Local News
12:30 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Jefferson County Sheriff Stocks Up Through Federal Miltary Surplus Program

A Jefferson County Sheriff's Office cruiser parked in front of City Hall in downtown Louisville.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

A national conversation about the militarization of police has sprung up amid the recent unrest and protests over the police shooting of a teen in Missouri.

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Arts and Humanities
11:44 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Lois Lane YA Novel Coming Next Year from Lexington Author Gwenda Bond

Unbound author Gwenda Bond has been tapped to write a novel about Superman love interest Lois Lane's teen years. "Lois Lane: Fallout," which will be published next year by Switch Press in association with DC Entertainment, imagines Lois Lane's teen years as the new girl in her Metropolis high school, which has a bit of a supervillain mean-girl problem. 

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Leaked McConnell Tape Lacks ‘Gotcha Moment’ But Underscores Democratic Narrative

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell speaking at the 2014 Fancy Farm event.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

A secret recording of Republican Senator Mitch McConnell telling a summit of wealthy conservatives that he plans to block many populist measures sent Democrats in a fury this week.

In a leaked audiotape released Wednesday by The Nation, McConnell vowed to block a raise to the minimum wage, tackling student loan debt, and extending unemployment benefits if he becomes majority leader.

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Local News
7:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Line Warranty Offer Has Louisville Water Co.'s Logo, But a Private Company Is Behind It

Credit Illustration by Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Louisville mailboxes are regularly stuffed with letters warning residents they could pay thousands of dollars in repairs if they don’t have water line warranty coverage.

Though the envelopes bear the logo of Louisville Water Co., they are actually from a private warranty company called HomeServe USA, which has run afoul of several state attorneys general, including Kentucky, in recent years over allegations of unfair and deceptive advertising.

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Local News
4:43 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Kentucky Police Get Guns, Aircraft—and Socks—From Military Surplus Program

Members of the Kentucky State Police Special Response Team
Credit KSP

Since 2006, Kentucky law enforcement agencies have received armored cars, aircraft, automatic weapons and more from a U.S. military equipment transfer program that has come under fire in the wake of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Data, obtained from the Pentagon by The New York Times, identifies transfers of surplus military equipment from the U.S. Department of Defense's "1033 program,” which funnels surplus gear to state and local police departments, to 90 of Kentucky's 120 counties.

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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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