Politics
5:28 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Nate Silver Gives Alison Lundergan Grimes One-in-Five Chance in Senate Race

Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Election guru Nate Silver is giving Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes a 20 percent chance of beating Senator Mitch McConnell in next year's election.

The Democrats hold a 54-46 majority in the Senate and are expected to regain the New Jersey seat later this year.

But the early speculation is Republicans will pick up at least three seats in 2014.  It's possible the GOP have enough to gain the majority, but Silver puts control of the Senate as a "toss-up" overall.

In regards to the Bluegrass, he says McConnell's seat could be vulnerable given his noted unpopularity, but the "fundamentals" favor the GOP leader over Grimes.

From FiveThirtyEight:

Kentucky. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, has only break-even approval ratings, and Democrats got one of their better potential recruits in Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state.

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Local News
4:50 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Forecastle Festival Met Attendance Expectations

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

As organizers predicted, the Forecastle Festival drew in the ballpark of 65,000 attendees through three days at Louisville's Waterfront Park.

Now, the organizers' plan is to take a few weeks off and begin planning a 2014 Forecastle Festival sometime in August.

“We take a couple weeks off to decompress,” said Holly Weyler, spokeswoman for Forecastle.

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Arts and Humanities
4:15 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare CEO Brantley Dunaway Resigns

Brantley Dunaway
Kentucky Shakespeare

The Kentucky Shakespeare board of directors released a statement this afternoon stating that CEO and producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway has resigned.

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Local News
3:48 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Louisville's WaterStep Raising Funds for India Flood Relief

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A Louisville-based non-profit has launched a fundraising drive to help with disaster relief in northern India.

WaterStep, formerly known as Edge Outreach, helps provide fresh drinking water in the world’s disaster areas and in developing countries.

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Politics
3:25 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Councilwoman Attica Scott Uses District Twitter Account to Promote Congressional Candidate

District 1 Councilwoman Attica Scott's Twitter page

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, promoted a congressional candidate using her official Twitter account, which is in violation of the city’s code of ethics.

In a July 12 message sent from Scott's district Twitter account, she encourages followers to donate to fellow Democrat Elisabeth Jensen of Lexington, who is seeking to run for Congress against Republican Andy Barr next year.

"You can donate to @JensenElis to represent Kentucky 6th District in Congress at elisabethforkentucky.com"

Scott did have a personal Twitter account prior to being elected to the council that she used for campaigning and to express other political views, but that handle has been inactive for several months.

The @CW_AtticaScott is her official handle that lists her district web address and includes the city seal.

In 2010, the council amended the city's code of ethics to make it a violation for Metro officers to use any "government funds, equipment supplies, vehicles, or facilities" to advocate for a person's political candidacy, including their own. It bars officials from using Metro Government resources for the purpose of engaging in activities that "advocate the candidacy of a person for political office."

Thse changes were in reaction to former Republican Councilman Doug Hawkins, who used his official city e-mail to send out campaign materials and was heavily criticized for it.

"You're elected to represent everybody in the district and for you to officially go out there campaigning and soliciting funds as an elected official you are telling everyone to vote for them," says Councilman Ken Fleming, R-7, who has a personal Twitter account. "For me to use an official seal or stationary to put my name and tie it to a campaign, really that crosses a line I think."

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Environment
10:37 am
Mon July 15, 2013

High Ozone Levels Expected Tomorrow

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued the second air quality alert of 2013. Regulators are predicting elevated levels of ozone tomorrow. The Air Quality Index is forecast to be 104, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. 

These sensitive groups include the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments.

Local News
10:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Milton-Madison Bridge Demolition Scheduled to Begin This Week

The old Milton-Madison Bridge (right), will be demolished starting this week
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The demolition of the old bridge connecting Milton, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana is scheduled to begin this week.

Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says weather permitting, a large section of the bridge truss will be brought down with explosive charges on Thursday.   It was originally scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed because of high river levels. 

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Education
8:44 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Kentucky School Vending Machines Offer Healthier Changes Next Year

Snacks offered in Kentucky school vending machines could soon be healthier, according new federal regulations set to take effect next summer.

The changes shouldn’t be monumental, says Sue Bartenfield, the nutrition program manager for the Kentucky Department of Education, and some state regulations, like fat content, which are tougher than the federal changes will remain in place. 

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Local News
8:26 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Louisville Free Public Library Grows Collection of E-Books, Magazines, Music

The library's e-content (books, magazines, music) continues to grow in popularity.

E-books continue to grow in popularity in the Louisville Free Public Library system, but the electronic catalog has expanded well past literature.

In April, the library system added music. Users can stream jazz, classical and world music genres and LFPL director Craig Buthod says the library is eventually interested in adding video.

Last year, there were around 7,200 downloads per month. Now, he says there are over 30,000.

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Environment
7:23 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Butterfly Count, Release Planned for Next Weekend

Richiebits Wikimedia Commons

Whether  it’s counting butterflies or just watching them, upcoming events aim to connect Louisville residents with nature. There’s both a butterfly census and butterfly release planned for next weekend.

On Saturday, fifty butterflies will be released in a community garden at Blackacre Conservancy. The butterflies are in a cold-induced sleep, and will be shaken into children’s hands to slowly warm up before they’re released.

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