Politics
10:00 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Only One Incumbent Defeated in Legislative Primaries

 

At least one incumbent member of the Kentucky House will not be returning to Frankfort next year.

Republican-turned-Democrat Wade Hurt has lost his primary to union activist Jeff Donohue. Wade ran as a Republican in 2010 against Donohue, who has remained a Democrat. Hurt switched parties shortly after that election, saying it would help him better serve his district.

No other incumbent House or Senate members lost their seats to primary challengers, though some will face tough re-election battles in the general election.

Politics
9:21 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Massie Decisively Wins Fourth Congressional District Primary

Tea party candidate Thomas Massie has won the GOP nomination in Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District.

Massie has the backing of many national tea party groups and of U.S. Senator Rand Paul. The Lewis County Judge-Executive gathered just under half of the vote in a seven person primary, greatly out-distancing his two closest contenders.

Massie campaign manager Ryan Hogan says the victory is shows the tea party is still alive in Kentucky.

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Environment
5:35 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Kentucky Advocates for Safe Chemical Bill Lobby in Washington

Advocates for safe chemical legislation are in Washington D.C. today lobbying Kentucky’s congressional delegation to support updates to the nation’s toxic chemicals regulations.

Monica Unseld is a biologist and professor from Bardstown who made the trip. She says the country’s 36-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act is outdated and the industry is woefully unregulated.

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Local News
4:56 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

TARC Approves Fare Increases, Service Reductions Under Review

The board of directors for the Transit Authority of River City approved across-the-board fare increases that will take effect July 1 to help offset a projected $4.6 million budget shortfall.

Base fare for a one-way trip will increase from $1.50 to $1.75 and a monthly pass will cost $50 compared to the current $42 rate. The cost for individuals with disabilities who use TARC3 services will also go up from $2.50 to $3.00.

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Election 2012
4:53 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Turnout Low in Louisville

 

Voter turnout in Louisville could come in at a near-record low today.

The record for a four-year primary in Louisville is about 13 percent. Statewide turnout is expected to be 12 percent. Jefferson County Clerk's office spokesman Nore Ghiabaudy local turnout is low, and he's not sure where it will end up when polls close at 6 pm.

“We usually do a little bit better than statewide predictions," he says. "It'd be nice if we could at least get 13 and it'd be nice if we got over 15."

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Local News
3:43 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Indiana Agency Gathering Information For Raw Milk Study

From the Associated Press:

An Indiana agency conducting a study on the sale of raw milk is asking state residents to weigh in. 

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health is planning a virtual public hearing from June 1st through Sept. 1st, when people can express their thoughts.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Councilman David James Asks EPA to Address Black Leaf Contamination With Community

District 6 Councilman David James is requesting the Environmental Protection Agency hold a public meeting to address recent soil testing near the Black Leaf Chemical site.

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Local News
11:58 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Chosen Families and the Ballroom Scene: Jaison Gardner, Defining Fairness

Jaison Gardner describes ballroom shows as "akin to fashion shows, akin to a talent shows," and says they started with LGBTQ people of color, mostly gay men and transgender women, in 1970s and 80s Harlem.

Gardner was one the founders of our local ballroom community—but if you haven't heard of it, he's not surprised. "The ballroom scene has historically been an underground scene," he explains, "much like hip-hop was back in its early days."

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Local News
11:51 am
Tue May 22, 2012

LGBTQ Community More Than Black & White: Tiff Gonzales, Defining Fairness

Tiff Gonzales is a fourth-generation Mexican American, native to Texas, who identifies as queer both in gender identity and sexual orientation.

Tiff moved to Louisville five and a half years ago. She says when we talk about race in Louisville, we're generally only talking about black and white. Latino issues are rarely part of the conversation, and when they are, it often only includes immigrants. "There's so much that draws me to this city," she says, "but that invisibility is something that I, on a regular basis, would struggle with to determine whether or not I can continue to live here."

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