Local News
5:22 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Boil Water Advisory Issued for Southwestern Louisville Neighborhood

Areas under boil water advisory.
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Update 4:55 p.m. Thursday: The boil water advisory has been lifted.

So a Louisville Water Company contractor was working on a water main replacement and the main was cut, causing residents of the Windsor Forest neighborhood to lose water service.

With that, a boil water advisory has been issued Wednesday afternoon for the southwestern Louisville neighborhood "until water quality tests confirm the water is safe to drink." (See map for details on that area.) 

The advisory is expected to be in place "for at least 24 hours," the water company says.

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Local News
5:09 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Louisville Metro Police Officer Accused of Ordering Woman to Expose Herself

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A Louisville Metro Police officer is facing misconduct charges after he allegedly asked a woman to expose herself and later touched her improperly.

Officer Joe Burden is accused of asking the women to partially strip her clothes in October, after detaining her during a call to service and falsely telling her she had a warrant—and that other officers wanted her arrested, according to a criminal complaint summons. She complied.

Soon after, the woman filed a complaint with LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit.

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Local News
4:02 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Report: Kentucky Doctor Shortage Likely to Worsen With Health Care Expansion

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A technology firm hired by the state says the planned expansion of Kentucky’s Medicaid program and the push to help the uninsured get health coverage will likely worsen the state’s shortage of physicians.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced earlier this month that he will expand the state’s Medicaid program to cover an additional 300,000 people, most of them working poor who don’t have insurance coverage.   He’s also ordered the creation of the health benefits exchange to help more than 300,000 others get coverage.

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Local News
3:39 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Ford Cuts Maintenance Days To Produce More Vehicles At Louisville Truck Plant

For the second straight year,  Ford Motor Company will reduce the number of days it shuts down its Louisville Truck Plant this summer for maintenance.

Every year Ford and other North American car manufacturing companies shut down for a couple of weeks to repair, maintain or change their factory lines. Officials say increased sales and higher demand are pushing the American car production, which has been strong.

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Environment
3:32 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Kentucky Coal Employment Hits Lowest Level Since 1950

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A quarterly report shows that the number of jobs in Kentucky’s coal industry has dropped to the lowest level in at least 63 years.

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The Two-Way
2:51 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

GIF Talk: Do You Say It With A G Or A J?

Steve Wilhite, inventor of the GIF file, was given a lifetime achievement award at the 17th annual Webby Awards Tuesday night in New York City. Don't congratulate him the wrong way: To him, GIF sounds like Jif.
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Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 3:41 pm

The kerfuffle Tuesday and today on Twitter about the "news" that the creator of the GIF gets annoyed if he hears someone use a hard "G" when pronouncing the name of his file format triggered our aging memory banks.

Hadn't we heard a while back that GIF creator Steve Wilhite and many other tech types insist it's supposed to be pronounced with a soft "J," like Jif peanut butter?

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Politics
2:27 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Ethics Watchdog Group Requests Councilman Dan Johnson Step Down from Shanklin Removal Trial

Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21

The chairman of an ethics watchdog group is questioning whether Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, should serve as a juror on fellow council member Barbara Shanklin’s removal trial.

The 20-member council court convened earlier this week to schedule a hearing after the Ethics Commission ruled Shanklin violated five provisions of the city’s code of ethics.

City lawmakers will sit as a jury to decide whether to oust Shanklin in a trial beginning July 23.

Last September, however, Shanklin’s attorney Aubrey Williams entered an affidavit alleging Johnson told him the commission was prejudiced against his client, and mishandled the proceedings.

"Johnson called ... and informed me that his wife’s sister’s husband was a friend of a certain Commission   member, who had told the friend that the commissioners were out to get Barbara Shanklin," Williams wrote. "That is to say that they had made up their minds to rule against her. He stated that he did not think they were going to be fair to her when the hearing got underway."

Common Cause of Kentucky Chairman Richard Beliles filed the initial ethics complaint against Shanklin. He  says Johnson’s prior interference in the case raises concerns if the south Louisville Democrat can adequately serve on the jury.

"It’s really important that the public has confidence in whatever jury. So from that standpoint, reading about and hearing about the questions about Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, it would seem to me that perhaps he should consider recusing himself from that jury," he says.

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Education
1:58 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

After Critical State Audit, Valley High School Principal Gary Hurt Demoted

Louisville’s Valley High School will replace Principal Gary Hurt next school year following a state audit that concluded he doesn’t have the ability to turn around the school.

Last month, a Kentucky Department of Education team was at Valley High conducting interviews and observing classes. 

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Shots - Health News
1:40 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Fifteen Years After A Vaccine Scare, A Measles Epidemic

Luke Tanner, 7, gets vaccinated for measles at a clinic near Swansea, Wales, in April. Wales is at the center of a measles outbreak that has been linked to one death.
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Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 5:39 pm

Great Britain is in the midst of a measles epidemic, one that public health officials say is the result of parents refusing to vaccinate their children after a safety scare that was later proved to be fraudulent.

More than 1,200 people have come down with measles so far this year, following nearly 2,000 cases in 2012. Many of the cases have been in Wales.

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Politics
1:32 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Now Heather French Henry? Less Prominent Candidates May Hurt Democrats' Senate Hopes

Heather French Henry
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Now it's Heather French Henry's turn.

The former Miss America has joined a list of half a dozen party activists or leaders waiting for Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to decide whether she'll run in 2014 against Mitch McConnell for his U.S. Senate seat. 

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