Politics
5:31 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Council Mulling Fischer Landmarks Veto

The Louisville Metro Council could override Mayor Greg Fischer's veto of contentious changes to the landmarks ordinance this week, but one member says the administration is twisting lawmakers' arms.

The legislation amended several provisions of the four-decade-old law that governs historic site declarations, but Fischer agreed with preservationists that the changes politicized the process and violated the separation of powers between the council and mayor's office.

Since city and county governments merged in 2003, there have been four mayoral vetoes of council measures and lawmakers have never mustered the necessary two-thirds vote to override.

Councilman Kelly Downard, R-16, who voted for the landmarks bill, says lawmakers have bipartisan agreement this time and should overturn the mayor's decision in part because Fischer is overstepping his bounds.

"The vote Thursday is not going to be about the ordinance again, it's going to be about overriding a veto. So there are other issues that come into play beyond the merits of the ordinance itself," he says. "And I'm hoping we end up with the 18 votes that we need. I just think (Fischer's) attempting to usurp some power of the council and I'm not exactly sure why. This is not a major issue for him to pull out the veto power."

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Politics
5:22 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Judge Sets Hearing in Christian Health Care Group Controversy

The dispute between a Christians-only health plan and the Kentucky state government will result in a court hearing later this month.

Medi-Share is a Florida-based ministry. Members can pay into the plan, then withdraw funds to pay medical bills. The state Supreme Court has classified Medi-Share as an insurance company that is not allowed religious exemptions to state law. Recently, the dispute garnered the attention of local tea partiers, who took Medi-Share's side.

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Education
2:50 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

JCPS Prepares to Screen Kindergarten Students

Jefferson County Public Schools is one of 107 Kentucky school districts that will use screeners this year to improve education for their youngest students.

The state adopted the BRIGANCE kindergarten screener offered by Curriculum Associates, which is being piloted this school year and planned to be implemented in all districts by the 2013-2014 year.

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Local News
2:31 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Hiring Underway For State Fair Jobs

Applications are now being accepted for hundreds of job openings at the Kentucky State Fair.

The ten-day fair begins next week and spokeswoman Amanda Storment says they’re hiring maintenance staff, admission gatekeepers tour guides and other personnel.

"We need as many as 800 temporary workers in addition to 200 full-time workers we have here," Storment said.

Wages start at $7.25 per hour and vary with position.   Hiring will continue during the fair, which runs August 16 through 26.

Local News
2:08 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Drought Expected To Affect Kentucky State Fair Entries

The Kentucky State Fair begins its ten-day run next week and the summer drought is expected to have an impact on many of the fair’s agricultural entries.

Much of Kentucky has been in the grip of the hot, dry summer, with farmers in the western half of the state bearing the brunt of the disaster.

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Politics
12:45 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Libertarian Vice Presidential Candidate Visits Kentucky

Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate Jim Gray made a few stops in Kentucky on Monday to tout his party's small government message

Gray is a former California judge who is running on the libertarian presidential ticket with former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. Gray was in Mt. Washington earlier today visiting a small business and also made an appearance on 84 WHAS radio.

He told talk show host Mandy Connell that his party is fighting to be included in the nationally televised debates, but that is it an uphill battle.

"By the end of September if we’re polling well enough to be in the debates then we will be. There are three for the president, one for the vice president and honestly I cannot wait to debate against Joe Biden," he says.

National surveys have shown the Libertarian ticket carrying six percent of the vote against President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, which is quietly raising concern among GOP officials that the Johnson-Gray ticket could be a spoiler for Romney.

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Local News
12:36 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Dickson Publicly Sworn In As Indiana Chief Justice

Photo courtesy of Indiana Supreme Court

Longtime Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson has been formally sworn in as the state's first new chief justice since 1987.

The 71-year-old Dickson is the longest-serving current member of the five-member Supreme Court and became the acting chief justice when Randall Shepard retired in March. He was sworn as chief justice  by Gov. Mitch Daniels during a Statehouse ceremony today.

Dickson takes over a court in transition. After 10 years of no changes, the court has its third vacancy in the past two years.

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Environment
11:28 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Air Expected to Be Unhealthy for All on Tuesday

Louisville's Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Quality Alert for tomorrow.

The Air Quality Index is expected to be 156. Anything between 151 and 200 is considered unhealthy for all groups.

For hourly air quality updates, call (502) 574-3319.

Destination Art
11:21 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Columbus, Ind.: A Midwestern Mecca Of Architecture

Architect Eliel Saarinen's First Christian Church (1942) helped launch a design revolution in Columbus, Ind. Nearly 30 years later, as part of that same movement, sculptor Henry Moore created the 20-foot-tall Large Arch as a piece of art that could be walked through and around.
Chris Smith Columbus Area Visitors Center

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 11:43 am

Columbus, Ind., looks like any other small town, with its small shops and restaurants. But what sets this town apart is its architecture.

The Modernist buildings — mostly geometric and made of glass and steel — are not immediately visible, interspersed as they are with old, 19th-century, gingerbread-like structures; but more than 60 public buildings in Columbus have been built by a veritable who's who of modern masters — I.M. Pei, Eero and Eliel Saarinen, Cesar Pelli, Richard Meier, Harry Weese, Robert Venturi and James Polshek, to name a few.

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Environment
10:52 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Louisville Environmental Activist Wins National Award

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville resident Kathy Little has been selected to receive a national award from the Sierra Club for her activism opposing the coal-fired Cane Run Power Plant.

Little has lived across the street from the Cane Run Power Station in southwest Louisville for decades. But in recent years, she’s organized residents and challenged utility company Louisville Gas and Electric on its handling of coal ash at the site.

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