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3:39 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Beshear Asks Feds to Look Into Economic Benefits of Hemp

Gov. Steve Beshear is asking federal officials to look into whether industrial hemp could be grown in Kentucky without hindering drug eradication efforts.

Kentucky lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year that lays the groundwork for hemp farming if the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were to lift restrictions on the crop.

Beshear allowed the bill to become law without his signature, saying he shared concerns raised by law enforcement about how industrial hemp could be used to hide an illegal marijuana crop.    

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Politics
2:03 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Trey Grayson Weighs-in on Tea Party Finding Viable Challenger to Mitch McConnell

Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson
Credit harvard.edu

Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson says Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will likely have a primary battle, but questions if that candidate will provide a viable challenge.

In an interview with Politico this week, McConnell acknowledged he might have a GOP opponent but boasted "there is not any chance" he could lose such a race.

Tea Party leaders in the state have promised a challenger is forthcoming who will take on McConnell's positions from a more conservative viewpoint, but no one has stepped up at this time.

Grayson was a McConnell protégé who lost to Rand Paul in the 2010 Republican primary.

He says McConnell has done a good job of keeping the state GOP unified and made solid partnerships with libertarian and tea party leaning lawmakers.

"I think the question is there going to be somebody out there who can give him a real run for the money, and it doesn’t look like it. There’s certainly a group of folks—some tea party leaders and others, David Adams for example—who are trying to find a candidate who can take him on. And everyday that candidate’s not in the race it becomes that much harder of a proposition," he says.

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Education
1:23 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Districts of Innovation: What Waivers JCPS Received And Why

School of the future, according to the hit children's show The Jetsons.
Credit Hanna-Barbera

Over the summer, Jefferson County Public Schools will prepare to become a District of Innovation and will work with the Kentucky Department of Education to determine how it will measure the success of its new initiatives to improve student outcomes.

In all, six waivers were approved for JCPS and two were denied, but some other parts of the district’s plan may still need to be worked out. (At the bottom of this story, you'll find the  eight waivers JCPS requested and whether they were approved.)

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Environment
11:07 am
Tue June 11, 2013

International Energy Agency Warns Planet is Warming Quickly, Offers Policy Solutions

Erica Peterson WFPL

For the past few years, climatologists have been telling people three things: yes, the world is warming. Yes, human-contributed carbon dioxide is contributing to this warming. And the best-case scenario is an average increase of 2 degrees Celsius, which might not sound like a lot, but has the potential to wreak havoc on some ecosystems.

But now, the International Energy Agency is warning that a 2 degree increase is too optimistic, and the world’s current path is more likely to result in an increase of 3.6 and 5.3 degrees Celsius. The agency is recommending governments adopt four new policies to try to slow the warming, and hold it to 2 degrees Celsius. They’re calling this the “4-for-2°C scenario,” and say it would lower emissions with proven technologies without harming economic growth.

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Local News
10:20 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Bardstown Police Officers Threatened After Fatal Shooting

Jason Ellis
Credit Bardstown Police Department

The Kentucky police department still mourning the ambush slaying of one of its officers has received a threat warning that more officers will be killed.

Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin said Tuesday his department received a recent letter threatening that "there are more to come."

McCubbin says that was a reference to the ambush of Bardstown Officer Jason Ellis last month.

The chief says the threat was turned over to Kentucky State Police and the FBI.

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Politics
5:36 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Governor Steve Beshear Meets With Legislative Leaders on Redistricting

FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was meeting Monday afternoon with House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers to try to work on a plan to resolve legislative redistricting.

The governor has said he is confident that the issue will be resolved in a special session sometime this year.

Each decade, lawmakers are required to draw new legislative district boundaries to account for population changes recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Local News
4:54 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Cards Prepping for College World Series Showdown with IU

Coach Dan McDonnell meets the media Monday
Credit Rick Howlett

The University of Louisville baseball team is preparing for the program’s first College World Series appearance since 2007, and just the second in school history.       

This will be the first trip to the tournament in Omaha, Nebraska for coach Dan McDonnell’s players, but he’s been there twice, both as a player (with the Citadel in 1990) and a coach (U of L in '07).

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Environment
4:44 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Work Continues to Neutralize Chemical After Spill at DuPont Plant

Work is still ongoing to neutralize hundreds of thousands of gallons of a dangerous chemical at DuPont Louisville’s plant, after an equipment malfunction led to a leak yesterday.

DuPont officials say it seems a faulty flange on a 500,000 gallon tank of hydrochloric acid caused the leak. About 1500 pounds of the chemical was released into the air and onto the ground, and those living within a mile of the plant were told to shelter-in-place yesterday evening. Now, crews are working to neutralize the chemical and remove it, a process that could take up to two days.

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Arts and Humanities
2:04 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Susanna Crum Awarded Inaugural M.A. Hadley Visual Art Prize

Susanna Crum
Erin Keane WFPL News

Louisville native Susanna Crum moved home after graduating from the University of Iowa with a master of fine arts degree. She brought with her a fiancé, Rudy Salgado, who shares her passion for printmaking. Together, they plan on opening a printmaking studio here in Louisville where artists can produce fine art etchings, screen prints, woodcuts, digital prints and lithographs. 

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Politics
1:01 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Congressman Thomas Massie: U.S. Intelligence Agencies Exploiting Patriot Act

Congressman Thomas Massie, R-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Congress

Joining nearly two dozen other members of Congress, Republican Thomas Massie is asking intelligence agencies to clarify their position on the Patriot Act in light of the National Security Agency obtaining millions of U.S. citizen's phone records.

The 2-page letter signed by 22 lawmakers was drafted by fellow GOP Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan, and it raises concerns that the NSA is using the law to "sweep up volumes of data about American's every day telephone calls."

It asks the NSA and FBI how long the agencies store the information and how many companies have been subjected to the order, among other questions.

Last week, the Republican lawmaker who authored the Patriot Act said the NSA went too far by collecting phone data on Americans, and has misinterpreted what the law was meant to do.

"I campaigned against the Patriot Act for this precise reason," Massie said in a statement. "It appears that the FBI and the NSA are exploiting the Patriot Act to authorize a dramatic and unconstitutional expansion of domestic surveillance."

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