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2:44 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin Walks Out on Ethics Hearing

Shanklin attorney Aubrey Williams addresses the Ethics Commission.

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, left in the middle of her own ethics hearing at the request of her attorney.

Shanklin has been accused of violating five provisions of the city’s ethics code, including using her position to benefit relatives.

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Environment
1:41 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Official Says Two Pike County Coal Mines Will Restart Production

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A coal company plans to restart production at two mines in eastern Kentucky.

Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne Rutherford says 150 coal miners in his county will soon go back to work, but he can’t say for which company.

Rutherford was told the miners had worked at two idled mines in the county, but the company is still working on permits and doesn’t want to make the news public yet. Even so, Rutherford hailed the news as a sign that more coal jobs will be returning to eastern Kentucky.

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Education
12:46 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Ted Gordon: Suit Against JCPS Board Member-Elect David Jones Jr. to Proceed

David Jones Jr.

A Louisville attorney who has sparred with Jefferson County Public Schools for several years says he could file a lawsuit as early as today seeking to disqualify David Jones Jr. from taking the school board seat to which he was elected on Tuesday.

Just before the election, Ted Gordon said he would sue David Jones Jr., who won the District 2 school board seat.

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Local News
12:35 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

P&L Railway Now Making Appointments for Outreach Centers

Louisville Metro

Update 3:30 p.m.: Paducah & Louisville Railway is implementing an appointment system for its outreach centers to people affected by the October train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County.

Here's the news release from a company spokeswoman:

I wanted to let you know that, in order to reduce waits for those visiting our P&L Outreach Centers in connection with the derailment, we are moving to an appointment system.  We also have set up a hotline for questions on issues OTHER than claims. Here are the details:

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Local News
12:26 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

UK's Phillips "Grateful" For Coaching, Playing Opportunities

Fired University of Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips says he hoped to have another season to get the program back on the winning track, but he understands that quicker results were expected.

Phillips, who came to the program 22 years ago as a player, then worked his way up the coaching ladder, made his first public comments Tuesday about the decision to replace him.

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Local News
11:32 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Louisville Metro Corrections Director Testifying in Barbara Shanklin Ethics Hearing

Louisville Metro Council

In  Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin’s ethics hearing today, Louisville Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton is testifying on an ex-offender program that seemingly served few ex-offenders

Shanklin, who represents District 2, has been accused of violating five provisions of the city’s ethics code including using her position to benefit relatives.

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Politics
11:26 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Jack Conway: Kentucky Democrats Suffer No Long-Term Damage After Ben Chandler Loss

Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler's defeat in his re-election bid Tuesday  won't  hinder the Kentucky Democratic Party in future years, a party leader said.

But Attorney General Jack Conway also said he’s upset that Kentucky will have only one Democratic congressman for the next two years -- Rep. John Yarmuth in the Third District.

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Politics
8:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

John Yarmuth, Now Sole Democrat in State Delegation, Takes Aim at Mitch McConnell

Congressman John Yarmuth standing with Senator Rand Paul
Credit Phillip Bailey / WFPL News

With Rep. Ben Chandler's loss last night to Republican challenger Andy Barr, John Yarmuth of Louisville is now the only Democrat in Kentucky's federal delegation.

But he's now working on plans to bring more of his colleagues from the commonwealth to Washington after the 2014 election.

“I welcome the opportunity to be the spokesperson for a national policy that espouses a support for the middle class in the country," Yarmuth said in an interview with WFPL News.

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Politics
7:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Republicans Pick Up Seats in Kentucky House, Fall Short of Majority

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Overall, Tuesday provided a great night for Kentucky Republicans, who narrowed their minority Kentucky House of Representatives.

But the GOP fell well short of their goal of winning 10 seats and taking control of the state House. 

Even though they remain the minority, GOP spokesman Joe Burgan says his party has reason to celebrate.

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Politics
11:49 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Donnelly Defeats Mourdock for Indiana Senate Seat

Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly is touting his victory over Republican state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the Indiana Senate race as a score for moderation.

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