Politics
1:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Pro-McConnell Super PAC Raises $423,700 Over Three Months—But None From Kentucky

Mitch McConnell
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The super PAC supporting Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has once again filed a campaign finance report showing no donations from Kentuckians.

Founded by former McConnell campaign aide Scott Jennings, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership reported Wednesday it had raised just over $423,700 in the past three months.

Unlike a candidate's campaign, federal rules allow super PACs to raise an unlimited amount of money from individuals.

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Arts and Humanities
12:28 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare's Jon Patrick O'Brien Anchors Strong, Traditional 'Hamlet'

Jon Patrick O'Brien as Hamlet, addressing alas, poor Yorick's skull (uncredited) in Kentucky Shakespeare's "Hamlet."
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How well we know “Hamlet,” one of Shakespeare’s most adaptable plays. The tragedy of a young man consumed with revenge for his father’s death is constantly quoted and referenced, gently parodied and violently re-imagined, its best quotes pinballing through art and pop culture. But Kentucky Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” side-steps the temptation to transform, staging a fairly traditional production anchored by Jon Patrick O’Brien’s powerful performance as the young prince.

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Education
11:09 am
Wed July 16, 2014

University of Louisville Continues to Fight to Keep Records From Public View

James Ramsey
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The University of Louisville is still fighting to keep emails, memos and other notes related to a high-profile financial audit cloaked from public view.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which has sought these public records for several months, has filed an appeal with the state attorney general.

Attorney General Jack Conway’s office extended the appeal an additional 30 work days in order to obtain more documentation.

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Politics
9:50 am
Wed July 16, 2014

In Lawsuit Response, Kentucky Pension System Argues Investments Were Legal

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The troubled Kentucky Retirement Systems pension is firing back at a lawsuit filed by a small Northern Kentucky town over what it alleges are “high risk investments."

In June, the city of Fort Wright — population 5,700 —filed a lawsuit against KRS over investments into Wall Street hedge funds with public money, seeking $50 million to cover the losses and to divorce its city and county employees from the state system.

Earlier: Kentucky City Sues State Pension System

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Be Advised: Kentucky's Waterways May Carry E.Coli

Signage warns people not to swim, fish or wade in Beargrass Creek near Beargrass Road and Alta Vista.
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The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is warning swimmers and boaters to stay away from several streams and tributaries in Eastern Kentucky.

The waterways are contaminated with E.coli bacteria, which comes from human and animal waste.

The problem is so extensive that the swimming advisories have been expanded to include all of Kentucky’s lakes and rivers after heavy rainfall.

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Local News
9:20 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Critics Lash Out Against Possible Public Housing Rent Reform Study In Louisville

Critics of the study protest during Tuesday's Metro Housing Authority meeting.
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Louisville Metro Housing Authority officials are considering taking part in a study that, in theory, would eliminate some financial burdens that come with living in public housing.

Residents would not have the choice of opting out of the study, leading to opposition from some Louisville public housing residents and community groups.

Critics spoke out against the agency's possible participation in the study on Tuesday at a housing authority meeting in Louisville.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

New Kentucky Laws Go Into Effect Today

Kentucky state Capitol
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A bevy of new state laws, ranging in subjects from ethics to kutzu, passed this year by the Kentucky General Assembly go into effect Tuesday.

The state constitution stipulates that laws without an “emergency” clause go into effect 90 days after the adjournment of a legislative session. The last day of the 2014 session was April 15.

Earlier: Takeaways From the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly Session

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Education
2:49 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

What JCPS Leaders Learned From a Week at Harvard University

Donna Hargens
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Jefferson County Public Schools administrators will work to improve communication between district leaders and school-level staff, addressing the big takeaway from officials' conference last week at Harvard University.

Top JCPS officials spent last week at Harvard meeting with professors in the university's education and business schools—as well as leaders from the nation’s largest school districts—to get direction on how to improve information-sharing across the school system.

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Politics
2:46 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Raises $4 Million, Breaking Kentucky Fundraising Record

Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes recently spoke to members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers at their District 4 progress meeting held at the Galt House.
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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Tuesday she has broken a Kentucky fundraising record by hauling in more than $4 million from supporters over the past three months.

The latest tally means Grimes has also out raised Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell for the third straight quarter, this time by more than $1 million.

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Local News
1:40 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

WAMZ Radio's Coyote Calhoun Announces Retirement

One of Louisville’s best known radio personalities is announcing his retirement after 45 years in broadcasting.        

Coyote Calhoun plans to step down later this year as afternoon personality and program director at country music powerhouse WAMZ.

Calhoun was named program director at WAMZ shortly after it adopted the country format in the late 1970s, and he helped build it into one of the most successful country stations in the U.S.

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