Local News
6:36 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Judge Rules Indiana's Right-to-Work Law Unconstitutional

INDIANAPOLIS — A Lake County judge has determined Indiana's right-to-work law violates a provision in the state constitution barring the delivery of services "without just compensation."

Lake Superior Court Judge John Sedia found that the law wrongly requires unions to represent workers who do not pay dues. Indiana became the 23rd state in the nation to ban the collection of mandatory fees for representation from unions.

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Education
6:30 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Withdrawal of Large Donations Rare, but Centre College's Reputation Shouldn't Suffer

Credit Centre College

The failure of a $250-million donation to Centre College to come through is an uncommon event in higher education fundraising, but the Danville liberal arts college should weather it fine, said the leader of a professional organization for education advancement.

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Politics
5:31 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

State Sen. Julie Denton Hopes to Bring 'Integrity' to Louisville Metro Council

State Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, is running for Metro Council
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

Saying she wants to bring integrity to City Hall, Republican state Sen. Julie Denton is forgoing re-election to run for Louisville Metro Council next year.

The surprise move means the longtime state lawmaker is leaving the GOP-controlled Senate, where she currently chairs the chamber’s Health and Welfare Committee, for a council dominated by Democrats.

"I've tried to play well with both sides of the aisle in both chambers while in Frankfort. I've never been a chairman who decided what bills are going to be heard based upon who the support of the bill was," says Denton. "If somebody's got good public policy I think we need to be moving that forward."

Joined by a handful of council Republicans who are supporting Denton's early bid, she is running on a platform to bring transparency and accountability to Metro Government.

Asked about the council's public image in the aftermath of the Barbara Shanklin removal trial, Denton says it was an unfortunate moment in council history that has put a "dark cloud" over the chamber.

"I wasn't there to hear the testimony and only read what was on the news. But based on the fact the majority found her guilty I found it surprising that she wasn't removed," she says.

Denton will be running for the seat currently held by Councilman Jerry Miller, who is leaving the council at the end of his term to make a bid for the state House next year.

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Education
5:20 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Businesses, Individuals Challenged To Join JCPS Reading Program

Every Wednesday during the 2012-2013 school year, employees from Creative Alliance carpooled to Byck Elementary School and spent their lunch hour reading with struggling students.

"It was amazing to me how much of a relationship I developed with my reader," says Mark Rosenthal, creative director for Creative Alliance.

This year, Creative Alliance will do it again, and Rosenthal is calling on more businesses to help Jefferson County Public Schools meet its 1,500 volunteer goal for the Everyone1Reads literacy program. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:24 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Louisville Ballet Opens Season with 'Swan Lake'

The Louisville Ballet

The Louisville Ballet opens its new season with one of the most enduring stories in the classical dance repertoire. “Swan Lake” opens Friday in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall and runs for three performances through Saturday evening.

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Arts and Humanities
3:06 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Quick and Close to the Bone: Marrow Street Theatre Focuses on Short Plays

Patrick White's set for "The Gardeners" in May, Tim Faulkner Building.
Brian Hinds Marrow Street Theater

The one-act play is having a moment. Once a vital component of American theater, the form thrived as curtain-raisers before three-act productions in a time when audiences expected to spend hours at the theater on an evening out. Its  popularity has faded in recent years in favor of ten-minute plays, which abound in Louisville, but following a significant handful of recent local productions, three Louisville theater artists are committed to giving these shorter world premieres a permanent home, too. 

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Politics
1:36 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Republican State Senator Julie Denton Running for Louisville Metro Council

Kentucky State Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Update: State Sen. Julie Denton has announced Monday afternoon that she's running for Louisville Metro Council.

Earlier: Republican state Sen. Julie Denton of Louisville will not seek re-election next year, WFPL News has learned.

A spokesperson for Senate President Robert Stivers told the radio station Denton did not discuss her future plans, but informed Stivers this weekend she will not be filing to retain her east Louisville district seat in 2014.

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Arts and Humanities
12:53 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

'New' Van Gogh Painting Identified; Was In A Norwegian Attic

Alex Ruger, director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, at the unveiling Monday of Vincent Van Gogh's Sunset at Montmajour.
Olaf Kraak AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 11:15 am

A painting that had earlier been thought to be a fake and had been stored for decades in the attic of a Norwegian home has now been identified as a long-lost work by Vincent Van Gogh.

Sunset at Montmajour has been authenticated thanks to "extensive research into [its] style, technique, paint, canvas, the depiction, Van Gogh's letters and the provenance," Van Gogh Museum Director Axel Ruger says in a statement posted Monday by the Amsterdam museum.

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Education
12:43 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Louisville Montessori School Doubles Enrollment

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The Montessori School of Louisville has seen increased interest over the past year, says head of schools Gregory Dixon.

The small program located in Louisville's East End has more than doubled its enrollment to 130 students this year. Dixon says the school has added two classrooms, there are  waiting lists for some programs and he’s been pushed out of his office to make more space.

“Montessori is growing. Montessori movement is growing in North America and the states and specifically in Louisville right now," he says.

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Education
10:13 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Centre College's $250-Million Donation is Withdrawn

Centre College
Credit Centre College

Centre College's $250-million gift—among the largest gifts to higher education in U.S. history—has been withdrawn.

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