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9:16 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Report Analyzes Kentucky's Untapped Renewable Energy Potential

A new analysis of Kentucky’s energy potential shows renewable sources could provide more than a third of the state’s energy by 2025. It points to several renewable sources—including solar, hydro and biomass—that aren’t being tapped to their full potential.  

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Local News
5:37 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Southern Baptists Elect First Black President

The Southern Baptist Convention has elected Fred Luter as its new president, making Luter the first African-American to lead the 167-year-old denomination.

From the AP:

The Rev. Fred Luter Jr. was elected president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination on Tuesday at its annual meeting. He is the pastor at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans.

The historic move comes as the denomination tries to expand its appeal beyond its traditional white Southern base. Membership and baptisms have been generally declining in recent years.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Waiting on Romney, McConnell Balks at Obama's Immigration Decision

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is waiting on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to take the lead on President Obama's decision to stop deporting the children of illegal immigrants.

McConnell is one of the president's strongest and quickest critics, but the GOP leader is being unusually quiet until Romney makes his position clear. He says members of his caucus are "withholding judgment" until the former Massachusetts governor takes the lead.

From The Washington Post:

“I think we’re going to wait and see what governor Romney has to say, and we’re going to be discussing his views on this,” McConnell told reporters at the Capitol Tuesday. “I think many of us may have similar views. Others may not.”

McConnell said he was deferring to Romney because the former Massachusetts governor is “the leader of our party from now until November — and, we hope, beyond.”

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Arts and Humanities
4:55 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Tech Pioneer Tackles Jane Austen Sequel

Pal Hansen

When Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sandy Lerner was a computational mathematics graduate student at Stanford University in the early Eighties, she would blow off steam by retreating into romantic world of Jane Austen’s novels. She fell in love with the BBC’s 1980 miniseries of “Pride and Prejudice,” and immediately started working her way through Austen’s books.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Lawmakers Plan to Question Coventry CEO Over Contract Issues

Kentucky lawmakers will get their first chance tomorrow to ask a private Medicaid operator why it’s having so much trouble negotiating contracts with healthcare providers.

The CEO of CoventryCares will speak to lawmakers at a meeting of the Interim Joint Health and Welfare Committee. Coventry has been fighting with the Eastern Kentucky hospital network Appalachian Regional Healthcare over reimbursement rates and a new contract.  

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Politics
4:01 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Yarmuth: McConnell is Endorsing Dishonest Campaigns

In a House floor speech Tuesday, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for opposing legislation that would require Super PACs to disclose the names of their contributors.

Last Friday, McConnell told a conservative think tank that keeping donors names a secret is a First Amendment right, but Yarmuth says anonymity allows individuals to distort the truth without being held accountable by the voters.

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Politics
3:58 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Mazzoli's Wife Dead at 78

The wife of former Congressman Ron Mazzoli has died, according to family friend and former aide.

Helen Mazzoli was 78 years old. According to WHAS-11, she reportedly suffered a stroke in the Mazzoli's home Monday.

Ron Mazzoli was a Democratic congressman who represented Kentucky's Third Congressional District from 1971 to 1995. The two were married in 1959, and have two children and four grandchildren.

Politics
3:33 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Paul Addresses Criticism, Death Threats Over Romney Endorsement

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., has received harsh criticism from his base over his recent endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the fall election.

Earlier this month, Paul announced his support for Romney despite the fact that his father—Congressman Ron Paul—is still pursuing delegates. Since the endorsement, vocal Tea Party activists have accused Sen. Paul of betraying the so-called liberty movement that brought him to office.

He has also received death threats but dismissed what he calls a small group of “Internet extremists” who are preaching violence against his family.

"The people that are over the top and even making death threats on the Internet, I hope they are not serious, but they are a small number of people making a disproportionate number of the comments," Paul told The Washington Times. "A lot of those people may not even vote or may not have voted for my father. They don’t represent the majority of the people that support what we’re fighting for."

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Environment
3:23 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Judge Rules Eastern Kentucky Coal Company Illegally Fired Whistleblower

An Eastern Kentucky coal miner can return to work after a judge ruled he was unfairly fired from his job. The decision affirms the rights of coal miners to report unsafe working conditions without fear of retribution.

Charles Scott Howard was injured while working at a mine operated by Cumberland River Coal Company in Eastern Kentucky. The complaint alleges that even after he was cleared by doctors to return to work, the coal company took extreme steps to keep him from working.

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Environment
2:52 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

State Officials Report Water Contamination at Laurel County State Park

According to the Associated Press:

Officials at a state park in eastern Kentucky are restricting some activities like swimming and feeding the ducks because of water contamination.

The contamination at Levi Jackson State Park has killed several fish. According to John Williams of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the fish kill was caused by excess nutrients in the water, like cow manure washing into streams.

The water’s oxygen levels are well below average and high temperatures and low water levels are complicating the problem.

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