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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

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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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Politics
8:40 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Vision Louisville Gives Mayor Greg Fischer Chance to Tout Local Option Sales Tax

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting residents to share their big ideas at a town hall meeting this week, but the administration has an added incentive—promoting the local option sales tax.

Vision Louisville is a public forum series scheduled to take place throughout the city and is part of Fischer’s 25-year strategic plan.

The mayor hopes to gather 45,000 ideas from citizens over the next 45 days on how Louisville should develop and feel. Among the issues heard at the first public forum held last month were public transportation, quality of life and arts funding.

Many of those and other ideas being shared concentrate on economic development, and mayoral spokesman Phil Miller says Fischer believes any future for Louisville must include a look at the cost of and how to pay for large-scale development.

"Certainly the idea of a progressive Louisville where progressive projects are undertaking is tied very closely to the LIFT initiative. And I think that’s why he thinks it’s important for the future of the city,” he says.

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Environment
6:46 am
Mon July 8, 2013

What Role Would Coal Play in a Grimes-McConnell Senate Race?

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Now that Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced her intention to seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, the speculation about how Grimes will campaign against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell—and on what issues—has begun.  

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Education
6:44 am
Mon July 8, 2013

JCPS Board To Approve New Dropout Age And New Code of Conduct

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Jefferson County Public Schools is expected to join the 88 Kentucky school districts that have voluntarily approved a new dropout age of 18, following approval by the school board at Monday night's meeting.

Many of those districts rushed to voluntarily approve the new dropout age, raising it from 16 to 18. This is partly because Gov. Steve Beshear and the Kentucky Education Department are giving $10,000 grants to the first 96 districts that approve the policy. 

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Local News
7:02 am
Sun July 7, 2013

What We're Reading | 7.7.13

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Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun July 7, 2013

Kentucky Child Care Subsidy Cuts Will Cost Jobs, Options in Louisville

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Richard Morris owns a dozen child care centers around Louisville.

He expects he'll have to eventually close them all because of recently enacted cuts to a Kentucky financial assistance program for low-income families to cover child care costs.

The cuts may gradually cost more than a thousand day care workers their jobs in Louisville and force many day care centers to close, advocates warn.

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Local News
6:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

You Can't Pay Court Fines at 3 a.m. Anymore at the Courthouse

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A staffing change and a tight budget have led the Jefferson Circuit Clerk’s office to stop taking payments for fines 24/7.

For years, clerks were available at all hours at the Hall of Justice in downtown Louisville to accept fine payments and other administrative matters. But a recent change to spread district court dockets throughout the day meant that more staff were needed on the court’s dayside.

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5:16 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Kentucky Introduces Winery App and 1st Annual Statewide Competition

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Louisville is hosting the state’s first annual commercial wine competition this month to rate and celebrate wineries around the state.

“We’ve gotten to a point in the industry where I think it’s really important to bring people in that aren’t all necessarily from Kentucky to really assess Kentucky wines and let us know about the quality,” says Tyler Madison, director of the grape and wine marketing program for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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