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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

WFPL File Photo

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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Environment
5:40 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Carbon Emissions are at 20-Year Low

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

The Associated Press reports that the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere is at the lowest level in two decades. The information is from the Energy Information Administration, and though the story doesn’t mention this, it’s actually just a measure of the CO2 being released by the nation’s energy sector.

Government officials are pointing to a drop in coal burning and an increase in natural gas for the decline.

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Local News
5:24 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

KentuckyOne Severs Ties With Coventry Cares

KentuckyOne Health, the largest health system in the state, has dropped all contracts with Medicaid managed care organization Coventry Cares.


Coventry Cares had terminated two of its contracts with KentuckyOne Health, including one with Our Lady of Peace, which provides specialized services for high risk patients in Louisville.   Now, KentuckyOne spokesperson Barbara Mackovic  says her organization is responding by halting all its contracts with the managed care organization.

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Local News
4:18 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Philanthropist Owsley Brown Frazier Dies

Owsley Brown Frazier
Frazier History Museum

Louisville philanthropist Owsley Brown Frazier is dead. A spokesperson for the Frazier History Museum, which Frazier founded (as the Frazier Historical Arms Museum) in 2001, confirmed that Frazier died at a local hospital this afternoon. The cause of death is unknown at this time. 

Frazier, 77, retired as vice chair of the board of Brown-Forman Corporation, the Louisville-based spirits and wine company founded by his family.

In a statement, Mayor Greg Fischer says that Frazier had a profound impact on Louisville.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Edelen Wants to Review and Reform Taxing Districts, But First He Has to Count Them

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen is encouraging local officials to help him find out about the state’s hundreds of special taxing districts.

A special taxing district is a quasi-governmental agency—such as a local sewer system or public library—that gets its funds from a separate tax.

No one knows how many such districts there are in the state. And since the spring, Edelen has set out to find and catalog all of the districts, then see if any are abusing public funds.

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