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3:59 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Keeneland Sets Attendance, Wagering Records

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Records for attendance and wagering were set during the just completed fall racing meet at Keeneland. More than 259,000 people came to the Lexington track during the 17-day meet.

That’s well over 9,000 more than last fall’s 75th anniversary meet.

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Local News
3:17 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Now 8-0, Cards Trying to Stay Humble

The University of Louisville football team continues to rise in the national rankings.

The undefeated Cards have the number ten spot in this week’s USA Today/coaches poll and are 12th in the Associated Press poll following Friday’s overtime win over Cincinnati.

U of L also shot up from 16th to 10th in the BCS rankings, the system used to determine the top postseason bowl match-ups and college football’s national champion.

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Politics
2:51 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Metro Council Challenger Cries Foul Over Brent Ackerson’s Mailer

In the race for the Louisville Metro Council's District 26 seat, Republican challenger Sarah Provancher is crying foul on Democratic incumbent Brent Ackerson for questioning her Louisville roots.

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Politics
2:35 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

GOP Spokesman: Campaign Attacks Focused on Williams Now Irrelevant

Since the campaign for control of the Kentucky House started, Democrats and supportive outside groups have used outgoing Senate President David Williams as an attack on GOP candidates.

For weeks, the outside group Kentucky Family Values has sent out political mail attempting to link GOP incumbents and challengers as "votes for Williams" in Frankfort. 

But now that Williams is set to become a judge, Republicans say the attacks aren't relevant.

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Local News
2:24 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

LPM Receives Challenge Grant to Create Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Louisville Public Media, which operates the city’s three public radio stations (89.3 WFPL, 91.9 WFPK, 90.5 WUOL), has received a $250,000 challenge grant from Ed Hart and Gaylee Gillim to set up an investigative reporting center. The mission of the new unit will be to pursue non-partisan, high-quality investigative journalism whose sole mission is to serve the public interest.

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Education
1:57 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Indiana Schools Chief's Race Getting National Scrutiny

The campaign to lead Indiana's education department is being watched as a referendum on school policies pushed by conservatives across the country.

Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett is seeking a second term. Before being elected, Bennett was a longtime southern Indiana educator and former superintendent of Greater Clark County Schools.

He's opposed by Democrat Glenda Ritz, who is a suburban Indianapolis teacher and a former president of her local teachers' union.

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Environment
1:17 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Coal Company, West Virginia Newspaper Reach Settlement in Libel Suit

A lawsuit filed against a West Virginia newspaper by a coal company has been resolved.

Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray sued the Charleston Gazette and reporter Ken Ward Jr. for a blog post where Ward mentioned Murray subsidiary Genwal Resources’ role in the 2007 Crandall Canyon mine disaster and Murray subsidiary Ohio Valley Coal Company’s more recent violations of the Clean Water Act.  As I reported back in August:

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Politics
1:15 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

New Program Will Help Accused Veterans Suffering from Substance Abuse

District Judge David Holton

Kentucky veterans suffering from substance abuse who are charged with crimes will soon be able to enter a treatment program through a new statewide partnership.

The Veterans Treatment Court is starting in Louisville. It’s a partnership by the statewide drug courts, Morehead State University and the veterans’ administration.

A majority of veterans who commit crimes after ending their active duty do so because of substance abuse, District Judge David Holton said. So the state is setting up special courts to help.

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Politics
1:06 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Yarmuth First TV Ad Focuses on Obamacare Benefits

Pledging to do what's right for Louisville, Congressman John Yarmuth is using his first and only TV ad in the Third Congressional District race to highlight his support of President Obama's health care law.

With little over a week until Election Day, the 30-second spot brags about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, such as expanding coverage and banning the use of pre-existing conditions to deny insurance coverage.

Check it out:

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Local News
11:38 am
Mon October 29, 2012

U.S. Consumer Spending Rose .08 in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending in September at twice the rate their income rose, a sign of confidence in the economy.

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