Arts and Humanities
6:49 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Fandom Festival to Bring William Shatner, Stan Lee and 'Walking Dead' Cast Members

William Shatner
Credit Creative Commons

Here's your chance to see Khal Drogo, Merle Dixon and James T. Kirk up close.

Over the years, San Diego Comic-Con has spawned an annual pilgrimage for people obsessively interested in nerd culture. It's where filmmakers and television showrunners debut trailers and news for upcoming seasons and where celebrities come in close contact with fans.

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Politics
6:53 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

VIDEO: Matt Bevin Discusses Tax Delinquency Allegation, Tea Party Support and Rand Paul

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin further addressed attack ads by incumbent Mitch McConnell's re-election along with a few other issues in the early primary campaign.

The McConnell campaign is pummeling Bevin's candidacy by spotlighting how his Connecticut-based bell-making company received a bailout  and allegations the business failed to pay its taxes.

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Bevin Brothers Manufacturing did receive a $100,000 state grant in the form of a forgivable loan after it was destroyed in a fire last year. But the GOP challenger says the money went to buying needed machinery and represents less than 10 percent of the money being put in to rebuild the company.

Bevin says East Hampton residents lobbied to preserve the company—the last bell manufacturer in the country—and to keep American workers employed.

"If anyone should know a bailout it should be Mitch McConnell," he says. "If you compare that to the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of billions of our dollars that have been wasted at the hands of career politicians like Mitch McConnell. If he thinks this is a bailout it's an indication of the fact that he literally has no idea how the private sector works, which isn't a surprise since he's never served a day in his life in that sector.

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Local News
6:20 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Mandy Connell Leaving WHAS for Denver

WHAS radio talk show host Mandy Connell is leaving Louisville for Denver.

Connell began hosting her show on WHAS three years ago. Beginning next month, she'll be a host at a station in Denver owned by WHAS parent company Clear Channel.

On her show, Connell took calls from listeners and discussed various topics, usually related to politics.

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Local News
6:00 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Louisville Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's Ethics Trial Focuses On Record Keeping, Transactions

Credit Louisville Metro Council

Louisville Metro’s internal auditor says there were two questions he considered when reviewing the relationship between Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin and the ex-offender program she helped oversee: did her relatives benefit and was there double billing?

Ingram Quick was the second witness to testify for Shanklin’s removal trial since it began Monday. The Council Court--made up of 20 council members who act as jury--will decide whether she can stay on the Metro Council.

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Environment
5:04 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

In Kentucky, it Takes More Than Six Years to Renew Five-Year Pollution Permits

Erica Peterson WFPL

Yesterday, a coalition of environmental groups released a report advocating for stricter federal controls on water pollution from power plants. Of the information contained in that report, one thing jumped out: the allegation that 17 of Kentucky’s 20 coal-fired power plants are currently operating under expired water pollution permits.

First: a clarification. Just because the permits have technically expired doesn’t mean that these power plants are operating without a permit. The technical term is that the permits are “administratively continued.” That means the power plants keep operating under the old permit until they get a new one.

But the data is interesting. The permits of the 17 power plants in question expired, on average, more than six years ago. The oldest—for East Kentucky Power’s H L Spurlock plant in Mason County—expired in April, 2004. That power plant has spent more than nine years waiting for the renewal of a five year permit. Both of Louisville Gas & Electric’s Louisville power plants have been waiting for nearly six years.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Kentucky AG Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Consider School Miranda Rights Case

The Kentucky attorney general's office has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a case involving whether students must be informed of their rights before being questioned at school.

Attorney General Jack Conway asked the justices Tuesday to overturn a Kentucky Supreme Court decision from April. In that case from Nelson County, the state justices concluded that students must be informed of their legal rights — including the right to remain silent — before being questioned by school administrators working with police or school resource officers.

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Arts and Humanities
3:33 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

In Louisville for Fandom Fest, Jason Mewes Talks 'Clerks,' Drug Addiction and Being Jay

Credit Weinstein Co.

Jason Mewes can't escape it—he is Jay, the obnoxious stoner in several Kevin Smith films.

He's played other characters in films since 1994's "Clerks," but, he tends to always gravitate toward the character.

Not that he's trying to escape it.

In town for a showing of his latest film, Mewes stopped by WFPL on Wednesday to discuss the film, his life as "Jay" and his struggles with drug addiction. 

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Environment
3:08 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Franklin County Fiscal Court to Consider Resolution Opposing Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline

Courtesy Williams

The Franklin County Fiscal Court will consider a resolution to formally oppose the construction of a natural gas liquids pipeline at its meeting tomorrow.

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Politics
2:24 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Republican Senate Candidate Matt Bevin Touts Conservative Beliefs, Differences with Mitch McConnell

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin

Saying it is time to take the country back from "elite, professional" politicians, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin officially announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to overthrow incumbent Mitch McConnell.

Bevin is a 46-year-old investment executive and military veteran who owns a bell making company in Connecticut. He has never run for public office before, but Bevin did contribute to Sen. Rand Paul's Senate campaign in 2009.

For months, Bevin has been meeting with Tea Party groups in the state leading up to this primary bid.

The United Kentucky Tea Party endorsed Bevin immediately, saying his private sector experience makes him an entrepreneur with the knowledge to "balance a budget."

And for most of the speech, Bevin outlined his conservative vision for the country, advocating for less  government spending, lower taxes and a full repeal of President Obama's health care law.

"I’m asking you to join me in a pledge. A pledge our Founding Father took very, very seriously. A pledge to devote our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to take back our country from the elite, professional (and) career politicians who are destroying the very fabric of our country," he says.

Bevin says entering the GOP primary isn't about McConnell personally, but in a TV ad launched Wednesday makes it clear the Bevin campaign plans to tap into conservative frustration with the five-term senator.

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Shots - Health News
11:38 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Menthol: Great In Aftershave, Not So Much In Cigarettes

Newport is the most popular menthol cigarette in the United States. Sales of menthols has increased though cigarette sales are declining overall.
Paul Sakuma Associated Press

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:27 am

Menthol gives cough drops, lip balm and other drugstore remedies that cool minty taste and slight numbing quality. Now the Food and Drug Administration has taken a long-awaited step toward saying that in cigarettes, those same qualities do more harm than good.

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