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4:44 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Paul Rails Against Food Stamps

The Senate shot down an amendment proposed by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to drastically cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on Wednesday despite an impassioned speech about fraud and misuse in the system.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Paul defended his amendment by arguing the federal government is giving assistance millionaires and brought up a case of a Chicago woman who lied about having triplets to receive more food stamps.

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4:12 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Following American Crossroads Attack, DSCC Running Ads Backing Donnelly

National Democrats and Republicans are paying attention to the Indiana Senate race.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spent $250,000 on a television ad to back Congressman Joe Donnelly against Republican Richard Mourdock.

The 30-second spot goes after  Mourdock for saying the highlight of politics is to "inflict" his views on others, calling Social Security "unconstitutional" and alleges he wants to cut Medicare while giving "more tax breaks to Wall Street."

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Conservative super PACs are also spending money in Indiana.

Donnelly is being attacked by a much larger $620,000 ad buy from American Crossroads GPS, which is backing GOP candidates across the country.

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5:44 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Police Chief Tells Council Crime Up Eight Percent

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad testified before the Budget Committee on Wednesday that crime has increased by eight percent in the last year.

In recent weeks, the escalation of violence has concerned residents and gained the attention of community and city leaders. In May, a shooting spree in the Parkland neighborhood left three dead and three others injured including the brazen murder of Makeba Lee, 24, who was shot by Cheetara Goldsmith, 24, in front of officers.

Earlier this week, 15-year-old Tysha Spearman, a junior at Shawnee High School, was shot and killed and a 4-year-old was shot in the arm nearby the Parkway Place housing projects.

Conrad says the department is planning to create a new mobile unit that will target high crime areas and repeat offenders.

"For the coming year we are focusing on reducing violent crime. That should go without saying. We have pulled together a summer crime reduction task force, which involves identifying and arresting the worst of the worst, putting police officers in the most challenged areas, which we are referring to as hot spots," he says.

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1:29 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

McConnell: Obama Running Out of Economic Ideas

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is pleading with President Obama to deliver new ideas on the sluggish economic recovery.

The president is scheduled to deliver a major economic address Thursday, which will be the first of the general election campaign and in the swing state of Ohio.

But observers expect Mr. Obama won't offer any new jobs proposals and instead continue to push lawmakers to pass his "to-do" list.

McConnell says Democrats are getting anxious about economic stagnation and the nearing election.

"We can expect more of the same: more government, more debt and higher taxes to pay for it all," he said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "Now, according to the news reports, some Democrats are starting to get a little wary of this approach. A number of folks who worked in the Clinton Administration have suggested something more positive. But others are pleading with the president to double down on the message that government is the answer."

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12:23 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

NRCC Makes Early Ad Buy for Barr in Sixth District Race

Barr Campaign

The national group in charge of getting Republicans elected to Congress is investing $400,000 in Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has purchased television ad time to support Republican Andy Barr’s second challenge against Congressman Ben Chandler this fall. Barr came within 650 votes of defeating Chandler in 2010.

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12:08 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Yarmuth Credits Federal Investments for Refurbished Ford Plant

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., is crediting investments from the federal government for the Ford Motor Co.'s refurbished Louisville Assembly Plant.

Several public officials attended the unveiling Wednesday, to celebrate the retooled factory where Ford makes the Escape compact SUV. The congressman the automaker's ingenuity, but highlighted the $5.9 billion in incentives Ford received from the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program in 2009.

From Yarmuth's office:

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10:55 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Paul Proposes Bill Against Domestic Drone Surveillance

U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., proposed legislation Tuesday that would forbid the federal government from using aerial drones to watch citizens without a warrant.

The bill is called the "Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act" and it is aimed at addressing growing privacy concerns over drone use in the country. Earlier this week, an unmanned Navy surveillance drone crashed into Chesapeake Bay and has raised several questions about its domestic usage.

Paul says the government should have restrictions to use drones on citizens, except to patrol national borders, when drones are needed to prevent "imminent danger to life," or when there are risks of a terrorist attack.

"Like other tools used to collect information in law enforcement, in order to use drones a warrant needs to be issued," he says. "Americans going about their everyday lives should not be treated like criminals or terrorists and have their rights infringed upon by military tactics."

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5:49 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Shanklin Defends Actions, Blames Corrections for Jobs Program Controversy

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, is responding to a story about a city funded ex-offenders program that served her and the councilwoman's relatives more than former inmates.

The upholstery-training program cost over $30,000, but was put to a stop by Mayor Greg Fischer's administration when questions were raised about the lack of ex-convict referrals. Records show most of the classes were attended by less than a handful of participants but that Shanklin and her son used the program.

In a telephone interview with WFPL, Shanklin said any lack of documentation was the fault of Metro Corrections and a pending internal audit would show no wrongdoing on her part.

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12:59 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

First Choice Market Opens in Park DuValle Neighborhood

After years of delays, a long-awaited full-service grocery store has opened in the Park DuValle neighborhood in west Louisville.

First Choice Market is a 20,000 square-foot store that will serve an estimated 35,000 residents with a wide-selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, a deli and a bakery. Local grocery operator ValuMarket, which has five other locations in the city, will manage the new store.

Councilwoman Mary Woolridge, D-3, represents the area and says the store opening has been delayed for years, adding more retail development is expected.

"The feedback is very positive and all of us just say we’ve waited a long time and it’s long overdue but we’re just absolutely ecstatic that it’s here now. We are just moving forward and we’re going to have to support that grocery,” she says.

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12:20 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Kentucky Lawyer Rejects Extendicare's Claims State Legal Environment is Hostile

A Kentucky law firm that specializes in nursing home abuse cases is pushing back on nursing home company Extendicare’s claim that the state’s legal environment is causing it to pull back its operation.

Several weeks ago, Extendicare announced its plans to lease its Kentucky properties to an outside company. The company said the decision was due to what they called “a hostile legal environment” where lawyers target the industry in hopes of big settlements.

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