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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The Two-Way
6:23 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Obama Says He Spoke On The Phone With Iranian Leader

President Barack Obama talks with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran during a phone call in the Oval Office, Sept. 27, 2013.
Pete Souza White House

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 6:28 pm

During an address at the White House, today, President Obama said that he spoke on the phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

That detail is important in understanding just how serious the negotiations between the two countries have gotten. That talk was the first time the heads of states of the two countries have spoken directly since 1979.

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Education
5:24 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Education Leaders Celebrate JCPS Schools, Acknowledge Room For Improvements

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he has more confidence in Jefferson County Public Schools than he did earlier this year. 

Holliday was joined by Superintendent Donna Hargens and Mayor Greg Fischer at Fern Creek High School (which made significant gains this year) in celebrating the district's improvement Friday.

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It's All Politics
4:56 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Deja Vu: A Look Back At The Last Shutdowns, In Photos

Dave Glass (right), a federal government computer assistant, and about 100 other furloughed Social Security Administration workers gather at the Arthur J. Altmeyer Building in Woodlawn, Md., on Dec. 26, to protest the temporary government shutdown.
Gary Sussman AP

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 1:03 pm

With the possibility of a federal government shutdown looming on the horizon, we decided to take a look back in photographs at the last time the government closed its doors.

On Nov. 13, 1995, with a midnight shutdown almost inevitable, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped due to lack of confidence in the U.S. government. People flocked to passport offices, not knowing the next time they would be able to get one.

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Local News
4:31 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

KY Legislature Regs on Relationships; Bevin/McConnell; JCPS Tests; Health Exchanges: Byline 9/27/13

Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio link below):

At the top - Federal agencies have been preparing for the possibility of a shutdown should Congress fail to pass a temporary spending bill. At the heart of the gridlock is an effort by House Republicans to remove funding for the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans are divided on how to proceed.  Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he doesn’t want to fund Obamacare either, but won’t vote for any measures or procedural moves, like a filibuster, that would cause a government shutdown. This has become an issue in the campaign for McConnell’s seat.  He’s running for re-election next year and has a primary opponent, Matt Bevin, who been openly critical of McConnell’s position on this. WFPL political editor Phillip M. Bailey tells us the details.

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Local News
4:04 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

College Football: Rebuilding Wildcats Hoping to Snap 26-Game Losing Streak to Gators

The University of Kentucky football team will try to end a long losing streak to Florida when the Wildcats take on the Gators tomorrow in Lexington.

Kentucky’s last win over Florida was in November of 1986, a 10-3 victory at Commonwealth Stadium.

Last season, the Gators beat the Wildcats for the 26th straight time, a 38-0 drubbing in Gainesville.

First-year UK coach Mark Stoops says his players can use the streak as motivation if they want, but shouldn’t let it become a distraction.

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Environment
3:24 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

U.N. Climate Panel Recommends Global Limit on Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Erica Peterson WFPL

A long-anticipated report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reinforces earlier conclusions that global warming is both real and caused by human activity. In a first, the panel also recommended a ceiling on carbon emissions.

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Education
1:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Says Math and Middle Schools Need Improvement

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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says while Kentucky students improved their overall test results from last school year, the state still needs to do a better job with math.

“We’re extremely concerned about math. We have made math our number one focus this year especially in middle schools," he says.

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