5:23 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Study Finds 2007 Eastern Kentucky Fish Kill Likely Caused By Natural Gas Fracking Fluid

Blackside dace minnows
U.S. Fish and Wildlife

A joint study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pointing to natural gas fracking as the cause of widespread death of fish in an Eastern Kentucky stream.

The report found that hydraulic fracturing fluids—which are used to help extract the gas from the ground—spilled from a natural gas well site near Acorn Fork in 2007. After that, scientists saw a sharp decline in aquatic life in the stream. One of the species affected—the Blackside dace—is federally threatened.

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4:56 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

McConnell Campaign to Launch "Women for Team Mitch" This Week

Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
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The campaign to re-elect Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is making its first pitch to women voters in an attempt to close the perceived gender gap.

This Friday the campaign will launch "Women for Team Mitch" where McConnell will be joined by his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, along with women from across Kentucky.

It is a sign that the GOP leader understands the need to reach out to women, which is a key voting bloc that Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is courting.

National Democrats have pounded McConnell's record on women's issues, which includes voting against the re-authorization the Violence Against Women Act earlier this year.

But aides close to McConnell have said the senator isn't going to ignore the female vote, and is eager to defend his views.

From The New York Times:

Given recent struggles that Republican Senate contenders have had with women’s issues, Mr. McConnell’s advisers say they intend to confront head-on the criticism Democrats have already begun leveling against him on issues they view as particularly important to female voters.

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Arts and Humanities
4:37 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Five Movies to Get You in the Mood for Louisville Zombie Attack

The Louisville Zombie Attack is lurching around the corner. 

Suppose you are interested in dressing up as the undead and walking Thursday night in the Zombie Attack—or you are interested in watching, or you at least enjoy scary movies.

For you, here's a list of five movies to inspire you. The list and comments come from Lyndi Lou, the Louisville tattoo artist and co-founder of the Louisville Zombie Attack.

“Night of the Living Dead”/”Dawn of the Dead”/”Day of the Dead”

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Local News
4:36 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Frankfort Commissioners Again Prepared to Vote on Fairness Proposal


The Frankfort Board of Commissioners is scheduled to hold a final vote Thursday morning on a proposed fairness ordinance.

City commissioners were set to vote on the issue Monday night, but delayed taking action after amending the definition of family to include legal guardianship. Since the wording was changed, the panel approved a first reading instead.

The ordinance would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or perceived gender identity.

Local News
3:47 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

GE Exhibit Envisioning High-Tech Home of 2025 Coming to a Close

The designs include a kitchen counter/appliance unit that can be moved outside

There are just a few days left to visit a downtown exhibit that envisions a high-tech home in the year 2025.

The illustrative panels were put together by teams of designers at General Electric’s Appliance Park.

GE Industrial designer Chris Bissig says there are many innovative ideas  highlighted in the exhibit at U of L’s Cressman Center, including a washer/dryer that turns the clean clothes into pellets for storage.

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Arts and Humanities
2:36 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

'Happiness, at a Cost': Art in the Fly-Over States at KMAC's 'The 7 Borders' Exhibit

"Pre-fab(ulous) Environments," Leticia Bajuyo, styrofoam and other materials.
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft's exhibit "The 7 Borders," which explores the regional identity of Kentucky's seven border states, closes Sunday. But first, two of the artists will give talks on their work on Saturday at 1 p.m. Designer Mark Moskovitz and sculptor/installation artist Leticia Bajuyo will discuss the Midwest's influence on their work. 

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2:19 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Behind March On Washington's 'Sunny Reputation,' A Deep Fear

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 2:59 pm

The 1963 March on Washington didn't happen in a vacuum. Many racial demonstrations before that year — from the Freedom Rides to lunch counter sit-ins — had been met with horrific violence.

So when an estimated 250,000 descended on the nation's capital, "Washington was terrified," Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch tells Tell Me More host Michel Martin.

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Local News
2:07 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville Trade Barbs Over Kosair Children's Hospital Plan

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Updated: Norton Healthcare officials have responded to allegations that they're breaching a land-lease agreement by partnering with UK Healthcare.

Last week, Norton and UK officials announced the intent to jointly run Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville to improve pediatric care in the state. The University of Louisville is also a partner there and U of L officials say they've been trying to create a long-term agreement with Norton for the past several years.

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Local News
12:31 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Ohio River Bridges Tolls Will Cost Commuters More Than Reported

This is a transponder that frequent commuters can use.

Tolls for the Ohio River Bridges Project will likely cost commuters more than reported after officials add the administrative fees for processing payments.

The Indiana and Kentucky Tolling Body is expected to approve tolls next week to help pay for the Bridges Project, which incudes a new East End and downtown bridge and the reworking on Spaghetti Junction.

When the bridges open, there will be no physical person collecting tolls.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe says instead commuters can choose one of three ways to cross the bridges and pay.

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Local News
11:32 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Indiana Schools Chief Calls For Cooperation to 'Transform' Schools

Indiana School Superintendent Glenda Ritz says Indiana residents and political leaders need to work together to "transform" education for all students.  

The Democratic schools chief wrote in an open letter this week that children across the state should expect an equal chance at a good education. She writes the Department of Education of has created a division of outreach to help schools get needed resources.

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