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4:51 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer Releases Draft of Plan to Make Louisville Greener

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has released the long-awaited draft version of the city’s sustainability plan. It’s an ambitious list of ways the city wants to be greener, but some of the goals and initiatives will be difficult to measure.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Lawmakers: Decision Coming Next Week on Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment

Indiana legislative leaders expect to decide soon whether to take up a proposal during the current session to write a gay marriage ban into the state constitution.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma say they will make their decision after consulting with their respective caucuses next week.

Their statements follow reports from the Evansville Courier and Press that a majority of lawmakers on the House and Senate panels that would vet the ban want to wait until next year.

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Politics
4:18 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Chief Justice John Minton Rules Out Furloughs, but Warns of More Budget Cuts to Courts

John Minton
Credit Kentucky Supreme Court

After a year of budget cuts to Kentucky's court system, Chief Justice John Minton said furloughs won't happen in the next year, but he is asking lawmakers to find more money for the state’s judicial branch.

Kentucky's judicial branch will face more cuts in the upcoming fiscal year, though, Minton said in his annual address to the interim judicial committee.

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Politics
4:13 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Lawmaker Withdraws Indiana Tort Bill Pushed by Pence

A tort reform measure from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's first-year agenda has gone down in defeat amid opposition in a key Senate committee.

Republican Sen. Mike Delph said today he was withdrawing the proposal that would make the losers of lawsuits pay all legal fees because it was unlikely to pass the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The measure sparked controversy when it was first submitted earlier this month. Pence didn't include the proposal in his campaign "roadmap" and has declined to comment on it in multiple interviews.

Business
2:44 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Indiana House Lawmakers Reject Online Sales Tax Delay

The Indiana House has rejected an attempt to delay when Amazon.com and other online-only retailers might have to start collecting the state's sales tax from customers.

House members in a voice vote today kept July 1 as the date when online retailers would have to start charging Indiana's 7 percent  sales tax. That would be six months earlier than planned under a deal former Gov. Mitch Daniels brokered with Amazon.

Republican Rep. David Wolkin argued the tax requirement shouldn't start until Jan. 1 because the state has an obligation with Amazon.

Local News
2:36 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Winter Weather is Coming; JCPS Cancels After-School Activities Because of Snow Threat

Credit National Weather Service

With the potential for bursts of snow, Louisville and the surrounding area are under a winter weather advisory until 2 a.m. Friday. Because of this, Jefferson County Public Schools is canceling all after-school activities  for Thursday evening.

Louisville has a 50-percent chance of snow before 5 p.m., which could lead to accumulation of less than a half-inch, the National Weather Service said. Snow showers are likely Thursday night—between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.—and could bring as much as an inch of accumulated snow.

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Environment
1:48 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Read the Draft of Louisville's Sustainability Plan

Here's the draft of Mayor Greg Fischer's Sustainability Plan for Louisville. The city is accepting comments on the plan until the end of February. WFPL will have more coverage of the plan later this afternoon.

Louisville Draft Sustainability Report

Politics
1:27 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Industrial Hemp Gets New Kentucky Supporter: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

Updated: Joining his fellow Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell now supports industrial hemp. 

 

In a statement released Thursday, McConnell said Paul and Comer—both Republicans, like McConnell—have convinced him that growing hemp for paper, oil and other purposes would be an economic boon for Kentucky farmers.

 

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Business
12:58 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

KentuckyOne's Headquarters to be in Louisville, Bringing 10 New Jobs

Credit KentuckyOne Health

KentuckyOne Health's headquarters will be in downtown Louisville in the Jewish Hospital Medical Plaza building, the health system announced Thursday.

The decision is expected to add 10 new full-time jobs—$1.3 million in new annual payroll, according to a related news release from Greater Louisville Inc.

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Environment
12:35 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Here are the 19 Goals of Louisville's Sustainability Plan

Twitter.com

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is releasing the 19 goals of the city's draft sustainability plan on Twitter this afternoon. Here's a list of the goals, as they're released:

Goal #1: Decrease energy use citywide per capita by 25% by 2025.

Goal #2: Decrease energy use in city-owned buildings by 30% by 2025.

Goal #3: Mitigate the risk of climate change impacts by implementing city adaption and resilience strategies by 2018.

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