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4:14 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Kentucky Native Joins Orchestra for Special Concert

Tessa Lark

The Louisville Orchestra will thank its donors with a special concert on December 5 at the Brown Theatre. The program is free for supporters of the season, but all are welcome to make a donation at the door in lieu of tickets. Led by music director Jorge Mester, the program will feature Gioachino Rossini's Overture to The Barber of Seville, Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor and Wolfgang Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G Minor. 

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Politics
1:49 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Jim King Likely to be Louisville Metro Council President for Third Consecutive Year

Louisville Metro Councilman Jim King
Credit Louisville Metro Council

Louisville Metro Councilman Jim King, D-10, is favored to serve an unprecedented third consecutive one-year term as council president.

Since city and county governments merged, council presidents have traditionally held the seat for a year before stepping down. King informed his Democratic colleagues—who hold a 17-to-9 majority—and Republicans of his intentions this month, and no other candidates have emerged.

"I think I have earned the trust and I want to keep the trust of both sides of the body—Republicans and Democrats. And I do try to work in a manner that is fair to both sides, and moving forward the legislative agenda of the council," King said.

"I think that the council members see me as someone who can lead them, but I can’t lead them without their support and I certainly value that."

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Environment
1:48 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

LG&E Breaks Ground on New Pollution Controls, Officials Praise Results of EPA Regulations

Mill Creek
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has broken ground on nearly a billion dollars worth of new pollution controls at the company’s Mill Creek Power Plant in southwest Louisville. It’s a two-year process that the company estimates could create up to 700 new construction jobs.

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Local News
1:10 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

KACO Supports Abolition of Constable Office

The Kentucky Association of Counties supports a recommendation to do away with the office of constable in Kentucky.

KACO President-elect Tommy Turner says his group agrees with a Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice report that calls the office outdated.

"Statistical analysis shows that law enforcement by constable represents only one-fourth of one percent of annual law enforcement work. We support a constitutional amendment to abolish the office,'he said.

Local News
12:54 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Reaction to Louisville's ACC Move Positive Locally, Less So in N.C., Conn.

So the University of Louisville is moving its athletics programs to the Atlantic Coast Conference, leaving behind the hard scrabbled Big East and heading toward Tobacco Road and such.

The reaction has been positive in the 24 hours or so since the ACC's presidents and chancellors unanimously invited UofL -- except in certain pockets, specifically in Connecticut and in parts (but not all) of ACC country.

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Politics
12:24 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Reforming Special Taxing Districts to be Kentucky House's No. 1 Priority

State Auditor Adam Edelen
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The No. 1 priority for the Kentucky House in 2013 is set: Tackling recommendations from a recent report that found that special taxing districts have big budgets and little oversight.

Auditor Adam Edelen recently finished a report on the districts, detailing billions of dollars in spending with little to no oversight in most areas. Special taxing districts include the Metropolitan Sewer District and library boards.

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Local News
12:23 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Read | State of Metropolitan Housing Report 2012

The Metropolitan Housing Coalition has found that, among other things, vacant properties unequally plague western Louisville. Read the report here:

Local News
11:44 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Report: Vacant Housing Unequally Plagues West End

The 2012 State of Metropolitan Housing Report has been released, showing many issues—like subsidized housing in the West End—are still persistent in Louisville.

“We no longer can hide behind the skirts of an economic crisis. We see long term trends,” said Cathy Hinko, director Metropolitan Housing Coalition, which authored the report.

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Politics
11:04 am
Thu November 29, 2012

McConnell to Obama: Remember, You Lost Kentucky

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
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Leading up to the fiscal cliff negotiations, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly reminded President Obama about his 24-point thumping in Kentucky in a private phone call.

The conversation typifies the icy relationship between McConnell and the president—the two have rarely met, spoken or been seen in public together.

As Politico reports, the GOP leader was warning Mr. Obama early to cool on the campaigning if he wants to make progress with lawmakers.

From Politico:

Don Stewart, McConnell’s chief spokesman, said McConnell’s comments to Obama “were in the context of trying to find a solution” to the budget crisis. The GOP leader told the president that continuing to engage in a public-relations blitz against Republicans “could have the opposite effect of what he was trying to accomplish,” the spokesman said.

Stewart added: "This, by the way, is sound advice."

The White House declined to comment.

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Politics
10:09 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Yarmuth: Congress Can Provide Middle-Class With Certainty Now

Speaking on the House floor Wednesday, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth says lawmakers can provide certainty during the fiscal cliff negotiations by extending the Bush era tax cuts to middle-class Americans.

Yarmuth mentioned Republican Congressman Tom Cole of Oklahoma as an example of finding bipartisan cooperationg. Cole has been in the news this week for breaking with his party leaders and advocating the GOP should make a deal with Democrats to raise taxes on the wealthiest two percent.

Check Yarmuth's floor speech:

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