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3:11 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Kentucky Environmentalist Tom FitzGerald Mulling Bid Against Mitch McConnell

Environmental lawyer Tom FitzGerald
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Environmental activist and Louisville attorney Tom FitzGerald says he is being encouraged to run against Republican Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky 2014 U.S. Senate race.

The 58-year-old Democrat currently serves as executive director of the Kentucky Resources Council, an environmental group that lobbies state lawmakers on conservation issues.

In a telephone interview, FitzGerald told WFPL the decision is still in its early stages and leaving the non-profit world would be a significant change.

"For me to go into electoral politics and partisan politics is a very different way of approaching public service. I have a real fondness and appreciation for the amazing people of this Commonwealth and I've devoted my adult life to try to improve the quality of the community's health," he says.

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Business
2:53 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Lexington Gets Update on Rupp Arena Project

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In about a month, more details are expected on who should design the renovation of Lexington’s Rupp Arena. The overall project to refurbish the sports arena along with the Lexington Convention Center carries an estimated price tag of close to $300 million.

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Politics
1:56 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Gabrielle Giffords's Super PAC Slams Mitch McConnell Over Gun Background Check Vote

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A super PAC founded by former Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is calling out Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for voting against gun control measures in a new radio advertisement.

Americans Responsible for Solutions was formed by Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, and is launching the spots in the Louisville and Lexington areas. Giffords, who was shot in the head during a 2011 shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., has been an outspoken proponent for gun control measures since retiring from Congress.

The ad implores McConnell to listen to voters, and highlights 82 percent of Kentuckians favor background checks for gun purchases.

"McConnell opposed common sense checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals," the narrator says. "Written by a Republican and a Democrat. Supported by law enforcement officers. It was a common sense plan that protected Second Amendment Rights. But Senator McConnell ignored the will of the people."

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Politics
12:39 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

State Rep. Carl Rollins' Resignation Sparks Early Campaign Battle

Carl Rollins
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Kentucky state Rep. Carl Rollins is resigning his House seat effective at the end of today, becoming the state first lawmaker to announce his retirement this cycle.

Rollins is resigning to become the executive director and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the CEO of the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation.

Rollins' represents the 56th Legislative District, which covers part of Fayette and Franklin counties and all of Woodford  County.

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Politics
12:32 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth's Campaign Downplays Sparse FEC Report

Congressman John Yarmuth

The campaign for Kentucky Third District Congressman John Yarmuth is downplaying low fundraising totals, saying it shouldn’t be viewed as a sign the Democratic representative isn’t running for re-election.

Federal Election Commission records show Yarmuth raised a mere $5,000 in the first three months of 2013, which is far behind his colleagues in the Kentucky congressional delegation.

According to campaign finance records, the second lowest fundraising total among House members was longtime Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, who raised approximately $59,000 in the first quarter.

The other delegates raised somewhere between $90 to $365,000 during the same period.

Democratic sources who work on political financing tell WFPL Yarmuth's bleak numbers are a "signature of retirement" and observers note that is alarming low given how expensive House races can be.

"It is unusual there is no doubt about it," says University of Louisville political science professor Dewey Clayton. "And so to see a candidate who is an incumbent who has all the advantages, which usually means high name recognition that leads to the ability to raise funds."

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Education
11:16 am
Wed April 24, 2013

State Auditor Accepts Request to Review Jefferson County Public Schools

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Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen accepted the Jefferson County Public Schools’ request to audit the school district today Wednesday.

Edelen was joined by JCPS board members, Superintendent Donna Hargens and Mayor Greg Fischer in announcing details of the audit which was approved by the board this week, following a recommendation from the superintendent.

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Politics
10:38 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Kentucky Rep. Carl Rollins, Education Committee Chair, Resigns

Carl Rollins
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State Rep. Carl Rollins, chairman of the Kentucky House Education Committee, is resigning his office for a position with the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation.

Rollins, a Midway Democrat, sent a letter to Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday notifying of his intention to resign. The resignation is effective at the close of business Wednesday.

Rollins represents the House's 56th District, which covers Woodford County and parts of Fayette and Franklin counties. Read the letter below:

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Education
8:10 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Navajo Nation and JCPS Students Use Louisville To Study Food And Culture

Students from Fern Creek High School and the Navajo Nation pose for a photo.

This week, students from the Navajo Nation in the southwest United States will visit Louisville to learn about the local culture and work with Jefferson County Public Schools students to study food literacy.

In February, a group of eleven students and three teachers from Fern Creek High School flew out West to do the same. For some students it was their first time traveling by plane. The teachers who led the trip are young, innovative and say they want to challenge what a classroom could look like. 

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Local News
6:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Judge Orders State to Resume Subsidy Payments to 18 Sanctioned Day Cares in Louisville

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A Franklin Circuit Court judge has ordered a state agency to resume payments for a subsidy program to 18 Louisville child care centers notified last month that they were being pulled from the program after a fraud investigation.

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Environment
12:01 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Louisville's Air Gets Poor Grades in American Lung Association Report

Erica Peterson WFPL

Once again, the Louisville area's air has been ranked among the worst in the nation by the American Lung Association. The organization released it's annual State of the Air report today.

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