4:24 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Churchill Downs Revises Racing Schedule Amid Heat Wave

Rick Howlett/WFPL

The final three days live racing for the Churchill Downs spring meet will be held Friday through Sunday, but under a revised schedule.

High temperatures around the 100 degree mark forced Churchill Downs to cancel its Thursday racing card.   Spokesman Darren Rogers says it was just the 18th time in the track’s long history that the races were called off.

"All of those (were) weather-related in some fashion, but that is the first time we’ve ever had to cancel due to extreme heat," he said.

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3:08 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Pence Compares Health Care Ruling to 9/11 Attacks

Indiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence compared the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act to the terrorist attacks of September 11.

The comment was reportedly made during a a closed door GOP meeting, according to Politico.

The conservative congressman quickly apologized.

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2:44 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

UofL Scholars Blast Paul Over SCOTUS Remarks

U.S. Senate

Legal and political scholars are lambasting U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., for dismissing the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in reaction to the health care ruling on Thursday.

In a statement, Paul said the Affordable Care Act would destroy the country's health care system and belittled the role of judicial review.

"Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional," said Paul. "While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right."

But several local and national observers have called Paul's comment out of bounds with the Constitution and the landmark Madison v. Marbury case (1803), which allows for the high court to review laws.

University of Louisville law professor Sam Marcosson says Paul's comments are irresponsible, adding the Supreme Court is the referee of the Constitution.

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Supreme Court Health Care Decision
2:42 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Beshear: High Court Decision Removes Uncertainty; State To Move Forward With Insurance Exchange

Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says the state will now move forward with the establishment of a health insurance exchange now that the Supreme Court has ruled on the constitutionality of the federal health care overhaul.

Beshear issued this statement today: 

“This Supreme Court decision removes much of the uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act.

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2:33 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Daniels Says Health Care Law Will Cause Soaring Premiums

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels issued this statement in response to today's U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the federal health care law:

“The immediate implications for Indiana are a huge increase in health insurance rates, especially for young people, and the need to decide whether to try to construct a so-called “exchange” or let the federal government do so.

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1:54 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

U of L Approved for State's Largest TIF District

U of L's Belknap TIF is over 900 acres.


Kentucky’s economic development cabinet has granted final approval for a special taxing district near the University of Louisville’s Belknap campus.  

The over 900-acre tax increment financing district is the largest ever approved by the state.   The TIF program will allow U of L to keep a portion of state and local taxes generated within the district.

U of L President James Ramsey says the district will help finance an engineering and applied sciences research park, much like the healthcare facilities developed in the downtown TIF district.

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Local News
1:46 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

KentuckyTo Pay $19K In Redistricting Legal Fees

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo
Kentucky Legislative Commission

The Kentucky General Assembly will use $19,000 of public money to pay for legal fees stemming from state redistricting.

Louisville attorney Sheryl Snyder represented the state Legislative Research Commission earlier this year when some lawmakers challenged the constitutionality of Kentucky’s redistricting plan. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the $19,000 bill for those services was sent by e-mail Wednesday night.

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1:32 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Federal Healthcare Law and Kentucky Medicaid, Youth

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul law, known as the Affordable Care Act, could extend Medicaid to 300,000 more Kentuckians if the state decides to accept the terms laid out in the law.

The court ruled the federal government cannot withhold Medicaid funds to states that choose not to implement rules under the ACA, but if states choose to increase the poverty level for eligibility to 133 percent, the federal government will support them.

Kevin Russell from explains:

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12:29 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Paul Dimisses SCOTUS, Health Care Ruling

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., dismissed the role of the Supreme Court in disagreeing with the high court's ruling to uphold President Obama's health care law.

From Paul's office:

 “Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional. While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right,” Sen. Paul said.

11:27 am
Thu June 28, 2012

McConnell: Ruling Underscores Need To Repeal "Obamacare"

Here is a statement released by

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