The Two-Way
11:21 am
Sun September 29, 2013

Shutdown Standoff: 'How Dare You,' And Other Views From Congress

The federal government remains on track to miss a midnight Monday deadline to fund its operations. Chambers of Congress sharply disagree over a temporary funding bill. Here, the Capitol is seen Saturday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 12:10 pm

The federal government has moved closer to the brink of a shutdown, as the House of Representatives approved a temporary funding bill Saturday night that the Senate and White House say has no chance of becoming law.

The House bill would avert the budget deadline at midnight Monday by funding the U.S. government into December. But it also includes a one-year delay of Obamacare — a provision that Democrats and some Republicans say has no place in a stopgap funding bill.

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Local News
7:48 am
Sun September 29, 2013

What We're Reading | 9.29.13

Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Politics
7:19 am
Sun September 29, 2013

House Vote Brings Government To The Verge Of A Shutdown

The lights are on at the Capitol as the House of Representatives works into the night Saturday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 11:22 am

Shortly after midnight Sunday morning, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would keep the government's lights on. It would also delay the Affordable Care Act for a year, making the legislation a non-starter for Senate Democrats and the president.

The ball is back in the Senate's court now, with fewer than 40 hours until a government shutdown begins.

The House bill does three things. First, it's a temporary measure to keep government operations funded through the middle of December.

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Health Care
7:19 am
Sun September 29, 2013

The Religious Alternative To Obamacare's Individual Mandate

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:54 pm

The Affordable Care Act requires nearly every American to have health insurance or pay a penalty, beginning Jan. 1. The so-called "individual mandate" has been controversial ever since the law was passed.

But for people who fall into a few select categories, the mandate doesn't apply. Like Native Americans who get health coverage through the Indian Health Service, or people who are incarcerated.

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Local News
7:15 am
Sun September 29, 2013

Flu Shot Appointments Now Available in Louisville

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Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is now offering flu shots at several locations throughout the city.

Health officials are recommending that everyone older than six months be immunized in preparation for the upcoming flu season, which is expected to last from mid-October through the end of February.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports there will be adequate supplies. But Dave Langdon, Metro Department of Health and Wellness spokesperson, encourages people to avoid the dangerous risk of flu and get their shots as soon as possible.

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Education
7:02 am
Sun September 29, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Discusses Test Results With WFPL

Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

On Friday, the Kentucky Department of Education released results of its statewide school accountability tests, showing for the first time measurable data against the previous year under a new testing system.

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Local News
10:33 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

College Football: Florida Makes It 27 Straight Over Kentucky, 24-7

Number 20 Florida beat Kentucky 24-7 Saturday in Lexington, its 27th straight college football win over UK.

The Gators outgained the Wildcats 402 to 173 in yardage to improve to 3-1 on the season.

Kentucky’s only score came on a 25 yard run during a fake field goal attempt in the first quarter. UK drops to 1-3 on the season.

The Wildcats visit South Carolina next Saturday.

The Louisville Cards and Indiana Hoosiers had the weekend off.

Strange Fruit
11:44 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Strange Fruit: A Conversation with Trans Activist Janet Mock

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Politics
6:27 am
Sat September 28, 2013

With Government Shutdown Looming, All Eyes Turn To House GOP

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., left, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, express frustration on Friday after the Senate passed a bill to fund the government, but stripped it of language crafted by House Republicans to defund Obamacare.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 3:21 pm

As expected, the Senate passed a bill Friday to keep the government funded through mid-November — without stripping any funding away from the president's health care law.

Now the action returns to the House, where Republicans earlier in the week tied the measure to defunding the Affordable Care Act. With the threat of a shutdown looming three days away, the question is now, what will the House do?

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The Two-Way
6:24 am
Sat September 28, 2013

U.N. Security Council Approves Syria Chemical Weapons Resolution

Britain's Foreign Minister William Hague, left, and US Secretary of State John Kerry, right, vote to approve a resolution that will require Syria to give up its chemical weapons during a meeting on Friday at U.N. headquarters in New York.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 6:31 am

Sealing an unlikely diplomatic alliance between the United States and Russia, the United Nations Security Council on Friday voted unanimously to approve a resolution that compels Syria to give up its chemical weapons or face consequences.

"Today, the U.N. Security Council has demonstrated that diplomacy can be so powerful, it can diffuse the worst weapons of war," Secretary of State John Kerry said after the vote.

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