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1:18 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

State Fair Grand Champion Ham Brings $350,000 at Auction

Miss Kentucky Jenna Day displays the 2013 grand champion country ham.
Rick Howlett

The Kentucky State Fair grand champion country ham fetched $350,000 at a charity auction today. 

The sale was conducted during the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 50th annual country ham breakfast.

History was made on a couple of fronts at this year’s auction.   For the first time in a half-century of sales, the auctioneer was a woman—Danetta Allen of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.

And the 13.3 pound ham was bought by a first-time bidder, Yum Brands Foundation, the charity arm of the Louisville-based fast food company.

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Environment
12:35 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Sierra Club Director Urges EPA to Reject Kentucky's Proposed Selenium Standard

Gabe Bullard WFPL

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune has sent the federal Environmental Protection Agency a letter asking regulators to reject Kentucky's proposed selenium standard.

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Politics
11:38 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Matt Bevin Asks: Why is Mitch McConnell so Unpopular?

Sen. Mitch McConnell and businessman Matt Bevin
Credit File photos

In an increasingly bitter primary race, Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin is releasing a new web video blasting incumbent Mitch McConnell for being one of most unpopular lawmakers in Washington.

The online ad says McConnell has a history of voting for "liberal policies" and comes as Bevin faces intense scrutiny for supposedly exaggerating educational ties to MIT on his LinkedIn resume.

McConnell and Bevin's campaigns have been increasing their attacks against one another this week in online exchanges, one of which involved real estate mogul Donald Trump at one point.

Bevin's 50-second ad pounds McConnell for votes on abortion, immigration reform and the bank bailouts among other issues.

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Legislative Research Commission Director: Sexual Harassment Allegations Taken Seriously

Robert Sherman
Credit Legislative Research Commission

The director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission says sexual harassment claims are taken seriously by his agency, despite an employee's expressed disappointment of how her allegations against a state legislator were handled.

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Local News
6:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer on WFPL Thursday for a News Special

Mayor Greg Fischer
Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will join WFPL on Thursday for an hour-long news special.

Fischer will be asked about possible changes to the Metro Council members' discretionary spending, the Vision Louisville project, professional sports and more. He'll also discuss his bid for re-election in 2014.

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Politics
10:27 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Kentucky Lawmaker to Propose Sexual Harassment Training After Allegations Against Colleague

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The allegations that a Kentucky state legislator sexually harassed and assaulted two statehouse staffers has led to an effort to impose required training onto lawmakers.

Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Democrat from Louisville, plans to introduce a measure in the House on Thursday that would include sexual harassment training in the mandatory ethics education that state legislators are required to undergo.

No such training is currently required, Marzian said.

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Local News
4:41 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

New Indiana Group Hopes to Defeat Gay Marriage Ban Amendment

A coalition of businesses and activist groups has begun its push to defeat an amendment that would write Indiana's same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution.

More than 200 people filled downtown Indianapolis' Artsgarden for Wednesday's announcement of the new group, called Freedom Indiana.

Campaign manager Megan Robertson says passing the amendment would strip gay and lesbian residents of their rights and harm Indiana's reputation. She calls the campaign against the amendment a bipartisan push.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Kentucky House Democratic Leaders Knew of Sexual Harassment Claims, Filing Says

A Democratic state lawmaker says some of his colleagues told him to keep quiet allegations of sexual harassment and assault against a fellow legislator to protect the party's majority in upcoming elections

After WFPL News reported the accusations against state Rep. John Arnold, D-Sturgis, early Wednesday, Rep. Tom Riner, D-Louisville, took to the House floor to speak out against what he described as a culture of intimidation and sexism in the legislature.

In separate ethics complaints filed last week, two longtime Frankfort staffers, Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner, outline a pattern of alleged harassment by Arnold dating back to 2010.

According to both women, they brought these issues to the attention of the Legislative Research Commission and top House Democratic leaders.

In a statement to ethics officials, Cooper alleges that on Feb. 14 Arnold walked up behind her and slapped her buttocks. She said she told House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins and his chief of staff about the incident, but Arnold continued visiting her office and attempted to hug Cooper, the complaint said.

Costner's statement alleges that Arnold grabbed her underwear in March 2010, but that House Majority Whip Rep. John Will Stacy told her "(Arnold) was harmless."

Riner said a third woman is coming forward and that protecting staffers, who have little job security, matters more to him than who controls the state House.

"You cannot put this off until the next election," he said. "You cannot put this off until tomorrow. There are some things that are more important than which party gets in power. And one of those things is how we treat people that we have power over."

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Local News
3:11 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

WFPL News Is Making A TV Show

We know you like listening to WFPL News. We know you like reading WFPL News. So how would you feel about watching it? You'll soon know.

Our video series, Up Front with Jonathan Bastian, premieres Wednesday, September 4th. As the name implies, the show will be hosted by Jonathan Bastian, WFPL's Morning Edition host.  It will feature a variety of guests and thought-provoking conversations.

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Environment
2:41 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Expert to Discuss Links Between Coal Burning, Health Problems Tomorrow

Erica Peterson WFPL

Burning coal releases pollution into the air, though advanced controls have made the process cleaner. But for decades, studies show that pollution has taken a significant toll on human health.

Dr. Alan Lockwood is a professor of neurology at the University of Buffalo, and on the board for Physicians for Social Responsibility. He’s the author of a book on the effects of coal on health, and will be in Louisville tomorrow to lead a discussion on the subject. I spoke with him via phone from his home.

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