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1:47 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Committee to Amend Discretionary Funds Policy

The Louisville Metro Council Accountability and Ethics Committee is voting Tuesday on more changes to the policy that governs the distribution of taxpayer dollars to non-profit groups.

A recent audit found that half of the discretionary grants given out by city lawmakers lacked proper documentation to determine if the funds were being spent properly.

Councilman Jerry Miller, R-19, is chairman of the accountability committee and a co-sponsor of the proposal along with Council President Jim King, D-10. He says the amendments being proposed give non-profit groups clear guidelines and should help restore public trust.

"The resolution that we’re going to hear today will start us on the path of restoring public confidence in this process, regardless of what individual council people—including myself—think of the overall process we have to be able to restore confidence that public funds are being used appropriately," says Miller.

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Environment
1:46 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Small Ammonia Leak in Butchertown Leads to Plant Evacuation

According to Louisville Emergency Management, there's been a "very small" ammonia leak at a Stir the Pot, a Butchertown food manufacturing plant. A Code Red alert was sent out to the plant's neighbors, but the Louisville Fire Department says there's no danger to the public. Plant employees were evacuated.

Stir the Pot is  located at 1057 E. Washington Street.

Environment
12:54 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

More Details Emerge in Indian Coal Scandal, With Possible Problems for Kentucky Deal

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

The Indian media has been all over the recent scandal over the country’s coal allotments—the system where the state’s resources are divvied up among companies. And the various articles are of obvious interest to Kentucky, where a private company recently inked a $7 billion deal to send up to 9 million tons of Appalachian coal to India every year for the next twenty-five years.

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Arts
9:32 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Documentary Studies How America Coped With Civil War Deaths

Historians now estimate that 750,000 people died in the American Civil War, two-and-a-half percent of the population.

The Union and the Confederacy were both ill-equipped to deal with the carnage as the fighting escalated.

Filmmaker Ric Burns’ new documentary, Death and the Civil War, which premieres tonight on public television, focuses on how the war forced Americans to improvise ways of coping with battlefield casualties and honoring their war dead.

Environment
7:52 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Coal and the Presidential Election

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

In some states, the 2012 presidential election is turning into a race of who can support coal more.

That's not really in Kentucky, or in West Virginia, where voters will reliably lean Republican in national elections. But as McClatchy Newspapers reports, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are focusing on nearby Ohio.

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Arts and Humanities
5:30 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Opera Season Opens with 'Tosca'

Kara Shay Thomson as Tosca and Jon Burton as Cavaradossi in "Tosca."
Patrick Pfister Kentucky Opera

The Kentucky Opera opens Puccini’s tragedy “Tosca” this week.  The company will begin its 60th anniversary season with Friday’s gala performance in the Brown Theatre, accompanied by the Louisville Orchestra.

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Local News
5:09 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Horse Trainer Dutrow Appealing New York Racing Ban

Photo from bloodhorse.com

Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr. is asking New York's top court to overturn his 10-year ban by the state Racing and Wagering Board for equine drug violations, saying it raises substantial civil rights issues.

In asking the Court of Appeals to hear Dutrow's case, attorney Michael Koenig says it should decide whether the appearance of bias by racing board Chairman John Sabini cost the trainer his right to a fair proceeding.

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Environment
4:58 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Federal Grant Gives TARC $4.4 Million to Replace Trolleys

A federal grant that directs more than $4 million to the Transit Authority of River City will help Louisville come into compliance with air quality standards.

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Local News
4:38 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

College Football: Cards Preparing For FIU; UK Visits #14 Florida

Photo from d1collegefootball.com

The University of Louisville football team will be on the road for the next three games, starting next Saturday night at Florida International. U of L is 3-0 for the first time since 2006, but nearly blew a 29 point halftime lead last Saturday against North Carolina. The Cards held on for a 39-34 victory.

Coach Charlie Strong says his team hasn’t yet learned how to play a complete game.

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Local News
4:21 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

WFPL News to Participate in Park(ing) Day

Erica Peterson WFPL News

The WFPL News staff is going outside. This Friday is Park(ing) Day, when city dwellers across the country put parking spaces to new use.

Park(ing) Day re-imagines metered parking spots as public spaces. So what could be more public than public radio? WFPL will set up a streetside studio outside of our headquarters at 619 S. 4th Street.

In our space, we'll present the radio equivalent of a photo booth. Here's how it'll work:

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