Arts and Humanities
9:30 am
Mon August 27, 2012

History Meets Mystery in 'The Lion in Winter'

Roger Fristoe (King Henry II) and Susan McNeese Lynch (Eleanor of Aquitaine) in "The Lion in Winter."
Actor's Choice

Dysfunction in the English royal family plays out against a backdrop of treason and civil war in “The Lion in Winter." Actor's Choice theater company opens James Goldman’s award-winning historical drama this week. 

The year is 1183, and King Henry II has called a Christmas court. He’s allowed his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, out of prison for the occasion. He needs to name an heir to secure an alliance with France. Will it be Richard (later known as the Lionheart), treacherous Geoffrey or Henry's favorite, John? 

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Politics
9:01 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Yarmuth Says Several Democrats Could Unseat McConnell in 2014

One of Kentucky’s two Democratic Congressmen believes his party has a good shot at unseating U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014.

So far, many of the state’s top Democrats have announced plans to avoid challenging the Senate Minority Leader. That includes Attorney General Jack Conway, who ran for Senate against Rand Paul in 2010, former state Auditor Crit Luallen and current Auditor Adam Edelen.

But Congressman John Yarmuth, D-3, says he believes most of the other well known Democrats could unseat McConnell, including Governor Steve Beshear or Congressman Ben Chandler.

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Local News
9:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Governors Celebrate First Bridges Project Groundbreaking This Week

The 3,000 foot road extension will run from the first exit north of the East End Bridge.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will celebrate the first construction project for the new East End Bridge this week.

The two states are splitting the work and cost of the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project. On Thursday, officials will break ground on a 3,000 foot road extension between Utica, Indiana and the River Ridge Commerce Center. 

The road being built connects to Old Salem Road and will be used by commercial trucks to access the Port of Jeffersonville and will be the first exit north of the new East End Bridge.

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Local News
9:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

JCPS Considers Tax Hike, Still Lower Than Previous Years

Jefferson County homeowners could see their property taxes go up again if the school board approves a proposed 3.4 percent increase Monday.

The revenue would be used to support the district's dozens of new assistant principals and updates to the JCPS transportation plan.

Taxes are based off assessed property values and, currently, homeowners pay around $677 for every $100,000 their house is worth. If the increase is approved, they'll pay an additional $23.

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Local News
8:30 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Virtual Hearing On Indiana Raw Milk Debate Closes This Week

A virtual public hearing on the possible legalization of unpasteurized milk sales in Indiana is winding down this week.

This summer, residents have been invited to submit on-line comments to a committee of the Indiana Board of Animal Health.

The panel will then make recommendations to the Indiana General Assembly on ways it could regulate the product for human consumption.

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Environment
8:05 am
Mon August 27, 2012

New Mammoth Cave Superintendent Excited to Return to Kentucky

National Park Service

The National Park Service has appointed a new superintendent for Mammoth Cave National Park, near Bowling Green.

Sarah Craighead has worked at Mammoth Cave National Park before…but that was in 1979. She grew up near the park, and credits it with getting her started in the park system.

Since then, she’s headed up parks in Oklahoma and Arizona. She’s currently the superintendent of Death Valley National Park, and has also worked in parks in Maine and Virginia.

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Politics
7:40 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Kentucky Delegates Prepared for RNC Despite Tropical Storm Isaac

The Republican National Convention has been postponed Monday due to tropical storm Isaac, but Kentucky delegates are still headed to Tampa, Florida to support presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Pollution Controls at Power Plants Create Greater Demand for Limestone

Hillside Basic's quarry in Battletown, Ky.
Erica Peterson WFPL

The need for more sophisticated pollution controls at power plants as led to an increased demand for limestone. And a quarry in Meade County has installed new equipment to meet that demand.

Power plants have to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, and one popular way of doing that is running it through layers of crushed limestone mixed with water. The sulfur dioxide bubbles through the high-calcium limestone, and doesn’t go out the smokestack.

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Local News
10:00 am
Sun August 26, 2012

Program Could Provide Deportation Immunity to Young Immigrants in Louisville

On August 15, the Department of Homeland Security began accepting applications for the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals. It would allow some undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children to obtain temporary immunity from deportation. LEO Weekly’s Anne Marshall joined us on Friday's Byline to talk about the program and some local young people who are applying for it.

Politics
9:30 am
Sun August 26, 2012

Reports from Kentucky's Tea Party Rally

A Tea Party rally featuring Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul was held earlier this week in Frankfort to protest President Obama’s health care law. WFPL's Phillip Bailey and Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston were there, and they joined us on Friday's Byline to let us know what they saw.  

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