Arts and Humanities
1:25 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

ArtThrust: Empowering Young Louisville Women Through Art

Body cast sculpture from "A Weight Off My Mind," ArtThrust group exhibit.
Credit Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

ArtThrust, a program that empowers Louisville girls through art, will close its 2013 multimedia group exhibit next Friday. “A Weight Off My Mind,” which is open through September 27 at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, features sculpture and photography exploring beauty standards and body image by young women artists.

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Local News
12:39 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Up Front TV: E.J. Dionne and Phillip Bailey

Welcome to WFPL's TV show, week two, which airs every week on KET. 

This week: WFPL's Phillip Bailey discusses the 2014 Kentucky senate race, and journalist E.J. Dionne from The Washington Post discusses his new book, "Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent."

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Local News
12:28 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Brown Hotel Looking For Couples Married There For 90th Birthday Celebration

Louisville's Brown Hotel will celebrate its 90th birthday next month.

Louisville's Brown Hotel is looking for couples who were married there to help celebrate its 90th birthday in October.

The Brown Hotel has been a Louisville fixture since 1923.

Couples who were married there are being encouraged to send photos with the story of their wedding day to brownhotelstories@gmail.com.

In exchange for sharing their story, they'll receive a retro-inspired room rate, starting at $15 per night for those married in 1923, to return for their wedding anniversary. Rates increase in increments of $15 for each subsequent decade.

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Politics
12:19 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Senator Rand Paul: Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws Target Racial Minorities

U.S. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Senate

Speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws need to be changed in part because they disproportionately target African-Americans and Hispanics.

"If I told you that one out of three African-American males is forbidden by law from voting, you might think I was talking about Jim Crow 50 years ago. Yet today, a third of African-American males are still prevented from voting because of the War on Drugs," Paul told fellow lawmakers. "The War on Drugs has disproportionately affected young black males."

Paul was testifying about the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013, which he is co-sponsoring along with Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

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The measure will expand the so-called "safety valve" allowing federal judges to impose a sentence below the mandatory minimum in qualifying drug cases.

This is also part of Paul's larger outreach effort to racial minorities, which has sparked a discussion among civil rights leaders and lawmakers in his home state.

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The Two-Way
12:02 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

UPDATE: 'So, So Very Sorry,' Says Navy Yard Gunman's Mother

Aaron Alexis in an undated photo provided by a friend, Kristi Suthamtewakul.
AP

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 4:34 pm

"I don't know why he did what he did and I'll never be able to ask him why," Cathleen Alexis, mother of the man who authorities say killed 12 people Monday at the Washington Navy Yard, said in a statement she read to the media at midday Wednesday.

CNN has audio of her comments, in which she also says that "Aaron is now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone, and for that I am glad."

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The Two-Way
10:41 am
Wed September 18, 2013

No Guns Please, Starbucks Tells Customers

A Starbucks customer — gun on his hip and drink in his hand — watches a rally by gun control advocates, in Seattle in 2010.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 10:42 am

With the coffee giant caught in the middle of what he says is an "increasingly uncivil and, in some cases, even threatening" debate, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has posted a letter to "fellow Americans" asking that they not bring guns into Starbucks' shops.

Schultz writes that:

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Education
10:30 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Follow Up: Check Out Public Montessori School Enrollment Numbers for Jefferson County Public Schools

Earlier this month, WFPL reported on the increased student enrollment at the Montessori School of Louisville, which more than doubled the number of students it serves.

Montessori education is an approach that combines grade levels in the same classroom and uses hands-on learning techniques to teach students.  

We have since received the enrollment numbers in Jefferson County Public Schools' three Montessori programs and thought we'd share them.

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Politics
9:44 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Kentucky Coal Leader Doubts Alison Lundergan Grimes Could Be Stronger Advocate Than Mitch McConnell

Alison Lundergan Grimes (l) and Mitch McConnell (r)
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

A top coal industry leader in Kentucky is questioning if Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes can break with President Obama on restraining environmental regulations.

Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett also credits Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell for being the industry's chief proponent in Washington, D.C. despite the Grimes campaign blaming the GOP leader for job losses.

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to unveil stricter pollution limits this week to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the country.

Despite reports that regulations would not be as stringent on coal plants as originally expected, Grimes pounced on the Obama administration to hold off.

"Coal keeps the lights on in Kentucky—plain and simple—and I will not stand idle as overreaching regulation adversely impacts jobs and middle-class families. Any new regulations must take into account the impact on Kentucky jobs and be based on current technology that will not drive Kentucky coal out of business," Grimes said.

The message is part of an effort to blunt Republican attacks that Grimes would be beholden to the president's environmental agenda. But attempts to pick up support from Kentucky coal industry leaders has yet to materialize when many already view McConnell as their top advocate.

"One person's position on coal is defined and the other has yet to be," says Bissett. "I would say our industry has looked at Sen. McConnell as the chief adversary of President Obama since he took office. I think you've seen Sen. McConnell be very engaged in coal and standing in the way of a lot the president's policies as it relates to coal in Kentucky."

Bissett adds that Grimes hasn't said much about the subject until now and rarely was involved with the industry's concerns or needs in her capacity as secretary of state.

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Local News
7:30 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Kentucky Child Care Cut Critics to Push General Assembly to Expand Eligibility in 2014

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Critics of the state’s cuts to two programs benefiting thousands of Kentucky children are turning their focus to next year’s General Assembly session.

Earlier this year, the state Department for Community Based Services implemented drastic cuts to the Kinship Care and Child Care Assistance programs because of a budget shortfall. The programs give financial assistance to low-income working families to help cover child care costs.

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The Two-Way
6:21 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Poverty Rate Unchanged In 2012

How the number of Americans below the poverty line and the poverty rate have changed.
Census Bureau

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 12:21 pm

The nation's poverty rate remained unchanged at 15 percent in 2012, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.

For a family of four (two adults, two children) the poverty threshold in 2012 was $23,283.

There were 46.5 million Americans below the poverty line last year, Census says, vs. 46.2 million in 2011.

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