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Environment
2:50 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

ORSANCO: West Virginia Plant Can Release More Mercury Into Ohio River…Maybe

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Committee has made a preliminary decision to allow a West Virginia plant to release more mercury than allowed by law into the Ohio River.

I covered this story in December, when ORSANCO was still accepting public comments on the waiver.

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Politics
1:55 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

State Representative Included in U of L Layoffs

Kentucky State Rep. Reggie Meeks, D-Louisville, has been laid off from his job as director of outreach at the University of Louisville due to budget cuts.

Meeks revealed his job status during an interview with Ryan Alessi of CN/2, in which he criticized rising tuition at the state's public universities. 

WFPL previously reported that U of L expected up to 20 employee layoffs in various departments, which was subject to decisions made by deans or department leaders.

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Environment
1:39 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

LG&E Cited for Gas Safety Violations

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has cited Louisville Gas & Electric for safety violations that led to a natural gas explosion in December. The explosion in South Louisville destroyed a house, and the PSC determined that there were problems with LG&E's emergency response. The company was also cited for violations related to gas line pressure in the system.

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Politics
1:37 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

McConnell, Paul Want Holder to Appoint Special Prosecutor Regarding Leak Investigation

Joining a chorus of Republican lawmakers, Kentucky U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are requesting Attorney General Eric Holder immediately appoint a special prosecutor to investigate a series of national security leaks.

Last week, Holder announced two U.S. attorneys would lead the criminal investigation into possible leaks that some GOP lawmakers have alleged originated in the White House. But President Obama has vehemently denied his administration revealed information about the president's terrorist "kill lists" and cyber-attacks against Iran's nuclear program.

Over 30 GOP Senators have signed a letter asking the attorney general to assign a special counsel who would be "free from the appearance of politics or undue influence," to investigate. The circulated letter has the signature of many high-profiled lawmakers including Senators Jim DeMint of South Carolina, John Cornyn of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida.

From the letter:

Dear Attorney General Holder:

The numerous national security leaks reportedly originating out of the Executive Branch in recent months have been stunning.  If true, they reveal details of some of our Nation’s most highly classified and sensitive military and intelligence matters, thereby risking our national security, as well as the lives of American citizens and our allies. If there were ever a case requiring an outside special counsel with bipartisan acceptance and widespread public trust, this is it.

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Local News
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

Wikimedia Commons

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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