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3:45 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Louisville Named Host to American Bus Association Showcase

Louisville has been selected to host the American Bus Association’s 2016 Marketplace showcase.

Louisville will host the American Bus Association’s Marketplace event in 2016. The annual event brings in around 3,000 visitors for the January showcase and officials say the economic impact of the convention will be around $4.4 million.

But they further say there is also the potential for further business after showing off Louisville to tour operators.

Environment
3:31 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

PSC Agrees to $58 Million Settlement in Big Rivers Rate Case

Smokestacks rising above a coal-fired power plant in Louisville.
Erica Peterson WFPL

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has accepted a settlement in a rate case involving Big Rivers Electric Corp., which provides power to several electric co-ops in western Kentucky.

When Big Rivers proposed environmental upgrades earlier this year, the improvements were estimated to cost ratepayers more than $283 million. The company planned to install more stringent pollution controls at four of its power plants, and convert the coal-fired Reid Plant in Sebree to natural gas.

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Politics
1:51 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Tax Amnesty Program Begins

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is trying to raise awareness of Kentucky's offer of amnesty to delinquent taxpayers.

Beshear kicked off the first day of the amnesty offer today, saying delinquent taxpayers can pay what they owe and a portion of the related penalties without fear of further punishment or prosecution.

Lawmakers authorized the amnesty program earlier this year at the request of Beshear, who expects it to reap $61 million for the cash-strapped commonwealth.

Politics
12:26 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

New Kentucky Lobbying Record Could Be Set

Kentucky businesses and other groups could set a new spending record for lobbying state lawmakers this year.

A report released by the Legislative Ethics Commission shows that $13.2 million has already been spent on lobbying during the first eight months of 2012. The biggest spenders include several tobacco companies, as well as Churchill Downs, Humana and the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation.

During the 2012 General Assembly, lobbyists and their employers spent $8.8 million, which is more than in any legislative session in state history. And this year’s lobbying expenditures are projected to surpass the record of $16.9 million dollars set in 2008.

"And the total spent has really grown quite a bit from about $6.5 million in 1994 up to what appears to be in excess of $17 million for 2012," says Legislative Ethics Commission John Schaaf.

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Politics
10:34 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Mourdock Targets Donnelly Votes in New TV Ad

With five weeks left in the Indiana Senate race, Republican Richard Mourdock is criticizing Congressman Joe Donnelly for supporting the agenda of congressional Democrats and President Obama in a new statewide ad.

The 30-second spot continues the road motif of the campaign, and highlights that Donnelly voted for the stimulus package, bank bailout and Affordable Care Act. For most of the general election Donnelly has trumpeted himself as a moderate, but the GOP and Mourdock are trying to undercut that by showing the congressman's ties to Democratic policies nationally.

Check it out:

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Education
9:17 am
Mon October 1, 2012

JCPS Students Increase AP Test Taking, Results Mixed

Jefferson County Public Schools students continue challenging themselves with Advanced Placement (AP) classes, but the results of their exams are mixed.

Over the past decade the number of JCPS students taking at least one AP exam has slowly increased as well as the total number of exams taken. The state released its AP test data last week, which showed similar gains in both areas.

But the results, which could earn students college credit, decreased in JCPS. Still, around half the tests taken earned college credit, which is on par with the state’s results.

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Education
9:10 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Louisville's Low Income Home Energy Program Accepting Early Registration

Jefferson County’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP, is now accepting early registration for elderly and disabled residents facing utility cutoffs.

Officials expect a turnout similar to last year when around 3,700 people pre-registered for the program. 

The federally funded program LIHEAP has been around for years. It provides a one-time payment to low-income applicants, which is used to pay for utilities.

In all, more than 10,000 residents received between $34 to $150 last year.

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Local News
8:30 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Health Department Taking Flu Shot Appointments

Photo from louisvilleky.gov

Officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control say they don’t anticipate any shortages of flu vaccine this year.

In Louisville, health department spokesman Dave Langdon says appointments are now being taken for flu shots administered at four community sites.

The department recommends a flu shot for everyone six months and older.

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Politics
7:30 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Highview Residents Oppose Apartment Project

After months of petitioning Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, several residents and homeowners groups are opposing an apartment project in the Highview neighborhood.

Frontgate Apartments is a 212-unit apartment complex being proposed by LDG Development in an area near Outer Loop. It has the support of the mayor’s office as an affordable housing project, but residents have complained it will lower property values.

Jon Bingham is a board member of the Apple Valley Property Owners. He says residents are willing to negotiate with developer, but that the current complex being planned is too big for the area.

"So they can come back to the table and talk to us about a reasonable, smaller size that would be a blessing to those residents as well as a blessing to the community and we can get to the negotiating table. But if they are going to shove all or nothing, we will go for nothing," he says.

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Politics
7:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Lawmaker Hopes to Allow Schools to Stock EpiPens

A Kentucky state lawmaker wants to expand EpiPen use in schools.

EpiPens are used to stop the effects of allergic reactions, and currently, state law only allows students with allergies to carry the devices.

“Some children are not aware a particular allergy and the place that it occurs for the very first time is there in the cafeteria setting or in school," says Representative Addia Wuchner, who will again file a bill that would allow schools to carry EpiPens for general use.

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