It's All Politics
10:32 am
Thu July 19, 2012

A Majority Of Voters In NPR Poll Favor Amending, Not Repealing, Health Care Act

President Obama leads Mitt Romney 47 percent to 45 percent among all voters in a new NPR poll. But the two are tied among voters from 12 battleground states.
Carolyn Kaster/Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 3:14 pm

A new poll done for NPR by a bipartisan polling team shows the Affordable Care Act still stirring deep political division in the weeks after the Supreme Court upheld the law's constitutionality. But while much of the country remains strongly opposed to the law popularly known as Obamacare, a bare majority (51 percent) favors the idea of amending rather than repealing it.

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Education
10:30 am
Thu July 19, 2012

JCPS Board Elections Heating Up

More candidates have filed this week for the Jefferson County Board of Education elections including some high-profiled names.

Three of the seven board seats are up for grabs this fall including Joe Hardesty's District 4, Steve Imhoff's District 2 and Larry Hujo's District 7. 

Most recently former Humana chairman David Jones has announced he plans to run for District 2, which covers the Highlands and Crescent Hill among other neighborhoods.

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Politics
8:45 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Adkins Demands Massie Disavow Super PAC Over Director's DUI Arrest

In Kentucky's Fourth District congressional race, Democratic candidate Bill Adkins is demanding Republican Thomas Massie renounce a super PAC over its executive director pleading guilty to driving under the influence.

Earlier this week, The Courier-Journal reported that Liberty For All leader Preston Bates faced DUI charges from an incident in July 2011. The police report said Bates crashed his car into a fence, told officers he was an "anarchist" and had a blood alcohol level of 0.121 percent, which is above the .08 percent legal limit.

Bates's attorney entered a guilty plea for the 23-year-old on Wednesday. He will pay a fine and have his driver's license suspended for 30 days.

In the crowded GOP primary, Bates led the Texas-based super PAC, which put in over $500,000 to support Massie over his opponents.

In a statement, Adkins says Massie needs to tell the group to get out of Kentucky and argues their positions are "un-American" due to Bates' comments.

"I call upon Tom Massie to disavow the Ron Paul/Texas Liberty For All SuperPAC Tell them to leave Kentucky and stay out of this race for Congress," he says. "Liberty for All and its leaders are far out of touch with the values of Kentuckians in the Fourth District. Their executive director is a confirmed anarchist. Anarchists do not believe in any authority, anarchists have no respect for government and anarchists often use violent means to achieve their goals. Their positions are un-American."

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Local News
5:52 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

All of Indiana Under Water Shortage Warning

Photo courtesy of USDA

Information for this story also came from the Associated Press

Indiana officials have issued a water shortage warning for all 92 counties in the Hoosier state, asking local governments, businesses and residents to voluntary conserve as much water as possible.

Facilties that draw more than 100,000 gallons of water each day are being asked to curb consumption by 10 to 15 percent.

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Arts and Humanities
5:43 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Allan Cowen Signs New Contract with U of L

The University of Louisville has signed a new one-year contract with former Fund for the Arts CEO Allan Cowen. Cowen is exploring partnerships between the university and the arts community. 

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Politics
5:31 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Economic Group Encourages Lawmakers Not to Switch Pensions to 401k Style Plans

A relatively new economic think tank in Kentucky has released a report that pushes back on calls to cut the state's pension benefits.

The report from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy says the idea that public pensioners are well-compensated compared to their private sector counterparts is a myth.

“If you fairly compare what public workers receive at this point in Kentucky, compared to the private sector in total compensated, wages and benefits, you find that they are actually somewhat under-compensated," says KCEP director Jason Bailey.

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Environment
5:28 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

EPA Will Hold Meeting About Lees Lane Landfill Tomorrow

Representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency will be in Louisville tomorrow to discuss a former toxic Superfund site.

New environmental issues have arisen at the Lees Lane Landfill in West Louisville.

The landfill was closed in 1975. After 400 drums of hazardous materials were found on the site near the Ohio River several years later, Lees Lane was classified as a toxic Superfund site, and cleanup began.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Beshear Creates Task Force to Address State Alcoholic Beverage Laws

Citing concerns with outdated and contradictory regulations, Governor Steve Beshear announced Wednesday the creation of a task force to study of Kentucky's alcoholic beverage control laws.

"Many groups, including licensees, state regulators, law enforcement and private citizen shave called for statutory reform of our alcoholic beverage laws. They agree that Kentucky’s current laws do not adequately account for a 21st Century economy and standard of law," Beshear said in a news release. "A task force that includes members from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and professions is best suited to identify the problems, debate policy and make recommendations for improvements."

The state has over 13,000 licenses issued to manufacturers, distributors, and retailers for alcoholic beverages, with more than 70 different license types to regulate those operations.

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Environment
4:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

A Primer on Sulfur Dioxide and the Latest Sierra Club Report

A new report from by the Sierra Club estimates how much sulfur dioxide is emitted from nine Kentucky power plants and it finds that all nine of them—including the Mill Creek and Cane Run power plants in Louisville—are violating the national air quality standards.

Sulfur dioxide has been linked to health issues like pulmonary inflammation, asthma, emphysema and other lung conditions.

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