Local News
10:47 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Federal Government Approves Record of Decision for Bridges Project

Ohio River Bridges Project

The Federal Highway Administration has signed off on the latest record of decision for the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The new approval became necessary early last year, when Mayor Greg Fischer, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels changed the project to cut the cost from $4.1 billion to $2.6 billion. The approval brings the start of construction one step closer.

Still remaining is an agreement to toll the existing Interstate 65 and the selection of firms to build the two bridges. 

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Environment
10:29 am
Wed June 20, 2012

McConnell Speaks on Senate Floor On EPA Regulations, Big Sandy Power Plant

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell addressed the Senate this morning on the Environmental Protection Agency's Utility MACT (or Maximum Achievable Control Technology) Rule, which would require power plants to control emissions of mercury and other toxic substances. McConnell's press office's Twitter feed offered a preview of his remarks:

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Politics
10:15 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Mayor Fischer Responds to Courier-Journal Editorial

In a letter to the editor today, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer responds to a Sunday editorial in the newspaper that criticized cuts to city funding for the University of Louisville Hospital's indigent care.

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Environment
9:16 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Report Analyzes Kentucky's Untapped Renewable Energy Potential

A new analysis of Kentucky’s energy potential shows renewable sources could provide more than a third of the state’s energy by 2025. It points to several renewable sources—including solar, hydro and biomass—that aren’t being tapped to their full potential.  

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Local News
5:37 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Southern Baptists Elect First Black President

The Southern Baptist Convention has elected Fred Luter as its new president, making Luter the first African-American to lead the 167-year-old denomination.

From the AP:

The Rev. Fred Luter Jr. was elected president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination on Tuesday at its annual meeting. He is the pastor at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans.

The historic move comes as the denomination tries to expand its appeal beyond its traditional white Southern base. Membership and baptisms have been generally declining in recent years.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Waiting on Romney, McConnell Balks at Obama's Immigration Decision

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is waiting on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to take the lead on President Obama's decision to stop deporting the children of illegal immigrants.

McConnell is one of the president's strongest and quickest critics, but the GOP leader is being unusually quiet until Romney makes his position clear. He says members of his caucus are "withholding judgment" until the former Massachusetts governor takes the lead.

From The Washington Post:

“I think we’re going to wait and see what governor Romney has to say, and we’re going to be discussing his views on this,” McConnell told reporters at the Capitol Tuesday. “I think many of us may have similar views. Others may not.”

McConnell said he was deferring to Romney because the former Massachusetts governor is “the leader of our party from now until November — and, we hope, beyond.”

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Arts and Humanities
4:55 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Tech Pioneer Tackles Jane Austen Sequel

Pal Hansen

When Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sandy Lerner was a computational mathematics graduate student at Stanford University in the early Eighties, she would blow off steam by retreating into romantic world of Jane Austen’s novels. She fell in love with the BBC’s 1980 miniseries of “Pride and Prejudice,” and immediately started working her way through Austen’s books.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Lawmakers Plan to Question Coventry CEO Over Contract Issues

Kentucky lawmakers will get their first chance tomorrow to ask a private Medicaid operator why it’s having so much trouble negotiating contracts with healthcare providers.

The CEO of CoventryCares will speak to lawmakers at a meeting of the Interim Joint Health and Welfare Committee. Coventry has been fighting with the Eastern Kentucky hospital network Appalachian Regional Healthcare over reimbursement rates and a new contract.  

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Politics
4:01 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Yarmuth: McConnell is Endorsing Dishonest Campaigns

In a House floor speech Tuesday, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for opposing legislation that would require Super PACs to disclose the names of their contributors.

Last Friday, McConnell told a conservative think tank that keeping donors names a secret is a First Amendment right, but Yarmuth says anonymity allows individuals to distort the truth without being held accountable by the voters.

Check it out:

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Politics
3:58 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Mazzoli's Wife Dead at 78

The wife of former Congressman Ron Mazzoli has died, according to family friend and former aide.

Helen Mazzoli was 78 years old. According to WHAS-11, she reportedly suffered a stroke in the Mazzoli's home Monday.

Ron Mazzoli was a Democratic congressman who represented Kentucky's Third Congressional District from 1971 to 1995. The two were married in 1959, and have two children and four grandchildren.

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