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3:12 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Compromise Reached, Special Taxing District Reform to Become Law

Adam Edelen
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Kentucky lawmakers reached a deal Monday in a conference committee on legislation addressing issues with special taxing districts.

The committee adopted a new proposal that would require special districts to present their annual budgets or any new fee increases to their local fiscal court. But the compromise on House Bill 1 does not allow the fiscal court veto or approval powers of the special district's actions, as Senate Republicans had recently suggested.

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Education
3:06 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

JCPS Supports Raising Dropout Age to 18, School Board Requests Quick Action

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Jefferson County Public Schools officials support raising the district’s dropout age to 18 and they want to move forward with approval soon.

Currently, students can drop out of school at age 16 with parental permission. But the General Assembly has passed legislation that would give local school districts the option to change that.

It's a decision JCPS has openly supported on its legislative agenda for the past two years, says Superintendent Donna Hargens.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Outgoing Young Republicans Chair: Backing Mitch McConnell Caused Loss to Tea Party Activist

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The outgoing chair of the Louisville Young Republicans says he lost his seat to a Tea Party activist due to publicly supporting Senator Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign.

James Young had served as the group's leader since last year, but lost re-election to Louisville Tea Party Vice President Andrew Schachtner this week.

The chair position was the only contested seat in the group's elections Monday.

Young says he didn't begin to receiving threats of opposition until he began defending McConnell on this station.

"I'm very confident my appearance fueled some ideas in the minds of people looking for opportunities," he says. "There was an instance where I was specifically told through other individuals that ‘hey there are some people very upset within Tea Party organization that view you using your position to support Senator McConnell' and influencing others to do so."

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Local News
9:24 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Indiana East End Bridge Partners Hold Public Meetings Today, Tomorrow

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The contractor group assigned to build, construct and maintain a new East End Bridge will hold public meetings Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss their portion the Ohio River Bridges Project.

WVB East End Partners will be joined by Indiana’s transportation department and finance cabinet to answer the public’s questions about the project.

Indiana and Kentucky have split the nearly $2.6 billion  project. Indiana is overseeing the East End Bridge and Kentucky is managing an additional I-65 bridge downtown and a reworking of Spaghetti Junction.

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Local News
4:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

As Conclave Begins, Louisville's Catholics Struggle With 'Waning' Numbers

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It's rare when a decision made thousands of miles—across the Atlantic Ocean—has an affect on the lives of Louisvillians, but the Conclave in Vatican City is just that.

The Conclave to choose the next pope begins this morning. Unlike in 2005, the cardinals choosing the Roman Catholic Church's next leader have no obvious frontrunner. Still, the challenges for the church worldwide have been much discussed—dropping church participation, a lack of priests, the sex abuse scandal that continues to dog church leaders.

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Local News
9:29 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Win Automatic Bid to NCAA Tournament

The Commonwealth of Kentucky will have at least two teams in the men's NCAA Tournament.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeated the Florida International Golden Panthers 65-63 on Monday night to win the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and an automatic NCAA Tournament berth.

Forward George Fant and guard Jamal Crook led the Hilltoppers each with 17 points.

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Politics
7:31 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

House Passes Military Voting Bill, With Electronic Return Included

A bill designed  to allow Kentuckians in the military deployed overseas vote electronically has cleared the House, after amendments returned Senate Bill 1 to a full electronic system.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is the main promoter of the bill and urged House lawmakers to return to full electronic provisions after the Senate did not include the electronic return of a ballot.

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Environment
6:04 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

New Law Clarifies Regulation of Biomass, But Doesn't Provide Any Guarantees

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A new bill signed into law by Governor Steve Beshear last week clarifies the rules that regulate biomass plants in Kentucky.

The bill gives additional guidance to the Public Service Commission on how to regulate biomass plants that sell power to a utility in Kentucky, with one particular project in mind: a biomass plant outside Hazard. Construction on the plant—owned by Lexington-based ecoPower—is expected to begin on the plant sometime this year.

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Politics
5:42 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Once an Aspiring 'War Correspondent,' Morgan McGarvey Settles into Senate

Morgan McGarvey
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Freshman State Sen. Morgan McGarvey is built like his predecessor, Tim Shaughnessy.

He's slight, lean, with a legislator's firm handshake and a clean-shaven face. His frame is a little more wiry, though. The more noticeable difference is when he stands to speak on the Senate floor.

For 24 years, Shaughnessy, a Louisville Democrat, took command of his desk in such a way that made it seem to disappear to on-lookers, his voice was a familiar rallying beacon for other Democrats in the chamber.

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Arts and Humanities
5:11 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Grad Student Makes Playwriting Debut at Humana Festival

Jonathan Majors (Henri) and Andy Lucien (Edwin) in Jeff Augustin's "Cry Old Kingdom."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Playwright Jeff Augustin won the Kennedy Center's prestigious Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award in 2011, but "Cry Old Kingdom," which opened Sunday at Actors Theatre of Louisville, is his first professional production. Augustin is a student in the Master of Fine Arts theater program at the University of California, San Diego.

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