Education
6:43 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Many Kentucky School Financial Officers May Lack Skills To Do Their Jobs

Monticello High School
Credit Wayne County Museum

Kentucky doesn't mandate any qualifications for the top financial officers of its 173 school districts—and state officials are concerned that the situation is leading to waste and mismanagement, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting reports today.

You can read the story by Kristina Goetz here.

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The Two-Way
6:55 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from her post after serving for five years.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:35 pm

Health Secrerary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after a five-year term that will no doubt be remembered for the calamitous implementation of President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

If you remember, when the federal government unveiled HealthCare.gov, where Americans could buy health insurance mandated by Obamacare, the site was essentially useless for weeks after it launched in October.

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Education
5:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

University of Louisville Met Its $1-Billion Fundraising Goal

The University of Louisville got contributions from 75,000 donors from every state and every Kentucky county to meet its $1-billion fundraising campaign, school officials announced Thursday.

The Charting Our Course campaign began in 2007.

UofL President James Ramsey said he did not expect the funds to be raised so quickly.

"At the time, a billion dollars sounded overwhelming," he said.

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Environment
5:28 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Louisville Air Pollution Director Says First Phase of Agency's Reorganization is Nearly Complete

Keith Talley
Credit Louisville Metro Government

Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District is almost finished with the first phase of its restructuring.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Milton-Madison Bridge Slide Complete; Span Could Open in About One Week

The Milton-Madison Bridge has been moved onto its permanent home. 

Crews have finished the 55-foot slide of the new, half-mile long truss from temporary piers to refurbished supports that held the previous bridge.

The slide started back up Thursday morning after crews were forced to stop on Wednesday because of high winds.     

The bridge has been closed since a March 11 construction accident.

Education
3:46 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Principal of Struggling Myers Middle School Won't Be Back Next Year

Myers Middle School
Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

Following a recommendation from the Kentucky Education Education, Myers Middle School will have a new principal by the 2014-2015 school year.

The Jefferson County Board of Education had an opportunity to appeal the decision, but will not be taking any action, a district spokesman said.

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Politics
2:55 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Staffers: Lack of African-American Women 'Decision-Makers' in Kentucky Behind Arnold Ethics Verdict

Cassaundra Cooper (l) and Yolanda Costner (r) filing an ethics complain against John Arnold with their attorneys
Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

The absence of African-American women in Kentucky's halls of power is why former state Rep. John Arnold hasn't been held accountable.

That's according to Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner, two of the three statehouse staffers who have alleged they were sexually harassed and assaulted by Arnold over a three-year period.

Since August, the Arnold scandal has put the treatment of women in the legislature front and center.

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Arts and Humanities
2:11 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Louisville Orchestra Closes Season With a Rousing Ode to Joy

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven (1803) by Christian Horneman.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Louisville Orchestra opened its final 2013-14 classics production in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall this morning with a double-header of Beethoven, Symphonies No. 1 and the dramatic No. 9. His first symphony, which premiered in Vienna in 1800, heralded an emerging and influential talent in the generation following and building upon the work of his mentor Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Nearly a quarter of a century later, Beethoven premiered his Ninth Symphony in Berlin (1824), a work now widely recognized as one of the greatest works in the classical canon.  

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Environment
1:43 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Louisville Ranked 25th in Nation Among Cities With Most Energy Star Buildings

After a several year hiatus, Louisville has returned to the list of the 25 cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings in the nation. The last time Louisville made the  list was in 2009. This year, it was ranked 25th.

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Local News
1:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Federal Judge Tells Indiana to Recognize Couple's Same-Sex Marriage

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EVANSVILLE — A federal judge has ruled that the state must recognize the marriage of a gay couple before one of the women, who has cancer, dies.

The Indiana attorney general's office says U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young granted the couple's request for a temporary restraining order Thursday to keep the state from enforcing its ban on same-sex marriages against the couple.

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler wanted Indiana to recognize their 2013 marriage in Massachusetts, one of 17 states where same-sex marriage is legal.

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