The Two-Way
6:39 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Report Details Industry's 'Cutthroat' Fight Of Miners' Claims

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 5:06 pm

My investigative reporting colleague Chris Hamby at the Center for Public Integrity has a compelling and troubling follow-up to our jointly-reported series last year on the resurgence of the deadly coal miners' disease black lung.

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Environment
6:33 am
Wed October 30, 2013

What Louisville Neighborhoods Are Affected by Traffic Exhaust? All of Them.

The Glaabs: Geoff, Charlotte, Cailin and Crystal.
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Louisville has always struggled with air pollution—from industrial parks and from the traffic-clogged highways. But while Metro Government's network of air monitors tests the air around the city, it’s harder to tell what residents are actually exposed to in their homes.

In the Portland neighborhood, I-64 rumbles past rows of shotgun houses, many with siding made grimy by the traffic exhaust. The highway is loud and dirty, but its pollution isn’t the primary concern for many residents.

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Local News
5:14 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Up Front TV: The Chris Thile Interview

This week I caught up the prodigy mandolin player, Chris Thile. You might know Thile from his early days playing with the bluegrass group Nickel Creek. Or, perhaps you've heard him with The Punch Brothers. For his latest album, he reached far into the past to play a handful of solo works by J.S. Bach. The record is called, "Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol 1." We spoke on the stage of the Bomhard Theater in the KY Center.

Arts and Humanities
3:39 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Flame Run Gallery's Glass Sculptures Attract Young Readers

Tiffany Ackerman's glass sculpture "The Monster Book of Monsters," inspired by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.
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A fine art glass studio might sound like an unlikely venue for a kid-friendly exhibit, but Flame Run Gallery's "Bookworms," a show of glass art inspired by children's literature, is definitely an all-ages show. 

"I get that a lot," gallery manager and exhibit curator Tiffany Ackerman says with a laugh. "But this isn't the first child-friendly show we've had here."

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Local News
3:15 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Kentucky Attorney General Warns of Online Health Insurance Scams

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The Kentucky Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection has some advice about how to avoid online scams related to the new federal health care law.

Spokeswoman Allison Martin says scammers typically try to take advantage whenever a major federal or state law is changed.

"Do not ever enter your personal information--if you're trying to sign up for a health care exchange--into any website that has the dot-com or dot-net address. The only legitimate health care exchanges will be located with a dot-gov address."

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Local News
3:04 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Kentucky State Police Offer Training Program For 'Live Shooter' Incidents in Schools

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Kentucky State Police have launched a new program to help train school officials on how to respond when gunshots are fired on campus.

The active shooter program was developed by a number of stakeholders over the past several months and police say it’s a direct response to shootings at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.

KSP spokesman Paul Blanton says schools can select from four participation levels in the program, ranging from simple local district visits and discussions to live role-playing seminars that include the firing of simulated shoots.

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Local News
3:00 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Should the Kentucky State Auditor Look Annually at Cities' Finances?

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An influx of allegations pertaining to misappropriated funds in Kentucky city governments has sparked debate  of whether the state auditor should do annual inquiries into their budgets .

The issue was discussed last week in the General Assembly's Interim Joint Committee on Local Government.

Current statutes require annual audits of county governments by the office of state Auditor Adam Edelen. For their part, cities are allowed to hire private firms to conduct yearly audits.

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Local News
2:55 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

One Hundred Louisvillians Sought for Project Exploring Structural Racism

Louisville’s Center for Health Equity is looking for 100 volunteers age 18 and older to take part in monthly discussions about structural, or institutional, racism in the community.

Participants in the project, called the Healing Possible Quorum—100 Louisvillians for Change, will meet over the next nine months, with the goal of identifying and helping reduce structural racism in areas such as employment, education, transportation, environmental quality and criminal justice.

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Education
1:45 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools Considers Easing Restrictions for Ex-Felon Parent Volunteers

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Some parents with felony backgrounds who are banned from volunteering in Jefferson County Public Schools may soon be allowed the privilege.

Volunteer applicants in JCPS are automatically rejected from assisting schools in a supervisory role if they are convicted of, or plead guilty to, any felony—no matter how long ago it happened.

(Click here to see WFPL's previous coverage on rejected volunteers.)

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The Two-Way
12:58 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Obama Aide Apologizes For HealthCare.gov's Troubled Launch

Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, during her testimony Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
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Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 12:55 pm

  • Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner apologizes for problems with HealthCare.gov
  • Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner says progress has been made

The first of two days worth of hearings about the problems plaguing HealthCare.gov got going Tuesday with an apology for the botched rollout from Marilyn Tavenner — administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. As It's All Politics noted earlier, she heads the agency "that oversaw the ill-fated website project."

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