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Environment
4:09 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Experts Say Tree Removed for Speed Expansion Was Only 60 Years Old

The mystery tree in 1974, left, and recently, right.
Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum has produced photos (see image) showing the supposedly 300-year-old tree that was removed last year to make way for the museum’s expansion. The first picture is from 1974, the second is more recent.

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Arts and Humanities
3:44 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Meet the Man Who Made Baseball History in 'Jackie and Me'

John Vessels as Pee Wee Reese and Jeremy Sonkin as Jackie Robinson in Stage One's production of "Jackie and Me."
Credit Stage One Family Theatre

Stage One Family Theatre commemorates Black History Month with a play about Jackie Robinson, the first African American man to play in baseball’s major leagues. The first baseman broke the unwritten color barrier in 1947. The story takes a contemporary student back in time to witness Jackie Robinson’s historic first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Playwright Stephen Dietz adapted the play from Dan Gutman’s novel, a volume in his “Baseball Card Adventures” series. 

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Sports
2:21 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Kentucky Wildcats' Nerlens Noel Tears ACL, Out for Season

Nerlens Noel
Credit University of Kentucky Athletics

LEXINGTON — Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel is out for the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Noel tore his ACL on Tuesday night when No. 25 Kentucky lost at Florida. An MRI on Wednesday revealed the injury.

The 6-foot-10 forward will have surgery in the two or three weeks. The projected recovery period is six to eight months.

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Environment
2:03 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

In Australia, Renewable Energy is Cheaper Than Coal

Harvey McDaniel Wikimedia Commons

A new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that the price of renewable energy in Australia is so low that it’s now cheaper to invest in wind and solar power than in a new coal-fired power plant.

According to Bloomberg, energy from a new wind farm costs about $83 per megawatt hour. Building a new coal plant would cost consumers $148 per megawatt hour, and a new baseload gas plant would cost $120 per megawatt hour.

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Politics
12:38 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Senate Committee Backs Bill Requiring Kentucky Medicaid Providers to Publish Prescription Prices

Credit Melanie Tata/Creative Commons

A bill requiring Kentucky Medicaid managed care operators publish a list of prescriptions and reimbursement prices on Wednesday passed a state Senate committee, following prodding from  independent pharmacists asking for access to pricing standards before they fill prescriptions.

The group of independent pharmacists told lawmakers that they are still having trouble with reimbursements from the state's Medicaid managed care operators. And they said they were also still being dramatically undercut on prescription reimbursements when they did receive them.

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Politics
12:19 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Indiana Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill Won't Get Vote

Wikipedia

The chairman of an Indiana House committee says the panel won't vote on a bill that would end Indiana's longtime ban on Sunday retail alcohol sales.

House Public Policy Chairman Bill Davis says he's decided against holding a committee vote on the measure.    Davis' decision means Indiana residents who want to buy carry-out alcohol on Sundays will have to wait at least another year.

Environment
11:46 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Air Pollution Control District Fines Rubbertown Company

The Air Pollution Control District and Momentive Specialty Chemicals have reached an agreement on alleged violations at the company's Rubbertown plant. The proposed settlement fines Momentive $13,500 for failing to report excess emissions. There will be a public hearing on the fine next Wednesday at 10am, and the Air Pollution Control Board will vote on the settlement.

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Food and Dining
11:28 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Archdiocese of Louisville Releases 2013 Lenten Fish Fry Schedule

Credit Jeffreyw / Flickr

 (Update: Looking for the 2014 schedule? Here it is.)

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Politics
1:32 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Marco Rubio, Rand Paul Warn Obama Against Tax Increases, Spending

Republicans warned Tuesday that President Barack Obama's second-term agenda would bring more tax increases and escalate deficit spending, casting the president's policies as impediments to middle-class families he championed during his re-election campaign.

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Education
6:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Kentucky Ed Commissioner: JCPS Shouldn't Be Surprised to See More State Intervention

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says his comments this week in a Courier-Journal article referring to JCPS’ lowest performing schools as “academic genocide” were “purposeful to get the community involved.”

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