Coal Ash Scares, Sickens Southwest Louisville Neighborhood–Part Three

Kathy Little and Debbie Walker stand in Walker’s front yard, 50 feet from the ash landfill at Louisville Gas & Electric‘s Cane Run plant. They watch as heavy machinery backs up, pushing ash from one pile to another. Both women have lived in the neighborhood for decades—Little for 33 years, Walker for 23. Walker says… Continue reading Coal Ash Scares, Sickens Southwest Louisville Neighborhood–Part Three

Passport Health Plan is Reimbursed for Misappropriation of Funds

Members of Passport Health Plan will pay back $26.4 million dollars that the Medicaid provider misappropriated. When Passport’s surplus grew to around $90 million dollars, it tried to hand money back to Norton Hospital, Jewish and St. Mary’s Inc., University Medical Center and University Physicians Associates. Passport executives did this to try to lower their… Continue reading Passport Health Plan is Reimbursed for Misappropriation of Funds

University of Louisville Begins Construction of Innovation Park

Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville President James Ramsey celebrated on Wednesday the beginning of construction for a new building in the Nucleus Innovation Park. “We’ve got a new research park here. It’s going to be a hot spot of collaboration and innovation and of course a spot where many, many jobs are going… Continue reading University of Louisville Begins Construction of Innovation Park

After Months, Berea Still Taking “First Step” on Human Rights Commission

Despite months of meetings on a proposed fairness ordinance and human rights commission, members of the Berea city council still say they’re taking the “first step” on the issue. In May, the council first considered passing an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and creating a commission to educate the public. A subcommittee was… Continue reading After Months, Berea Still Taking “First Step” on Human Rights Commission

Coalition Hopes New Districts Increase Minority Representation

The Louisville Metro Council listened to public comment Monday night on redistricting based on the 2010 Census. The Census revealed minority groups have become less centralized since 2000.  A coalition of local organizations is worried this could dilute minority representation. The group consists of a dozen organizations, and was formed before the Census was conducted.… Continue reading Coalition Hopes New Districts Increase Minority Representation

Today on Here & Now

President Obama has held a news conference to discuss the debt ceiling, and his effort to press for what he calls “the highest possible amount” of deficit reduction. We’ll get an update on where things stand. GOP insiders say Governor Rick Perry will likely throw his cowboy hat into the presidential race, maybe just ahead… Continue reading Today on Here & Now

Stolen Altarpiece Handed Over to US Government

After spending 40 years at Louisville’s Speed Art Museum, a stolen 14th century work is going home. The Speed Art Museum bought the piece from a New York Gallery in 1973 for 38 thousand dollars, not realizing the Italian art was stolen from a home in Italy two years earlier. The work is a three… Continue reading Stolen Altarpiece Handed Over to US Government

Food Literacy Project Opens Outdoor Kitchen at Oxmoor Farm

The Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm will open a new outdoor kitchen today to further the program’s experiential education for underserved children. The kitchen is on location at Oxmoor Farm so that kids can follow the food from ‘field to fork’. Project executive director Carol Gundersen says the field to fork idea is important… Continue reading Food Literacy Project Opens Outdoor Kitchen at Oxmoor Farm

Today on State of the News

It was the storm that no one saw coming. We’ll talk to two local meteorologists about Wednesday night’s severe weather. How did it sneak up on us, why did the roads flood so badly, and what damage was caused? We’ll also ask them why it’s been so rainy and what we can expect from the… Continue reading Today on State of the News

Mayor Will Sign Fireworks Ordinance, Budget

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says he will sign the fireworks ordinance passed by the Metro Council Thursday night.  The ordinance will allow the sale of fireworks permitted by state law, but says they cannot be set off by minors or within 200 feet of another person or building.  Mayor Fischer says the new state law… Continue reading Mayor Will Sign Fireworks Ordinance, Budget