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1:03 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Louisville's Public Transit Has Miles To Go, TARC Director Says

Credit WFPL File Photo

Barry Barker is not satisfied with the state of Louisville’s public transit.

Barker has been the director of the Transit Authority of River City, or TARC, for 20 years. And despite a recent nod in a national transit study, noting TARC's ability to get people from place to place, Barker said their is still work to be done.

“We could do better,” he said.  “And I think the people who live and work in Louisville want and need and deserve better.”

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Politics
7:46 am
Thu October 16, 2014

In Louisville, Hillary Clinton Urges Kentuckians to Support Alison Lundergan Grimes

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes share a stage at the Kentucky International Convention Center during a campaign stop.
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Speaking Wednesday night before 4,500 people  at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Kentuckians to take to the polls in November for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The former U.S. Secretary of State held Republican incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell's feet to the fire on healthcare reform and pay equity.

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Local News
7:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Astronomer Working on the Hubble Telescope's Replacement Speaks in Louisville Today

What the Webb telescope will look like.
Credit NASA

An astronomer working on the replacement to the Hubble Telescope will discuss the project Thursday at the Rauch Planetarium on the University of Louisville’s Belknap campus.

Rogier Windhorst will speak during the 2014 Bullitt Lecture in Astronomy.

Gerry Williger, UofL associate professor of astronomy, said that the new telescope is an important project for NASA to replace the Hubble telescope and said it is due to a few reasons.

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Local News
6:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Kentucky's Civil Rights Hall of Fame Inductees To Be Announced in Bowling Green

The late Gatewood Galbraith is one of 34 nominees for the 2014 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame.
Credit File photo

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights will announce the latest inductees into the state’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame on Thursday.

The group will unveil which of the 35 nominees will receive the honor at a ceremony in Bowling Green at Western Kentucky University.

Those nominated for the Hall of Fame have made contributions to a wide variety of causes throughout the commonwealth, said John Johnson, executive director of the state’s Human Rights Commission. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:17 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Enormous Community Choir to Perform 'Carmina Burana' With the Louisville Orchestra

The Louisville Orchestra rehearses with 380-person choir singing Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana."
Credit Lindsay Vallandingham / Louisville Orchestra

Last season's Louisville Orchestra performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony featured a choir of 115 singers—a generous number, to be sure. But this week's concert finale, a performance of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," will more than triple the number of singers on the Whitney Hall Stage. Under the direction of University of Louisville's director of choral activities Kent Hatteberg, an estimated 380 singers will crowd the stage with the orchestra to bring maximum volume and impact to the iconic cantata.

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Environment
2:14 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Swift Plant Settles Some, But Not All, Violations With Louisville Air District

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

Louisville Metro has reached an agreement with the J.B. Swift plant in Butchertown over some administrative violations, but the plant’s issues with alleged odor violations remain unresolved.

The Air Pollution Control Board today approved fining Swift $24,550 for failing to correctly report particulate, carbon monoxide and greenhouse gas emissions from 2009 to 2012.

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Local News
1:54 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Ohio River Bridges Project Toll Operator Selection Delayed

Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

The process of selecting a company to install and operate the tolls on the Ohio River Bridges Project has hit a snag.

The Indiana Finance Authority was set to vote Thursday to finalize the selection of Virginia-based Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS Inc. for the toll installation and operation.  But Kendra York, the director of the Indiana Finance Authority, said that would not be happening.

At least, not this week.

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Local News
7:00 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Louisville Ranks 36th In Accessibility to Jobs by Public Transit, Study Says

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Louisville workers using public transit have "better than average" accessibility to their jobs compared to other large metropolitan areas, according to a researcher involved in a recent study.

The study, Access Across America: Transit 2014, was conducted at the University of Minnesota and is part of a series examining how effective public transit systems in the U.S. are at creating accessible cities. 

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Local News
6:50 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs Jostling Over Race Dates

Credit Rick Howlett/WFPL

Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs are still jockeying over racing dates, and state horse racing regulators say they'll step in to settle the dispute if the tracks can't reach agreement.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's executive director, John T. Ward, met privately Tuesday with top executives of both tracks.

The track executives couldn't reach a deal in time for a racing commission panel to propose racing dates for September 2015. The commission must award 2015 racing dates by Nov. 1 under state law.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

With No Clear Debate Winner, Grimes-McConnell Race Now Depends on Turnout

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell at the Oct. 13 debate hosted by Bill Goodman and KET.
Credit KET

Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have banked over $12 million in campaign ads in August, just a portion of the spending in what's projected to be the most expensive U.S. Senate race in history at $100 million.

In a live, televised debate Monday night, the two candidates fought hard to stick to their investments, repeating much of their campaign ad talking points.

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