Environment
11:04 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Harmful Algae Bloom Reported in Taylorsville Lake

Taylorsville Lake
Credit parks.ky.gov

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning that an algae bloom in Taylorsville Lake may be harmful to people and animals.

This algae bloom is a type of cyanobacteria that produces toxins. It can cause nose and skin irritation, as well as other illnesses in humans and animals.

From the Kentucky Division of Water:

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Local News
10:44 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Byline Today: The Same-Sex Marriage Rulings, Kentucky Kingdom and Hoops

The deal to reopen Kentucky Kingdom is finalized, the Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage and—a day after the NBA draft—a look at how two tweaks to the game revolutionized sports. Those stories and more will be discussed today on Byline.

First up, we'll look at the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 and how it will affect Kentucky. 

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Local News
10:40 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Ind. Gov. Mike Pence Apologizes for Deletion of Facebook Comments on Gay Marriage

Mike Pence
Credit Indiana Governor's Office

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is apologizing for his staff deleting comments from his official Facebook page that criticized a statement he issued supporting the state's ban on gay marriage.

Pence's apology was posted today on the same Facebook page.

Some gay marriage supporters complained that their comments were deleted and profiles blocked from the governor's Facebook page after Pence posted a statement Wednesday saying he would support a state constitutional ban on gay marriage.

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The Two-Way
10:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

NSA Leaker's Father: Snowden Betrayed Government, Not The People

Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.
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Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 11:13 am

Lonnie Snowden says he doesn't believe his son, Edward, committed treason when he leaked information about top-secret U.S. government surveillance programs.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Unbound: Jacinda Townsend and Neela Vaswani on 'Object Permanence'

On today’s episode, we’re looking at the objects that define people and their place in time. In our first story, we go back to the 1960s, to Eastern Kentucky, to an odd little house in the country with no right angles. Jacinda Townsend reads “Rhombus,” a chapter from her forthcoming novel. Then, we climb into a white Chevy Nova and head to Astoria. It's 1979, and a grandmother has traveled from Bombay to New York to watch her grandchildren for the summer. Or are they keeping an eye on her? Neela Vaswani reads "Five Objects in Queens."

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Education
6:37 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Student Loan Rates Set To Double On July 1

The interest rate on new Stafford loans is going to jump from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent Monday.
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Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 4:00 pm

The interest rate on government-backed student loans is going to jump from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent Monday.

Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration could not agree on a plan to keep it from happening. Lawmakers say a deal is still possible after the July 4 recess. But if they don't agree on a plan soon, 7 million students expected to take out new Stafford loans could be stuck with a much bigger bill when they start paying the money back.

It has been one of the more heated debates in Washington this year.

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Science
6:36 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Tips For Surviving A Mega-Disaster

Patong beach in Phuket, Thailand, was destroyed by the tsunami on Dec. 25, 2004. More than 230,000 people died.
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Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:39 am

The U.S. is ready for tornadoes, but not tsunamis.

That's the conclusion of a panel of scientists who spoke this week on "mega-disasters" at the American Geophysical Union's science policy meeting in Washington, D.C.

The nation has done a good job preparing for natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, which occur frequently but usually produce limited damage and relatively few casualties, the panelists said. But government officials are just beginning to develop plans for events like a major tsunami or a large asteroid hurtling toward a populated area.

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Local News
11:21 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Indiana's Oladipo, Zeller in Top Five of NBA Draft; UK's Noel Goes Sixth

Indiana standouts Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller and Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel were among the first ten players selected in the first round of the National Basketball Association draft Thursday night.

Oladipo, drafted by the Orlando Magic, was the second overall pick. Zeller was fourth in the draft, chosen by the Charlotte Bobcats.

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Environment
8:19 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

At Public Meeting, Black Leaf Residents Question Regulators About Clean-Up Plans

Cleanup is scheduled to begin later this summer on 77 homes near the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville, where testing has revealed widespread environmental contamination. At a public meeting tonight, residents were angry.

By all accounts, the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood is contaminated. Regulators found high levels of pesticides, lead and arsenic in the soil on the site. Then more recently, testing in the private yards that back up to the plant revealed some contamination on 77 private properties.

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Local News
5:10 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Ohio River Bridges Project Wants Thoughts on Minimizing Toll Costs for Low-Income, Minority Drivers

Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

The Ohio River Bridges Project is seeking public comment on a report looking at the economic impact of tolls on low-income people and racial minorities.

The report recommends making TARC buses exempt from tolls that will be on the East End and downtown bridges. In a news release, the bridges project says: 

Many of the mitigation measures focus on the availability and use of transponders – the electronic, vehicle-mounted devices used to record trips across a tolled bridge. Among the transponder measures recommended for consideration:

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