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5:38 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Abramson: Tax Reform Commission Needs More Time

The Kentucky Commission on Tax Reform is planning to ask for an extension.

That's according to commission chair and Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson, who says there are too many options for reforming the state tax code to fully consider by the November 15th deadline.

“I think at our next meeting unless we solve the whole thing in five hours I’ll probably ask the group to give me the authority to request of the governor an extension of time and I feel very confident we’ll be able to get that,” says Abramson, adding that the final report could be complete by mid-December.

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Environment
5:22 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Indiana Court of Appeals Rejects Deal Between State, Coal Gasification Plant

The Indiana Court of Appeals has thrown out a deal between the Indiana Finance Authority and a company that wants to sell synthetic gas to the state's utility customers.

From The Associated Press:

The court ruled Tuesday that the deal should not include certain industrial customers, so the Finance Authority and Indiana Gasification must amend the contract and seek new approval by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

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Environment
5:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Entire Car of Butadiene Drained in Derailment, Thousands of Gallons Spilled

Crews are still working to mitigate the damage from thousands of gallons of a flammable chemical that spilled early Monday after a train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County.

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Education
4:38 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

U of L Nursing, Dentistry Schools Receive $1 Million to Collaborate

The University of Louisville has received a $1 million federal grant to increase collaboration between its nursing and dental schools.

The schools will integrate best practices and help students better identify and treat systemic diseases, which can be linked to oral health, said Dr. Marcia Hern, U of L’s dean of nursing.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Louisville Tries Extending "Successful" Homeless Prevention Program

Louisville Metro Government is trying to extend the success of a three-year federally funded homeless prevention program that recently ended.

The city received nearly $5 million in 2009 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to implement its Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program.

"We couldn't be more pleased with the successful outcome and the professional conduct and management of this by the Louisville Metro staff," said Roger Leonard with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversaw the grant process.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Should the Census Count Inmates Where They Live or Where They're Imprisoned?

A Kentucky state representative wants to change how prisoners are allocated when it comes to Census data.  Should the Census Count Inmates Where They Live or Where They're Imprisoned?

State Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville, doesn’t want prisoners counted as residents of the counties where they are imprisoned.

But that’s currently how state law works. So Owens is proposing to change the law to let inmates be counted as residents of their last home address.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Richard Mourdock: White House Engaged in Benghazi Cover-Up

Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is renewing his call for a full investigation into the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, after suggesting that the Obama administration is engaged in a cover-up.  

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Arts and Humanities
2:34 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

'44 Plays for 44 Presidents' Takes 'Long View' of the Oval Office

Amy Steiger, Ben Gierhart, Stephanie Adams, and Colby Ballowe in The Bard's Town Theatre's production of "44 Plays for 44 Presidents."
Doug Schutte The Bard's Town Theatre

“George Washington in the Garden of Eden” opens the show with a creation story. James Garfield’s “Dance of a Thousand Ironies” is a tragic ballet. Thomas Jefferson isn't memorialized, he's roasted, stand-up comedy-style, by Benjamin Franklin. 

The Neo-Futurists of Chicago premiered "43 Plays for 43 Presidents" ten years ago (Actors Theatre of Louisville staged a production in 2008) with a brief play for each occupant of the Oval Office—Grover Cleveland gets two, since his terms weren't consecutive.

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Local News
1:04 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

LG&E, KU Sending 100 More North After Sandy

Louisville Gas & Electric and its sister company, Kentucky Utilities, are sending 100 more employees, contractors and mutual assistance-partners north to help in the recovery from the superstorm Sandy, which has  led to mass power outages in the eastern United States, the companies said.

Local News
11:40 am
Tue October 30, 2012

WFPL to Air Special NPR Coverage of Sandy

WFPL will air from noon to 2p.m. Tuesday an NPR News call-in special hosted by Neal Conan on the evolving issues surrounding Sandy, the superstorm that has caused massive flooding and other issues in a widespread portion of the eastern United States.

Listen at 89.3 FM WFPL or stream online here.

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