Local News
10:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Democrats Mike O'Connell and Karen Faulkner Lash Out in Jefferson County Attorney Race Debate

Karen Faulkner
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Louisville attorney Karen Faulkner is questioning the policies of current Jefferson County attorney, Mike O’Connell. 

Faulkner criticized O’Connell during a debate on Friday hosted by the Louisville Bar Association.  The two are opponents in the May primary.

Faulkner said O’Connell has displayed unethical behavior, making him unfit to serve the people of Jefferson County.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Is Tonight's Kentucky Wildcats-Louisville Cardinals Game Slowing the State Budget Process?

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Work on a new Kentucky state budget is slowing in Frankfort—because of a a basketball game.

Interest in tonight's NCAA Tournament matchup between the Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats is the latest delaying factor in an already contentious day.

With only a handful of days left in the session, lawmakers are behind schedule on passing the only bill they’re required to: A $20.3 billion biennial budget.

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Politics
5:02 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Lobbyists Spend $4.3 Million In Kentucky General Assembly

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FRANKFORT — Lobbyists spent $4.3 million in the first two months of the 2014 General Assembly, with the healthcare industry leading the way in spending on lawmakers.

Health care companies spent more than $888,000 from Jan. 7 to Feb. 28, according to lobbying data released by the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission. Hospitals paid the lion’s share of the healthcare lobby, at more than $205,000.

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Local News
4:43 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Byline | Youth Violence; Legislative Updates; Golden Parachute at Kindred; NCAA Tournament

Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio link below):

At the top - A rash of violence and vandalism by dozens of teenagers in downtown Louisville last weekend has city officials trying to assure citizens that their streets are safe and trying to answer the question “why did this happen?” WFPL’s Jacob Ryan and Joseph Lord have details.

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Environment
3:12 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

What 'Occasional' Really Means Is Key to Sierra Club's Planned Lawsuit Against LG&E

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Last week, environmental groups announced their plans to sue Louisville Gas & Electric for pollution the company releases into the Ohio River from its Mill Creek power plant in Louisville. Sierra Club organizers took a year’s worth of time lapse photos from a hidden camera across the river from the plant, and captured a near-constant flow of water from Mill Creek’s coal ash pond into the river.

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Local News
12:34 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Byline Today: Teens React to Downtown Violence; UK-UofL Faceoff in the NCAA Tournament

Big things that happened this week: Louisville teenagers react to the string of violence in downtown last weekend; a sweet retirement package at Kindred; and another Wildcats-Cardinals showdown in the NCAA Tournament. We'll talk about these stories and more today on Byline.

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Politics
8:05 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Matt Bevin TV Ad Puts Mitch McConnell in Duke Jersey Ahead of Louisville-Kentucky Matchup

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin is launching a new TV ad Friday that clads incumbent Mitch McConnell in a Duke University jersey.

"March Madness in Kentucky: commitment, courage—you got to love it. Even if your team isn't in the tournament," says Bevin, referencing a McConnell campaign ad that mistakenly showed Duke's 2010 NCAA champion victory instead of Kentucky.

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Politics
6:56 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Kentucky Senate Restores Mine Inspections to 6 Per Year

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The Kentucky Senate will likely restore funding for state coal mine inspections.

Currently, mines get six state inspections a year. A previous draft of the budget cut the number to two. Senate President Robert Stivers says his chamber will likely restore funding for six inspections.

But that doesn't mean Stivers wants to keep the amount of money exactly the same. He says the House budget didn’t address the reduction in the number of coal mines, which he argues requires fewer inspections.

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Local News
6:55 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Louisville Police Agencies Make Plans for Friday's Kentucky Wildcats-Louisville Cardinals Game

Louisville Cardinals fans watching the 2013 national championship game.
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Louisville Metro Police and other agencies have made plans for addressing potential traffic and crime issues stemming from Friday night's NCAA Tournament showdown between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals.

Police have issued details of its details. They include "multiple roving units" meant to patrol  possible criminal activity following the game, plus traffic enforcement in case of cruising. Police plan to allow traffic to move through the areas they're concentrating on, unless a public safety risk is found.

Authorities said they'll focus on:

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Local News
10:16 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Louisville Teens Express Safety Concerns, 'Push Back' in Conversations About Downtown Violence

Jayjuan Taylor
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Young residents who attended a pair of discussions  Thursday in West Louisville to address a recent string of violence downtown expressed concerns about safety in their neighborhoods, but also questioned the usefulness of the city-sponsored talks.

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