Judge: Independent state Senate candidate is out

A vote for Scott Ritcher in the Nov. 4 election won’t count. 

Culture shock

Is a Somali refugee accused of murdering his children psychotic, or simply misunderstood?

A Somali man accused of slashing the throats of his four children and attempting to murder his wife might seem crazy, but an expert for the prosecution says that’s just because his culture is misund

Is a union due?

After almost 20 years, it appears Audubon Hospital nurses might finally vote on whether to unionize

Nurses at Louisville’s Audubon Hospital have spent nearly two decades trying to unionize, saying the move would help them deliver better patient care.

Duty to warn - Is a psychiatrist to blame for failing to warn a woman murdered by his patient?

Rene Cissell did not want to hurt his girlfriend, but he admitted to a social worker at University of Louisville Hospital that he just could not control his violent outbursts. 

Earlier that morning, on July 19, 1995, Cissell held a serrated knife to Kenneitha Crady’s throat, causing a minor laceration. A week before, he attempted to run his girlfriend off the road, ramming her vehicle while driving nearly 90 miles per hour. The patient recounted these attacks to his psychiatrist in detail, saying he did not want to continue hurting the woman he loved. 

Shelter from the storm

Louisville, now a regional hub for hurricane evacuees, is prepared this time

Rows of military-green cots, hundreds of disaster kits and tables of medical supplies fill the hall inside the Kentucky Expo Center South Wing. Dozens of Red Cross volunteers are milling about and making last-minute preparations when they learn the first plane of evacuees from Louisiana is about to land.

A fog of more

A new report shows Louisville is still a big carbon emitter. Is anybody — including you — doing anything about it?

Louisville’s greenhouse gas emissions have increased by almost 10 percent since 1990, though the city remains in range with similarly sized communities, according to a preliminary report released last week by the Partnership for a Green City. 

Politics - Meet Sarah Palin

The defining moment of Sarah Palin’s political career — at least up until Friday, Aug. 29 — took place while she didn’t even hold elected office and occupied a place largely outside the public eye.

Kentucky does Denver - Democratic delegates from the Bluegrass share thoughts on the convention and the future of the party

DENVER — On day one of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Kentuckians in attendance seemed eager to unite their party and move past recent rows over the delegate process.

Even with the anointing of Barack Obama as leader of the Democratic ticket under way, Kentucky delegates who backed Sen. Hillary Clinton still were waiting for the go-ahead to redirect their support to the presumptive presidential nominee. In the meantime, they continued heaping praise on the senator.

A new smog-slayer in town

Mayor Abramson last Friday appointed Lauren Anderson executive director of the Air Pollution Control District, the agency that monitors air quality and develops emissions standards for the area. Anderson replaces longtime director Art Williams, who retired earlier this year. Among other things, Williams oversaw the implementation of the Strategic Toxic Air Reduction program, created to reduce smog and other toxic air soups.

A week in the life of the Arena Authority

The Louisville Arena Authority is expected to call an emergency meeting within the next week to discuss alternate plans to pay for a downtown sports and entertainment complex.

The Arena Authority recently was on the brink of finalizing a bond package to pay for construction of a new downtown arena when a major financial market analyst issued a “negative watch” for the bond insurer. The deal was postponed as a result of the dire forecast, and now the authority is scrambling to piece together another financing plan.