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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

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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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Business
11:44 am
Thu November 15, 2012

And So 'National Papa John's Appreciation Day' is Declared

The politics of ordering a pizza for Friday's dinner just got significantly more complicated than the usual arguments over toppings.

In response to criticism of Papa John's chief executive John Schnatter's comments criticizing the Affordable Care Act, Freedomworks -- the conservative organization closely tied with the Tea Party -- issued a statement Thursday urging people to make Friday "National Papa John's Appreciation Day."

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Politics
10:51 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Edelen Says He'll Support Grimes, Not Ashley Judd, For U.S. Senate Race

Credit Former Sen. Richard Lugar's office.

Ashley Judd is the most discussed potential Democratic candidate to challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell' for his seat in 2014, but not all Kentucky Democratic statewide officers are supporting the idea.

Auditor Adam Edelen said he'll be encouraging and supporting Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, for the 2014 senate race -- because of Grimes' focus on state, not national, issues.

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Arts and Humanities
9:51 am
Thu November 15, 2012

The Big Break: In a New Light

This week on our audio diary series "The Big Break," Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks sees the cast list for "The Nutcracker" and learns her new choreography for the familiar show. Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach sits in on rehearsal for "True West," where she discovers a hidden talent, and Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond takes "Tosca" on the road.

Learn more about our audio diarists, who report in every Thursday on life in Louisville's performing arts companies. 

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