Local News
5:19 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Attendance Drops for Louisville Bats Games, Record Losses, Heat to Blame

Around 9,000 fans attend each Louisville Bats game on average.

For the first time in nearly a decade, officials have noticed a significant drop in attendance at Louisville Bats games.

The club is still one of the best nationwide at getting fans to the ballpark, but attendance and officials are hoping new talent can put them back on top.

On average around 9,000 fans attend each Bats game. That’s kept them in the top five cities nationwide for attendance out of nearly 175 minor league ball clubs. While the attendance dropped by just a few hundred on average, 8,700, it was enough to get the team's attention.

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Education
5:08 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

JCPS Alerts Teachers of Potential Job Cuts to Early Childhood Educators

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The federal sequestration may lead to cuts to early childhood education staff in Jefferson County Public Schools.

The Jefferson County Teachers Association confirms that JCPS alerted principals last week that up to 100 early childhood educators could be cut, though district officials say it's still too early to tell.

A teacher told the union her principal and a JCPS official informed staff that cuts could be possible, says JCTA deputy executive director James Hughley who later confirmed the JCPS email sent to principals.

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Local News
4:48 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Western Kentucky Officially Joins Conference USA

An increased opportunity to land spots in football bowl games appears to be a major factor behind WKU's move to Conference USA. The school announced this afternoon it will leave the Sun Belt conference and compete in C-USA starting in the summer of 2014.

Conference USA currently has five bowl game contracts, though those deals have to be re-negotiated heading into the 2014 season. WKU will join other former members of the Sun Belt in C-USA, including Middle Tennessee and Florida International.

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Local News
4:31 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Attorney General Finds UK Violated Open Records Law

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WUKY first reported in December that UK Healthcare was no longer performing cardiothoracic surgeries on children and that the program was under review. The university would not say what prompted the review or when surgeries would resume.

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Environment
4:28 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Business Owner Plans Produce Truck to Serve Louisville Food Deserts

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The owner of a store that sells local fruits and vegetables in Louisville is raising money to bring his products to areas of the city that don’t have easy access to fresh produce.

Root Cellar owner Ron Smith launched his campaign on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. He already owns stores in Old Louisville and Germantown, but now he has plans for a mobile store.

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Local News
3:38 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Rick Pitino: Kevin Ware Expected to Join Louisville Cardinals for Final Four

Rick Pitino
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Injured guard Kevin Ware is doing well the day after breaking his right leg in a Final Four game against the Duke Blue Devils, Coach Rick Pitino said on Monday.


"He's up and about—he's actually on crutches walking," Pitino said. "They want his blood flowing. The only thing they're concerned about at this point in the next 48 hours because the bone comes out of the skin they're concerned about a five or ten percent chance of infection. If no infection takes place, they'll be very excited."

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Politics
3:04 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

City Mulls Charging Neighborhood Groups for Night Zoning Hearings

Under a new proposal, Louisville Metro Government would bill neighborhood groups approximately $3,000 to hold zoning hearings in their affected communities.

The Metro Planning Commission often holds special meetings at neighborhood venues in the evenings when residents and developers clash over controversial new projects or developments.

But city officials says rising costs for things such as a court reporter, recording equipment and security are harder to pay for in lean budget times.

"We've gotten to the point where in the past couple of years our budget has gone down quite a bit," says Metro Planning and Design Services Director Phil Bills. "And a lot of places we go to are not convenient for video or audio recording. In our downtown location we have that equipment, but when we go out we have to hire a court reporter and that's up to $1,500 alone."

The idea was discussed briefly at the Metro Planning Commission last Friday, and the proposal has been tabled.

Attorney Stephen Porter represents OPEN Louisville and other preservationist groups in zoning cases. He says neighborhood leaders object to the idea because it burdens residents and favors developers

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Politics
12:45 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Ashley Judd Adviser Says Kentucky Democrats Helped Push Her Out

Actress Ashley Judd
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Former Kentucky treasurer Jonathan Miller is blaming fellow state Democrats for helping push actress Ashley Judd out of the upcoming U.S. Senate race.

Judd announced last week she is declining to run against Republican Mitch McConnell in 2014, citing a need to focus on family. The speculation on other reasons why Judd isn't making a bid are plentiful, but supporters are speaking up.

In an editorial, Miller says a "dizzying blur of false testimony" promoted by a handful of Democratic consultants and strategists in national stories was part of the reason Judd declined.

From The Daily Beast:

While many may legitimately believe that (Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan) Grimes is the better candidate, many of those who have been quoted impugning Judd, or have done so on background, also have personal motives: some stand to profit from a Grimes campaign, some may have been trying to redress perceived “disses” by the actress, and some may be aiming to keep Grimes out of the 2015 gubernatorial race, where she could undermine their preferred candidates.

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Environment
12:05 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

A Little More Gas, A Little Less Coal: Analyst Explains the U.S. Annual Energy Outlook

EIA Annual Energy Outlook

America’s energy mix in 2040 won’t be drastically different from what it is today: a little less coal and oil, a little more natural gas and renewable energy. That’s according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook.

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Monkey See
11:09 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Viewer Discretion: Deciding When To Look Away

The Louisville Cardinals huddle up on the court after teammate Kevin Ware injured his leg in the first half against the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday.
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Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 12:17 pm

I was out of the house, as it happens, for most of the first half of yesterday's Louisville-Duke game, and when I got home and looked at Twitter, before I turned on the TV, there was a huge stack of stuff to read, and the first thing that caught my attention about the game was this.

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