Environment
4:14 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Heitzman Appointed Permanent MSD Director

A year after a scathing audit exposed numerous managerial problems, Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District has finished addressing the deficiencies. Mayor Greg Fischer has also appointed Louisville Water CEO Greg Heitzman as permanent executive director of the agency.

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Business
2:58 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Official Says Japanese Distiller May Bid For Beam, Inc.

A Japanese company is said to be considering making an offer to buy Beam, Incorporated.

An official with Suntory Holdings tells Bloomberg News that the Osaka-based whiskey and beer maker could make a solo bid for the American distiller or a joint offer with Diageo, the global spirits company headquartered in Britain.

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Local News
2:28 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Improv Comedy Club in Fourth Street Live Closes, Cordish Promises "Brand Experience"

In a message posted online Monday afternoon, the Improv Comedy Club in Fourth Street Live downtown announced its permanent closure.

The club has been in the venue for about three years. Baltimore-based Cordish operates Fourth Street Live and owns the lease on the space. Online, the Improv gives no reason for the closure.

"They didn't say and we didn't ask," says Mayor's spokesman Chris Poynter. "Cordish called us last week to let us know [the closure] was coming down the pike."

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Local News
12:59 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Western Confirms: Petrino Is New WKU Football Coach

wkusports.com

Former University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino will be introduced as the new head coach at Western Kentucky University today.

Western has confirmed that Petrino will be the Hilltoppers’ 18th football coach.  

Western has been looking to replace Willie Taggart, who’s leaving the school to take the head coaching job at the University of South Florida.   Taggart led the team to a 7-5 record and a berth in the Little Caesar’s Bowl December 26 in Detroit.

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Local News
12:14 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Study: Indiana Taxpayers Will Take Hit on Toll Road Lease

A new study concludes the state's decision to lease the Indiana Toll Road to a private operator was a bad deal for taxpayers.

Indiana received $3.8 billion for leasing the toll road to a private consortium for 75 years. That money helps pay for major work on state highways.

But a public policy expert from the College of William and Mary says taxpayers will pay the price for the 2006 deal in lost toll road revenue that otherwise would have gone into the state treasury.

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Local News
11:48 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Regulators Concerned Racing Drugs Will Render Horses Unsafe to Eat

Credit Creative Commons

It's the most unsettling sentence in print this week, on the front page of Sunday's New York Times. "The meat of American racehorses may be too toxic to eat safely because the horses have been injected repeatedly with drugs."

That's the warning European food safety officials have sent to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico (there aren't any in the U.S.) that specialize in processing horses for consumption abroad.  

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Politics
10:52 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Governor Steve Beshear Plans to Tinker with Tax Reform Recommendations

Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky's Blue Ribbon Tax Commission has wrapped up its work, but Governor Steve Beshear says the biggest challenge to revising the tax code still remains.

Tax reform is on the tip of the tongue every few years in Frankfort. But historically, not much has been accomplished. Beshear will get the commission's latest recommendations for tax reform this week. And it'll be up to him to convince lawmakers that the panel's work is worth turning into law.

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Local News
10:48 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Heitzman Named Permanent MSD Director

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has appointed Greg Heitzman to be the permanent executive director of the Metropolitan Sewer District.

Heitzman, who’s also president of Louisville Water, has been MSD’s interim executive director since a leadership shakeup at the agency over the past year.

Fischer says Heitzman will oversee the potential merger of MSD and Louisville Water.

This story will be updated.

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Environment
9:05 am
Mon December 10, 2012

No Bats Yet in Artificial Tennessee Cave

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

So far there are no bats hibernating in an artificial cave built in Tennessee to help protect the animals from a deadly fungus. But the project’s sponsors are holding out hope for next year.

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Education
8:29 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Court Rules in Favor of Defunct Decker College, Again

A federal court has affirmed a bankruptcy court’s ruling this year in favor of a for-profit college that was forced to close after losing its accreditation and federal funding.

The U.S. Department of Education pulled student aid from Louisville’s Decker College in 2005, after the Council on Occupational Education said Decker didn’t accurately report that it offered several of its courses through distant or online learning.

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