by co-artistic director Amy Attaway, "Auctioning the Ainsleys" is the final production in Theatre [502]'s third mainstage season.

Read more
2:38 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Marcia Seiler Appointed Acting Director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

Marcia Seiler
Credit Legislative Research Commission

Marcia Seiler will lead the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission while the agency's 16-member leadership panel seeks a permanent director.

Read more
1:43 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Two Kentucky Lawmakers Highlight Government Shutdown's Effects on Kentucky Women

Mary Lou Marzian
Credit Legislative Research Commission

Kentucky state Reps. Joni Jenkins and Mary Lou Marzian are highlighting the effects of the federal government shutdown on women.

The two Democrats were in Washington, D.C., this week meeting with lawmakers and hope Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will keep those adverse impacts in mind as potential negotiations begin.

"Certainly the furloughing of employees—half of those or more are going to be single females who are heads of families—and I don't know how many of your listeners can go without paycheck for a day, a week or possibly longer," said Jenkins, whose district covers parts of western Jefferson County. "That money not coming into our communities is going to trickle down to all sorts of businesses."

Beyond federal workers there is growing concern about social services that could be impacted.

Almost 9 million new mothers and young children rely on programs such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children or WIC. But federal officials have warned funding for WIC could run out in the next week or so.

Observers expect the shutdown to last at least that long even as President Obama is inviting congressional leaders, including McConnell, to the White House Wednesday afternoon to possibly negotiate.

Marzian says the shutdown is a disaster for women on a number of fronts and low-income mothers in particular, adding the blame should be on Tea Party-backed Republicans in the House.

"It's going to really effect women being able to feed their families and pay their rent as these programs run out of money in the next weeks," she says. "But the Tea Party and these right-wing Republicans care nothing about women and children. They only care about themselves and pushing their agenda forward. However, they care about fetuses but once you’re here you’re on your own."

Last year, over 132,000 pregnant women and new mothers in Kentucky received nutrition assistance through WIC programs for their young children.

Read more
All Tech Considered
1:10 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us?

The Bill of Rights as seen at The National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Courtesy of National Archives

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 7:56 pm

This is the third story in our four-part series examining your digital trail and who potentially has access to it. It was co-reported by G.W. Schulz from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Yesterday, we examined how data-tracking companies are monitoring your online behavior. Today we look at your Fourth Amendment rights.

Read more