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3:14 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Charges Dismissed in Mayor Greg Fischer Election Finance Case

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In the closing decision of the case against Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance has dismissed the last of the civil charges filed regarding Fischer's use of campaign funds.

The registry initially found that former Fischer Inaugural Committee Co-Chair Marty Cogan indirectly violated state campaign finance law by soliciting money to fund Fischer's inaugural party under a title for which he was not formally registered.

Despite the finding, KREF officials have dismissed
the charge, following the recommendation of general counsel.

Fischer and his associates were accused of using funds raised expressly for Fischer's inaugural party to pay down outstanding debts incurred during his mayoral campaign.

Under Kentucky campaign laws, funds raised for the purpose of inauguration cannot be used to pay off campaign debt.

"The charges had been brought and they really were without foundation," said Cogan's attorney, Donald Cox. "And if a full investigation had been done initially, the charges never would have been brought. But that's the nature of what goes on in these proceedings. And so we're just happy that we've been completely vindicated."

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Local News
1:56 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Kentucky Announces Program to Attract Women, Minority Construction Workers for Bridges Project

Gov. Steve Beshear introduces "Bridges to Opportunities."

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and transportation officials have announced a new program called "Bridges to Opportunities” meant to help women and minority construction workers participate in the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The estimated $1.9 million program will help place some skilled workers in jobs, but it will also place some entering the sector into apprenticeships and other into a program or school that can lead to future construction work.

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Environment
1:25 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

In Kentucky's Carp Madness, Fishermen Net 83,000 Pounds Of Invasive Species

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Asian carp is an invasive species of fish that can devastate aquatic ecosystems and, as they have a propensity for leaping out of the water, injure boaters. And once they've gotten into a river or lake, they're nearly impossible to get out. But for two days this week in Western Kentucky, teams of commercial fishermen tried. They descended on two lakes to catch as many Asian carp as possible. It was a tournament sponsored by the commonwealth and it was called…Carp Madness.

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Local News
11:38 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Byline Today: West Louisville, the General Assembly and Carp Madness

Issues in West Louisville, the Kentucky General Assembly takes a break and Carp Madness are up for discussion this afternoon on Byline.

Guest host Gabe Bullard and WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey talk with Louisville Magazine about its recent cover story exploring issues in West Louisville.

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Commentary
11:19 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Keith Runyon: More Lost Than a Grocer When Burger's Market Closes Saturday

Burger's Market closes Saturday.
Credit Keith Runyon

On Saturday, one of Louisville’s last remaining neighborhood markets will close. The owners made their own minds up. Nobody drove them out of business. But even so, the demise of Burger’s Super Market, at the corner of Ray Avenue and Grinstead Drive, is an occasion to take note of, and to mourn.

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Politics
8:25 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Council Members Laud Metro Police for Impounding Roofing Company Truck Over Illegal Dumping

Louisville Metro Council members are praising Metro Police for impounding a dump truck allegedly involved in illegal dumping in the Fairdale neighborhood.

According to council staff, police received a complaint on Wednesday of shingles and roofing materials being illegally dropped off on Manslick Road.

Officers arrived at the scene and found a truck belonging to Elkins & Sons of Louisville that was later impounded.

"I applaud the quick work of the officer who answered this call about illegal dumping," Councilwoman Marianne Butler, D-15, said in a news release. "I am also glad to see the public is getting involved in stopping people who believe they can use our streets, alleys, vacant fields and roadways as their own personal dumping ground."

Last year, city lawmakers strengthened an ordinance to empower law enforcement to seize vehicles caught illegally dumping.

The council also added funding to the budget for 19 new cameras targeting problem areas where there have been repeated cases of trash and other junk items being dropped off improperly

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Local News
8:05 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Celebrate Villanova Win With Bill Clinton

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The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team defeated Villanova Thursday night in their first game of the 2013 Big East Tournament. And then they hung out with former President Bill Clinton.

Here are more photos from Buzzfeed.

The Cardinals' next Big East Tournament game is against Notre Dame at 9 tonight

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Politics
7:03 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Senator Rand Paul Calls for New GOP at CPAC

Rand Paul
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Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said the GOP has "grown stale and moss covered" and needs to embrace libertarianism.

"The new GOP will need to embrace liberty in both the economic and the personal sphere. If we're going to have a Republican Party that can win, liberty needs to be the backbone of the GOP," he said.

For many conservatives, Paul's nearly 13-hour filibuster of CIA director John Brennan in protest of President Obama's drone policies puts him at the head of the line for presidential contenders in 2016.

The high-profiled speech gave Paul a chance to court the so-called "Facebook generation" on privacy matters, and explain why he favors limits on presidential power.

Paul's remarks also gave him a chance to rebuke GOP rival and fellow Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who right before Paul's speech said the party didn't need new ideas.

Watch the full speech:

Environment
5:51 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Mine Safety Commission Rules in Favor of Whistleblower

Mackie Bailey in the P-1 Mine. The roof bolting machine's safety devices are visible in the foreground of the photo; law requires they be held against the roof.
Courtesy of Mackie Bailey

The Kentucky Mine Safety Review Commission has ruled that a coal miner who reported unsafe conditions won’t be punished for breaking the law.

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Local News
5:30 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

News of Rift Among Kentucky's LGBTQ Leaders is News to LGBTQ Leaders

Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard
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  A Reuters article published this week puts Fairness President Chris Hartman and True Colors Ministry's Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard "at loggerheads"—but the two men in question disagree.

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