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Environment
5:56 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Federal Data Shows Kentucky's Carbon Dioxide Emissions Increased from 2000-2010

Erica Peterson WFPL

New state-level data from the Energy Information Administration shows that carbon dioxide emissions fell in most states in the last decade. But Kentucky saw a slight increase in emissions.

Thirteen years ago, Kentucky was emitting 144.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, generated during electricity generation. Ten years later, that number was up to about 150 million metric tons. That’s more than a four percent increase.

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Local News
4:50 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Memorial Service, Documentary Screening to Mark Carroll County Bus Crash Anniversary

theimpactmovie.com

Tuesday, May 14 marks the 25th anniversary of the deadliest drunk-driving crash in U.S. history.  

Twenty-seven members of a Radcliff church group, most of them children, were killed when their bus was struck by a pickup traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 71 in Carroll County, Kentucky.

The group was returning home from an amusement park outing.

The anniversary will be marked with a memorial service, and the screening of a new documentary about the tragedy.

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Arts and Humanities
3:29 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

'Great American Sex Play' Explores Sexuality, Common Ground

Louisville Repertory Company closes its 20th season this week with a titillating revival. Louisville playwright Brian Walker’s “Great American Sex Play,” which premiered in 2006 with Walker’s own Finnigan Productions, opens in the Kentucky Center’s MeX Theatre Thursday. The new production features a refreshed, streamlined script and an all-new cast.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Poll Shows Major Support for Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

A new poll shows 78 percent of Kentuckians support the legalization of medical marijuana, while others would be fine with widespread legalization. 

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll has conducted polling on a wide array of issues for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky over the past few months, from a statewide smoking ban to health insurance coverage. 

Its latest poll  shows overwhelming support for medical marijuana in Kentucky. It also shows roughly one in four Kentuckians would be okay with legalizing pot even for recreational use.

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Local News
2:39 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Louisville Animal Services Director Justin Scally Resigns for Job in Washington, D.C.

Justin Scally
Credit U.S. Humane Society

Update: Justin Scally says he's leaving Louisville Metro Animal Services in better shape than when he took over the struggling agency in August 2011.

Speaking to reporters Monday, Scally pointed to improvements at the city department's Manslick Road shelter, increases in the city's live release rate, decreases in the euthanasia rate and upgrades and standardization to the department's procedures as signs of success.

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Local News
12:58 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Renamed for J. Blaine Hudson, Saturday Academy on African-American Issues Comes Back

J. Blaine Hudson
Credit University of Louisville

For most of the past two decades, African-American history and issues were the focus of a regular series of free Saturday classes in Louisville. The driving force of the Saturday Academy was J. Blaine Hudson, the longtime University of Louisville professor who died in January.

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Environment
7:30 am
Mon May 13, 2013

New Air Monitor in Louisville Will Measure Vehicle Pollution

Credit Trimarc.org

Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District is moving forward with plans to place an air monitor near the Watterson Expressway. The monitor will measure concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, or “NOx.”

The Air Pollution Control District has chosen a site for the monitor; it’s at 1517 Durrett Lane, right next to I-264, and slightly west of Poplar Level Road. Now, the district is just waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency to approve the location.

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Arts and Humanities
6:44 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Shoes From Jennifer Lawrence, Oprah Winfrey, Pope Emeritus Benedict on Display at Ali Center

Shoes from Nelson Mandela and Laila Ali
Credit Ali Center

Oprah Winfrey once explained this way her outlook on life after rising from a difficult childhood to a status of wealth and influence:

"Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn't changed who I am," she said in her magazine. "My feet are still on the ground. I'm just wearing better shoes."

Which brings the (maybe not obvious) question: What do those shoes look like?

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Education
6:27 am
Mon May 13, 2013

JCPS Suspensions Down; Struggle for African-American Students Continues

Data provided by JCPS

Overall suspensions are down in Jefferson County Public Schools this academic year, but the district is still struggling with one major at-risk student group.

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Local News
6:25 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Downtown Louisville Markers Celebrate Louisville Civil Rights Events

J. Blaine Hudson
Credit University of Louisville

Louisville will install the first of a dozen markers this week to note significant civil rights events and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the city’s Public Accommodations Ordinance. 

The idea was started by the late University of Louisville professor Blaine Hudson in 2011. The inaugural sign installed on Tuesday at 3:30 on Fourth and Guthrie streets will note local demonstrations and acts that led to the ordinance, which outlawed discriminatory practices in the city.

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