Local News
2:59 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Tea Party Rally; Bridge Tolls; Immigrants to Louisville; Back to School: Today on Byline

Here's the rundown of this edition of Byline:

At the top - A Tea Party rally featuring Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul was held earlier this week in Frankfort to protest President Obama’s health care law.  WFPL's Phillip Bailey and Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston review the rally, discuss the Kentucky tea party, and the GOP’s hopes of reclaiming the presidency and a Senate majority.  

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Politics
2:54 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Yoder Presses Young Over Akin 'Legitimate Rape' Comments

In Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District race, Democratic challenger Shelli Yoder is calling on Republican incumbent Todd Young to denounce Missouri Congressman Todd Akin’s controversial comments.

But the GOP lawmaker has already spoken out against the recent statements in a televised interview earlier this week.

Akin made national headlines for saying that women who are "legitimately raped" rarely get pregnant. Other Republicans have urged him to drop out, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said Akin’s Senate campaign "has no future."

Yoder says Hoosiers of all political backgrounds have come up to her on the campaign trail and are disgusted with Akin's remarks.

"I want to know why hasn’t Todd Young come out with a statement on something that’s really deplorable in thought," she says.

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Environment
2:25 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Elevated Smog Levels are Expected Saturday

The Air Pollution Control District is forecasting high levels of ozone on Saturday. This marks the fourth consecutive day of Air Quality Alerts: there's already an alert in place today, and alerts were issued on Wednesday and Thursday. The air turned out to be normal on Wednesday, but ozone levels were slightly elevated yesterday.

So far this year, there have been 26 air quality alerts, but not all of those days have actually resulted in bad air.

Local News
1:50 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Yarmuth Says Democrats Could've Better Sold Health Care Law

U.S. Congress

Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville says his party dropped the ball on promoting the Affordable Care Act.

Yarmuth is one of the few public officials in Kentucky who has supported the health care law, and he actively defends it from criticism. But he says his fellow Democrats could have done a better job explaining the legislation.

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Local News
12:47 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Why Are We So Excited About the Derby Clock?

The Louisville Clock
Gabe Bullard WFPL News

The Derby Clock (technically called the Louisville Clock) is back on Fourth Street. 

Barney Bright's kinetic sculpture was first dedicated in 1976 in the Louisville Galleria. Over the subsequent 36 years, the clock has been broken, repaired and moved. It was placed in Theater Square last year and crews have spent the last few weeks making sure the carved figurines that run a mock horse race around the clock are in working order. 

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Election 2012
10:07 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Pre-Election Legal Battles Target Voting Rules

Protesters hold signs in Allentown, Pa., om July 25 as the Commonwealth Court holds hearings on voter ID laws.
Stephen Flood Express-Times /Landov

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 11:56 am

If you vote, you might very well be confused about what the rules will be when you go to cast your ballot this fall. There's been a flood of new laws on things such as voter identification and early voting, and many of them are now being challenged in court.

Some cases could drag on until Nov. 6, Election Day, and beyond. The outcomes will affect voters, and maybe even the results.

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The Two-Way
12:45 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Lance Armstrong Says He Won't Fight Doping Charges

Lance Armstrong grimaces prior to the start of the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Wanze, Belgium, on July 6, 2010. Armstrong said Thursday he is finished fighting charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his unprecedented cycling career.
Christophe Ena AP

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 7:35 am

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong says he won't fight accusations of doping from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency any longer, putting at risk his string of titles and his reputation as one of the world's great cyclists.

Here's part of Armstrong's statement:

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Environment
5:47 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

LG&E Trespasses in Cane Run Neighborhood

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Several residents near the Cane Run Power Station are angry after Louisville Gas & Electric employees walked onto their property without permission to collect dust samples off their homes.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Despite Akin Controversy, McConnell Says GOP Chances at Senate Majority Are "50-50"

McConnell
Kenny Colston Kentucky Public Radio

A recent controversy over a Missouri Senate candidate’s comments on rape has not diminished U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s outlook for November.

McConnell is hoping to become majority leader next year. Depending on who wins the presidency, he needs either three of four GOP Senate victories this fall to do so. He recently asked Republican Congressman Todd Akin to drop out of his race to give Republicans a better chance in Missouri, but Akin declined.

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Environment
3:45 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Despite Rains, Indiana Still Gripped By Drought

Photo from National Drought Mitigation Center

An updated federal report shows that more than one-third of Indiana is still in at least extreme drought even though recent rainfall has improved conditions for much of the state.

The new U.S. Drought Monitor report released today says about 11 percent of Indiana is in the worst category with exceptional drought. That designation covers much of the state's southwestern corner from around Terre Haute to north of Evansville.

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