Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Eddie Maamry

Morocco native Abdel Jalil “Eddie” Maamry was working on a cruise ship when he met JoAnne, the woman who would become his wife. She was from Pennsylvania and lived in Louisville, and after two years of a long-distance relationship, he joined her here in what he calls “a big small city.” In May of 2007… Continue reading Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Eddie Maamry

Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Yung Nguyen

At the beginning of the 1980s, 22-year-old Yung Nguyen left Vietnam—one of millions of Vietnamese who fled the country after the Fall of Saigon and the resulting takeover by the Communist regime. He and two friends set out to walk and bike across Cambodia and Thailand. Of the three, only Nguyen completed the trip; his… Continue reading Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Yung Nguyen

After Years of Keeping Rates Low, Coal Now Detrimental to Utility Costs

Coal-fired electricity is one of the reasons Kentucky’s utility rates are among the lowest in the nation. And as new pollution regulations take effect, coal is the reason Kentucky will be among the hardest hit states. Rate increases currently before the Public Service Commission are one sign of the changing tide.

The Strange Life, Death and Reproductive Cycle of an Endangered Mussel

Nobody’s going to put the pink mucket on a bumper sticker as a call to action for the environment—it’s not nearly photogenic enough—but a team of scientists is dedicated to restoring an essential part of the river ecosystem.

Frazier Exhibit Recalls Troubled Times of Mary Todd Lincoln

A new exhibit at Louisville’s Frazier History Museum includes documents that recall a turbulent chapter in the post-Washington life of Mary Todd Lincoln. It’s the first public display of the papers related to the former first lady’s commitment to an Illinois mental institution, an action initiated by her son. Frazier Curator of Collections Kelly Williams… Continue reading Frazier Exhibit Recalls Troubled Times of Mary Todd Lincoln

Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs Closing This Month

The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club is closing all four clubs in Louisville this month. Staff and club members were notified on Tuesday effective October 21 the clubs will close. A statement released late Tuesday night says rising costs and diminished income led to the decision to close. The Salvation Army has struggled to… Continue reading Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs Closing This Month

Green Building Adapts to Various Structures, Scales in Kentucky Architecture

Green building is often seen as a luxury. A lot of projects are capital-intensive, and take years to make up for their costs in energy savings. But as energy prices rise, sustainable buildings are starting to make even more fiscal sense for all types of buildings. The corner of Seventh and Liberty streets in downtown… Continue reading Green Building Adapts to Various Structures, Scales in Kentucky Architecture

LG&E, Kentucky Utilities To Replace Three Coal Plants With Natural Gas

One of Louisville’s two coal-fired power plants will be taken offline in the next five years. By 2016, Cane Run Power Station will be replaced by natural gas—a fuel that’s cleaner than conventional coal. Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities will retire the Cane Run plant in southwest Louisville, as well as two other… Continue reading LG&E, Kentucky Utilities To Replace Three Coal Plants With Natural Gas

KY Proposes Settlement With Coal Company Over Water Pollution

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection is proposing a settlement with a coal company over thousands of alleged violations of the Clean Water Act in eastern Kentucky. The deal is among the highest the state has ever levied for pollution penalties, but environmental groups say it still falls short. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet… Continue reading KY Proposes Settlement With Coal Company Over Water Pollution

Indiana School Voucher Challenge Set For Hearing

An Indiana judge is scheduled to hear arguments tomorrow  in a suit challenging the state’s new school voucher program. The program was created by the Republican-led 2011 General Assembly and allows parents who meet income guidelines and are unhappy with their public schools to use taxpayer dollars to send their children to private schools. Critics say… Continue reading Indiana School Voucher Challenge Set For Hearing