Politics
11:51 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Fancy Farm: Alison Lundergan Grimes Throws Red Meat to Bean Supper Crowd

U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes addresses the crowd at the 19th Annual Marshall County Bean Supper on Fri., Aug. 1.
Credit Jake Ryan / WFPL

GILBERTSVILLE—At an annual event known for its bean dish, Kentucky Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes offered some red meat to a Democratic audience.

Grimes once again challenged her opponent, incumbent GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell, to a public debate, drawing cheers from a friendly crowd.

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Politics
11:24 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Fancy Farm: James Comer Jabs Opponents Ahead of Gubernatorial Announcement

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer speaks beside his wife, T.J., at The Night Before Fancy Farm event hosted by the Marshall-Calloway GOP.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

AURORA — On the eve of the Fancy Farm picnic, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer Friday night took jabs at the current crop of gubernatorial candidates, setting the stage for his likely entrance into the race.

Comer has been in Western Kentucky for the past week in advance of the annual political event, where political observers expect he'll announce his own bid for the Republican nomination.

Related: WFPL's coverage of the 2014 Fancy Farm picnic

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Local News
4:14 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

LEO Weekly Cuts Staff Under New Ownership

UPDATED 4:31pm with comments from Aaron Yarmuth.

On the first day of local ownership in years, LEO Weekly has fired several employees.

Staff writer April Corbin tweeted that she was let go this afternoon, along with editor Sara Havens. Havens also writes the popular Bar Belle column, and today was her 15th anniversary working for the alt-weekly.

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Environment
3:42 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Kentucky Regulators Approve Conversion of Big Sandy Power Plant From Coal to Natural Gas

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Kentucky regulators have approved a plan to let a utility company convert part of the coal-fired Big Sandy power plant in Eastern Kentucky to natural gas.

Big Sandy is more than 50 years old. Because of federal regulations requiring power plants to reduce the amount of mercury and other air toxins their plants emit, Kentucky Power had a choice: upgrade the plant’s pollution controls to the tune of a billion dollars or stop burning coal at the plant.

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Kentucky Shakespeare’s Globe Players Deliver a Nostalgic, Summer Camp-Styled 'Love’s Labour’s Lost'

Emma Payne, Katlyn Judd, Caroline Glazier and Stephanie Sollis in rehearsal for "Love's Labour's Lost."
Credit Kentucky Shakespeare

Remember gathering around the last twilight bonfire of summer-camp to say your goodbyes? The parting was always bittersweet; complete with some tears, silly songs and promises not to forget, because, somehow in such a short amount of time, you had made connections that would last a lifetime.

Or at least until next summer.

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Local News
12:32 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

World's Top Golfers Coming to Valhalla for 96th PGA Championship; Early Pairings Set

The 13th hole "island" green at Valhalla Golf Club
Credit pga.com

Some of the world’s top professional golfers have begun arriving in Louisville for next week’s PGA Championship, the last of the game’s four major competitions of the season.    

Valhalla Golf Club is hosting the PGA Championship for the third time.    The last one was in 2000, when Tiger Woods took home the Wannamaker Trophy after defeating Bob May in a playoff.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

On the Eve of Fancy Farm, Remembering Gatewood Galbraith and an Old Kentucky Oratory Tradition

Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley during their campaign for governor and lieutenant governor.
Credit File photo

It’s Fancy Farm, 2011. Gatewood Galbraith, clad in his trademark fedora, takes the stage. 

“Thank you very much folks," he tells the applauding crowd. "Gatewood Galbraith here. First of all, I’m gonna go away from my regular speech for just a second and tell you Gov. Beshear, that was the worst darn speech I ever heard anybody give!”

The audience cheers.

Dubbed by many Kentucky political observers as one of the best stump speakers in recent history, Galbraith’s populist oratory style and steely resolve was a perfect match for the event.

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Local News
9:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Kentucky Deaths From Heroin Have Increased 27 Percent Since 2011

Credit Justice and Public Safety Cabinet

Overdose deaths related to heroin use are rising in Kentucky.

The percentage of these deaths attributed to heroin has increased 27 percent since 2011, according to a report released Thursday by the state Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

Of the 191 deaths from drug overdose in Jefferson County in 2013, 105 were the result of heroin use, according to the report.

Fayette County had the second highest amount of overdose deaths, with 86.

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Politics
7:01 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Council Aide Bryan Mathews Resigns Jefferson County Judge-Executive Post

Democrat Bryan Mathews
Credit File photo

Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews resigned Thursday after two legal opinions said it was a conflict of interest for him to also work as a Louisville Metro Council aide.

The question surrounding Mathews’ roles came up when he began working as a legislative assistant for Democratic Councilman Dan Johnson on June 2.

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Politics
6:57 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Can Kentucky's Fancy Farm Picnic Be Tamed?

Fancy Farm 2008
Credit Micah Drushal/Creative Commons

In 2009, Attorney General Jack Conway lashed out at hecklers and cursed on stage at the annual Fancy Farm picnic in Western Kentucky.

“And you can holler all you want at me and I can hear you,” bellowed Conway, who was running against Dan Mongiardo in the U.S. Senate Democratic primary at the time.

“But just like Wendell (Ford) used to say, go ahead and chew on my hide. It only grows back tougher. And I’ve been around awhile and you’re looking at one tough son of a b—.”

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