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Regional
2:16 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Religious Coalition Protests 'Misleading' Anti-Abortion Claims

A pro-choice religious group says a Kentucky-based abortion counseling center is using misleading tactics to dissuade women from getting the procedure.

The Kentucky Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice led 40 protesters over the weekend in a demonstration against downtown Louisville’s  “A Woman’s Choice Resource Center.”  KRCRC president Caitlin Willenbrink says the counseling center is one of 100 similar faith-based anti-abortion organizations that use false science .

“They also give out a lot of information that isn’t credible, like information that draws a link between abortion and breast cancer or abortion and mental health issues,” said Willenbrink. “That’s not supported by credible science.”

Willenbrink designed the protest, she says, to draw attention to the issue in advance of the National Right-to-Life Conference, which will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center this weekend.

Regional
2:09 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Contractor Hired To Tear Down Well-known Silos

The silos along I-65 will come down by October
Credit flickr

A Louisville landmark will be coming down with the hiring of a contractor to demolish 22 concrete silos that spell out University of Louisville.

The UofL Foundation said Friday it has hired a demolition firm to begin work to clear the site along Interstate 65.

The school says the winning bidder submitted the lowest proposed price of $687,800 for the project.

The firm will remove the silos and several smaller structures on the 15-acre site.

UofL's foundation purchased the property for $3.3 million from Solae Co., a DuPont subsidiary, last December.

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Regional
4:26 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Hillary Clinton Speaks to Louisville Methodists

Hillary Rodhan Clinton speaks to United Methodists Saturday in Louisville
Credit Kentucky News Network photo

Hillary Rodham Clinton told a conference of Methodist women Saturday about how her own faith was shaped by her devout grandmother. Clinton said she has vivid memories of having her hair braided as a young girl and listening to her grandmother sing hymns.

Clinton spoke of the faith instilled in her by her grandmother and how that helped guide some of the initiatives she started at the State Department. They included efforts to fight human trafficking and promote maternal health care in developing countries.

Clinton mostly steered clear of politics during what turned out to be an intimate speech.

In her introduction, the United Methodists pointed out Clinton was so pleased to be invited to keynote the conference, she declined the church's usual payment and paid her own travel to Louisville and her accommodations.

Regional
1:45 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Kentucky State Fair Sees Attendance Increase

Attendance at this year's Kentucky State Fair saw an increase over 2012
Credit Kentucky State Fair

The Kentucky State Fair finished its 11-day run with a flourish.  The final day of the fair drew 9,000 more fairgoers than the last day in 2012.  That helped push attendance for this year’s fair to 615,648, a slight increase from last year. 

“The response we heard was tremendous,” said Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, the president and CEO of the State Fair board. “We introduced some positive changes to the Fair this year and heard encouraging feedback to build on.”

Changes this year in Louisville included free weekend parking at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and concerts on the field at Old Cardinal Stadium.

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Arts & Culture
8:30 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Speed Art Museum Gets $18 Million for Expansion

The Speed Art Museum in Louisville could complete its expansion and renovation five to 10 years early thanks to an $18 million donation.

The Courier-Journal reports work already has begun the project that will double the exhibition space and dramatically change the look of Kentucky's largest museum.

The new donation comes from the family of Brown-Forman Chairman Owsley Brown II. Before Brown's death in 2011, he served as chairman of the museum's building committee and honorary chairman of the capital campaign, which was raising money for the expansion.

Museum board president Allan Latts said the donation will allow the museum to shave $20 million off the project's original $79 million budget because of the lower cost of materials and labor.

Arts & Culture
3:40 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Kentucky Derby Weekend Means It's Mint Julep Time

The apotheosis of Kentucky's bourbon culture: the mint julep

Kevin speaks with Cole Phelps about the history and proper preparation of the mint julep.

The mint julep stands proud as the beverage known as Kentucky's signature drink. Unless you're new to the area or haven't been paying attention, you know the julep is synonymous with the Kentucky Derby.

What you might not know, however, is that the mint julep's history traces back to a rose water drink in the Middle East.

WKU Public Radio's Kevin Willis in 2010 visited the famous Seelbach Hotel in Louisville to learn the history and proper preparation of the famous drink. Cole Phelps, who at the time served as the head bartender at Max's Bar on the hotel's second floor shared his favorite recipe for drink:

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Regional
6:47 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Kentucky Kingdom Approved for Tax Breaks

Kentucky's Tourism Development Finance Authority has approved performance based tourism incentives for the new developers of the the Kentucky Kingdom theme park in Louisville. Those incentives could amount to as much as $10 million over ten years.

The park's now due to re-open by Memorial Day of 2014 after being shut down for four years when Six Flags went bankrupt. The new development group's headed by the park's original owner Ed Hart, who sold to Six Flags in the early 90's.

Hart says he'll detail what the new Kentucky Kingdom will be like this summer.

Regional
7:40 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Kentucky Veteran Files Lawsuit Alleging Abuse by Police

A military veteran who was confronted by Louisville police last year at Mid City Mall has filed a lawsuit over the incident claiming he was wrongfully detained and assaulted by officers.

The Courier-Journal reports Kentucky National Guard Lt. Col. Donald Blake Settle has requested unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Settle says officers forced him to the ground and handcuffed him without sufficient reason in January 2012.

Police have said they thought Settle was panhandling because he was wearing dusty clothes, had trouble speaking and couldn't tell them his address. Settle told the newspaper in a previous interview that he has poor memory and difficulty speaking due to an injury he suffered in Afghanistan.

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Sports
8:29 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Hoosiers, Cards, and Cats Top Preseason Basketball Poll

Three traditional college basketball powerhouses in our region are 1-2-3 in a major preseason ranking. Indiana, Louisville, and Kentucky appear set to have outstanding seasons and contend for national championships.

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Regional
9:52 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Man Cleared in Deadly Shooting Settles Civil Rights Lawsuit

A Kentucky man who spent about nine years in prison before being cleared in a deadly shooting and robbery has settled a civil rights lawsuit with the city of Louisville for $8.5 million. Edwin Arnell Chandler of Louisville had been convicted in the September 28, 1993 shooting death of 25-year-old Brenda Whitfield during a robbery at a Chevron Food Mart.

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