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4:02 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Perseid Meteor Shower To Peak This Weekend

Photographer Jeff Berkes caught this Perseid meteor over Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah, on July 30, 2011. From space.com.

The peak viewing period for the annual Perseid meteor shower occurs this weekend.    Dozens of meteors may be visible to the naked eye at certain times.    They're the result of Earth passing through a debris field from the Swift-Tuttle comet.

Eastern Kentucky University physics professor Marco Ciocca says it’s not the only time meteors and other space material make their mark over Kentucky.  

Politics
3:54 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Donnelly Releases Poll Showing Lead Over Mourdock

Donnelly Campaign

In the Indiana Senate race, Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly has released a poll showing a statistical tie with Republican State Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the fall election.

The internal survey of 601 likely voters shows Donnelly leading by 1 percentage point with 44 percent over Mourdock at 40 percent and Libertarian Andrew Horning with 4 percent. Indiana is leaning Republican in the presidential race and will likely go to Mitt Romney in the presidential race, but the Senate contest is gaining national attention for its competitiveness.

Donnelly says the race will be competitive and close until November, but that his polling shows voters are exhausted with partisan bickering in Congress.

"You know it is about as close to a tie ballgame as you can get. And what that’s about is the people of Indiana just want solutions. They don’t want people fighting or being extremely partisan. We want more jobs and more opportunity, and people to work together," he says. "And that’s why I think we’ve been successful to this point because we’re talking about issues."

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Local News
3:53 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

TARC Cuts Take Effect This Weekend

A month after a fare increase took effect, the Transit Authority of River City will alter several of its routes, effective Sunday.

Five routes will be eliminated and ten more will be altered. These cuts and more were proposed this spring after TARC saw a drop in revenue. After a flood of public comments, TARC instituted a rate increase but held off on changing some routes.

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Politics
2:11 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Kentucky Republicans Campaign Around Stumbo's Support for President Obama

Kentucky Republicans are ramping up their campaign to take control of the state house in this year's elections. 

The GOP has latched on to House Speaker Greg Stumbo's declaration that he will vote for President Barack Obama this fall.

Republicans are circulating video of the comments and asking for donations, but money isn't the main goal.

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Environment
1:29 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Kentucky Ranks First in Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants

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

Kentucky is number one on a list of the states with the most toxic air pollution from power plants.

The Natural Resources Defense Council analyzed the data self-reported by industries in the Toxic Release Inventory, which is managed by the federal government. The most recent data is from 2010, and that year, Kentucky’s power plants emitted more than 40 million pounds of toxic air pollution. This gives the state the dubious honor of being ranked number one in the nation.

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Education
1:19 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

KY Grad Rates Make Small Gains, JCPS Continues Struggle

While Kentucky students as a whole made small gains in graduation rates during the 2010-2011 school year, Jefferson County Public Schools students fell slightly backwards in most major categories.

In all major categories--including gender and race-- JCPS continues to fall at least 7 percentage points behind the state. This has been consistent with the four previous years the Kentucky Department of Education has provided.

The JCPS total graduation rate dropped from 69.3 percent in 2010 data to 67.8 percent in 2011 bringing the number closer to its 2008 rate of 67.7.

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Environment
10:45 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Coal Miners' Union Says Members Aren't Wild About Obama or Romney

Amy Harder of the National Journal has a story out today about the United Mine Workers of America, and the union's reluctance to back either presidential candidate this year.

Harder went to Fairmont, West Virginia and spoke with UMWA official (and Democratic member of the state House of Delegates) Mike Caputo.

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Politics
10:34 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Colbert Lampoons Papa John's

Comparing Papa John's pizza to "the ass of a raccoon that drowned in your birdbath" political satirist Stephen Colbert mocked founder and CEO John Schnatter for his opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

Schnatter, who is a well-known Republican fundraiser, said President Obama's health care overhaul will increase the cost of pizza and hurt business. Since then, he has been criticized for being a cheapskate and mistreating employees, with threats of a boycott by Democratic activists.

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Environment
4:51 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

July Was the Hottest Month Ever Recorded in Continental U.S.

It's official: last month's heat wave (which cooked Louisville as well as most other states in the region) was the hottest ever on record in the continental U.S. According to an Associated Press story, this beats the record set during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.

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Education
4:12 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Louisville Forum: School Board Races Need More Attention

A diverse pool of candidates has filed for Jefferson County’s three open school board seats.  The most recent is local radio host Tom Mitchell, who plans on running an anti-student assignment campaign, according to reports by the Courier-Journal.

As the deadline to file nears--Aug. 14--some are hoping interest in the races increases. That idea was included in  former Courier-Journal editor David Hawpe's opening speech at the Louisville Forum Wednesday afternoon.

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