Local News
1:50 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Clark County Sheriff Takes Administrative Leave Following Federal Indictment

Danny Rodden
Credit www.clarkcosheriff.com

Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden is taking an administrative leave of absence, a day after being arrested on federal charges stemming from his alleged relationship with a prostitute.

Defense attorney Larry Wilder said Wednesday that going on paid leave was  Rodden's decision and it takes effect immediately, according to the Associated Press.

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Politics
12:40 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes' Foreign Policy Knowledge Questioned Over Israeli Iron Dome Remark

Credit Grimes campaign

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is being criticized for suggesting Israel's missile defense system helps the country defend against tunnels used by Hamas militants.

The comments have inserted foreign affairs back into Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race as Grimes  seeks to defeat longtime Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell this fall.

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Local News
7:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Kentucky's Laws Against Texting While Driving Prove Difficult to Enforce

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Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Texting while driving has been banned in Kentucky since 2011, but police officials say officers have difficulty enforcing the law because of how it's written.

The legislation states that a violation occurs from using an “electronic communication device” while operating a motor vehicle, which technically places using a smartphone as a GPS device or even surfing the web outside the parameters of the law.

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Local News
9:22 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Kentucky Tourism Board OKs $18 Million In Tax Incentives for Ark Encounter

A model of the Ark Encounter park.
Credit arkencounter.com

FRANKFORT— The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Board has approved $18 million in tax breaks for a controversial Christian theme park in Northern Kentucky.

The board unanimously voted on Tuesday to approve sales tax incentives for the Ark Encounter, a religious theme park to be built in Williamstown. The theme park is controlled by Answers in Genesis, a conservative Christian non-profit that also operates the Creation Museum.

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Local News
4:56 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

State Rep. Ben Waide Indicted For Alleged Campaign Finance Violations

Ben Waide
Credit Legislative Research Commission

FRANKFORT — State Rep. Ben Waide was indicted Tuesday on felony charges of violating state campaign finance law.

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 Republican, could face up to 10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines if convicted.

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Environment
2:31 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

As U.S. Exports Coal—and Pollution—Where Does That Leave Kentucky?

Credit Harry Schaefer / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Here’s what’s not up for debate: Eastern Kentucky coal production has plummeted over the past several years. In 2000, the region mined just over 106 million tons of coal. Last year, production was below 40 million tons.

The reasons for that decline are numerous and complicated.

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Local News
12:39 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Clark County Sheriff Indicted For Alleged Prostitution Cover-Up

Daniel Rodden
Credit www.clarkcosheriff.com

Update: U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett alleges that Clark County Sheriff Daniel Rodden, who was indicted on federal charges Tuesday, provided a prostitute with a deputy’s badge and other credentials.

"He did so in order that the prostitute could obtain a government employee rate at a hotel across the river in Louisville," Hogsett said during a news conference on Tuesday. "It is also alleged in the indictment that Mr. Rodden met the prostitute at that hotel several weeks later and engaged in a sex act with her."

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Environment
7:30 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Policy Group Asks FTC to Review 'Misleading' Green Claims About Biomass

A concrete slab indicates the site of the proposed ecoPower biomass plant in Hazard, Kentucky.
Credit Frankie Steele / Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

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.”

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 ecoPower is building one in Eastern Kentucky.

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Politics
6:39 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Dainty: A Democratic Pit Stop In Louisville on the Road to Fancy Farm

Attorney General Jack Conway played Dainty on Monday.
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On the road to this weekend's Fancy Farm political picnic, there are detours.

One is the Dainty contest, a unique annual sports event in Louisville’s Schnitzelburg neighborhood that draws local and statewide politicians.

In the run up to Fancy Farm, the Dainty has served as a kind of roadside attraction. Candidates rub elbows with prospective voters in an attempt to energize the base in one of Kentucky's most solidly working-class Democratic strongholds.

Monday night's Dainty, with maybe 4oo people in attendance, was no different.

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Politics
9:33 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Kentucky Congressman Denies Allegations of Ethical Misconduct

Connie Harriman-Whitfield, then vice chair of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, whispers in the ear of husband, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., during a press conference on Sept. 5, 2006, in support of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
Credit Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images

 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.

The pending complaint does not include or address ethical issues raised earlier this month in articles by WFPL's  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.

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