Local News
4:29 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Kentucky Officials to Install More Quake Monitors

Experts with the Kentucky Geological Survey are beefing up their system for measuring earthquakes, particularly in eastern Kentucky.

Currently, the commonwealth has some 30 monitoring stations, many of them in far western Kentucky near the New Madrid Fault. But state Geologist Jim Cobb says more data would be useful.

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Politics
3:45 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Hemp Commission Will Craft New Bill; Comer Confident It Will Pass in 2013

James Comer, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner
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State Agriculture Commission James Comer -- a leading advocate for industrial hemp in 

Kentucky -- said growing support will help their initiative in the next legislative session.

The Industrial Hemp Commission, for which Comer is chairman, held its first meeting in a decade on Wednesday.

The commission will work for the next few weeks on crafting -- and the commission will then lobby Kentucky lawmakers to pass it. Comer, who has helped lobby for previous industrial hemp bills, said the commission's proposals will differ from past bills.

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Local News
3:23 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Officials Discuss Pension Reform at Forum Luncheon

Shoring up Kentucky’s public pension funds was the focus of the monthly Louisville Forum meeting today.

The funds need billions of dollars to meet their obligation to retirees, and a legislative task force has been studying ways to bring them into solvency. The panel will submit its findings to the 2013 Kentucky General Assembly.

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Environment
2:53 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Obama Addresses Climate Change in First Post-Election Press Conference

During the presidential campaign, both President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney seemed to be avoiding any comment on climate change, and what policies either would pursue if elected. Now that Mr. Obama has been elected to a second term, he still won't say what he'll do about the issue in the next four years.

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Education
2:47 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

SWAT Situation Leads to Re-Routed JCPS Buses

Update: The standoff between SWAT and a man holed up in an East Market house is reportedly over. The Courier-Journal reports a dead body was found inside the house that caught fire during the stand off. The identification of the body has not been made available.

Update: Because of the SWAT situation, Lincoln Performing Arts School has canceled all evening activities.  

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The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Obama: 'I Didn't Get Re-Elected Just to Bask in Re-Election'

President Obama during his news conference at the White House today.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 9:44 pm

  • Listen to NPR Coverage of the News Conference

Eight days after his re-election — with the fiscal cliff looming, questions being raised about the deadly attack on the U.S.

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Shots - Health News
12:58 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

I, Robot: Paraplegics Get An Assist

Brian Shaffer tests an exoskeleton developed by researchers at Vanderbilt University at a rehabilitation center in Franklin, Tenn. The exoskeleton locks around the legs and feet. To stand up, a paralyzed person simply leans forward.
Joe Howell Vanderbilt University

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 11:41 am

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Politics
12:57 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

McConnell Remains Minority Leader

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U.S. Senate Republicans have unanimously voted to give Mitch McConnell of Kentucky a fourth term as leader.

McConnell's last term was marked by staunch opposition to President Barack Obama and efforts to give the GOP a majority in the chamber. The latter didn't happen, but all signs indicate McConnell will continue the former. He recently stated that any of the president's plans to increase government revenue by raising taxes on the wealthy will be “non-starters” in the chamber.

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Local News
12:56 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

I-71 Traffic Moving After Fatal Early Morning Wreck

Louisville Metro Police traffic investigators are trying to determine how the driver lost control Wednesday morning of a AAA Rescue Ranger pick-up truck on Interstate 71, causing a chain-reaction that left the driver dead, police said.

The AAA Rescue Ranger driver has not been identified.

The accident happened at about 6 a.m. Wednesday and left northbound I-71 near the Watterson Expressway closed for hours, said Dwight Mitchell, a Louisville Metro Police spokesman. Traffic was moving on I-71 in the area by the early afternoon, according to TRIMARC.

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Politics
12:31 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Kentucky State Auditor: Special Tax Districts Spend Much, Laws Need Overhaul

State Auditor Adam Edelen
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Taken together, Kentucky's special taxing districts spend more money than the state spends on Medicaid and infrastructure -- and nearly half of those districts are not following rules on filing budgets or submitting audits, said a report from State Auditor Adam Edelen released Wednesday. 

A special taxing district is a quasi-governmental agency that collects fees or taxes, such as library boards, soil districts and health districts.

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