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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Shots - Health News
6:12 am
Wed September 4, 2013

CDC: One-Fourth Of Heart Attack And Stroke Deaths Preventable

There has been more progress in lowering deaths from heart attacks and strokes among people who qualify for Medicare than those who are younger.
CDC

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 9:26 am

Could health insurance be the remedy for 200,000 deaths a year from heart attacks and strokes? It might be a big part of the cure.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about one-quarter of the 800,000 deaths from those causes could be avoided, according to a report released Tuesday.

It's worth trying. "Nothing is more important than reducing heart disease and stroke," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a briefing for journalists.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Unconvinced by Obama Administration's Argument to Attack Syria

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth
Credit U.S. Congress

The Obama administration's case to take military action against Syria after its government allegedly used chemical weapons against civilians has yet to convince Kentucky's lone Democratic congressman to support intervention.

Speaking on a WFPL News special, Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., says the country's international reputation is not enough to launch a strike.

President Obama is seeking congressional authorization before launching strikes against Balshar al-Assad's regime, which is engaged in a two-year long civil war with rebel forces.

The Obama administration is making its case to lawmakers beginning with a presentation before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week.

Over 100 lawmakers attended a confidential briefing with national security experts on Sunday.

Yarmuth was among those lawmakers, and while he believes in the evidence presented by the administration showing the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians, the congressman isn’t convinced the U.S. should get involved.

"The general public probably considers national security interest any direct threat to the United States homeland, embassies, troops or property. The administration has a much vaguer I would say definition of national security interest, and they’re talking about the security of our allies and certain esoteric interests that I don’t think most Americans would agree is our national security interest," says Yarmuth.

Yarmuth says he is also concerned because the U.S. is acting alone without many allies who are willing to join the fight against Syria.

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Local News
4:37 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

U of L Advances in College Football Polls

The Louisville Cards moved up a spot this week in college football’s Associated Press and USA Today/coaches polls.

U of L is ranked eighth in both polls after a 49-7 season-opening win over Ohio University Sunday.

The Cards take on Eastern Kentucky University Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Alabama captured the top spot in both college football polls this week.

Local News
4:01 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Retired Louisville Firefighters Discuss City's Attempt to Make Interest Payment on Pension Dispute

The attorney for retired Louisville firefighters seeking an interest payment from a pension dispute settlement says her clients largely agree that they won’t accept a check from the city.

Last month, the city attempted to deliver an $8-million check to the firefighters’ attorney, Ann Oldfather. She declined, and the city ended up giving the check to Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Mary Shaw, who presides over the pension case.

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Local News
3:51 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Speaker Greg Stumbo: Legislative Leaders Should Discuss John Arnold Case Publicly

Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo wants to open a closed-door meeting of the Legislative Research Commission scheduled for Wednesday that will discuss an internal investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Rep. John A. Arnold by two longtime state house staffers.

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Local News
3:28 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Indiana Gets Extension of State-Run Health Plan as Medicaid Expansion Talks Continue

Indiana is being granted a limited extension of its Healthy Indiana Plan while state and federal health care leaders continue negotiating a possible Medicaid expansion.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved extending the state-run plan through the end of next year while lowering the income level for eligibility.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence says he’s "grateful" for the negotiations with the Obama administration and is still seeking to use the plan as a vehicle for Medicaid expansion.

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The Two-Way
1:32 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Boehner, Pelosi Unite Behind President On Syria

President Obama met with more than a dozen lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, at the White House on Tuesday to press his case for a military strike in Syria.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 2:30 pm

President Obama's call for Congress to give him the go-ahead to strike targets in Syria has put House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the same side of an important issue for one of the few times in recent years.

Calling Syrian President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons "a barbarous act," Boehner emerged from a meeting at the White House to say he supports Obama's request.

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