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5:37 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Final Water Tower Exhibit Looks to Past and Future

The Louisville Visual Art Association pays tribute to three decades in their historic Water Tower headquarters with its final exhibit in that building. Art Envoy opens Friday with a free reception. The show pairs artists from a foundational exhibit with members of the younger generation of Louisville artists. 

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Local News
5:30 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Iraqi Man Pleads Guilty in Kentucky Terrorism Case

An Iraqi man has pleaded guilty to 10 charges of conspiring to send weapons, money and explosives to al-Qaida in Iraq.

Today, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi also pleaded guilty to two counts of lying to the federal government about his association with a terrorist organization.

Hammadi will be sentenced December 5 in Bowling Green, where he was arrested in May 2011 with a co-defendant. That man, Waad Ramadan Alwan, pleaded guilty earlier and will be sentenced October 3.

Environment
4:54 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Court Strikes Down EPA Rule to Limit Cross-State Air Pollution

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

A three-judge panel has voted two to one to strike down a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that would require some states to reduce pollution that travels across state lines. This puts the EPA in a difficult position.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

At Rally, Paul Says Republicans Will Replace Health Care Law With 'Health Care for Everyone'

Kenny Colston Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky’s two U.S. Senators say they both want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but wouldn’t elaborate on reforms to replace the measure. The senators headlined a Tea Party rally held today in Frankfort.

With about 300 people in attendance, this was Senator Mitch McConnell’s biggest Tea Party event to date, and his message wasn’t a surprise. Both he and Senator Rand Paul rallied the crowd around the idea of repealing the federal health care law, which they call "Obamacare."

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Local News
3:21 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Hart Formally Submits Bid to Re-Open Kentucky Kingdom

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Louisville businessman Ed Hart has—again—formally entered a bid to re-open the Kentucky Kingdom theme park.

Hart and a group of investors have responded to the Kentucky Fair Board's request for proposals to re-open the park.  The letter was delivered to Fair Board president Harold Workman today, and outlines a $40 million plan. Ten million of that would come from the group, and the rest would be borrowed but guaranteed by the state.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

McConnell, Barr To Speak At GOP Convention

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will deliver a speech a speech at this month’s Republican National Convention.

McConnell’s office confirmed to the congressional newspaper The Hill that McConnell will speak on August 29, the third night of the convention in Tampa.

The Republican National Committee previously announced that Kentucky junior Senator Rand Paul will speak on the convention’s opening night August 27.

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Local News
1:50 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

UK To Conduct Military Suicide Study

Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Defense

A new research study in Kentucky will examine the effect of military suicides on family and friends.

The number of Army personnel who took their own lives reached a new monthly high mark in July. Dr. Julie Cerel from the University of Kentucky College of Social Work is investigating the toll military-related suicides take on not just close loved ones, but fellow service members as well.

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Environment
11:23 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Unhealthy Smog Levels Expected Wednesday

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District is forecasting an unhealthy air day tomorrow, and has put an Air Quality Alert for ozone in effect.

The Air Quality Index is expected to be 104, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

For air quality updates, call (502) 574-3319.

Environment
10:13 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Study Finds Vitamin C May Help Reduce Air Pollution-Related Hospitalization

Scott Bauer, USDA Wikimedia Commons

Something that may be of interest to those who have had trouble breathing on some of Louisville's unhealthy air days this summer: increase your vitamin C intake.

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Politics
8:59 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Conway Says He's Open to Building More Exemptions Into Prescription Pill Law

A leading advocate of Kentucky's new prescription pill law says he's ready to listen to doctors who want to change it.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has made fighting prescription pill abuse one of his top priorities. Earlier this year, he was a leading supporter of House Bill 1, which mandates that most doctors use the KASPER pill tracking system.

Several doctors have complained that having to put every patient into the KASPER system is burdensome. And Conway says he's willing to loosen some restrictions to help the medical community.

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