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6:55 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Even In An Obama Stronghold, Voters Saying 'No' On Syria

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., gestures as he speaks in an Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in May 22.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 6:31 pm

Among the hurdles in the House to authorizing U.S. strikes on Syria: Many lawmakers say that back home there's very little support for military action.

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6:45 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

GOP Group Rebukes Matt Bevin for Defending Alison Lundergan Grimes Against 'Empty Dress' Remark

Mitch McConnell (l) is being challenged by Matt Bevin (r) in the Republican primary.
Credit File photos

Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin is being rebuked by a national Republican group for defending Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes against a GOP spokesman who referred to her as an "empty dress" this week.

The comments were made by National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brad Dayspring about Grimes in an -email to a Washington, D.C.-based newspaper.

Since then, state and national Democrats have pounced on the comment as a "sexist smear" while attempting to tie them to Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

In an interview with The Courier-Journal's James Carroll, Bevin, who is running against McConnell in the GOP primary, followed suit. Saying he is married with six children, Bevin said calling Grimes an "empty dress" remarks was "insulting" and "beneath the dignity of a United States senator."

That drew a sharp criticism from NRSC spokeswoman Brook Hougesen.

"It's frankly embarrassing—and as a woman it’s offensive—that someone proclaiming to be conservative would lend credence to the Barack Obama gender war playbook that aims to smear good and decent Republicans," Hougeson told WFPL in a statement.

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Arts and Humanities
5:26 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

23 Books Later, Louisville's Sue Grafton is Going Strong

Sue Grafton
Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL News

Sue Grafton, now 73-years-old, claims she's slowing down.

But a quick skim of her biography would make you think otherwise. Grafton has published five books in the last 10 years. She's currently on letter "W" in her alphabet series with "W is for Wasted," out this month. It means she's written a total of 23 books, with three in the series remaining—for "X," "Y" and "Z."

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Arts and Humanities
5:07 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Failed State Inspection Delays Kentucky Center's Phone Upgrades

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.
Credit David Amsler / Flickr User

New cable placed throughout the Kentucky Center last year during a $100,000 telecommunications upgrades is going unused because it failed a state electrical inspection for safety reasons. 

Kentucky Center spokesperson Kim Baker says the cabling in question was deactivated after the inspector’s visit, is currently pending removal, and does not currently pose a safety risk. 

“It’s not live,” says Baker. “The advisement was to go ahead and disconnect the cable and disable it. That’s what we did.”

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5:07 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Hear From Bluegrass Pipeline Supporters, Opponents


Kentucky lawmakers are weighing whether to take any action to regulate a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline that could cross the state. A joint legislative committee heard from both proponents and opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline on Thursday.

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4:56 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Senate Conservatives Fund Ad Says Mitch McConnell is 'Doing Nothing' to Stop Obamacare

Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Credit Kentucky Public Radio

Saying Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is doing nothing to stop President Obama's health care law, a conservative group is making a hefty ad buy pressuring the GOP lawmaker to de-fund Obamacare.

Senate Conservatives Fund is reportedly spending $340,000 on a new TV ad that criticizes McConnell's leadership.

"McConnell is the Senate Republican leader, but he refuses to lead on defunding Obamcare. What good is a leader like that? It's nice that McConnell voted against Obamacare, but we need real leadership to stop it now," the ad says.

The new spot will begin airing Friday.


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Local News
3:44 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Months After Fatal Ambush, Resolve Still Strong to Find Bardstown Officer's Killer

Photos of slain Officer Jason Ellis are a common sight on Bardstown storefronts.
Rick Howlett

It’s been just over three months since the ambush shooting death of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis. 

The 33-year-old lawman was attacked while on his way home from work on the Memorial Day weekend.

Police say they have not identified any suspects but continue to follow up on leads.  

As the days pass without an arrest, many are working to keep the case fresh in people’s minds.

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Local News
2:40 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Norton Healthcare Rejects U of L's 30-Day Demands, Risking Lawsuit

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Arguments continue this week over the recently announced partnership between Norton Healthcare and the UK Healthcare.

Norton has rejected demands made by the University of Louisville to end its recently-announced pediatric services agreement with UK, and to instead negotiate with U of L.

The dispute is over the use of Kosair Children’s Hospital, which Norton owns but sits on state-owned land that must be used to benefit U of L and the citizens of Kentucky.

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Local News
12:41 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Indiana Delays Approving Tolls Rates, Kentucky Fears Higher Project Costs As Result

Artists rendition of the new East End Bridge; three of Louisville's five bridges will be tolled when the project is completed.
Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

In a surprise move, Indiana officials said they were not ready to approve toll rates for the Ohio River Bridges Project, which could end up costing Kentucky taxpayers or commuters.

The bi-state tolling body was expected to approve toll rates Thursday morning, which will be used to pay for the new East End and downtown bridges and for the reworking of Spaghetti Junction. Instead, Indiana officials removed the item from the agenda. Afterward, spokesman Will Wingfield told media the state just wasn’t prepared.

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11:40 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton Supports Military Action Against Syria

Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton

Former Congressman Lee Hamilton says he hopes U.S. lawmakers act responsibly and give President Obama authorization to launch military strikes against Syria.

The president's request to strike Syria has divided Democrats with many—such as Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky—saying they are unconvinced by the administration's argument thus far.

Considered a foreign policy expert, Hamilton is a Democrat who represented Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District for 35 years. He is scheduled to speak about the wide-ranging foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. at a speech Thursday evening at Bellarmine University set for 7 p.m.

In an interview with WFPL News, Hamilton says Congress has been too deferential to U.S. presidents on foreign affairs in the past, but he would back the president's efforts in Syria.

"I would vote for the resolution. You have three options: first of all, do nothing. I think that’s not acceptable. That would mean in effect that (Balshar) al-Assad can with impunity attack his own people with chemical weapons," he says.

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