Local News
11:15 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Negotiations Continue in Effort to Keep WLKY on Cable

Another Louisville television station may soon be temporarily unavailable to Insight Cable customers.

WLKY's parent company Hearst Television Inc. is in negotiations with Insight's owner Time Warner Cable over the station's carriage agreement, which stipulates how much the cable provider pays to rebroadcast local content. 

The previous agreement expired at the end of last month, but a bridge agreement was reached. That deal expires tonight. 

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Black Lung Returns To Coal Country
10:52 am
Mon July 9, 2012

As Mine Protections Fail, Black Lung Cases Surge

Mark McCowan, 47, was diagnosed with the worst stage of black lung only five years after an X-ray showed he had no sign of the disease.
David Deal for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 5:26 am

Part one of a two-part series.

It wasn't supposed to happen to coal miners in Mark McCowan's generation. It wasn't supposed to strike so early and so hard. At age 47 and just seven years after his first diagnosis, McCowan shouldn't have a chest X-ray that looks this bad.

"I'm seeing more definition in the mass," McCowan says, pausing for deep breaths as he holds the X-ray film up to the light of his living room window in Pounding Mill, Va.

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Environment
10:48 am
Mon July 9, 2012

New York Times Op-Ed Focuses on Mountaintop Removal

Jason Howard of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation had an Op-Ed in the New York Times yesterday on the ways in which coal--specifically, mountaintop removal coal mining--is dividing people and communities in Appalachia.

Howard chronicles coal industry advertising and the harassment of several coalfields environmental activists.

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Politics
10:47 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Donnelly Raises $900,000 in Second Quarter

In the Indiana Senate race, the campaign for Democrat Joe Donnelly announced it has raised $900,000 in the second quarter.

The total is an improvement for the Indiana congressman, who faces Republican Richard Mourdock in the general election this fall. Donnelly had been reporting lackluster fundraising totals for a Senate candidate during the primary, which worried state Democrats.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Pseudoephedrine Limits Go Into Effect This Thursday

On Thursday, dozens of laws passed in this year’s legislative session will become active.

One of those laws limits the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can buy from a pharmacy. Pseudoephedrine, or PSE, is used in many cold and allergy medicines. It’s also a key part of meth production.

The new law limits adults to seven point two grams a month, which is roughly the equivalent of a box, before requiring a prescription.

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Environment
7:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Drought Endangers Corn Crops, Could Raise Food Prices

Despite scattered thunderstorms during the past week, parts of Indiana and Kentucky remain in a drought. That condition is hitting corn and soybean farmers particularly hard.

Half of Indiana’s and nearly half of Kentucky’s corn crop are in jeopardy, rated as “poor” or “very poor” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says once a crop is rated “very poor,” there’s not much that can be salvaged.

“Probably getting close to virtually gone. Very little yield potential left in that corn,” he said.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Shakespeare in the Wild West

Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” is one of the original romantic comedies, full of tropes you don’t have to be a Bard scholar to recognize: the bickering twosome who fight their mutual attraction until finally succumbing to each other’s unlikely charms, the tragic misunderstanding that derails a happy engagement, meddling relatives, scheming frenemies.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

NPR, Partners Investigate Resurgence of Black Lung Disease

An investigation by NPR and several partners has found that black lung disease is far from being eradicated among coal miners. On the contrary: the reports outline a disease where diagnoses have doubled in the last decade in parts of Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.

Black lung disease--also called coalworkers' pneumoconiosis--is a disease caused by breathing large amounts of coal dust.

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Local News
4:45 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Nominations Sought For Civil Rights Hall Of Fame

The deadline to nominate someone to be considered for the 2012 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame is next Monday, July 16.

Cynthia Fox with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights says anyone 18 and other can nominate a person for the honor.

Nominees can be living or deceased and does not have to be currently active in civil rights.

Local News
4:30 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Six State Park Lodges Turning 50

The lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg. (Photo courtesy of Kentucky State Parks)

Half a dozen Kentucky State Resort Parks lodges are turning 50 years old this year.

Parks spokeswoman LaDonna Miller says special events are planned at each resort to commemorate the milestones.

"The parks are actually older than that but this was a great building expansion in 1962, so these lodges this year turn 50.

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