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4:18 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Gov. Steve Beshear Recovering from Minor Eye Surgery

Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will be spending more time around the Capitol in the next few days. 

The governor is recovering from what he office calls "minor eye surgery" to repair a detached retina.

The governor’s office gave little other detail about the surgery or how the injury happened. The governor wasn't injured, his office said. Instead, the detached retina developed this past weekend.

The surgery will require a limited travel schedule for Beshear, which shouldn’t be much of a problem post-Election Day.

Politics
4:16 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Paul Says Some Senate Races Tough to Pick

U.S. Senate

Republicans in the U.S. Senate are just as anxious to know the outcome of their races as they are for the White House. A Senate takeover is highly important to conservatives who want to repeal the federal health care law. U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky says it's tough to predict tonight's results.

"We've got three or four that we're trying to hang on to and we've got three or four more that we could win. I think it's truly an election where you could go to bed tonight and wake up and still not know, and in the end you could be surprised," he said.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

No 'I Voted' Stickers for Jefferson County

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Sondra Powell thought it a harmless promotion -- a free small cup of coffee for customers who showed up to her coffee shop, Red Hot Roasters at 1403 Lexington Road, wearing an "I voted" sticker.

It became apparent soon after she opened the coffee shop at 7 a.m. that Jefferson County polling stations were handing out no such stickers.

Powell said she quickly adopted an honor system approach, giving free small coffees to those who simply told her that they'd voted.

The customers were still disappointed, she said.

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Environment
3:28 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

What Did You Just Vote For? About That Soil and Water Conservation District...

If you’ve already voted, you may have been confused by the lineup of men vying for the position of Supervisor in the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District. You aren’t alone.

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Local News
3:26 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

What to Listen to Before the Results Come In

If you need a break from the horse race today, here are some great pieces of audio to enjoy that keep with the electoral theme, but avoid punditry, polls and other things you may need a bit of a release from before tonight.

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Politics
1:49 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's Ethics Hearing Off To Slow Start

Shanklin's attorney Aubrey Williams speaks to the Ethics Commission.

The ethics hearing for Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, is underway and prosecutors have laid out the road map for the next few days.

A few stumbles in the first few hours of the hearing--including delays by both prosecuting and defending representatives--could push the hearing into Friday. 

Shanklin has been accused of allocating discretionary spending (Neighborhood Development Funds) council members receive to programs that benefited her relatives.

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Environment
11:05 am
Tue November 6, 2012

How Will Today's Election Affect Energy, Environment Issues?

The National Journal has compiled responses from several environmentalists, businesspeople and politicians about what energy issues are at stake in today's election. Here are a few excerpts.

Former Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope:

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Arts and Humanities
10:52 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Kentucky Poet Pens NY Times Op-Ed on Conservatism

The New York Times published an op-ed by poet Maurice Manning yesterday on his understanding of conservatism. In the essay, the Kentucky native and Washington County resident explains how he exercises his conservative values through his work on his farm and in his rural community:

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Environment
9:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

To Help Mining Engineering Graduates Find Work, UK Looks Beyond Coal

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Coal’s share of the nation’s electricity is declining. But schools are still graduating mining engineers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the job outlook is growing at an average pace. And in Kentucky, there are more students studying mining engineering than ever before in the program’s history.

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Politics
8:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Election 2012: Louisville Resident Explains Why He Won't Be Voting

Greg Hillis via NPR.org

NPR recently set out to explore an often over-looked segment of the American public -- those who can vote, but choose not to. The story provided brief explanations from several non-voters across the country. The people NPR talked to had a variety of reasons for not participating: a sense that their vote doesn't matter, a belief that money dictates policy more than votes -- and the knowledge that registering increases your chances of being called for jury duty.

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