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2:21 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

State Fair Attendance Drops

Gabe Bullard WFPL News

New calculations show that Kentucky State Fair attendance dropped slightly this year, but state officials say the event was still a success.

Attendance was just under 600,000 for the 11-day event. That's about 5,000 fewer people than the year before and the first time since 2008 that attendance was below 600,000.

Attendance has varied for the last decade, fluctuating by several thousand year to year.

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Politics
11:31 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Norquist Previews McConnell Majority Leader Role

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist predicts Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will use the same tactics that the GOP criticized Democrats for using if he is elevated to majority leader.

McConnell needs either three of four Republican victories this fall depending on the outcome of the presidential race and even with the Todd Akin controversy there's still a "50-50" shot, he believes.

Norquist provides a teaser that could lead to procedural reforms.

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Environment
11:26 am
Wed August 29, 2012

High Ozone Levels Expected Tomorrow

So much for hopes that rainy weather would keep ozone levels in the Louisville Metro area in the normal range. The Air Pollution Control District is forecasting the air will be unhealthy for sensitive groups (like the elderly, the young, and those with heart and lung conditions) on Thursday.

Ozone levels are expected to be high, and the Air Quality Index is predicted to be 106.

Environment
10:50 am
Wed August 29, 2012

IdeaFestival Announces Pre-Festival Water Conference

Louisville Water's Pump Station Number 1 on Zorn Avenue.

IdeaFestival 2012 will kick off with a day-long conference about water--how we use it, what happens when there's not enough of it and how groups and countries are addressing the global water crisis.

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Business
5:13 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Lexmark Layoffs Leave Workers, City Reeling

News that Lexmark will lay off hundreds of local workers has Lexington city officials assessing how it will impact tax revenues.

The Lexington-based firm will reduce it's workforce by 350 full-timers and 200 contract employees locally. According to one city official that could result in a $1 million revenue loss.

Mayor Jim Gray said "our hearts go out to this folks who have been hit with this bad news, losing their jobs."

But the mayor says Lexmark remains a competitive electronics business.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Ethics Commission Names Judge, Prosecutor in Shanklin Case

Louisville Metro Council

The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission has tapped two local attorneys to serve as the judge and prosecutor in the hearing against Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2.

Former Assistant Kentucky Attorney General Ann Sheadel will serve as the hearing officer and preside over the proceedings as a judge.

In a surprise move, the commission has re-hired Louisville attorney James Earhart as the investigative officer who will prosecute the case. Last year, Earhart led the proceedings against former Councilwoman Judy Green that ultimately resulted in her removal from office.

Deborah Kent is legal counsel for the ethics commission. She says the board chose Earhart due in part to his experience in the Green case.

"My understanding is the commission was very pleased with his work last year. But secondly, that his experience in understanding the issues and the mechanics of Metro Government will be invaluable. He won’t have the learning curve this time around," she says.

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Local News
4:30 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Wild Turkey Distillery Design Unveiled

De Leon & Primmer

As interest in Kentucky bourbon grows, construction has begun on a $4 million visitor center for the Wild Turkey distillery in Lawrenceburg.

The AP reports:

Gov. Steve Beshear was among officials who attended a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the facility, which is expected to open in April, ahead of a new 125,000-square-foot packaging facility, which is set to open next fall.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Barr Focuses on Coal in RNC Speech

Barr in a campaign video
Campaign Video

Republican Congressional candidate Andy Barr focused on coal in his national debut at the Republican National Convention.

Barr is running against Congressman Ben Chandler in Kentucky’s Sixth District, which covers much of the central part of the state. In a short speech at the convention today, Barr repeatedly said President Barack Obama doesn’t care about coal issues.

In contrast, Barr says he and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney do care about the coal industry in Kentucky.

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Environment
3:31 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Federal Government Unveils New Stricter Fuel Standards for Cars, Small Trucks

The Ford Escape, which is manufactured in Louisville.

The Obama Administration has announced new fuel economy standards for cars and small trucks that will go into effect in five years.

Starting in 2017, cars and light trucks will have to be more fuel efficient than they are now. By 2025, the average car’s fuel economy will be 54.5 miles per gallon.

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Arts and Humanities
1:08 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

'Truth' Exhibit Opens at Ali Center

Portrait of Muhammad Ali by Robert Shetterly.
Robert Shetterly Americans Who Tell the Truth

Wendell Berry, Helen Keller, Malcolm X and Eleanor Roosevelt are just a few of the prominent figures whose portraits have been painted by artist Robert Shetterly for his Americans Who Tell the Truth series, a portrait exhibit celebrating courageous citizens who have spoken out for democracy and human rights.

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