Politics
1:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Majority Rules: Kentucky State Legislative Races to Watch

Legislative Research Commission

Election day is two weeks away, and with only one competitive Congressional race (6th District with Congressman Ben Chandler and Andy Barr) and no statewide races on the ballot, this year's politics will definitely be local.

Republicans are trying to take control of the state House this year. They need 10 seats to do so. Meanwhile, Democrats are trying to pick up a few Senate seats to bolster their slim minority. Below are the races to watch, by region, in these legislative contests. 

West Kentucky/Paducah

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Education
12:53 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Education Department Releasing New Accountability Data Nov. 2

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The Kentucky Department of Education will release data under the state's new accountability model--Unbridled Learning--on Nov. 2.

The data will show test scores and other information since implementing new college-and-career standards last school year. Jefferson County Public Schools, KDE and city officials have all warned that the results could be shocking to the community because the bar for student achievement is being raised.

Under the Unbridled Learning model the following five areas will be the primary measurements:

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Politics
12:15 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Outgoing GOP Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson Endorses Democrat

Louisville Metro Councilman Jon Ackerson is endorsing Democrat Teague Ridge over fellow Republican Marilyn Parker in the 18th District race.

Parker was backed by the Tea Party in the GOP primary and narrowly defeated Ackerson by 37 votes. The majority of council Republicans also supported Parker over Ackerson, citing that he sided with Democrats on key issues and could not be trusted.

Ackerson says he is not switching parties, but that Ridge will be more involved and that Parker’s views against council members' use of discretionary funds will hurt the district.

"She's not supporting using Neighborhood Development Funds in the district, and I think that's a huge mistake," he says. "With the Capitol Infrastructure Funds she's talking about allocating them in other districts other than District 18. And I think that's also a big mistake. I just don't think she's going to provide the quality representation that District 18 needs."

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Local News
11:58 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Investor Group Makes $120 Million Kentucky Kingdom Bid Public

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A group of four local investors led by businessman Ed Hart says it will invest $50 million without a state guarantee to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park.

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Arts and Humanities
11:30 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Group Seeks Funding to Turn Armored Car Vault into Theater

Louisville actors, directors and designers aren't hurting for play projects, but they are hurting for space.  

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Environment
10:48 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Energy PACs Already Supporting McConnell 2014 Bid

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Mitch McConnell isn't up for reelection until 2014, but the Kentucky senator is already raking in donations from energy-related PACs.

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Politics
10:24 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Romney Appears in Ad Supporting Mourdock

In a new television ad, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock will be the needed vote in the Senate to repeal President Obama's health care law.

The 30-second spot features Romney telling Hoosiers that Mourdock worked with outgoing Gov. Mitch Daniels to "balance the budget" and "make government more accountable" adding that his election will keep the Democratic agenda at bay. Romney has pledged that eliminating the Affordable Care Act will be one of his first acts if elected president, and the ad anticipates the Senate margin will be close.

"As Senator, Richard will be the 51st vote to repeal and replace government-run healthcare," says Romney.

Check it out:

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Local News
9:55 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Here is Ed Hart's Proposal to Re-Open Kentucky Kingdom

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Last week, businessman Ed Hart and his Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company submitted his proposal to re-open Kentucky Kingdom—which he used to own. Today, he released the plan. Devin Katayama is covering the announcement and conducting interviews. In the meantime, the proposal and bullet points from the KKRC are below. 

The state is seeking proposals to operate the former Six Flags. Hart previously attempted to re-open the park shortly after it closed, but the deal fell apart. As did a subsequent proposal from the family that owns the Holiday World park in Indiana.

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Local News
9:30 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Cyber Knife Debuts Wednesday at James Graham Brown Cancer Center

The James Graham Brown Cancer Center will begin using a new tool this week to treat certain cancer patients.

The Cyber Knife is a $6 million investment that targets tumors throughout the body with noninvasive radiation treatment. Nine treatments are scheduled this week and officials hope to treat over 300 annually.

“It’s very innovative. It uses a Kuka robot which is the robot that makes BMW cars,” said Christy Stone, the center’s Cyber Knife administrator.

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Environment
9:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Grant to Pursue LEED Status for NuLu Could Set Stage for Future Sustainability

Louisville’s Downtown Development Corporation has won a grant to pursue LEED designation for the city’s East Market—or NuLu—neighborhood.

LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” and the certification is usually given to buildings that incorporate various energy efficient and sustainable features. But there’s also a LEED neighborhood designation, and now the DDC has   $25,000 to pursue it.

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