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

Credit Shutterstock.com

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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Environment
5:18 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Eleven Months Later, Delays Continue in Kentucky's India Coal Export Deal

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

It’s been nearly a year since Kentucky officials announced plans to send up to 9 million tons of coal a year to India, and the first shipment still hasn’t been sent.

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All Tech Considered
4:55 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

See The 10 States With The Fastest Internet Connections

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 4:15 pm

Vermont, New Hampshire and Delaware get a notable benefit of being small: faster Internet connections. In the latest Akamai State of the Internet Report, they top the list of states with the fastest average connection speeds, and make the top 10 states with fastest peak connection speeds, too.

Check out the rankings, which include download speeds measured in megabits per second, and the year-on-year change for those numbers.

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Local News
4:12 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Special Bourbon Blend to Honor Heaven Hill's Parker Beam

Parker Beam
Heaven Hill Distillery

Kentucky's renowned bourbon brands are offering up a bit of their whiskeys for a special blend to benefit efforts to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease in honor of longtime Heaven Hill Distilleries master distiller Parker Beam.

The concoction is called Master Distillers' Unity. Bardstown-based Heaven Hill says a crystal two-bottle set of the one-of-its-kind blend will be offered at auction in New York City on Oct. 13. All proceeds will go to the Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund, which is raising money for research and patient care by the ALS Association.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Louisville Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin Ran 'Phony' Program, Says Prosecutor

Democratic Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin
Credit Louisville Metro Council

The prosecuting attorney in Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's removal trial says the Democratic lawmaker ran a "phony" ex-offenders program that served no public purpose other than to intentionally and persistently deceive the city.

But Shanklin's defense lawyer argues the councilwoman did nothing wrong and the prosecution's key witness is the one under criminal suspicion of taking public funds.

Shanklin faces two charges that she deliberately violated the city’s code of ethics.

The councilwoman is accused misusing public funds for an upholstery program meant for former inmates that mostly she and her relatives attended, and improperly controlling grants awarded to the Petersburg-Newburg Improvement Association.

At the heart of both opening statements were allegations made by upholstery instructor Linda Haywood, who told investigators Shanklin would often pay her in advance using the group's account. However, Haywood said she would reimburse the councilwoman in cash.

Attorney David Tachau is representing the charging committee. He says financial records show Haywood was paid by both Metro Corrections and the neighborhood group for teaching the same classes, but that the taxpayers were never reimbursed

"We know that Linda Haywood was paid twice $2,300 in a program Barbara Shanklin said was her program and that Haywood said she paid her back," he says. "Either Linda Haywood is not telling the truth, and she kept the money, which means that Barbara Shanklin allowed a government vendor to double dip from taxpayer funds in the program she was overseeing. Or Linda Haywood is telling the truth, and Barbara Shanklin pocketed more than $2,300."

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