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3:36 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

New Energy Efficiency Rankings Place Indiana, Kentucky in Bottom Half of U.S.

A new nationwide ranking of energy efficiency places Kentucky and Indiana in the bottom half of the nation.

The annual scorecard is produced by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. It looks at factors such as whether utility companies offer demand-side management, which allows consumers to move electricity usage to off-peak hours, and whether state have renewable portfolio standards or statewide efficiency efforts.

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Local News
3:35 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Program Offers Free Training for Moving Van Operators

One-hundred men and women in the Kentuckiana region and along the I-65 corridor will be selected over the next few weeks to participate in moving van operator training.

Mayor Greg Fischer joined Congressman John Yarmuth Wednesday in announcing the federally-funded opportunity that will train and provide participants with a Registered American Moving Professional (RAMP) certification.

Officials say the moving van industry is becoming more popular, with salaries starting at $40,000 a year plus benefits.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Presidential Debate Preview with WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey and KPR's Kenny Colston

Today during Here and Now, WFPL host Jonathan Bastian spent about 10 minutes with WFPL's political editor, Phillip M. Bailey, and Kentucky Public Radio's capital bureau chief, Kenny Colston, discussing tonight's presidential debate. 

They consider the current voter polls going into the debate; latest jobs and economy figures; possible pressure for debate moderator Jim Lehrer to deviate from the expected script; the significance of the location, Colorado; and the pressure on Romney to deliver an aggressive performance.

Local News
1:16 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Jeffersonville's Amazon Opens: Eyes On Traffic, Future Investments

Mayor Mike Moore says he expects Amazon and the bridges project will encourage more investment in the Ridge Ridge Commerce Center.

Indiana’s fifth Amazon Distribution Center opened in Jeffersonville this week and officials say while the facilities begin stocking shelves they'll be keeping an eye on traffic in the area.

The $150 million facility is currently employing between 600 to 800 employees on two shifts and that may increase during the holidays, said Mayor Mike Moore.

“Of course this is great news for the city of Jeff to have Amazon come, but there are more issues that we’re going to be dealing with and we’re going to get a little bit more every day, find out what needs to be done," he said.

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Politics
12:51 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

State Audit Finds Poor Documentation, Troubling Practices in Jefferson County Clerk’s Office

An audit of Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw's office shows poor record keeping of charitable funds and others questionable administrative practices regarding a non-profit and employee bonuses.

The report was conducted by State Auditor Adam Edelen, and it scolds the clerk for failing to properly account for funds that her office raised for charities such as the Crusade for Children and USA Cares Inc.

Among its findings were that Holsclaw paid $99,200 in Christmas bonuses to employees last year. According to the clerk's office the $400 per employee bonus was an incentive for good work, but Edelen's office points out that the practice is prohibited by the Kentucky Constitution and should be stopped.

Auditor spokeswoman Stephanie Steitzer says the report is not alleging any criminal activity, but does contain  several recommendations to help save the taxpayer’s money.

"We are pointing out that there are some areas of concern where she can make—we make recommendations for improvement—again, to limit the risk to taxpayers and to herself," she says.

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Politics
12:37 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

If Beshear Appoints Williams to Judgeship, Stivers Will Likely Lead Senate

Williams and Stivers

Kentucky Senate Republicans have established a succession plan in the case their current leader, David Williams, is appointed into an open judgeship in his district. 

Williams is considered a leading candidate for the open circuit court judgeship that covers his home county.

Governor Steve Beshear, Williams’s main enemy in Frankfort, has the final say over who is appointed to finish the two year term. And Beshear hasn’t ruled out appointing Williams if his name shows up on the nomination list. 

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Environment
12:11 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

More Coal Production Cuts Could Be Coming, Despite Slightly Higher Gas Prices

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Rising natural gas prices could mean good news for the country's coal industry...but there are still likely cuts to come in Central Appalachia. That's the gist of an article from SNL Finanacial.

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Politics
11:43 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Rand Paul Joins "Skewed Polls" Bandwagon, But Says Romney Needs Strong Debate Performances

Senator Rand Paul has joined many of his fellow Republicans in doubting the accuracy of polls in this year’s presidential race.

In recent weeks, President Barack Obama has seen his lead widen significantly in two battleground states that border Kentucky: Ohio and Virginia. Obama's lead is also widening in national polls and in other battleground states.

In response, Republicans have dismissed the polls, saying they aren’t accurately reflecting changes in the country’s voting blocs since 2008.

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Politics
10:03 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Rand Paul Looking Forward to Daily Show Appearance

Rand Paul will once again visit the set of Comedy Central’s 'The Daily Show' tonight.

Paul will tape an interview with the satirical news show to promote his new book, Government Bullies. And while politicians are often the butt of jokes on the program, Paul is looking forward to a good time.

“I expect to be hilariously funny, and sarcastic and witty. We’ll see how it goes," he says. "I don’t know. He was a good interview last time I was on. He treats it as an opportunity to have a little discussion.”

Local News
9:48 am
Wed October 3, 2012

NPR's Neal Conan Visits WFPL

Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan was in town this week for the Kentucky Author Forum, where he'll be interviewing Steven Pinker of Harvard University. Pinker is the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.

Neal Conan visited our studios to speak with WFPL’s Jonathan Bastian about political divisiveness, the art of the interview, and (of course!) baseball. 

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