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6:29 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Louisville Panel on Institutional Racism Will Meet Saturday

The Louisville Department of Health and Wellness is beginning a long-term project to address institutional racism.

The department's Center for Health Equity has gathered 100 people from across the city to study past and present incidents of racism and how they affect residents.

"In any area of transportation, or education, or housing, there's an opportunity for us to address structural and institutional racism," says Community Health Specialist T. Gonzales.

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6:26 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Lawsuit Claims Western Kentucky Lawmaker Misused Company Funds for Campaign

Ben Waide
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A Western Kentucky lawmaker is accused of using company money to inappropriately fund campaign activities.

A complaint filed by shareholders of Liberty Rehabilitation alleges that Rep. Ben Waide used over $30,000 of that business's funds to bankroll campaigning.

Waide is the company’s president, and the suit further alleges the Maidsonville Republican used company money to pay for unauthorized massages and a trip to St. Louis with his wife. Further, it claims he pocketed official state travel reimbursements charged to Liberty’s account.

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6:21 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Extreme Cold Moves Into Louisville Area; JCPS, Other Schools Closed Tuesday

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Update 3:51 p.m.: JCPS Will Stay Closed, Too

Jefferson County Public Schools will remain closed on Tuesday because of the extremely cold weather.

Wind chills are forecast to be in the -19 to -23 degrees range between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Tuesday, said Mike Paddock, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Louisville.

Winds are expected to ease up in the mid-morning Tuesday—the high temperature is expected to be about 13 degrees, Paddock said.

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Local News
1:54 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Tom Jurich Launches 'Wide Open' Search For New Louisville Cardinals Football Coach

Tom Jurich
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University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says he’ll work as quickly as possible to find a replacement for outgoing football coach Charlie Strong.

Strong is leaving U of L after four seasons to become the head coach at Texas.    

Without mentioning names,  Jurich said Sunday he has a short list of candidates in mind, but the search is “wide open.”

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1:05 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Officials Urge Preparation as Extreme Cold Approaches Louisville Area; JCPS Closed on Monday

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Go here for Monday's updates.

Update 7:12 p.m.: More Schools Closed

Bullitt County Public Schools and New Albany-Floyd County Schools aren't opening on Monday because of the weather, either.

That brings the list to:

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Local News
12:00 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Louisville Homeless Shelters Expect Influx as Single-Digit Cold Approaches

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Temperatures are forecast to drop into the single digits starting this weekend and three Louisville homeless shelters are preparing for an influx of overnight visitors.

The homeless shelters will activate Operation White Flag, a program that disregards normal rules for admittance and accepts anyone who is without a warm place to stay during extreme temperatures.

Operation White Flag is instituted when winter temperatures drop below 35 degrees.

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Local News
10:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

What We're Reading | 1.5.14

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Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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8:20 am
Sun January 5, 2014

With Benefits Cut, Unemployed Take Stock Of Dwindling Options

Visitors use the Unemployment Insurance Phone Bank in Sacramento, Calif., on Sept. 20. Tens of thousands in the state lost federal unemployment benefits in December.
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Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 6:51 pm

In November, 222,000 Californians opened their mailboxes to find a warning: Unemployment benefits were scheduled to end in December.

While Congress was inching closer to passing a budget, Emergency Unemployment Compensation was not part of the deal. That's the long-term jobless benefits: extra federal money that allows unemployed workers to collect payments for months longer than they could in better economic times.

Sure enough, on Dec. 18, Congress passed that budget and packed up for Christmas recess, leaving those extended benefits to expire just 10 days later.

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Local News
7:41 am
Sun January 5, 2014

Do Louisville Hip-Hop Artists Need Radio Play to Make It?

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On most days, the strip of Fourth Street between Muhammad Ali Boulevard and Chestnut Street is bustling with people walking to work, looking for lunch or bumming a smoke. On some days, however, the sidewalk outside of the Marmaduke Building is crowded with local hip hop artists, demanding the radio station on the second floor play their music.

The artists and their supporters gather to wave signs, shout chants and pass out CDs with hopes of sparking the interest of B96.5 station managers.

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7:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

JCPS Initial School Application Period for 2014-15 Ends Friday

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Update 4:15 p.m. Monday: Mobile Application Canceled

The initial application and registration period for Jefferson County Public Schools ends Friday.

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