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12:42 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

New Kentucky Law Opens Door for Christian Medical Coverage

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Kentuckians will again be able to sign up for a Christians-only medical program under a batch of new laws that take effect Tuesday.

Lawmakers passed the law allowing Medi-Share, a Florida-based cost-sharing ministry, to resume operations in Kentucky, reacting to a judge's ruling that barred the program from the state.

That law, along with dozens of others taking effect Tuesday, allows churchgoers who sign pledges not to smoke, drink, use drugs or engage in sex outside of marriage to sign with Medi-Share.

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Local News
11:41 am
Mon June 24, 2013

What's Next in the JCPS-JCTA Contract Process

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Late Friday, Jefferson County Public Schools announced that it had reached a tentative agreement on a new labor deal with the Jefferson County Teachers Association.

The changes would, among other things, expand the field of potential job candidates for principals who have vacancies for teachers. It also means that teachers wouldn't get a cost of living pay increase next year. For more, check out Friday's story about the agreement.

So what happens next?

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Politics
10:30 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Bruce Lundsford: Democrats Lack Firepower to Defeat Mitch McConnell

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Former U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Lunsford says Kentucky Democrats lack the "firepower" to defeat Republican Mitch McConnell in next year's election.

The Louisville businessman ran against McConnell in 2008 and came within six percentage points of defeating the GOP leader.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is considered the top contender for the Democratic nomination in 2014. She is being courted by national Democrats and encouraged by state party officials as well, but Grimes has taking her time to announce any intentions.

Perhaps warning Grimes against running, Lunsford says any potential challenger needs to know the risks of McConnell running a negative campaign could damage their political future.

From ABC News:

"There is really no sitting Democrat that I can think of right now that has the firepower, monetarily, or has enough gravitas to take him on significantly," Lunsford told ABC News. "I’d be surprised if anybody can run against him who thinks they have a further career in politics."

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Local News
9:10 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Kentucky Makes Slight Gains In 'Kids Count' Report Despite More Children Living In Poverty

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Kentucky has improved its overall rating in an annual report measuring the well-being of children around the country, but the number of kids living in poverty is at an all-time high.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count Data Book measures 16 indicators in education, health, economic well-being and family and community.

Kentucky is rated 34th overall in the nation based on these indicators, which is the commonwealth’s best rating in at least the last decade. But the 27 percent of children living in poverty is at an all-time high.

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Trade Group Promotes Concrete as Partial-Solution to Louisville's Rising Temperatures

The Kentucky Ready Mix Concrete Association is renewing an advertising campaign to inform the public about Louisville’s recurring problems with the urban heat island effect.

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Arts and Humanities
6:32 am
Mon June 24, 2013

REVIEW | 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' a Game-Changer for Theatre [502]

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Theatre [502] has produced consistently intriguing productions of recent and relevant plays since its inaugural season in 2011. Their list of produced playwrights is growing into a Who’s Who of younger award-winning dramatists: Annie Baker, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Jordan Harrison, Rajiv Joseph, Marco Ramirez, Mat Smart. Top-notch acting and directing and thoughtful design have been their hallmarks.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

What We're Reading | 6.23.13

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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:

Gabe Bullard: My wife recently went to San Francisco for a work trip. What made the most jealous about her trip, though, was that she arrived just in time to catch a Gary Winogrand exhibit. I could look at his street photography all day. Fortunately, I got the next best thing, a lengthy post on the Awl about Winogrand and his photography. Read 

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Commentary
7:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Summer Reading a Grand Louisville Free Public Library Tradition

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The coming of warm, humid weather sends some Louisvillians running for the comfort of air-conditioning or the solace of backyard swimming pools. But this seasonal turn has always meant one thing for me: The beginning of summer reading season, and long afternoons in swings or window seats, reading as the warm breeze keeps the air moving.

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Education
6:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Kentucky School Districts Expected to Increase Dropout Age to 18 Beginning This Week

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Beginning this week, several Kentucky school boards are expected to adopt new policies increasing the dropout age for students to 18.

For decades, Kentucky students have been allowed to drop out of school at age 16. Under new state law, local districts now have the option to change that. Once 55 percent of school districts adopt the new dropout age, all districts will have four years to follow suit.

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Local News
6:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report Into Plane Crash at Seneca Golf Course

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The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report from the June 11 crash of a Cessna 172 M at Seneca Golf Course. The report doesn't outline a cause for the crash, but it does note the the plane was doing touch-and-go landing—and that the crash happened on the fourth attempt.

Here's the narative from the NTSB:

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