Local News
5:09 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Kentucky Derby Julep Ball is No More

Kentucky Derby eve won’t be the same this Spring.

The annual Julep Ball, hosted since 2009 by the University of Louisville's James Graham Brown Cancer Center, has been discontinued.

More than $1.5 million had been raised to support cancer research efforts since the Julep Ball and the event’s predecessor, the Mint Jubilee, were held, according to a news release from the center.

The resources behind the ball's production and effort became too great, Michael Neumann, executive director of development for the cancer center, said in a released statement.

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Health
4:26 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Kentucky National Guard Airmen Return From Ebola Mission in West Africa

Airmen with the 123rd Contingency Response Group file through in-processing after landing at the Kentucky National Guard Air Base in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 19, 2014.

The Kentucky Air National Guard reports that nearly 50 airmen have returned to Louisville Wednesday from West Africa, where they were helping battle the spread of Ebola.

The 123rd Contingency Response Group established a processing cargo hub in Dakar, Senegal, in support of Operation United Assistance, the global effort to combat Ebola. 

The hub is designed to accept large quantities of cargo arriving by aircraft. It will also process the material and then ship it to affect areas.

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Local News
4:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Kentucky On Track To Have Fewer Highway Deaths

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At the end of 2013, Kentucky's traffic fatality rate was the lowest since 1947. Now, the state is on pace to beat that rate this year.

To date, 563 people have died on Kentucky roads so far this year, according to the KSP website. That’s one dozen fewer deaths when compared to the same time last year.

Kentucky State Police officials are hoping a new campaign will continue the downward trend. The "Finish Strong" campaign began Nov. 1.

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The Two-Way
3:40 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

WATCH: How Carbon Dioxide Travels Around The Globe

Carbon dioxide is represented by the red on this map.
NASA

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 1:10 pm

We're a few days late on this, but it's too cool not to share.

Here's a NASA video made from a new model that shows how carbon dioxide moves throughout Earth:

NASA explains what you just watched:

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Education
2:06 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Kentucky's Community College System Picks a New President

Jay Box
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Updated: Jay Box, a top administrator in Kentucky's community college system, will become the system's new president in January, the board of regents announced Wednesday.

Box will be the Kentucky Community and Technical College System's second president. He'll replace Michael McCall, who is retiring. 

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Local News
1:03 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Louisville Gets State's Highest Rating For LGBT Supports, Report Says

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Kentucky cities are making progress toward becoming more supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, according to a report from the Human Rights Campaign released this month.

Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort, Bowling Green and Owensboro were rated in the 2014 Municipal Equity Index—which this year assessed LGBT equality in 353 cities across the nation.

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Local News
7:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

What Would Happen if MSD Workers Went on Strike?

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The Metropolitan Sewer District and a group of union workers are locked in a contentious labor dispute that could lead to a strike in the coming weeks.

The MSD board on Monday rejected a contract proposal from the workers represented by LIUNA Local 576 union. The agency's executive director will now make a final contract offer by Wednesday, and the union has until Dec. 3 to respond, an MSD spokesman said. 

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Environment
4:42 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Telling Stories About Louisville's Air Quality Through Art

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A new project in Louisville aims to translate environmental data into information that residents can understand and use. It will create and install air quality sensors throughout the city, then incorporate the data from those monitors in a piece of public art.

Puneet Kishor is the manager of science and data policy for the San Francisco-based Creative Commons.

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Health
3:01 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

The Latest Numbers for Health Care Enrollment Through Kynect

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Since open enrollment began Saturday, 19,839 people have conducted preliminary screenings through Kynect, Kentucky's state health care exchange established through the Affordable Care Act.

Gov. Steve Beshear's office issued the most recent numbers in a news release on Monday afternoon. As of 4 p.m. Monday:

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Local News
2:20 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Churchill Downs' Track Is Frozen, So It's Calling Off Racing on Wednesday

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For the first time in 28 years, Churchill Downs has canceled a day of racing because the racetrack is frozen.

Icy track conditions and low temperatures led Churchill Downs to call off the 10 races scheduled for Wednesday. Track officials said they decided to cancel the races out of concerns for the safety of the jockeys and horses.

“Our track maintenance crew and officials have deemed that the track, which is currently frozen, will not improve significantly before Wednesday,” Churchill Downs spokesman Darren Rogers said.

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