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6:46 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Basketball Teams to be Pegasus Parade Grand Marshals

The Louisville Cardinals men's and women's basketball teams will be grand marshals for the 2013 Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. 

The Kentucky Derby Festival began a social media campaign earlier this week to attract the teams—as the men's team won the NCAA national championship and the women's team played in the title game.

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Politics
8:58 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Mitch McConnell Tape Fallout: FBI Digs In, How Progress Kentucky Helps the GOP, Was it Illegal?

Mitch McConnell
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With the news broken that Progress Kentucky was behind the secret recording of a strategy meeting between Senator Mitch McConnell and his campaign staff, there are a few questions that remain.

What happens to the people who made the tape?

Jacob Conway with the Jefferson County Democratic Party says Progress Kentucky founder Shawn Reilly and then-volunteer Curtis Morrison made the recording. 

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Politics
3:50 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Michelle Obama to Speak at Eastern Kentucky University Commencement

Barack and Michelle Obama
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First Lady Michelle Obama will come to Eastern Kentucky University in May to participate in the spring commencement ceremony.

EKU President Doug Whitlock says his office got a call from a member of the First Lady’s staff almost a week ago. Eastern is receiving national attention for the help it gives veterans working to further their education.

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Politics
12:44 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Source: Progress Kentucky Behind Mitch McConnell Campaign Recording

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A secret recording of a campaign strategy session between U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and his advisors was taped by leaders of the Progress Kentucky super PAC, says a longtime local Democratic operative.

Mother Jones Magazine released the tape this week. The meeting itself took place on Feb. 2.

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Environment
11:54 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Air Pollution District Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Regulations

Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District is moving forward with several changes to regulations, including fee increases for some permits. The district’s board held a hearing yesterday to get public comment on the proposed changes.

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Politics
9:53 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Bill Limiting Drone Use Already Filed for Kentucky General Assembly's 2014 Session

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 A bill has already been pre-filed for the Kentucky General Assembly's 2014 session—and it deals with the use of drones in the state.

Republican state Rep. Diane St. Onge bill limits how unmanned aircraft can be used. It allows U.S. military personnel to use drones in Kentucky for practice purposes. And it also allows drones to be used by law enforcement agencies if they have a specific warrant to do so.

Under St. Onge's bill, all other drone usage would be banned into Kentucky, including general use by law enforcement and corporations. 

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Education
7:01 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Funds Running Out For Kentucky's Advanced Placement Support Program

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Kentucky is first in the nation for improving its rate of qualifying scores on Advanced Placement tests since 2008, say officials who testified to the Kentucky Board of Education Wednesday.

The commonwealth is also second in the nation for its rate increase for just math and science AP scores and officials are giving credit to the state's AP initiative AdvanceKentucky, which provides teacher training and other resources to encourage AP enrollment for all students.

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Local News
3:57 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Construction of Downtown Louisville Bridge to Begin July 1

A sketch of what the new bridge would look like.
Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

Construction is scheduled to begin July 1 new downtown Louisville bridge running parallel to the Kennedy, The Ohio River Bridges Project announced.

The bridge is expected to open in three years.

Pre-construction work—such as surveys, test boring and building removal—will be increasing in the next few weeks. The Ohio River Bridges Project adds:

Pre-construction and construction activities that residents and commuters will see between now and July include:

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Environment
3:37 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Legislative Committee Advances New Selenium Regulations Despite Confusion, Concerns

The Kentucky Administrative Regulation Review Committee has advanced new rules proposed by the state Energy and Environment Cabinet to regulate the levels of selenium in Kentucky waterways. The state says the new regulations are a necessary update, and will adequately protect the environment and aquatic species; but environmental groups have raised serious concerns and say the proposal doesn't comply with the federal Clean Water Act and is unenforceable.

The measure passed 5-3. Committee co-chairman Rep. Johnny Bell says he's not confident the members of the committee comprehended the full effects of the regulation change.

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Local News
2:59 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Kentucky Agency Approves $10-Million in Sales Tax Incentives for Kentucky Kingdom

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The group working to re-open the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park has gotten $10-million in sales tax credits from the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority.

The Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company will release details of their plans for the park, including information on refurbished and new rides.

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