Environment
1:48 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Read the Draft of Louisville's Sustainability Plan

Here's the draft of Mayor Greg Fischer's Sustainability Plan for Louisville. The city is accepting comments on the plan until the end of February. WFPL will have more coverage of the plan later this afternoon.

Louisville Draft Sustainability Report

The Two-Way
1:43 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Middle-Aged Breadwinners Become Part Of The 'Sandwich Generation'

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 11:54 am

If you're the economic pillar for both your kids and your parents, you're not alone.

One-in-seven adults financially support both their parents and their kids at the same time, according to a Pew Research study released Wednesday.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Industrial Hemp Gets New Kentucky Supporter: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

Updated: Joining his fellow Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell now supports industrial hemp. 

 

In a statement released Thursday, McConnell said Paul and Comer—both Republicans, like McConnell—have convinced him that growing hemp for paper, oil and other purposes would be an economic boon for Kentucky farmers.

 

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Business
12:58 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

KentuckyOne's Headquarters to be in Louisville, Bringing 10 New Jobs

Credit KentuckyOne Health

KentuckyOne Health's headquarters will be in downtown Louisville in the Jewish Hospital Medical Plaza building, the health system announced Thursday.

The decision is expected to add 10 new full-time jobs—$1.3 million in new annual payroll, according to a related news release from Greater Louisville Inc.

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Environment
12:35 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Here are the 19 Goals of Louisville's Sustainability Plan

Twitter.com

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is releasing the 19 goals of the city's draft sustainability plan on Twitter this afternoon. Here's a list of the goals, as they're released:

Goal #1: Decrease energy use citywide per capita by 25% by 2025.

Goal #2: Decrease energy use in city-owned buildings by 30% by 2025.

Goal #3: Mitigate the risk of climate change impacts by implementing city adaption and resilience strategies by 2018.

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Environment
11:55 am
Thu January 31, 2013

This Week in Asian Coal News: China Burns More, India Needs More

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Two related stories about coal in Asia broke earlier this week: that India just doesn’t have enough coal to meet the country’s demands, and that China burns nearly as much coal as the whole rest of the world.

The news about China was released by the Energy Information Administration on Tuesday, and Brian Walsh of TIME summed it up with his headline: “The Scariest Environmental Fact in the World.”

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Local News
11:49 am
Thu January 31, 2013

As Kentucky Moves Toward Executions, Appeals Run Out

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At least three death row inmates could be nearing execution as Kentucky moves toward a new lethal injection method, with the governor's office already having requests to set dates for two and a third man out of direct appeals in his case.

Kentucky is implementing lethal injection by one or two drugs, depending upon the availability of the narcotics, after a judge ordered the state to abandon or be prepared to defend using the old three-drug mixture. The change takes legal effect Feb. 1.

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Environment
11:26 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer to Release Draft Sustainability Plan Today, 140 Characters at a Time

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Updated: Mayor Greg Fischer says he'll release a draft version of the city's sustainability plan this afternoon. But before the whole report is sent out, he'll be teasing the plan's highlights on his Twitter account. Citizens will have the month of February to read the plan and provide comments.

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The Two-Way
10:57 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Shooting Death Of Chicago Teen Ignites Outrage, Enters National Gun Debate

Hadiya Pendleton.
Courtesy of Pendleton family via the Chicago Tribune MCT /Landov

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 10:50 am

Hadiya Pendleton's shooting death Tuesday in a park just a mile from President Obama's home in Chicago has generated outrage "from City Hall to the White House" and is now part of the "national debate over guns and crime," The Chicago Tribune writes.

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Politics
10:50 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul Ranks No. 4 on Conservative Think Tank's Scorecard

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky
Credit U.S. Senate

The sister organization of the Heritage Foundation released its congressional scorecard this week, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is among the top-ranked lawmakers.

The Heritage Action for America focuses on a variety of issues on conservative agenda, and is considered a source for constituents to rate if lawmaker's votes match their rhetoric.

Among the 29 members of Congress in the "Sentinel status" of 90 percent or higher, Paul received a 96 percent approval rating from the group.

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