News http://wfpl.org en 27 Percent of Kentucky Children Live in Poverty, Report Says http://wfpl.org/post/27-percent-kentucky-children-live-poverty-report-says <p>Twenty-seven percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2012, according to the 2014 Kids Count report released Tuesday.</p><p>That percentage is worse than 25 years ago when about a quarter of Kentucky kids lived in poverty, said Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, which produced the report with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:55:33 +0000 Joseph Lord 9815 at http://wfpl.org 27 Percent of Kentucky Children Live in Poverty, Report Says Louisville Water Co. Fined $84,000 For 'Willful' Disregard of Safety Laws http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-water-co-fined-84000-willful-disregard-safety-laws <p>The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has cited Louisville Water Co. for violating trench-safety laws for the third time in four years, this time issuing a $84,000 fine for what the state agency called a “willful” disregard of the law.</p><p>The citations stem from a fire hydrant replacement job on Leman Drive on Jan. 16. An inspector for the Labor Cabinet, which enforces Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health laws, noted that workers were in a trench nearly 6½ feet deep with no wall cave-in protection and an insufficient ladder.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:45:01 +0000 James McNair 9817 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Water Co. Fined $84,000 For 'Willful' Disregard of Safety Laws University of Louisville Digs In, Says No Need to Release More Records http://wfpl.org/post/university-louisville-digs-says-no-need-release-more-records <p>The University of Louisville has responded to a request by the state attorney general to justify its refusal to turn over documents to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, in the latest step in an <a href="http://kycir.org/2014/07/16/university-of-louisville-continues-to-fight-to-keep-records-from-public-view/">ongoing battle over public records.</a></p><p>In a letter dated July 18, U of L’s outside counsel said KyCIR’s public records appeal is moot since university officials earlier this month made public its final audit report.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:01:36 +0000 Kristina Goetz 9816 at http://wfpl.org University of Louisville Digs In, Says No Need to Release More Records Mitch McConnell's Aid to Mississippi Republican Incumbent Angers Kentucky Tea Party Activists http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnells-aid-mississippi-republican-incumbent-angers-kentucky-tea-party-activists <p>After serving on the Daviess County Republican Party's leadership team for almost three years, Owensboro native Barbara Knott had enough.</p><p>She resigned on July 10 and the reason was simple; Knott cannot support Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell this fall.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:51:53 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9810 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell's Aid to Mississippi Republican Incumbent Angers Kentucky Tea Party Activists Regulators Predict High Ozone Levels in Louisville Tuesday http://wfpl.org/post/regulators-predict-high-ozone-levels-louisville-tuesday <p>Kentucky and Indiana regulators have issued the first air quality alert of 2014 for the region. They’re predicting elevated levels of ozone Tuesday. The <a href="http://www.airnow.gov/?action=aqibasics.aqi" target="_blank">Air Quality Index</a> is forecast to be 105, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups.&nbsp;</p><p>These sensitive groups include the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments. On bad air days, Louisville residents should avoid idling vehicles, share rides, delay mowing lawns or getting gas and try to combine errands to help improve the air quality.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:39:56 +0000 Erica Peterson 9814 at http://wfpl.org Regulators Predict High Ozone Levels in Louisville Tuesday Sights and Sounds: What Does Forecastle Mean to Festival-Goers? http://wfpl.org/post/sights-and-sounds-what-does-forecastle-mean-festival-goers <p>Forecastle Festival 2014 <a href="/term/2014-forecastle-festival">has wrapped up.</a></p><p>Here are reviews for <a href="/post/whole-world-loves-it-when-you-make-sound-what-you-missed-friday-forecastle">Friday, </a><a href="/post/you-can-hear-me-coming-down-hall-what-you-missed-saturday-forecastle">Saturday</a> and <a href="/post/im-love-song-what-you-missed-sunday-forecastle">Sunday.</a></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9807 at http://wfpl.org Sights and Sounds: What Does Forecastle Mean to Festival-Goers? New Carbon Capture System at Kentucky Plant Could Be 'Game-Changer' http://wfpl.org/post/new-carbon-capture-system-kentucky-plant-could-be-game-changer <p>Kentucky has long been known for coal. But a new project unveiled today has the potential to let the commonwealth also be known for coal technology.</p><p>A bevy of scientists and elected officials are in Harrodsburg this morning to cut the ribbon on a new carbon capture pilot project. The project was developed by scientists at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research, and is being installed at Kentucky Utilities’ E.W. Brown power plant.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:47:02 +0000 Erica Peterson 9804 at http://wfpl.org New Carbon Capture System at Kentucky Plant Could Be 'Game-Changer' Clarksville's Plan to Address Flooding Meets Resistance From Some Residents http://wfpl.org/post/clarksvilles-plan-address-flooding-meets-resistance-some-residents <p>If you look at Ray Lawrence Park in Clarksville on a map, you can see why there might be an issue with flooding. The park is nine acres of green next to a residential neighborhood. But directly to the northwest is acres and acres of gray: Clarksville’s big box stores, auto dealerships and a mall—and the accompanying swaths of paved parking lots.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 9812 at http://wfpl.org Clarksville's Plan to Address Flooding Meets Resistance From Some Residents I'm In Love With That Song: What You Missed Sunday at Forecastle http://wfpl.org/post/im-love-song-what-you-missed-sunday-forecastle <p></p><p>About 60,000 revelers crowded Louisville's Waterfront Park this weekend for the annual three-day festival. Unlike last year, when bad weather shut the festival down twice, this year the rain mostly held off — but so did the sun, until yesterday, when the temperatures crept up into the sunny 80s and it finally felt like a summer festival in Kentucky.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:21:17 +0000 Erin Keane 9813 at http://wfpl.org I'm In Love With That Song: What You Missed Sunday at Forecastle Crescent Hill Reservoir Walking Path Closed for Eight Weeks http://wfpl.org/post/crescent-hill-reservoir-walking-path-closed-eight-weeks <p>Starting today, the Crescent Hill Reservoir is temporarily closed to walkers and runners while the Louisville Water Company finishes restoration work on the reservoir’s historic gatehouse. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The project began in 2013.&nbsp;&nbsp; Spokeswoman Kelley </span>Dearing<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Smith says the limestone staircase leading up to the reservoir is also being rehabilitated. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Gail Faustyn 9796 at http://wfpl.org Crescent Hill Reservoir Walking Path Closed for Eight Weeks