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President Obama visited downtown Louisville Thursday in an effort to bring light to a federal grant program that will help cities train more people for tech jobs.  The president praised Louisville officials for their efforts to make these jobs more accessible to the city’s residents.

 Obama told a group of supporters and employees at Indatus that there are about two thousand vacant IT positions in Louisville. He says it’s mostly because there aren’t enough people with tech skills to fill them.
Indatus is a data technology downtown that is among a handful of companies committed to hiring people who finish a local online coding workshop called Code Louisville.

Obama said Code Louisville—which involves city government, local businesses and grants from the federal government-- is a proven way to close that gap. "And my administration is proud to be investing in Code Louisville because we want more places to follow Kentucky’s example." he said.

In an effort to replicate Code Louisville throughout the country, the White House is offering one hundred million dollars in grants to cities interested in training their residents for the tech industry.

Authorities in Louisville made more than 100 water rescues early Friday as area storms flooded roads and prompted at least one evacuation.

Louisville MetroSafe spokeswoman Jody Duncan says 116 water rescues had been made since 1 a.m. Friday.

Duncan says there was also a mandatory evacuation for the first floor of an apartment building. Elsewhere, a mudslide had blocked a road.

Duncan told The Associated Press the area had gotten 6 inches of rain overnight but no injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service says a flash flood warning is in effect Friday morning for north central Kentucky.

Updated at 6:21 p.m. ET

Lawmakers in Indiana and Arkansas have approved changes to their respective "religious freedom" measures designed to answer critics who charged the laws were meant to discriminate against gays and lesbians by allowing businesses to refuse them service.

The amendments were passed by Legislatures in Indianapolis and Little Rock after a day of wrestling over the details of amendments to the measures.

Update at 4:40 pm:

The crash site has been cleared and normal traffic flow has resumed.  

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We have a traffic advisory Monday afternoon for I-65 Southbound in Hart County.

The left lane is closed near Mile Point 61 just south of Munfordville (Exit 65) due to a Semi / RV crash.

Traffic is backed up in the left lane to Exit 65, where the construction zone split divides traffic into two separated lanes.

Motorists should choose the right lane at the split to avoid becoming stuck in the queue.  

Due to the constricted nature of the construction zone, clearing may take a couple of hours.

Motorists stopped in the left lane between the crash site and the split point at Exit 65 will not be able to continue south until the scene is clear.  

Delays are likely for both lanes as southbound motorists approach Exit 65.

Indiana Governor: New Law 'Not About' Exclusion

Mar 30, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that's garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination against gays and lesbians and said Sunday it wasn't a mistake to have enacted it.

Pence appeared on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" to discuss the measure he signed last week prohibiting state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of "person" includes religious institutions, businesses and associations.

Since the Republican governor signed the bill into law Thursday, Indiana has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations around the nation, as well as on social media with the hashtag #boycottindiana. Already, consumer review service Angie's List has said it will suspend a planned expansion in Indianapolis because of the new law.

Pence did not answer directly when asked at least six times whether under the law it would be legal for a merchant to refuse to serve gay customers. "This is not about discrimination, this is about empowering people to confront government overreach," he said. Asked again, he said, "Look, the issue here is still is tolerance a two-way street or not."

Sexual orientation is not covered under Indiana's civil rights law. Pence has said he "won't be pursuing that."

Local governments are already moving to set up needle exchanges just a day after the Kentucky state legislature authorized the programs through a comprehensive heroin bill.

If implemented, drug users would be able to exchange dirty needles for clean ones from local public health departments.

Rice Leach, the commissioner of the Lexington-Fayette County Public Health Department, said needle exchanges would stymie the transfer of blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV.

“From a public health point of view it’s a perfect way to reduce the spread of diseases if not managed properly,” Leach said. “And those diseases manage to work their way into the population that does not use drugs.”

Public health departments in Louisville, Lexington and Northern Kentucky have indicated they support needle exchanges and are working with local councils to approve programs.

In a statement, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness said officials were “studying the possibility of local implementation.” The Louisville officials will examine cost, locations and possible partners for an exchange, the department said in a statement.

The U.S. Supreme Court gave a former UPS driver another chance to show her employer discriminated against her when she was pregnant, sending the case back to a lower court.

The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to hear arguments over whether schools bear any liability when students commit suicide due to classroom bullying.

The Courier-Journal reports justices on Wednesday will hear the case out of Floyd County.

Sheila Patton sued on behalf of her son, Stephen Patton, who fatally shot himself in 2007 at the age of 13.

Patton says in the lawsuit that her son suffered daily bullying at Allen Central Middle School and four teachers, two school superintendents and the principal knew about it but did not intervene.

The defendants deny knowing that the boy was being bullied and said even if they did, they couldn't have foreseen the boy's suicide.

Lower courts have sided with the defendants, but the Supreme Court will decide whether to reinstate the lawsuit.

As temperatures begin to climb this spring, the number of highway work crews on Kentucky's roads will also increase. Proper attention to the road remains the key to safe travels.

Monday marks the beginning of Work Zone Awareness Week across the Commonwealth. The number of fatalities in highway work zones in Kentucky has dropped the last three years, but crashes have significantly increased. State Transportation Regional Safety Administrator Ronnie Johnson says too many drivers treat marked portions of the roadway like any other stretch of highway. "Folks are just not paying good attention," said Johnson. "They go through work zones as if they were on an open highway. They're engrossed in conversation on the phone or whatever and they blow through a work zone. They don't even know they've passed through it."

Johnson says many of the fatalities in work zones are Kentucky drivers, and not construction workers. He says there are national standards on how to establish road construction markings along the highway. Johnson says enforcement in work areas is important, but not the sole solution. "And you can ticket, ticket, ticket but it needs to be a cultural change rather than do it through ticketing or having blue lights there." he said. "The people should adhere to the signage and everything would be much better."

Johnson says too many motorists fail to slow down when speed limits are reduced from 70 to 55 miles per hour.

A judge has sentenced a former mayor and city clerk in central Kentucky to time served, and both have been released from custody.

The News Enterprise reports Nelson Circuit Judge Charles Simms on Thursday sentenced former Hodgenville Mayor Terry L. Cruse and former City Clerk MaDonna Hornback, according to their plea agreements.

Both were accused of using a city-issued fuel credit card to make personal purchases.

Cruse pleaded guilty in February to nine counts of abuse of public trust and two counts of complicity to theft. Former City Clerk MaDonna Hornback pleaded guilty to 54 counts of abuse of public trust and two counts of complicity to theft.

The plea agreement called for a probated three-year sentence with 30 days to serve in jail and restitution to the city.

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