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12:02 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Kroger Buying Harris Teeter Supermarkets

Kroger says it has agreed to buy Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. for about $2.44 billion in cash.

The deal was approved by both companies' boards.

North Carolina-based Harris Teeter operates 212 stores in southeastern and mid-Atlantic markets, along with a pair of distribution centers and a dairy facility. Its fiscal 2012 revenue totaled about $4.5 billion.

Local News
7:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Can Dialect Maps Tell if Kentucky is More Southern or Midwestern?

Louisville's geographic location has always led to that question of whether it's a Southern city or a Midwestern city. 

A series of interactive maps looking at dialects shows that it's both.

Joshua Katz, a doctoral student at North Carolina State University, created the maps using survey data from Cambridge University linguist Bert Vaux. 

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Education
10:07 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

JCPS Adopts New Dropout Age, Kentucky Nears Threshold To Mandate Policy Statewide

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The Jefferson County Board of Education approved a new policy Monday night increasing the age at which students can drop out of school from 16- to 18-years-old, joining dozens of school districts statewide that have passed similar policies over the last two weeks.

“When you say it’s okay for students to drop out of school at 16, they think it’s okay to drop out at 16,” says JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens. “So in order to really send the message that we expect you to stay in school until 18 and we’re there to support you, it needs to be in writing that it's 18.”

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Arts and Humanities
5:20 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Forecastle Festival Anticipates Bigger Crowds This Weekend

Forecastle Festival

Forecastle’s eleventh festival opens this weekend at Waterfront Park, and festival organizers are expecting to double last year's attendance. Over the years, the once-diminutive event founded by "Captain" J.K. McKnight in 2002 has grown from humble beginnings in Louisville’s Tyler Park to a three-day rock festival boasting headliners like Widespread Panic, Flaming Lips and yes, My Morning Jacket.

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Local News
4:45 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Beshear Meets With U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz on Future of Paducah Plant

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says his meeting with the new U-S Department of Energy Secretary was a “productive exchange.”

Beshear met with Secretary Ernest Moniz today regarding the uncertain future of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and its 1,100 workers.

The United States Enrichment Corporation is in the shutdown process at the DOE owned plant after failing negotiate a new federal contract. 

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Politics
4:16 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Democrat Ron Leach Announces Bid for Kentucky Second Congressional District Seat

Democratic congressional candidate Ron Leach

Democrat Ron Leach is running for Kentucky’s Second Congressional District seat held by Republican Brett Guthrie in next year's election.

A 49-year-old Brandeburg, Ky. resident, Leach is a farmer and retired U.S. Army major, who served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Leach campaign will be run by Lacey Connell, who worked as a field organizer with a Democratic group that helped elect U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. They officially kick-off on July 20, but Leach launched a campaign website on Monday to collect contributions.

Leach says he is running to represent Kentuckians who have been left behind in the economy, adding members of Congress are more concerned with serving special interest groups than working families.

"These folks are not represented and we need a congressman who places his constituent's needs above lobbyists and special interest groups," he told WFPL.

This is Leach’s first run for public office, but observers have said he is a credible opponent who plans to run against Washington’s unpopularity as much as Republican incumbent Brett Guthrie’s record.

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Local News
4:12 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

1970 Kentucky Derby Winner Reburied at Derby Museum

Dust Commander's remains were transported in this handcrafted box
Rick Howlett

Nearly 22 years after his death, the remains of a Kentucky Derby champion have been moved to a new grave.  

Dust Commander now rests near the track where he captured the Run for the Roses in 1970.

A ceremony was held Monday morning in the Kentucky Derby Museum garden, where Dust Commander was buried alongside four other Derby winners. 

Dust Commander died in 1991 and was originally buried in an unmarked grave on a farm in Paris, Kentucky that later changed ownership and was divided.

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Politics
12:14 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Louisville Public Works 'Budget Glitch' for Junk Pickup, Street Sweeping Dismissed

A plan by the Louisville Metro Council to bring back a pair of junk pickup and street sweepings in the Urban Services District will go forward despite reports that a "budget glitch" made restoration impossible.

The city used to offer those urban services four times a year within the old city limits, but the cleaning days were cut to two in 2009 as a result of the recession.

Several council members voiced frustration with Mayor Greg Fischer's administration for not using the budget surplus this year to put those services back. This June, the council allocated $400,000 to restore the pickup and sweeping, but the Public Works Department said last week it could not move the money necessary to follow the council's vote.

Public Works spokeswoman Lindsay English tells WFPL the department may have spoken too soon.

"It appeared that there was a technicality, however, that information was incorrect and the money is there," she says. "So now what Public Works is planning to do is review how we can best spend that money to help restore some of those services and investigating what the best way to spend that money will be. And we will be reporting back to Metro Council on a proposal by the end of September."

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Local News
11:19 am
Mon July 8, 2013

10-Digit Dialing Comes Closer to the 270 Area Code in Kentucky

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ELIZABETHTOWN — Phone customers in the 270 area code may use seven or 10-digit dialing starting in August as the region prepares to roll out an additional area code.

The option to use seven or 10 digits runs from Aug. 3 through Jan. 31, 2014, after which customers will be required to dial 10 digits when placing local calls. To dial long distance, callers must add a 1.

Even though use of 10 digits will be required, no additional fees are applied, The Elizabethtown News-Enterprise reports. A local call will remain local.

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Local News
10:01 am
Mon July 8, 2013

School Moving Ahead With Plans to Take Down Historic Plantation Home in Bardstown

Anatok in May, 2013
Rick Howlett

Officials at Bethlehem High School in Bardstown are going forward with a campus expansion plan that includes the deconstruction of Anatok,  a nearby antebellum mansion owned by the school.

Under a mediation agreement, preservationists were given until May 31 to raise $500,000 to transform the home, built in 1847, into an arts center and classroom space.

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