Local News
3:51 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Listen: John Yarmuth Talks Ferguson, Executive Orders and More in News Special

John Yarmuth
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth discussed coal, Syria, the issues in U.S. veterans' hospitals and much more Wednesday during a WFPL News special.

Yarmuth, a Democrat first elected in 2006 to represent the district covering most of Louisville, told WFPL's Rick Howlett that he wished "the Congress were more functional so we could actually initiate action and make the kind of changes in the law that I think would move the country forward. That’s not happening."

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Arts and Humanities
1:53 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Jeffersonville Unveils First City-Commissioned Public Art Project

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore, Councilman Nathan Smith and Councilman Dennis Julius at the unveiling of the models for "Jeff," a new city-commissioned public art installation.
Credit Aron Conaway / City Canvas

On Tuesday, Jeffersonville unveiled large-scale, wood models of the first piece commissioned by a community, civic and private initiative focused on developing public art in the Southern Indiana city.

The sculpture, called "Jeff," will be on a berm at Mechanic and 1oth streets—a main artery into the city.

“Seven years ago we had nothing here,” said Nathan Samuel, a  Jeffersonville councilman who also serves on the Jeffersonville Public Art Commission.

He pointed to the grassy berm, which separates 10th Street from an industrial yard.  

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Education
1:15 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Louisville's 'Right Turn' Program Hopes To Mentor 500 At-Risk Youth

Mayor Greg Fischer
Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL News

Louisville is creating a new grant-funded program to help at-risk youth who've been in the juvenile justice system or who have mental or health issues, Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth announced Wednesday.

Louisville youth, ages 16 to 19,  will be referred to the program through agencies and non-profits and will receive career advice, job training and help with meeting personal goals, according to a city news release.

The idea is to help improve the opportunities for at-risk youth before they make mistakes that can lead to arrests, unemployment or worse.

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Arts and Humanities
9:11 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Louisville's Outskirts Festival Schedule Is Out

Louisville Outskirts Music Festival co-founder Stephanie Gary.
Credit Marty Pearl

Louisville Outskirts Music Festival, the first annual three-day fest celebrating women in popular music, is taking shape. Here’s the full lineup of performances and venues:

Friday, October 10 at The New Vintage (doors at 7 p.m.)

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Manufacturing Trade Group Targets Kentucky for Ads Opposing Future Ozone Standard

Credit Erica Peterson/WFPL

Kentucky is one of three states targeted by a new ad campaign opposing stricter federal standards on ozone.

Ozone is one of the pollutants that’s included in the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, which the Clean Air Act requires to be periodically reviewed and updated. A federal judge has ordered a draft of the revision by December, but the EPA hasn’t announced what the new standard will be.

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Local News
4:10 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

In Appeal of Indiana Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit, Court Bristles at 'Traditional' Argument

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Federal appeals court judges considering whether to uphold same-sex  marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin  reserved their toughest questions for the states, asking how the bans help society, especially children of same-sex couples.

A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the case Tuesday.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Louisville Minimum Wage Ordinance Moving Forward

A minimum wage increase supporter holds a sign during an April public forum in Louisville on the issue.
Credit Phillip Bailey/WFPL News

Now that the Louisville Metro Council has been told it can move ahead on raising the local minimum wage, a group of Democratic lawmakers have announced they’re moving forward with a proposal.

As WFPL first reported Monday, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell told council members they have the authority to establish a wage rate separate from the rest of the state.

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Environment
1:08 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Louisville's Toxic Air Monitoring Program Stalls Amid Loss of Funding

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

A program to monitor toxic air pollutants in Louisville was suspended months ago, and future funding remains uncertain.

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Local News
12:27 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Clark County's Chief Deputy Sheriff Dies

Credit Clark County Sheriff's Office

The deputy leading the Clark County Sheriff's Office has died at age 57.

The News and Tribune reports that Chief Deputy John Kahafer had been hospitalized since last week, when he was found unresponsive at his home. Lt. Colonel Brian Meyer has been overseeing the sheriff's office  in Kahafer’s absence.

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Politics
11:59 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Kentucky Libertarians Object to KET Senate Debate Criteria

David Patterson
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Kentucky Libertarian David Patterson is taking KET to task for its new criteria excluding his participation from their scheduled Senate debate.

Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell last week accepted the public television network's invitation to face-off against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes on Oct. 13. Grimes had accepted earlier in the summer.

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