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10:19 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Louisville Council Approves Rules Change Allowing Limited Debate

The council passed an ordinance introduced by Brent Ackerson, D-26, that allows the council to limit debate to 90 minutes.
Credit Louisville Metro Council

The Louisville Metro Council has passed rules that could limit full-council debate on proposed ordinances with a simple majority vote.

Councilman Brent Ackerson, D-26, introduced the change this week.  It was quickly dismissed by Republicans as being restrictive on the minority.  

The change, would allow a majority of council members to call for debate to end after 90 minutes.

Thursday night’s 15 to 9 vote was mainly along party lines in the Democratic controlled council.

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Education
7:38 am
Fri November 16, 2012

JCPS Elementary Showcase This Saturday

Jefferson County Public Schools’ elementary showcase will be held Saturday at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

The annual event allows parents and students to meet with staff and be introduced to various programs and schools where they’re eligible to apply.

Attendees will also have a chance to ask transportation and student assignment questions.

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Local News
5:04 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Jeffersonville Mayor Files Petition Against City Council

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore filed a petition against the City Council on Wednesday.

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore has filed a petition in Clark Circuit Court this week alleging that the city council has infringed on his statutory authority.

In previous weeks the council tried to move the communications director position away from the mayor’s authority. Before the measure could be voted on Moore announced this week his decision to outsource communications to a private company.

“I think it’s a smart move, a good move and there’s certainly no political fall out from this," he said.

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Environment
3:43 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Patriot Coal to Phase Out Mountaintop Removal Mining

Gabe Bullard WFPL

As part of a proposed settlement with environmental groups, St. Louis-based Patriot Coal has agreed to phase out mountaintop removal mining at several of its mines in West Virginia, saying the controversial mining practice isn’t in the company’s best interest.

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Business
3:33 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Firm Chosen to Develop Financial Plan for Rupp Renovation

A Minneapolis-based consulting firm will help the Lexington Center Corp. develop a financial plan to pay for a renovation of Rupp Arena and construction of a new convention center. Conventions, Sports & Leisure International was picked for the job today at a meeting of the Lexington Center Board of Directors.

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Politics
1:32 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

After Six Senate Terms, Lugar Looking for Non-Government Job

Photo from Wikipedia

Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar is planning to take a job outside of government when he leaves the Senate in January.

A spokesman for Lugar says the senator has been talking with some think tanks and universities about positions that would take advantage of his long tenure as a leading member of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee.

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Food and Dining
12:52 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Ways to Think Local for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a week away, and I’m already tired.

There are groceries to buy, pies to make, outfits to iron, advertisements to review.  I could’ve sworn that the Thanksgivings of my childhood only lasted a day. Now, it seems like this holiday has transformed into a marathon of planning, cooking, eating and shopping.

Fortunately, there are resources throughout Louisville to get me and the other procrastinators and overachievers through this demanding time.

Where to buy your Thanksgiving groceries/food

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Local News
12:42 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Chicago-based Walsh Construction Named Kentucky's 'Apparent' Winner of Bridges Project

Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

Chicago-based Walsh Construction has been named the best option to design and construct Kentucky's portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project, which includes building a new I-65 bridge and reworking Spaghetti Junction.

Walsh Construction's $971 million bid was the best financial value and the group says it can finish the project in 1,380 days, or by Dec. 10, 2016.

The state's awards committee will meet on Nov. 26th to review the bid in detail and it could--at that time--announce the decision to accept the proposal.

From earlier today:

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Education
12:12 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Report Touts Kentucky's Education Data Improvements

A report released Thursday by Washington-based Data Quality Campaign shows Kentucky has made progress in using data to improve student achievement.

The “Data For Action 2012” report touts Kentucky as a leader for its longitudinal data system, which refers to data that can be tracked from kindergarten to career.

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Environment
11:51 am
Thu November 15, 2012

U of L Announces $50,000 Prize for Innovative Energy Projects

The University of Louisville has announced a new award for game-changing work in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy is named after the late daughter of two of the major supporters of the U of L’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research. It’s intended to recognize innovative work that will likely have a global effect, and carries a $50,000 award.

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