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Education
1:32 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

More JCPS Schools Participate in Fresh Produce Program

Under the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program students are offered fresh produce three times a week.

Several Jefferson County elementary schools will continue participating in the fresh produce program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture next school year.

JCPS has taken part in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program(FFVP) since 2008, according to district officials.  Schools participating in the program offer students fresh produce three times a week.

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Business
12:38 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

General Electric Expands Production of New Refrigerators

Zenobia Williams, a production employee, works on the French door bottom-freezer refrigerator doors.
Courtesy of GE

General Electric is hiring more employees than expected to manufacture its new bottom-freezer refrigerator at Louisville's Appliance Park.

GE officials previously announced a total of 600 production line employees would build the new product.  The company currently employs around 400 workers on the first shift, according to spokeswoman Kim Freeman. When the second shift begins later this summer, a total of 772 employees will be working on the appliance, she said.

The addition of 172 production line employees is a testament to the product, said Freeman.

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Politics
12:19 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Former Mayoral Candidate, Conspiracy Theorist Arrested

Former mayoral candidate Connie Marshall was arrested by Louisville Metro Police after allegedly leading officers on a pursuit.

Marshall ran a bizarre campaign for mayor in 2010, but she is better known as a conspiracy theorist who has alleged local and federal officials are harassing her via electronic surveillance.

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Politics
12:03 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Yarmuth Predicts SCOTUS Will Uphold Health Care Law

U.S. Congress

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., believes the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act.

The justices are expected to rule on President Obama’s chief legislative accomplishment on Thursday to determine whether the law is constitutional. According to polling, at least 37 percent of Americans want the law struck down while other surveys show 35 percent want it upheld.

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Local News
10:34 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Kentuckiana's Summer Jobs Program Meets Goal

KentuckianaWorks administers the Summer Works youth jobs program.

Louisville's Summer Works job program has met its $1 million goal to employ up to 400 young workers this summer.

The program, which pays youth to work at various non-profits and public agencies around the county, is administered though KentuckianaWorks, the Workforce Investment Board for the Greater Louisville region.

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Politics
9:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Conway Takes For-Profit Fight to Washington

Kentucky Attorney General's Office

 

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is taking his fight against for-profit colleges to Washington D.C.

Conway has scheduled a news conference with various members of the Obama Administration and U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tom Harkin to reveal more about his investigations into the colleges.

The main focus will be on deceptive practices some colleges use to to lure veterans to enroll.

Conway has taken several for-profit colleges in Kentucky to court, including Daymar College, National College, and Brown Mackie.

 

 

 

Environment
9:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Coalfields Newspaper Editorial: Stop Pointing Fingers, Start Working on Economic Diversification

An editorial published yesterday in the Hazard Herald of Perry County lays out a cogent view of where the economy of Eastern Kentucky is headed, as the coal industry shrinks and utilities begin transitions to cheaper natural gas.  The editors of the Ha

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Local News
11:26 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Southbound I-65 On Kennedy Bridge Reduced To One Lane Until July 4

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Southbound traffic on the Kennedy Memorial Bridge has been reduced to one lane until early July 4th.

Traffic was already reduced to two lanes in each direction for a bridge deck resurfacing project.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says crews will need to put down more concrete than originally planned, requiring the additional southbound lane closure.

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Environment
5:50 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Court Rules EPA Can Regulate Greenhouse Gases

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

A federal court of appeals has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency can regulate carbon emissions from vehicles and power plants.

A coalition of energy companies, manufacturers and individual states—including Kentucky and Indiana—challenged the rules in court. They argued that a core provision—the finding that greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide are pollutants and pose a danger to human health—wasn’t based on science. And without that finding, they argued the federal government couldn’t set standards for vehicle and power plant carbon dioxide emissions.

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Local News
5:12 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Indiana Finalizing Guidelines For Tornado Sirens

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From the Associated Press

Indiana officials are working to formalize regulations for tornado sirens, but some counties could decide not to install them. 

The regulations being finalized by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security allow each county to decide whether it needs sirens.

The agency recommends sirens for counties with more than four homes per acre and for urban and commercial areas with more than 2,500 people present per square mile during the day. Sirens also are recommended near major highways. 

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