Politics
2:40 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Sneak Preview III: Noise & Notes Podcast

On this preview edition of Noise & Notes, I sat down with Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston and LEO Weekly’s Joe Sonka about the scathing audit of former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. It appears the only question left besides how far Farmer has fallen is will the former basketball star and lieutenant governor candidate be prosecuted.

House & Senate Races
11:13 am
Wed May 9, 2012

A Senate Legend, Undone By His Greatest Strength

Richard Lugar's 36-year Senate career came to an end when he lost a Republican primary battle to Indiana's state treasurer, Richard Mourdock, on Tuesday.
Darron Cummings AP

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 9:49 pm

In 2004, Indiana's longtime Republican senator, Richard Lugar, was intrigued by his newly elected colleague from next-door Illinois, a young Democrat named Barack Obama.

In Obama, the older man saw someone unabashedly interested in foreign policy and complimentary of the veteran senator's work on historic nuclear disarmament legislation, says longtime congressional correspondent John T. Shaw.

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Politics
11:12 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Yoder Will Face Young for Ninth Congressional District Seat

Democrat Shelli Yoder will face Republican Congressman Todd Young in the general election for Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District seat.

The 43-year-old Yoder is a first-time candidate, who works a professional development director at Indiana University's business school. She won the five-way primary race with 46 percent of the vote and beat notable opponents, such as retired Air Force Gen. Jonathan George and Robert Winningham, who was an aide to former Congressman Lee Hamilton.

Politics
11:10 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Mourdock Wins Indiana Senate Primary

Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock has defeated longtime incumbent Dick Lugar in the Republican Senate primary, according to NBC News.

The political obituary of Lugar began at home.

From National Journal:

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Local News
5:56 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Consultants Predict Financial Benefits of Utility Collaboration

The task force studying potential collaborations between several Louisville utilities has one more week to finalize its recommendations to Mayor Greg Fischer. The group heard from a consultant today about some potential financial benefits to a merger.

The utility task force was assigned to analyze the services provided by Metropolitan Sewer District, Louisville Water and Metro Public Works and determine what functions could be consolidated. According to the consultants advising the group, there are numerous financial reasons for at least some type of collaboration.

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Education
5:40 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

UK Board of Trustees Approves 6 Percent Tuition Increase

For the ninth consecutive year, students at the University of Kentucky will be asked to dig deeper to pay for their education. The UK Board of Trustees today voted to raise tuition and fees at the state’s flagship university an additional 6 percent beginning next fall.

Tuition for in-state students will rise from just over $9100 per year, to more than $9600 next academic year. UK President Eli Capilouto says the hikes are only part of the equation.

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Environment
5:15 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Facing Federal Action, Kentucky Moves to Increase Reclamation Bonds for Surface Mines

Coal companies will have to pay more to mine coal in Kentucky under new regulations issued by the Energy and Environment cabinet. The state took action after the federal government threatened to take over the state's surface mining program.

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Politics
3:45 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Mourdock Pledges to Stand Up Against McConnell

Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has pledged to join a group of conservatives to either overthrow or challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., if he wins in November. The Indiana state treasurer is backed by the tea party and is challenging six-term incumbent Dick Lugar in today's closely watched GOP primary. Political observers expect Mourdock to win the race and go on to face Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly in the general election. At a campaign event last month, Mourdock was asked about Kentucky's senior Senator whipping him in line.

Politics
3:43 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Mourdock Pledges to Stand Up Against McConnell

Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has pledged to join a group of conservatives to either overthrow or challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., if he wins in November.

The Indiana state treasurer is backed by the tea party and is challenging six-term incumbent Dick Lugar in today's closely watched GOP primary. Political observers expect Mourdock to win the race and go on to face Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly in the general election.

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