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11:52 am
Sat August 3, 2013

How to Watch Kentucky Senate Candidates' Speeches at Fancy Farm

Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL

The race for Kentucky's Senate seat is getting about as much attention as a statewide race can get 457 days before Election Day.

That puts focus on today's Fancy Farm picnic. The incumbent, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, will speak. So will Democratic challengers, most prominently Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. And so will Republican primary challenger Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman.

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Education
6:37 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

JCPS Claims Bus Manufacturer Sold It 396 Faulty Buses

The Jefferson County Board of Education is claiming that 396 school buses from a Delaware manufacturer are faulty.

The school district filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that it's had numerous problems with engines and other parts to buses from Navistar, which was named as a defendant in the suit. JCPS also alleges that the issues with engines, plus premature rusting and broken doors.

A Navistar spokesman said the company does not comment on pending litigation.

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Local News
3:58 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Kentucky, Other States Asked To Consider Bracing Food Stamp Recipients For Cuts

Around 850,000 Kentuckians receive food stamps and many are likely to see a reduction in their allowance after a four-year-old federal funding boost expires in November.

If the cuts go into effect, a family of three will get about $29 less per month, says Ashley Spaulding, a research associate at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. 

“These food assistance programs are already modest and with the cuts they will average less than $1.40 per person, per meal in 2014," she says.

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Environment
3:32 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Kentucky Representatives Send Letter Addressing Obama's 'Unfair Attack on Coal'

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Fifty members of Kentucky's House of Representatives have sent a letter to President Obama to protest what they're calling an "unfair attack on coal."

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Politics
3:05 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Clayton: 'A Lot at Stake' as Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Matt Bevin do Fancy Farm

The press at Fancy Farm.
Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL

Mitch McConnell has been in the U.S. Senate since 1985, but he'll face something new on Saturday—challengers from all sides in a single place.

The Fancy Farm Picnic will bring the Senate Republican leader together to speak at the same venue as primary challenger Matt Bevin and Democratic candidates, most prominently Alison Lundergan Grimes.

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Food and Dining
1:31 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

WAVE 3's Eric Flack and Grind's Liz Huot Discuss Report on Food Truck Cleanliness

Last month, WAVE 3's Troubleshooter Eric Flack did a story on food truck safety. In the piece, Flack points out that some mobile food vendors aren't following the letter of the law when it comes to sanitation.

Criticism followed.

Fans of food trucks took to Twitter to pick the piece apart. They said it was overly broad, that Flack had found some bad behavior and implied it was endemic of all food trucks. They accused him of taking clips out of context.

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Local News
1:12 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Barbara Shanklin to Louisville Metro Council: Let Me Regain Your Trust

Credit Louisville Metro Council

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, has released a statement after a days-long trial that ended with a Council ruling that she'd committed misconduct while performing her public duties.

Thirteen Metro Council members voted to remove Shanklin from office—one shy of the necessary number.

The findings stems from signed checks to a neighborhood organization she was involved with.

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Environment
11:32 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Marion, Scott County Magistrates Pass Resolutions on Bluegrass Pipeline

Courtesy Williams

Two more counties have registered reservations about a project that would build a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky.

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Commentary
7:05 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Bennie Ivory's Departure From The Courier-Journal a Loss for Louisville

Bennie Ivory and David Hawpe in 2009.
Credit Keith Runyon

Sixteen years is a long time to survive as the editor of a major American newspaper. With the exception of David Hawpe and Mark Ethridge, in modern times, no person has lasted so long at any Louisville newspaper. That achievement has been one more of the many achievements that Bennie L. Ivory has recorded in a 40-year career as an American journalist. He stepped down last Friday as executive editor and vice president of The Courier-Journal, where we worked closely with him for most of those sixteen years.

Bennie was a product of the South, in his case Arkansas, and he was steeped in the culture, good and bad, of the region he knew best. As a boy growing up in a home where education and hard work were his parents’ compass, Bennie also was painfully aware of the scourge of Jim Crow, for 1950s Arkansas remained highly segregated. In the years in which I worked with him, he would only occasionally refer to that past, but he did when a current event seemed to spark a memory.

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Environment
7:31 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Researchers Hope to Conduct Medical Tests on Black Leaf Residents

Residents at the meeting at the California Community Center
Erica Peterson WFPL

Researchers at the University of Louisville are seeking funding to conduct medical tests on people living near the former Black Leaf Chemical Plant. They held a public meeting this evening to judge interest in the project, and about 20 neighborhood residents attended.

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