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4:52 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

University of Kentucky Awarded Federal Grant to Develop Carbon Capture Technology

Erica Peterson WFPL

The University of Kentucky will receive nearly $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to further develop technologies that can reduce the emission of green house gases from coal-fired power plants. 

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Local News
4:23 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Greater Louisville Inc. Undergoes 'Organizational Change,' Senior Staff Reportedly Cut

Richard Craig
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The administration of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer doesn't believe that reported staff cuts to Greater Louisville Inc. will harm economic development initiatives for the city.

Greater Louisville Inc. officials confirmed that the organization had endured "organizational change." GLI board chairman Kerry Stemler blamed the situation on the economy and a new agenda for GLI under CEO Craig Richard, who arrived in November 2012.

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Local News
3:00 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Ohio River Bridges Crews Reach New 'Milestone' Phase for Downtown Crossing

Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

Crews on the downtown crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project have begun a new phase of construction that project officials are calling a milestone. This is the first work in the project that is primarily above the surface of the water and will be visible to residents.

Max Rowland, the project manager with Walsh Construction, said setting the first of six concrete and steel tubs over foundation shafts on Thursday was met with ideal conditions and the 243,000 pound tub “fit like a glove.”

“We just hope the next five go as well as this first one did,” he said.

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Local News
1:13 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Don't Drop Off Trapped Critters at Beargrass Creek, Kentucky Wildlife Officials Say

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Kentucky wildlife officials are concerned about the ecosystem of the Louisville Nature Center and Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve because of an increase in reports of troublesome critters.

The issue is that some residents trap the animals they find rummaging through trash cans and yards and relocate them into the forests, officials said. 

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Environment
1:09 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

New Indianapolis Science Museum Will Explore the City's Waterways

The canal in Indianapolis.
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An Indianapolis university is moving forward with the creation of an innovative science museum, focused around the city’s waterways. Butler University was awarded a $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation for the project.

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Arts and Humanities
1:06 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Idea Festival | Classical Music for the 97 Percent

Cariwyl Hebert, founder, Salon 97.

Many people learn about classical music as kids, in piano lessons or choir, but drift away from it with time. Salon 97 is a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to making classical music accessible, inclusive and—most of all—fun to folks who might be ready to give it another try.

(The name comes from the rough percentage of Americans who don't self-identify as ardent classical music fans.) 

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Politics
12:36 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Alison Lundergan Grimes Says Mitch McConnell is 'Missing in Action' on Shutdown Negotiations

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Calling the looming government shutdown a "reckless Republican" strategy, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is accusing incumbent U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of watching from the sidelines.

The budget impasse in Washington is expected to continue when the Democratic-controlled Senate rejects a House measure this afternoon.

If a deal isn't reached the federal government will close on Tuesday at 12:01 a.m.

At issue is implementation of President Obama's health care law, which Republican want to delay for one year. But that is considered a non-starter in the Senate and for the Obama administration.

In the meantime, the Grimes campaign is going on the offensive against McConnell by highlighting how a shutdown would impact Kentucky.

The news release points out a shutdown would close centers for 16,000 children who attend Head Start, delay payments for U.S. military service members and furlough 25,000 federal employees in the state.

Grimes says McConnell needs to be more involved in the negotiations while reminding supporters about the GOP leadership's split with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

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Local News
11:02 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Renowned Hand Surgeon Harold Kleinert Dies at 91; Arrangements Announced

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The funeral for Louisville hand surgeon Dr. Harold Kleinert will be held Monday, October 7.

Kleinert died Saturday at the age of 91.

He founded what is now the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center more than a half-century ago.  

The internationally renowned practice conducted the nation’s first five hand transplants, and has trained hundreds of doctors from around the world in microsurgery techniques.

Kleinert was also Clinical Professor of Surgery Emeritus at the University of Louisville.

Environment
10:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Louisville Experiments With Crowdfunding Again for This Year's Cyclouvia

A stop n' chat in the middle of Bardstown Road during last year's Cyclouvia.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville’s Cyclouvia—a version of similar "open streets" events held in cities around the world—returns next month. Bardstown Road will be closed to vehicular traffic for several hours on a Sunday afternoon.

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Politics
7:01 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Taking Myth-Buster Lead Ahead of Obamacare Implementation

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is scheduled to launch its open enrollment for individuals without health insurance beginning on Oct. 1.

And Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth is taking the lead on debunking what the Democratic lawmaker calls myths and "scare tactics" about its implementation.

In Kentucky, one in six people are uninsured and officials hope as the law unfolds that residents will take advantage of the state-approved insurance plans.

One of the chief changes under the new federal mandate is no one can be denied health care coverage for any reason, including pre-existing conditions.

But three years after it passed, Obamacare remains the source of continued bickering in Washington and the root of a possible government shutdown.

"A lot of this is partisan and anti-Obama sentiment because we know that people support the various provisions of the Affordable Care Act by substantial margins," says Yarmuth, who voted for the law in 2010.

A recent poll conducted by CNBC bears out what the congressman is saying. The survey found 46 percent of Americans oppose the law when it carries the president’s name. But just 37 percent said they oppose the law when it is called the Affordable Care Act.

In states like Kentucky—where Obama is immensely unpopular—that has resulted in considerable confusion about the law as state officials are encouraging people to sign-up.

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