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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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Local News
5:34 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Kentucky Derby Festival Restricting Backpacks, Bandits for Marathon, MiniMarathon

Mike Berry and Matt Gibson
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In response to last week's bombing at the Boston Marathon, organizers are banning backpacks and bandits from the course of Saturday's Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon.

Other changes include the prohibition of strollers on the course and the addition of the LMPD K-9 Unit to sniff around the start and finish lines, organizers said.

The annual races draw as many as 17,000 people—about 80 percent for the mini and 20 percent for the marathon. Festival officials expect that the largest crowds will be along the miniMarathon route.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Grimes Still Undecided on Possible Senate Bid

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is still wrestling with the idea of seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year's election.

Grimes says she is giving "due diligence" to the race.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear met with Grimes today to try to gauge her interest in the race, as he has been doing with other potential Democratic challengers he declined to identify. Grimes said they "had a good discussion."

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Education
4:43 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Details of Jefferson County Public Schools Audit To Be Released Wednesday

Adam Edelen
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Less than a day after the Jefferson County Public Schools board asked State Auditor Adam Edelen to look into the district's finances and policies, Edelen has responded. 

On Wednesday morning, Edelen, Mayor Greg Fischer, Superintendent Donna Hargens and Board of Education Chair Diane Porter will announce the scope of the state audit of JCPS.

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Arts and Humanities
4:19 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Exhibit Explores Quilting Form, not Function

"George Washington Bridge #2" by K. Velis Turan of Earlton, N.Y. Mixed media fiber. Deconstruction screen printed with dyes, painted, free motion machine quilting, hand embellished.
Carnegie Center for Art and History

Quilting is a time-honored craft that traditionally made beautiful and efficient use of scrap fabric and scarce materials. The annual juried exhibit at New Albany's Carnegie Center for Art and History showcasing the artform's contemporary expression celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.

"Form, Not Function" opens May 10 with a reception honoring the 25 art quilts selected by jury from more than 300 entries this year. Participating artists come from as far away as California and as close as Louisville and Southern Indiana.

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Environment
3:48 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Louisville Chosen to Receive Technical Help Implementing Sustainability Projects

Louisville has been chosen to participate in the first group of cities included in Portland State University’s Urban Sustainability Accelerator Program. The program will provide the city with technical assistance to implement green infrastructure initiatives. 

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Environment
2:07 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Scientists Call For Moratorium on Mountaintop Removal Mining

Gabe Bullard WFPL

Call it a battle of the researchers. Scientists who have both affirmed and denied connections between mountaintop removal coal mining and serious health problems have intensified their efforts to bring public attention to their work recently. Today, a commission of scientists released an analysis of some of the recent research, and concluded that there should be a moratorium on mountaintop removal.

Over the past few years, researchers have found links between surface coal mining and maladies like asthma, COPD, birth defects and cancer. The coal industry has largely dismissed the results of those studies, arguing that the researchers are biased and the findings aren’t scientifically sound. Now, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice has formed an independent commission to review the current research and offer recommendations.

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Education
1:33 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Louisville's 55,000 Degrees Initiative Awards Innovation Competition Prizes

Officials with Louisville’s 55,000 Degrees initiative have announced the winners of  its Innovation in Education Attainment Competition.

The Gheens Foundation put up $20,000  for the best idea that uses technology or innovation to increase the number of college degrees in Louisville. The competition received over 90 entries from around the country, says executive director Mary Gwen Wheeler, and that was whittled down to six finalists.

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Environment
1:17 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Appeals Court Upholds EPA's Veto of W. Va. Mine Permit

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency didn’t overstep its authority when it vetoed a permit for a coal mine in West Virginia.

The Army Corps of Engineers issued a water pollution permit to Arch Coal in 2007 for the Spruce Number One Mine, a 2300-acre mine in Logan County, West Virginia. It would have been the largest mountaintop removal mine in Appalachia. But four years later, the EPA vetoed the permit—only the 13th time its exercised its veto power since 1972.

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