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4:21 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman Resigns

Legislative Research Commission

The director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission has resigned.

In a letter sent Friday afternoon to House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers, LRC director Bobby Sherman announced his resignation following the conclusion of an internal probe into allegations that former state Rep. John Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, sexually harassed Statehouse employees

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Local News
3:58 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Byline | Rand Paul Reaches Out; John Arnold Latest; Soprano Emily Albrink

Here is our Byline rundown for today (full audio available below):

At the top - U.S. Senator Rand Paul says the restoration of voting rights for felons dwarfs all other election-related issues and is a major factor in the disenfranchisement of black male voters. Paul’s remarks came at a forum this week with African American citizens in west Louisville, and today on Byline we discuss the reaction to them with Joe Sonka from LEO Weekly and WFPL Political Editor Phillip M. Bailey.

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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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