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Environment
4:26 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Harlan County Coal Miner Dies in Underground Accident

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Another Kentucky coal miner has died on the job.

Lenny D. Gilliam, 56, of Appalachia, Va., died Tuesday afternoon at the Huff Creek Mine in Harlan County. The mine is operated by Lone Mountain Processing, a subsidiary of Arch Coal.

The Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing says:

Preliminary reports indicate the side of a coal pillar burst as the continuous miner machine was operating, causing the miners to be trapped.

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Arts and Humanities
4:09 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Ongoing Programs, Ongoing Need: New Grants Fund Nonprofits' Existing Operations

In the nonprofit world, new programs are exciting. They get attention – from the public, from donors and from foundations. But what about the programs that already work? When the Community Foundation of Louisville met with local nonprofits, they heard over and over how challenging it can be to fund existing programs to keep them strong and thriving – and maybe even to help them grow. 

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Education
3:08 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

AmeriCorps Adds Service Members To JCPS Programs

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Despite facing national and state funding cuts this year, AmeriCorps will be adding new members to Jefferson County Public Schools' program targeting at-risk students.

Nearly $4 million in grants have been awarded to Kentucky social service programs led by AmeriCorps (To see a list of the programs click here).

This year, programs that submitted applications for national grants were asked to cut costs by 5 percent.

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Politics
12:57 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Jerry Abramson Won't Run for Kentucky Governor

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Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson won't run for governor in 2015.

Abramson, 66, announced the decision Tuesday in Elizabethtown. Earlier this summer, he told Kentucky Public Radio that he was considering a run and may decide around Fancy Farm, which was this past Saturday.

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Local News
12:32 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Auditor: Kentucky Emergency Management Misused Funds, 'Caught Red-Handed' Altering Documents

The Kentucky Auditor says the state agency responsible for responding to weather disasters and other emergencies used taxpayer funds to pay for $100,000 in alcohol, entertainment and other disallowed expenditures—and officials altered documents to hide it.

The review also alleges intimidation of employees who cooperated in the investigation. State Auditor Adam Edelen today released the results of an examination of Kentucky Emergency Management that was launched in March. 

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Politics
12:26 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

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

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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

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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

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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.

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