Local News
12:33 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Kentucky Legislator Wants Tougher DUI Law

Rep. Mike Harmon

A central Kentucky lawmaker says he will continue to push for tougher penalties against drunk drivers.

State Rep. Mike Harmon of Danville has pre-filed a bill for the 2013 legislative session that would lengthen the amount of time a DUI stays on a person’s criminal record to 10 years and increase fines for repeat offenders.

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Local News
12:04 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Jeffersonville Approves Fixed-Rate Summer Sewage Bills

Jeffersonville residents can now receive a fixed rate for wastewater, or sewage, bills until the end of summer.

The city’s three-member sewer board adopted the policy Thursday to alleviate the high costs from extra water usage during hot days. Customers that sign up for the new wastewater billing program will pay $61.04 a month.

“If people don’t come down and sign up for this they won’t get it. So people have to come down and sign this piece of paper in order to get the relief," said Mayor Mike Moore.

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Politics
11:59 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Conservative Kentucky Think Tank Starts Political Action Committee

A new conservative think tank in Kentucky is expanding its political influence outside of its usual lobbying efforts.

The Commonwealth Policy Center is a fiscally and socially conservative group. Now, the group has launched a sister political action committee, the Commonwealth Policy PAC (pack), to influence elections.

The center’s director is Richard Nelson, a former analyst of the Family Foundation in Kentucky. Henderson City Commissioner Robby Mills is the PAC’s director.

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Environment
10:00 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Water Shortage Watch Announced for Twenty-Seven Kentucky Counties

Kentucky officials have declared a water shortage watch for 27 counties, mostly in central and western parts of the state.

Nearly all of the state outside of Jefferson and nearby counties is in some degree of drought. Many have been classified as abnormally dry, but central and northern Kentucky are in a level one drought, and the entire western part of the state is in a level two drought. That means in some places, water is becoming scarce.

The state issues water shortage watches when drought conditions could possibly threaten the availability of drinking water supplies.

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Environment
6:03 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Butterfly Count in Oldham County Saturday: You're Invited

Entomologist Charles Covell

People of all ages are invited to the annual butterfly count Saturday at the University of Louisville’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary in Oldham County.

The count will be led by U of L biology professor emeritus Charles Covell, who speaks here with WFPL’s Rick Howlett about the purpose of the count and what you need to know to participate.

Arts and Humanities
5:11 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

First Friday Five: July

It’s fine to hit the downtown First Friday Trolley Hop without a plan. Park, wander in and out of galleries, grab a drink or dinner with friends and hop a TARC trolley from one end of downtown to the next and back—you’re sure to find something to catch your eye or ears.

But with so many events and gallery receptions happening at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, so every month we take a look at five don’t-miss art events happening during the hop.

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Arts and Humanities
5:06 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

'Hollers and Harvests' Exhibit Blends Folk, Contemporary Art

"Kentucky Monolith 2012" by Russel Hulsey.
Erin Keane WFPL News

In Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” a shiny black monolith appears to a group of prehistoric apes. The monolith communicates with the apes, and they learn how to use tools, and eventually evolve into human beings.

Fast-forward to the 21st century, and the monolith reappears in Louisville with the smell of warm alfalfa hay.

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Environment
4:53 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Fireworks Lead to Spike in Louisville Soot Pollution

lkluft Wikimedia Commons

There’s an air quality alert in effect today, but that’s for ozone. Louisville’s air quality monitors showed spikes in another type of pollution last night, as fireworks were going off around the city.

Air Pollution Control District spokesman Tom Nord says the fireworks caused spikes in several area air pollution monitors.

“We’re already having problems with ozone, and we did have another exceedance yesterday for ozone,” Nord said. “But fireworks are mostly a particulate matter issue, it’s mostly a soot issue.”

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Politics
3:44 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

McConnell Assails Health Care Law In Rotary Speech

WFPL file photo
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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky repeated his call today for the repeal of President Obama’s federal health care overhaul upheld last month by the Supreme Court.

In a speech to the Louisville Rotary Club, the Senate Republican Leader called the Affordable Health Care Act  “too arrogant and too overreaching.”

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Environment
3:34 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Kentucky Coal Operators to California Reps: Don't Expect Mine Safety Fine Payments Soon

A lawyer has responded to two California representatives on behalf of three Kentucky mine operators.

In June, Congressmen George Miller and Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey sent a letter to Jack Ealy and Ralph Napier, the president and vice president of K and D Mining, as well as John North of Jackrock, LLC. They wanted the mine operators to submit a plan to pay the $1.568 million currently owed to the federal government for mine safety violations.

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