Local News
1:49 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Ira Glass Does an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit

Environment
1:43 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Judge Agrees to Settlement Between Coal Company, Kentucky for Water Pollution Violations

A Circuit Court judge has signed the settlement that a coal company, the commonwealth and environmental groups agreed to last week.

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Politics
1:36 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Northern Kentucky PAC Looks to Expand Influence to State Races

A Republican Super PAC that helped Republican Thomas Massie win the 4th Congressional District primary is looking to expand. 

Americans for Growth, Opportunity and Prosperity, or Ameri-GOP, was founded by two Northern Kentucky businessmen who wanted to help elect Massie.

And after tasting success in that venture, the group is now looking to expand its scope of influence.

The Super PAC registered itself with state election finance officials recently. But they aren’t yet saying which races they intend to influence.

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Education
1:30 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

U of L Relocating 270 Freshmen From Miller Hall

Officials say 270 freshmen will be relocated from Miller Hall after mold spores were found.

The University of Louisville will move 270 freshmen from its Miller Hall dorms following the discovery of visible mold spores in 80 percent of the rooms.

Officials are baffled by the finding and more facility closures are possible.

The decision to close Miller Hall came Wednesday morning after several mold spores were found over the fall break which began Oct. 5, said Phillip Bressoud, U of L’s director of student health.

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Politics
12:34 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Kentucky Leads Nation in Legalize Marijuana Google Searches

Kentucky leads the country in Google searches for the legalization of marijuana, according to a list of political issues put out by the technology company.

Google went through a year of online searches to find out which states look at what topics more than others. For instance, Montana led searches in gun control while Florida looked up Social Security more than any other state.

From The Fix:

The biggest surprise for us? Kentucky is the state where searches for legalization of marijuana are highest. Yes, Kentucky. One possible explanation: There is an effort to pass a law legalizing medicinal marijuana in the state, which could generate some search interest.

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Local News
12:27 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Ralph Nader on America's Nadir

Ralph Nader has always spoken his mind. Whether as a consumer advocate, lawyer, presidential candidate (with the Green Party), or supporter of dozens of causes, he's constantly trying to fix America.

In his latest book, “The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future," he's back it. His solutions run the gambit, ranging from tweaking the tax code to just getting more exercise through sports. 

He spoke with WFPL's Jonathan Bastian.

Education
11:47 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Political Spending Begins for JCPS School Board Election

With less than a month until the elections, the Jefferson County Teachers Association’s political action committee (PAC) has begun spending money on the three candidates it has endorsed.

The JCTA has historically been the largest financial supporter of candidates in past elections, spending around $1 million in the last three elections, and for the first time a separate PAC called the Bluegrass Fund was created.

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Local News
11:30 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Indiana Gubernatorial Hopefuls Debate Tonight in Zionsville

Indiana's three candidates for governor are making final preparations for the first of their three debates tonight.

Democrat John Gregg, Republican Mike Pence and Libertarian Rupert Boneham are set to square off in an hour-long debate in Zionsville.

All three candidates have promised to cut taxes and support job creation and education if elected governor next month. But Pence has established himself as the front-runner with a large cash advantage that helped him dominate Indiana's airwaves.

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Local News
11:04 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Listen to the VP Debate on WFPL

WFPL will broadcast Thursday's Vice Presidential Debate live at 9 pm, followed by analysis from NPR. We'll also broadcast the remaining two Presidential Debates on Tuesday, October 16 and Monday, October 22. 

To listen to the debates, you can tune in to 89.3 FM or you can click here to open a streaming window. (You can also click "Listen Live" in the top left of this window. 

For more listening options and direct links to our streams, visit our listening page

Environment
9:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

LG&E Ends Coal Contract with Consol Energy

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Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities are terminating the company’s contract with coal producer Consol Energy.

This news in and of itself isn’t huge—to put it in perspective, LG&E/KU burns 16 million tons of coal a year, and the company’s contract with Consol was only for 500,000 tons. But it was a good excuse to take a look at how the utility uses coal, and how its usage might change in the future.

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