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

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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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Commentary
6:49 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Louisville by Bike: Notes from a Morning Edition Host

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Recently, I heard this metallic clanking arise from the brake system of my car.

It was the kind of sound where you immediately visualize the stack of hundred-dollar bills necessary to pay for the repairs, and your stomach hurts.

I yelled. I pulled over. I cursed myself not renewing my AAA membership.

Long story short: the car was taken to the shop and I was without motorized transportation. All I had was a road bike with a flat tire.            

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It's All Politics
6:49 am
Wed July 24, 2013

As Obama Renews Economic Call, Partisan Stalemate Seems Certain

President Obama will take a swing at changing the dynamics in Washington's fiscal debates in a series of speeches about the economy. But his odds of striking out are high.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 11:15 am

In the lead-up to the start of President Obama's series of speeches laying out his view of how to strengthen the economy, some of the Washington-based challenges facing that very economy were on full display.

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Local News
6:51 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Residents Want Compromises On Tolling Ohio River Bridges

Nolan Starks owns a company that transports patients between Indiana and Kentucky several times a day.

Several residents say more needs to be done before the Ohio River Bridges Project finalizes its tolling plan  and many have expressed concern this week that low-income commuters will be disproportionately affected by crossing the bridges.

“People raise legitimate questions and make legitimate points and [those] will be taken into consideration,” said Kentucky Transportation Department spokesman Chuck Wolfe at the second public forum offered this week by the Ohio River Bridges Project.

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Environment
5:47 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Environmental Groups Advocate for Stricter Regulations on Water Pollution from Power Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

A new report says water pollution from many of the country’s coal-fired power plants are under-regulated, and contributing to problems in already-polluted streams and rivers. Environmental groups are using the data to advocate for stricter federal regulations on power plant pollution.

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