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5:42 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

D'oh: Mourdock Accidentally Releases Reaction to Every SCOTUS Health Care Law Ruling

The campaign for Republican Senate Richard Mourdock accidently released the Indiana state treasurer's various reactions to the Supreme Court's possible rulings on President Obama's health care law.

The videos were briefly posted to YouTube before the Mourdock campaign yanked them, but not before media outlets were able to repost his different versions to the high court upholding or striking down the Affordable Care Act.

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Arts and Humanities
5:02 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Actors Theatre Adds Eno Play to Upcoming Season

Louis Cancelmi and Tom Ryan in the staged reading of Will Eno's "Gnit," during Portland Center Stage's 2010 JAW: a Playwright's Festival.
Patrick Weishampel Portland Center Stage

Actors Theatre of Louisville will stage the world premiere of Will Eno’s “Gnit” in the 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays next year. "Gnit" also rounds out the mainstage Brown-Forman Series for the 2012-13 season. 

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Politics
3:55 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Grimes's Grandmother Dies at 92

The paternal grandmother of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes who appeared in TV ads during her granddaughter's successful campaign last year has died.

Thelma Lundergan McHugh died at her home in Jessamine County, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and loved ones. She was 92.

"My grandmother instilled in me the confidence that I could accomplish anything I put my mind to and taught me by example the importance of being involved in my community," Grimes said in a news release.

Last fall, McHugh filmed a 30-second spot for Grimes during the 2011 general election along with the secretary of state's other maternal grandmother, Elsie Case. Political observers credited the commercial's creativity and positive pitch during an overall negative campaign season.

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Politics
3:30 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Kentucky Seeking Private Medicaid Operators for Louisville Region

The process of opening the Louisville area to Medicaid competition is underway.

Passport Health Plan has run Medicaid in the area for 15 years, but the state has been ordered by the federal government to allow at least one more private operator to do business in the region.

Passport officials say they will bid for the contract and requests were sent to other potential bidders this week.

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Local News
3:27 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Former Fire Chief Pleads Guilty In Charity Theft Case

2010 file photo by Rick Howlett

The former chief of the McMahan Fire Department has admitted to taking some $200,000 collected for the Crusade for Children.

Under a plea agreement announced today, Paul Barth faces a recommended sentence of three years and five months in prison for mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

He must also pay $190,000 in restitution to the crusade and more than $8,000 to the McMahan Fire District.

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Environment
3:20 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Rubbertown Spill Releases 12 Pounds of Toxic Chemical into Air

UPDATE 3:15 pm: Zeon Chemical's release of 12 pounds of butadiene yesterday morning was accidental. Zeon Vice President of Operations Bob Barlow told me that a gasket leak caused the release. The reportable amount of butadiene is 10 pounds, so this was just over the reportable quantity.

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Local News
2:47 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Jobless Rate Drops in Most Counties but Rises Statewide

Jobless rates have improved in 107 Kentucky counties, but not Jefferson. 

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training released the latest unemployment numbers today. They show Jefferson County's jobless rate jumping from 8.1 percent in April to 8.6 percent in May. Most counties in the Louisville area saw similar increases.

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Local News
2:18 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

VA Could Decide New Hospital Site Soon

The preferred "Midlands" location would need road modifications to relieve traffic.

 

The Veterans Administration is primed to purchase over 35 acres of property on Brownsboro Road to build a new VA hospital, and officials say that decision could be made in the coming weeks.

Environmental impact studies have been finalized for the two locations under consideration for the over 800,000 square foot facility. One location under consideration is near Factory Lane in eastern Jefferson County.

The preferred Brownsboro Road location plan, also called the Midlands Development, would build the hospital on nearly 36 acres near the I-264 interchange.

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Environment
1:52 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Want to Take a High-Speed Train to Atlanta?

A high speed train in Great Britain.
Uploaded by oxyman Wikimedia Commons

A consulting firm says a high-speed passenger rail line that connects Louisville with Nashville, Atlanta and Jacksonville, Florida could be feasible.

According to consulting firm HNTB, there's enough demand for the line, which could cost anywhere from $11 billion to $43 billion.

According to the Florida Times-Union:

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Environment
12:17 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Arch Coal Will Reportedly Lay Off 500 Miners in Eastern Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky news outlets are reporting that Arch Coal will lay off 500 miners across the region. 

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