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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.

Politics
12:37 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Kentucky Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 20th Years with Capitol Rally

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Joined by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, the Kentucky Habitat for Humanity foundation celebrated their 20th year of service in the commonwealth with a Capitol rally.

Founded in 1993, Kentucky Habitat for Humanity works with affiliations across the state to build homes in much needed areas. They also have helped rebuild West Liberty and other affected areas from the March 2012 tornadoes.

In a brief speech, Abramson praised the organization for its tireless work statewide.

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Politics
12:02 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Agriculture Education, New Markets Focused in New 5-Year Strategic Plan

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Kentucky's agriculture leaders are supporting a new five year strategic plan to help the industry in the state.

The plan, put together by the Kentucky Agriculture Council, puts emphasis on agriculture education, creating new markets and recruiting new people to farming.

The plan runs through 2018 and has the support of Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

Gov. Steve Beshear also supports the plan, which he says is a extension of the first agriculture strategic plan presented to him five years ago.

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