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11:10 am
Thu May 3, 2012

KET Says Younger Audience, Men Contribute to Ratings Increase

 

Kentucky Educational Television (KET) officials say a younger audience is behind significant ratings increases in the latest year-over-year Neilsen statistics.

“A lot people, sometimes, they start watching PBS or KET during Sesame Street and then they drop out until their 60s. So we’re really encouraged a younger audience is coming in," said Craig Cornwell, KET's programming director.

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Breaking
10:00 am
Thu May 3, 2012

PSC Approves LG&E Proposal for Gas Plant at Cane Run

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

The PSC has approved Louisville Gas and Electric’s application to construct a 640 megawatt natural gas power plant at the current site of the gas-fired Cane Run Power Station. The company will also buy existing gas generation in Oldham County.

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Local News
9:23 am
Thu May 3, 2012

State Responds to Medicaid Operator Ending Contract

 

This is an update to an earlier story.

The commissioner of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services says CoventryCares cannot end its contract this Friday with a major Eastern Kentucky healthcare provider.

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Sports
5:30 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Safer Synthetic Tracks Slow to Catch on at U.S. Tracks

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Each of the Triple Crown events—the Kentucky Derby, Maryland’s Preakness and the Belmont Stakes in New York—is run on a dirt track. Some in the horse racing industry want to end that tradition and lay down potentially-safer synthetic tracks. But with grandstands increasingly empty, critics say track owners are putting profits over safety. As part of our "Track Tech" series, WEKU’s Matt Laslo looks at the future of track material technology.

 

“Track Tech” is a collaboration between WEKU, Louisville Public Media, and N-P-R’s Innovation Trail.

Sports
9:04 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Bodemeister is the Kentucky Derby Morning Line Favorite

Bodemeister has been made the early 4-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby, with Union Rags the second choice in a full field of 20 horses. 

Trained by three-time Derby winner Bob Baffert, Bodemeister was assigned the No. 6 spot at the post position draw today at Churchill Downs.

Six horses have won from that position, the last being Sea Hero in 1993.

Union Rags drew the No. 4 post and is listed at 9-2. The unbeaten Gemologist is the third choice at
6-1. He’ll run from the 15th spot.

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Arts and Humanities
4:31 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

The David Statue Is Not Alone: More Famous Artwork, Remixed

Turkish artist Serkan Ozkaya’s “David (inspired by Michelangelo)”follows a time-honored tradition of artists copying and remixing famous works — and it’s not all pop-culture parodies of “The Last Supper.”

Unlike a parody or a straight copy, a remix is in part about appropriation and introducing a significant conceptual contribution from the secondary artist into the re-imagining of an icon.

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Arts and Humanities
4:16 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Ozkaya's 'David' Arrives at 21C

'David (Inspired by Michelangelo)' stands outside of 21C Museum Hotel on Main Street.
Erin Keane

Just in time to welcome Derby guests, 21C Museum Hotel’s over-sized version of Michelangelo’s David was installed on the corner of Main and Seventh streets today. He rolled in on the back of a truck and stood up onto his 8-foot pedestal with the help of a crane. He stands three stories tall, and his gold paint gleams in the bright May sun.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Kentucky ALEC Co-Chair Says Challenge to Tax Exemption Unlikely to Change IRS Status

 

A national battle between two legislative groups has reached Kentucky.

The advocacy group Common Cause is asking federal agencies to remove the non-profit tax-exempt status of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.  ALEC provides lawmakers with sample legislation and talking points, often to promote conservative issues, and Common Cause says the organization is a lobbying group.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Yarmuth Praises Obama Afghan Speech, But Policy Questions Remain

After more than a decade of war, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., is pleased President Obama is withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, but the congressman has questions about the policy.

The president made a surprise visit to the foreign country on Tuesday to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Mr. Obama announced the U.S. will have no permanent military bases and that all armed forces will be out of the central Asian country by 2014.

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Local News
3:13 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

U.S. Attorneys Investigate Humana's Southern Florida Healthcare Providers

 

The U.S. Attorney's Office is investigating some of Humana’s southern Florida affiliates and providers for possible violations of Medicare regulations.

In Humana’s annual report, it says since January, U.S. attorneys have requested information from Humana and some southern Florida affiliates for alleged violations to the coding of medical claims and loans to physicians.

In the report, Humana says it currently has its own ongoing investigation in Florida and has willingly updated the U.S. Department of Justice and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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