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Arts and Humanities
2:53 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

'Peek at Portland' Offers Tours of Neighborhood Targeted for Arts and Development

Portland Printing and Fax Service, 18th and Portland Ave., Louisville, Kentucky, 2011. Part of the University of Louisville's Ghost Signs of Louisville collection.
Credit Lana Wilson / University of Louisville Photographic Archives

Is Portland the new Nulu? With artists and companies like Argo Networks relocating to the historic neighborhood near downtown, Portland's walkable charm and potential (for now) for affordable art studio and performance space are creating significant buzz.

If you haven't been to Portland in a while (or ever) and are curious about who's already there and what's on the way, "A Peek at Portland" will offer free neighborhood tours tomorrow (1-4 p.m.) to showcase Portland's current artistic and entrepreneurial activity. 

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Education
1:50 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

JCPS Forming Advisory Council To Help Guide Career Themed High Schools

JCPS has 15 career themed high schools.
Credit Courtesy of JCPS' 5 Star School book.

Louisville business and non-profit leaders are being asked to help lead a public school initiative that will improve community engagement and enhance career and technical learning in the classroom.

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Politics
1:20 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Congressman Hal Rogers Says He Will Work to Protect Needy Constituents from Food Stamp Cuts

Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Ky.,

Republican House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers of Kentucky says he will work to protect constituents in need from the proposed $40 billion in cuts to the federal food stamps program he voted for.

But the longtime GOP lawmaker argues too many "able-bodied" adults were allowed to benefit from the program under President Obama's watch.

Rogers joined 216 other Republicans to slash the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program on Thursday.

At issue for Rogers and other Republicans is the increase of Americans on food stamps in recent years. Those critics argue that is the result of changes to the rules of eligibility made by the Obama administration.

From Rogers's office:

"SNAP desperately needs reform and restructuring, but I recognize this is a vital program for transitioning families in southern and eastern Kentucky.

Under President Obama’s watch 1.7 million more able-bodied adults have started collecting federal food aid. Without Congressional consent, the President also removed bipartisan common-sense work requirements to maintain eligibility.

"This has forced struggling children, seniors, veterans, and families, clearly in need of assistance, to compete against scammers, lottery winners, gamblers and others who may be able to work, but simply refuse. H.R. 3102 seeks to correct these abuses and errors without cutting food assistance to our neighbors who need help the most.

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Local News
12:50 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

College Football: Undefeated Cards Host Florida International

The Louisville Cards return to action this weekend, hosting Florida International in their final non-conference game of the season. 

U of L is ranked sixth in this week’s  national coaches’ poll and is heavily favored over the Panthers, who beat the Cards two years ago but have struggled to an 0-3 record this season.

Cards coach Charlie Strong says he likes his team’s maturity, which was evident when the Cards got off to a shaky start last weekend against Kentucky.

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Education
11:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Centre College Lifts Lockdown Following Homicides Near Campus

Credit Centre College

UPDATE 12:24 pm: According to Centre's Twitter account the lockdown has been lifted.

Centre "has been informed by Danville police that we are clear to go off lockdown, effective immediately. Classes resume at 1:50 pm," the Tweet says.

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Environment
10:46 am
Fri September 20, 2013

EPA Releases Proposed Carbon Limits for New Power Plants; Says Won't End Coal Burning

Erica Peterson WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled its rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants.

The proposed standard sets an emissions limit of 1000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour for large natural gas plants, and 1100 pounds per megawatt hour for coal and smaller natural gas plants.

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Arts and Humanities
10:23 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Lexington Philharmonic, Management Avoid Strike

LEXINGTON - A strike by The Lexington Philharmonic musicians has been averted, and the company’s season will open as scheduled tonight at the University of Kentucky’s Singletary Center.

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Politics
7:33 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Lone Kentucky Lawmaker to Vote Against $40 Billion in Food Stamp Cuts

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In a close vote, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a Republican-backed plan to cut food stamps by $40 billion over the next decade, which supporters say will bring sustainability to the program while saving the taxpayer's money.

Lawmakers approved the proposal by a 217-210 vote on Thursday with 15 GOP members joining the entire Democratic caucus who voted against the bill.

The cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are nearly double as much as an earlier measure rejected by the House in June.

But supporters of the assistance program argue this could have a disproportionate impact on poorer states like Kentucky, where one out of six households report facing serious problems affording nutritious food.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food stamps benefits go to around 820,000 Kentuckians per month. In the final tally, all but one of Kentucky's six representatives voted for the cuts.

"Today’s House vote to strip nearly $40 billion from federal food assistance programs directly threatens the health and financial security of the more than 44,000 Louisville families who depend on these programs to put food on their tables," says Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, who voted against the bill. "These cuts would also needlessly weaken our economy, as every $5 spent on food assistance generates $9 in local economic activity."

But GOP lawmakers who favored the proposal drafted by Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, highlight the rise of food stamp recipients in the past five years as a need to bring solvency to the program. The argue it simply restores eligibility limits to their original levels, and maintains funding for food assistance in other areas.

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Local News
6:21 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Finishes Inquiry Into John Arnold Sexual Harassment Claims

Former Rep. John Arnold
Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

A letter from the Legislative Research Commission detailing what it said is its agency’s handling of sexual harassment complaints against former Kentucky state Rep. John Arnold “raises more questions than answers,” said an attorney representing two of Arnold's accusers.

Laura Hendrix, general counsel to the LRC, wrote in a Sept. 19 letter to attorney Thomas Clay that “the LRC investigative team has concluded the investigation into assertions brought by your clients Cassaundra Cooper and Yolanda Costner regarding Representative John Arnold.”

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Politics
4:35 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

'Coal Country' State Democrats Defend Alison Lundergan Grimes from GOP Attacks

Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

Democratic state lawmakers representing Eastern Kentucky are coming to the defense of U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, saying Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell has failed the coal industry.

The comments come as Grimes is being pilloried by Republicans after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked a bill McConnell proposed to ease federal regulations on coal operators.

An industry leader questioned if Grimes could stand up to Reid or the Obama administration.

But state representatives from coalfield areas in the state argue it's McConnell who hasn't done enough to help the struggling industry.

From the Grimes campaign:

"You will not find a stronger advocate than I am for our coal miners and the communities they call home," says state Rep. Leslie Combs, who represents parts of Harlan, Letcher, and Pike Counties. "Mitch McConnell has been in Washington for 30 years, yet he has let Kentucky's greatest industry die on his watch. He likes to tout his leadership in the Senate and on coal. If Senator McConnell has been such a powerful leader on coal, the industry would be thriving and not dying. It's time to put partisanship and rhetoric aside to work together to put Kentuckians back to work."

Other lawmakers such as state House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins and Rep. John Short spoke to Grimes's ability to "reach across the aisle."

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