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National Attention for KY Lawmaker’s Opposition to Anti-Bullying Bill; River Fields Denies Delaying ORBP; DuPont Fined for Rubbertown Violations; McConnell Questions Obama’s Ohio Visit: Afternoon Review

Profiling a 14-year-old boy who committed suicide after years of alleged anti-gay taunts at school, CNN’s Anderson Cooper covered opposition to bullying legislation in Kentucky by highlighting state Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Danville, who believes homosexuality is a sin.

Leaders with the conservation group River Fields rebuffed a resolution introduced in the Louisville Metro Council that blames them for delays to the Ohio River Bridges Project. River Fields Board of Trustees President Lee Cory says city lawmakers and civic leaders are whipping up a mob mentality to demonize the group, adding River Fields is not responsible for the delays.

And in other bridge-related news, engineers say it will take another week-and-a-half to finish their inspection of the Sherman Minton Bridge. Then they’ll be able to determine how long it will take to repair the bridge and re-open it to traffic.

Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell questioned the motives of President Barack Obama’s planned visit to the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati, alleging it’s more about his re-election than solving the country’s economic woes. The span connecting Kentucky to Ohio was cited in Mr. Obama’s speech before a joint session of Congress earlier this month as an example of the country’s crumbling infrastructure needs.

And the Louisville Air Pollution Control Board voted today to approve a settlement between the city and DuPont for permit violations at the company’s Rubbertown plant. The board order fines the company $51,000.

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EPA to Monitor Air Toxics at Schools

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a new initiative to track toxic air pollution at some of the nation’s schools.  Louisville’s Air Pollution Control Board spokesman Matt Stull says the EPA will prioritize schools most at risk based on state input.

“They’re going to be asking the states to comment on their draft list of schools, and if states feel strongly that a school should be added, or feel strongly that a school should be taken off, then EPA will take that into consideration,” says Stull.

Stull says that while the list is still subject to change, Louisville schools are not likely to be on it.  He says that’s because of the city’s Strategic Toxic Air Reduction program, which includes monitoring sites for toxic emissions.  He say the program has helped improve air quality.