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Environment
3:23 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

More Bad News for Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District

Last month, a Kentucky Division for Air Quality audit found that years of Louisville’s particulate pollution monitoring data was flawed. Now, that finding has been confirmed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

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Politics
2:41 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Kentucky House Committee Investigating Claims Against John Arnold to Meet on Tuesday

John Arnold
Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

A special state House committee tasked with investigating claims of sexual harassment against outgoing Democratic Rep. John Arnold will meet for the first time Tuesday morning in Frankfort.

The five-member investigating committee formed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, has been given the job of examining claims made by employees of the Legislative Research Commission whom alleged that Arnold sexually harassed and assaulted them over a period of several years.

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Arts and Humanities
2:13 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

REVIEW | New Fights, More Horror in 'Dracula'

Randolph Curtis Rand in "Dracula" at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Bill Brymer Actors Theatre of Louisville

Some holiday shows become tradition, annual outings passed down through and binding across generations. But attending Actors Theatre of Louisville's "Dracula" feels more like a ritual (like the season's first pumpkin ale or latté), a key event in observing the transition from summer to fall.

"Dracula" opened Friday the 13th and runs through Halloween in the Bingham Theatre. Directed by William McNulty, the production changes in small ways from year to year, but it rarely fails to properly usher in the longer nights of autumn.  The gothic thriller is the theater's second-longest running production, and ahead of the national curve as the country's only annual "Dracula" production. 

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Local News
1:01 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

WFPL is at Parking Week in Downtown Louisville

Louisville Public Media

Parking Day has expanded to Parking Week, which means this week Louisvillians can wander over to Metro Hall and participate—and WFPL will be there, too.

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Louisville's Library System Offers Online 'Computer Tech' Learning Services

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Louisville’s public library members now have access to a new service that can help teach them the skills needed to develop web applications or start an online business, all from home.

The Louisville Free Public Library is trying to expand its services to offer resources for the 21st Century and part of that includes providing library members with online learning opportunities, says director Craig Buthod.

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Politics
7:30 am
Mon September 16, 2013

New Louisville GOP Chair Wants to Focus on Local Elections, Voter Outreach

Jefferson County Republican Party Chair Nathan Haney

The new chair of the Jefferson County Republican Party says reaching beyond east Louisville is key to the local party’s future success.

At the federal level, the GOP controls all but one of Kentucky’s six congressional seats.

In state government Republicans have expanded their majority in the state Senate in recent years, and many believe taking over the state House is within reach next year.

But in Jefferson County, Republicans have struggled in Louisville-area races as of late where Democrats control nearly all of the important elected offices.

Newly elected Jefferson County Republican Party Chair Nathan Haney is looking to change that.

"This is a big county and it’s going to take a big effort. But I definitely agree and I think it is a priority that we outreach not only to south Louisville, but west Louisville is very important to us," says Haney, who is an attorney and former state House candidate.

Among the issues Republicans need to discuss more in Louisville are school choice, lowering homicide rates and changing mandatory sentencing laws, says Haney.

"One of the things that we have got to do is we have got to go places and we’ve got to talk to people, and we’ve got to listen to what their concerns are," he says. "There’s a lot of very basic local issues that we agree wholeheartedly on. But we never give ourselves the chance because a lot of times we haven’t done the outreach efforts that we need to do."

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Arts and Humanities
7:02 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Iroquois Amphitheater Celebrates 75 Years with Reunion Concert, Photo Call

A production of "The Vagabond King" at the Iroquois Amphitheater.
Credit Metro Parks

Metro Parks will celebrate 75 years of outdoor entertainment at the Iroquois Amphitheater Sunday with live music from the Louisville Big Band Jazz Ensemble, dancing and a concert by South Louisville native Justin Paul Lewis. Gates open at 5 p.m. for this free event.

The parks department invites anyone who has ever performed on stage or worked backstage at the amphitheater to gather at 7:30 p.m. for a group photo on stage.

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Environment
6:51 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Kentucky Forestry Officials Plan to Meet on Growing Emerald Ash Borer Issue

Emerald Ash Borer
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An ongoing insect infestation is causing both safety and aesthetic concerns at a well-known Kentucky state park.

The emerald ash borer, which is native to Asia but new to North America, was first seen in Kentucky just four years ago. Since, then it’s done serious damage to trees in 24 counties. State officials are especially worried about its impact on General Butler State Park near Carrolton.

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Education
11:52 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Listen (and Learn) More About Kentucky's New Science Standards: The Why and How

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Kentucky is moving forward with new science standards following a controversial week of rejection and then embrace as Gov. Steve Beshear announced he would use his powers to override any legislative committee's decision to block implementation.

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