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6:38 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Kentucky Not Finished With Releasing Accountability Results for Schools

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The Kentucky Department of Education will add a major element to its accountability system in the 2014-2015 school year that wasn’t included with the latest round of results released on Friday.

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Politics
2:40 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Senator Mitch McConnell Praises House 'Compromise' Bill as Shutdown Appears Imminent

Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
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With less than 36-hours until a shutdown, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says a late night vote by the House has presented Democrats with a way to keep the federal government running.

The new proposal is being pitched by Republican leaders as a compromise, but it still links financing the government to the president's health care law.

Shortly after midnight, the GOP-controlled House passed a bill to keep funding the government through December 15.

The measure also delays the Affordable Care Act by one year and repeals a tax on medical devices in the law, which is considered a non-starter in the Democratic-controlled Senate and in the face of President Obama's veto pen.

McConnell says the House has put the ball in the Senate's court and the American people do not want a shutdown, but don't want Obamacare either.

From McConnell's office:

"While some in the Senate Democrat leadership may think employers should get preferential treatment over individuals and families, and that repealing Obamacare's medical device tax is 'stupid,' many other Democrats have made it clear they disagree. They should be allowed to vote to protect the thousands of good American jobs the medical device tax threatens to destroy and to give the same treatment to individuals and families that the White House has already given employers. The choice for Democrat leaders is clear: either shut down the government, or listen to the American people and act."

Democrats have poked holes in this latest move, however, calling it "smoke in mirrors" given that it once again puts funding for the president's health care law.

As observers have noted, with Obamacare's implementation set to roll out on Oct. 1 it is unlikely the president will gut his signature achievement.

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Local News
7:48 am
Sun September 29, 2013

What We're Reading | 9.29.13

Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Local News
7:15 am
Sun September 29, 2013

Flu Shot Appointments Now Available in Louisville

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Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is now offering flu shots at several locations throughout the city.

Health officials are recommending that everyone older than six months be immunized in preparation for the upcoming flu season, which is expected to last from mid-October through the end of February.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports there will be adequate supplies. But Dave Langdon, Metro Department of Health and Wellness spokesperson, encourages people to avoid the dangerous risk of flu and get their shots as soon as possible.

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Education
7:02 am
Sun September 29, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Discusses Test Results With WFPL

On Friday, the Kentucky Department of Education released results of its statewide school accountability tests, showing for the first time measurable data against the previous year under a new testing system.

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Local News
10:33 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

College Football: Florida Makes It 27 Straight Over Kentucky, 24-7

Number 20 Florida beat Kentucky 24-7 Saturday in Lexington, its 27th straight college football win over UK.

The Gators outgained the Wildcats 402 to 173 in yardage to improve to 3-1 on the season.

Kentucky’s only score came on a 25 yard run during a fake field goal attempt in the first quarter. UK drops to 1-3 on the season.

The Wildcats visit South Carolina next Saturday.

The Louisville Cards and Indiana Hoosiers had the weekend off.

Strange Fruit
11:44 am
Sat September 28, 2013

Strange Fruit: A Conversation with Trans Activist Janet Mock

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Education
5:24 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Education Leaders Celebrate JCPS Schools, Acknowledge Room For Improvements

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he has more confidence in Jefferson County Public Schools than he did earlier this year. 

Holliday was joined by Superintendent Donna Hargens and Mayor Greg Fischer at Fern Creek High School (which made significant gains this year) in celebrating the district's improvement Friday.

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Local News
4:31 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

KY Legislature Regs on Relationships; Bevin/McConnell; JCPS Tests; Health Exchanges: Byline 9/27/13

Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio link below):

At the top - Federal agencies have been preparing for the possibility of a shutdown should Congress fail to pass a temporary spending bill. At the heart of the gridlock is an effort by House Republicans to remove funding for the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans are divided on how to proceed.  Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he doesn’t want to fund Obamacare either, but won’t vote for any measures or procedural moves, like a filibuster, that would cause a government shutdown. This has become an issue in the campaign for McConnell’s seat.  He’s running for re-election next year and has a primary opponent, Matt Bevin, who been openly critical of McConnell’s position on this. WFPL political editor Phillip M. Bailey tells us the details.

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Local News
4:04 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

College Football: Rebuilding Wildcats Hoping to Snap 26-Game Losing Streak to Gators

The University of Kentucky football team will try to end a long losing streak to Florida when the Wildcats take on the Gators tomorrow in Lexington.

Kentucky’s last win over Florida was in November of 1986, a 10-3 victory at Commonwealth Stadium.

Last season, the Gators beat the Wildcats for the 26th straight time, a 38-0 drubbing in Gainesville.

First-year UK coach Mark Stoops says his players can use the streak as motivation if they want, but shouldn’t let it become a distraction.

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