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3:01 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

MSNBC's Lockup Features Louisville Jail

Inmate Brian Voltz
MSNBC

MSNBC's award-winning prison documentary series "Lockup" is making its season premiere this Saturday with footage from the Louisville Metro Corrections Jail.

The series began filming at the city facility earlier this year, and features repeat offender Brian Voltz along with local inmates discussing their workout routines. The show is a ratings magnet for the cable news network that highlights sometimes violent footage of inmates in maximum security state prisons.

Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton says the show’s producers approached the department to see if they were interested, but that his staff urged him to participate.

"What I did is I engaged our entire staff and I put it out to a vote to them," he says. "And overwhelmingly they came back and said 'yeah, this might be an opportunity for us to showcase what we do and show the country a little bit about Louisville Metro and how we do things.'"

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Local News
2:53 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

IU Unveils Tuition Break For "On Time" Grads

Indiana University students who graduate within four years could pay less tuition than those who take longer under a plan unveiled this week by President Michael McRobbie.

The on-time completion award program will freeze tuition for students after their sophomore year if they are on track to graduate in four years.

The program takes effect next fall. It will provide eligible students financial awards equal to any increase in tuition and fees that they would otherwise incur during their final two years at IU.

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Local News
2:48 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

HuffPo Asks for Photos of 'Real Kentucky'

The Huffington Post asks Kentucky readers to submit local photos this week: 

Foreclosure filings are up more than 10 percent in Jefferson County, Ky., from this time last year. And there are so many abandoned houses in Louisville that the state's attorney general recently earmarked more than $3 million to deal with the glut of vacant property.

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Local News
1:49 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Ira Glass Does an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit

Environment
1:43 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Judge Agrees to Settlement Between Coal Company, Kentucky for Water Pollution Violations

A Circuit Court judge has signed the settlement that a coal company, the commonwealth and environmental groups agreed to last week.

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Politics
1:36 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Northern Kentucky PAC Looks to Expand Influence to State Races

A Republican Super PAC that helped Republican Thomas Massie win the 4th Congressional District primary is looking to expand. 

Americans for Growth, Opportunity and Prosperity, or Ameri-GOP, was founded by two Northern Kentucky businessmen who wanted to help elect Massie.

And after tasting success in that venture, the group is now looking to expand its scope of influence.

The Super PAC registered itself with state election finance officials recently. But they aren’t yet saying which races they intend to influence.

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Education
1:30 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

U of L Relocating 270 Freshmen From Miller Hall

Officials say 270 freshmen will be relocated from Miller Hall after mold spores were found.

The University of Louisville will move 270 freshmen from its Miller Hall dorms following the discovery of visible mold spores in 80 percent of the rooms.

Officials are baffled by the finding and more facility closures are possible.

The decision to close Miller Hall came Wednesday morning after several mold spores were found over the fall break which began Oct. 5, said Phillip Bressoud, U of L’s director of student health.

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Politics
12:34 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Kentucky Leads Nation in Legalize Marijuana Google Searches

Kentucky leads the country in Google searches for the legalization of marijuana, according to a list of political issues put out by the technology company.

Google went through a year of online searches to find out which states look at what topics more than others. For instance, Montana led searches in gun control while Florida looked up Social Security more than any other state.

From The Fix:

The biggest surprise for us? Kentucky is the state where searches for legalization of marijuana are highest. Yes, Kentucky. One possible explanation: There is an effort to pass a law legalizing medicinal marijuana in the state, which could generate some search interest.

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Local News
12:27 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Ralph Nader on America's Nadir

Ralph Nader has always spoken his mind. Whether as a consumer advocate, lawyer, presidential candidate (with the Green Party), or supporter of dozens of causes, he's constantly trying to fix America.

In his latest book, “The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future," he's back it. His solutions run the gambit, ranging from tweaking the tax code to just getting more exercise through sports. 

He spoke with WFPL's Jonathan Bastian.

Education
11:47 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Political Spending Begins for JCPS School Board Election

With less than a month until the elections, the Jefferson County Teachers Association’s political action committee (PAC) has begun spending money on the three candidates it has endorsed.

The JCTA has historically been the largest financial supporter of candidates in past elections, spending around $1 million in the last three elections, and for the first time a separate PAC called the Bluegrass Fund was created.

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