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11:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Libertarian David Patterson Enters 2014 Kentucky Senate Race

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FRANKFORT — Libertarian David Patterson has announced his intention to run for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

A 42-year-old Harrodsburg police officer, Patterson said in a statement that he's making a bid to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell because voters are looking for an alternative.

(Related: WFPL's coverage of the 2014 Senate race.)

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Environment
10:30 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on the Air District's Audit: 'We'll Take Any Action' Necessary

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Last week, several members of the Air Pollution Control District Board expressed their support for the district’s staff in the wake of a state audit that found serious flaws with the city’s air monitoring program. But in a WFPL News special, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer didn’t echo that unequivocal support.

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Politics
10:20 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Conservative PAC's Radio Ad Echoes Matt Bevin Attacks on Mitch McConnell

A conservative group is launching its first radio ad in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race criticizing Republican Senator Mitch McConnell for his voting record.

Led by former Republican Congressman Jim Ryun, the Madison Project endorsed McConnell’s GOP primary opponent Matt Bevin last month, and is running what they say will be the first of many statewide ads against the incumbent.

It's a relatively small $30,000 ad buy, but the 60-second spot slams McConnell’s votes on immigration reform, Wall Street bailouts and the debt ceiling.

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Daniel Horowitz is the policy director of The Madison Project. He says the Kentucky Senate race is about McConnell’s leadership and a larger debate about the GOP at-large.

"We want to have a long-form discussion both about McConnell’s record in Kentucky and also really a discussion over the future of the Republican Party. Is this going to be the party of Reagan, Cruz and DeMint or is this the party of Karl Rove and Mitch McConnell? And it’s about time we had this fight over the future of the party," he says.

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Local News
8:15 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Louisville's First Memory Cafe to Open Today

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The University of Louisville School of Nursing and the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association are teaming up to open Louisville’s first Memory Café.

It’s a social group gathering where people struggling with Alzheimer’s or dementia can socialize and take a break from the routines associated with their disease.

The Memory Cafe concept originated in Britain more than a decade ago.  There are now about 100 cafes in the United States.   The Louisville café will be the second in Kentucky.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Louisville Orchestra Kicks Off Season with Piano Concertos and Emanuel Ax

Emanuel Ax

The Louisville Orchestra traditionally opens its new season with the gala performance Fanfara, a bill of classics conducted by music director Jorge Mester. This year's season opener on Sept. 7 in Whitney Hall features acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax. 

Ax is a seven-time Grammy Award winner for his solo work on Haydn's piano sonatas (1994, 2005) and collaborations, including three with Yo-Yo Ma on sonatas for cello and piano by Brahms (1986, 1993) and  Beethoven (1987).

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Environment
6:33 am
Mon August 26, 2013

EPA Has Yet to Weigh in on Kentucky's Proposed Selenium Standard

Gabe Bullard WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency has yet to approve or reject Kentucky’s proposed water quality standard for selenium, but over the past few months there’s been lobbying on both sides of the issue.

Earlier this month, representatives from several environmental groups went to visit EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. They want the EPA to reject the standard. The executive director of the Sierra Club also sent the EPA a letter to that effect last week. Meanwhile, state environmental regulators worked with their federal counterparts to craft the new standard. The Kentucky Coal Association has also been involved, expressing support for the new standard to state and federal regulators.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun August 25, 2013

What We're Reading | 8.25.13

The Apollo 11 astronauts.
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Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

Gabe Bullard: I can't think of any better way to convince you to read this story about the musician Harry Nilsson than posting this quote:

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Education
7:45 am
Sun August 25, 2013

JCPS Background Checks Block Parents From Volunteering, Even for Years-Old Offenses

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Honey Dozier fits the profile of a parent commonly rejected by Jefferson County Public Schools. She’s white, female and has a criminal record for a past non-violent offense. 

When she was 18—before her first child was born—she made a mistake, she says.

It was a big mistake. She stole and used other people’s credit cards—that's a felony. But that was nearly two decades ago, she says.

”What I did was wrong, clearly, but it should not keep me from going on field trips for 19 years,” she says.

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Environment
10:29 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Judge Rules Against Environmental Groups in Case Involving Coal Mining's Health Effects

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A federal judge has ruled against environmental groups in a case involving a surface mine in Eastern Kentucky.

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