Politics
6:44 am
Fri July 11, 2014

How the 'Fiscal Cliff' Helped Lead to Kentucky's $91-Million Budget Shortfall

The Kentucky state Capitol building.
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  A driving factor in Kentucky's $91-million budget shortfall is a decline in a form of income primarily used by the nation’s wealthiest individuals.

In 2012, the U.S. Congress was preparing to take the country over the “fiscal cliff” because of rising debt, rising healthcare costs and spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Local News
6:35 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Husband, Wife Plead Guilty to Defrauding Louisville Charity

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The one-time chairman of a Louisville-based charity and the former director of a dental business have pleaded guilty to federal charges of diverting $1.1 million from the Woodcock Foundation over a four-year period.

Charles Muir and his wife, Diana Muir, both of Louisville, entered the pleas in federal court on Thursday.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Does Cloverlick, Ky., Exist? Eastern Kentucky Community Drawn Into Senate Ad Fact-Check

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Don Disney appear together in a recent campaign ad.
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Discord over a pair of campaign ads in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race has brought a rural area in Eastern Kentucky to the political spotlight and put Republican Mitch McConnell's team on the defensive.

Fact-checkers have shredded commercials released by McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, which attack each other over who Medicare costs.

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Environment
4:15 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Fireworks Caused Louisville to Exceed Air Pollution Standards on July 4 For First Time Since 2010

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By most measures, Louisville’s air quality has been pretty good this summer.

Typically, ozone is the pollutant that causes the problems: local pollution gets trapped in the Ohio River valley and cooks under the hot summer sun. A notoriously bad year for ozone was 2012, but since then Louisville hasn't had  any days that exceeded the federal ozone standard.

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Local News
1:08 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Settlement Approved in Ethics Case Against Former Indiana Schools Chief

Indiana's State Ethics Commission has approved a $5,000 fine against former state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett for using state resources in his 2012 campaign.      

Investigators found that Bennett's state and campaign staffs coordinated his calendar at his Statehouse office and that campaign lists were downloaded to state computers after his November, 2012 election loss.

The board voted unanimously for the settlement Thursday without discussion.   Bennett didn't attend the hearing.   Bennett's lawyer said he was on vacation with his family.

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Politics
11:56 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Indiana Gov. Pence Wrong to Ignore Same-Sex Marriages, Marion County Clerk Says

Beth White
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The clerk of Indiana's largest county on Thursday rebuked Governor Mike Pence's order for agencies not to recognize same-sex marriages.

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Local News
7:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Takeaways From The Louisville Forum's 'Growing Up Transgender' Panel

Henry Brousseau speaks at the Louisville Forum.
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The Louisville Forum's “Growing Up Transgender” discussion on Wednesday focused on the complex controversies and conversations that surround gender identity.

Nearly 100 people attended the forum at Vincenzo's in downtown Louisville.  The panelists were:

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Politics
6:07 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Rand Paul's Targeting of D.C. Gun Laws a Step Backwards Among Black Voters, Says Congresswoman

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in his most recent visit to west Louisville.
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Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is once again seeking to roll back Washington, D.C.'s strict gun laws.

The legislative maneuver is under fire from gun control activists in the nation's capitol and their congressional delegate, who told WFPL Wednesday that Paul's amendment is undermining his national efforts to court black voters.

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Arts and Humanities
3:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Judith Jennings, My Morning Jacket Among The Governor Award In The Arts Recipients

Jim James at a past Forecastle Festival.
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My Morning Jacket, the City of Danville and the technical services staff at Rupp Arena are among the recipients of the 2014 Governor's Awards for the Arts.

The Kentucky Arts Council announced winners in nine categories on Wednesday. 

The recipients will get the awards in October. 

"It is my great honor to recognize these individuals, both native sons and daughters of Kentucky and others who have chosen to make their homes in Kentucky and enrich our state's unique culture," Gov. Steve Beshear said in a released statement.

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Local News
2:48 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Indiana Gov. Pence's Office Tells State Agencies to Ignore Same-Sex Marriages

Earlier this year, same-sex couples in Southern Indiana filed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban. Their case was dismissed, but a federal judge struck down the state's ban in a ruling on other cases. The ruling was later stayed.
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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's office is telling state agencies act as if no same-sex marriages had been performed during three days following a federal court order.

The memo from the governor's chief counsel tells executive branch agencies to execute their functions as though the June 25 court order had not been issued.

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