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Entries from April 2009

Officials Celebrating in Frankfort

April 30th, 2009 · Comments Off

Gov. Beshear said he had three serious issues on his agenda at a news conference this morning. There’s the report of a woman from Kentucky suspected of having swine flu. Even more important, he announced the size of the revenue shortfall for the next fiscal year at between $818 million and $1.094 billion. But Beshear [...]

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Tags: Reporters · State Government · Steve Beshear · WHAS

Minnesota Next to Try to Outlaw Online Gambling

April 30th, 2009 · Comments Off

We’ve been telling you about the misguided attempt by Kentucky’s state government to seize domain names of sites operating online gambling. That case is currently being reviewed by the state’s Supreme Court. Now Minnesota is attempting to censor the Internet to keep its residents from gambling. The state’s government is attempting to use a federal [...]

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Tags: Gambling · Internet

U of L Hiring Some Brain Docs

April 30th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Here’s the latest in that neurosurgery dispute between the University of Louisville and Norton Hospital. U of L has apparently had some success in recruiting replacements for the team of eight surgeons led by Dr. Christopher Shields, and hopes to bring them on board soon. Gov. Beshear, in a statement this morning, said he’s concerned [...]

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Tags: Health Care · University of Louisville

World Watching, And It’s Raining

April 30th, 2009 · Comments Off

Looks to be soggy the rest of the week, though the latest forecast calls for a break for today’s Parade downtown. Golfer Kenny Perry and his Dad are the grand marshals. Also honored will be the U of L Lady Cards basketball team. On with the news… Derby Coverage: The C-J and H-L feature artwork [...]

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Tags: Celebrity · Charity · Festival · Gambling · Kentucky Derby · Metro Government · Sports · West End

This Race Doesn’t Go to the Swift

April 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Like the Kentucky Derby, many of those who attend the Great Steamboat Race aren’t much into the race. But this year, there’s no race. At least the winner doesn’t necessarily have to cross a line first. It’s more like a boating skills competition between the crews of the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of [...]

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Tags: Derby Festival

Hard Times for Ford Workers

April 29th, 2009 · 4 Comments

The struggles in the auto industry are hitting home today — nearly 400 workers at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant are being laid off. The plant has about 1,500 employees, but many have been working only every other week as a result of an earlier union concession. Demand for Ford Explorers is way down, and Ford [...]

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Tags: Economy · Fired · Ford

King Didn’t Do It

April 29th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Last fall, George Unseld was re-elected in the Metro Council’s 6th District. But the bigger fight had been won the previous May, when he defeated Ken Herndon in the Democratic primary. A key issue in the race was a homophobic flyer distributed at the 11th hour attacking Herndon. In the ensuing 24 months, Herndon and [...]

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Tags: Bad Behavior · Election · Gays · Metro Council · Old Louisville

Derby Field Set; I Want Revenge is Your Favorite

April 29th, 2009 · Comments Off

If you’re ready to start factoring in post position and the track’s odds as you ponder your Derby picks, it’s OK to get started. Here’s the way the field stacks up. The favorite is I Want Revenge, 3-1, in post 13. The sentimental favorite, General Quarters, is next to him in the 12th stall, and [...]

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Tags: Churchill Downs · Horse Industry · Kentucky Derby · Sports

We’ll Always Have Paris

April 29th, 2009 · 9 Comments

by Tom Johnson Ville Voice Correspondent One of the dirty little not-so-secrets of Derby Week is that a lot of the celebrities who come to town are getting paid to do so. We may imagine the ‘Ville to be the center of the world this week, and to those in the thoroughbred business it certainly [...]

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Tags: Celebrity · Charity · Cordish · Jerry Abramson · Kentucky Derby

Not Getting It Done

April 29th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Failure must be among the toughest concepts for our Mayor to accept. But it’s the only way to describe the three-months-and-counting effort to clean up from the January ice storm. The city is paying Flynn Brothers Contracting more than $2 million to clean up storm debris, and according to its contract, is losing $500 a [...]

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Tags: Jerry Abramson · Kentucky Derby · Weather