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1:06 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Idea Festival | Classical Music for the 97 Percent

Cariwyl Hebert, founder, Salon 97.

Many people learn about classical music as kids, in piano lessons or choir, but drift away from it with time. Salon 97 is a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to making classical music accessible, inclusive and—most of all—fun to folks who might be ready to give it another try.

(The name comes from the rough percentage of Americans who don't self-identify as ardent classical music fans.) 

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Politics
12:36 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Alison Lundergan Grimes Says Mitch McConnell is 'Missing in Action' on Shutdown Negotiations

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Calling the looming government shutdown a "reckless Republican" strategy, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is accusing incumbent U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of watching from the sidelines.

The budget impasse in Washington is expected to continue when the Democratic-controlled Senate rejects a House measure this afternoon.

If a deal isn't reached the federal government will close on Tuesday at 12:01 a.m.

At issue is implementation of President Obama's health care law, which Republican want to delay for one year. But that is considered a non-starter in the Senate and for the Obama administration.

In the meantime, the Grimes campaign is going on the offensive against McConnell by highlighting how a shutdown would impact Kentucky.

The news release points out a shutdown would close centers for 16,000 children who attend Head Start, delay payments for U.S. military service members and furlough 25,000 federal employees in the state.

Grimes says McConnell needs to be more involved in the negotiations while reminding supporters about the GOP leadership's split with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

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Local News
11:02 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Renowned Hand Surgeon Harold Kleinert Dies at 91; Arrangements Announced

kleinertkutz.com

The funeral for Louisville hand surgeon Dr. Harold Kleinert will be held Monday, October 7.

Kleinert died Saturday at the age of 91.

He founded what is now the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center more than a half-century ago.  

The internationally renowned practice conducted the nation’s first five hand transplants, and has trained hundreds of doctors from around the world in microsurgery techniques.

Kleinert was also Clinical Professor of Surgery Emeritus at the University of Louisville.

Environment
10:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Louisville Experiments With Crowdfunding Again for This Year's Cyclouvia

A stop n' chat in the middle of Bardstown Road during last year's Cyclouvia.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville’s Cyclouvia—a version of similar "open streets" events held in cities around the world—returns next month. Bardstown Road will be closed to vehicular traffic for several hours on a Sunday afternoon.

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Politics
7:01 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Taking Myth-Buster Lead Ahead of Obamacare Implementation

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is scheduled to launch its open enrollment for individuals without health insurance beginning on Oct. 1.

And Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth is taking the lead on debunking what the Democratic lawmaker calls myths and "scare tactics" about its implementation.

In Kentucky, one in six people are uninsured and officials hope as the law unfolds that residents will take advantage of the state-approved insurance plans.

One of the chief changes under the new federal mandate is no one can be denied health care coverage for any reason, including pre-existing conditions.

But three years after it passed, Obamacare remains the source of continued bickering in Washington and the root of a possible government shutdown.

"A lot of this is partisan and anti-Obama sentiment because we know that people support the various provisions of the Affordable Care Act by substantial margins," says Yarmuth, who voted for the law in 2010.

A recent poll conducted by CNBC bears out what the congressman is saying. The survey found 46 percent of Americans oppose the law when it carries the president’s name. But just 37 percent said they oppose the law when it is called the Affordable Care Act.

In states like Kentucky—where Obama is immensely unpopular—that has resulted in considerable confusion about the law as state officials are encouraging people to sign-up.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Brown-Forman Gift Will Fund Live Orchestra for Louisville Ballet's 'Nutcracker'

"The Brown-Forman Nutcracker," Louisville Ballet.
Credit Louisville Ballet / Kentucky Center

For the second year in a row, a gift from the Brown-Forman Corporation will allow the Louisville Ballet to dance to live music in this year’s production of “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.”

A decade ago, the Louisville Orchestra accompanied all of the Ballet’s performances. It would cost the Ballet about $380,000 a year to do that now (not even including conductors). That’s 11 percent of the Ballet’s annual budget, so these days, the ballet dances to recorded music.

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Local News
6:53 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Kentucky Prepares To Open Online Health Insurance Marketplace

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Kentucky's health insurance exchange—an element of Obamacare— opens Tuesday to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Kentuckians. For the first time they’ll be able to shop around online for health insurance that’s competing for business.

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Education
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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