1:47 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Louisville Food Distributor Grasshoppers Will Close by Friday

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Grasshoppers Distribution won’t exist after Friday, according to an email the local food distributor sent to its members.

Based in Louisville's Portland neighborhood, Grasshoppers was founded in 2007. As city officials have talked about growing the city’s local food movement, the company was often held up as a success story and a model for future local food infrastructure in Portland.

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12:52 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

U.S. Chamber Releases Ad Supporting McConnell, Citing Support for Coal

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a new ad supporting Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election bid, citing McConnell's support for the coal industry.

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9:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Study Finds Dangerous Flame Retardants in Children's Furniture

Ninety percent of chairs marketed to children--like this one--were found to contain toxic flame retardants.
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A new analysis of furniture made specifically for children has revealed that the majority of it contains toxic flame retardant chemicals.

The study was conducted by the non-profit Center for Environmental Health and researchers at Duke University. They analyzed 42 children’s couches and chairs from big box retailers, and found that 90 percent of them contain flame retardant chemicals that have been linked to serious health problems.

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6:46 am
Mon December 2, 2013

New Appalachian Fellowship Program Aims to Rebuild Region's Economy

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A new fellowship program will begin next year, aiming to help communities in Central Appalachia rebuild their economies.

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2:07 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Officials Hope Clean Up at Homes Near Black Leaf Plant Will Be Finished by End of Year

A sign on the fence surrounding the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville's Park Hill neighborhood.

State and federal crews are making progress cleaning up homes contaminated by the old Black Leaf Chemical plant in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood.

The Black Leaf plant was home to many companies during the 20th century, including several that produced pesticides. In 2011, high levels of heavy metals and pesticides were discovered in the site’s soil. Later, residential testing revealed the dangerous chemicals had migrated to nearby homes.

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Food & Drink Week
7:50 am
Sun November 24, 2013

Why and How We Might Eat Local for Thanksgiving

Heritage turkeys
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Thanksgiving day will send cooks to kitchens and eaters to table across Louisville and the rest of the U.S. For Richard McCarthy, it's a good reason to not just eat the food, but to think about where each ingredient and dish comes from and what it means to us personally.

McCarthy is the executive director of Slow Food USA, a national network  that supports, in their words, "good, clean and fair food for all." He was recently in Louisville and stopped by the WFPL studio. We talked about why and how Thanksgiving cooks can use local foods in their dishes.

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9:16 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

LG&E to Pay $113,000 Settlement for Cane Run Odor, Dust Violations

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Louisville Gas & Electric is set to pay more than $113,000 to the Air Pollution Control District for outstanding dust and odor violations at the company’s Cane Run Power Station.

The APCD board unanimously approved the settlement at a public forum on Wednesday.

LG&E proposed the settlement to cover fines that date back to early 2012.

The violations and fines stem from poorly maintained coal ash and odor from the plant that has plagued the nearby Cane Run neighborhood.

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3:31 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Swiss Chemist Wins Inaugural Conn Prize for Solar Cell Discovery

Michael Graetzel
University of Louisville

The University of Louisville has announced the winner of the first Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy. The award goes to Swiss chemist Michael Graetzel for his work developing a new kind of solar cell that’s easier and less expensive to produce than traditional silicon-based cells.

The Leigh Ann Conn Prize was announced last year.   It honors game-changing work in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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12:30 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Eastern Kentucky Coal Production, Employment Declines Again in Third Quarter

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Kentucky’s coal production and employment both dropped during the third quarter of this year, and once again the state’s eastern coalfields recorded the biggest loss, according to the latest quarterly coal report.

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2:46 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

EPA Approves Changes to Kentucky's Selenium Standard

Gabe Bullard WFPL

The federal government has signed off on a controversial proposal to change the way Kentucky measures selenium pollution in state waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter with its decision today.

Selenium is a naturally-occurring substance that's released into waterways during strip mining. In large amounts, it's toxic to both aquatic life and humans. The substance also bioaccumulates up the food chain, so as fish eat other fish, levels of selenium rise.

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