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11:56 am
Tue January 15, 2013

PULSE: How Education Activists Are Changing Students' Voices

The Pulse project was formed after a successful student-attended school board candidate forum last year.

Treasure Rogers is one of several Jefferson County Public Schools students who attended a school board forum last year. It was organized by two young education activists who just thought it would be cool to hold a forum in which students could participate.

“I asked a question and the candidates seemed like they really liked the question and they gave great feedback. So I’m like, how can we now act on it because you can’t change nothing if you just say it. You have to make actions to build upon for a change so how can I do that?” she says.

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Environment
11:50 am
Tue January 15, 2013

State Toxic Releases Continue Downward Trend

Credit Courtesy Energy and Environment Cabinet

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection has finished analyzing data of all the toxic chemicals that were released in the state in 2011.

Since 1986, companies have been required to report the number of pounds of toxic chemicals they release into the air, into water and on land, and there’s been a definite downward trend in Kentucky as new regulations go on the books. More than 83 million pounds of toxics were disposed in Kentucky in 2011—about 13 million pounds less than in the previous year.

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Local News
10:58 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Former Metro Councilwoman Judy Green Dies

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Former Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green, who was ousted from office after allegations that she abused a city jobs program to benefit her family, has died.

Green represented District 1 in western  and southwestern Louisville.  A dentist by trade, Green was first elected to the council in 2006. In 2011, a council court removed Green from office after ruling that she'd mismanaged taxpayer money and committed misconduct.

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Local News
4:35 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Pence Signs 15 Executive Orders During First Day In Office

Indiana Governor's Office

New Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is telling several state agencies they must consider the effect any new regulations would have on families.

That was among 15 executive orders that Pence signed in the governor's office a few hours after his inauguration.

Pence proposed the family impact statements during his campaign. He says he wants to ensure that "intact married families" aren't hurt by state rules. He says the reviews aren't meant to disadvantage single-parent or other families.

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Politics
4:18 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Anti-Defamation League Criticizes WHAS's Mandy Connell 'Yellow Star' Remark

The Anti-Defamation League is criticizing WHAS radio host Mandy Connell for controversial comments comparing potential gun control measures to the Nazi regime tagging Jewish Germans.

Last week, WFPL reported that during a heated on-air interview with Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth, Connell said Second Amendment advocates should be concerned about further regulations.

The radio show host added citizens should be worried about an "overly intrusive government" similar to Nazi Germany.

"Things like (U.S. Sen.) Diane Feinstein requiring gun owners to register if they’re already a legal gun owner," Connell said. "Why don’t we make them wear yellow stars as well? Why don’t we tag everybody?"

In response, an ADL spokeswoman told LEO Weekly the comments trivialized the Holocaust.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

State Lawmaker Proposes Local Option Sales Tax Bill

State Sen. Kathy Stein and Mayor Greg Fischer
Credit Legislative Research Commission/Metro Louisville

State Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, has introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would give cities a local option sales tax.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has been a major proponent of the measure, which allows local voters to decide whether to fund special projects through a temporary sales tax increase. The mayor recently outlined the measure for Metro Council members, saying it gives Louisville more independence.

The bill was introduced Jan. 8 and will be in the State and Local Government Committee.

Stein says many lawmakers oppose any new taxes, but this gives local residents decision-making power.

"It is an option, unfortunately whenever some of us hear the word tax we jump 10 feet up in the air and say 'no, no, no.' But you need to pay attention. It gives the taxpayers the option of doing it. The people who vote have the options," she says.

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Arts and Humanities
3:56 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Why You Should Go See 'The Tens'

Every year, Actors Theatre of Louisville produces a slate of ten-minute plays featuring the members of the acting apprentice company. Many of the plays are directed by directing interns, and literary interns serve as dramaturgs, too. The plays are selected from submissions to the annual National Ten-Minute Play Contest, some of which go on to be produced for the final weekend of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. 

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Local News
3:47 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Lawmaker: Penal Code Reforms Are Working

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A new law that allows alternative sentencing for non-violent misdemeanor offenses to ease jail overcrowding in Kentucky is beginning to show positive results.

That’s according to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Democrat John Tilley was one of the architects of the 2011 measure known as House Bill 463, which, among other things, emphasizes substance abuse treatment instead of incarceration as an option for misdemeanor drug crimes.

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Local News
3:21 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Eastern Kentucky Town Vicco (Pop. 334) Passes Fairness Ordinance

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Fairness Ordinances in Kentucky have been the domain of populous places — Louisville, Lexington and Covington. The latest Kentucky municipality to approve a Fairness Ordinance is a tiny town in far eastern reaches of the state.

Vicco, Ky. — in Perry County, population 334 — recently passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity, says the Fairness Coalition.

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Local News
2:40 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

U of L No. 1 in College Basketball Polls; Beats UConn 73-58

For just the second time in program history, the Louisville Cardinals sit atop the latest Associated Press college basketball poll.   The Cards are also number one in the USA Today coaches poll.

U of L captured the top spot Monday in both polls following weekend losses by previously unbeaten Duke and Michigan.

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