Environment
2:48 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Coal Company, Officials Plead Guilty to Mine Safety Violations

Manalapan Mining Company--which operates in Harlan County--and two of the company's top officials are pleading guilty to charges they willfully violated mine safety rules.

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Politics
2:04 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Obama Says He's 'Open To Compromise,' But Solutions Must Be 'Balanced'

Vice President Biden looks on as President Obama speaks at the White House.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 2:08 pm

The post-election negotiations over taxes, the economy and the so-called fiscal cliff moved into a new phase this afternoon when President Obama stepped up to a microphone at the White House to lay out his latest thoughts about what needs to be done.

In many ways, this words were echoes from the hard-fought campaign.

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Politics
12:51 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

In Hindsight, Those Presidential Polls Looked Just Fine

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leaves the podium after conceding the presidency in Boston.
Rick Wilking/Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 12:49 pm

For as much criticism as pollsters endured in the run-up to Election Day, a look back shows many of them hit very close to the bull's-eye for the presidential race — but some did better than others.

Take the venerable Gallup. It had Mitt Romney at 49 percent and President Obama at 48 percent in a poll published Monday, a day before the voting. And when undecided voters were split up among candidates, Gallup put the figure at 50 percent Romney, 49 percent Obama.

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Local News
12:48 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Kentucky Needs Statewide Team to Respond to Disasters, Fire Officials Say

Credit National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

Kentucky needs a statewide search and rescue team that can respond more quickly to natural and other disasters, fire officials from Louisville and Lexington told state lawmakers.

Doug Recktenwald, an assistant chief for Louisville Fire & Rescue, and Greg Bayer, a battalion chief for the Lexington Fire Department, testified this week before the interim joint committee on public protection.

Recktenwald said being able to launch rescue operations more quickly from anywhere in the state would save lives and better protect property.

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Politics
9:18 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Kentucky Ag Commissioner: Change in State Senate Leadership Can Help Fight 'Gridlock'

James Comer
Credit File photo

One of the key Republicans in state government believes change in legislative leadership is a good thing.  Jamie Comer moved from the legislature to head the state’s agriculture department as commissioner.  Change in leadership is coming to the state senate.  Long time President David Williams resigned to take on judicial responsibilities in his home region.  Come

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Local News
8:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Constables Can Play a 'Significant' Law Enforcement Role, Association Prez Says

Jason Rector
Credit Kentucky Constable Association

Constables provide extra law enforcement officers and can be a significant help to law enforcement, despite a state report that calls the office "irrelevant," argues the president of the Kentucky Constable Association.

Constables are elected officials in Kentucky. Every county has a few, depending on the county's number of magisterial districts. Jefferson County has three.

Upon taking office, constables are given law enforcement powers akin to sheriffs. They can make arrests, perform traffic stops. But, the report notes, they do not have specific duties outlined in the constitution. The report also said that constables perform about .02 percent of recorded law enforcement activities in the state.

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Education
7:30 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Boehm Appointed U of L Graduate School Dean

Beth Boehm
Credit University of Louisville

Beth Boehm has been appointed the new dean of the University of Louisville's School of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies -- a role she's filled on an interim basis since September 2009, the university announced.

She's the first permanent dean of the school, which in 2008 replaced the old Graduate School.

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Politics
6:18 am
Fri November 9, 2012

For Religious Conservatives, Election Was A 'Disaster'

Attendees pray during The Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit on Sept. 14 in Washington, D.C.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 4:13 pm

Many religious conservatives thought this might be the year of an evangelical comeback, when voters would throw President Obama out because of his support of same-sex marriage and abortion, and his health plan's birth control mandate. It didn't work out that way.

"I think this was an evangelical disaster," says Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

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Local News
5:30 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Stephen Tobolowsky's New Series Is on WFPL

Actor, storyteller and friend of Byline Stephen Tobolowsky is on the air this month with four all-new, hour-long storytelling radio specials modeled around his new book, The Dangerous Animals Club. 

WFPL was one of the first stations in the country to broadcast The Tobolowsky Files, and we'll bring this new four-part series every Thursday at nine pm, beginning November 8th.

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Local News
4:24 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Kentucky Volunteer Helping With W. Va. Blizzard Cleanup

Photo of snow accumulation in Elkins, W. Va. by John Schmidt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flikr

A Red Cross volunteer from Kentucky has been helping residents of northeastern West Virginia recover from the massive snowfall caused by superstorm Sandy last week.

Ron Shipman has been preparing food at shelters in the communities of Beverly and Kingwood. Sandy dropped two feet of snow on Beverly. Shipman says the biggest issue facing most residents was the loss of electricity and some residents chose to spend money on fuel over food.

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