Politics
1:32 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Ethics Panel Wants Lobbyists to Report Ad Spending

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The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission is recommending that state lawmakers require organizations that employ lobbyists to report what they spend on advertising to promote or defeat specific bills.

That proposal is among five the commission is suggesting the General Assembly consider next year.

John Schaaf is legal counsel to the LEC. He told a legislative committee that it’s a response to a new form of lobbying conducted mostly by businesses that make and sell drugs.

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Local News
1:09 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Louisville Violence Prevention Work Group Makes Recommendations

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Louisville should hire a full-time violence prevention coordinator, do more to address vacant houses and foster more economic development in west Louisville, according to a report commissioned by Mayor Greg Fischer to find ways to address violence in Louisville.

“This is not a mayor’s office program, this is not a police department program, this is not a parenting program. It takes all of us," said Fischer.

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Local News
1:06 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Read the Louisville Violence Prevention Work Group Report

The final report from the Louisville Violence Prevention Work Group commissioned by Mayor Greg Fischer has been released. Read below:

Education
12:31 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

It's Farm to School Week in Kentucky

School districts around Kentucky are recognizing the Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School program this week, which connects school cafeteria directors to local farmers in the state.

The idea is to increase the amount of local produce found in school lunches.

“Fruits and vegetables grown locally and served at their peak of freshness are more nutritious than produce trucked in from across the country or across the boarder,” said Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in a statement.

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Politics
11:54 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Kentucky State Senate President David Williams Says He'll Take Judgeship If Picked

David Williams' tenure as president of the Kentucky State Senate -- and political adversary to Gov. Steve Beshear -- may soon end.

Williams is among three nominees selected Thursday by the Judicial Nominating Commission for the open 40th Circuirt Court judgeship, and he said he'd take the job if chosen. The other nominees are Angela M. Capps and Stephen Douglas Hurt.

"I am appreciative of the nomination and if the Governor appoints me, I will accept the position," Williams said in a statement released soon after the nomination was announced.

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Politics
11:52 am
Thu October 25, 2012

A Timeline of David Williams' Career

Williams Bio

59 years old.  Native of Burkesville.

Graduate of University of Kentucky (undergrad) and University of Louisville law school.

Attorney by trade, but shuttered law practice for good in 2011 to run for governor

Political Life

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Developing
11:09 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Violence Prevention Task Force Releasing Report This Afternoon

Louisville's Violence Prevention Task Force will release its recommendations and findings to the public and Mayor Greg Fischer this afternoon.

The 37-member task force was created by Fischer after a series of brazen shootings this year in the Parkland neighborhood.

The report includes a range of topics like education, health and community-building.

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Politics
10:57 am
Thu October 25, 2012

The FEC Letter to the Brooks Wicker Campaign

The Federal Election Commission is warning Brooks Wicker, the Republican nominee for the Kentucky Third District, that his October Quarterly Report is late. Read the letter here:

Politics
10:55 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Federal Election Commission Scolds Brooks Wicker for Late Finance Report

The Federal Election Commission has warned Republican congressional candidate Brooks Wicker about an overdue campaign finance report, which could result in civil penalties.

As first reported by LEO Weekly's Joe Sonka, the FEC wrote a letter warning the GOP challenger that he has failed to file his third quarter receipts and disbursements and has four days to comply. The report was due October 15.

The FEC goes on to say that any "failure to timely file this report may result in civil money penalties, an audit or other legal" action.

"All documents have been reported to the FEC," says Wicker campaign manager Michael Wray. "I spoke with (FEC analyst Chris) Ritchie today, and the matter will be resolved shortly."

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The Two-Way
10:36 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Jobless Claims Fell By 23,000 Last Week; Durable Goods Orders Rose

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the company's factory in Everett, Wash. Orders for aircraft drove the increase in demand for durable goods last month.
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Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 9:07 am

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell by 23,000 last week from the week before, to 369,000, the Employment and Training Administration says.

Claims have bounced around in recent weeks, in part because of some changes in the way at least one state reports its figures.

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