Environment
4:34 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

West Virginia State Senator Says Mining-Related Accident Shows Need for More Mining

The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing today on coal mining and the Environmental Protection Agency’s veto of the Spruce Mine in West Virginia. I didn’t cover the hearing, but Ken Ward of the Charleston (WV) Gazette did. He pointed out some peculiar testimony from West Virginia State Senator Art Kirkendoll.

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Arts
3:46 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Theater Highlights for This Weekend: Erin Keane on Byline

Arts and Humanities reporter Erin Keane gave a quick rundown of some worthy local theater to check out this weekend on Byline Friday afternoon, including a dystopian play by Theatre [502], and a play about surrealist painter René Magritte for young audiences produced by the Alley Theater.  Of course, the galleries and restaurants of Market Street are alive tonight for the monthly Trolle

Local News
3:24 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

JCPS Year in Review; Violent Offenders at Zoo; Belmont Preview: Today on Byline

A rundown of what was discussed today on Byline, WFPL's weekly news roundtable.

1:06pm:  Education news and JCPS end-of-schoolyear review.  Superintendent Donna Hargens has been on the job for roughly a year now.  WFPL's Devin Katayama weighed in and also shared a produced feature with voices of some JCPS students.

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Local News
3:18 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

WDRB Boss to Local Stations: You're Next

WDRB-TV in Louisville is currently without about half of its audience as negotiations continue with Time Warner Cable.

The talks are over how much Time Warner should pay WDRB to broadcast local content. Time Warner says it has offered a rate comparable to what Insight used to pay WDRB, but station officials say it won't cover the necessary costs to keep that station a Fox affiliate.

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Environment
2:30 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Annual Creek Sweep Aims to Clean Floyds Fork

The 21st annual Floyds Fork Creek Sweep is tomorrow. Volunteers will boat down the river and climb along its banks picking up trash, in an effort to keep the waterway clean.

Teena Halbig is the co-president of the Floyds Fork Environmental Association. She says the annual cleanup is necessary.

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Local News
2:19 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Courier-Journal Publisher Discusses New Online Paywall and Content Strategy

Courier-Journal publisher Wesley Jackson is in an odd position. He’s essentially the connection between a local institution (the paper) and a giant national corporation (C-J parent company Gannett) during an emotional and dramatic time for both.

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Environment
12:55 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Victims of 2010 Pike County Flood File Lawsuit Against State

Harless Creek resident Janie Caudill holds a picture of her home after flood waters washed it away in July 2010.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Residents in Eastern Kentucky whose homes were flooded in 2010 have filed suit against the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. They say the flooding was caused by an unreclaimed surface mine site, and the state allowed the mine operator to violate the law.

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Politics
12:24 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Council Members, Public Works Officials Seek Help Catching Illegal Dumpers

Joined by Public Works officials, Louisville Metro Council members Marianne Butler, D-15, and Cheri Bryant Hamilton, D-5, called on residents to help them crackdown on illegal dumping across the city.

Butler and Hamilton announced on Friday that the city will install 19 new state of the art cameras over the summer in problem areas, which have seen repeated cases of trash and other junk items being dropped off improperly. The cameras are designed to be mobile and will be moved periodically in the case of violators moving to different locations.

Butler says illegal dumping is a perennial problem in many neighborhoods, and the public can help track violators by visiting the city's website to report an incident and identify illegal dumpers caught on camera.

 "Hopefully with this we will stop the dumping," she says. "We are asking residents to go to the website. Look at the photos that are on it and help us prosecute the people who are devaluing your neighborhood. Because these people are dumping in everybody's neighborhood."

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Local News
11:52 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Sheppard Square Demolition Begins

The Sheppard Square public housing development is coming down.

The city is using a $22 million Hope VI grant to demolish and redevelop the 16-acre site. When work is complete, the area will host a mixed-income neighborhood. This is the third redevelopment of a barracks-style public housing complex in Louisville.

The other redeveloped neighborhoods are Park Duvalle, which replaced Cotter-Lang development, and Liberty Green, which replaced the Clarksdale development. 

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Local News
10:58 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Without Cable Contract, WDRB Will Stream Newscasts

With the channel no longer available on Time Warner (formerly Insight) Cable, WDRB will put its local newscasts online.

The streaming will begin at 11:30 am Friday.

Response to the situation has been mixed. Comments on WDRB's website and Facebook page range from mournful—several say "I miss WDRB"—to angry, with commenters blaming either or both sides.

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