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8:09 am
Thu June 13, 2013

The Courier-Journal's Owner is Buying WHAS-11's. What Might That Mean in Louisville?

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

The Gannett Co. agreed on Thursday to purchase Belo Corp. for $1.5 billion—which is sure to affect the Louisville media landscape. 

Gannett owns The Courier-Journal. Belo owns WHAS-11.

It's a wild twist, because the Bingham family used to own both news outlets. 

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Politics
7:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Poll: Kentuckians Favor Senate Immigration Bill 3-to-1

A new poll shows a solid majority of Kentucky voters support the comprehensive immigration reform bill currently being debated in the U.S. Senate.

The survey conducted by Harper Polling finds 63 percent of Kentuckians favor the so-called 'Gang of 8' legislation, with just 20 percent opposed. It also shows that 73 percent of likely voters support a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.

Members of Kentucky's federal delegation have been at the center of the immigration debate thus far, with  Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth working on the House version and Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul both saying the Senate bill will need to be changed.

But observers note the high percentage of those in the state who support the principles of the 'Gang of 8' bill illustrates the outcome is brighter than previous attempts to reform the system.

"When you look at a number like that when it's that high it makes you think there's a chance something can actually get passed. And when Kentucky members of Congress and our two senators see this kind of approval back in their home state and back in their home districts it’s going to increase the likelihood of them wanting to vote for it," says former Republican Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who is director of the Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

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Local News
5:08 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Seven Counties Services Extends Same-Sex Benefits To Employees

Credit Seven Counties Services

Seven Counties Services has announced it will extend health insurance to same-sex domestic partners for its employees.

Seven Counties is the state’s largest non-profit organization offering mental health and developmental services.

Vice president for Human Resources Lisa Leet says the board of directors approved the change after discussing it the past several years.

“We serve individuals who are frequently marginalized so we thought it was appropriate to extend our health insurance and dental insurance to a larger segment of the community," Leet says.

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Local News
4:38 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Override Gov. Pence's Veto

Indiana state lawmakers have overridden Gov. Mike Pence’s veto of a  tax measure.

The House and Senate both voted  today to override Pence’s veto of the bill that allows officials in Pulaski  and Jackson counties to retroactively implement a local income tax that had expired.      

Even though it was not reauthorized, the counties continued to collect the tax, which is used to fund local jails.

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Education
3:22 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

KDE'sTerry Holliday and JCPS' Donna Hargens Talk Failing Schools

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens appeared at a community forum earlier this year.
Credit Devin Katayama

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says if Jefferson County Public Schools turns around its lowest-achieving schools—called "priority schools"—it would help turn around all statewide education results.

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens says that doesn’t go far enough, and she maintains committed to results for all students.

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Local News
2:46 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

WFPL's Defining Fairness Series Wins National Diversity Award

WFPL's Defining Fairness series, the project Phillip M. Bailey and I co-produced last Spring, has been awarded the Unity Award by the Radio Television Digital News Association. The Unity Award is a national award which recognizes outstanding journalistic achievement in the coverage of diversity, and will be presented at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards dinner on Oct. 14 in New York.

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Local News
2:40 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame to Induct Seven New Members Thursday

Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame will induct seven new members tomorrow evening.

They include three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel, former University of Louisville basketball star Pervis Ellison and tennis champion Julie Ditty.

Three outstanding high school athletes from the Class of 2013 will also be honored.   They are basketball stars Makayla Epps of Marion County High School and Rebecca Greenwell of Owensboro Catholic, along with Louisville Trinity High School football standout James Quick.

Local News
2:27 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Old Cardinal Stadium Won't Collapse, Report Says. But It's 'In a Great State of Disrepair.'

Old Cardinal Stadium
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Old Cardinal Stadium is "not on the verge of collapse"—but the grandstand and storage areas under them needs to be fixed or be taken out of service.

That's the verdict of a report released Wednesday on structural stability of the the 50-plus year-old stadium at the Kentucky State Fair & Exposition Center.

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Arts and Humanities
11:48 am
Wed June 12, 2013

New Fiction Show Unbound Begins Monday on WFPL

WFPL's new fiction radio show, Unbound, will debut Monday, June 17 at 7  p.m. Each 30-minute episode will feature two authors reading their own short fiction on a common theme. The first season features ten episodes, and WFPL will air one each weeknight June 17-28. Stories will be posted on the website the day after they air. 

Unbound is made possible in part by the Bachelors and Masters Writing Programs at Spalding University. WFPL says thank you to all of our Unbound backers and supporters.

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Local News
11:25 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Update: 1 Person Still in Critical Condition After Seneca Golf Course Plane Crash

Panel for a random Cessna 172M.
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Four people aboard a plane that crashed overnight at Seneca Golf Course (near Bowman Field) were listed in critical condition condition Wednesday morning at University Hospital, a hospital spokesman says.

The Cessna 172  crashed while—according to preliminary reports—the pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings, an Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says.

The FAA will handoff its investigation to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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