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by Charles Spivey on May 31, 2012

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Lawsuit Alleges Damages From “Whiskey Fungus”

by Erica Peterson May 30, 2012

A lawsuit filed today in federal court alleges a black substance coating the homes of residents in some areas of Louisville is caused by whiskey distilling. Attorney Bill McMurray says for years, residents have seen a black substance growing on metal surfaces, and it’s nearly impossible to remove. “And it’s only recently been understood within [...]

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Novelist Creates Own Drinking Game at Readings

by Erin Keane May 30, 2012

Louisville author Patrick Wensink has discovered one simple strategy to help people pay attention during book tour readings. He’s made a drinking game out of his. “I’ve always felt like the worst part of a book reading is the book reading,” says Wensink. “I’m as guilty as anybody. I’ve sort of zoned out in the [...]

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Preliminary East End Bridge Work Set for August

by Rick Howlett May 30, 2012

Indiana officials are advertising for bids for preparatory work on the state‘s portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield says construction will begin this summer on a road extension between Utica, Indiana and the River Ridge Commerce Center. It’s the first step toward construction of a new east [...]

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AEP to Reconsider Alternatives to Coal at Eastern Kentucky Plant

by Erica Peterson May 30, 2012

American Electric Power may have changed its mind about the future of the coal-fired Big Sandy Power Plant in Eastern Kentucky. The company has an application pending with the Kentucky Public Service Commission to install pollution controls at the plant to continue burning coal. But WFPL has learned that AEP filed to withdraw the application [...]

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State Tax Overhaul Panel Begins Regional Hearings

by Rick Howlett May 30, 2012

From Chad Lampe, Kentucky Public Radio Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson and Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Tax Commission are seeking public comment to help develop recommendations on overhauling the state tax code. Abramson says around 100 people attended the first of six regional public hearings last night in Paducah. The commission wraps up public meetings in August [...]

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Paul Proposes Cutting Pakistan Aid to Help Release bin Laden Informant

by Phillip M. Bailey May 30, 2012

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., plans to introduce legislation to cut all aid to Pakistan until the foreign country releases a physician who assisted the U.S. in killing Osama bin Laden. According to reports, Dr. Shakil Afridi worked with U.S. intelligence officials to run a number of a fake hepatitis B vaccine programs in order [...]

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Louisville Innovative Delivery Team to Tackle Urban Problems

by Phillip M. Bailey May 30, 2012

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has put together a special team that will take on five urban challenges. The projects range from to expanding recycling and reducing the number of low-severity 911 calls to implementing a more efficient rezoning process. Fischer announced a six-member “Innovation Delivery Team” will deal with the five goals, which will be [...]

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Yarmuth Hosting Third Annual Workshop for Job-Seekers

by Phillip M. Bailey May 30, 2012

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., will host the third annual “Build Your Skills” workshop next month at Jefferson Community and Technical College’s downtown campus. The event is hosted in conjunction with KentuckianaWorks, the Louisville Urban League and Metropolitan College, and is free and open to residents. Yarmuth says Louisville residents who are unemployed, underemployed or [...]

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National Progressive Group Targets Kentucky Lawmakers for ALEC Ties

by Kenny Colston May 30, 2012

A national progressive organization that’s pressuring Democrats to drop their memberships in a conservative nonprofit is now operating in Kentucky. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has spearheaded several national campaigns, like the push to recall Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker and with Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s U.S. Senate bid. The group is also encouraging lawmakers [...]

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