Local News
4:45 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Nominations Sought For Civil Rights Hall Of Fame

The deadline to nominate someone to be considered for the 2012 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame is next Monday, July 16.

Cynthia Fox with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights says anyone 18 and other can nominate a person for the honor.

Nominees can be living or deceased and does not have to be currently active in civil rights.

Local News
4:30 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Six State Park Lodges Turning 50

The lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg. (Photo courtesy of Kentucky State Parks)

Half a dozen Kentucky State Resort Parks lodges are turning 50 years old this year.

Parks spokeswoman LaDonna Miller says special events are planned at each resort to commemorate the milestones.

"The parks are actually older than that but this was a great building expansion in 1962, so these lodges this year turn 50.

Your Money
9:47 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Raising Minimum Wage: A Help Or Harm?

Wendy Brown of Schenectady, N.Y., holds a sign before an Occupy Albany rally pushing for a raise in New York's minimum wage on May 29, 2012.
Mike Groll AP

Originally published on Sun July 8, 2012 8:55 pm

Back in 1912, Massachusetts became the first place in America to introduce a minimum wage, but it would take another quarter century before a national minimum wage was set.

President Franklin Roosevelt made it law in 1938, that any hourly worker had to be paid at least 25 cents an hour. It was revolutionary, and very few countries had anything like it.

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6:00 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

Storm Warnings Expire Around Louisville

National Weather Service

Update 9:30 pm: The warnings have expired. 

The National Weather Service has issued storm warnings for several counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

No warnings or watches are currently in effect for Jefferson County, but severe thunderstorm warnings are active in Boone, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Madison, Owen, Scott and Wolfe counties in the commonwealth. 

Rain swept through Louisville today and a line of storms continues to make its way through the area. 

Election 2012
9:45 am
Sun July 8, 2012

Pro-Obama SuperPACs Losing The Money Race

President Obama steps onstage before a campaign event in Poland, Ohio. He recently underlined the importance of campaign finances to supporters in an email that began, "I will be outspent."
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 7, 2012 5:28 pm

"I will be outspent." This simple phrase headed an email President Obama recently sent to supporters.

"We can be outspent and still win," the message read. "But we can't be outspent 10 to 1 and still win." Obama asked for donations of as little as $3 to compete against the deep pockets of Republican challenger Mitt Romney and the super political action committees that back him.

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10:30 pm
Sat July 7, 2012

Noise and Notes: The Politics of Pot and Remembering Rev. Louis Coleman

Probably more than most states, Kentucky is associated with marijuana.

Six months before the General Assembly reconvenes, state Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, unveiled a bill that would legalize medical marijuana dubbed the "Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act."

The legislation has gotten national attention, but also drawn sharp criticism from state police and political opponents despite medical marijuana being legal in 17 other states.

I sat down with Clark in a candid conversation about the political risk involved with introducing such a bill and why he believes Kentucky should be leading the legalization movement.

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6:32 pm
Sat July 7, 2012

NY Times Editorial Goes After McConnell Over Disclose Act

File photo

In a stinging editorial, the New York Times chastises Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for opposing legislation that would require Super PACs to disclose their donor lists to the public.

Last month, McConnell delivered a pointed speech against the Disclose Act where he argued it was an attempt by the Obama administration to intimidate conservative donors and organizations. The GOP leader went as far as to accuse the president of engaging in Nixonian harassment to undermine the First Amendment.

But those in support of the bill—including Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky.—argue the measure is necessary to know who is behind political ads in the Citizens United world.

From the New York Times:

The vast majority of the secret money going into “social welfare” organizations like Crossroads GPS, founded by Karl Rove, is being spent on behalf of Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates, and the Disclose Act is coming up for another vote in a few weeks. So Mr. McConnell needs a new excuse for filibustering it again. But his suggestion that President Obama and Democrats want disclosure in order to compile a list of “enemies” is repugnant.

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3:35 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Ackerson Wants Government Accountability Panel to Investigate Shanklin

Councilman Brent Ackerson, D-26.
Louisville Metro Council

Louisville Metro Councilman Brent Ackerson, D-26, is calling on the government accountability committee to investigate Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, who has been embroiled in a series of scandals.

Since May, Shanklin has faced mounting questions about the use of citys grants from her office, particularly for an upholstery training program for ex-convicts that served no former inmates but that she and her relatives participated in.

The city's internal audit is conducting a review of the jobs program and a report is pending.

It has also been reported that $3,000 in taxpayer money went to Shanklin's family members through funding of the Petersburg-Newburg Neighborhood Association, which she is a board member. Until last year, Shanklin has personally signed checks to the group  since 2005.

An audit of council discretionary spending found a lack monitoring in the majority of those grants, but the report called out Shanklin specifically for having a conflict of interest in funding the neighborhood group while being a board member.

Ackerson says he is concerned about the oversight of taxpayer dollars as well as media reports, adding he wants to know the full story behind Shanklin's controversies.

"Controversy such as this do not bode will for government period. There's a lot of questions that are raised about discretionary funds. Negative stories out there that don't talk about everything and don't give government a chance to address those, all they do is create improper conclusions. And I'm a firm believer in discretionary funds and what they can do for an area," he says.

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Planet Money
3:06 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

How Unemployment Has Dragged On, In Three Charts

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 11:06 pm

Losing your job is rarely good. Not being able to find one for months can be disastrous for individuals, and bad for society as well. Yet during the recent recession and the current anemic recovery, more people in the U.S. have been unemployed for longer than at any time since 1948.

Of all Americans who were unemployed in June, almost half had been without a job for 27 weeks or longer. In other words, 5.4 million people have been jobless for more than half a year.

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1:43 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Report: Kentucky Benefits Most With Medicaid Expansion

A 2010 report prepared for Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured by Washington D.C.’s Urban Institute shows the commonwealth could have the largest decrease rate of uninsured people in the nation under the Affordable Care Act.

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