Politics
5:04 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Senate Passes Phone Deregulation Bill With Many Rural Lawmakers Opposed

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A bill that would end requirements on phone companies to provide landline services in parts of Kentucky where other options are available has cleared the state Senate.

Nicknamed the AT&T bill because of the phone company's support, the legislation was largely opposed by rural lawmakers who argue that the bill would end landline service to their areas without proper alternatives.

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Environment
4:48 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

I Love Mountains Day Draws Hundreds to State Capitol Steps

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Voicing environmental concerns, hundreds of activists and residents from Appalachian and beyond  rallied on the Kentucky Capitol steps for the annual I Love Mountains Day.

“We just want what all people need to survive," said organizer Sue Tallichet, chairperson for Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. "I mean, such radical things as clean water, safe and decent jobs, the chance to raise our kids in a healthy hopeful place.”

The rally drew people from far beyond Kentucky's borders.

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Arts and Humanities
4:33 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival Summer Season Moving Forward

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

Producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway confirmed today that the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival will stage a summer season. Though the organization produces the oldest free annual Shakespeare in the Park festival in the United States, the future of the festival was uncertain at the end of last season. 

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Environment
4:28 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

LG&E Granted Permit to Use Coal Ash to Fill in Ash Pond

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
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Louisville Gas and Electric has been granted a permit to use coal ash from the company’s Cane Run power plant to begin closing a pond on the site.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Councilwoman Madonna Flood Withdraws Support from Insurance Tax Hike Ordinance

Councilwoman Madonna Flood
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A second Democratic Louisville Metro Council member is pulling their sponsorship of a proposal to raise the city’s tax on insurance premiums to give affordable housing initiatives a consistent revenue stream.

Councilwoman Madonna Flood, D-24, was listed as one of original seven lawmakers backing the legislation, which seeks to increase the tax by one percentage point and raise an estimated $9.7 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

But Flood now opposes the idea and says supporters put her name on the ordinance without her consent.

"No one called to discuss with me an ordinance being filed at that particular time. We talked in generalities," says Flood. "They were gathering support, but I had a ton of questions that I asked folks about that and for some reason my name appeared on the ordinance."

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The Two-Way
3:36 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Reminder: An Asteroid Buzzes By On Friday (But NASA Says Don't Worry)

An illustration of what asteroid 2012 DA 14 may look like as it approaches Earth.
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Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 1:36 pm

  • Nell Greenfieldboyce, for the NPR Newscast

NASA calls it a "small near-Earth asteroid."

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Politics
3:20 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Kentucky State Senate Passes Hemp Bill

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FRANKFORT — The state Senate has passed a bill aimed at creating a hemp industry in Kentucky, though the bill's future appears to lack the support of key government leaders.

The Senate's 31-6 approval of a bill establishing oversight for Kentucky  industrial hemp farmer if hemp were made legal federally comes with the release of a poll stating that most Kentuckians believe legalized hemp would create jobs.

High-profile opponents remain unmoved.

And the hemp bill's fate in the state House isn't so clear.

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Education
3:03 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

School Safety Bill Clears Indiana Senate Panel

Indiana lawmakers say they hope to improve security at schools around the state by offering grants toward hiring police officers and buying safety equipment.

A bill approved today by a state Senate committee would set up a two-year matching grant program allowing schools up to $50,000 a year. Bill sponsor Sen. Pete Miller says he hopes $10 million a year will be set aside for the program, so that 200 grants could be awarded.

"This is a first step toward school safety," Miller told the Senate Appropriations Committee.  

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The Two-Way
2:20 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

New Documents Provide Insight Into Relationship Of Presidents Clinton, Nixon

Former President Richard Nixon visits with President Bill Clinton in the family quarters of the White House, March 8, 1993.
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Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 3:20 pm

Toward the end of his life, President Richard Nixon found some redemption by secretly advising President Bill Clinton on foreign issues.

New declassified documents, on display at the Nixon Library, released by the Clinton Library and obtained by the Associated Press, show that Nixon sent Clinton a letter after he won the presidency.

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Politics
1:14 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Former Wildcat Derek Anderson, Gov. Steve Beshear Join Rally for Statewide Smoking Ban

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FRANKFORT — Supporters of a statewide smoking ban brought high-profile help from the world of sports while rallying Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda  for their cause.

Urging Kentucky lawmakers to pass a statewide smoking ban, Gov. Steve Beshear and former University of Kentucky basketball player Derek Anderson spoke in favor of House Bill 190 at the rally. Currently more than 20 Kentucky communities have smoke-free laws, spanning across the state. And recent polls said that most Kentuckians support a ban.

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