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Local News
5:41 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Hikes Planned on Rarely Explored Fossil Beds at Falls of the Ohio

Fossil Beds at the Falls of the Ohio
Credit Rick Howlett

The Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville will soon offer visitors a chance to explore a rarely-seen area of the park’s fossil beds.            

There are more than 200 acres of fossil beds at the park, but some of them are under water as much as 80 percent of the year.    A window of opportunity is opening for those who want to have a look at the otherwise inaccessible beds.

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Local News
5:22 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Metropolitan Sewer District Board OKs 5.5 Percent Rate Increase

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Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer District board on Monday  approved a 5.5 percent rate increase, which will raise the average customer’s bill by $29 a year. The change is slightly smaller than the 5.8 percent increase ratepayers saw last year.

MSD is about halfway through a 19-year consent decree with the federal government to overhaul the city’s sewer systems and decrease the frequency of sewer overflows.

The new rate goes into effect on Friday.

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Education
4:52 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

JCPS May Use Presbyterian Community Center Building for Early Childhood Programs

The Presbyterian Community Center in Smoketown.
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Jefferson County Public Schools administrators tonight will ask for board approval for the purchase of the Presbyterian Community Center, which closed in late 2013 after operating for nearly 115 years.

JCPS plans to spend $1.5 million on the Smoketown neighborhood property.

The purchase would be a step toward establishing an early childhood program in the area he said has a need for such services, said Michael Raisor, the district’s chief operations officer.

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Local News
4:39 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Federal Guilty Pleas in Large Kentucky Cockfighting Ring

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Two eastern Kentucky men -- distant relatives of House Speaker Greg Stumbo -- have pleaded guilty to criminal charges involving an Eastern Kentucky cockfighting ring, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Walter Dale Stumbo, 52, and Joshua Stumbo, 25, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to  "conspiracy to sponsor or exhibit an animal in a fighting venture and conduct an illegal gambling business," the newspaper reported. 

From the Herald-Leader:

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Education
3:27 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Louisville Metro Events Offer Free School Supplies, Health Screenings

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Free school supplies and health screenings will be  available starting this week for Louisville families to help prepare students for the start of the school year.

Community centers, schools and Neighborhood Places around the city are working with the city’s Department of Community Services to provide the resources to residents at events beginning July 31 and continuing through August 9.

Debbie Belt, a spokeswoman for the Department of Community Services, said the events are essential for helping students get ready for the first day of school.

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Education
9:48 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Tonight, the Jefferson County Board of Education Hears 'School of Innovation' Proposals

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Four groups who have proposed the next Jefferson County public school will make their pitches Monday to the school board, which next month will choose a winning design.

The JCPS School Design Competition was introduced to the community last year. After whittling down more than 60 proposals, district leaders worked with the four finalist groups. Monday night, the groups will present actionable plans that could be implemented by the 2015-2016 school year.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Ricky Skaggs and More Play Bluegrass Concert to Benefit Parklands of Floyds Fork

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.
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The Parklands of Floyds Fork system is still under construction, but the two northernmost parks - Beckley Creek Park and Pope Lick Park - are open. On Friday, Beckley Creek Park will host the Creekside Jam concert, the Parklands' first ticketed concert featuring acclaimed Bluegrass musicians Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, "newgrass" pioneer Sam Bush, and Rhonda Vincent and the Rage.

Beckley Creek Park is located off Shelbyville Road near the Gene Snyder Freeway

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Environment
6:45 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Instead of Emailing, Some Kentuckians Choose Traveling 400+ Miles For EPA Public Hearing

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The Environmental Protection Agency will hold hearings this week on proposed regulations to limit the carbon dioxide coal-fired power plants can emit. And environmental activists and coal industry supporters are both traveling from Kentucky to Atlanta this week for the federal hearing.

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