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10:17 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Amazon Adding 5,000 Full-Time Jobs in Jeffersonville and Other Distribution Sites

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The company says it will add 5,000 full-time jobs at its U.S. distribution centers, which currently employ about 20,000 workers who pack and ship customer orders.

The world's largest online retailer has been spending heavily on order fulfillment, a strategy meant to help the business grow, but one that has also weighed on profits. Amazon said last week it lost money in the second quarter even as revenue increased.

Warehouse jobs are available in Arizona, Delaware, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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Politics
8:30 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Democrat John Yarmuth Condemns GOP Congressman Calling Young Immigrants Drug Smugglers

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky.,
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Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is condemning comments by Republican Steve King, who said the majority of undocumented immigrants's children are drug runners.

But Kentucky's Third District representative says those remarks don't reflect the views of most GOP lawmakers and shouldn't impede bipartisan efforts to overhaul the U.S. immigration system.

Almost two weeks ago King told Newsmax that for every immigrant child who is a valedictorian there are 100 hauling illegal drugs across the U.S.-Mexicon border.

The Iowa congressman hasn't backpedaled either, adding that many who are smuggling narcotics fit the qualifications under DREAM Act as defined in the Senate immigration reform bill.

"I’d love to see him resign," says Yarmuth. "If he would take my suggestion I’d say resign. What he said was clearly way out of bounds and in horrible taste, and just reprehensibly ignorant."

Yarmuth is a member of the so-called Gang of 7 working on a comprehensive measure in the House. He says most Republican don't take King seriously, and reject his views.

House Speaker John Boehner did rebuke King's comments, calling them "wrong" and "hateful." And other conservatives in the GOP-controlled House such as Congressman Raul Labrador of Idaho said they were "irresponsible and reprehensible."

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Environment
7:30 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Environmental Quality Commission Head Urges Action on Lees Lane Landfill

Kentucky’s top environmental advocate is calling for further action on a former Superfund site in Southwest Louisville. The head of the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission says it’s time to start a conversation about the future of the Lees Lane Landfill.

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Politics
7:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Madison Project PAC Endorses Matt Bevin for Senate

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin
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A national political action committee is backing Louisville businessman Matt Bevin over Senator Mitch McConnell in next year's Republican primary election, saying the incumbent has refused to use his leadership position to fight for conservatives.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Madison Project describes itself as a PAC that supports small-government and anti-abortion candidates across the country.

The group previously supported Missouri Republican Jim Talent during his successful 2002 senate bid, and raised close to $2 million for political candidates in last year's elections.

Bevin has already been endorsed by The United Kentucky Tea Party, a coalition of 14 different groups across the state. But this is a sign that Bevin is also getting national attention from organization's outside of the state.

Madison Project spokesman Daniel Horowtiz says the group is proud to endorse Bevin mainly because of his background as an entrepreneur. The group isn't sparring McConnell any criticism, however.

"After 28 years in the Senate and over 10 years in leadership, Senator Mitch McConnell has become the embodiment of stale moss-covered leadership. It's not just his votes for Democrat proposals, such open borders, bailouts, fiscal cliff tax hikes, debt limit increases, green energy stimulus, and funding for Obamacare, it is that fact that McConnell has refused to use his leadership role to fight for conservatives." he says.

Asked about the Madison Project's decisions to back Bevin, McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton dismissed the group.

"Are they still around? I thought they were defunct," he says.

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Local News
5:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Councilwoman Attica Scott: West, Southwest Residents Should Weigh in on Vision Louisville Plan

  Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott wants residents of west and southwest Louisville to weigh in on the city's 25-year plan this week.

The mayor's office has been gathering citizen input on the city's future online and in a series of public meetings for a project called Vision Louisville. The ideas will be compiled and incorporated into a master plan for development.

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Media Critic
9:01 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Media Critic: Louisville TV Stations Missed Real Story Behind HIV-Positive Inmate

James Miller
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In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, most people had no idea how AIDS was transmitted. Even as late as 1999, many people believed that they could get AIDS from public toilets or sharing drinking glasses with an HIV-positive person. These erroneous beliefs were at least partially attributable to homophobia, but misinformation from irresponsible news reporting was likely also to blame.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun July 28, 2013

What We're Reading | 7.28.13

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
6:33 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Fairness Campaign Focuses on Discrimination Issues; Supports Ky. Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit

Chris Hartman
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The head of Louisville's Fairness Campaign says a recent challenge to Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage may bring more attention to the disparity in rights that exists in the state.

The Fairness Campaign has long fought to pass city and state-level laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing and employment. Now, Louisville residents Michael De Leon and Greg Bourke have filed suit on Friday challenging Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban. 

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Local News
6:00 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Louisville Zombie Attack Tries Crowdfunding to Cover Rising Expenses

The 2012 Louisville Zombie Attack
Credit Gary Quick

The Louisville Zombie Attack started in 2005 with a few dozen people.

Last year, an estimated 16,000 took part.

The costs of orchestrating a parade of people dressed (some cleverly!) as the undead have risen—and now the Louisville Zombie Attack's organizers are asking the public for help paying for it.

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Strange Fruit
12:24 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Strange Fruit: Basketball Camp Welcomes LGBTQ Kids; Chris Crass on Intersectional Activism

Miserable summer camp experiences are a staple in sitcoms and movies, where letters to home complain of mosquitos, inedible food, and obnoxious roommates. But for LGBTQ kids, the reality is often a lot less funny, and camp can be a scary place if you've been singled out as different. 

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