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11:16 am
Wed January 30, 2013

City Reminds Residents to Sign-up for Code Red Emergency Alert System

Mayor Greg Fischer says the severe weather that struck Louisville this week should serve as a reminder for citizens to sign up for the city's emergency alert system.

The Code Red alerts use text messages, e-mails and phone calls to warn residents about potentially life-threatening events, including severe weather.

Code Red was established two years ago in the aftermath of a chemical explosion in the Rubbertown neighborhood. Over 239,000 individuals are already registered, but the mayor hopes more citizens will sign up.

"The Code Red system is easy to use and gets information to people quickly so they can protect themselves and their families," Fischer said in a news release. "During last night’s storms, if you were asleep or weren’t listening to television or radio, you would have received a phone call or text message from Code Red with the latest warnings."

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Local News
5:07 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Early Morning Storm Causes Widespread Power Outages

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Updated: More than 3,000 Louisville Gas & Electric customers in Jefferson County were without power early Wednesday morning after a thunderstorm pass through the Louisville area, prompting a tornado warning that expired at 4:55 a.m.

A few trees were reported toppled in the Pleasure Ridge Park area, said a supervisor for MetroSafe, citing preliminary reports.

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Environment
12:01 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Louisville's Demand for Local Food Outpaces Supply, Study Says

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A new study says that Louisville businesses, food distributors and residents are going out of their way to eat local food, and would eat more if they could.

The study was commissioned by non-profit Seed Capital Kentucky and conducted by a consultant in New York. It use both quantitative and qualitative methods to survey residents, restaurants, grocery stores and food distributors.

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Arts and Humanities
5:13 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Hyslop on the Louisville Orchestra: The Biggest Challenge Is Trust

David Hyslop
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A veteran orchestra leader, David Hyslop's long career includes a combined 32 years at the helm of three prominent orchestras. Now retired from the Minnesota Orchestra, Hyslop is a consultant and sought-after interim CEO. Since he retired from full-time orchestra management in 2003, Hyslop has filled in during leadership searches for the West Virginia Symphony, the Tulsa Symphony and most recently the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Another Meth-Related Bill Moving Through Indiana Legislature

An Indiana Senate committee has backed tougher limits on quantities consumers may buy of cold medications that can be used to make methamphetamine.

The Senate's Corrections and Criminal Law Committee voted 10-0 today (Tues) in favor of the bill that would allow the purchase of up to 61 grams a year of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. That's about an eight-month total of the current law's monthly limit of 7.2 grams.

Some police groups have pushed for a state law requiring a doctor's prescription for those medicines, but the bill doesn't take that step.

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Environment
3:09 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Report Shows Effect of Waste Heat on Urban Temperatures

A new study says the heat that’s released from buildings and transportation in major urban areas can affect the temperature in cities far away.

The study was published Sunday in Nature Climate Change, and is the first to look at the effects of waste heat on temperature changes. The researchers found that the heat that’s released from buildings and cars in urban areas in the northern hemisphere can raise the temperature by about one degree Celsius.

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Education
2:48 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

JCPS Budget Talks Upsets Teachers Union

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Officials with the Jefferson County Teachers Association say if the school board proceeds with the preliminary budget adopted this week it could challenge the district in court.

The issue is over the elimination of some of the district’s school resource teachers. RTs help certain JCPS schools and teachers with curriculum or student academics. While some RTs work in specific schools, others are located in district offices like Gheens Academy.

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Local News
2:40 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

In Protest of Proposed Amendment, Bloomingon Mayor to Conduct Same-Sex Wedding

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The mayor of Bloomington, Ind., plans to conduct a wedding ceremony for more than a dozen gay and lesbian couples this week to protest a proposed state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

The ceremony Thursday in Bloomington, presided over by Mayor Mark Kruzan, coincides with a local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival.     It was first reported by the Indianapolis Star.

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Politics
2:37 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Team Mitch Blasts Bluegrass Poll as 'Malarkey'

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell at a Tea Party rally in Frankfort, Ky. last year
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The re-election campaign for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is dismissing a poll conducted by The Louisville Courier-Journal, which shows the GOP leader with just 17 percent support.

According to the survey, voters opposed to McConnell’s re-election outnumber supporters 2-to-1. It also found that only one-third of Republican voters support him in the 2014 election, adding further fuel to Tea Party criticism and outright defiance of McConnell's leadership in Kentucky.

McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton responded by saying no incumbent could fare well given the surveys line of questioning.

"The question itself minimizes the level of support for an incumbent by requiring a poll respondent to pledge their allegiance despite the prospect of an unnamed utopian candidate looming in the wings," said Benton.  "To make the bias even more pronounced than a generic 'someone else,' which is difficult enough, this question hardens that by asserting you must support him 'no matter who runs against him.'  So your neighbor, best friend, husband/wife, priest, pastor, reverend or rabbi wouldn’t get your vote if they were on the ballot.

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Arts and Humanities
2:30 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Op-Ed: A Safe Season on the Horizon for the Louisville Orchestra

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Alan Brandt is the weekday afternoon  host on Classical 90.5 WUOL, Louisville Public Media's classical station.

The Louisville Orchestra recently announced its 2013-14 Classics series. Out of the entire scheduled season of compositions, only two were written by living composers. The rest of the composers are on the list of the Immortals.

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