WFPL http://wfpl.org en State Rep. Ben Waide Indicted For Alleged Campaign Finance Violations http://wfpl.org/post/state-rep-ben-waide-indicted-alleged-campaign-finance-violations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FRANKFORT —&nbsp;</span>State Rep. Ben Waide&nbsp;was indicted Tuesday on felony charges of violating state campaign finance law.</p><p>A Franklin County grand jury indicted Waide on two counts of misappropriation of campaign funds, according to a news release from the state Attorney General's Office, which is prosecuting the case. Waide, a Madisonville&nbsp;Republican, could face up to 10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines if convicted.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:56:40 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9869 at http://wfpl.org State Rep. Ben Waide Indicted For Alleged Campaign Finance Violations As U.S. Exports Coal—and Pollution—Where Does That Leave Kentucky? http://wfpl.org/post/us-exports-coal-and-pollution-where-does-leave-kentucky <p>Here’s what’s not up for debate: Eastern Kentucky coal production has plummeted over the past several years.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2000, the region mined just over 106 million tons of coal.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year, production was below 40 million tons.</span></p><p>The reasons for that decline are numerous and complicated.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:31:51 +0000 Erica Peterson 9866 at http://wfpl.org As U.S. Exports Coal—and Pollution—Where Does That Leave Kentucky? Clark County Sheriff Indicted For Alleged Prostitution Cover-Up http://wfpl.org/post/clark-county-sheriff-indicted-alleged-prostitution-cover <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Update:</strong> U.S. Attorney Joe </span>Hogsett<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;alleges that Clark County Sheriff Daniel&nbsp;</span>Rodden, who was indicted on federal charges Tuesday,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;provided a prostitute with a deputy’s badge and other credentials.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:39:54 +0000 Staff 9865 at http://wfpl.org Clark County Sheriff Indicted For Alleged Prostitution Cover-Up Policy Group Asks FTC to Review 'Misleading' Green Claims About Biomass http://wfpl.org/post/policy-group-asks-ftc-review-misleading-green-claims-about-biomass <p>A policy group is asking the Federal Trade Commission to scrutinize advertising claims by biomass plants that the energy produced is environmentally friendly and “green.”</p><p>Biomass energy is produced when wood products are burned in a power plant. There aren’t any large-scale biomass plants in Kentucky yet, but a company called <a href="http://www.ecopg.com/" target="_blank">ecoPower</a> is building one in Eastern Kentucky.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 9857 at http://wfpl.org Policy Group Asks FTC to Review 'Misleading' Green Claims About Biomass Dainty: A Democratic Pit Stop In Louisville on the Road to Fancy Farm http://wfpl.org/post/dainty-democratic-pit-stop-louisville-road-fancy-farm <p>On the road to this weekend's Fancy Farm political picnic, there are&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">detours. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One is the Dainty contest, a unique annual sports event in Louisville’s </span>Schnitzelburg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> neighborhood that draws local and statewide politicians.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:39:58 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9864 at http://wfpl.org Dainty: A Democratic Pit Stop In Louisville on the Road to Fancy Farm Kentucky Congressman Denies Allegations of Ethical Misconduct http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-congressman-denies-allegations-ethical-misconduct <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield of Kentucky said Monday that a pending federal ethics complaint against him involves allegations of improper lobbying of him and his staff by his wife on behalf of the national Humane Society.</p><p>The pending complaint does not include or address ethical issues raised earlier this month in articles by WFPL's &nbsp;Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which found that Whitfield, his wife and another powerful lobbyist had a longstanding financial partnership in property at a West Virginia luxury resort.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:33:38 +0000 R.G. Dunlop 9863 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Congressman Denies Allegations of Ethical Misconduct 5 Takeaways From McConnell-Grimes Bluegrass Poll http://wfpl.org/post/5-takeaways-mcconnell-grimes-bluegrass-poll <p>Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has a slight edge over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes going into this weekend's Fancy Farm picnic, according to t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he Bluegrass Poll released Monday.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:17:25 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9860 at http://wfpl.org 5 Takeaways From McConnell-Grimes Bluegrass Poll Hikes Planned on Rarely Explored Fossil Beds at Falls of the Ohio http://wfpl.org/post/hikes-planned-rarely-explored-fossil-beds-falls-ohio <p>The <a href="http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/">Falls of the Ohio State Park </a>in Clarksville will soon offer visitors a chance to explore a rarely-seen area of the park’s fossil beds. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are more than 200 acres of fossil beds at the park, but some of them are under water as much as 80 percent of the year.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;A window of opportunity is opening for those who want to have a look at the otherwise inaccessible beds.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:41:08 +0000 Rick Howlett 9862 at http://wfpl.org Hikes Planned on Rarely Explored Fossil Beds at Falls of the Ohio Metropolitan Sewer District Board OKs 5.5 Percent Rate Increase http://wfpl.org/post/metropolitan-sewer-district-board-oks-55-percent-rate-increase <p>Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District board on Monday &nbsp;approved a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;5.5 percent rate increase, which will raise the average customer’s bill by $29 a year. The change is slightly smaller than the 5.8 percent increase ratepayers saw last year.</span></p><p>MSD is about halfway through a 19-year consent decree with the federal government to overhaul the city’s sewer systems and decrease the frequency of sewer overflows.</p><p>The new rate goes into effect on Friday.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:22:08 +0000 Erica Peterson 9861 at http://wfpl.org Metropolitan Sewer District Board OKs 5.5 Percent Rate Increase Update: Jefferson County Board of Education OKs Presbyterian Community Center Purchase http://wfpl.org/post/update-jefferson-county-board-education-oks-presbyterian-community-center-purchase <p><strong>Update 8 p.m.: Board OKs Purchase</strong></p><p>The Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday evening unanimously approved &nbsp;the purchase of the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Presbyterian Community Center.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:52:41 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9858 at http://wfpl.org Update: Jefferson County Board of Education OKs Presbyterian Community Center Purchase