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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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Local News
3:14 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Economist: Slow, Steady Growth in Kentucky in 2013

Kentucky’s economic growth in 2013 could mirror the advances made this year.

That’s according to Ken Troske, who directs the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Kentucky.

Troske predicts another two to three percent in economic growth. He says this year’s economic improvement came at a slower than anticipated pace.

“It’s certainly not the growth that you would expect coming out of a recession," Troske said.

Local News
3:03 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Barge Owners Want Beshear's Help in Raising River Level

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Several companies that operate barges on the drought-stricken Mississippi River have asked Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to intervene by calling for a presidential disaster declaration.

The companies, including three based in Paducah, say such a request could be a first step in getting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water from the Missouri River to improve the flow of theMississippi.

The companies made the appeal in a Dec. 20 letter.

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Food and Dining
1:41 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Food Trucks Go Beyond Curbside Service

Linda Golden

One food truck couldn’t contain the plans Matt Davis had for Lil Cheezers Gourmet Grilled Cheesemobile.

Davis took to the Louisville streets in a Velveeta-yellow truck in 2011, selling creative takes on the classic grilled cheese sandwich to office workers, club kids and curious passers-by. In less then 18 months, Davis has established a brick-and-mortar restaurant, too.

“The idea was not to put all the eggs in the Lil Cheezers (truck) basket,” Davis said.

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