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4:12 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Kentucky Kingdom Investors, State Finance Cabinet to Meet

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The Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet has reached out to Louisville businessman Ed Hart's group -- Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company -- to "discuss its proposal for reopening Kentucky Kingdom," according to a press release.

The group, comprised of four local investors, is the only known applicant in the state's request for proposals process.

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Environment
2:50 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Alpha Announces Plans to Close Coal Mine in Eastern Kentucky

Alpha Natural Resources will close one of its coal mines in Eastern Kentucky.

The company will close the Still House Branch Mine in Cumberland in Eastern Kentucky. Forty miners will lose their jobs, and another 40 will be reassigned to other coal mines. Alpha spokesman Rick Nida says there are several factors that went into the decision to close the mine.

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Politics
2:42 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Gov. Steve Beshear: "Too Early to Speculate" on Gambling Issue's Future Without Williams

Kentucky Governor's Office

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear says it's "too early to speculate" on whether the departure of Senate President David Williams will improve the chances of getting the Legislature to pass a constitutional amendment to legalize casino gambling.

Williams, an opponent of casino gambling, is resigning later this week to become a circuit judge in southern Kentucky.

Beshear told reporters Wednesday that he's hopeful lawmakers may approve a constitutional amendment after the Legislature convenes in January.

Politics
2:39 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

DecodeDC: "Mind Control" in Political Ads?

Today during Here and Now, we heard the second episode of Andrea Seabrook's project, DecodeDC.

Heading into November, we're all being bombarded by p0litical ads around the clock, and this episode looks into the neuroscience behind party politics.  Give it a listen, below.

Politics
1:33 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Campaign Ads From 3 Democratic Groups Contested For Inaccuracies

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The campaign for control of the state House has taken a nasty turn, with radio and TV ads being pulled because of inaccuracies.

Republicans have successfully knocked radio ads attacking their candidates off the air in the Bardstown and Mayfield areas. And they are working on getting TV ads in Lexington pulled down as well.

The areas where the ads were pulled are considered hot spots for state legislative races, where either the GOP or Democrats are hoping to win seats. 

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Environment
1:31 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

LG&E Fined for September Coal Ash Violation

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has been issued another citation for coal ash violations at its Cane Run Power Station in southwest Louisville.

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Politics
1:21 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Kentucky Judge's Death Linked to Steroid Shots

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A forensic pathologist says an autopsy shows a Kentucky judge's death was linked to tainted steroid shots at a Tennessee clinic.

George Nichols II performed the autopsy of Eddie Lovelace's body at the request of the judge's family.

Nichols said Wednesday the seemingly routine shots Lovelace received for neck and back pain contained a fungus. Nichols said the fungus caused a blood vessel infection, which in turn caused a stroke and Lovelace's eventual death.

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Environment
10:45 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Sandy: Freak Storm or Climate Change in Action?

Visualizations of Hurricane Sandy forming on October 24, 2012.
National Environmental Visualization Laboratory

As Sandy continues to batter most of the northeast, people have jumped to conclusions about what caused--or didn't cause-- the storm.

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Education
7:14 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Where JCPS Board Candidates Stand on Key Issues

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  • Full audio of WFPL's District 2 debates.

Jefferson County Public Schools is facing several issues that school board members will have to tackle in coming years, from the student assignment plan to improving student achievement. With some incumbents choosing not to seek re-election, the JCPS board will have new faces. Here's a look at where those potential new board members stand on key issues

Click here to listen to full audio from WFPL's District 2 debate.

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Environment
9:04 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Waste Management District Approves 5-Year Plan; Drafts Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance

The Louisville Waste Management District has passed a resolution adopting a new five-year solid waste management plan. The plan now goes to the state for approval.

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