Politics
8:11 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Minimum Wage Fight Takes Shape Across The Map

Trish Gallagher holds a sign for passing motorists to read during a demonstration in support of a higher minimum wage near a Burger King in Boston on Dec. 5. Massachusetts is one of several states considering a minimum wage ballot measure.
BRIAN SNYDER Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 7:19 pm

You never know where you might find a volunteer with a clipboard looking for signatures trying to get a voter referendum on the local ballot – like Ed Flanagan in the town of North Pole, Alaska.

"I'm out in what's called the North Pole transfer station. This facility has about 50 metal dumpsters arranged in a fenced area. Folks back up and throw their household trash in there. This is a very busy place," he says.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Louisville Democrat Ashley Miller Files for Kentucky State House Seat

Democrat Ashley Miller is vying for a Kentucky House seat this year. If elected, Miller would be the first black woman to serve in the General Assembly since 2000.
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There hasn't been a black woman in the Kentucky legislature since 2000.

Louisville Democrat Ashley Miller wants to change that. The 30-year-old nurse practitioner is running for the House seat held by Republican Julie Raque Adams, who’s running for state Senate.

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Local News
4:26 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Cannabis Academy Workshops on Marijuana Business Coming to Kentucky

A company that aims to help budding entrepreneurs learn the marijuana business is bringing its classes to Kentucky.

The Comfytree Cannabis Collective anticipates that recreational or medical marijuana will become legal in more states in the coming years. Legislation to allow medical marijuana in Kentucky has been proposed, but isn’t likely to pass this year.

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Education
2:56 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Greater Clark Schools Seniors Need Fewer Credits To Graduate

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High school students in Greater Clark County Schools now need fewer credits to graduate following a school board decision this week. Officials say the decision will keep the district competitive with its neighbors.

Previously, Greater Clark high school seniors needed 46 credits to graduate. Now they need 40, which is the state minimum.

GCCS board president Mark Pavey says this could help a few dozen more students who couldn’t otherwise graduate in Greater Clark schools.

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Arts and Humanities
2:44 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

REVIEW | The Hypocrites Stage Hilarious, Wild 'Pirates of Penzance'

Dana Omar, Becky Poole, Matt Kahler, Emily Casey, and Christine Stulik in "The Pirates of Penzance" at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2014
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

January can get a little dreary – it’s cold, dark and wet, and the occasional sub-zero day has us eyeballing island vacations even as our bank accounts are still recovering from the holidays. Fortune smiles upon us  inside Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Bingham Theatre, where Chicago-based theatre troupe The Hypocrites have brought the beach party to us with a delightfully eccentric production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” The show’s sunny disposition and high-energy staging are as effective a mid-winter mood-lifter as an hour with a light box and a shot of Vitamin D.

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Local News
12:44 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Former Louisville QB Jeff Brohm Replaces Bobby Petrino as Western Kentucky's Coach

Jeff Brohm with Western Kentucky players.
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Former standout Louisville Cardinals quarterback Jeff Brohm is the new head football coach for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. 

Brohm, 42, takes over a Hilltoppers team that finished 8-4—including a win over the Kentucky Wildcats—under Bobby Petrino, who was introduced Thursday as the new head coach at Louisville.

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Environment
12:06 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

In Wake of Polar Vortex, Let's Talk About Climate Change

Retreating ice, Punjack Jaya, Papua, 2011.
Keith Mountain

This week's polar vortex elicited comments on climate change from both sides of the aisle. Donald Trump and Rush Limbaugh were quick to suggest that the presence of cold weather debunks hundreds of thousands of years of climate data, while the

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Local News
11:58 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Byline Today: Kentucky, Indiana Legislatures Get Underway

On Byline this afternoon, we'll hear about the Kentucky and Indiana legislative sessions getting underway, the Louisville Cardinals'  new(-ish) football coach and more.

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Environment
10:44 am
Fri January 10, 2014

A Coal-Cleaning Chemical Spills in West Virginia, Prompting State of Emergency

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

My former home of Charleston, West Virginia—as well as an nine county radius—is under a state of emergency today after an unknown amount of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol spilled into the Elk River. The river supplies drinking water to the area.

The spill happened at a chemical plant that manufactures a product used to wash coal at processing plants in the region. Now, as many as 100,000 people, and possible more, have been warned not to drink, cook or wash with their tap water.

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