Local News
8:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Parklands Project Steadily Moving Forward

The developers of a 4,000 acre public parks system along the Floyds Fork watershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville say the project is on schedule for completion in 2015.

The Parklands of Floyds Fork is being opened in phases. Earlier this month, several amenities were made available to the public in Beckley Creek Park, one of four parks in the system. They include hiking and biking trails and a fishing pier.

Two indoor projects--an education center and a meeting facility---will be finished in February.

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Mobile App to Take Aim at Government Fraud, Abuse

Adam Edelen
Credit File photo

As part of his efforts to increase citizen involvement in government, Auditor Adam Edelen's office will soon release a smart phone app to let residents make anonymous requests for investigations. 

Tips have always been taken in person or over the phone, but now, the office is on the verge of allowing tips to come in via smartphone or tablet.

Edelen says moving to smartphone applications will give taxpayers another tool to fight fraud and abuse.

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Local News
8:18 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Feds: Barth Misled Court About Financial Status

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Louisville says former McMahan Fire Chief Paul Barth failed to disclose two real estate transactions that would have affected his ability to pay back some $200,000 he embezzled from the Crusade for Children charity and the fire district.

At his sentencing hearing Monday , Barth said he was unable to make restitution until he sold his Louisville home. He was given until the close of business Wednesday to pay the money or sign an agreement under which the government would collect on the sale of the property.

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Environment
4:00 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Tossing Turkey Bones and Recycling Wrapping Paper: Louisville’s Holiday Garbage Collection Schedule

Want to know how the three upcoming holidays are going to wreak havoc with your garbage and recycling pick-up? Check out the handy schedule below from Metro Government.

Thanksgiving Day 2012

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It's All Politics
3:44 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Will Your Family Squabble About Politics This Thanksgiving?

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 7:21 pm

The last time Kathy Neal's family had a big gathering, they got into a fight about politics.

At her niece's high school graduation in May, the conversation turned to gas prices, which led Neal to argue that oil companies were not just profiteering at the expense of consumers, but getting billions in government subsidies to boot.

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Local News
2:06 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Black Friday Protest Planned for Louisville Area Walmart

Angry over what they say are unfair labor practices, protesters are planning to demonstrate at a Louisville area Walmart on Friday -- traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.

But organizers won't announce which Walmart will be the site of the demonstration until Friday morning, said Harold Embry, organizing director for the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 227, based in Louisville.

As many as 50 people are expected to participate, Embry said. 

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Education
1:59 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Indiana High Court Hears Challenge to Voucher Program

Indiana Supreme Court justices want to know whether the nation's largest school voucher program primarily benefits students and their parents or religious institutions.

The five justices prodded lawyers for both sides on that point today during a hearing on a constitutional challenge to the 2011 law under which more than 9,000 students have switched from public to private schools with help from state funds.

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Local News
1:42 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Louisville Water Company Approves Third Straight 3.75 Percent Rate Increase

The Louisville Water Company has approved an operating budget for next year which includes an average monthly customer bill increase of 77 cents.

Although the amount of water used in Louisville has decreased, spokeswoman Kelley Dearing Smith says the rate increase is necessary.

“We still have to raise the rates in a very small manner to make sure we still maintain that high quality that customers expect," she says.

The quasi-governmental agency says its operating and maintenance budget has increased and it’s partly due to higher power costs and pension expenses.

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Local News
12:26 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Daniels Announces Hoosier Tax Credits

Indiana taxpayers will receive a $111 credit on their state income tax returns next year as the state distributes part of its budget surplus.

Gov. Mitch Daniels announced the credit today.

It will be $222 for couples filing joint returns. The credit represents the automatic taxpayer refund plan that Daniels pushed through the state legislature last year.

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Local News
12:12 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Child Death and Near Death Review Panel Meets Next Week

Retired Kentucky Circuit Court Judge Roger Crittenden is chair of the Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel.

Kentucky’s 17-member Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel will meet next week to begin work and a starting point could be the 55 death or near death cases recorded this past fiscal year.

The independent panel was created to provide oversight to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and to make recommendations for how the cabinet can improve. This follows long-term criticism in the way the CHFS handles its child abuse cases.

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