Local News
9:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

ESPN Takes a Look at Street Ball in Louisville and Around the U.S.

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Louisville’s annual Dirt Bowl street ball basketball tournament could help save playground basketball.

That is according to an article published today on ESPN.com that examines the fading style of outdoor basketball played on concrete courts.

Here's the article.

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Environment
4:18 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Louisville's Innovation Chief Takes On Added Role With Environmental Non-Profit

Ted Smith
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  Louisville’s head of economic development will be in charge of a new local non-profit, in addition to some modified Metro duties. In changes announced Wednesday, Ted Smith will remain Louisville’s chief of civic innovation. He'll will also serve as the first executive director for the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil.

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Politics
12:53 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Presses Mitch McConnell to 'Change Tune' on Outsourcing Jobs Bill

Alison Lundergan Grimes
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Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is urging Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell to "change his tune" on a proposal that would end tax breaks for U.S. companies that ship jobs overseas.

The statement made Wednesday continues a debate between Grimes and McConnell over Kentucky jobs, which has been the subject of their dueling ads this week.

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Environment
12:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

LG&E Fined Again for Odor Problems at Cane Run Power Plant

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has been fined again for issues at the company's Cane Run Power Station. This time, the problem stems from complaints of rotten egg and sulfur odors emanating from the plant in February.

According to the Notice of Violation issued June 26, the Air Pollution Control District has offered to settle the case for $3,000 in fines, plus remedial action.

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Environment
9:43 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Kentucky Wants Your Thoughts In Crafting the Next Master Plan For Environmental Education

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A meeting today kicks off the process of drafting a new five-year master plan for environmental education in Kentucky.

Every five years since 1999, Kentucky has re-tooled its master plans laying out how environmental education should be taught in the commonwealth. The plan is meant to help educators understand how the environment can be used to teach students across multiple disciplines—not just science, but also subjects like language arts and math.

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Local News
7:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

How Christianity Shapes Louisville's Coffee Culture

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A woman walks into Sunergos Coffee on Preston Street in Louisville. She orders a drink and begins looking around, through the mixture of cafe settings and living room couches. She's looking for something. She doesn’t find it. She returns to the counter, upset.

“Where are your bibles?” she asks.

“I…I have one,” says the woman working at the shop.

“Where are your bibles here?” asks the customer.

“Well there aren’t any,” says the barista.

The customer replies, “I thought you were a Christian coffee shop.”

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Local News
8:30 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Ultra High-Speed Internet Plan Headed to Louisville Metro Council

An Internet speed test
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A Louisville Metro Council committee Tuesday voted to award three franchise agreements to companies to install the infrastructure needed for ultra high-speed internet access in the city.

The measure now goes before the full Metro Council, which could consider it as early as Thursday.

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Politics
7:09 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Kentucky Unaffected By Contradictory Health Care Rulings

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A pair of conflicting appeals court rulings about the Affordable Care Act issued Tuesday will not impact Kentucky's implementation of the federal overhaul, state officials told WFPL.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

D.C. Lawmaker Challenges Ky. Congressman Thomas Massie to End Gun Prohibition on Capitol Hill

Congressman Thomas Massie, R-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Congress

A fellow member of Congress challenged Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie on Tuesday to propose legislation allow firearms on Capitol Hill.

Last week, Congressman Massie, whose district spans Ashland to east Louisville, targeted Washington, D.C.'s gun laws, introducing an amendment to the 2015 D.C. Appropriations Bill to block the city from enforcing its firearm restrictions.

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Education
4:05 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Kentucky Education Commissioner Recognized By National School Boards Group

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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is the 2014 Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education.

The association announced the award on Tuesday. The annual award recognizes a national or state policymaker in recognition ofcontributions to education.

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