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10:24 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Romney Appears in Ad Supporting Mourdock

In a new television ad, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock will be the needed vote in the Senate to repeal President Obama's health care law.

The 30-second spot features Romney telling Hoosiers that Mourdock worked with outgoing Gov. Mitch Daniels to "balance the budget" and "make government more accountable" adding that his election will keep the Democratic agenda at bay. Romney has pledged that eliminating the Affordable Care Act will be one of his first acts if elected president, and the ad anticipates the Senate margin will be close.

"As Senator, Richard will be the 51st vote to repeal and replace government-run healthcare," says Romney.

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Local News
9:55 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Here is Ed Hart's Proposal to Re-Open Kentucky Kingdom

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Last week, businessman Ed Hart and his Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company submitted his proposal to re-open Kentucky Kingdom—which he used to own. Today, he released the plan. Devin Katayama is covering the announcement and conducting interviews. In the meantime, the proposal and bullet points from the KKRC are below. 

The state is seeking proposals to operate the former Six Flags. Hart previously attempted to re-open the park shortly after it closed, but the deal fell apart. As did a subsequent proposal from the family that owns the Holiday World park in Indiana.

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Local News
9:30 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Cyber Knife Debuts Wednesday at James Graham Brown Cancer Center

The James Graham Brown Cancer Center will begin using a new tool this week to treat certain cancer patients.

The Cyber Knife is a $6 million investment that targets tumors throughout the body with noninvasive radiation treatment. Nine treatments are scheduled this week and officials hope to treat over 300 annually.

“It’s very innovative. It uses a Kuka robot which is the robot that makes BMW cars,” said Christy Stone, the center’s Cyber Knife administrator.

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Environment
9:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Grant to Pursue LEED Status for NuLu Could Set Stage for Future Sustainability

Louisville’s Downtown Development Corporation has won a grant to pursue LEED designation for the city’s East Market—or NuLu—neighborhood.

LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” and the certification is usually given to buildings that incorporate various energy efficient and sustainable features. But there’s also a LEED neighborhood designation, and now the DDC has   $25,000 to pursue it.

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Education
9:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

JCPS Middle and High School Showcase Starts Friday

Jefferson County Public Schools will host its annual middle and high school showcase at the end of this week and families can begin applying for schools the following Monday. 

The showcase gives families a chance to visit with schools where they’re eligible to apply and to meet school staff and ask questions.

The elementary school showcase has been moved up to Nov. 17 in an effort to prepare the district and families for student assignment changes taking effect next year.

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Arts and Humanities
9:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Quoth the Frazier: An Even Edgier Poe Takes the Stage at History Museum

Interpreters Tony Dingman, Kelly Moore and Eric Frantz during last year's "An Evening with Poe."
The Frazier History Museum

The Frazier History Museum’s historical interpreters are bringing the haunting stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe to life. This is the third year the Frazier has staged “An Evening with Poe,” and the program changes every fall. The show opens Wednesday evening. 

This year’s bill, which the Frazier has tagged "An Even Edgier Poe," includes haunted perennial favorites “The Raven” and “The Bells” as well as the grisly short stories “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Masque of the Red Death.”

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Environment
8:30 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Event to Highlight Connections Between Climate Change, Civil Rights

Religious and environmental groups in Louisville are coming together to host a talk on civil rights and climate change this week.

Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light is hosting an event on Thursday to discuss the connections between race, faith and climate change.

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Local News
8:30 am
Mon October 22, 2012

George McGovern Discussing Hunter S. Thompson on WFPL

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In 2009, George McGovern came to Louisville to discuss his latest book, Abraham Lincoln. I interviewed him ahead of his visit and couldn't help but ask about his encounters with Hunter S. Thompson. Most of my first impressions of McGovern came from Thompson's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 1972, and since McGovern was coming to Thompson's hometown, I figured it was appropriate to ask. 

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Life After Kentucky Spirit: Passport, Humana Ready to Expand?

As the fallout continues from the announced departure of statewide Medicaid operator Kentucky Spirit, many other Medicaid operators are already looking to take their place.

Kentucky Spirit announced last week they would break their contract with the state early. State officials say they won’t re-open those statewide contracts to replace Kentucky Spirit until the current contracts expire.

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Local News
8:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Amid Preservation Questions, Work Begins on West End YMCA

Gabe Bullard WFPL News

Plans to preserve the history, look and feel of a block of West Louisville are underway.

The YMCA of Greater Louisville is planning to demolish a five-story building at 18th and Broadway that was once part of a Philip Morris plant and build a new two-story YMCA facility in its place.

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