Environment
3:20 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Rubbertown Spill Releases 12 Pounds of Toxic Chemical into Air

UPDATE 3:15 pm: Zeon Chemical's release of 12 pounds of butadiene yesterday morning was accidental. Zeon Vice President of Operations Bob Barlow told me that a gasket leak caused the release. The reportable amount of butadiene is 10 pounds, so this was just over the reportable quantity.

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Local News
2:47 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Jobless Rate Drops in Most Counties but Rises Statewide

Jobless rates have improved in 107 Kentucky counties, but not Jefferson. 

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training released the latest unemployment numbers today. They show Jefferson County's jobless rate jumping from 8.1 percent in April to 8.6 percent in May. Most counties in the Louisville area saw similar increases.

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Local News
2:18 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

VA Could Decide New Hospital Site Soon

The preferred "Midlands" location would need road modifications to relieve traffic.

 

The Veterans Administration is primed to purchase over 35 acres of property on Brownsboro Road to build a new VA hospital, and officials say that decision could be made in the coming weeks.

Environmental impact studies have been finalized for the two locations under consideration for the over 800,000 square foot facility. One location under consideration is near Factory Lane in eastern Jefferson County.

The preferred Brownsboro Road location plan, also called the Midlands Development, would build the hospital on nearly 36 acres near the I-264 interchange.

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Environment
1:52 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Want to Take a High-Speed Train to Atlanta?

A high speed train in Great Britain.
Uploaded by oxyman Wikimedia Commons

A consulting firm says a high-speed passenger rail line that connects Louisville with Nashville, Atlanta and Jacksonville, Florida could be feasible.

According to consulting firm HNTB, there's enough demand for the line, which could cost anywhere from $11 billion to $43 billion.

According to the Florida Times-Union:

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Environment
12:17 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Arch Coal Will Reportedly Lay Off 500 Miners in Eastern Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky news outlets are reporting that Arch Coal will lay off 500 miners across the region. 

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Education
12:09 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Daniels Preparing For New Role As University President

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels speaks at Purdue University following his election by school trustees. Looking on is trustees chair Keith Krach. (Photo courtesy of Purdue University)

The Purdue University Board of Trustees made it officials today, selecting Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to be the school’s 12th president.

Daniels will assume the post when his second and final term as governor ends in January.

"The balance of this calendar year I will use the time not consumed by my current duties to begin the process of earning by learning.   Effective immediately, I will recuse myself from any partisan political activities or commentary," Daniels said.

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Sports
11:38 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Artist LeRoy Neiman Dies; Subjects Included Ali, Derby

Artist LeRoy Neiman is flanked by boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, left, and photographer Howard Bingham. They were in Louisville for the grand opening of the Muhammad Ali Center in 2005 (Photo by Rick Howlett)

Artist LeRoy Neiman has died at age 91 in New York.

Neiman was best known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes. He was a contributing artist at Playboy magazine for many years and was the official painter of five Olympiads.

Local News
11:37 am
Thu June 21, 2012

After Repeated Hacks, City Gives Up on Electronic Traffic Sign

One of many hacked road signs across the country.

It started earlier this week. An electronic road sign at Brownsboro Road and Hite Avenue was hacked to display two unauthorized messages: "Beware of Zombies" and "Honk if You're Horny."

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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Thu June 21, 2012

UPDATE: No Health Care Ruling From Supreme Court Today

Waiting for word: The U.S. Supreme Court building.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 10:29 am

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET: The Supreme Court is done issuing opinions today and its take on the constitutionality of the 2010 health care overhaul was not among them.

The next likely day: Monday.

Our Original Post:

What we said on the last two Mondays applies again today:

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Local News
10:29 am
Thu June 21, 2012

BREAKING: Daniels Selected As Purdue University's 12th President

File photo by Rick Howlett

The Purdue University Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to appoint Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to be the school's 12th president. 

He will succeed France Cordova, whose retirement is effective next month.

The governor will assume the post when his term ends in January.

Purdue, based in West LaFayette, is Indiana's second-largest public university.

 

 

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