Politics
12:38 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Beshear Mulls Medicaid Expansion, Says All Should Be Insured

Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is not joining other Kentucky  officials in calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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Local News
11:48 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Ford Recalls 10,000 Escape SUVs

Ford Motor Company is recalling over 10,000 new Escape SUVs that were made in the Louisville Assembly Plant. 

Ford officials say there have been no reported incidences that inspired the recall, but the company will be replacing carpet padding that officials say could get in the way of the brake pedal.

Ford officials told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that dealers will fix the issue at no charge beginning July 23.

The vehicles were built in March and June at Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant.

Arts and Humanities
11:09 am
Mon July 16, 2012

The Abiding Wisdom of 'The Big Lebowski'

The 11th annual celebration of all things Lebowski—bowling, White Russians, what-have-you—happens this weekend at the Executive Strike and Spare. The Coen Brothers' 1998 film "The Big Lebowski" spawned a cult following with its own traveling fan festival, a religion based on its hero (Dudeism) and now a book of essays examining philosophical questions raised by the film. 

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Council Expects to Vote Landmarks Ordinance From Committee Tuesday

Louisville Metro’s Planning and Zoning Committee will consider two competing ordinances that change the city’s landmarks process on Tuesday.

The current law requires landmarks to be declared through petitions and the city’s appointed Landmarks Commission. Opponents of changing the longstanding ordinance argue “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” But several council members have sponsored an ordinance that has a major provision adamantly opposed by several in the preservation and historical communities.

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Politics
9:15 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Ethics Commission Remains Without Subpoena Power

The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission still cannot compel witnesses to testify, which could impact a possible hearing involving Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin.

Over the past year the commission has addressed a number of procedural and policy weaknesses it discovered during the course of two hearings against former Councilwoman Judy Green. The panel has since hired a full-time legal counsel and requested the council tinker with parts of the city code of ethics.

But in its 2011 annual report the commission said the lack of subpoena powers remains a serious challenge to its ability to enforce the law and is ultimately a question of state law that the General Assembly must address.

"At this point in time without that power people come voluntarily and provide testimony on their own," says Ethics Commission Chairman Jonathan Ricketts. "And without being able to compel their attendance we’re limited in what we can bring and evaluate."

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Politics
8:30 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Obama Will Touch Down in Kentucky for Ohio Visit

In the 2012 presidential race Kentucky is assuredly in the Republican column, but President Barack Obama will be in the commonwealth briefly today—to visit Ohio.

The president is scheduled to hold a campaign event in Cincinnati and Air Force One will touchdown in the city's airport, which is in Erlanger, Kentucky. According to the White House, Mr. Obama will outline a plan to restore the middle-class, paying down our debt and grow the national economy.

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Politics
7:01 am
Mon July 16, 2012

New Report Strengthens Battle Lines Over Nursing Home Lawsuits

A new report has advocates for the nursing home industry in Kentucky saying “I told you so.”

The report by Aon Global Risk Consulting ranks Kentucky as the worst state for expenses per bed and for the amount of litigation against nursing homes.

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Environment
6:30 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Pretrial Conference Set for Today in Frasure Creek Pollution Case

The state Energy and Environment Cabinet is in court this morning, along with lawyers representing two coal companies and environmental groups. The parties disagree about the amount of money the coal companies should pay for water pollution.

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Local News
5:31 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Jeffersonville Mayor to Discuss Plans for Big Four Approach

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore is asking city residents to give input on design plans for Indiana s approach to the Big Four Bridge, which will likely include mixed-use and recreational developments.

Moore’s vision includes attracting both Jeffersonville and Louisville residents who he believes will be drawn in through the new pedestrian span. He already has a strong design plan in mind and last month he asked the Redevelopment Commission president to step down for not backing it.

The plan includes a residential and commercial development as well as an open air pavilion.

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Local News
12:16 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

A View From Inside The Governors' Meeting

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 11:11 am

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was one of the state leaders attending the Governors Association meeting this weekend. Host David Greene talks with the Democrat about the hot topics at this year's gathering in Williamsburg, Va.

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