Politics
5:14 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Kentucky House's First Session Dominated by John Arnold Investigation Fallout

John Arnold
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Note: WFPL will broadcast live special coverage of Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth address at 7 tonight via KET. Tune in to 89.3 or stream at WFPL.org.

The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly began Tuesday, but discussion was dominated by fallout from a committee tasked with investigating sexual harassment claims against a former lawmaker.

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Arts and Humanities
4:13 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Louisville Writer's New Play Debunks Myths About Women's Sexuality

Carol Dines, Clint Gill, Rebecca Henderson and Sean Childress in Heidi Saunders' comedy "Sex Again."
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Despite its provocative title,  Heidi Saunders says her new play "Sex Again" isn't an X-rated show. 

“It’s not raunchy at all,” says the Louisville playwright.

That's because the central conflict in this comedy is between a woman and her husband whose long-term marriage has, well, suffered from a lack of intimacy of late. The wife wants to end their dry spell, and her husband resists. 

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Local News
3:49 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Kentucky Budget Facing $3.6 Billion Spending Gap

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Note: WFPL will broadcast live special coverage of Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth address at 7 tonight via KET. Tune in to 89.3 or stream atWFPL.org.  

FRANKFORT — As lawmakers kick off the inaugural day of the 2014 General Assembly, the scope of the state's dire budgetary situation is coming into focus: Legislators will have to find a way to come up with $3.6 billion to fully fund budget requests from state agencies.

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Environment
3:34 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

LG&E, KU Set Energy Consumption Records During Monday's Cold Snap

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Monday's cold weather set some new records for energy usage in Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities' service area. From a company news release:

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Local News
3:30 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Metro Louisville Launches $38,000 Competition for Vacant Lot Reuse Concepts

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Metro Louisville is seeking proposals for innovative uses of vacant properties.

The competition will award two people or groups $15,000 prizes and ownership of a vacant lot to implement their long-term,permanent plans. Two more $4,000 prizes and one-year leases will be awarded to people or groups for temporary plans, which would use the space until permanent development can happen.

The competition is now accepting proposals from people or groups here. The applications must be turned in no later than Feb. 24.

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Environment
2:42 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

EPA Carbon Limits on New Power Plants Expected Tomorrow

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The Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to formally publish tomorrow a proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions—namely, carbon dioxide—from power plants.

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The Two-Way
1:03 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

What Is The Polar Vortex And Why Is It Doing This To Us?

Ice has built up along Lake Michigan in Chicago as temperatures have plunged in recent days. A dip in the polar vortex is to blame.
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Originally published on Tue January 7, 2014 12:22 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': science writer Andrew Freedman talks with NPR's David Greene about the polar vortex

We've mentioned the polar vortex several times in recent days.

We've said, for instance, that it's "a low pressure system that's usually whirling around the North Pole but has weakened and come south."

But we're still getting asked this question:

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Politics
9:58 am
Tue January 7, 2014

What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly

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As temperatures in Kentucky slowly climb out of the polar abyss, so too will state lawmakers emerge from their districts and trek to Frankfort for the opening day of the 2014 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

The session starts Tuesday.

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Politics
9:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Report: History on Mitch McConnell's Side for Re-Election, But Senate Leaders Are More Vulnerable

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
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A new report shows defeating Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky in this year’s election would be a historical rarity given his status as minority leader.

An analysis of Senate elections over the past 90 years by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota finds sitting party leaders have won re-election 87 percent of the time.

In only one case has a minority leader—Democrat Tom Dashcle in 2004—lost a re-election bid.

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Local News
8:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Legislators Unlikely to Restore Child Care, Kinship Programs This Session

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Cuts to two state subsidies benefiting Kentucky children have been under criticism from youth advocates since they were announced, but a top state legislator indicates that little will be done to restore the programs in the 2014 General Assembly session.

The Child Care Assistance Program gives subsidies for day care costs to low-income parents, so they can work. The Kinship Care program offers $300 per month to adults caring for the children of family members, as an alternative to the costlier foster care.

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