Environment
2:13 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

New Study Pinpoints Unique Isotopes in Pollution From Mountaintop Removal Mines

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A new study has identified the specific isotopes of pollutants that leave mountaintop removal sites and enter Appalachian waterways. The new data could help researchers determine how much of a stream’s pollution is due to coal mining.

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Politics
12:58 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Council Budget Committee Rejects Property Tax Increase in Contrast to JCPS Hike

In contrast to Jefferson County Public Schools, the Louisville Metro Council Budget Committee rejected any increase to local property taxes in a unanimous vote this week.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced last week that he planned to introduce an ordinance keeping real estate tax rates at the same level.

Under the ordinance, the property tax rate for home owners in the old city limits or Urban Services District will remain at 36.66 cents per $100 of assessed value. Those living in the unincorporated areas of Metro Louisville will remain at 12.55 cents per $100.

Council Democrats and Republicans praised the decision, and Council President Jim King, D-10, took the vote as an opportunity to contrast with the school board's decision to raise taxes.

"Our taxpayers deserve a break in light of the annual JCPS tax increases. We believe in letting economic activity and new jobs drive tax receipts—not higher rates," he says.

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Local News
12:22 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

LEO Editor Sarah Kelley Resigns Amid Editorial Staff Cuts, Art Department Partially Relocating

Update: See below for details on further cuts at LEO.

Louisville Eccentric Observer Editor Sarah Kelley has chosen to leave the paper rather than cut one of her reporters.

"Several weeks ago I was presented with the need to cut an editorial staff position," Kelley says. "After thinking about it for several days I realized that's not something I want to do. So I volunteered to be the person who left."

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Arts and Humanities
12:18 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Forest Giant's Group Art Show Goes Into the Woods

"A Long Talk in the Woods," Matt Dobson

The first time Forest Giant threw open the doors to its Butchertown studio doors for a group art show in 2011, the boutique interactive design company was celebrating its first birthday and a rebranding project that led the staff to ask some of their favorite local visual artists to interpret their name. Two years later, they had the itch to showcase the design side of their identity again with "Wild Echoes," a group exhibition featuring 40 artists working with a woodsy theme. 

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The Two-Way
11:06 am
Fri August 16, 2013

NSA Has Broken Privacy Rules 'Thousands Of Times Each Year'

The National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.
Saul Loeb Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 8:57 am

The morning's major scoop comes from The Washington Post:

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Education
8:32 am
Fri August 16, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Answers Your Questions Today During WFPL News Special

JCPS Supertintendent will answer your questions today at 1pm on WFPL.
Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

More than 100,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students are back in class next Tuesday and there are several changes that officials hope will improve student achievement.

We'll be joined by Superintendent Donna Hargens today at 1 p.m. to discuss all this plus more and we'll be taking your calls.

What questions do you have about the state of public education in Louisville?

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Education
8:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Bullitt County's 1912 Test for Eighth-Graders is Difficult

This image is making the rounds on the Internet this week. It's a test apparently given to eighth-graders in Bullitt County in 1912.

The gist of all the commentary can be summarized this way: "Some of these questions are really difficult to figure out."

The test was  posted on the Bullitt County History website, which is a project of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society. Here's a section:

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NPR Story
6:33 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Death Toll Unprecedented In Egypt's Modern History

Members of the Egyptians Army walk among the smoldering remains of the largest protest camp of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, that was cleared by security forces, in the district of Nasr city, Cairo, Egypt. (Ahmed Gomaa/AP)

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 5:58 pm

The violence with which the Egyptian security forces stormed anti-government camps and the still-rising death toll are both shocking and part of a multi-decade pattern in Egyptian history.

The Egyptian government has also declared a month-long “state-of-emergency,” which recalls not only the month-long emergency declared this January, but also comes in the historical context of the 40-year-long “emergency,” which gave sweeping powers to the country’s president and security forces.

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Local News
10:52 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Barzun Sworn Takes Oath to Become U.S. Ambassador to Britain

U.S. State Department

Louisville businessman Matthew Barzun has assumed his role as Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Barzun was sworn in by Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department on Thursday.

Barzun was nominated for the post by President Obama last month, and the Senate was unanimous in his confirmation.

University of Louisville political science professor Charles Ziegler says this is an important diplomatic post.

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Local News
9:44 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

UPS Releases Information on Crew Killed in Birmingham Plane Crash

Credit National Transportation Safety Board

UPS has released the following information on the pilot and co-pilot who were killed in this week's plane crash in Birmingham, Alabama:

The Jefferson County, Alabama, Medical Examiner has confirmed that two of our crewmembers, Captain Cerea Beal, Jr. and First Officer Shanda Fanning, lost their lives in the accident involving UPS Flight 1354.

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