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9:55 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Bob Leeper, an Independent, Makes Case to be Next Kentucky Senate President

State Sen. Bob Leeper
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Kentucky’s lone independent state senator says his record as budget chairman is the reason he should be the next state Senate president. 

Originally a Democrat, Leeper made the switch to the GOP in 2000, before becoming an Independent later that decade. He may be the one state senator who can say he has literally worked with each side of the aisle in Frankfort.

Now, he’s hoping to convince Senate Republicans to make him the next president of the chamber, because he has been a loyal GOP caucus member and budget chairman.

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Politics
8:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Stumbo: Make High Earning Pensioners Pay More to Help Fund System

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo
Credit Kentucky Legislative Commission

State employees with higher pensions should pay more to help the underfunded systems recover, Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo said in a recent interview.

One thing Stumbo doesn't want to see is lawmakers floating bonds to help pay for the state’s underfunded pensions.

And that echoes what Republicans want; they're ruling out such a possibility.

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Local News
8:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Need Tax Amnesty? Deadline Looms

Lori Flanery
Credit Finance and Administration Cabinet

In just a few days, the deadline will pass for Kentuckians who owe state taxes to pay back without financial penalty.

Delinquent taxpayers can pay what they owe and avoid penalties, fees and additional interest by Nov. 30. Kentucky Secretary of Finance and Administration Lori Flanery says it’s been ten years since Kentucky has offered tax amnesty.

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Environment
7:00 am
Fri November 23, 2012

New Yew Dell Greenhouse Incorporates Passive Design

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Work has begun on a new greenhouse for Yew Dell Gardens—one that incorporates renewable energy and other sustainable elements. But the structure’s architects say the most important elements are the simplest.

Yew Dell’s new greenhouse is meant to be a demonstration structure of different ways to build “green.” It’s powered by solar panels, and heated by geothermal energy.

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Local News
4:00 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

Louisville's 'Buy-Local' Campaign Helps Small Businesses Compete for Holiday Cash

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Louisville’s independent business community is hoping for a year of positive returns as they compete with price-wary shoppers and a market that’s been moving online.

This year, members of the Louisville Independent Business Association--or LIBA--participated in a survey by the group Civic Economics, which has produced small business surveys for other cities.

The survey showed just over half the money spent at independent businesses stayed in the community, which was contrasted with 13 percent of dollars spent at well-known chain stores.

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

The Orchestral Arcade: Video Games Live

It used to be those Wagner-filled Warner Brothers cartoons and film scores by composers like John Williams that introduced symphonic music to new audiences.  Now video games are taking that role.

The Louisville Orchestra goes into multiplayer mode this weekend with an interactive orchestral performance of music from video games. Part of the contemporary L.O. Wow! Series, the orchestra will play along with guest performers in “Video Games Live!” Saturday evening at The Palace.

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Local News
9:55 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Black Friday Shopping Collides with Labor Concerns

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It happens every year. 

Tummies full from Thansgiving dinner, shopper across the nation queue at the doors of retailers offering normally unspeakable bargains on television sets, clothing and toys, toys, toys to kick off the holiday shopping season.

Retailers love Black Friday. Judging from their dependable response, shoppers love it, too.

But perhaps not all store employees. And tension among workers -- over Black Friday hours and unrelated labor issues -- are manifesting in 2012 in ways not previously seen.

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Local News
9:39 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Feast on Great Radio With These Special Programs

WFPL has a bounty of great radio for you this Thanksgiving weekend.

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11am - 1pm Turkey Confidential

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Local News
8:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Parklands Project Steadily Moving Forward

The developers of a 4,000 acre public parks system along the Floyds Fork watershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville say the project is on schedule for completion in 2015.

The Parklands of Floyds Fork is being opened in phases. Earlier this month, several amenities were made available to the public in Beckley Creek Park, one of four parks in the system. They include hiking and biking trails and a fishing pier.

Two indoor projects--an education center and a meeting facility---will be finished in February.

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Mobile App to Take Aim at Government Fraud, Abuse

Adam Edelen
Credit File photo

As part of his efforts to increase citizen involvement in government, Auditor Adam Edelen's office will soon release a smart phone app to let residents make anonymous requests for investigations. 

Tips have always been taken in person or over the phone, but now, the office is on the verge of allowing tips to come in via smartphone or tablet.

Edelen says moving to smartphone applications will give taxpayers another tool to fight fraud and abuse.

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