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5:45 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Report Says Nation's Newest Coal Plant Isn't as Cheap as Promised

Prairie State Energy Campus
Prairie State

A large coal-burning power plant in Illinois that provides electricity to some areas of Western Kentucky and Indiana is under fire. A non-profit analyzed the costs of the plant and the numbers suggest ratepayers in eight states are paying more than they should.

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Local News
5:01 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

FDA Confirms Indiana Cantaloupe Farm As Outbreak Source

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The Food and Drug Administration says salmonella found at a cantaloupe farm in southwestern Indiana matches the "DNA fingerprint" of the salmonella responsible for a deadly outbreak that sickened people in 21 states.

An FDA spokeswoman says testing was done on salmonella found on cantaloupes and surface areas at Chamberlain Farms in Owensville.

The results showed that the salmonella was of the same strain that caused the recent outbreak, which killed two Kentucky residents and sickened 178 people, including 62 who were hospitalized.

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Politics
4:48 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Beshear Names Larry Bond as New Chief of Staff

Governor Steve Beshear has promoted his deputy chief of staff to the top spot.

Louisville native Larry Bond was named chief of staff today. He replaces Mike Haydon, who died unexpectedly earlier this month.

Bond was named to the deputy spot two years ago, after spending years in various roles in state government. He also worked in Louisville city government for years, including time as the city’s chief administrative officer.

Politics
3:55 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

McConnell Downplays Ron Paul Rift With GOP

Photo of Ron Paul from wikipedia.com

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is shrugging off suggestions that the Republican Party lacks unity after former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul declined to endose Mitt Romney and left the party's Tampa convention.

The Kentucky Republican was asked about it during Politico's Playbook Breakfast. The interview was broadcast on C-SPAN.

McConnell says what matters is that his Senate colleague, Rand Paul, the son of the Texas congressman, has endorsed the Republican presidential nominee.

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Arts and Humanities
2:45 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Keeping Up with the Capulets: Actors Theatre Opens Season with 'Romeo and Juliet'

Actors Theatre of Louisville will kick off its new season next week with a contemporary production of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet," directed by Louisville native and former Actors Theatre apprentice Tony Speciale.

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Local News
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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