Politics
2:10 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

McConnell, Barr To Speak At GOP Convention

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will deliver a speech a speech at this month’s Republican National Convention.

McConnell’s office confirmed to the congressional newspaper The Hill that McConnell will speak on August 29, the third night of the convention in Tampa.

The Republican National Committee previously announced that Kentucky junior Senator Rand Paul will speak on the convention’s opening night August 27.

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Local News
1:50 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

UK To Conduct Military Suicide Study

Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Defense

A new research study in Kentucky will examine the effect of military suicides on family and friends.

The number of Army personnel who took their own lives reached a new monthly high mark in July. Dr. Julie Cerel from the University of Kentucky College of Social Work is investigating the toll military-related suicides take on not just close loved ones, but fellow service members as well.

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Local News
11:27 am
Tue August 21, 2012

WFPL Seeks Online Managing Editor

WFPL is seeking an Online Managing Editor to ensure the accuracy, timeliness and creativity of our digital content. The position is the bridge between the on-air news operation and the online news operation and will work with the News Director to create, curate and edit digital content and expand distribution. The position will also work with the newsroom to develop daily and long-term coverage plans.

Essential duties:

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Environment
11:23 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Unhealthy Smog Levels Expected Wednesday

The Louisville Air Pollution Control District is forecasting an unhealthy air day tomorrow, and has put an Air Quality Alert for ozone in effect.

The Air Quality Index is expected to be 104, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

For air quality updates, call (502) 574-3319.

Environment
10:13 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Study Finds Vitamin C May Help Reduce Air Pollution-Related Hospitalization

Scott Bauer, USDA Wikimedia Commons

Something that may be of interest to those who have had trouble breathing on some of Louisville's unhealthy air days this summer: increase your vitamin C intake.

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Politics
8:59 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Conway Says He's Open to Building More Exemptions Into Prescription Pill Law

A leading advocate of Kentucky's new prescription pill law says he's ready to listen to doctors who want to change it.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has made fighting prescription pill abuse one of his top priorities. Earlier this year, he was a leading supporter of House Bill 1, which mandates that most doctors use the KASPER pill tracking system.

Several doctors have complained that having to put every patient into the KASPER system is burdensome. And Conway says he's willing to loosen some restrictions to help the medical community.

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Education
8:04 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

JCPS Students, Teachers and Parents Connect Through Technology

Pat Macnamara is the media specialist at Chancey Elementary.

Jefferson County Public Schools students will begin the year this week with 1,770 iPads in over a dozen different schools. 

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Environment
5:28 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Inaugural Program in Library Series to Discuss Climate Change

The Louisville Free Public Library is launching a new series called "What's Next" to look at important issues coming up in the future. The first lecture in the series? A discussion about climate change.

From the news release:

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Environment
5:25 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Nearly All of Kentucky is Now Officially a "Drought Disaster Area"

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated another 68 Kentucky counties, including Jefferson, as drought disaster areas.

With the new drought declaration, Bell, Harlan, Leslie and Perry counties are the only Kentucky counties not officially in a drought. These counties are all clustered in the southeast part of the state.

University of Kentucky meteorologist Matt Dixon says the drought has been months in the making.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Tea Party Express Urges Akin to Drop Out

The country's largest Tea Party political action committee is joining a growing chorus of conservatives who are urging Missouri Congressman Todd Akin to drop out of his U.S. Senate race.

From Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer:

"Congressman Akin’s comments this weekend are not just unfortunate and inappropriate, but they are distracting from our main goal of defeating Claire McCaskill and taking the Senate gavel out of the hands of Harry Reid.  At a time when our national debt is approaching $16 trillion, job growth is stagnate, and the Senate has failed to pass a budget in over 3 years, we need a candidate that is ready to help lead the charge for conservative solutions.

One of the lessons we learned in 2010 is that we need candidates who are not only conservative, but are capable of putting together a strong campaign against liberal opponents. 

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