11:35am

Tue September 6, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

30-Degree Drop Ends Near-Record Heat

Sometimes a 70-degree day feels downright balmy, but that wasn't the case Monday. Bet you grabbed a sweater or a jacket before leaving the house, right? That's because over the weekend, Central Kentucky sizzled when it hit 98 degrees Friday and Saturday. That was close to the record of 100 for both days. "When you get a 30-degree switch, you're obviously going to feel a shock," said Ryan Sharp, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville.

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11:33am

Tue September 6, 2011
The Commonwealth

Road Repair Work Continues into Fall

Pothole patching, sweeping, drain and ditch cleaning, pavement marking, and maintenance crews may work on major interstates in the Louisville Metro area only during non-peak daytime hours and at night. Motorists should watch for roadside maintenance and pavement marking crews on interstates and highways throughout the rest of the district on a daily basis.

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11:25am

Tue September 6, 2011
Statehouse News

Tougher Ethics for Lawmakers

The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission has made a number of recommendations to tighten the code of ethics for state lawmakers. In its annual report, the panel calls for 16 changes to state laws that apply to the conduct of legislators, lobbyists and political candidates. Among the recommendations is a repeal of the provision allowing lobbyists to spend a total of $100 annually on food and beverages for each legislator and their family members.

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11:23am

Tue September 6, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Labor Troubles Grow at LOU Orchestra

Louisville Orchestra management is expected make two decisions regarding its ongoing labor dispute this week. After months of talks with no agreement, Mayor Greg Fischer joined contract negotiations with the management and musicians. Last week, he announced that an anonymous donor had come forward to pay for a nationally-recognized consultant to work with mediators. The mayor is encouraging both sides to welcome the help. Orchestra CEO Robert Birman says the management will decide this week whether to accept the offer. The musicians had previously sought to bring in an outside expert, but Birman says it didn’t work out.

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11:19am

Tue September 6, 2011
Business and the Economy

Hearings on KU/LG&E Rates Underway

One of the Kentucky Public Service Commission’s public meetings on proposed utility rate increases is scheduled for tonight in Louisville. Commissioners will give an educational presentation about the request, then take testimony from the public.Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities have requested that the PSC allow them to raise utility rates to pay for environmental upgrades to their power plants. LG&E estimates total electric bills will rise by about 19 percent by 2016 for their customers, and KU customers will see bills increase by about 12 percent.

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11:17am

Tue September 6, 2011
All Politics are Local

Civil Rights Group Faces Shutdown

Three years after the death of its founder, the Justice Resource Center is at risk of losing its non-profit status.The civil rights organization was founded by the late Reverend Louis Coleman in 1972 to address racial discrimination, gun violence and police brutality. Coleman died in 2008 after suffering a series of seizures. The social justice group has been led by the Rev. James Tennyson of New Golden Star Baptist Church since then.

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11:15am

Tue September 6, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Making Fuel with Sunlight and Water

Researchers at the University of Kentucky have discovered an alloy that could possibly split water into hydrogen and oxygen using solar energy. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and supercomputer technology, Professors Madhu Menon and Michael Sheetz found that the alloy is a mixture of gallium nitride and a small amount of antimony. Menon says he thinks the technology could someday be accessible to everyone and available on the open market.

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11:13am

Tue September 6, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Free Download Makes Book "Best Seller"

A spokesman with the University Press of Kentucky says response has been phenomenal to a special online promotion involving a new book from former NPR personality, and Kentucky native, Bob Edwards. Publicity Manager Mack McCormick says the decision to offer "A Voice In The Box, My Life In Radio" as a limited time, free download has put the Lexington-based publishing company on the national map.

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10:45am

Tue September 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Service Sector Still Growing, Though Slowly, Survey Shows

The service sector of the economy, which accounts for more than 80 percent of the jobs on private payrolls, "grew in August for the 21st consecutive month," according to data collected by the private Institute for Supply Management.

The institute's "non-manufacturing" index expanded by 0.6 percentage points, to 53.3. A reading above 50 signals that the service sector is expanding.

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10:15am

Tue September 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Kids Of Parents Who Smoke At Home Miss More School

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About half of adult smokers who live with young children say they don't smoke in the house. But that leaves the rest who do.

And the children of these at-home smokers --according to a study just published in the journal Pediatrics — are missing more days of school.

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