Local News
10:53 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Louisville Zoo Again Offering Train Rides

Four years after a derailment that left nearly two-dozen people injured, the Louisville Zoo is again offering train rides.

Director John Walczak says the zoo has spent $800,000 for two new trains and nearly $300,000 dollars on track maintenance.

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Arts and Humanities
10:14 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Free Admission to More Than 20 Kentucky Museums for Military Families

Soldier and knight exhibit at the Frazier History Museum.
Frazier History Museum

Institutions participating in the Blue Star Museums program are opening their doors free of charge to active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day. 

More than twenty Kentucky museums and programs are included in the initiative, including the Frazier History Museum, Locust Grove, the Muhammad Ali Center, the Oldham County History Center and “KentuckyShow!” at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

The Two-Way
8:55 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Pope John Paul II Will Be Made A Saint

Pope John Paul II at Giants Stadium in New Jersey in 1995.
David Ake AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 10:03 am

Pope John Paul II will be made a saint, the Vatican announced Friday, according to Reuters and other news outlets, including Italy's La Repubblica.

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National Security
6:49 am
Fri July 5, 2013

NSA's Reach Leads To Calls For Updated Eavesdropping Laws

National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 10:18 am

The continuing leak of classified information by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has renewed a debate about the U.S. government's power to reach secretly into the personal lives of its citizens.

But there is at least one point on which both privacy advocates and security experts agree: The laws governing electronic eavesdropping have not kept pace with technology.

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Arts and Humanities
6:48 am
Fri July 5, 2013

48-Hour Film Project Celebrates Film on the Fly

Vancouver Film School Flickr

From first screenplay pitch to the world premiere, most films can take years to produce. In Louisville’s 48 Hour Film Project, which kicks off July 19, teams have just two days to write, film and edit a short movie.

Here’s how it works: all of the teams are assigned common elements that have to appear in every film – a line of dialogue, a character and a specific prop. Each team draws a different genre, so filmmakers who are horror buffs might end up assigned to make a romantic comedy. In two days.

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Education
3:10 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Greater Clark Schools Prepares To Give Every 3-12 Student Their Own Computer

This school year, 8,000 GCCS students will each have their own laptop.
Credit Courtesy of Greater Clark County Schools

Greater Clark County Schools is preparing to roll out its new initiative that will put nearly 8,000 laptop computers into the hands of its students.

“This allows learning to take place no matter where the student is at. No matter what the student is doing they will have a device that they can go to, to help them gain access to the wealth of knowledge that is out there,” says Brett Clark, GCCS technology director.

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

New Albany's Public Art Project Celebrates Bicentennial

"New Albany Now," Tiffany Carbonneau, video
Tiffany Carbonneau

New Albany turns 200 years old this year. To celebrate, the Indiana town has unveiled the final pieces of its Public Art Project. The series culminates this summer with a series of outdoor installations exploring New Albany’s history. Nine pieces of public art are currently up in downtown New Albany, including four new works installed last month to complete the four-year bicentennial project.

This year’s four artists are interpreting themes dealing with New Albany’s art, culture and entertainment.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

What Exactly Happened on July 4th, 1776?

Revolutionary Summer

On the Fourth of July, America remembers its founding fathers, and legacy they left behind.

But as I found out speaking with Joseph Ellis, Independence Day is a bit of a misnomer. In fact, exactly when we should celebrate Independence Day is up for debate.

Ellis is one of the most respected historians on the Revolutionary War. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, “Founding Brothers,” and has recently published a new book called, “Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence.”

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Local News
9:57 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Ohio River Bridges Project Prepares For Interstate Lane Closures

Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

Kentucky officials are preparing to close two areas of the downtown Louisville interstate until 2016 to construct the Ohio River Bridges Project’s new I-65 bridge.

The largest closure will be the ramp leading from I-64 East to I-65 South, which will shut down to commuters on July 15.

The exchange gets around 8,000 vehicles per day, but it’s also the least used ramp in the interchange, says Andy Barber, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s project manager for the Bridges Project.

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Local News
9:56 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Louisville Protesters to Ask U.S. to 'Restore the Fourth'

A group plans to protest at noon Thursday at Metro Hall in downtown Louisville against the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs.

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