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1:17 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Participants Sought For Long-Term Cancer Study

The American Cancer Society will soon begin enrolling local participants in a nationwide study on the causes of cancer.

Stephanie Feger with the society’s Louisville branch says 300,000 people are being recruited across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

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Education
12:58 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

JCPS Teachers Receive Raises, Central Staff Pay Freezes

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved pay raises for teachers and support staff while freezing the salaries of central and school-based administrative staff.

The board voted Monday night on Superintendent Donna Hargens’ recommendation not to increase administrative salaries, including principals and counselors. Teachers, bus drivers and clerks will receive a 1 percent raise, down from the 2.5 percent raise all staff received last year.

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Local News
12:57 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Clinics to Help Homeowners With Delinquent Property Taxes

The organization Local Options for Kentucky’s Liens is holding three clinics in Louisville to help homeowners address their delinquent property taxes.

The clinics will feature a wide range of resources for homeowners, including representatives from the Jefferson County Attorney’s office and information about Homestead and Disability Exemptions. Last year nearly 14,000 property owners in Jefferson County were delinquent in paying their taxes and over 3,000 of these delinquent bills were sold to third party investment companies.

Local Options spokeswoman Jane Walsh says unpaid tax liens exist across Louisville, but hit certain demographics disproportionately.

"There is a concentration of unpaid tax liens in areas where the population is poorer, in areas where the population is older and in areas where minority populations live. In neighborhoods in other words where the property value is declining anyway we see more unpaid tax liens," she says.

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Sports
12:51 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Anthony Davis Trademarks Eyebrows

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CNBC reports that University of Kentucky basketball star Anthony Davis has filed two trademarks regarding his notable browline.

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Environment
11:53 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Federal Appeals Court Upholds EPA Air Pollution Rules

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. The court also upheld the agency’s scientific determination that greenhouse gases pose a danger to human health.

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Arts and Humanities
11:52 am
Tue June 26, 2012

KMAC Studio Glass Exhibit Extended

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft is extending the 50 Years of Studio Glass exhibit through July 29. The exhibition celebrates the first half-century of the studio art glass movement in the United States. It's part of a national effort that includes live glass demonstrations, lectures and exhibits at museums and universities across the country.

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Education
11:47 am
Tue June 26, 2012

JCPS Board Chair Imhoff Steps Aside, Porter to Lead

 

Jefferson County Board of Education chairman Steve Imhoff has  stepped aside for the remaining few months of his term.

The chair position, and leader of the seven member JCPS board, will be vice-chair Diane Porter. Imhoff is one of three board members retiring from his duties at the end of this year. Imhoff, who works as an attorney, said the three trials he has over the next six months is the primary reason for his decision and he said Porter is well qualified for the position.

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Environment
11:08 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Incumbent Wins Shelby Energy Board Election

Earlier this month,  I wrote about Sonia McElroy. McElroy was vying for a seat on the board of Shelby Energy--an electricity cooperative that serves parts of Shelby, Trimble, Henry and Carroll counties. This was the first contested election in the co-op's history. It was being run according to the bylaws, but McElroy raised questions about whether the rules were fair and biased in favor of incumbents.

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Politics
10:33 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Colbert Mocks Mourdock for YouTube Fumble

Political satirist Stephen Colbert focused on Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's recent fumble on the campaign trail.

The Mourdock campaign accidentally released the GOP contender's various reactions to the Supreme Court's pending ruling the Affordable Care Act. Colbert mocked Mourdock by releasing his reactions to a number of faux-Supreme Court decisions including the re-appointment of George W. Bush as president.

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Politics
5:29 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Shanklin Launches Radio Show Amid Series of Scandals

Louisville Metro Council

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, is launching a radio show amid growing scandals over city spending in her office.

The embattled city lawmaker has faced mounting criticism for her actions, including hiring her felon grandson as her legislative aide at a $34,000 annual salary. Shanklin was also questioned about lobbying for a jobs program for ex-convicts that served no former inmates but that she and family members participated in.

Earlier this week, it was reported that $3,000 in taxpayer money has gone to her relatives through funding of a neighborhood association in checks that she personally signed since 2005.

Now Shanklin is teaming up with gospel station WLOU 1350 AM to create "Speakerphone," a weekly radio broadcast that will debut this Saturday at Noon.

Democratic Caucus spokesman Tony Hyatt says Shanklin wants to discuss issues affecting teenagers and young adults in her district, and won’t address those controversies on her show.

"Speakerphone is primarily for young people to talk about what’s on their mind. I don’t see it as being an opportunity for the councilwoman to speak on any particular thing she’s being involved with over the last couple of weeks," he says.

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