Politics
5:01 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Report: One in Six Kentucky Households Cannot Afford Healthy Food

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One in six Kentucky households report having serious problems affording nutritious food, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The report released on Wednesday also reveals basic hunger needs in the state have increased over the past decade even as lawmakers in Washington are proposing to dump millions of food stamp recipients.

Of the approximately 285,000 Kentucky households experiencing food insecurity, about 113,000 had at least one or more members living in the home forced to reduce their food intake. The agriculture department's report shows 15.6 percent lack adequate food choices, a five percent increase since 2003.

Many argue government help such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program combat those hunger issues. But food stamps face a possible $40 billion worth of cuts in Congress, which could eliminate benefits for up to 6 million Americans.

Jason Bailey is director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. He says the cuts are coming at a time when many families are still struggling economically.

"It’s not like they’re also proposing to create 4 to 6 million jobs that these folks can get to provide enough income for them to pay for their food needs. It’s an incredibly cruel and counter-productive proposal at a time when unemployment is still high," he says.

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Education
4:58 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Louisville Schools for At-Risk Students Say JCPS Not Doing Enough to Keep Kids Safe

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Leaders from five agencies that serve at-risk children in Louisville say the Jefferson County school district isn't doing enough to ensure there are ample employees to keep students and staff safe at their schools.

Maryhurst, St. Joseph Children’s Home, Boys and Girls Haven, Home of the Innocents and Uspiritus (Brooklawn and Bellewood campuses) all treat children with emotional and behavioral disorders, many of whom are wards of the state or have had traumatic life experiences or unstable homes.

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Environment
4:41 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Judge Grants Temporary Injunction, Environmental Groups Appeal Kentucky Mine Decision

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A judge has temporarily halted work at a surface mine in Eastern Kentucky, while he considers an appeal.

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Arts and Humanities
4:38 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Getting Technical: The Final Days of Rehearsal for Actors Theatre's 'Noises Off'

Production stage manager Pablo Holmes' command center for tech rehearsal. What's in all of those Altoid tins?
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Friday, August 30 –  it's less than a week before "Noises Off" opens, and director Meredith McDonough  has an odd request for an actor who plans on shaving his beard that evening.

"Nathan, can I get less of your face?" 

Actors Theatre of Louisville last staged this backstage farce (often called “a love letter to the theatre”) in 1998. Then-artistic director Jon Jory directed, and McDonough was Jory’s directing assistant – not a bad gig to kick-start a career.  

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Politics
3:57 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

McConnell to Make Syria Decision in 'Coming Days,' Feels Certain about No Boots on the Ground

Senator McConnell at the Bowling Green Rotary
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Kentucky’s senior U.S. senator says while he hasn’t made up his mind on a possible U.S. strike in Syria, he’s certain American military forces won’t be placed inside that country.

Republican Mitch McConnell spoke to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club Wednesday, and said even those in Washington who are advocating for U.S. involvement in Syria are stopping short of calling for boots on the ground.

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The Two-Way
3:40 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Senate Panel Passes Authorization For Force Against Syria

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., listens as the committee's ranking Republican, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, speaks before Wednesday's vote.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 8:05 pm

A Senate panel has voted to approve a resolution giving President Obama the authority to carry out punitive strikes against Syria for its use of chemical weapons.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the authorization by a 10-7 vote, with one senator voting present. The measure must be passed by a vote of the full Senate to come into force. The vote is likely to take place next week.

The vote marks the first time lawmakers have voted to authorize military action since the October 2002 vote giving President George W. Bush authority to invade Iraq.

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The Two-Way
2:58 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Economy Expanding At Moderate Rate, Fed Says

Doors for a Chevy Sonic hang on the assembly line at General Motors' Orion Assembly Plant in Lake Orion, Michigan, in 2011.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 6:59 pm

The U.S. economy held steady with "modest to moderate" growth between early July and late August, as Americans bought more cars and auto factories ramped up hiring.

The Federal Reserve's so-called Beige Book, comprising reports from 12 geographic districts around the country, showed that manufacturing activity "expanded modestly" and that several districts reported that "demand for inputs related to autos, housing, and infrastructure were strong."

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Local News
1:47 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

IRS: U of L Official Defrauded School, Medical Practices; Losses May Exceed $2 Million

The Internal Revenue Service says the executive director of a medical department at the University of Louisville wrote checks to himself possibly in excess of $2 million since 2007. 

Perry "Chad" Vaughn, who oversaw the school's Department of Family & Geriatric Medicine, is due in federal court on Monday after federal prosecutors obtained a preliminary injunction to prevent him from spending any of the funds.

The IRS says the money came from the department and affiliated medical practices. 

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Environment
12:32 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Legislative Committee to Hear Testimony Tomorrow on Bluegrass Pipeline

Citizens rallied at the Capitol last month against the pipeline.
Erica Peterson WFPL News

A legislative committee will hear testimony tomorrow from the company that wants to build a natural gas liquids pipeline across Kentucky. State government employees and environmental advocates will also testify.

Last month, the state Senate passed a resolution urging further study of the Bluegrass Pipeline, but this meeting marks the first time lawmakers will formally hear from the project’s advocates and opponents.

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The Two-Way
6:12 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Syria Debate In Congress: 4 Exchanges You Should Listen To

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 12:48 pm

During a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, the Obama administration began making its case for a military strike on Syria.

For about three hours, Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey answered questions about the administration's plans, which they are asking Congress to OK.

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