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12:56 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

TARC Increases Frequency of 4th Street Buses

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The Transit Authority of River City is ramping up service in and around downtown.

TARC is increasing the frequency buses arrive and depart along the entire length of 4th Street in downtown Louisville.

North of Central Ave, the 4th Street bus will run every 10 minutes from 6am to 9pm. South of Central, it will run every 20 minutes.

The new schedule has been in effect since August 12. TARC Executive Director Barry Barker says this comes on the heels of increasing the frequency of the number 18 and 23 buses last year.

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Environment
12:32 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Louisville's Air Exceeded Ozone Standard Three Days Last Week

The Louisville Metro area is coming off of a string of bad air quality days, in which ozone levels were high enough to be unhealthy for many people. But relief may be on the horizon.

There were four consecutive air quality alerts called last week, but ozone levels were only high enough to exceed the federal standard on three of those days: Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Air Pollution Control District spokesman Tom Nord says the weather could be tricky to predict this week, but it seems likely Louisville’s ozone levels will remain normal for now.

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Local News
12:12 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

New Shows Coming to WFPL

We're changing our weekday and weekend schedule on WFPL to bring you new and exciting shows and to highlight some of our long-time favorites.

Starting next week, we'll broadcast two hours of Talk of the Nation on weekdays. This is a busy election season, and with Talk of the Nation from 2-4, you can stay informed and participate in the conversation more than ever before.

But that doesn't mean Q is out of the picture. Every day, Jian Ghomeshi gives us the latest in arts and culture, and we'll bring you Q at 7:00 pm on weekdays.

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Environment
12:07 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Database Charts Information From Largest Emitters of Carbon Dioxide

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

Wondering how much carbon dioxide is being emitted in your country, state, county or Congressional district? I  just came across a cool database produced by CARMA (Carbon Monitoring for Action) that has all of that information.

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Allegation of Further Racial Discrimination in Fourth Street Live Prompts Forum

Discrimination complaints have surfaced in Louisville and Kansas City in previous years.

Allegations of racial discrimination against the Marker's Mark Lounge and Fourth Street Live have led local activists to plan a forum this week to discuss their frustrations. 

A local DJ claims lounge management treated him poorly during a show earlier this month. The allegations aren’t verified, but an online petition and Facebook page were created to protest the establishment and what many believe to be reoccurring discrimination allegations at the venue.

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Arts and Humanities
9:30 am
Mon August 27, 2012

History Meets Mystery in 'The Lion in Winter'

Roger Fristoe (King Henry II) and Susan McNeese Lynch (Eleanor of Aquitaine) in "The Lion in Winter."
Actor's Choice

Dysfunction in the English royal family plays out against a backdrop of treason and civil war in “The Lion in Winter." Actor's Choice theater company opens James Goldman’s award-winning historical drama this week. 

The year is 1183, and King Henry II has called a Christmas court. He’s allowed his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, out of prison for the occasion. He needs to name an heir to secure an alliance with France. Will it be Richard (later known as the Lionheart), treacherous Geoffrey or Henry's favorite, John? 

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Politics
9:01 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Yarmuth Says Several Democrats Could Unseat McConnell in 2014

One of Kentucky’s two Democratic Congressmen believes his party has a good shot at unseating U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014.

So far, many of the state’s top Democrats have announced plans to avoid challenging the Senate Minority Leader. That includes Attorney General Jack Conway, who ran for Senate against Rand Paul in 2010, former state Auditor Crit Luallen and current Auditor Adam Edelen.

But Congressman John Yarmuth, D-3, says he believes most of the other well known Democrats could unseat McConnell, including Governor Steve Beshear or Congressman Ben Chandler.

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Local News
9:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Governors Celebrate First Bridges Project Groundbreaking This Week

The 3,000 foot road extension will run from the first exit north of the East End Bridge.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will celebrate the first construction project for the new East End Bridge this week.

The two states are splitting the work and cost of the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges Project. On Thursday, officials will break ground on a 3,000 foot road extension between Utica, Indiana and the River Ridge Commerce Center. 

The road being built connects to Old Salem Road and will be used by commercial trucks to access the Port of Jeffersonville and will be the first exit north of the new East End Bridge.

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Local News
9:00 am
Mon August 27, 2012

JCPS Considers Tax Hike, Still Lower Than Previous Years

Jefferson County homeowners could see their property taxes go up again if the school board approves a proposed 3.4 percent increase Monday.

The revenue would be used to support the district's dozens of new assistant principals and updates to the JCPS transportation plan.

Taxes are based off assessed property values and, currently, homeowners pay around $677 for every $100,000 their house is worth. If the increase is approved, they'll pay an additional $23.

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Local News
8:30 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Virtual Hearing On Indiana Raw Milk Debate Closes This Week

A virtual public hearing on the possible legalization of unpasteurized milk sales in Indiana is winding down this week.

This summer, residents have been invited to submit on-line comments to a committee of the Indiana Board of Animal Health.

The panel will then make recommendations to the Indiana General Assembly on ways it could regulate the product for human consumption.

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