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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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Local News
11:30 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Indiana Gubernatorial Hopefuls Debate Tonight in Zionsville

Indiana's three candidates for governor are making final preparations for the first of their three debates tonight.

Democrat John Gregg, Republican Mike Pence and Libertarian Rupert Boneham are set to square off in an hour-long debate in Zionsville.

All three candidates have promised to cut taxes and support job creation and education if elected governor next month. But Pence has established himself as the front-runner with a large cash advantage that helped him dominate Indiana's airwaves.

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Local News
11:04 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Listen to the VP Debate on WFPL

WFPL will broadcast Thursday's Vice Presidential Debate live at 9 pm, followed by analysis from NPR. We'll also broadcast the remaining two Presidential Debates on Tuesday, October 16 and Monday, October 22. 

To listen to the debates, you can tune in to 89.3 FM or you can click here to open a streaming window. (You can also click "Listen Live" in the top left of this window. 

For more listening options and direct links to our streams, visit our listening page

Environment
9:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

LG&E Ends Coal Contract with Consol Energy

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities are terminating the company’s contract with coal producer Consol Energy.

This news in and of itself isn’t huge—to put it in perspective, LG&E/KU burns 16 million tons of coal a year, and the company’s contract with Consol was only for 500,000 tons. But it was a good excuse to take a look at how the utility uses coal, and how its usage might change in the future.

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Education
5:04 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

New iHub Space Encourages Local Entrepreneur Collaboration

iHub is located at 204 S. Floyd Street in downtown Louisville.

The University of Louisville Foundation has opened a downtown work-space  called "iHub" for local entrepreneurs and innovators working on a tight budget.

Local and state officials celebrated the opening of the new downtown iHub Tuesday.

It’s a 2,200 square foot building offering young start-up companies or businesses a spot for $80 a month. The idea is to give entrepreneurs a space where they can conduct business and also collaborate, said Mayor Greg Fischer.

This, he said, is important in the early phases of starting a business.

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Local News
4:55 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

One-Stop Outreach To Homeless Will Be Held Wednesday

Photo courtesy of Coalition for the Homeless

Several Louisville agencies are joining forces again this year to offer various services to the homeless in a one-stop environment.

The 2012 Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down is Wednesday at The Salvation Army on the old Male High School campus on Brook Street starting at 8:30am.

Natalie Harris with the Coalition for the Homeless expects hundreds of homeless people to get assistance at the event, many of them veterans.

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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.
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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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