Local News
5:25 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Louisville Metro Animal Services Gets New Leadership

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Louisville Metro Animal Services is slated for new leadership nearly 17 months after the departure of the previous permanent director.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Wednesday that Jessica Jo Montgomery will take the helm of LMAS and will begin her new role this week.  Justin Scally resigned from the post in May 2013 to accept a job in Washington, D.C. 

Fischer said there “was no hurry” to find a replacement for Scally during the past several months. 

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Environment
2:55 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Kentucky Noted as 'Most-Improved' in Annual Energy Efficiency Rankings

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An energy policy non-profit today released its annual ranking of states by energy efficiency programs.

Though Kentucky is still in the bottom half of the list, it was recognized as one of the “most-improved” states.

Indiana, on the other hand, fell the furthest and is currently ranked 40th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Local News
12:14 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Smoketown Residents Lack Access to Services, Struggle With Vacant Properties, Report Says

Boarded up and empty houses pepper the Smoketown neighborhood.
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A pattern of urban neglect—vacant houses, a lack of access to to services—has the potential to spoil Louisville's Smoketown neighborhood, according to a report released Tuesday.

At least, what’s left of it. 

More than 100 Smoketown properties are considered vacant or abandoned by Louisville Metro’s Department of Codes and Regulations, according to results from the Vision Smoketown survey.

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Investigation
9:25 am
Wed October 22, 2014

A Powerful Nursing Home Owner and a Push For Medical Review Panels in Kentucky

Forcht Group CEO Terry Forcht, seated in the front row, takes notes as the Kentucky House Health & Welfare Committee hears debate in March 2012 about a medical review panel bill. Paducah trial lawyer Gary Schaaf, front, argues against the bill.

Nestled on a hillside above Perry County Central High School, the Hazard Health & Rehabilitation Center was unlike any home Mae Campbell ever had.

There, on separate occasions in 2009, two male residents sexually abused the now 91-year-old widow and Alzheimer’s patient, once within sight of a nursing supervisor. The state said the nursing home “failed to protect” its residents from roving sexual predators in their midst. The home and its administrator were spared a criminal trial by paying a $20,000 fine.

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Health
7:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Drink Pyramid Aims to Combat Kentucky's 'Pop Culture'

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  Frustrated with high rates of tooth decay in children in Eastern Kentucky, dentist Nikki Stone decided to develop an educational tool for parents and children to remind them of their oral health.

She developed the New Drink Pyramid.

The pyramid borrows the same concept as the U.S. Agriculture Department's MyPlate and Food Pyramid to outline healthy portions and frequency guidelines for beverages. 

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Education
6:51 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Takeaways From the Jefferson County School Board Candidates Forum

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Jefferson County Board of Education candidates discussed topics ranging from low-performing schools to charter schools in a forum Tuesday.

Candidates seeking to represent districts 3, 5 and 6 spoke in hour-long slots dedicated to each race. (District 1 is also up for election, but incumbent Diane Porter is running unopposed and she did not participate in the forum.)

Here is a breakdown of some of the issues the candidates hit on during the forum, which was organized by the Parent Teacher Association's 15th district and moderated by WFPL's Devin Katayama.

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Arts and Humanities
3:55 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Yelp's 'Art in Action' to Show Off Louisville's Creativity

Guessing the type of bourbon in a truffle, making your own cupcakes, and spending the evening at an art gallery are just some of the activities that online review site Yelp is planning for Wednesday night’s Art in Action. The event is the site’s biggest Louisville event to date.

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Environment
1:18 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Audits Seek to Help Louisville Congregations Save Energy

Aaron Tornes of Kentucky IPL shows Bill Bowman of Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church a kilowatt meter.
Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

Kentucky has one of the lowest electricity rates in the U.S. But that doesn’t always translate to lower bills, thanks to housing stock that isn’t very efficient and wastes a lot of energy.

For buildings like churches, the problem is especially severe. Many churches are old and leaky, with large areas that are only used occasionally during the week and on Sundays.

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Local News
12:12 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Kentucky Has the Most Distilleries Since Prohibition Ended, Report Says

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A new study shows Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector primed for another round of expansion.

The report released Tuesday was done by the University of Louisville's Urban Studies Institute.

(You can reach the full report here.)

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Local News
11:54 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Kentucky ACLU Asks Attorney General for Help Getting LMPD Racial Profiling Study

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky is appealing to Attorney General Jack Conway for help in getting the release of Louisville Metro Police's racial profiling study.

Last week, a Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman told WFPL the study is still under review.

Earlier: Louisville Metro Police's Racial Profiling Study Still Not Released

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