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2:54 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Gas-Fired Power Plant Proposed for Western Kentucky

Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities have announced plans to build a new natural gas powered generating plant in western Kentucky and a smaller, solar-powered station. 

Spokeswoman Chris Whelan says the facility planned for Muhlenberg County will be similar to the generating plant being built at the companies’ Cane Run site in Jefferson County.

"It will be 700 megawatts, roughly $700 million to construct," Whelan said.

"And then we’re also proposing we will build a 10 megawatt solar facility at one of our existing sites."

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Arts and Humanities
2:27 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Annual Art Show Draws Crowds to Old Louisville

Credit Julie Wilkinson / St. James Court Art Show

 The annual St. James Court Art Show opens this weekend.  Last year's fair drew more than 200,000 visitors to historic Old Louisville. 

More than 700 artists will exhibit and sell their work in the streets around the St. James Court fountain near Central Park. Participating artists are selected by representatives from six different neighborhood groups.

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Local News
12:38 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Rick Pitino Gets Two Words in Before Boston Sports Radio Hosts Hang Up

Rick Pitino
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So Louisville Cardinals men's basketball coach Rick Pitino has a new book out, "The One-Day Contract," and he's been making the media rounds to promote it.

He calls in Thursday to the Boston sports radio show "Toucher & Rich," hosted by Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb. The exchange goes like this:

Toucher : "We are joined by Rick Pitino, former coach of the Celtics, current coach of the Louisville Cardinals who won the national championship. Rick Pitino, hello."

Pitino: "Morning, guys."

Toucher : "You stink. You ruined the Celtics."

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Politics
11:58 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Hot Mic Catches Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Discussing Shutdown Talking Points

Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul at a Tea Party rally in Kentucky
Credit Kenny Colston / Kentucky Public Radio

As a growing number of Americans disapprove of the federal government shutdown, a "hot mic" conversation Wednesday night caught Kentucky Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul discussing how the GOP can avoid blame.

Speaking to McConnell in the midst of Capitol Hill interviews, Paul says if Republicans were to pivot from de-funding President Obama's health care law to seeking an overall "compromise" the GOP will "win this."

McConnell can be heard concurring with Paul that it is bad politics for Democrats to say they won't negotiate, but a recent CBS News survey shows most Americans are still blaming the GOP for the shutdown.

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It is certainly a raw politics moment for Kentucky's two U.S. senators, who have forged an alliance in recent years.

The campaign to elect U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is pouncing on the conversation, calling it a cynical approach in the face of the shutdown's real world impact.

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Politics
10:57 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Senators Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Say Kentucky Not Buying Obamacare

U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell (l) and Rand Paul (r)
Credit U.S. Senate

In a rebuttal to Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's editorial praising the Affordable Care Act, Republican U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul argue Kentucky isn't buying into the president's health care law.

The health exchange dubbed Kynect launched on Tuesday allowing residents to shop for an insurance plan as part of the federal law, better known as Obamacare.

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Commentary
10:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Preserving the Legacy of Ernie Pyle, Famed Journalist and Indiana Native

Ernie Pyle
Credit IU

There have been many notable names associated with Indiana University, just up the road from Louisville at Bloomington, including Hoagy Carmichael, the songwriter whose big hit was “Star Dust,” actor Kevin Kline, NPR’s puzzle master Will Shortz, violinist Joshua Bell and Wendell Willkie, the Wall Street tycoon who ran for president against FDR in 1940.

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Local News
6:45 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Doss High School Offers 'Work Ethic' Certificates To Get Students Ready For Workforce

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Louisville’s Doss High School is trying to improve student skills in career-readiness by introducing a work ethic certificate popular in some other Kentucky counties.

The state education department gives points for schools that prepare students for college and career. But just because a student has passed certain tests or earned certifications, it doesn’t mean they’ve learned the social skills that employers often say young people lack.

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Local News
6:34 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Greater Louisville Inc.'s CEO Addresses Layoffs in Open Letter

Craig Richard
Credit File photo

Greater Louisville Inc. is characterizing recent staff reductions as re-focusing on the organization's priorities—"economic development and outstanding member services"—and "not just a cost-cutting measure."

In an open letter, GLI CEO Craig Richard said the cuts—eight staff positions, not including a pair of recent resignations—wouldn't directly harm the organization's teams focused on economic development work for Louisville. He's also instituted a hiring freeze, a travel freeze, a "stringent" expense approval process and other measures.

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Politics
7:06 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Authorizes Audit, Appoints Acting Director

The Kentucky State Capitol Building
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FRANKFORT — Kentucky Legislative Research Commission leaders on Wednesday elected a new acting director and authorized an audit of the nonpartisan state agency's operations in the wake of the LRC’s handling of sexual harassment complaints.

Lawmakers—who make up the LRC's leadership panel—chose Marcia Seiler by a unanimous 15-0 vote to replace Robert Jenkins, who was named as interim director last month after the resignation of his supervisor, Robert Sherman.

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Politics
6:14 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth Calls for 'Clean' Spending Bill Vote as GOP Support Grows

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Congress

As President Obama meets with leaders in Washington, Kentucky Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth says there is enough support in the Republican-controlled House to pass a so-called "clean" spending bill to end the government shutdown.

But the remaining members of Kentucky's congressional delegation appear unwilling to accept such a plan even as more GOP members are supporting the idea.

"The solution to this crisis is simple: There is enough bipartisan support in the House right now to approve legislation to fund the government, send it to the president’s desk immediately and end this shutdown," Yarmuth told WFPL. "Every day they delay, House Republicans are hurting workers, small business owners, and millions of American families who depend on federal agencies, programs, and services."

House Democrats are pressuring Speaker John Boehner and GOP leaders to put forward a measure that doesn't attach any provisions to de-fund or delay President Obama's health care law.

A tally by The Washington Post shows there are now 21 GOP members who say they are either willing to and leaning towards voting for a "clean" continuing resolution.

That means a bill to fund the government would pass if the 200 Democrats went along.

In order for that vote to take place, however, Boehner would have to break the coveted "Hastert Rule" which forbids legislation that doesn't have the majority of the party in control's support.

A spokesman for Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie says the conservative lawmaker has already supported five "clean" bills that fund specific areas of the federal government.

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