89.3 WFPL http://wfpl.org Louisville's NPR® News Station Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:05:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Carmichael’s Jacen Brown Offers 5 Ideas For Books to Give For the Holidays http://wfpl.org/carmichaels-jacen-brown-offers-5-ideas-books-give-holidays/ http://wfpl.org/carmichaels-jacen-brown-offers-5-ideas-books-give-holidays/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:05:42 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=28494 It’s the final weekend before Christmas, and some Louisvillians may be in the market for last minute gift ideas. Whether it’s for a white elephant party or something with a local twist, Jacen Brown from Carmichael’s Bookstore has ideas that tempt the … Read Story

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It’s the final weekend before Christmas, and some Louisvillians may be in the market for last minute gift ideas.

Whether it’s for a white elephant party or something with a local twist, Jacen Brown from Carmichael’s Bookstore has ideas that tempt the taste buds, make us laugh or offer more perspective on the world.


“Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food”

by Nigel Slatereat

“The recipes are laid out in such a way as if you understand what you’re doing in the kitchen. And it’s compact and durable, so it’s not an oversized coffee table [book] that you have to find a spot for. It really is a nice kitchen reference that’s working with you, not sort of talking to you.”

 

 

“Redeployment”

by Phil Klayklay

“We’ve had the last couple of years a little bit more literature about the Iraq war … and this is another one in that line. The amount of time has past and the thinking about it has coalesced into, now we can have really nice thoughtful literature and try to understand what happened.”

“Women in Clothes”

by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shaptonwomenclothes

“There’s quite a few, maybe 600 [plus] different entries, talking about the relationship between women and clothes, touching on feminism or just the need to be dressed.”

 

 

 

“Dear White People”

by Justin Simienurl

“One thing about this book is that it is funny, but there is a touch of realness. I was thinking about Dave Chappelle coming to town this weekend and that sort of ties in exactly with this brand of humor.”

 

 

 

“Terrapin”

by Wendell Berryberry

“Always the Wendell Berry, whatever new thing we can get from Wendell Berry. This year it’s ‘Terrapin,’ a book of poetry.”

 

 

 

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Want to Give Books This Holiday? Gift Recommendations from Carmichael’s Kids. http://wfpl.org/want-give-books-holiday-gift-recommendations-carmichaels-kids/ http://wfpl.org/want-give-books-holiday-gift-recommendations-carmichaels-kids/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:02:49 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=28456 Some Louisvillians may be stuck trying to figure out what type of gift to give to a child this year. We checked in Corin Hindenach, who works in Carmichael’s Kids bookstore on Bardstown Road. She said she likes to recommend the … Read Story

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Some Louisvillians may be stuck trying to figure out what type of gift to give to a child this year.

We checked in Corin Hindenach, who works in Carmichael’s Kids bookstore on Bardstown Road. She said she likes to recommend the less popular books—the ones that maybe aren’t the biggest sellers, but offer colorful pictures, interesting presentations and good stories.

“Animalium”

Written Jenny Broom and illustrated by Katie Scottanimal

“It is this gorgeous book that has been designed as your own personal natural history museum. So you open it up and it has all of the animal kingdom displayed in a classification tree, and each of the major species in those classifications are given highlighted plated pages with these gorgeous illustrations that are vintage, and explanations of each animal on the page.”

“Robots, Watch Out, Water About!”

by Philippe UG.robot

“It is about a town full of robots and there’s a rain storm coming, so all the robots have to get into shelter or they’re going to get rust on them.”

“Should I Share My Ice Cream?”

by Mo Willemselephant

“Elephant and Piggy are best friends and they almost always teach a life lesson. They have these wonderful illustrations that have very expressive little faces on elephant and piggy, and very simple words and a lot of repetition so the kids aren’t intimidated to read them, and they’ll help them build their language skills.”

“Brown Girl Dreaming”

by Jacqueline Woodson

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“It just won the National Book Award. It is about a young African American girl who moves back and forth between the South and the North and New York. She finds her voice through writing, and it’s all about self-discovery and being true to one’s own in the face of adversity.”

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Fischer Says He’ll Support Louisville Minimum Wage Increase to $9 http://wfpl.org/fischer-says-hell-support-louisville-minimum-wage-increase-9/ http://wfpl.org/fischer-says-hell-support-louisville-minimum-wage-increase-9/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:43:07 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=28538 The minimum wage in Louisville is on its way to $9 an hour, pending official approval by Mayor Greg Fischer. In a party-line vote, the Metro Council voted 16-9 Thursday night to approve an amended version of a proposal to raise the … Read Story

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The minimum wage in Louisville is on its way to $9 an hour, pending official approval by Mayor Greg Fischer.

In a party-line vote, the Metro Council voted 16-9 Thursday night to approve an amended version of a proposal to raise the minimum wage.

Though Fischer had earlier this week said he would oppose any wage boost beyond $8.75 an hour, following the council vote he sent a statement vowing to support the amended wage hike.

“I will support $9 over three years because it is a balanced compromise solution that gives hardworking families a raise while minimizing the risks of job losses in our city,” he said in the statement.

Nicole Aghaaliandastjerdi attended the Metro Council meeting on Thursday to show support for the initial proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

She said she was a bit disappointed with the amendment.

“I would have loved to seen $10.10,” she said.  “But I understand the politics of it all and trying to get the mayor to sign it.  I really feel like the mayor forced the council’s hand.”

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The council was able to come to a vote on the amended proposal after nearly two hours of debate and a barrage of confusion concerning council rules.

Councilman Ken Kramer, a Republican from District 11, said following the vote he was counting on the mayor to uphold his “promise to this community” that he would veto any wage hike exceeding $8.75 an hour.

It does not appear that that will be the case, and Kramer said language within the amended ordinance will allow the minimum wage to “well exceed $9 an hour.”

The ordinance calls for every employer in Metro Louisville to raise the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour to $7.75 an hour by July 1, 2015, then to $8.25 an hour by July 1, 2016 and to $9 an hour by July 1, 2017.

Each year following, the minimum wage will be increased by “an amount corresponding to the previous calendar year’s increase,” according to the ordinance.  The raises that will come in these years will be based on the Consumer Price Index for the south urban region and the wages must determined by the Metro Revenue Commission and will not exceed 3 percent.

As for tipped employees, their employers will still be required to “ensure that the employee receives tips at at least the minimum wage,” said Sarah Martinof the Jefferson County Attorney office.

Councilman James Peden, a Republican from District 23, said raising the minimum wage will hurt Louisville’s ability in attracting jobs.

“Louisville is not in a position, economically, educationally and so on to set itself out there as an outlier in this country,” he said.  “This is just another one of those things that is going to set us apart when it’s time to get those non-service economy jobs, those higher-end jobs.”

Meanwhile, Councilman Brent Ackerson, a Democrat from District 26, seemed a bit nonchalant about the issue.  Laughing, he said the people who supported a wage hike to $10.10 an hour will “get shorted a $1.10.”

“You take what you can get,” he said.

Council Democratic caucus spokesman Tony Hyatt said the mayor has to make an official move on the ordinance before the next full council meeting, which is scheduled for Jan. 5.

Meanwhile, Greater Louisville Inc.—Louisville’s chamber of commerce—urged Fischer to veto the ordinance. In a statement, GLI President Kent Oyler said:

“The ordinance passed in tonight’s Council meeting far exceeds the Mayor’s $8.75 line in the sand, especially when tied to the Consumer Price Index.  In addition, the process to rush this vote clearly broke Council rules.”

“We urge Mayor Fischer to keep his commitment and veto this ordinance.  We as a community must to be focused on pro-growth policies, not policies that limit business attraction and create uncertainty for businesses that have chosen Louisville as home.  GLI still contends that a local minimum wage increase is outside the legal authority of Metro government and is not an effective tool to alleviate poverty.”

 

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Louisville Metro Council OKs $9 Minimum Wage Increase http://wfpl.org/louisville-metro-council-oks-9-minimum-wage-increase/ http://wfpl.org/louisville-metro-council-oks-9-minimum-wage-increase/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:18:07 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=28535 A minimum wage increase to $9 an hour in Louisville over the next three years has been sent to Mayor Greg Fischer. In a party-line vote, the Metro Council voted 16-9 Thursday night to approve an amended version of a … Read Story

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A minimum wage increase to $9 an hour in Louisville over the next three years has been sent to Mayor Greg Fischer.

In a party-line vote, the Metro Council voted 16-9 Thursday night to approve an amended version of a proposal to raise the minimum wage.

Democratic caucus spokesperson Tony Hyatt said the mayor now must act on the ordinance, to either sign it into law or veto, before the next Metro Council meeting, which is scheduled for Jan. 5.

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The council had initially considered a gradual minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour. But Mayor Fischer has said he would oppose any minimum wage hike that exceeds $8.75 an hour.

We’ll have more on this story soon.

Update: 10:24 p.m.: Mayor’s Statement

Soon after Thursday night’s vote, Mayor Greg Fischer sent the following statement:

“I’m pleased with the council’s vote, appreciate their hard work on this important issue, and look forward to signing this ordinance into law. I will support $9 over three years because it is a balanced compromise solution that gives hardworking families a raise while minimizing the risks of job losses in our city.”

Update 11:45 p.m.: GLI Responds

Here’s WFPL’s full story on Thursday night’s Metro Council meeting.

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Kentuckians Don’t Always Enroll in the Best Health Insurance Option http://wfpl.org/kentuckians-arent-always-enrolling-best-health-insurance-plan/ http://wfpl.org/kentuckians-arent-always-enrolling-best-health-insurance-plan/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:35:59 +0000 http://wfpl.org/?p=28410 If you passively renewed your health insurance plan this enrollment period through Kynect, you may be one of thousands who are missing out on a cost-saving insurance plan. Carrie Banahan, executive director of kynect, said about 12,000 qualified Kentucky residents … Read Story

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If you passively renewed your health insurance plan this enrollment period through Kynect, you may be one of thousands who are missing out on a cost-saving insurance plan.

Carrie Banahan, executive director of kynect, said about 12,000 qualified Kentucky residents aren’t getting a cost-sharing reduction through the health insurance exchange’s “Silver” plan because they are enrolled in other plans.

“Folks might have just gone to the ‘Platinum’ plan  and said, ‘Yep, that’s the one I want,’ and didn’t look at their other options,” she said.

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“If they would have scrolled down to the ‘Silver’ plans they would have seen, ‘Oh, a cheaper premium and lower out of pocket costs than this ‘Platinum’ plan,” she said.

This week, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services began sending letters to people who are enrolled in “Platinum” and “Gold” plans.

Banahan said they could expect to see a significant reduction in premium cost and a lower out of pocket cost, reflecting a seven to 13 percent decrease.

The concept of cost-sharing reductions was a new feature created under the Affordable Care Act and was not easily understood, said Banahan. She believes that is what caused many people to miss out on benefits that were available to them.

Banahan said that the situation shows that more education is needed to help people through the enrollment process, and health insurance coverage in general.

“Year one was about enrolling people and getting them to understand how to use their insurance. Now, we’re trying to focus on what’s the best option available to you at the cheapest costs.” Banahan said.

Melissa Mather, communications and planning coordinator for Family Health Centers, said many people searching and using health insurance for the first time are starting from the ground level.

“The health care system is confusing,” she said. “We’re still a pretty disparate system or it’s still really operating in silos where we have our own heath care entities, but we’re all trying to reach out to people in different ways.”

Mather said she doesn’t foresees the conversations surrounding the ACA disappearing anytime soon, which makes it important to inform people in whatever fashion they like to receive information.

“It’s going to be something that we talk about a lot moving forward, and I think the  system is going to change as well. Whenever the system changes we have to be working to communicate and share that with folks as well, too,” Mather said.

Zachary Barlett has been a certified application counselor for FHC since Kynect began accepting applications in 2013.

Barlett said although people are now empowered to buy health insurance, many don’t necessarily know how to.

“Just simple terms like premium versus deductible, out-of-pocket costs—things like this—that weren’t apart of the vocabulary a year or so ago are now part of conversations every day that I have, so it’s new ground for all of us,” he said.

He said people often ask him how much financial assistance they are eligible for and what kind of plan they can buy for a certain amount of money. Those questions are not always easy to answer over the phone.

“It’s much better I find to have in person appointments. I’m sure it makes them feel more comfortable to sit down and actually look at the computer and have eyes on what we’re talking about,” Barlett said.

Banahan said enhancements to the shopping tool on the Kynect website will make a person’s eligibility for cost-sharing reductions more visible. Currently, a green dollar sign indicates that a person qualifies for the reduction. The changes are expected to roll out in May.

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