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7:07 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Last-Minute Casino Gambling Amendment Introduced in the Kentucky House

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Just as the deadline for filing new bills was to expire, a bill to amend the Kentucky constitution to allow for casino gambling was introduced Tuesday afternoon in the state House.

The bill would require the Kentucky General Assembly to allow and create regulation for casino gambling at no more than seven locations. The revenue, the bill says, would be used "job creation, education, human services, health care, veterans programs, local governments, public safety, and the support of the horse industry; create the Equine Excellence fund of dedication funds from gambling."

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Politics
6:41 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

HIV Testing Bill Clears Kentucky House 96-0

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A bill aimed at allowing victims to ask for quick HIV testing of defendants in sexual assault cases has cleared the state House.

Under current laws, only prosecutors can ask for HIV testing of an accused person and only after a conviction. But the bill would allow a victim to ask for such a test before a conviction.

Rep. Joni Jenkins, a Louisville Democrat and the bill's sponsor, says medical advances can prevent HIV from spreading into AIDS if caught early on, but convictions often take up to three years.

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Politics
5:55 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Matthew Bevin Confirms Tea Party Meetings, Interest in Challenging Mitch McConnell

Louisville businessman Matthew Bevin
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Louisville businessman Matthew Bevin is interested in taking on Republican Mitch McConnell in a primary election, but no final decision has been made.

Bevin is owner of the Connecticut-based Bevin Brothers Manufacturing, a bell-making company that has been in his family over 150 years. He is also an adviser to Waycross Partners, an investment firm in downtown Louisville.

In a statement sent to WFPL, Bevin spokeswoman Amy Lowe says the investor has met with "various individuals and groups" including Tea Party groups in Kentucky, who have voiced "frustration with their current representation."

From Bevin's spokeswoman:

These meetings, together with the recent reaction to the possibility of a primary race, have served to reaffirm the general sense of political disenchantment among many voters in Kentucky that has been widely reflected in recent articles and polls.

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Arts and Humanities
4:14 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Reading Series Round-up: Three Upcoming Louisville Literary Events

Three live, free literary events are scheduled between now and next Monday, each with their own character of place and vibe. 

Friday, February 22: Punk Rock Poems & Novel Drinking Games

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Politics
3:46 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Indiana House Panel Approves Budget With No Pence Tax Cut

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Indiana House Republicans are advancing a $30 billion budget that trades Gov. Mike Pence's priority tax cut for more spending on roads and schools.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted 16-7 today  along party lines to advance the budget.

The Republican governor has dug in on his proposal to cut the state's personal income tax and continues to say this week that he is "disappointed" in the House GOP changes.

The proposal now moves to the full House, where Democrats hope to force a vote on Pence's tax cut.

Environment
3:33 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

New Deal Will Send Parks Department's Wood Waste to Rubbertown Biomass Boiler

A woodland biomass crop in England.
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Metro Government will start selling landscaping debris gathered from Louisville parks to a Rubbertown facility that will burn it for energy.

Last fall, a company called Recast Energy took control of a boiler in Rubbertown that supplies steam to the Lubrizol and Zeon Chemical plants. The boiler used to be coal-fired, but Recast engineered it to run on biomass.

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Education
3:32 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Author Sarah Garland Tells Louisville's School Desegregation Story

Author Sarah Garland writes about Jefferson County's desegregation policy in "Divided We Fail."

Louisville native and author Sarah Garland spoke with WFPL about her new book, Divided We Fail: The Story of an African American Community that Ended the Era of School Desegregation.

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Politics
2:33 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Indiana Panel Approves Bill to Require Drug Testing for Some on Welfare

A bill that would require some Indiana welfare recipients to be drug tested has cleared a second state House committee.

Under Republican Rep. Jud McMillin’s proposal, all applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program would have to fill out a written form to screen for possible substance abuse.

Those identified as possible drug abusers would have to undergo a drug test.  If they fail, they would have to go into a treatment program to continue receiving benefits.

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Local News
12:55 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Mayor Fischer Names Anthony Smith Louisville's New Safe Neighborhoods Director

Anthony Smith has been named Louisville's Director of Safe Neighborhoods.
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Mayor Greg Fischer has appointed Louisville’s new Director of Safe Neighborhoods, a position that was recommended by the city’s violence prevention task force last year.

Anthony Smith is the director of network organizing for the Network Center for Community Change (NC3) and serves on Louisville's Board of Heath and has worked with the 15,000 Degrees  education initiative, which is part of the city's 55,000 Degrees program.

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Local News
12:39 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Tax Amnesty Program Brings in Nearly $57 Million

 

Kentucky’s 61-day tax amnesty program last fall has netted the commonwealth almost $57 million.

The Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Pamela Trautner says the state received more than 27,000 amnesty applications from every Kentucky county.

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