Local News
4:56 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Beshear Cuts Kentucky Budget to Balance $90.9-Million Shortfall

Gov. Steve Beshear in 2013
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Gov. Steve Beshear issued a pair of executive orders this week reducing state spending levels to plug a $90.9-million hole in Kentucky's budget.

The Office of the State Budget Director announced the shortfall last week, which is due largely to an unexpected $63-million decline in income related to capital gains

Beshear's cuts cover the $90.9-million gap.

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Arts and Humanities
3:50 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

State Funding Cuts Come Home to Louisville Arts Groups

Bourbon Baroque and Squallis Puppeteers collaborated on the opera "Les Sauvages" last season.
Credit Bourbon Baroque

Nonprofit arts groups have been preparing for reduced state funding for the next fiscal year since they were told in April to expect a reduction in the Kentucky Arts Partnership grants, which provide operational support through the Kentucky Arts Council. The arts council announced fiscal year 2015 funding amounts  today. Nearly every group in Jefferson County saw their funding reduced, but the impact of those cuts will be felt differently from organization to organization. 

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Local News
2:54 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Metro Council Slows Efforts To Bring Ultra High-Speed Internet to Louisville

An Internet speed test.
Credit File photo

Efforts to begin installing ultra high-speed internet service in Louisville hit a snag at a Metro Council committee meeting this week.

The council's Public Works, Bridges and Transportation committee declined to vote Wednesday on awarding three franchise agreements to companies that wish to begin running fiber cables to residential and commercial properties.

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Arts and Humanities
2:35 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Forecastle Fest 2014 Will Be On a Bigger, Higher Level Than Ever Before, Founder J.K. McKnight Says

J.K. McKnight
Credit Forecastle Foundation

The 2014 Forecastle Festival, which starts Friday, will cover more space than it ever has before, founder J.K. McKnight told WFPL on Wednesday.

The three-day music festival at Louisville's Waterfront Park features acts including Beck, Outkast, Jack White and dozens of other performers. (Here's more information from the festival.)

Last year, Forecastle drew about 65,000 people.

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Politics
1:30 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Centre College Makes Pitch for Hosting Kentucky U.S. Senate Debate

Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Centre College wants to host the first debate between Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The university announced Thursday that it's partnering with AARP Kentucky and Louisville TV station WAVE-3 News to present a debate on Sept 3.

Though the stage is set, it's unclear if the candidates will be there.

The McConnell and Grimes campaigns have been unable to come to an agreement on any debates, instead jousting through the media over locations or format.

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Politics
12:52 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Louisville Council Democrats Reprimand Johnson Aide For Disparaging Council Member

Legislative aide Bryan Mathews (background) and Councilman Dan Johnson.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

The Louisville Metro Council Democratic Caucus has reprimanded an aide to Caucus Vice Chair Dan Johnson for making disparaging comments about a council member, according to documents obtained by WFPL.

The memorandum, issued June 24, said Johnson must provide a corrective plan for legislative aide Bryan Mathews to follow.

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Politics
8:45 am
Thu July 17, 2014

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky Had Decade-Long Financial Tie To a Lobbyist

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield in 2013.
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For more than a decade, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky,  owned a $200,000-piece of West Virginia property with a lobbyist whose clients and employers had business before him in Congress, writes R.G. Dunlop, a reporter from WFPL's Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

Dunlop spent three months delving into Whitfield's relationship with a well-known, national lobbyist and discovered the pair had a longstanding financial partnership. 

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Education
6:54 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Jan Scholtz Seeks to Fill Debbie Wesslund's Jefferson County School Board Seat

Jan Scholtz
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 The ballot for the Jefferson County Board of Education's 3rd District election is beginning to take shape.

Jan Scholtz, a Louisville realtor, will seek to fill Debbie Wesslund’s seat. Wesslund announced earlier this year she would not be seeking reelection.

Related: Debbie Wesslund Won't Run Again for Jefferson County Board of Education

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Local News
5:59 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Report: GE Considers Selling Its Louisville-Based Appliance Business

Appliance Park
Credit General Electric Pressroom

General Electric is once again looking sell its Louisville-based appliance business, according to a report today by Bloomberg.

Citing “people familiar with the matter,” Bloomberg reports that GE is in talks with potential acquirers about selling the Appliances and Lighting division.

Bloomberg adds:

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Politics
5:48 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Kentucky Independent Ed Marksberry Ends U.S. Senate Bid

Independent Ed Marksberry
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Independent U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry is ending his effort to be on the Kentucky ballot this fall.

In a Thursday announcement, Marksberry, an Owensboro contractor, said he will stop collecting the needed signatures to run as an independent against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.

Citing health problems, Marksberry said he doesn't have the energy to continue and also lacks the funds to hire a team to get the required 5,000 signatures before the Aug. 12 filing deadline.

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