Environment
5:31 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Warren County 'Net-Zero' School Receives $37,000 For the Power it Generated

A classroom at Richardsville Elementary, which is situated to take advantage of natural sunlight.
Warren County School District

A school in Bowling Green is cashing in on the energy efficient features the district installed when it was built. Warren County schools received a check from the power company this fall for more than $37,000—payment for the energy the school generated.

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The Two-Way
3:41 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

GOP Senators Warn Of Tough Road For Hagel Nomination

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, seen here in 2008, is reported to be President Obama's pick to be the next defense secretary.
Dave Weaver AP

Originally published on Sun January 6, 2013 5:19 pm

President Obama will on Monday name former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be his next defense secretary, an administration official confirmed to NPR.

The former Republican senator from Nebraska is a Vietnam veteran. He would succeed Leon Panetta, who is retiring.

Our original post follows:

Republican senators say former Sen. Chuck Hagel can expect a tough nominating process if President Obama names him to be the next defense secretary.

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Environment
2:52 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Starting This Week: A Series on Health Near Rubbertown

Erica Peterson WFPL

Starting this week, WFPL will begin airing a month-long series about past and present air pollution in the city’s Rubbertown neighborhood, and the health effects for those who live nearby. Installments will air during Morning Edition, Here and Now and All Things Considered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and will be posted here on Smokestack when they air.

Politics
1:04 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Noise and Notes: Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Previewing The 2013 General Assembly

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
Credit File photo

Mayor Greg Fischer is halfway through his first term in office, and he is marking the mid-term by highlighting job creation and making Louisville a more compassionate city.

Despite his optimism and business acumen, much of Fischer’s tenure has been gobbled up dealing with "cleaning house" at different departments, auditing city services and steep budget deficits.

Then there is the surge in homicides, which increased by 28 percent in 2012.

The mayor's task force issued a report that says there’s a need for violence prevention director and other serious intervention from Metro Government on a number of fronts. But some Metro Council members have question if that's the best use of city resources and many residents are taking a "wait and see" approach.

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Education
12:33 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Final Week to Apply for JCPS School Choices

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Jefferson County families have one week to apply for their top public school choices for next school year and the district is opening some offices with extended hours this week to help complete the process.

“Parents that will be able to get their applications in by the Jan. 11 deadline will have a much greater opportunity to get the choices that they want and so that’s why we encourage parents to meet that deadline and not put it off any longer than they need to,” said JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey.

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Politics
8:00 am
Sun January 6, 2013

Tea Party Plans Anti-Obamacare Rally to Mark Kentucky Legislative Session Opening

Credit Wikipedia Commons

Before the first gavel is hit the start the 2013 legislative session in Kentucky, Tea Party activists plan to rally in the Capitol Rotunda against the federal Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

It’s the second capital rally against the health care law, which Kentucky has actively worked to implement by executive order from Governor Steve Beshear.

Rally organizer and activist David Adams says the goal of the rally is to convince lawmakers to pass a law overturning Beshear’s order and the health exchange in Kentucky.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun January 6, 2013

Howard Schnellenberger's 'Collision Course' Looks Less Blustery Now

Howard Schnellenberger
Credit Creative Commons/Public domain

Maybe Howard Schnellenberger wasn't over-doing it.

Maybe he was on to something.

After he became coach of the University of Louisville football team in 1985, Schnellenberger made that famously bold prediction that the Cardinals were "on a collision course with a national championship. The only variable is time."

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun January 6, 2013

What We're Reading | 1.6.13

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Each week, members of the WFPL news team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Politics
8:50 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

Obama's On-Again, Off-Again Relationship With Progressives

President Obama pauses as he speaks about the fiscal cliff on Monday. Some progressives say the president was not aggressive enough with Republicans during budget talks and are hoping he is stronger in his second term.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Sat January 5, 2013 5:10 pm

When Barack Obama first took office four years ago, many progressives were on cloud nine. Here was a president pledging to tackle some of the issues closest to the progressive base: climate change, gun control and what he called our "broken immigration system."

That was in 2008. Fast forward to now and these are just a few of the unresolved issues leaving progressives unsatisfied.

With Obama's second term around the corner, some progressives are wondering if President Obama will reboot and follow through with his earlier promises.

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Education
8:23 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

J. Blaine Hudson, Longtime U of L Educator, Dies

J. Blaine Hudson
Credit University of Louisville

J. Blaine Hudson, a longtime University of Louisville educator and leading voice in the city's African-American community, died on Saturday.

He was 63.

In the past year, Hudson took a prominent role as the chairman of a work group assembled by Mayor Greg Fischer that was assigned to suggest ways to reduce violence in Louisville following the daytime shooting that left three dead in May in Parkland.

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