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12:39 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Regulators Predict High Ozone Levels in Louisville Tuesday

Kentucky and Indiana regulators have issued the first air quality alert of 2014 for the region. They’re predicting elevated levels of ozone Tuesday. The Air Quality Index is forecast to be 105, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. 

These sensitive groups include the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments. On bad air days, Louisville residents should avoid idling vehicles, share rides, delay mowing lawns or getting gas and try to combine errands to help improve the air quality.

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Local News
11:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Sights and Sounds: What Does Forecastle Mean to Festival-Goers?

The Squallis Puppeteers' Hunter S. Thompson marches through Forecastle on Friday.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Forecastle Festival 2014 has wrapped up.

Here are reviews for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Environment
9:47 am
Mon July 21, 2014

New Carbon Capture System at Kentucky Plant Could Be 'Game-Changer'

Credit Erica Peterson/WFPL

Kentucky has long been known for coal. But a new project unveiled today has the potential to let the commonwealth also be known for coal technology.

A bevy of scientists and elected officials are in Harrodsburg this morning to cut the ribbon on a new carbon capture pilot project. The project was developed by scientists at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research, and is being installed at Kentucky Utilities’ E.W. Brown power plant.

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Environment
7:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Clarksville's Plan to Address Flooding Meets Resistance From Some Residents

The sign outside Andy Swanson's house, next to Ray Lawrence Park in Clarksville.
Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

If you look at Ray Lawrence Park in Clarksville on a map, you can see why there might be an issue with flooding. The park is nine acres of green next to a residential neighborhood. But directly to the northwest is acres and acres of gray: Clarksville’s big box stores, auto dealerships and a mall—and the accompanying swaths of paved parking lots.

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Arts and Humanities
7:21 am
Mon July 21, 2014

I'm In Love With That Song: What You Missed Sunday at Forecastle

Another Forecastle is in the books. Final headliner Beck closed the ship down for another year Sunday night on Waterfront Park.
Credit Alix Mattingly / Louisville Public Media

About 60,000 revelers crowded Louisville's Waterfront Park this weekend for the annual three-day festival. Unlike last year, when bad weather shut the festival down twice, this year the rain mostly held off — but so did the sun, until yesterday, when the temperatures crept up into the sunny 80s and it finally felt like a summer festival in Kentucky.

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Local News
6:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Crescent Hill Reservoir Walking Path Closed for Eight Weeks

The Crescent Hill Reservoir walking path and gatehouse, pictured in 2013.
Credit Rick Howlett

Starting today, the Crescent Hill Reservoir is temporarily closed to walkers and runners while the Louisville Water Company finishes restoration work on the reservoir’s historic gatehouse.      

The project began in 2013.   Spokeswoman Kelley Dearing Smith says the limestone staircase leading up to the reservoir is also being rehabilitated.      

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Arts and Humanities
11:00 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Forecastle Fest: Here Are Some Bands to Catch on Sunday

Jenny Lewis
Credit Press Here Publicity

Plenty of music is left to be heard before Beck closes down Forecastle Festival 2014 tonight.

WFPL arts reporter Erin Keane and Sean Cannon, a DJ from our sister station WFPK, have some thoughts on who you might want to check out. Here are suggestions for Sunday:

Lucius (Mast Stage, 2:45 p.m.)

You know how perfect live harmonies send chills down your spine and give you the second sight required to see the face of the Lord? What I’m getting at is, you better not miss Lucius. – Sean

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Arts and Humanities
8:55 am
Sun July 20, 2014

You Can Hear Me Coming Down the Hall: What You Missed Saturday at Forecastle

Four out of five mermaids love Louisville's JaLin Roze.
Credit Erin Keane / WFPL News

 Forecastle Festival continued yesterday with even more music, madness, and mermaids. Here are some highlights from Saturday:

Hip-hop rising star Jalin Roze and indie rock supergroup Spanish Gold (their drummer is Louisvillian Patrick Hallahan — you might know him from My Morning Jacket, or maybe just the Germantown Kroger) went toe to toe in the battle of the hometown heroes Saturday afternoon.

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Politics
3:26 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Libertarian Kentucky Senate Contender David Patterson Gets Closer to Making November Ballot

David Patterson
Credit david4senate.com

The Libertarian Party of Kentucky is close to completing its effort to have a candidate on the ballot this fall for U.S. Senate.

The Libertarian Party announced Thursday that its candidate, 42-year-old David Patterson of Mercer County, appears poised to be able to take on Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell, providing voters with a third option.

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Arts and Humanities
11:00 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Forecastle Fest: Here Are Some Bands to Catch on Saturday

Sharon Jones
Credit Daptone Records

Forecastle Festival 2014 kicked off Friday. (Here's a review.) The festival at Louisville's Waterfront Park has a full day of music planned–which means fest-goers have some decisions to make.

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