Politics
2:53 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

McConnell: Akin Should Reconsider Candidacy In Light of Rape Comments

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Calling the comments "inexcusable" Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is urging Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin to reconsidering his bid.

Over the weekend, Congressman Akin was asked if he would support abortion in the case of women who have been raped. Akin said: "It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare...If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

He apologized Monday for the controversial remarks and rejected calls to drop out of the race, but GOP leaders have said the Missouri lawmaker should think twice.

WFPL requested a comment from McConnell, and received the following statement.

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Politics
2:19 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Rand Paul, James Comer to Discuss Industrial Hemp

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High-profile supporters of industrial hemp will rally for their cause at the Kentucky State Fair this week.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will hold a news conference on Thursday morning on the fairgrounds. Paul is the co-sponsor of a Senate bill that would make hemp legal again across the U.S. And Comer supports a state-level bill that would allow it in Kentucky. He does not support legalizing hemp's cousin crop, marijuana.

Comer says Kentucky has always been well-suited to growing hemp, and the crop could be helpful at a time like this.

“It’s more resilient to drought conditions than any crop I know," he says. "It’s a green crop, you don’t have to put out nitrogen fertilizer out for it, so it’s a win-win situation.”

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Local News
1:49 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Medicaid Open Enrollment Begins in Kentucky

Kentuckians on Medicaid now have the opportunity to change healthcare providers for the first time in months.

Open enrollment for all of the state except Louisville started today. It's the first time since Medicaid was privatized that residents can choose a new private operator to handle their care.

Local News
1:45 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Nightline Covers Case of Louisville Teen Who Tweeted About Her Attackers

ABC News' Nighline program will air a piece this evening on Savannah Dietrich, the Louisville teenager who faced contempt charges for tweeting the names of two boys who sexually assaulted her.

Attorneys said the tweet violated the confidentiality of the juvenile proceeding. But Dietrich's story spread rapidly across the Internet, and Courier-Journal reporter Jason Riley calls Dietrich "a bit of a First Amendment hero" in the Nightline piece:

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The Two-Way
11:20 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Famed Augusta National Golf Club Adds First 2 Female Members

The 16th green at Augusta National — framed by some of the course's famed azaleas — in 2001.
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Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 1:06 pm

Breaking news from The Associated Press about a historic day for one of the nation's most historic sporting venues:

"For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.

"The home of the Masters has invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October. Both women have accepted."

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Environment
10:31 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Kentucky Joins Interstate Water Pollution Trading Program

Kentucky's Division of Water has joined neighboring Indiana and Ohio in entering a water pollution credit trading program.

Basically, this program would allow power plants and other industrial facilities to avoid some controls--and pollute a little more--if they pay farmers upstream to control their runoff.

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Politics
9:30 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Beshear Says Hybrid Solution for Struggling Pensions Could Work

Governor Steve Beshear says he's interested in a so-called hybrid approach to pension reform.

Lawmakers are discussing how to fix the flailing public pension plans for state and county employees. They'll make recommendations at the end of the year.

Beshear says he would support a plan, that allows current to employees keep their pensions, but require new employees to pay into a 401k-type plan.

But the governor's support isn't without qualifications.

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Organizers Expect Big Crowd for Tea Party Rally

A Tea Party rally featuring Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul in Frankfort to protest President Obama’s health care law is expected to draw a big crowd this week.

The two are expected to rail against the Affordable Care Act, which has been a punching bag for Republican leaders since its passage. Over the past year, Tea Party candidates running in Senate primaries have had impressive victories in Missouri, Indiana and Texas, and McConnell's appearance is being heralded as another sign of the movement's clout.

Tea Party activist David Adams says the rally will likely receive national attention due to McConnell and Paul’s attendance.

"The real draw on this are two U.S. Senators being there, so you may see people coming from farther away than just the 20 mile circle around the state Capitol," he says.

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

India Coal Deal Bad News for Climate Change

A recent deal to send millions of tons of Appalachian coal to India could bring billions of dollars to Kentucky coal producers over the next twenty-five years. But it’s not very good news for climate change.

The deal will ship up to nine million tons of Appalachian coal to India for the next 25 years. This is a lot of coal—nine million tons is actually about equivalent to the amount of coal purchased by the state of Virginia in 2010.

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Education
7:41 am
Mon August 20, 2012

GPS Could Make Transportation in JCPS More Efficient

Nearly 70,000 Jefferson County Public Schools students are taking the bus Tuesday for the first day of school, adding over 900 buses to the roads.

District officials expect some bus delays in the first week while drivers and parents figure out where students need to go after school, but they hope the new GPS-enabled buses will make transportation in the district more efficient. 

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