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5:24 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Public Service Commission to Study Smart Grid Technology

A smart meter installed in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan.
Dwight Burdette Wikimedia Commons

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will begin a study of smart grid technology, and whether the devices will help electric consumers.

The term “smart grid” is used to refer to technology like smart meters, and other equipment that helps utilities monitor electricity and detect outages. PSC spokesman Andrew Melnykovych says the tools can be useful for consumers, too.

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Politics
5:19 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Senator Rand Paul Says Entitlements, Not Taxes, Are Key to Balancing Budget

U.S. Senate

Since taking office, Senator Rand Paul has constantly talked about reducing the national debt. 

It's also an issue that Congress seemingly discusses for every spending bill, large or small. The economy hasn't escaped this year's presidential race either, with President Barack Obama continuing to champion a plan that includes increased taxes on the wealthy to help pay down some debt. 

But in a speech to the Horse Cave Rotary Club, Paul pushed back on that idea. Paul argued doing so would hurt private enterprise, which he said helps fund public works the government does.

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Arts and Humanities
4:30 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Doomed Love Affair Opens Ballet Season

Natalia Ashikhmina in "Lady of the Camellias."
David Toczko Louisville Ballet

The Louisville Ballet opens its 2012-13 season this week with Val Caniparoli’s “Lady of the Camellias.” The ballet, with music by Frédéric Chopin, runs for three performances on Friday and Saturday in the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts’ Whitney Hall.

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Local News
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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