Environment
5:07 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Hear From Bluegrass Pipeline Supporters, Opponents

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Kentucky lawmakers are weighing whether to take any action to regulate a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline that could cross the state. A joint legislative committee heard from both proponents and opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline on Thursday.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Senate Conservatives Fund Ad Says Mitch McConnell is 'Doing Nothing' to Stop Obamacare

Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
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Saying Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is doing nothing to stop President Obama's health care law, a conservative group is making a hefty ad buy pressuring the GOP lawmaker to de-fund Obamacare.

Senate Conservatives Fund is reportedly spending $340,000 on a new TV ad that criticizes McConnell's leadership.

"McConnell is the Senate Republican leader, but he refuses to lead on defunding Obamcare. What good is a leader like that? It's nice that McConnell voted against Obamacare, but we need real leadership to stop it now," the ad says.

The new spot will begin airing Friday.

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Local News
3:44 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Months After Fatal Ambush, Resolve Still Strong to Find Bardstown Officer's Killer

Photos of slain Officer Jason Ellis are a common sight on Bardstown storefronts.
Rick Howlett

It’s been just over three months since the ambush shooting death of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis. 

The 33-year-old lawman was attacked while on his way home from work on the Memorial Day weekend.

Police say they have not identified any suspects but continue to follow up on leads.  

As the days pass without an arrest, many are working to keep the case fresh in people’s minds.

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Local News
2:40 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Norton Healthcare Rejects U of L's 30-Day Demands, Risking Lawsuit

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Arguments continue this week over the recently announced partnership between Norton Healthcare and the UK Healthcare.

Norton has rejected demands made by the University of Louisville to end its recently-announced pediatric services agreement with UK, and to instead negotiate with U of L.

The dispute is over the use of Kosair Children’s Hospital, which Norton owns but sits on state-owned land that must be used to benefit U of L and the citizens of Kentucky.

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Local News
12:41 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Indiana Delays Approving Tolls Rates, Kentucky Fears Higher Project Costs As Result

Artists rendition of the new East End Bridge; three of Louisville's five bridges will be tolled when the project is completed.
Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

In a surprise move, Indiana officials said they were not ready to approve toll rates for the Ohio River Bridges Project, which could end up costing Kentucky taxpayers or commuters.

The bi-state tolling body was expected to approve toll rates Thursday morning, which will be used to pay for the new East End and downtown bridges and for the reworking of Spaghetti Junction. Instead, Indiana officials removed the item from the agenda. Afterward, spokesman Will Wingfield told media the state just wasn’t prepared.

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Politics
11:40 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton Supports Military Action Against Syria

Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton

Former Congressman Lee Hamilton says he hopes U.S. lawmakers act responsibly and give President Obama authorization to launch military strikes against Syria.

The president's request to strike Syria has divided Democrats with many—such as Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky—saying they are unconvinced by the administration's argument thus far.

Considered a foreign policy expert, Hamilton is a Democrat who represented Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District for 35 years. He is scheduled to speak about the wide-ranging foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. at a speech Thursday evening at Bellarmine University set for 7 p.m.

In an interview with WFPL News, Hamilton says Congress has been too deferential to U.S. presidents on foreign affairs in the past, but he would back the president's efforts in Syria.

"I would vote for the resolution. You have three options: first of all, do nothing. I think that’s not acceptable. That would mean in effect that (Balshar) al-Assad can with impunity attack his own people with chemical weapons," he says.

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Local News
10:55 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Richie Farmer to Plead Guilty in Corruption Case

WFPL file photo
Rick Howlett

Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and UK basketball star Richie Farmer has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a government corruption case that would put him in prison for some two years.

Defense attorney Guthrie True filed a motion for a change of plea this morning,  signaling that he has reached agreements to resolve all pending and potential criminal and ethics charges. If convicted, Farmer could have faced 10 years in prison.

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The Two-Way
10:53 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Job Growth Cooled A Bit In August, Report Signals

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 9:39 am

There were 176,000 more jobs on private employers' payrolls in August than the month before, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

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Local News
10:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

How Long Louisvillians Live Depends on Their Neighborhood, Education, Study Says

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Louisvillians' neighborhood and education level have a great effect on how long they'll live, said a new study released Thursday morning.

The Building a Healthier Louisville study from the Greater Louisville Project is meant to compare where the city's health stands to peer cities. (Louisville doesn't do well—more on that later.)

But the study points to a wide disparity in life expectancy across Metro Louisville. Here's a breakdown:

83-Year Life Expectancy

Northeast Louisville

St. Matthews

Southeast Louisville

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Local News
6:45 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Committee Expects To Approve Ohio River Bridges Tolls Thursday Morning, Rates Still Uncertain

Artists rendition of the East End Bridge, one of three that will be tolled to pay for the Ohio River Bridges Project.
Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

The Indiana and Kentucky bi-state tolling body will meet Thursday morning and decide toll rates for the Ohio River Bridges Project, but those rates are subject to change if the project’s costs change, officials say.

Tolls have not been met with open arms by everyone, but bi-state officials say tolls are a necessary funding mechanism for new East End and downtown bridges and the reconstruction of Spaghetti Junction.

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