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1:11 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Ed Marksberry Announces Independent Bid for Kentucky U.S. Senate Race

U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry of Owensboro, Ky.
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Saying Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes isn't speaking to progressives or their issues, Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry is dropping out of the primary to run as an independent.

Marksberry is an Owensboro building contractor who has been running a decidedly liberal campaign to take on Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell in next year's election.

In a telephone interview with WFPL, Marksberry—who ran for Congress in 2012—says he plans to speak to the environment, poverty and gay rights in particular.

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Environment
10:27 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Beshear Says He Still Believes Bluegrass Pipeline Issues Can Wait Until January

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he hasn’t made up his mind about whether a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline would benefit Kentucky.

If it’s built, the Bluegrass Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids—like butane and ethane—from drilling operations in the Northeast to processing plants on the Gulf of Mexico. Representatives from pipeline company Williams have been surveying in the state for the past several months, but the pipeline has met opposition from groups and citizens who say current regulations aren’t adequate.  

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Kentucky's Peak Colorfall Season Approaching

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What is generally considered the peak viewing period for fall foliage in Kentucky is approaching.  

Dean Henson, the manager of Big Bone Lick State Park in Boone County, says that typically happens in mid to late October, and weather conditions will help determine how colorful the leaves will become.  

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Education
8:58 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Reminder: Kentucky Set To Release Test Scores On Friday

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The Kentucky Department of Education will release individual district and school accountability test results this week, including test scores, graduation rates and how many students are college and career ready.

WFPL will have coverage of the test results starting Friday morning on air at 89.3 and online here at WFPL.org.

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Politics
7:30 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Ky. Environmentalists Want Alison Lundergan Grimes to Address Energy Future Beyond Coal

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

In Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, environmentalists says there's little to distinguish Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes from Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell on coal.

But activists say what they're most disappointed about is Grimes hasn't outlined an agenda that speaks to the future of Kentucky's economy or the country's energy needs.

Ahead of new federal rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions, the Grimes campaign presented a decidedly pro-coal message by scolding the Obama administration.

When the Environmental Protection Agency released those proposed standards last week, Grimes reiterated her disappointment, saying the regulations were "out of touch" with Kentucky's needs and would hurt middle-class families.

The Grimes campaign told WFPL the first-term secretary of state does acknowledge climate change and the effects carbon emissions have on the planet's weather patterns.

But aides quickly pivoted to emphasize what they call "unnecessary regulations" that hurt Kentuckians who rely on the coal industry to provide for their families.

"While it is important to protect the environment, it is just as important to make sure the men and women of Kentucky are able to provide for their families,"  said Grimes campaign spokeswoman Charly Norton. "As Senator, Alison will work to protect the jobs of hardworking Kentuckians in any solution to the changing climate."

A 2007 Supreme Court ruling found that greenhouse gases created by coal-fired plants are pollutants that are harmful to human health, and are thus subject to regulation.

Longtime Louisville environmental activist Sarah Lynn Cunningham says voters who care about the environment are frustrated with Grimes and that enthusiasm is already declining more than a year before Election Day.

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Arts and Humanities
6:46 am
Mon September 23, 2013

'No Such Thing as Useless Knowledge': Louisville's IdeaFestival Returns

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When Kris Kimel founded IdeaFestival 13 years ago in Lexington, he says it wasn’t an easy concept to explain. The celebration of innovation and creativity lacked a tangible hook – it’s not based on a product, it’s not targeted at one industry. Is it a tech conference? An arts festival? A business seminar? Well, yes.

“It wasn't the easiest thing to communicate," says Kimel.

"We couldn't give away tickets,” he adds with a laugh.  

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Education
5:24 am
Mon September 23, 2013

What if Meeting College or Career-Ready Standards Was Mandatory to Graduate in Kentucky?

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A southern Kentucky school district is exceeding state requirements by requiring all students to meet college or career-ready standards before getting their high school diploma.

  

The state measures college and career readiness through various tests and credential students can earn. While it’s a large part of Kentucky’s accountability system, it’s not a requirement to graduate statewide. 

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Local News
7:12 am
Sun September 22, 2013

After Cuts, How Many Fewer Children Are Using Kentucky's Child Care Assistance Program?

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Earlier this week, Kentucky children's advocates and others lobbied state legislators to halt drastic cuts to a program that provides financial aid to low-income working families to cover child care costs.

Those cuts, announced earlier this year, changed the eligibility requirements for the Kentucky Child Care Assistance Program. They went into full effect on July 1. 

It's been two months. Here's how many kids have lost access to CCAP.

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Local News
6:53 am
Sun September 22, 2013

Out-of-Production Technology Gets New Life in Louisville and Elsewhere

Polaroid SX-70
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Beneath the wedge-shaped leather and chrome-coated exterior of the Polaroid SX-70 camera lies a collection of aspheric mirrors — a unique single lens reflex system that ensures the image in the viewfinder is the same image transferred to the film. And the film develops minutes after the picture is taken. No darkroom. No complex interchangeable lenses. No litter. No fuss. (1)

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Local News
3:38 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Cards Crush Florida International 72-0

Teddy Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes and Louisville's defense allowed a school-record 30 yards, helping the Cardinals blow out Florida International 72-0 on Saturday.

It was the highest scoring game for the Cardinals (4-0) since a 73-10 victory over Murray State in 2007. It also matched the school's fourth-largest margin of victory.

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