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2:07 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

City Purchases Land to Attract Jobs, Development in West Louisville

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday that Metro Government has purchased a 30-acre piece of land in west Louisville that it plans to market to companies wishing to expand or relocate to the city.

The property is the former headquarters of National Tobacco located at 30th and Muhammad Ali Blvd. It will cost the city $1.2 million to buy from state government, with $750,000 coming from a settlement with the state over an unrelated right-of-way dispute.

The other $500,000 was allocated by the mayor last year in the city budget to buy brown space in the West End.

"This property is ideal and ready for development," Fischer said in a news release. "The site is clear with no significant environmental issues. It’s on a rail line, abuts the interstate and is surrounded by a ready workforce."

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1:30 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Report: Rising Tuition Costs Aside, Higher Education Still Worthwhile

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Despite rising tuition costs, higher education is still worthwhile because college-degree holders have higher incomes and better opportunities for employment, according to a report released Friday by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

Employers are increasingly requiring bachelor’s degrees as part of their hiring processes, the report said. In the next eight years, the report says, more than half of Kentucky jobs will require some sort of higher education. 

Still, students are also wrestling with increasing tuition costs each year. 

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Politics
6:05 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Fischer Lobbies for Local Option Sales Tax, Pension Reform in State of City Address

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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Mayor Greg Fischer says Louisville’s economy is rebounding from the national recession, but the city still faces a large budget shortfall due to rising pension costs.

Fischer made the comments at his annual State of the City address before the Rotary Club at the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage. This year's speech was slightly more upbeat than previous ones, with the mayor arguing that Louisville is becoming more entrepreneurial.

The Metro area has added 22,000 jobs and unemployment has dropped by almost four percent in the last two years. But challenges remain, namely Metro Government's hefty budget deficits.

"Last year’s $25 million gap is now down to about $13-14 million out of a $500 million general fund. That’s still a lot of money. But we didn’t get into this problem in two years and we can’t solve it in two years," says Fischer.

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3:35 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

GOP Legislative Leaders: Gay Marriage Amendment Not a Priority Now

The top two lawmakers in the Republican-led Indiana General Assembly say a push to write the state’s ban on gay marriage into the state Constitution isn’t a priority for them right now.

House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long say they’re more focused now on measures to improve job training and boost spending on schools.

Two Republican House lawmakers have introduced resolutions that would send the gay marriage issue to voters in 2014 if  approved by the General Assembly.

Politics
9:44 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Beshear: 'Too Early' on Whether Gambling Bill Will Be Filed

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The clock is ticking on the current legislative session, but efforts to push expanded gambling in the 2013  are still on-going, Gov. Steve Beshear said.

“I think it’s too early to reach a conclusion yet on whether we will have a bill on expanded gaming, you know we’ve got some issues to be resolved," he said.

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Politics
3:26 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Conway Alleges Mortgage Swapping Company Violated State Law

Jack Conway
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Claiming they committed fraud, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has filed a suit against a mortgage company.

Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, or MERS, provides a marketplace for banks to trade mortgages and mortgage-backed securities.

Conway says it was set up by banks to avoid the fees that must be paid when mortgages are sold and to hide the true owners of those mortgages.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Beshear Supports Local Option Sales Tax

Steve Beshear
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Proponents of a local option sales tax have gained big ally in their legislative fight: Gov. Steve Beshear. 

The local option sales tax would allow cities to levy an additional tax on top of the state’s current six percent sales tax for specific projects, if local voters approved the new tax.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray are the chief advocates pushing the idea, arguing their cities would use the extra revenue for infrastructure projects.

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2:03 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Yarmuth: McConnell Should Apologize for Gun Control Email

Congressman John Yarmuth
U.S. Congress

Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville says Sen. Mitch McConnell should apologize for an e-mail McConnell’s campaign sent to supporters last week.

The communication was from the Republican’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, and its subject line was, “Watch Out, They’re Coming For Your Guns.”

Yarmuth, a Democrat, says it was an attempt to distort the 23 executive actions on gun control announced recently by President Obama.

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Politics
11:58 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul Says He Would Have Fired Secretary Hillary Clinton Over Benghazi Attack

U.S. Senator Rand Paul
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At his first meeting as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton he would have fired her over the attacks at a U.S. consulate in Libya.

The hearing was the first time Clinton was able to testify about the Benghazi attacks and it was marked by tense exchanges with Republican committee members. Clinton defended her actions, and called out Congress for not adequately funding security requests.

In his opening statement, Paul rebuked Clinton's leadership at the State Department.

Kentucky's junior senator added that Clinton leaving the Obama administration was an acceptance of her culpability in what Paul called "the worst tragedy since 9/11."

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11:10 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Protests Aside, McConnell is Unthreatened Without 'Formidable Challenger,' Political Scientist Says

Mitch McConnell
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Nearly two years before he faces re-election in 2014, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has been under regular attack for his policy stances — from both conservative and progressive groups in Kentucky.

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