Environment
3:20 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Does the Huge Kentucky-India Coal Deal Make Sense?

Coal on a barge in the Kanawha River in 1973.
Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Last week, there was huge news for the coal industry. Kentucky coal producers signed a deal to export up to nine million tons of coal a year for the next 25 years, to the reported tune of $7 billion.

I’ve already covered why the deal is good news for struggling Appalachian coal producers (but not good enough news to turn the industry around), the extent of Rep. Keith Hall’s involvement, and what the increased coal exports could mean for the environment. But now I’m hearing conflicting opinions about why this deal actually happened in the first place, and whether or not it makes sense.

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Politics
2:41 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Democratic Candidate Makes Pence, Akin Connection

Social issues are becoming the focus of the Indiana gubernatorial race.

Democrat John Gregg has released a new television ad targeting Republican opponent Mike Pence over pay equity for women and access to Planned Parenthood’s preventative health programs. In 2011, Pence led the fight to to cut funding for the group.

Watch the ad:

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Environment
2:11 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

My Morning Jacket Featured in National Campaign Against Mountaintop Removal

The members of Louisville rock band My Morning Jacket appear in a new campaign by non-profit Earthjustice that opposes mountaintop removal coal mining.

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Politics
1:30 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Repeal and Replace: Some Health Care Reforms Senators Paul and McConnell Like

McConnell and Paul
Kenny Colston Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky's two U.S. Senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, are some of the most vocal opponents of the Affordable Care Act.

The two co-headlined a Tea Party rally in Frankfort yesterday to protest the health care law. During the rally, Paul said he wants to not only repeal the law, but replace it with a different one. Other Republicans have taken a similar stance, but the details behind the Republicans' preferred approach are largely unknown.

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Politics
12:35 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Conway Says He Won't Run in 2014, Edelen 'Highly Unlikely'

Conway, Edelen, Grimes

Two of Kentucky's highest profile Democrats say they are not interested in taking on U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014. 

Attorney General Jack Conway, who ran for Senate in 2010 against Republican Rand Paul, tells Kentucky Public Radio he isn't interested in running for the chamber again.

“I cannot forsee a scenario where I would run for the Senate in 2014, because I stated on several occasions when I ran for re-election as attorney general that I would finish out that term as attorney general,” he says.

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Environment
11:49 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Unhealthy Air Expected to Linger Through Thursday

There's an Air Quality Alert in effect today, and the Air Pollution Control District has already predicted that ozone levels will also be high tomorrow.

The Air Quality Index is forecast to be 106, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups, like the elderly, the young and those with heart and lung conditions.

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

Education
11:30 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Superintendent Donna Hargens: Live Interview Today at 1:00

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens will be live in our studios for a WFPL News Special today at 1:00 pm.

She'll talk with Devin Katayama about the first day of school, district management and the upcoming school board elections. We'll also be taking your calls at (502) 814-8255. You can also leave your questions or comments here. 

Politics
9:49 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Sen. McConnell Reaches Out To Tea Party Supporters

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 1:55 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In Kentucky yesterday, there was another sign of Tea Party clout. Mitch McConnell - minority leader in the U.S. Senate, and Kentucky's most powerful politician - turned up at his first-ever Tea Party rally. [POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: This was not McConnell's first Tea Party rally. He participated in a Tea Party event in 2010.] This year, Tea Party candidates have scored upsets in Republican primaries in Missouri, Texas and Indiana. That's where longtime Senator Richard Lugar lost.

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The Two-Way
8:19 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Romney's Pick Of Ryan Hasn't Changed Race, Polls Signal

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, shakes hands with his choice for running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Monday in in Manchester, N.H.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 7:11 am

Two new polls come to much the same conclusion about the 2012 presidential campaign:

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Politics
8:01 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

McConnell: Akin’s Campaign Has No Future

Kenny Colston Kentucky Public Radio

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has stepped up his calls for Missouri Congressman Todd Akin to end his Senate campaign.

The embattled Congressman and Tea Party favorite made national headlines recently for his use of the phrase “legitimate rape” and his claim that it rarely results in pregnancy.

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