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1:51 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Bill Would Allow Public-Private Partnerships For Big Construction Projects

Brent Spence Bridge
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State Rep. Sannie Overly has filed a bill that will allow the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to explore public-private partnerships to help construction projects with big price tags.

The bill doesn't specifically name any projects, but Kentucky currently has multiple instances where the bill could help work start, namely the Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky and Interstate 69 in western Kentucky.

Overly, a Paris Democrat, said the goal is to help the state have one more avenue to help fund its infrastructure projects.

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Politics
1:11 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Planned Parenthood TV Ad Targets Mitch McConnell Over Birth Control

Planned Parenthood released a television attack ad against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday over his support of a lawsuit against a birth-control policy in President Obama's health care law.

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Local News
12:16 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

On Byline Today: Safe Neighborhoods, Frank X. Walker, Oscar Picks and More

A new face for Louisville violence prevention efforts, an interview with new Kentucky poet laureate Frank X. Walker and the happenings in the General Assembly are coming up on Byline.

Mayor Greg Fischer recently announced that Anthony Smith will be the city's new safe neighborhoods director. WFPL's Devin Katayama will discuss what this means.

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Food and Dining
11:35 am
Fri February 22, 2013

502 Restaurant Week Begins

A meal at Harvest. Harvest is one of 30 restaurants participating in 502 Restaurant Week.
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My attempts to save a little extra money for a splurge are usually half-hearted. Just check my savings account. But there’s an envelope on my kitchen table with a trio of Andrew Jacksons reserved for a night out during 502 Restaurant Week. 

City-wide restaurant weeks have cropped up in markets across the country since New York founded a lunch-only (now expanded) restaurant week in 1992. Like similar events in other cities, 502 Restaurant Week gives diners the opportunity to eat at participating upscale establishments for a discounted rate. 

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Local News
11:28 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Court Delays Metro Goverment Ordinance Adding Fees to Special Olympic Donation Bins

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A Louisville ordinance scheduled to take effect today has been delayed following a court order issued this week, which would add fees and regulations to a program that's a major source of funding for Special Olympics Kentucky.

CEO Trish Mazzoni says there are about 90 textile recycling bins in Louisville where people can donate clothing and books.  Special Olympics Kentucky uses those bins to raise money and since April of 2011 the program has brought in about $150,000 statewide, she says.

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Politics
8:30 am
Fri February 22, 2013

United Kentucky Tea Party Accuses Mitch McConnell of Delaying Military Voting Bill

Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., at a Tea Party rally in Frankfort
Credit Kenny Colston / Kentucky Public Radio

United Kentucky Tea Party is blaming Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell for stalling a bill in the General Assembly that would have allowed Kentucky's military service members to vote electronically while overseas.

The legislation was spearheaded by Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and backed by Republican state Senate President Robert Stivers.

In January, Stivers told WFPL Frankfort Bureau Chief Kenny Colston he wanted the bill to pass quickly. But at a committee meeting this week, Stivers urged an amendment that weakened the measure.

 From The Lexington Herald-Leader

After the committee unanimously approved the amended version of Senate Bill 1, Stivers acknowledged that he had consulted with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell about the measure. McConnell, a Republican, is seeking re-election next year. Many Democrats are urging Grimes to run against him.

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Environment
5:31 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Kentucky Officials Hopes to Thin Out Carp Population With Carp Madness Tournament

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The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is tackling the state’s growing problem with Asian carp in a new way: pitting fishermen against each other in a contest to catch the most of the invasive species.

It’s called Carp Madness. For two days next month, teams of commercial fishermen will descend on two Western Kentucky lakes and fill their boats with pounds of Asian Carp. First prize for the most pounds of carp is $10,000.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Indiana House to Consider Pence Tax Cut in April

Indiana House Republicans are blocking a vote on Gov. Mike Pence's tax cut with a promise to take up the issue in April.

Republicans voted along party lines to keep House Democrats from forcing a vote on the tax cut Thursday. The effort came as lawmakers advanced a $30 billion biennial budget that swaps the cut for more spending on schools and roads.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

U of L Gets $5 Million Donation for Soccer Stadium

The University of Louisville says construction of a new campus soccer stadium could begin as early as June.

Officials say they’re ready to get moving on the project now that they’ve received a $5 million donation from longtime school supporters Dr. Mark Lynn and his wife, Cindy.

The $17.5 million facility will be located on Floyd Street, across from the football practice fields.  The site is currently a parking lot.    U of L still needs to raise about $3 million to fully fund the project. 

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Local News
4:45 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

U of L's Jurich: Hurtt Will Remain On The Job While Answering NCAA Charges

Clint Hurtt

University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says there will be no change in status for assistant football coach Clint Hurtt while he responds to allegations that he broke NCAA rules in his previous job.

Hurtt received a notice of allegations from the NCAA yesterday and has 90 days to respond.  

The NCAA has been investigating claims that University of Miami recruits were given improper benefits.      Clint Hurtt was a Miami football assistant from 2007 to 2009.

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