Politics
12:02 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Congressman Hal Rogers Wants 'Precise' Details Before Favoring Syria Strike

Kentucky Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers

Kentucky's longest serving member of Congress wants more details from President Obama before supporting the administration's resolution seeking military action against the Syrian government.

"The ongoing civil war in Syria is heartbreaking, but I have great reservations about intervening in Syria," says Congressman Hal Rogers, who was first elected in 1980.

Speaking at a news conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, the president announced he will address the nation from the White House next week to make his case for intervention before the American public.

For the most part, Kentucky's federal delegates in the House and Senate are leaning against the mission. 

Congressman John Yarmuth, the lone Democrat, says he remains unconvinced by the Obama administration's argument.

Republican congressmen Andy Barr and Ed Whitfield have both voiced opposition while Brett Guthrie said via Facebook he would "listen carefully" as the administration makes its case.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has been noticeably absent from the debate. But in a recent public appearance, McConnell said he would announce his position in "the coming days."

While Rogers, who chairs the powerful appropriations committee, told WFPL he has serious doubts about the mission, the GOP lawmaker also indicated he is open to being persuaded by Obama's argument.

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Local News
11:55 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Jonathan Gassett Resigns Under Scrutiny

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The head of Kentucky's Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has resigned the position he has held since 2005.

The chairman of the department's commission says Jonathan W. Gassett submitted a letter of resignation Thursday evening.

Commission chairman Stuart Ray says Gassett is resigning to pursue outside interests.

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Local News
11:30 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Norton Healthcare Sues University of Louisville in Kosair Children's Hospital Dispute

Kosair Children's Hospital
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Norton Healthcare is challenging in court the University of Louisville's legal right to evict the healthcare system from the Kosair Children's Hospital property.

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The Two-Way
10:40 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Obama Has No 'Intention' To Strike Syria If Congress Says No

President Obama on Friday at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 11:22 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': White House adviser Tony Blinken talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep

"The president of course has the authority to act" even if Congress does not support his plan for a military strike on Syria, White House deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken told Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep earlier today.

But Blinken also said of the president that it is "neither his desire nor his intention to use that authority absent Congress backing him."

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The Two-Way
9:17 am
Fri September 6, 2013

'Pretty Solid Jobs Report' Likely; Will Fed Then Dial Back?

The scene last month at a "Beyond the Dream" job fair in Brooklyn, N.Y. Data on the month's job growth and unemployment rate are due Friday morning.
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Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 9:35 am

Economists expect to hear that about 180,000 jobs were added to payrolls and that the nation's unemployment rate held steady at 7.4 percent last month when the Bureau of Labor Statistics issues its highly anticipated report about the August employment situation at 8:30 a.m. ET.

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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Reports: NSA Has Keys To Most Internet Encryption

The National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.
Saul Loeb Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 5:12 pm

The National Security Agency has the keys to most Internet encryption methods and it has gotten them by using supercomputers to break them and by enlisting the help of private IT companies, The New York Times and The Guardian are reporting.

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It's All Politics
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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Politics
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.
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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.
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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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