Politics
11:09 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Rep. Young: Health Care Law Still "Bad Public Policy"

Indiana Congressman Todd Young (R-Bloomington) released this statement on today's Supreme Court health care ruling:

“Because of the negative effect on our economy and job creation, I’m disappointed that the so-called individual mandate requiring every American to purchase health insurance will stand.  However, I am pleased that the Court has affirmed that our federal government is constitutionally limited in its ability to regulate Americans’ lives.

 

Read more
Local News
10:49 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Yarmuth Praises High Court ACA Ruling

Third District Congressman John Yarmuth released this statement following today's Supreme Court Ruling upholding President Obama's health care overhaul:

“Today, the Supreme Court made a decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act that is in step with the Constitution and the majority of Americans.

Read more
Developing: Supreme Court
9:40 am
Thu June 28, 2012

As It Happened: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

Supporters of President Obama's health care legislation celebrated outside after hearing that the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:39 pm

The Supreme Court ruled today that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is constitutional — giving the Obama administration a big election year win over conservative critics who argue that the health care overhaul is a step on the way toward socialized medicine.

Read more
Local News
9:24 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Special Coverage of SCOTUS Decision on Health Care

Starting at 10:00 this morning, WFPL will carry special coverage to bring you the latest news and analysis on the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

From 10:00 to noon, we'll broadcast On Point live. The show will have expert guests and listener calls. 

At 1:00 pm, Here and Now will bring you more coverage of the decision.

At 7:00 pm, NPR will have a wrap-up of the day's events.

Shots - Health Blog
9:17 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Waiting Almost Over For High Court Decision On Health Care Law

The scene outside the U.S. Supreme Court this morning: lights, camera and soon action.
Scott Hensley NPR

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 9:45 am

Outside the U.S. Supreme Court early this morning, there were some tired faces, quite a few smiles and the vibe you sometimes feel when a pack of marathoners is nearing the finish line.

Everyone's tired, but there's a sense of anticipation that the long legal slog is almost over.

Three months after historic arguments before the high court over the constitutionality of the administration's sweeping health care law, we're about to find out if it will hold up.

Read more
Politics
6:17 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Fischer Backs Local Sales Tax Option

File photo

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer supports a local option sales tax within the county limits to raise additional revenue for Metro Government.

Read more
Politics
6:15 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

New Medicaid Commissioner Named

After two years of interim leadership, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services has a permanent Medicaid Commissioner. 

Lawrence Kissner is the current CEO of Magnolia Health Plan, a managed care operator in Mississippi. He will start as Kentucky's new Medicaid commissioner July 1. 

The move continues the overhaul Secretary Audrey Haynes began when she took her job in April. 

Read more
Politics
5:23 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Gail Collins To Speak In Louisville Thursday

New York Times national columnist Gail Collins speak tomorrow night at the Louisville Free Public Library.

Collins will discuss her new book, As Texas Goes…, which looks at how Texas has historically influenced federal government policies but in recent years has been a hotbed of anti-Washington sentiment.

Collins said she decided to write the book after attending a Tea Party rally in 2009.

Read more
Politics
5:12 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Audit Finds Poor Documentation of Council Discretionary Funds

An internal audit has found half of the grant from the Louisville Metro Council lacked sufficient documentation to determine if the discretionary funds were spent as intended.

Last year, Council President Jim King, D-10, ordered the review in the wake of the ethics controversy involving former Councilwoman Judy Green, who was booted from office over misuse of Neighborhood Development Funds.

The audit looked at 117 grants over the past two fiscal years totaling more $1.9 million in taxpayer dollars and found no wrongdoing. However, it showed the majority of the council’s Neighborhood Development Funds had missing proof of payment, unallowable expenditures or poor documentation to account for the grants.

"The audit was difficult to conduct in that there was a lack of monitoring in place prior to the new administration being there," says Internal Auditor Ingram Quick, adding the lack of documentation of the grants is troubling.

Among the findings are approximately $238,000 of expenditures in which proof of payment was not provided to the city. It also found inconsistencies and a vague criteria for non-profit groups receiving city funds, including over $6,500 in funds that were spent out of compliance with Metro Government rules.

Read more
Arts and Humanities
5:00 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Both Alike in Dignity: Students and Comedians Honor Shakespeare

Shakespeare fans have two very different programs to choose from at The Bard’s Town this Friday with back-to-back performances that show the reverence and irreverence Louisville has for the Bard.

First up, a showcase of Walden Theatre students celebrating the end of the Summer Shakespeare Intensive program starts at 7:30 p.m. The 14 teens will perform scenes and monologues they prepared during the three weeks they’ve spent immersed in Shakespeare’s First Folio.

Read more

Pages