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6:57 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Can a Kentucky Politician Win By Being Candid About Coal's Decline?

Credit Harry Schaefer / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Here’s an essential Kentucky political truth: politics and the state’s coal industry are intertwined.

That’s one of the reasons both of Kentucky’s Senate candidates—Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes—have been nearly indistinguishable on the subject.

But coal’s fortunes in Kentucky have been declining for decades. 

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Politics
4:10 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Council Members Launch Investigative Panel Into Louisville Animal Services

The LMAS Animal House Adoption Center on Newburg Road.
Credit Metro Louisville

A bipartisan duo of Louisville Metro Council members announced Tuesday the creation of an ad hoc committee tasked with investigating a series of allegations about the city's animal services department.

Republican Kelly Downard and Democrat Cindi Fowler will co-chair the panel, which will conduct an eight-week probe of the department based on accusations published last month in TheVilleVoice.com.

"We believe that's it important in our job to provide oversight for the administration and that's why we're doing it," said Downard.

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Education
3:42 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Louisville Cardinals Athletics Gets $3-Million Matching Grant For Academic Center

Credit University of Louisville Athletics

University of Louisville athletics will get a financial boost toward completing construction of a student-athlete academic center.

Thorntons, the Louisville-based gas and convenience chain, will provide a $3-million matching grant to the project, according to a university news release. Thorntons will match every dollar donated to the construction of the academic center up to $3 million—with hopes of raising, in total, the $6 million remaining to complete the fund-raising.

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Australian Dance Veteran Robert Curran Joins Louisville Ballet as Artistic Director

Robert Curran
Credit James Braund

The Louisville Ballet has named a new artistic director. Australian Ballet veteran Robert Curran, 38, steps into the shoes of Bruce Simpson, who programmed the 2014-15 season before he retired last month.

Curran was in Louisville last week to finalize his appointment and is now in Australia awaiting confirmation of his visa, which the company expects to be finalized tomorrow. He plans to be relocated to Louisville well before “Giselle” opens the new season September 12.

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Environment
11:06 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Spill Near Cincinnati Dumps 5,000 Gallons of Oil Into Ohio River

The Cincinnati skyline from Kentucky across the Ohio Rier.
Credit Creative Commons

A spill at a power plant near Cincinnati dumped thousands of gallons of oil into the Ohio River late Monday night, but Louisville Water Company officials say they don’t think it’ll pose a risk to Louisville's water supply.

The spill at Duke Energy’s W.C. Beckjord Station spilled 5,000 gallons of fuel oil during a routine transfer. The Beckjord station, built in 1952, is an older power plant that burns both fuel oil and coal.

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Politics
10:49 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Report: Alison Lundergan Grimes May Have Received Illegal Campaign Help From Her Father

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is drawing criticism for receiving discounted services from her well-connected father that may have violated a federal campaign finance law.

In a story first reported by Politico on Tuesday, a company owned by Jerry Lundergan bought the 45-foot-long Grimes campaign bus and reportedly rented it to his daughter far below the fair market value.

From Politico:

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Politics
7:30 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Louisville Council President Jim King Wants to ‘Explore’ Disciplinary Options Against Members

Louisville City Hall
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Louisville Metro Council President Jim King is looking at ways for the legislative branch to discipline lawmakers short of their removal from office.

That's according to a legal document, obtained Monday by WFPL, that recommends alternative ways to sanction council members.

In an Aug. 18 letter to King, the county attorney found the council lacked measures to reprimand lawmakers for violating the city’s code of ethics or other rules other than expulsion.

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Media Critic
7:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Media Critic: Louisville News Outlets Must Hold Themselves Accountable

James Miller
Credit Submitted photo

No rational person expects news organizations to be 100 percent perfect all of the time, and because they aren’t, accountability should be built in to the journalistic process.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Mitch McConnell Accepts KET Debate With Alison Lundergan Grimes

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has accepted an invitation to debate Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes next month in Kentucky's closely watched U.S. Senate race.

McConnell's re-election team agreed to appear on KET's Kentucky Tonight program on October 13, according to a statement released Monday by the television network.

"KET is proud to be trusted by the candidates and Kentucky’s voters to provide a fair and independent platform in this pivotal U.S. Senate race," KET chief executive Shae Hopkins said.

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Local News
3:56 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Inaccurate Data Leads Louisville to Revise Neighborhood Health Equity Breakdown

Credit Center for Health Equity

Metro Louisville has revised its 2014 Health Equity Report  to correct information that falsely declared some neighborhoods as having worse health outcomes than they actually did.

The Health Equity Report was initially released in April, but—as The Courier-Journal reported—data misalignments lead to inaccurate findings in categories such as life expectancy and death rates.

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