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Environment
8:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Natural Gas Vehicles Ever More Feasible for Fleets

One of Waste Management's new natural gas-powered garbage trucks.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Natural gas is becoming increasingly popular as a source of electricity, and in many places—including Louisville—it’s replacing coal. But natural gas is also becoming more prevalent as fuel for vehicles.

In Waste Management’s facility off of Fern Valley Road, there’s a garbage truck parked after its daily route. On one side, so large it’s hard to miss, is a sign that says “Think Green, Think Clean”—a reference to the fact that this truck burns cleaner natural gas.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Yarmuth Says Kentucky Delegates Wanted to Show Unified Support for President Obama

U.S. Congress

As the Democratic National Convention wraps up, Kentucky Democrats are trying to present a more unified front for President Barack Obama.

In this year’s primary, 42 percent of Democrats who cast ballots voted uncommitted rather than for the president. That created a problem for delegates to the party’s national convention, since uncommitted isn’t a candidate.

But this week, almost every Kentucky delegate supported this president's formal nomination.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Kramer Introduces Pledge Against Texting While Driving

Louisville Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer, R-11, is hoping to raise awareness about the continued problem of distracted driving.

Kramer has introduced a resolution to support AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign. The non-binding measure is aimed at curbing texting while driving, particularly among teenagers. Last year, a state law banning texting while driving took effect but state police have said the law is difficult to enforce.

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Arts and Humanities
3:56 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

New Exhibit Explores Storytelling in Craft

Art by Cindy Sherman (left) and Mindy Shapero (right).
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft opens a month-long celebration of the new exhibit “Storytelling as Craft, Chapter One” tomorrow with oral and visual stories. The exhibit runs through November 11. 

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Environment
3:17 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Lull in Mining Means $88 Million Less in Revenue

A slowdown in Kentucky's mining industry is causing financial problems. Diminished severance tax revenue could force some planned construction projects in the coalfields to be postponed.

Revenue from the state's coal severance tax is plummeting, with mines shutting down and miners being laid off.

Deputy State Budget Director John Hicks told lawmakers today that coal tax revenue is projected at $245 million this year. That's $88 million less than was expected when lawmakers passed the budget less than five months ago.

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Environment
7:45 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Indian Newspaper Reports Huge Kentucky-India Coal Deal May Be in Jeopardy

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

The Hindustan Times is reporting that a government investigation in India could put the huge Kentucky-India coal deal in question. This is the $7 billion trade deal that was announced last month to much fanfare.

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Arts and Humanities
4:38 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Speed's Interim Leadership Announced

A rendering of the redesigned Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum board of trustees has elected three top Speed leaders to share interim director duties during the museum's executive director search. 

Chief Operating Officer Lisa Resnick, Chief Financial Officer David Knopf and Scott Erbes, the museum's director of collections and exhibitions and curator of decorative arts and design, have been named co-interim directors and will lead the museum during its three-year expansion and renovation project. Resnick will chair the leadership team. 

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Arts and Humanities
4:03 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Governor's School for the Arts Suspends New Media Program

Transylvania University hosts the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts summer residential program.
Erin Keane WFPL News

The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, which provides free studio arts education to talented students, will suspend its new media program for the next fiscal year. The suspension addresses a budget shortfall caused by state spending cuts. 

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Local News
3:38 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Effect for Louisville Area

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Louisville and neighboring areas until 6 pm. Many Kentucky and Indiana counties are included in the watch.

Politics
3:16 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Paul Concerned About Romney’s Electoral Map

U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is worried that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will not have enough Electoral College votes to beat President Obama this fall.

National polls show the race is a statistical tie in a popular vote with a slim margin of undecided voters, but the winner of the White House is the candidate who captures 270 electoral votes. A review of most interactive maps show Mr. Obama edging out Romney in November by winning key swing states.

Paul says there are a handful of states that are evenly divided and Romney will have to win most of them, adding the GOP will have to examine its electoral map strategy in future races.

"It’s tougher and tougher for Republicans because we don’t compete very well in the west coast (and) we don’t compete very well New England. Once you give up all those votes then you got to win pretty much the rest of the country," he says. "And that’s one of the messages I’ve had to the national Republican Party. You know what? Those areas where you’re not competing maybe a libertarian Republican would do better in California or New York state."

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