Environment
12:53 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

More Coal Layoffs in Eastern Kentucky, But Don't Blame Environmental Regulations

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This week, Arch Coal idled its Cumberland River complex, laying off 213 coal miners. The mining operation spans the border between Letcher County, Ky., and Wise County, Va. 

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Politics
10:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Despite Senator Rand Paul's Suggestion, Fort Knox Won’t House Immigrant Children, Says HHS Official

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Unaccompanied immigrant children taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border will not be coming to Fort Knox in Kentucky.

That’s according to an e-mail from the U.S. Department Health and Human Services sent to WFPL, which contradicts a statement Monday by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at a business event in Louisville.

Speaking at the Kentucky Chamber Business Summit, Paul said the federal government was sending some of the children who had been apprehended to the Kentucky military installation.

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Arts and Humanities
9:27 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Kentucky Arts Council Honors Three Louisville Writers with Al Smith Fellowships

Three of the six recipients of the 2014 Al Smith Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council live in Louisville. This year's $7,500 fellowship awards recognize literary excellence in mid-career professionals. Applications for the next fellowship cycle will be considered in musical composition and visual art. 

This year's Al Smith Fellows in the literary arts:

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Local News
6:55 am
Tue July 22, 2014

27 Percent of Kentucky Children Live in Poverty, Report Says

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Twenty-seven percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2012, according to the 2014 Kids Count report released Tuesday.

That percentage is worse than 25 years ago when about a quarter of Kentucky kids lived in poverty, said Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, which produced the report with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  

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Food and Dining
6:54 am
Tue July 22, 2014

To Save These Pigs, Ky. Farmer Says We Have To Eat Them

Kentucky hog farmer Travis Hood with Luther, a young Red Wattle boar. Hood started raising Red Wattles five years ago after cuts to his job, and began turning a profit on the meat in February.
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Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 2:54 pm

Robertson County has the smallest population of any county in the state of Kentucky, and it's the only one, word has it, without a stoplight.

So it's an unlikely place to find a campaign to keep the food system more genetically diverse. But that is exactly what's happening on a small farm owned by Travis Hood, called Hood's Heritage Hogs.

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Local News
4:45 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Louisville Water Co. Fined $84,000 For 'Willful' Disregard of Safety Laws

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The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has cited Louisville Water Co. for violating trench-safety laws for the third time in four years, this time issuing a $84,000 fine for what the state agency called a “willful” disregard of the law.

The citations stem from a fire hydrant replacement job on Leman Drive on Jan. 16. An inspector for the Labor Cabinet, which enforces Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health laws, noted that workers were in a trench nearly 6½ feet deep with no wall cave-in protection and an insufficient ladder.

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Education
4:01 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

University of Louisville Digs In, Says No Need to Release More Records

University of Louisville President James Ramsey, right.
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The University of Louisville has responded to a request by the state attorney general to justify its refusal to turn over documents to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, in the latest step in an ongoing battle over public records.

In a letter dated July 18, U of L’s outside counsel said KyCIR’s public records appeal is moot since university officials earlier this month made public its final audit report.

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Politics
12:51 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Mitch McConnell's Aid to Mississippi Republican Incumbent Angers Kentucky Tea Party Activists

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After serving on the Daviess County Republican Party's leadership team for almost three years, Owensboro native Barbara Knott had enough.

She resigned on July 10 and the reason was simple; Knott cannot support Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell this fall.

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Environment
12:39 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Regulators Predict High Ozone Levels in Louisville Tuesday

Kentucky and Indiana regulators have issued the first air quality alert of 2014 for the region. They’re predicting elevated levels of ozone Tuesday. The Air Quality Index is forecast to be 105, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. 

These sensitive groups include the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments. On bad air days, Louisville residents should avoid idling vehicles, share rides, delay mowing lawns or getting gas and try to combine errands to help improve the air quality.

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Local News
11:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Sights and Sounds: What Does Forecastle Mean to Festival-Goers?

The Squallis Puppeteers' Hunter S. Thompson marches through Forecastle on Friday.
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Forecastle Festival 2014 has wrapped up.

Here are reviews for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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