6:31am

Fri July 8, 2011
Space

Shuttle's Final Launch Gets Mega Attention

Weather permitting, the space shuttle Atlantis will bast off Friday for the last time at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

6:24am

Fri July 8, 2011
Education

New JCPS Supt. in Town

The new superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools is in Louisville for the first time since she was hired for the post last month.

Dr. Donna Hargens will be in town through Tuesday.

She’s meeting with school board members and district officials, including interim Superintendent Dr. Freda Merriweather. She also made a stop at Churchill Park School.

Hargens will take over as superintendent on August 1st.

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6:22am

Fri July 8, 2011
Business and the Economy

New Kentucky Bank First in Decades

For the first time in more than 80 years, Kentucky state government is depositing its receipts in a new bank. Earlier this year, the state awarded to JP Morgan Chase the contract to be its depository. Chase took over as the state’s new banker this week. Frankfort-based Farmer’s Bank had held the contract continuously since 1928.

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6:03am

Fri July 8, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

New Standards For Power Plants

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing a new air pollution rule that’s meant to reduce power plant emissions. The rule will affect Kentucky, but not immediately. The EPA’s new rule is meant to control sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, which are often blown across state lines. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says regulating such interstate pollution is essential, because a state shouldn’t be penalized for pollution it can’t control.

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6:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

A Tragedy, a Musical and a Comic

There’s no need to trade your kingdom for good drama this summer weekend.  Summerfest begins in Lexington with Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” Studio Players recaptures past glory with a revival of “Forever Plaid,” and actor-comedian Adele Givens, who’s a Lexington native, performs at the Lyric Theater.  Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader has this preview.

5:56am

Fri July 8, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Collective Bargaining on Lexington Burner

A battle is brewing over how much authority Lexington's Urban County Council should have over contract agreements reached through collective bargaining. Council members tussled for hours Thursday night over a resolution put forward by Councilman Ed Lane that would clarify the procedure for approving collective bargaining agreements. Lane and his supporters argued the resolution is needed because the police and fire pension system is unsustainable and the council deserves more input.

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5:14am

Fri July 8, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lexington Mayor's Vetoes Stand

All three of Lexington Mayor Jim Gray's historic line-item vetoes of the Urban County Council-approved budget will remain in effect. The council put up resistance to only one set of cuts. In what Councilman Jay McChord called a "heartfelt" decision, the body voted 11-4 to keep Mayor Gray's 10-percent across-the-board cut to the government's partner agencies intact, shaving close to 315-thousand dollars off the budget. Councilman Doug Martin, who voted against overriding the mayor's veto, said slashing the budgets of organizations like the Salvation Army and Hope Center in the midst of difficult economic times was painful.

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4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Business

Silver Prices Pressure Native American Silversmiths

A rise in the global price of silver is hurting Native American artists like Floyd Lomakuyuaya of the Hopi Reservation. The spike is threatening not only their livelihoods, but also part of their cultural heritage.

4:00am

Fri July 8, 2011
Economy

Administration Extends Assistance To Jobless Homeowners

People who fall behind on their mortgage payments because of a job loss are about to get some additional breathing room. The Obama administration is pressuring mortgage servicers to increase the forbearance period to 12 months for homeowners who have lost jobs. NPR's Tamara Keith reports.

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