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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

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

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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Politics
7:45 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Election 2012 Live Blog | Polls Close in Louisville After Day of 'Heavy' Turnout

Voting at Jeffersontown High School.
Joseph Lord

Update 6 p.m.: And polls are closing in Louisville.

Some voters in a few polling places who had gotten in line before 6 p.m. were still waiting to vote, said Nore Ghibaudy, spokesman for the Jefferson County Clerk's Office. 

Update 4:25 p.m. Polling places in Louisville have lines, and elections officials anticipate that those lines will lengthen as last-minute voters leave work and cast ballots before the 6 p.m. deadline., said Nore Ghibaudy, spokesman for the Jefferson County Clerk's Office.

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Local News
4:15 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Lexington Among Finalists For Bloomberg Grant

Lexington’s proposal to create an online platform that would post city government data, identify civic problems, and crowd-source innovative solutions is among 20 finalists in a nationwide contest for local governments.

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today that CitizenLex.org made it to the final round of judging in the 2012 Mayors Challenge. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says CitizenLex would allow the city to be more efficient and responsive.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Ackerson, Provancher Trade Sharp Attack Ads in District 26

In the race for the Louisville Metro Council District 26 seat, Democratic incumbent Brent Ackerson and Republican challenger Sarah Provancher are trading jabs in the final days of the campaign.

The two candidates released a series of mailers this weekend, including attack ads that questioned each other’s qualifications.

Ackerson’s mailer asks voters: "Would you elect somone who doesn't even vote?" It alleges that Provancher has only voted in 20 percent of elections since 2006, and missed last year's gubernatorial contest altogether.

Provancher said that like most Americans she does not have a perfect voting record on each election, but she is running to improve neighborhoods and city services.

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Politics
3:51 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Chandler, Barr Make Final Push For Votes in 6th Congressional District

Both the Republican and Democratic candidates in central Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District were on the road today. Republican Challenger Andy Barr rode a bus to Winchester, Irvine, Ravenna, Midway, and Georgetown.

While taking a lunch break in downtown Richmond, Barr said he has connected with voters from both political parties.

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Politics
3:48 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's Ethics Hearing Begins Tomorrow

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin has been accused of violating six provisions in the city's code of ethics.
Credit Louisville Metro Council

The ethics trial against Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin begins Tuesday morning, but it could take two months before the ethics commission makes its ruling.

Shanklin has been accused of violating five provisions in the city’s ethics ordinance, including writing over $14,000 in checks to relatives.

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