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9:00 am
Sat August 18, 2012

Ed Hart Shares New Proposal for Kentucky Kingdom

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If you're heading to the Kentucky State Fair this weekend, you'll notice the gates of Kentucky Kingdom remain closed. Developer Ed Hart joined us Friday on Byline to talk about his newest proposal to re-open Kentucky Kingdom; it's a $40 million proposal with a team of supporters that reads like a who's who of the Louisville business scene.

Hart says re-opening Kentucky Kingdom would add $3 billion to Kentucky's economy.

Arts
4:33 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Governor’s School for the Arts: 25 Years and Going Strong

Two-hundred twenty-five students from 43 counties across Kentucky make up the Governor’s School for the Arts class of 2012. Students spend three weeks on Transylvania University's campus immersed in the study of one of nine disciplines, from architecture to musical theater. They start with performances at morning assembly and go until curfew, creating ensemble pieces, solo work and interdisciplinary projects. 

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Local News
4:23 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Sounds of the State Fair

Gabe Bullard WFPL News

This is the opening weekend of the Kentucky State Fair, and what better time to revisit Devin Katayama's radio portrait of the fair from last year? 

For anyone anticipating an afternoon on the midway, let this get you even more excited. For those of you who would rather skip the whole thing, this is your vicarious visit. 

Environment
3:51 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Mine Official Pleads Guilty to Safety Violations

An official with an eastern Kentucky coal mining company has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he put miners at risk.

Coal mine foremen are required to note hazardous conditions in inspection reports, and then correct them. Manalapan Mining Company shift foreman Bryant Massingale acknowledged that he didn’t do this in federal court on Thursday.

Massingale worked at the company's P-1 mine in Harlan County. A grand jury charged the company and three officials with exposing miners to the risk of injury or death by violating safety rules in June 2011.

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Local News
3:11 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Reviving Kentucky Kingdom; JCPS Board Elections; State Government News: Today on Byline

Here's what we tackled today on Byline:

At the top - Kentucky Kingdom has now been closed for three consecutive seasons, shut down since its previous operator, Six Flags, declared bankruptcy.  There have been two attempts to re-open the property:  developer Ed Hart, who had previously operated the park, negotiated for more than a year with the Kentucky State Fair board to get the facility up and running, but those talks fell through. 

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Politics
1:05 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Proposed Law Would End the Battle Between State and Christian Health Sharing Organization

A Tea Party activist is hoping to end a decade-long battle between the Kentucky Department of Insurance and a Christian health sharing organization.

Christian Care Medishare pools money from members in various states to pay medical bills for members in need. The group has a religious exemption to certain federal rules governing insurance companies. But the state has not made such concessions.

Now, activist David Adams is teaming up with Republican state Senator Tom Buford to push a bill that would grant Medishare its exemptions.

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Local News
12:38 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Training Targets Youth Suicide

Several local counselors, nurses and mental health professionals are finishing training in youth suicide prevention this week.

The request for the week-long training came from the Jefferson County Board of Education, said Gage Donohue, chair of Louisville’s Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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Environment
11:36 am
Fri August 17, 2012

A Few More Details About the India Coal Deal Emerge

Financial news service SNL has a story out today with a few more details about the deal that was announced earlier this week between Kentucky coal producers and an Indian company.

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Local News
10:21 am
Fri August 17, 2012

For TARC: More People, More Problems

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Over the past six months, the Transit Authority of River City served 7.4 million passengers. TARC strives to provide quality service to all who step on board, but a shooting on the #23 line last month raised questions about the safety of Louisville's bus system. 

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

'It's All About the Want': Young Artists Transformed at Governor's School for the Arts

Ben Sollee teaches a strings master class at the 2012 Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts.
Erin Keane WFPL News

The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary of free summer arts education Saturday at the Kentucky Center. The celebration includes an art show, an open mic, silent films from the new media program and a concert featuring Harry Pickens, Ben Sollee and jazz violinist (and GSA alum) Zach Brock.

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