Politics
5:22 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Speaker: Kentucky House May Still Investigate John Arnold Sexual Harassment Allegations

John Arnold
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FRANKFORT—The Kentucky House may take up further investigation into allegations of sexual harassment in the Statehouse.

Late last year, a committee looking into allegations against former Representative John Arnold disbanded without launching a formal investigation. House Speaker Greg Stumbo told reporters Friday that he received a letter from the chair of that panel.

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Politics
4:02 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo: Let's Make the Minimum Wage $10.10

Greg Stumbo
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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is sponsoring legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage.

House Bill 1 would raise the rate from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over three years.

The increase is needed to keep wages in line with inflation, and would help struggling working-class families across the state, Stumbo says.

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Podcast
2:32 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Sound on Film: 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Philomena'

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Hello brave listener and welcome to WFPL's Sound on Film.

On this episode, our thoughts on Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," starring frequent Scorsese collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as "Philomena," starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

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Arts and Humanities
1:56 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Butchertown Loses Artists as Gallery and Theater Move West

The new Tim Faulkner Building in the historic Portland neighborhood features a 5,000-square foot first floor exhibition gallery and 12,000-square feet of performance space.
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Right on the heels of gallery owner / art scene impresario Tim Faulkner's announcement that his eponymous gallery and studio spaces will soon move to the Portland neighborhood from its Franklin Street compound, where it moved in 2012 after it outgrew its previous East Market Street digs, The Alley Theater announced it would also leave the Butchertown neighborhood for a new downtown location. The Alley has made its home in The Pointe on Washington Street for the last four years. 

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Local News
12:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Byline Today: Kentucky General Assembly Preview, Traffic Fatalities Spike and More

The Kentucky General Assembly faces a session with many issues and not so much money, traffic fatalities spike in Jefferson County, and Mayor Greg Fischer discusses his first three years in office—these stories and more are coming up today on Byline.

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Arts and Humanities
11:47 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Frankfort Park Seeks Sculpture for Summer Shakespeare

"Make It Writhe," a sculpture by Andrew Marsh, featured in the summer 2013 production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It," directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis at Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort.
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Frankfort's Josephine Sculpture Park is home to more than thirty pieces of art, and every summer, they add a new piece through an innovative approach to integrating the arts. In each annual Summerstage outdoor theatrical production, a new sculpture becomes an integral part of the production's set design. 

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Local News
9:58 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Louisville's 33-Percent Traffic Death Spike, By the Numbers

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At the end of 2013, Kentucky's traffic fatality rate was the lowest since 1947. 

But Louisville—and the rest of Jefferson County—was an outlier. As I reported last week, Jefferson County traffic deaths spiked in 2013. 

In 2012, 66 people died in Jefferson County traffic accidents.

In 2013, the final number of Jefferson County traffic deaths is 88—a 33-percent spike.

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Politics
6:55 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Kentucky's State Budget Outlook Worst in Recent Memory, Report Says

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A survey of Kentucky's economy says lawmakers have a choice between reinvesting in services or making more cuts to government.

The report says $250 million in additional revenue won’t be enough to meet the state’s most pressing needs. The report was  released Thursday by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

Director Jason Bailey says this is the worst outlook in recent memory, and lawmakers must find ways to increase revenues to reverse the negative effects of budget cuts.

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Economy
6:52 am
Fri January 3, 2014

For The Unemployed, Ideas To Help Bridge The Gap To Work

Job seekers line up to talk to recruiters during a job fair held in Atlanta in May.
John Amis AP

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 8:01 pm

When members of Congress return to work next week, at the top of the "to-do" list is whether to renew emergency unemployment benefits. An extension of the benefits expired at the end of 2013, which means 1.3 million out-of-work Americans are no longer getting unemployment checks.

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Law
6:52 am
Fri January 3, 2014

DOJ Expected To Defend Health Law's Contraceptive Mandate

The health care law's requirement that workplace insurance policies include free birth control has been controversial from the get-go.
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Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 9:08 am

The Justice Department will answer a challenge Friday morning to a controversial provision in the new health care law. It requires most employers that offer health insurance to include birth control at no cost.

A group of Catholic nuns has objected to that, and this week they won a temporary reprieve from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. It's an unusual test case, but it won't be the last one.

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