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9:30 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Councilwoman Attica Scott Announces “Bringing Down the House” Campaign

Councilwoman Attica Scott
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In a new effort to tackle the city's housing crisis, Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, is announcing a campaign to demolish the worst vacant and abandoned properties in her district.

Scott joined worked crews from the city's Inspection, Permits and Licenses Department on Thursday morning to launch "Bringing Down the House," which is aimed at razing properties that are not habitable and have become serious neighborhood eyesores.

The effort will cost a little over $1 million, according to Scott. It is being funded with $60,000 in council appropriations, around $420,000 in federal HUD money and $500,000 from a settlement secured by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's office.

Scott is vice chair of the council's vacant properties committee. She says the demolition process takes a long time, but that the new campaign is worth the cost.

"I wish that we could demolish more of the houses that have been abandoned and vacant, and have just destroyed neighborhoods in our district," says Scott. "These are houses that are far beyond rehabilitation, they're house that neighbors have been crying out to city government for years to demolish. They're a public health nuisance and a public safety issue for neighborhoods."

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Arts and Humanities
7:30 am
Thu December 20, 2012

The Big Break: The Revolving Stage

This week on our audio diary series, The Big Break, two of our emerging artists see their stages from a different perspective. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks takes a leap of faith in herself to create a piece for the ballet's Choreographer's Showcase, and Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach takes us backstage at the revolving set of "A Christmas Carol." Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond is on hiatus and traveling until January. 

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Local News
4:10 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Letter on School Violence Pits Paducah Sun Against McCracken Sheriff

A clearer picture has emerged of the standoff between the Paducah Sun and the McCracken County Sheriff's Office that prompted a school closure earlier this week.

Clearer, but not prettier.

Authorities now believe that a letter received by the Paducah Sun on Monday referenced an incident the previous week that had already been investigated. A couple of kids in Paducah's Reidland High School were talking about the video game Minecraft; their chatter about placing bombs—part of the game—was misinterpreted as a possible threat.

No harm, no foul.

Until Monday.

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Politics
4:10 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Kentucky Secretary of State Forming Advisory Group to Explore Early Voting

Ky. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes wants to explore the possibility of early voting in the commonwealth.

Across the country, 32 states and the District of Columbia permit a version of early voting that allows residents to cast their ballot prior to Election Day without an excuse.

Kentucky is surrounded by states that do allow early voting such as Indiana and Ohio, and state law only allows absentee voting for specific reasons such as pregnancy, being disable or military service.

Grimes says after the 2012 presidential race her office wants to review the effectiveness of eleciton procedures, adding she is concerned that Kentuckian’s voices aren’t being heard.

"During the period leading up to the general election we had a lot of Kentuckians who questioned what Kentucky’s current laws are regarding absentee voting. And right now here in the state of Kentucky you cannot vote early without an excuse," she says. "And at this time I think it is prudent for us to listen to the voices of the citizens who we work so hard to protect, and to respond to our customers."

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Local News
4:09 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Kentucky Job Market Numbers Rising

Kentucky’s labor market numbers are returning to pre-recession levels.

Office of Employment andTraining Economist Manoj Shanker says Kentucky is now adding about 5,800 jobs each month. Shanker says one reason employers are hiring right now is because wages are low.

“Retail jobs and warehousing jobs have gone up. That’s because the wages have fallen a lot. So it doesn’t cost employers a lot to have people at the front lines working and selling things, especially during November and December,” Shanker said.

Politics
4:01 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

McConnell: Too Early to Say if Congress Will Consider More Gun Control Measures

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Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator says it will be up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to decide whether the chamber will consider new gun control measures when the new Congress convenes in January.

The national debate on gun control has been re-ignited in the wake of last week's deadly shooting rampage at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Local News
3:01 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Gov.-elect Pence Announces More Appointments

Indiana Governor-elect Mike Pence has announced five more appointments to leadership posts in his new administration.

Former Hamilton County Sheriff Doug Carter will be the new Superintendent of Indiana State Police. Carter was a state trooper for 18 years before retiring in 2002 and served two terms as sheriff. He’ll replace current ISP Superintendent Paul Whitesell.

Rob Carter will continue as Director of the Department of Natural Resources, a post he has held in the Daniels administration since 2006.

Local News
2:58 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Jeffersonville Mayor Apologizes After Personal Confrontation With Wife at City Hall

Mayor Mike Moore apologizes for having a personal confrontation with his wife at city hall.

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore has apologized for a personal incident that occurred at city Tuesday, which led to police being called. 

Moore told the media Wednesday he wants to put the matter behind him.

According to a statement Moore read to media, he and his wife, Vicki Moore, are getting a divorce. Moore also provided media with the police report that was filed, which tells the complete recounts from both Mike Moore and Vicki Moore's perspectives.

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Politics
2:34 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Congressman John Yarmuth Praises Obama's Gun Violence Task Force

Congressman John Yarmuth
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In reaction to President Obama launching a task force to address gun violence, Kentucky Third District Congressman John Yarmuth is praising the effort to tackle the issue in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.

The president pledged at a press conference Wednesday that the group—led by Vice President Joe Biden—will work swiftly to present recommendations for Congress to act on. It is the most forceful push by the administration to tackle gun control, and supporters say they are eager to see specific proposals.

Earlier this week, Yarmuth called for comprehensive regulations for firearms in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, and plans to co-sponsor legislation to ban on assault weapons.

"I share the president’s commitment to strengthening our nation’s gun laws, and I thank him for approaching the complex problem of gun violence in a comprehensive way," Yarmuth said in a statement. "Whether it is reinstating the ban on assault weapons and getting high-capacity ammunition magazines off our streets, expanding background checks to help ensure guns don’t fall into the wrong hands, addressing gaps in our mental health care system, or other failures, we must address all the factors that contribute to gun violence in our society. This task force will help in those efforts."

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Environment
1:06 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

AEP Announces Plans to Retire Coal-Burning Plant in Eastern Kentucky

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A coal-fired power plant in eastern Kentucky will be retired in the next several years.

Originally, American Electric Power subsidiary Kentucky Power planned to spend nearly a billion dollars to install pollution controls on the Big Sandy Power plant in Louisa so it could continue burning coal under upcoming federal pollution regulations.

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