Environment
5:12 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Obama Lays Out Climate Change Plan; Kentucky Reacts

Erica Peterson WFPL

President Obama’s administration will take new, stricter steps to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The president laid out his plan to address climate change this afternoon; it’s predictably won accolades from environmental groups, but is being attacked by the coal industry.

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Local News
4:28 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Rauch Planetarium to Unveil New Projection System

Rauch Planetarium

The University of Louisville’s Rauch Planetarium will reopen this Saturday with an upgraded projection system.

The planetarium has been closed for a month to allow for the installation of the $215,000 digital system.

Director Tom Tretter says audiences will now get a 360-degree visual experience when watching shows under the planetarium’s 55-foot dome.

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Local News
4:13 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Fort Knox to Endure Deep Staff Cuts

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army is slashing the number of combat brigades from 45 to 33, and shifting thousands of soldiers out of bases around the country as it moves forward with the long-planned move to cut the size of the service by 80,000.

That means Fort Knox will be cut by 3,300 soldiers by 2019, The Courier-Journal reports. Fort Knox had 7,667 in 2012.

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Local News
3:51 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin Files Motion To Delay Trial, County Attorney Says Motion Is Flawed

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Embattled Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin has filed a second complaint in circuit court and is now seeking to delay her removal hearing next month.

The Metro Ethics Commission said Shanklin violated several provisions of the city’s ethics code.  The commission found, among other things, that Shanklin used her position on the council to allocate public funds to a neighborhood organization she oversaw.

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Arts and Humanities
3:38 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

'Making it a 21st Century Place': Ghislain d’Humières on Leading the Speed Art Museum

Ghislain d’Humières accepting his new post as CEO and director of the Speed Art Museum.
Brett Marshall Kertis Creative

Ghislain d’Humières will take the reins as director and CEO of the Speed Art Museum on September 3. He comes to Louisville from the University of Oklahama, where he has been director of the Fred Jones Jr. Art Museum since 2007.

At a press conference today announcing his appointment, board of trustees chair Allan Latts called d’Humières “a super star” whom the search committee found to be a perfect fit to lead the museum into its next phase.

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Education
3:02 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Kentucky School Districts Can Begin Adopting New Dropout Age

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Kentucky school districts can begin adopting new polices today to increase the minimum dropout age to 18.

Under new law, the Kentucky legislature has granted school boards the option to increase the minimum dropout age, which is currently 16. 

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The Two-Way
1:18 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

'Victory' For Landowners At The Supreme Court

Gary Cameron Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 3:12 pm

While the Supreme Court decision knocking down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is getting a lot of attention Tuesday, there's another ruling that's going to be of high interest to property owners across the nation.

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Environment
1:04 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Ahead of Obama's Climate Change Speech, Coal and Environmental Groups React

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President Obama is scheduled to lay out his plan for addressing climate change this afternoon, and politicians and organizations have already begun weighing in.

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The Two-Way
10:31 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision Of Voting Rights Law

Field Director Charles White of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) speaks at a podium outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 4:49 pm

By a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that establishes a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by the Justice Department regarding voting procedures.

The decision focuses on Section 4 of the Act.

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Politics
10:05 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Mitch McConnell's Campaign Parodies While Super PAC Pounces Alison Lundergan Grimes

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes hasn't said if she is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Mitch McConnell, but a pair of preemptive attack ads aren't waiting.

The first is a web video released by the McConnell campaign which mocks Democratic leaders who are trying to get Grimes in the race.

It features impersonators of President Obama, Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman John Yarmuth imploring Grimes to jump in the 2014 contest through a series of voicemail messages. Each have their own motivations, but it underscores how Democrats have been pressuring Grimes to jump in.

The online ad also lampoons other Democrats trying to reach Grimes such as former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Louisville mayor Harvey Sloane, who ran against McConnell in 1990.

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