Politics
8:59 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes Trade Blows While Discussing Kentucky Farm Policy

Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes
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Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes traded familiar barbs Wednesday while discussing agricultural issues at the Kentucky Farm Bureau headquarters in Louisville.

The 90-minute forum offered voters one of the few opportunities to contrast the two candidates in person, and covered a wide range of topics from the farm bill, immigration reform, and Affordable Care Act.

McConnell, 72, used the forum to showcase his role in tobacco settlements, Kentucky’s hemp pilot project and his overall clout in Washington.

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Education
7:28 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

JCPS Officials to Recommend No Property Tax Increase for 2014-15

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Jefferson County Public Schools administrators will recommend that the district's real estate and property tax rates remain unchanged for the 2014-15 fiscal year, JCPS said in a statement released late Wednesday.

If the school board approves, the rate will stay .71 cents per $100 of assessed value. That means resident whose property's value is assessed at $100,000 will pay $710 to JCPS for the year. The Jefferson County Board of Education will vote on the proposal at Monday evening's meeting after a public hearing.

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Local News
5:27 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

JCTA, Louisville Educators Clash Over Underfunded Teachers' Pension

JCTA president Brent McKim; Louisville League of Women Voters president Pat Murrell; pension expert Chris Tobe
Credit Jonathan Meador, Kentucky Public Radio

Louisville educators who support a lawsuit seeking to recoup lost money from Kentucky's underfunded teachers' pension system clashed this week with the head of the Jefferson County teachers' union.

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Environment
3:03 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Louisville's Air District, Union, Nearing Settlement on Reorganization

Louisville skyline
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Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District is close to reaching a settlement with the union that represents 19 current employees over the agency’s reorganization.

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Environment
1:15 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Louisville's Urban Heat Islands are Among Most Intense, Fastest-Growing in the U.S., Report Says

A satellite image showing surface temperatures in Louisville.
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A report released Wednesday by a climate change nonprofit has ranked Louisville among the top 10 U.S. cities with a serious urban heat island effect.

Urban heat islands are areas where cities are substantially hotter than surrounding rural areas. This is exacerbated by factors such as large swathes of paved surfaces and declining tree canopies.

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Politics
12:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

3 Things to Watch For Today at Kentucky Farm Bureau's Grimes-McConnell Forum

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

 Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes will share a stage this afternoon at the Kentucky Farm Bureau forum.

It is their first joint appearance since the Fancy Farm picnic, and the setting is expected to be a far more calm and controlled.  The farm bureau plans to live-stream the forum.

Still many political observers expect some fireworks. Here’s what could come up ahead of the highly anticipated forum.

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Arts and Humanities
11:42 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Bernheim Forest Sound Art Installation Harnesses Power of the Sun

Sun Boxes installed at a past Bernheim Forest Connect event.
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Craig Colorusso started his art career as a musician—an impressionable 14-year-old musician who, like many before and after him, took up the guitar to help him meet girls. But after years of playing, he felt like there was something else out there for him.

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Education
11:30 am
Wed August 20, 2014

State Law Says Kentucky Students Can Miss School To Go To The Fair

Carson Cameron, 7, left, and Caleb Cameron, 11, climb on hay bales.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Jefferson County High School students returned to class a week ago—creating a rare instance where the Kentucky State Fair started after the first day of school.

But JCPS students can still visit the fair on a weekday. State law makes it possible for students to have an excused absence as early as the second day of the school year to attend the Kentucky State Fair.

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Education
7:31 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Kentucky's 2014 Public School Graduates Make College-Readiness Gains

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Kentucky’s recent public school graduates have improved the state's performance on the ACT college entrance exam, but it continues to trail nationally.

The Kentucky Department of Education released results Wednesday showing improved scores for public school graduates in the four subjects tested by the ACT.

The state's results also showed gains in scores for most ethnic and gender student groups in composite scores, including African-American and Hispanic graduates. 

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Environment
6:57 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Can a Kentucky Politician Win By Being Candid About Coal's Decline?

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Here’s an essential Kentucky political truth: politics and the state’s coal industry are intertwined.

That’s one of the reasons both of Kentucky’s Senate candidates—Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes—have been nearly indistinguishable on the subject.

But coal’s fortunes in Kentucky have been declining for decades. 

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