Environment
7:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

EPA Official, Environmental Activists Reflect on 40 Years of the Clean Water Act

One of the country's most effective environmental laws-- the Clean Water Act--turns 40 today.

The act has been setting water quality standards and regulating pollution for the nation's streams, lakes and wetlands since being signed by a bipartisan Congress in 1972.

“Before 1972, this nation approached water quality as ‘the dilution is the solution to pollution,” said Hank Graddy of Kentucky Watershed Watch, in a breakout session at the Healthy Farms, Local Foods Conference last weekend.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

The Big Break: The Second Shift

  • Claire takes a second job, Samantha works a festival fundraiser and Brad finds time for work and for play.

This week on our new audio diary series, "The Big Break," Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks moonlights as a teacher, while Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach works a fundraiser for the theater's annual Humana Festival. Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond figures out how to make his busy rehearsal schedule accommodate his second job and his first love. 

Learn more about our audio diarists, who report in every Thursday about life in Louisville's professional arts companies.

Food and Dining
5:05 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Restaurants Face Uphill Battle for Cardinal Towne Diners

Brian Herbert brianherbert.com

Cardinal Towne seemed like a good location for Papalinos NY Pizzeria to open a second location.

Bolstered by the success of the restaurant’s Baxter Avenue store, co-owner Shelly Hernandez says she and her husband, co-owner Allan Rosenberg, rented a space in Cardinal Towne, a mixed-use development on Cardinal Boulevard. Sandwiched between the University of Louisville Belknap campus and Old Louisville, the location had the potential to draw patrons from two distinct communities. They opened the Cardinal Towne Papalinos store in August 2011.

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Election 2012
4:20 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

October Surmise: Predicting The Next President

Fans wear President Obama and Mitt Romney masks at the Atlanta Braves-Miami Marlins game Sept. 25 in Atlanta. One of many quirky election year predictors is based on which candidate's likeness sells better as a Halloween mask.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 4:07 pm

Predicting a presidential winner is one of America's favorite pastimes in an election year.

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Education
12:49 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

U of L Finishes Mold Testing in Dorms, No Further Relocations Necessary

Students were moved from Miller Hall last week after unhealthy levels of mold spores were found.

After moving 270 students from their dorms last week, University of Louisville officials say testing for the other residence halls is complete and no further students will need to be displaced. 

All students have successfully been moved to nearby hotels or other housing free of charge, but the dorms will be closed the remainder of the semester for cleaning, officials said.

U of L investigated and found unhealthy levels of mold in its Miller Hall residence last week following a report of visible mold from a student in another building.

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Local News
12:31 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

UK Unveils New Tailgating Plan For Students

The University of Kentucky has released new rules for tailgating to address concerns over fighting and disorderly behavior in areas near Commonwealth Stadium. The new plan will be in effect for Saturday's game against Georgia.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the area where students are allowed to tailgate will be expanded but it will be closed off an hour after the game's kickoff.

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Politics
11:58 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Medicaid Operator Kentucky Spirit Plans to Break Contract, Beshear says He's Disappointed

Governor Steve Beshear says he’s disappointed that one statewide Medicaid operator has announced it is leaving the state.

Kentucky Spirit, part of Centene Corporation from Missouri, announced today that they would terminate their operations next July, before their contract is up.

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Education
11:06 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Kentucky Creates Foundation to Supplement Education Spending

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Officials with the Kentucky Department of Education are creating an independent foundation called the Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky to help local school districts through new funding sources.

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday filed the paperwork with the Secretary of State's office Wednesday to create the foundation that will work separately from KDE.

The foundation will look for grants and money other than the traditional state, federal and local sources.

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Environment
10:30 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Public Works Rolls Out Bigger Recycling Carts in Two Neighborhoods

Metro Public Works

Two Louisville neighborhoods have been selected to participate in a pilot program designed to encourage recycling.

Residents of Louisville’s Cloverleaf and Portland neighborhoods are getting bigger recycling bins. The two neighborhoods are part of a pilot program made possible through a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Metro Public Works spokeswoman Lindsay English says the goal is to see if 95-gallon wheeled bins that are similar to the city’s trash cans will make people more likely to recycle.

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It's All Politics
9:47 am
Wed October 17, 2012

A Stronger Showing At Hofstra, But Ghost Of Denver Still Haunts Obama

President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 12:42 pm

President Obama beat at least one of his adversaries on the stage at Hofstra University last night. He easily outperformed that guy — whoever he was — who debated against former Gov. Mitt Romney two weeks ago in Denver.

That much was obvious — and necessary for the president. The question now is whether it will be sufficient to restore his momentum in the race itself.

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