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8:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Labor Agreement Between JCPS and JCTA Released

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The agreement reached in June between Jefferson County Public Schools and the Jefferson County Teachers Association on a new labor contract has been released publicly.

You can read it here.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

House Immigration Bill Coming Early Next Week, Congressman John Yarmuth Says

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth
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Kentucky  Congressman John Yarmuth says a comprehensive immigration reform bill will be introduced in the House early next week.

The Democratic-controlled Senate version of the bill passed by a comfortable bipartisan margin last Thursday after months of debate.

But Speaker John Boehner has made it clear the Senate version means nothing to the Republican-controlled House, where many lawmakers have described the pathway to citizenship provisions for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants as nothing more than amnesty.

The speaker has has also made it clear he will not bring any measure to the House floor unless it receives support from the majority of the GOP caucus.

Yarmuth, a Democrat, is a member of the a bipartisan work group crafting the bill. He says the group has finished a draft that Democratic and GOP lawmakers in the so-called ‘Gang of 7’ are reviewing.

"We still have the strong support and encouragement of Speaker Boehner as well as Leader (Nancy) Pelosi, so I think we’re all committed to perusing this process. And we think that ultimately the vehicle that we come up with will be the vehicle that ends up passing the House," he says.

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Environment
7:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Poll: Small Business Owners Support Clean Energy, Climate Change Initiatives

A new poll of small business owners around the country suggests that a majority support cleaner energy sources and climate change regulations.

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Arts and Humanities
6:41 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Red Feather Takes Flight: Kentucky Center Sculpture Will Be Removed for Restoration

"The Red Feather," 1975, Alexander Calder
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The front steps of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts will be missing a familiar figure this month. Alexander Calder’s eleven-feet-tall metal sculpture “The Red Feather” will be removed and packed for transit on July 13, where it will undergo a three-month restoration and repainting process in Virginia.

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Local News
8:41 am
Sun June 30, 2013

What We're Reading | 6.30.13

James Gandolfini
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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
7:01 am
Sun June 30, 2013

Kentucky Child Care Subsidy Lacks Stability Even After Deep Cuts Start on Monday

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Drastic cuts to a Kentucky program that offers financial assistance for child care costs to low-income working families go into effect Monday with little hope of full restoration anytime soon.

In fact, the state official whose agency administers the subsidy said it's still not exactly stable—that's because the program is based on projections that could change if demand is higher than expected among those who still qualify. Plus, the program depends on state and federal budgets—each of which can fluctuate in the future.

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Local News
6:58 am
Sun June 30, 2013

Louisville Metro Government Seeks Public Input on 25-Year Plan Monday

Vision Louisville

Louisville Metro Government will hold the first of eight town hall meetings Monday to gather citizens' ideas and suggestions for the future of the city.

The meeting is part of the Vision Louisville Project, which will result in a 25-year plan for development in the city. City officials hope to gather 45,000 ideas for Vision Louisville in the coming 45 days.

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Local News
6:00 am
Sun June 30, 2013

After Two Years, Louisville's 'The Paper' Will Close in August

The Louisville Paper, a monthly print publication that first hit newsstands two years ago, is ending production this summer. The last issue will be its 24th. It will come out in August.

"Our decision to stop producing The Paper came down to resources—time and money. Although we were always able to pay our print bills and our contributors, we were never able to make The Paper much more sustainable than that," says editor and co-founder Stephanie Brothers.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Unbound: Kirby Gann and Jacquelin Gorman on 'Windows Into Other Worlds'

On today’s episode, we’re catching glimpses into other worlds – into a hospital’s viewing room, where the dead are presented before they’re moved, and out a car window, where a prank unravels into an adventure. Hasn’t everyone dreamed of having super powers? In our first story, a boy with a secret identity reaches for something like power for the first time in Kirby Gann's “Anybody But Me.”   Then, we make the rounds with a hospital chaplain and look into the viewing room in Jacquelin Gorman's "Ghost Dance." 

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