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3:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Beshear Discusses Auditor's Report of Misused Funds at Kentucky Emergency Management

John Heltzel
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Gov. Steve Beshear said he hasn't "taken any options off the table" in dealing with Kentucky Emergency Management following a state auditor's report alleging that the agency spent more than $100,000 on parties and other disallowed expenditures.

The audit released Tuesday also found that Kentucky Emergency Management officials intimidated employees and altered documents regarding the expenditures.

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Local News
1:39 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Demolition of Historic Bardstown Mansion Halted Again

Anatok in May, 2013
Rick Howlett

Anatok will remain standing for at least a few more months.

A judge has reinstated an order halting the demolition of the antebellum mansion in Bardstown.

The owner of the home, Bethlehem High School, has for years planned to deconstruct the building as part of a campus expansion project, but preservationists argue that it should be saved because of its historical significance.

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Local News
1:08 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Texting While Driving Will Cost 3 Points Against Kentucky Driver's License

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Kentucky drivers will soon be assessed three "penalty points" against their licenses each time they're convicted of texting while driving.

The new penalty will be enacted through administrative regulations ordered by Gov. Steve Beshear, who announced the change in Louisville on Wednesday morning.

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Education
12:40 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Family Scholar House Opens Fourth Location, Louisville Metro 'Fast-Tracked' Approval Process

The Family Scholar House renovated this 19th Century Parkland School.

The fourth Family Scholar House has opened in the Parkland neighborhood and will help 48 more low-income single-parents earn degrees.

The program offers both residential and non-residential services to families that are struggling, and for many who have been homeless. The goal is to support families while the parent earns a degree, though success can also be measured by the 100 percent of residential participants who have transitioned into stable housing, program officials say.

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Environment
5:25 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Medical Testing on Black Leaf Residents Will Continue Into Next Week

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

University of Louisville researchers say they're extending the window of opportunity for people living near the former Black Leaf Chemical plant to sign up for medical tests.

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Environment
4:26 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Harlan County Coal Miner Dies in Underground Accident

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Another Kentucky coal miner has died on the job.

Lenny D. Gilliam, 56, of Appalachia, Va., died Tuesday afternoon at the Huff Creek Mine in Harlan County. The mine is operated by Lone Mountain Processing, a subsidiary of Arch Coal.

The Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing says:

Preliminary reports indicate the side of a coal pillar burst as the continuous miner machine was operating, causing the miners to be trapped.

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Arts and Humanities
4:09 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Ongoing Programs, Ongoing Need: New Grants Fund Nonprofits' Existing Operations

In the nonprofit world, new programs are exciting. They get attention – from the public, from donors and from foundations. But what about the programs that already work? When the Community Foundation of Louisville met with local nonprofits, they heard over and over how challenging it can be to fund existing programs to keep them strong and thriving – and maybe even to help them grow. 

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Education
3:08 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

AmeriCorps Adds Service Members To JCPS Programs

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Despite facing national and state funding cuts this year, AmeriCorps will be adding new members to Jefferson County Public Schools' program targeting at-risk students.

Nearly $4 million in grants have been awarded to Kentucky social service programs led by AmeriCorps (To see a list of the programs click here).

This year, programs that submitted applications for national grants were asked to cut costs by 5 percent.

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Politics
12:57 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Jerry Abramson Won't Run for Kentucky Governor

Jerry Abramson
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Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson won't run for governor in 2015.

Abramson, 66, announced the decision Tuesday in Elizabethtown. Earlier this summer, he told Kentucky Public Radio that he was considering a run and may decide around Fancy Farm, which was this past Saturday.

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Local News
12:32 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Auditor: Kentucky Emergency Management Misused Funds, 'Caught Red-Handed' Altering Documents

The Kentucky Auditor says the state agency responsible for responding to weather disasters and other emergencies used taxpayer funds to pay for $100,000 in alcohol, entertainment and other disallowed expenditures—and officials altered documents to hide it.

The review also alleges intimidation of employees who cooperated in the investigation. State Auditor Adam Edelen today released the results of an examination of Kentucky Emergency Management that was launched in March. 

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