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Environment
4:00 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Campaigns Focus on Ohio Coal...But How Much Can a President Help the Industry?

Coal cars in Ashtabula, Ohio.
Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

Coal's role in this year's presidential election isn't going ignored by national media. Marketplace Morning Report had an interesting story this morning by Adriene Hill about the fuel's prominent role in President Obama and Mitt Romney's Ohio campaign strategies...even though there are less than 3,000 coal miners in the state. As the industry is always quick to point out, that doesn't include jobs that are related to and reliant on the coal industry.

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Education
3:52 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Study: 1 in 4 in Kentucky Ready for Kindergarten

Photo from Wikipedia

Preliminary data presented to the Kentucky Board of Education shows just one in four children in the state are prepared for kindergarten.

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday told the board during a meeting in Frankfort on Tuesday that he expects that number to go up next year when all 174 school districts undertake kindergarten screening.

This year, about 109 districts participated in the screening, representing 34,500 children. All school districts will be required to use the screening next year.

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Local News
3:06 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Danville, Centre College Sprucing For Debate Visitors

Photo from City of Danville

Politicians aren't the only ones looking for a debate-related boost when Joe Biden and Paul Ryan go toe-to-toe in Kentucky this week. All of Danville is hoping to benefit from the vice presidential debate Thursday.

Streets have been repaved, flowers planted and new signs erected around the central Kentucky town of about 16,000. One bar is prepping cocktails named for Ryan and Biden while stores have stocked up on politically themed merchandise.

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Arts and Humanities
2:40 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Visually Impaired Artists Exhibit Opens

"Retinal Checkerboard " by Tara Innmon
American Printing House for the Blind

A juried art show featuring visually impaired artists opens Thursday at the Galt House Hotel. Sponsored by the American Printing House for the Blind, APH Insights 2012  features 82 works (out of more than 400 submitted) by artists from across the country, ranging from professional artists to senior citizens and students.

A variety of media, including painting, sculpture and photography, is represented. Winners in nine categories have been selected by a panel of Louisville judges to be honored in a ceremony Friday. Artists will greet visitors Friday 4:15-5 p.m.

Politics
2:00 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Yarmuth and Wicker Joust Over Health Care, Obama in WFPL Debate

In Kentucky's Third Congressional District race, Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth and Republican challenger Brooks Wicker met for an in-depth debate on WFPL.

The two candidates are scheduled to make a number of appearances this week for voters to contrast their differing views, but this was the first publicly broadcasted forum where they discussed the Affordable Care Act, economy and looming fiscal cliff.

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Environment
12:10 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Cyclist Hit on Bardstown Road, Days Before Road is Closed to Encourage Cycling

Roland45 Wikimedia Commons

A bicyclist was hit by a car this morning on Bardstown Road, only days before the road is scheduled to be shut down for a few hours to encourage walking and cycling.

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Education
12:08 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Restraint, Seclusion Policy Approved by Education Board

The Kentucky Board of Education has approved a new restraint policy this week, which several educators argue is too vague.

The new regulations would only allow teachers to physically restrain or seclude misbehaving students when they pose an immediate threat or physical harm.

Several superintendents spoke at a public hearing last month against the policy. They argued teachers dealing with misbehaving students often need to make quick decisions, and the consequences aren’t spelled out in the policy.

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Politics
10:21 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Former U.S. Ambassador Mulls 2015 Gubernatorial Bid

Former U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Cathy Bailey is considering a run for Kentucky governor.

Bailey has been a chief fundraiser for Kentucky Republicans since leaving her post.

She told Pure Politics' Ryan Alessi in an interview that she is flattered that her name is among the rumored candidates, but she wants to get past the presidential race and Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election first.

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Politics
9:51 am
Tue October 9, 2012

State GOP Turning to Young Activists To Help With State House Races

With less than a month to go before Election Day, the GOP has turned to their College Republican and Young Republican chapters to help push them over the top.

James Young is vice-chair of the statewide Young Republicans group. And he says his members are fanning out statewide to become the de facto campaign staff in state House races.

“When we say adopt we are going to absorb a lot of the responsibilities, you know some of these House candidates, they don’t have full blown staff.” he says.

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Environment
8:30 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Energy Conference Panel Discusses Kentucky's Energy Future

The 36th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment continues today in Louisville. I was there yesterday, as a participant in a panel loosely structured around a conversation on Kentucky’s energy future, and coal’s role in that mix.

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