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12:26 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

The State Auditor's Findings on Spending Issues at Kentucky Emergency Management

Adam Edelen
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Kentucky Emergency Management officials spent more than $100,000 in state funds on parties and other "questioned expenses"—and also threatened employees and altered documents to hide it, according to a report released Tuesday by the state auditor's office.

The report will be referred to several agencies, including Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

WFPL's Rick Howlett is working on a story about state Auditor Adam Edelen's report.

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Education
9:51 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Dwaine Greene Chosen to Lead Georgetown College

Dwaine Greene
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M. Dwaine Greene will be the new president of Georgetown College.

Greene succeeds William Crouch, who retired after leading for 22 years the private liberal arts college in Scott County, just outside of Lexington.

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Local News
6:34 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Brownsboro Road Diet Won't Expand

Greg Fischer
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The Brownsboro Road Diet won't extend to Hillcrest Avenue.

Mayor Greg Fischer said on Monday that he didn't think the public input process for the possible expansion was given enough time. So it's not happening. 

The state was planning roadwork on Brownsboro and told the city that it would consider extending the diet—if Louisville wanted it, a new release said. In response, the city set up a public comment period last month that ended on Sunday.

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Environment
5:12 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Conway Says If Necessary, He'll Sue to Make Sure Feds Clean up Contamination at Paducah Plant

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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says he wants to make sure the federal government honors its obligations to clean up the contaminated Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant.

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant has been a uranium enrichment plant for more than 60 years. It’s also a federal Superfund site, thanks to the contamination from said enrichment. And now, the plant’s operator has announced plans to begin shutting the site down.

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Local News
4:50 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Kentucky Seat Belt Usage Rose in 2012

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Seat belt usage across Kentucky is gradually increasing.  The percentage of people buckling-up went up one-and-a-half percent in 2012.    Adult seat belt usage was around 85 percent, and about 97 percent of children wore seat belts. 

Kentucky Office of Highway Safety Director Bill Bell says some motorists still worry about being trapped by a seat belt in a sinking car.

Environment
3:42 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

LG&E Fined $65,000 for Odor Problems at Cane Run Power Plant

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric is facing a $65,000 fine for alleged violations at the company’s Cane Run Power Plant. This is the latest of several Notice of Violations the company has received for problems at the plant in the past two years.

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Local News
3:13 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Former Auburn Star Michael Dyer Joins Louisville Cardinals Football

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University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong says he wants to give running back Michael Dyer an opportunity to turn around his troubled past by allowing the former Auburn star to join the Cardinals this season.

Michael Dyer was the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 national championship game but eventually left Auburn after he was suspended for violating team rules.      Dyer has acknowledged he was using marijuana at the time.

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Environment
2:34 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

New EPA Tool Estimates Potential for Renewable Energy on Kentucky's Contaminated Land

The Environmental Protection Agency says there's significant potential for renewable energy projects on contaminated land in Kentucky.

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Food and Dining
10:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Kentucky Grilled (And Fried) Chicken: Yum Brands Opens First KFC 'Concept Restaurant'

The inside of KFC's new concept restaurant has a new look and feel customers might not recognize.
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Louisville-based Yum! Brands will open its first ever concept store Monday for KFC on Bardstown Road in the Highlands neighborhood.

 “This is just a chance for us really to step out, take a holistic look at the brand and see what we can learn,” says Yum’s concept director Anne Fuller.

The store will experiment with recipes and service models similar to the “fast-casual” restaurant style that’s becoming more popular, she says. 

Think of your Qdobas and Paneras. The ingredients are fresher and the feel of the restaurant is different than typical fast food. 

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Education
9:03 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Education Chairman Doesn't Expect Major Changes To Kentucky Science Standards

The chair of the Kentucky Board of Education doesn’t expect the controversy over newly-adopted science standards to lead to a change in those standards before they're implemented.

The Next Generation Science Standards were developed by an independent consortium of 26 states, including Kentucky, and are part of Kentucky’s 2009 education reforms. They will update what students will be expected to learn in science.

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