Arts and Humanities
9:27 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Green Building Gallery Hosts Louisville Women in Arts Panel

Theatre artists and writers have established public platforms in recent years to fight gender disparities in their industries and advocate for women in the arts — notably the League of Professional Theater Women's 50/50 in 2020 initiative and the Lilly Awards, and VIDA, the literary organization that put hard numbers behind the general feeling that male writers outnumbered women in the country's highest publishing a

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Unbound: Tessa Mellas and Claire Vaye Watkins on 'Girlfriends'

Today’s episode looks at friendships between two pairs of girls, complex in nature and sometimes fraught with danger. Like roommates. Can’t live with them, can’t exile them to space. College is a time to make lasting friendships, but what if your freshman roommate turns out to be from another planet? Our first story is Tessa Mellas with “Bibi From Jupiter.” Then "our girl" takes her best friend to Sin City to get over her boyfriend. Claire Vaye Watkins explores the things that happen in Vegas, but don't quite stay there, in “Rondine Al Nido.”

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It's All Politics
6:45 am
Tue June 25, 2013

IRS Chief: No Evidence Of 'Intentional Wrongdoing' So Far

Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel testifies before the House Financial and General Government subcommittee in early June.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 5:10 pm

That "be on the lookout list" used to flag Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny of their tax-exemption applications?

It turns out it wasn't the only one the Internal Revenue Service had been using.

There were also other lists, covering a "broad spectrum" of categories and cases, according to a preliminary IRS report released Monday.

"Once we came to that conclusion, we took immediate action to suspend the use of these lists in the Exempt Organizations unit within IRS," said Danny Werfel, the new acting chief of the IRS, in a conference call with reporters.

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The Two-Way
6:45 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Court Rulings Complicate Discrimination Suits For Employees

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 11:19 am

In two big employment law cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has made it harder for employees to bring discrimination suits over workplace harassment and retaliation.

The two 5-to-4 rulings frustrated Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg so much that she took the unusual step of reading a dissent from the bench addressing both cases. Her dissent apparently frustrated Justice Samuel Alito so much that he rolled his eyes as Ginsburg spoke.

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Education
10:33 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Gets Another Positive Evaluation From Board

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens.
Credit Devin Katayama

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved the annual evaluation for Superintendent Donna Hargens, and she received positive remarks.

On Monday, the JCPS board unanimously approved Hargens’ second evaluation since hiring her in 2011. Board members cited her ability to build relationships with private business, being able to communicate the district’s strategic plan and her record on student achievement. 

The 6-0 vote did not include District 4 board member Chuck Haddaway, who was not present.

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Local News
4:33 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Hearing Set on Court-Ordered Plans to Help Indiana's Mentally Ill Prisoners

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana says the state Department of Correction hasn't done enough to help mentally ill prisoners since a federal judge ordered the agency to improve their treatment.

A judge has ordered the department to discuss its plans in detail at a court hearing Wednesday.

The ACLU says in court documents that the plans the prison agency has filed have been impressive, but little has been done to make the improvements happen.

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The Two-Way
4:08 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

White House: We Expect Russia To Expel Snowden

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 1:23 pm

After expressing "frustration and disappointment" because Hong Kong and China did not block "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden from flying to Moscow, the White House said Monday that it expects Russia will decide "to expel Mr. Snowden for his return to the United States."

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Local News
4:06 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Reports: Officer Shot in Sellersburg Standoff

Update: Authorities in southern Indiana have taken a suspect into custody after an hours-longstandoff during which a police officer was wounded and a K-9 unit apparently was killed.

 Sellersburg Police Chief Russ Whelan says the suspect was taken into custody and was not injured, The Courier-Journal reports. The suspect was not identified, and Whelan says formal charges are pending.

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Environment
3:08 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Rubbertown Residents Get Fourth Code Red Alert in Two Weeks

A Code Red alert was issued as a precaution to Rubbertown residents today, after a 20% solution of sodium hydroxide was released at Lubrizol's plant. Metropolitan Sewer District and the Lake Dreamland Fire Department responded; it was classified as a Level 1 hazmat, and authorities decided there was no risk to the public.

But this was the fourth chemical spill in about two weeks in the area, beginning with the hydrochloric acid release on June 9 at DuPont's plant. Last week, American Synthetic Rubber reported two releases of hydraulic fluid--one of 150 gallons, and one of 60 to 80 gallons.

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