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Environment
2:07 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Officials Hope Clean Up at Homes Near Black Leaf Plant Will Be Finished by End of Year

A sign on the fence surrounding the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville's Park Hill neighborhood.

State and federal crews are making progress cleaning up homes contaminated by the old Black Leaf Chemical plant in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood.

The Black Leaf plant was home to many companies during the 20th century, including several that produced pesticides. In 2011, high levels of heavy metals and pesticides were discovered in the site’s soil. Later, residential testing revealed the dangerous chemicals had migrated to nearby homes.

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Education
1:36 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

JCPS School Board Members Getting More Complaints About Classroom Behavior

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Some Jefferson County school board members say they’ve received more calls this year than in the past regarding disruptive classroom behavior—and board members are concerned the district’s discipline policy is being interpreted differently by principals.

“By no means am I getting lots and lots of concerns, but I’m getting more this year than I have ever had before from parents about students in a number of schools, in a number of kinds of situations,” says board member Debbie Wesslund, who represents neighborhoods in the East End.

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Local News
10:53 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Kentucky Vehicle Exports Top Last Year's Record

Kentucky exports are on a record pace this year, and vehicle exports are already at an all-time high.  

Through the first nine months of the year, the commonwealth’s vehicle exports were up over 40 percent.

Gov. Steve Beshear says the state exported more than $3 billion worth of vehicles through September and will likely top $4 billion by year's end.

Beshear says that translates into more jobs and a stronger state economy.The previous record for vehicle exports was $2.7 billion, set last year.

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Food & Drink Week
10:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

An Oral History of Bourbon in Louisville

Bourbon is America's native spirit. Federal law says so. But for people in Louisville, bourbon is even closer, sentimentally and literally. The city developed quickly through the growth of the bourbon industry, and the current downtown resurgence depends largely on spirit's continued popularity.

But it's been a twisted path from the first batch's debut and the latest distillery ribbon cutting. It's a story of taxes, Prohibitions, power and capitalism.

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Food & Drink Week
7:30 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Is Kentucky Limestone Water Indispensible for Bourbon?

The spring at Maker's Mark that originally provided water for the distillery's bourbon.
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Water is an essential ingredient in bourbon. And many local distillers have long said the commonwealth’s unique limestone water distinguishes Kentucky bourbon from competitors. But how important is it really?

To legally be called bourbon, the spirit has to be made of mostly corn. It has to be aged in new charred-oak barrels. And it has to be made in the United States. There's no rule that dictates what type of water is used, but many local distillers say no matter what the law says, bourbon isn't bourbon unless it's made with limestone water.

It's a stipulation that goes back to the early days of bourbon. University of Kentucky geology professor Alan Fryar says it was easy access to limestone water that played an integral role in launching the bourbon industry here centuries ago.

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Food & Drink Week
5:45 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Damaris Phillips' Thanksgiving: Lots of Family and a Casserole

Damaris Phillips
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On Thanksgiving day, Damaris Phillips will gather at her aunt's Louisville home with her family—four siblings, aunts, uncles and more. Maybe 40 people. Maybe more.

And they all cook. And they're all good at it, she said.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Affordable Care Act Elicits Anger, Confusion From Kentucky Lawmakers

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While Kentucky's implementation of the Affordable Care Act has received national attention, state lawmakers from both parties are not pleased with parts of the legislation.

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Local News
4:06 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Gay Marriage Activists Fined One Penny for Louisville Marriage License Protest

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A protest in which a gay couple refused to leave a Louisville government building until they were granted a marriage license has resulted in a one-cent fine and no other punishment.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

CLOUT: JCPS Must Fix Racial Gap in Student Punishment

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The group Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together (CLOUT) is taking Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens to task over racial disparities in student suspensions and other disciplinary action.

An equity scorecard released by the school district on Monday shows African-American students are more likely to be disciplined than their white classmates in Louisville's public school system.

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Education
2:37 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

KET Recieves $1.14 Million To Grow Early Childhood Resources

A group of children sit in front of the television at Louisville Central Community Center’s Mini-Versity Child Development Center.

“What colors can you make?” the television asks.

Early childhood educators use the program as a prompt. The children then mix colored liquid into bags that contain plain dough-like material that will soon become yellow. Then green, when they drop in blue liquid.

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