Politics
2:54 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Eastern Kentucky Rep. Keith Hall Indicted on Bribery Charges

Keith Hall
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Update 3:47 p.m.: More Details

State Rep. Keith Hall and a former state mine inspector have been indicted on federal bribery charges, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Hall, who represents a part of Pike County in Eastern Kentucky, is a prominent Democratic legislator and coal mine operator. Federal prosecutors allege that he paid mine inspector Kelly Shortridge $46,000 between 2006 and 2011 to ignore violations at a Pikeville mine Hall owned, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office.

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Commentary
12:58 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Pining From Louisville to Have Seen the World's Innovations at the World's Fairs

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It has been a half century since the last truly “great” world’s fair was held in the Flushing Meadows section of New York City near LaGuardia Airport. And for most Americans alive today, the grand international exhibitions that were popular for about a hundred or so years seems oddly quaint.

However, in the era before television, the Internet and other rapid forms of mass communications, World’s Fairs were important ways to display new inventions, new products and sometimes landmark architectural structures.

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Economy
11:25 am
Thu October 23, 2014

You're Enjoying Low Gas Prices, But Is It Really A Good Sign?

Macy Gould shared this photo from Lexington, Ky., where the gas prices are under $3.
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Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 2:40 pm

All around the country, gasoline prices have been falling for weeks, down to an average of about $3 a gallon. Those lower prices are helping restrain inflation across the board.

On Wednesday, the Labor Department said its consumer price index barely inched up 0.1 percent last month. Over the past 12 months, the CPI has risen by 1.7 percent, roughly half of its historical average rate of increase.

That sounds great for consumers.

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Arts
8:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Unique Interpretations of Poe’s Most Haunting Works Find Home at Frazier History Museum

Eric Frantz, Kelly Moore and Tony Dingman in "An Evening With Poe" at the Frazier History Museum.
Credit courtesy Frazier History Museum

For the fifth year, the Frazier History Museum is bringing the haunting stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe to life. 

The legendary author of mystery and macabre died 165 years ago, but his influence continues to resonate. Some audience members arrive for the show dressed in all black, with a raven on their shoulder, said Frazier Project Specialist Tony Dingman.

“Edgar Allan Poe has, at least lately—the past five years or so it seems—a cult following, which I always enjoy," Dingman said.

An Evening With Poe" begins a two-week run tonight.

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Environment
6:08 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Many Children's Halloween Products Have High Levels of Dangerous Chemicals, Study Says

Products like this Cars trick-or-treat bag from Kroger were found to have high levels of chemicals like flame retardants and lead.
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Everyone knows Halloween has inherent health hazard—Snickers and Butterfingers have never professed to be healthy, after all. But a new study says there are dangerously high levels of chemicals and heavy metals in some of the fairy wings, candy bags and superhero costumes that millions of children will wear and touch on Oct. 31.

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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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