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3:55 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Study: Tourists Spent $1.4 Billion in Louisville in 2012

Credit Creative Commons

The 12.7 million people who visited Louisville in 2011 spent $1.4 billion locally, creating $173 million in tax revenues and sustaining 22,100 jobs, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau says. Meanwhile, the LCVB said its marketing efforts on behalf of the city increased room occupancy of leisure travelers by about 25 percent.

Those figures come from a study released Thursday conducted by the Urban Studies Institute at the University of Louisville.

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Local News
3:42 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Registration Underway for Pence Inaugural Events

Online registration has begun for events surrounding next month’s inauguration of Indiana Governor-elect Mike Pence.

Most of the events in Indianapolis are free and open to the public but registration is required.

They include a family-oriented event on Saturday, January 12 at the Dallara IndyCar Factory, a worship service on Sunday, January 13 at the Indiana Convention Center, and the inauguration itself on Monday, January 14 at the Indiana Statehouse.

Local News
2:15 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

How Kentucky's 2014 Senate Election May Play Into the 'Fiscal Cliff'

Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that Congress is on track to have no deal before the Dec. 31 deadline for the "fiscal cliff."

One key to the negotiations is the brokering abilities of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, the minority leader.  A recent New York Times story notes this:

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Local News
1:37 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Lawmaker Calls For Full Disclosure of Indiana Job Creation Numbers

Indiana state Sen. Mike Delph

A state lawmaker wants the Indiana Economic Development Corp. to let the public know how many jobs it actually helps create.

Republican Senator Mike Delph says he will introduce the legislation because he believes the public is being intentionally misled.

A yearlong study conducted by WTHR-TV showed as many as 40 percent of the more than 100,000 jobs promoted by Governor Mitch Daniels and agency officials from 2005 to 2010 never materialized. But the IEDC won't disclose which companies have not met their job commitments.

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Politics
12:33 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Gov. Steve Beshear Concerned With Drop in Coal Severance Revenues

Steve Beshear
Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

Gov. Steve Beshear says he's concerned about the declining revenues form the coal severance tax, echoing concerns raised by House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

Money from the tax on mined coal is used largely for state, county and city infrastructure projects -- specifically in coal mining areas like Eastern Kentucky. 

“I am concerned about the coal severance receipts -- they are down, they’re down significantly. And that's because coal mining is down significantly, the tons of coal mined has dropped,” Beshear said.

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Environment
12:13 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

EPA Head Lisa Jackson Announces Resignation; Twitter Reacts

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her plans to leave her post after President Obama's inauguration. During her time in the role, she drew fire from the coal industry and manufacturers for her work to increase scrutiny of mountaintop removal coal mining and tighten regulations on coal-fired power plants. But she also won support from environmental groups and occasionally grudging respect from her opponents.

Her successor is unknown, but reports are speculating it could be either Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe or Assistant Administrator for Air Gina McCarthy.

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Environment
10:22 am
Thu December 27, 2012

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Resigns

Lisa P. Jackson
Credit Environmental Protection Agency

WASHINGTON — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson says she's stepping down after nearly four years on the job.

Jackson announced her departure in a statement Thursday. She gave no particular reason for leaving but said she was ready for new challenges, time with her family and new opportunities to make a difference.

Jackson's tenure was marked by high-profile brawls with industry and congressional Republicans over such issues a global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline and new controls on coal-fired plants.

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Local News
11:27 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

WKU Loses in Little Caesars Bowl, 24-21

In college football, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers fell to Central Michigan 24-21 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Wednesday night in Detroit.

With less than a minute left in the fourth quarter, WKU passed up an opportunity for a game-tying field goal on fourth down, instead attempting a pass play deep in Central Michigan territory. But the Chippewas broke up the play to secure the victory.

Western Kentucky finishes the season with a 7-6 record. The Hilltoppers were led by interim coach Lance Guidry , who took over when Willie Taggart left for South Florida.

Local News
4:27 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Many Digging Out From Heavy Snowfall

The storm's aftermath in Bloomington, Indiana
Chris Rall via Indiana Public Media

The huge winter storm system that dumped as much as a foot of snow on parts of Indiana is moving eastward and out of the region.

The heaviest snowfall has been recorded in central and western Indiana, but there have been significant accumulations in counties closer to the Ohio River and in far western Kentucky.

Much of Indiana was under a blizzard warning today as the blowing, drifting snow came at a pace of three inches per hour in some places. The winter weather snarled traffic and left hundreds of travelers stranded at the Indianapolis International Airport.

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Arts and Humanities
4:04 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Lebowski Fest Founder Branches Out with Pee Wee Over Louisville

When Will Russell and his partners staged the first party in honor of their favorite movie, The Coen Bros.'  “The Big Lebowski,” they didn’t realize how many people shared their enthusiasm for what was then an overlooked slacker comedy. Ten years later, Lebowski Fest tours internationally with cast member guest appearances and buzz bands, and their two-day flagship event brings fans (code name: Achievers) from all over the country to Louisville every summer for bowling, White Russians, costume contests and what-have-you.

Russell's banking on tapping into a similar community of cult film fans with his new venture, Pee Wee Over Louisville. The day-long celebration of Russell’s second-favorite movie, “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,”  is planned for September and will feature a family-friendly themed activities like a bicycle rodeo and a screening of the film.

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