Business
2:22 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Kentucky Economy Set to Close Strong in 2014

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As the year comes to a close, state economists say Kentucky’s economy is reaping significant gains due to a steep drop in unemployment and a boost in jobs.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development reports that manufacturing sector growth has had a big impact.

 

“The sector added 700 jobs from September to October and tallied more than 3,400 jobs since last year," according to Kim Saylor Brannock of the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. "That's a really good increase."

 

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Arts and Humanities
7:43 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Walden’s ‘Mountain Language’ is Poignant, Challenging in its Closeness

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It’s easy to become desensitized—to violence, to conflict, to war. A 24-hour news cycle is now the norm; filled with programming to fit our personal political bents, but without the gore, and often without the emotion. Walden Theatre Alumni Company’s “Mountain Language” is challenging in its closeness, both physical and topical, and poignant in director Ben Park’s decidedly unsterilized depiction of oppression.

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Music News
7:41 am
Sun November 23, 2014

In Bowling Alleys And In Rock Clubs, The Dude Abides

Jeff Bridges and his band The Abiders perform in concert at the Paramount in Huntington, N.Y.
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Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 7:06 pm

Actor Jeff Bridges may have revealed his musical talent in a movie — as Bad Blake, the fading country singer in Crazy Heart — but music is more than just a side gig for him.

Bridges says he's always strumming his guitar, even when he's on a movie set.

"Whenever I'm working, I'll have my guitar with me," he says. "And if there's a nice tree to sit by, or a little creek or something, I'll go out there. Anywhere is a good place to play music."

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Local News
8:20 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

College Football: U of L Survives at Notre Dame, 31-28

Freshman quarterback Reggie Bonnafon ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw a 21-yard scoring pass to DeVante Parker to lead Louisville to a 31-28 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday, the third straight loss for the Fighting Irish.    

The Irish (7-4) had a chance to force overtime but Kyle Brindza missed a 32-yard field goal wide right with 51 seconds left. The Irish scored a pair of touchdowns early in the third quarter, the second set up by a 61-yard punt return by Greg Bryant, to take a 20-17 lead.

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Strange Fruit
12:47 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Strange Fruit: Cosby Accusations Continue, Media Missteps Follow

"In the East End, there's dance everywhere. In the West End, you don't see that." John O. Keen, artistic director of Keen Dance Theater, is taking on the Ninth Street Divide (and the race divide, and the economic divide) in the world of dance.

After 11 years in New York, the Louisville native returned home to start his own dance troupe, with lessons affordable to low-income dancers, and a focus on diversity in casting and story telling.

Keen joins us this week to talk about how embracing dancers of difference races, body types, backgrounds, and training levels creates a stronger ensemble.

And in Juicy Fruit, Salon's Erin Keane sits in to talk about the allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby—and all the victim-blaming in their wake, both in casual conversation and in the media. CNN's Don Lemon, for example, questioned an alleged victim about why she didn't use her teeth to fight off Cosby after she's allegedly been drugged. When Janice Dickinson told her story to Entertainment Tonight, the first question we see interviewer Kevin Frazier ask is, "Were you trying to fight him off?"

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Arts and Humanities
12:39 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Louisville Orchestra Brings Classical Music Closer to Your Living Room

Teddy Abrams
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The Louisville Orchestra continued its neighborhood series Music Without Borders last night with about an hour of music to a full house at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church in East Louisville. Billed as a casual concert, the orchestra played a mix of light stage music paired with a couple weightier movements from concertos and symphonies.

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Arts and Humanities
8:30 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Operatic Legend Jessye Norman Returns to the Kentucky Center

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In November 1983, Jessye Norman appeared at the Kentucky Center for the Arts—an accomplished star contributing to the Center's gala opening.  This week, roughly 31 years later, Norman returned to the Kentucky Center as part of the Kentucky Author Forum, discussing her new memoir, "Stand Up Straight and Sing!" with Gloria Steinem, the noted lecturer, editor and activist.

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Technology
8:29 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Electric Bikes, On A Roll In Europe, Start To Climb In U.S.

Joel Bowman, 66, rides his e-bike six miles daily to his job at Emory University in Atlanta.
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Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 5:09 am

For Joel Bowman, decades of bike commuting started feeling like hard work. So the 66-year-old Atlanta resident recently switched to an electric bicycle, and now when he rides Bowman feels like the wind is at his back.

An e-bike looks a lot like a regular bike, but with an integrated electric motor, and it doesn't burn gasoline like an old-fashioned moped. As you pedal, an e-bike gives you a powered boost when you need it.

They are getting more popular in Europe, but in the United States, e-bikes still have to overcome the stigma of being just a toy for old people.

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Local News
2:53 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Former Employee, Volunteers Express Concerns About Troubled Southern Indiana Wildlife Refuge

Travis Ellis at an animal playtime event at Wildlife in Need in Charlestown, Ind.
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In the wake of a Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting series that found a history of problems at an Indiana exotic animal refuge, current and former members of the organization have come forward to talk about their experiences at the facility.

Meanwhile, legislators who've received recent complaints about Wildlife in Need are looking at potential changes in Indiana law.

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Health
2:45 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Airmen Return to Louisville from Ebola Relief Efforts in West Africa

Master Sgt. Duane Wariner is greeted by his three children, Alexis,11, Kiley, 8, and Liam, 2.
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A dozen National Guard Airmen returned to Louisville from Senegal on Thursday evening after assisting with the international effort to battle Ebola. 

Members of the 123rd Contingency Response Group established a processing cargo hub in Dakar, Senegal, in support of Operation United Assistance.

Technical Sgt. Jarrod Blanford is an air transporter.  In eight-year career with the National Guard, he has completed missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Dominican Republic and Haiti in 2010 to assist with earthquake relief efforts. 

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