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12:31 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Kentucky State Auditor: Special Tax Districts Spend Much, Laws Need Overhaul

State Auditor Adam Edelen
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Taken together, Kentucky's special taxing districts spend more money than the state spends on Medicaid and infrastructure -- and nearly half of those districts are not following rules on filing budgets or submitting audits, said a report from State Auditor Adam Edelen released Wednesday. 

A special taxing district is a quasi-governmental agency that collects fees or taxes, such as library boards, soil districts and health districts.

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Local News
12:06 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Train Derailment | Crews Now Working on Hydrogen Fluoride Cars

Louisville Metro

Crews successfully finished moving early Wednesday the chemical butadiene from the train derailment site in southwestern Jefferson County. The butadiene has been delivered to a rail yard, according to MetroSafe.

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Arts and Humanities
11:15 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Tonight: Watch the National Book Awards

The National Book Award ceremony is tonight, and if you didn't score tickets to this year's revamped, glammed-up awards dinner in New York's Cipriani Wall Street, where you can rub elbows with Gen X darling actress/author Molly Ringwald and McSweeney's founder (and fiction nominee) Dave Eggers, the event will be live-streamed. The action starts at 9 p.m.

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Business
10:48 am
Wed November 14, 2012

University of Louisville Hospital Announces Partnership with KentuckyOne Health

University of Louisville President James Ramsey discusses the merger between University of Louisville Hospital and KentuckyOne Health.
Devin Katayama/WFPL

After over eight months of negotiations, U of L Hospital and University Medical Center will enter into a joint agreement with KentuckyOne Health on March 1, 2013.

KentuckyOne Health -- which is under directives of Catholic Health Initiatives -- will maintain the day-to-day operations but U of L Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center will remain independent in its oversight and health directives, which was a major criticism during last year's merger talks.

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Business
9:35 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Report: Papa John's Faces Lawsuit Over Text Messages

The problem was with spam, not the pizza.

A class-action lawsuit seeking $250 million has been filed against the Papa John's pizza chain because of a 500,000 unwanted text messages sent to customers, CNN Money is reporting

The CNN story reported that Papa John's franchises sent blast text messages through a third-party services -- and, after ordering a pizza, some customers began getting dozens ads for pizza specials, sometimes in the middle of the night.

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Bear Pit Theater: an Interview with Adam Rapp

Adam Rapp is no stranger to Actors Theatre of Louisville. Several of his plays have made their world premieres at the Humana Festival of New American Plays (the most recent, "The Edge of Our Bodies," opened in 2011), debut productions which Rapp has also directed. In fact, his directing career has focused on new plays, but when artistic director Les Waters invited him to direct a production of Sam Shepard's 1980 play "True West" this season, he took the challenge. 

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Business
7:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Kentucky Hemp Commission Meets Today for First Time in a Decade

James Comer
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For the first time in a decade, Kentucky’s industrial hemp commission will meet Wednesday.

The commission has been revived under Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, with support from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Bowling Green.

They argue that industrial hemp can create jobs for Kentucky farmers, many of whom have not recovered since the tobacco buyouts years ago.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Physician/Lawmaker To Lead Indiana Budget Panel

Rep. Tim Brown

Indiana Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma has named a new Ways and Means chairman with an eye on dealing with health care costs in the coming years.

Bosma said Tuesday that Public Health Chairman Tim Brown will move over to take control of the budget-writing committee. State lawmakers will draw up Indiana's next two-year budget when they return for the 2013 session in January.

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Arts and Humanities
3:55 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

'Winter's Bone' Director Debra Granik Discusses Her Craft

Filmmaker Debra Granik -- best known for directing the 2010 film "Winter's Bone," which starred Lousiville native Jennifer Lawrence --  will speak Tuesday evening at Spalding University's Festival of Contemporary Writing. 

Granik talked Tuesday afternoon with WFPL's Jonathan Bastian about her craft, including what informs her projects.

""There are a lot of untold stories," Granik said. "The big thing is to have people that want to actually work with you to tell it."

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Environment
3:43 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Report: Economics Don't Make Sense for the Nation's Costliest Coal-Fired Units

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

A new report says many of the nation’s coal-fired power plants won’t be competitive once they’re upgraded with pollution controls.

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