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Environment
3:40 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Environmental Groups File Lawsuit for Stricter Haze Reduction Measures

Environmental groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency, in hopes they can force federal regulators to crack down on air pollution in national parks. The groups—including Earthjustice, the Sierra Club, and the National Parks Conservation Association—filed a lawsuit in federal court this week.

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Environment
2:47 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Coal Rally Set for Saturday in Southeastern Kentucky

A rally in support of coal is scheduled for this weekend in southeast Kentucky. It stemmed from a Facebook post, but now Bell County resident and business owner Joe Harris says he expects more than 20,000 people to line a county road Saturday in support of coal.

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Education
2:42 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Distillers Help Fund UK, U of L Alcohol Awareness Programs

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Alcohol awareness programs at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville will continue to receive financial support  from two Kentucky distilleries.  Jim Beam and Brown-Forman are giving a combined $600,000 to the schools to bolster efforts to combat underage and binge drinking across the Commonwealth.   

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Politics
2:00 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

McConnell Confronted With Tea Party Criticism

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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is defending his leadership role against conservative critics.

Later this month, McConnell will join fellow Kentucky Senator Rand Paul at a Tea Party rally in the state Capitol. The two are expected to discuss President Obama’s health care law, which has been a punching bag for GOP leaders since its passage.

But observers have noted that McConnell has been at odds with the Tea Party movement since its launch three years ago.

Speaking with WHAS radio host Mandy Connell on Tuesday, McConnell said he has addressed Tea Party groups before and their support is important to have.

"My view is the Tea Party is an important part of the conservative base. If you look at my record leading the opposition to the president over the last three and a half years, I’ve got a lot of support among Tea Party members and I don’t view this as a potentially hostile experience," he says.

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Politics
1:11 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Papa John's CEO: Health Care Law Will Raise Pizza Prices

In a conference call, Papa John's CEO and founder John Schnatter spoke out against President Obama's health care law, arguing the Affordable Care Act will increase the cost of pizza.

From Politico:

"Our best estimate is that the Obamacare will cost 11 to 14 cents per pizza, or 15 to 20 cents per order from a corporate basis," Schnatter said.

"We're not supportive of Obamacare, like most businesses in our industry. But our business model and unit economics are about as ideal as you can get for a food company to absorb Obamacare," he said.

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Politics
12:57 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Beshear Orders Flags Half-Staff to Honor Sikh Temple Shooting Victims

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is ordering that flags at all state government buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims who were killed during a shooting rampage at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin.

The massacre claimed six victims and the alleged gunman has been identified as Wade Michael Page, who has ties with the white supremacist movement. It is has been reported that Page had a criminal record and a "checkered career" in the U.S. military, but was still able to obtain a firearm legally.

Beshear condemned the shooting and said the commonwealth stands with the victims and their families.

"Sunday’s attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin was an appalling and unnecessary act of violence," he said in a news release.  "Kentucky stands to honor the victims of this assault and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and all others who were affected by this tragedy."

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Politics
12:30 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Spotlight on Rand Paul Gets Brighter With Convention Speech

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul will continue to build his national profile with a speech at the Republican National Convention later this month.

A speaking slot at a convention is usually a springboard for wider national appeal. Senator Paul is a rumored running mate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and a potential presidential candidate in 2016.

But Paul may have been selected for another reason.

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Local News
12:23 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Madison County Judge Appointed To Indiana Appeals Court

A Madison County, Indiana circuit judge has been appointed to the state Court of Appeals.

Governor Mitch Daniels today selected Judge Rudy Pyle to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Carr Darden. 

The 42 year old Pyle is a former Madison County prosecutor and state police trooper.  

The Indiana Court of Appeals has 15 members representing five districts.  This is Daniels’ third appointment to the court. 

Environment
12:02 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Another Day of Unhealthy Air Expected Wednesday

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Quality Alert for ozone for the metro area tomorrow.

The Air Quality Index is forecast to be 111--which is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

There's another Air Quality Alert in effect today, and the ozone levels are expected to reach levels that are unhealthy for everyone.

For hourly air quality updates, call 574-3319.

Education
11:08 am
Tue August 7, 2012

U of L Dean J. Blaine Hudson Takes Leave of Absence Due to Illness

J. Blaine Hudson has been dean of U of L's College of Arts and Sciences since 2005.
University of Louisville

The University of Louisville's College of Arts and Sciences Dean, J. Blaine Hudson, is taking a leave of absence following cranial surgery.

Hudson sent a message Monday night [below] through assistant dean John Ferre. The e-mail, which was forwarded to college staff, said Hudson had undergone cranial surgery and will now take time to rest. The prognosis remains positive, he wrote, but officials expect him out indefinitely.

“We don’t know how long he’s going to be gone and let me be really clear, we are expecting him back," said U of L provost Shirley Willihnganz.

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