Environment
1:18 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Audits Seek to Help Louisville Congregations Save Energy

Aaron Tornes of Kentucky IPL shows Bill Bowman of Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church a kilowatt meter.
Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

Kentucky has one of the lowest electricity rates in the U.S. But that doesn’t always translate to lower bills, thanks to housing stock that isn’t very efficient and wastes a lot of energy.

For buildings like churches, the problem is especially severe. Many churches are old and leaky, with large areas that are only used occasionally during the week and on Sundays.

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Local News
12:12 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Kentucky Has the Most Distilleries Since Prohibition Ended, Report Says

Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

A new study shows Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector primed for another round of expansion.

The report released Tuesday was done by the University of Louisville's Urban Studies Institute.

(You can reach the full report here.)

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Local News
11:54 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Kentucky ACLU Asks Attorney General for Help Getting LMPD Racial Profiling Study

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky is appealing to Attorney General Jack Conway for help in getting the release of Louisville Metro Police's racial profiling study.

Last week, a Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman told WFPL the study is still under review.

Earlier: Louisville Metro Police's Racial Profiling Study Still Not Released

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Education
7:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Jefferson County School Board Candidates to Meet Today at PTA-Sponsored Forum

School board district map with current board members.
Credit http://www.jefferson.k12.ky.us/Board/BoardMap/Board_District_Map.html

Candidates for the the Jefferson County Board of Education will sit Tuesday evening for a panel discussion two weeks ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

Candidates from JCPS’ 3rd, 5th and 6th district will attend the forum. (Diane Porter, who represents District 1, is running unopposed for re-election.)

The district 3 seat is being vacated this year by incumbent Debbie Wesslund.  Linda Duncan and Carol Haddad, representing the 5th and 6th districts, will be defending their seats.

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The Two-Way
6:44 am
Tue October 21, 2014

This Past September Ranks As Hottest On Record, NOAA Says

Four months in 2014 have already been the warmest on record.
NOAA

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 6:34 pm

This past September was, on average, the hottest on record, meteorologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.

The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces was 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit, or 1.30 F hotter than the century average.

The AP reports:

"It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and August.

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Politics
8:18 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

McConnell Has 1-Percentage Point Lead in Kentucky Senate Race, Bluegrass Poll Says

Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has the slightest of edges over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes two weeks ahead of the Nov. 4 election, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll released Monday evening.

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Environment
5:11 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Study Shows Direct Connections Between Mountaintop Removal Dust Exposure and Lung Cancer

Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL

A new epidemiological study adds to the growing body of scientific evidence that mountaintop removal coal mining is harmful to the health of nearby residents.

The study published last week in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Technology used dust samples from homes near a mountaintop removal site in West Virginia, as well as a control site far from mining in the eastern part of the state.

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Local News
3:47 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Former Residents Accuse Kentucky Mobile Home Park Operator of Improper Evictions, Seizures

Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Sixteen current and former residents of mobile home parks owned by SSK Communities in Kentucky have filed a class-action lawsuit accusing SSK of a self-enrichment scheme of evicting residents, seizing their trailers and renting them to new tenants.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Jefferson County Circuit Court, alleges that SSK’s eviction and water-billing practices violate several state laws, including the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act. It asks the court to stop SSK from refusing to renew leases to “force a resident to sacrifice their home.”

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Local News
3:28 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

5 Takeaways from Forum on the Struggles of Louisville's Inner-City Youths

Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

What issues do Louisville's inner-city youths face and how can the community help? Those were some of the topics in the first in a series of forums Sunday addressing Louisville inner-city youths. 

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Local News
12:15 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Help Name the Louisville Zoo's Newest Hippo

A 7-week-old pygmy hippo at the Louisville Zoo will soon have a name.

More than 2,500 names were submitted in a contest. The zoo's hippo keepers chose three of those names. And the public will vote for the final choice.

The names are Ace, Jahari and Kimani.

Zoo visitors can vote through Sunday for their favorite name by making a contribution in the voting kiosk on the zoo's Front Plaza.

The name that receives the most votes will be given to the hippo and will be announced next week.

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