Environment
3:31 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Federal Government Unveils New Stricter Fuel Standards for Cars, Small Trucks

The Ford Escape, which is manufactured in Louisville.

The Obama Administration has announced new fuel economy standards for cars and small trucks that will go into effect in five years.

Starting in 2017, cars and light trucks will have to be more fuel efficient than they are now. By 2025, the average car’s fuel economy will be 54.5 miles per gallon.

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Arts and Humanities
1:08 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

'Truth' Exhibit Opens at Ali Center

Portrait of Muhammad Ali by Robert Shetterly.
Robert Shetterly Americans Who Tell the Truth

Wendell Berry, Helen Keller, Malcolm X and Eleanor Roosevelt are just a few of the prominent figures whose portraits have been painted by artist Robert Shetterly for his Americans Who Tell the Truth series, a portrait exhibit celebrating courageous citizens who have spoken out for democracy and human rights.

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Local News
12:15 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Judge Will Open Savannah Dietrich Case Files

A Jefferson District Circuit Judge will open the files surrounding the Savannah Dietrich case.

The County Attorney's office confirms that Judge Angela McCormick Bisig has ordered the case to be opened in response to a request filed by the Courier-Journal newspaper

Dietrich, 17, first made national headlines earlier this summer. She was sexually assaulted, then, after a juvenile court proceeding, tweeted the names of her attackers in response to what she felt was too light a sentence from the judge.

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Politics
11:05 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Yoder: Young Stalling On Debate Challenge

In Indiana's Ninth Congressional District race, Democrat Shelli Yoder is calling on Republican incumbent Todd Young to get serious about a series of debates she has proposed.

Last month, Yoder challenged Young to 13 town-hall-style debates, one in each county in the southern Indiana district. In response, the Young campaign called the request a political stunt meant to gain media attention because Yoder's staff delivered a letter requesting the debates only 15 minutes before sending it to the press.

Yoder told WFPL in a recent interview that the two camps met since her initial request, but she now accuses Young's campaign of "stalling" and "wasting time" while voters want to hear the issues.

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Education
8:36 am
Tue August 28, 2012

JCPS Approves Tax Increase

The Jefferson County School Board has approved a 3.4 property tax increase.

The increase was proposed in light of dwindling state and federal funding. It will generate about $17 million for the district, and cost homeowners about $23 for every $100,000 their houses are worth.

The revenue will be used to support the district's dozens of new assistant principals and updates to the JCPS transportation plan.

It's All Politics
6:25 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ron Paul's Faithful Continue To Make Noise; Floor Fight Tuesday?

Ron Paul supporters pose with posters on the floor of the RNC on Monday in Tampa. They put "Ron Paul" over the word "We" on a GOP sign that says "We Can Do Better."
Liz Halloran NPR

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 6:06 pm

Oh, Isaac. How good you've been to the Ron Paul Revolution!

With 24 hours of nothing officially happening at the GOP convention in Tampa because of Tropical Storm Isaac, Ron Paul supporters for the second time in as many days made themselves the center of attention at Mitt Romney's big nomination party.

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Arts and Humanities
3:55 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

A Year in the Life of Kentucky's Minor League

A new book about Kentucky’s minor league baseball teams is out. Written by journalist Katya Cengel,  “Bluegrass Baseball” (University of Nebraska Press) is an intimate look inside the 2010 baseball season, starring Kentucky’s minor league teams: the Lexington Legends, the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Florence Freedom and the Louisville Bats. The book documents the highs and lows of the players, groundskeepers, managers and fans of the game’s smaller outfits. 

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Local News
3:41 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Cards and Cats to Renew Football Rivalry Sunday

Photo from kentuckysportsradio.com

The Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats open their football seasons against each other next weekend.

U of L and UK will battle for the Governor’s Cup Sunday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Coach Charlie Strong’s Cardinals are coming off two consecutive bowl appearances and were the Big East co-champions last season.

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Arts and Humanities
3:29 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Opera Ends Another Year in the Black

The Kentucky Opera announced today that the organization ended the year with a budget surplus. This is the third season under general director David Roth that the Opera has come out ahead.

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Politics
3:07 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Revised RNC Schedule Still Gives Kentuckians Speaking Slots

National Weather Service

The schedule shuffling at this year’s Republican National Convention won’t cost any Kentucky politicians their speaking slots.

With the first day’s events canceled due to Tropical Storm (soon to be Hurricane) Isaac, at least two Kentucky speakers were in danger of being knocked off the schedule.

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