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12:19 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Beshear Signs Executive Order Creating Education Data Center

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Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an executive order to create the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, which officials say solidifies his commitment to data gathering across various agencies.

The center will replace and build upon Kentucky’s P-20 Collaborative, which has kept similar information related to education and beyond. This includes linking high school and college data and the center may eventually help determine if schools are meeting the state’s workforce demands.

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Politics
11:45 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Beshear Encourages Moment of Silence Friday for Newtown Shooting Victims

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear
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Governor Steve Beshear is encouraging fellow Kentuckians to observe a moment of silence on Friday morning to honor the victims of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last week.

The governor of Connecticut called for the observance earlier this week and asked that all other states join in the remembrance.

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Local News
5:24 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Paducah Sun Embroiled In School Threat Controversy

A letter shows up at the Paducah Sun. The writer says a student has twice brought a weapon to Reidland High School and has mapped out gun and bomb attacks around the school.

What comes next has set off a controversy over school safety, journalism ethics and the closure of a western Kentucky high school for the day.

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Local News
4:51 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Indiana Lt. Gov. Skillman Returning to Private Sector

Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman is heading south after she leaves the Statehouse to lead an economic development group.

Skillman announced Tuesday she will become president and CEO of Radius Indiana on Feb. 1. Radius is a group of business and government leaders representing eight southern Indiana counties.

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Environment
4:47 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Whistleblower Faces State Penalty for Working in Unsafe Conditions He Reported

Mackie Bailey in the P-1 Mine. The ATRS' are visible in the foreground of the photo; law requires they be held against the roof.
Courtesy of Mackie Bailey

An eastern Kentucky coal miner who reported unsafe work conditions is now facing sanctions by the state.

Mackie Bailey is a longtime roof bolting machine operator who worked at Manalapan Mining’s P-1 mine in Harlan County. For several weeks, Bailey says he and other miners had been working without a required safety device called the Automated Temporary Roof Support (ATRS), which is supposed to brace against the roof of the mine and protect miners from a potential roof collapse.

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Local News
4:42 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

WFPL Discusses: Should Louisville Try to Land an NBA Team?

Louisville Metro Councilman David Tandy says he’s open to the idea of luring a National Basketball Association team to town.

Tandy was among the guests who spoke on a WFPL news special today on the subject.

The 4th District councilman says he believes an NBA team could co-exist with the University of Louisville basketball teams in the KFC Yum Center, where U of L is now the primary tenant. He says city officials should do everything they can to maximize the financially-plagued arena’s economic potential and raise Louisville’s profile.

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Local News
3:42 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Two Companies Choose To Locate Headquarters Downtown

Gov. Steve Beshear welcomes two companies to a soon-to-be renovated space on East Market Street.

Gov. Steve Beshear joined local officials in announcing two companies that have chosen to relocate their headquarters in downtown Louisville from Indiana.

The companies are expected to add 100 “top-level” jobs, according to a press release sent out by the governor’s office.

Indatus and sister company Mocura—both owned under ownership of ICIM Corporation—will relocate headquarters in a historic building on East Main Street, which previously housed the headquarters of Four Roses Bourbon.

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Local News
2:34 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

President Barack Obama 'Actively Supportive' of Assault Weapons Ban

President Barack Obama
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WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama is "actively supportive" of efforts on Capitol Hill to reinstate an assault weapons ban.

Obama has long backed the ban, but has failed to push for it throughout his first term. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., plans to introduce legislation to reinstate the ban early next year.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama would also support legislation to close the gun show "loophole," which allows people to buy guns from private dealers without background checks.

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Local News
1:26 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Turfway Park Pilots Substance Abuse Program

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Turfway Park will begin piloting a substance abuse program for licensed racetrack workers next year, which officials hope can extend to other tracks around the state.

“That’s our intent is to have a program in place that will be effective at all the racetracks in Kentucky,” said Richard Riedel, executive director of the Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund, which is paying the $5,000 cost to pilot the program.

The program is partly a development of Northern Kentucky’s Awareness and Discovery Group, which offers substance abuse and behavioral health services.

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Environment
1:09 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Energy Agency Predicts Coal's Short-Term Prospects Are Bright Internationally

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In the United States, recent data has shown that coal is losing ground, and is now neck in neck with natural gas in terms of the percentage of electricity generation the country gets from each fuel. Coal use is even diminishing in the southeast, a region that's typically relied on coal-fired power.

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