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1:05 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Scolds Lawmakers for Lack of Gun Control Since Newtown Massacre

Congressman John Yarmuth
Credit U.S. Congress

In a scolding statement, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., says it is shameful Congress has not enacted stricter gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Six months have passed since the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, where a lone gunman killed 20 children and six adults with a semi-automatic weapon.

The shooting sparked a fierce national debate about firearms and the Second Amendment, and a handful of states have either passed or are considering stricter gun laws since.

But gun rights advocates were able to block stricter laws from getting through the Democratic-controlled Senate.

"It is shameful that six months after Newtown, Congress has failed to enact a single gun-safety measure," says Yarmuth. "Nine in 10 Americans demand action to strengthen our gun laws, and I stand with them. It is long past time to enact meaningful reforms that help keep our families safe, our communities secure, and our country free from the daily toll of gun violence."

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Local News
11:59 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Byline Today: Non-Profits Upset About the Mayor's Budget Proposal, WHAS-11's New Owner and More

The Louisville Metro Council is discussing Mayor Greg Fischer's budget proposal, WHAS-11's parent company is bought by The Courier-Journal's and a preview of a new WFPL show. Those topics and more will be discussed todayo n Byline.

Metro Council members heard this week from non-profits groups upset that their funding was reduced in the mayor's budget proposal. WFPL's Phillip Bailey will discuss the situation with Gabe Bullard, who is sitting in for host Rick Howlett.

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Local News
11:10 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker Dies

Tim Walker
Credit City of Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN — Mayor Tim Walker has died at Hardin Memorial Hospital. He was 54.

Walker was in his first term as mayor of the central Kentucky city, having been elected in 2010. He served as a city councilman for more than a decade before his election as mayor.

The hospital say the mayor died at 5:33 a.m. Friday. The cause of death is pending. The hospital says Walker's body was being transferred to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Funeral arrangements will be handled by Brown Funeral Home.

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Local News
11:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Louisville Cardinals, Indiana Hoosiers 'Living in the Dream' of College World Series

IU First Baseman Sam Travis
Credit Indiana University

The University of Louisville and Indiana University baseball teams open play against each other in the College World Series tomorrow in Omaha, Nebraska.

It’s the first-ever trip to the eight-team championship for the Hoosiers.     

First baseman Sam Travis helped them get there with a home run in last weekend’s victory over Florida State.

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Environment
9:41 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Emergency Crews Responding To DuPont Louisville Chemical Spill Complete Work

Officials say the crews responding to Sunday's chemical spill at the DuPont Louisville plant have ended their work, but clean up and an investigation is ongoing.

The spill leaked 400,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid that forced a "Shelter-in-Place" warning to those living within a one-mile radius of the plant. Officials say the leak was due to an equipment malfunction.

According to a release sent out by the city:

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Media Critic
6:43 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Media Critic: Louisville News Outlets Should Localize Complex National Stories, Too

James Miller
Credit Submitted photo

Sometimes national news stories are so important that local news organizations devote resources to covering them. We’ve seen this to be true with incidents of extreme violence —9/11, Sandy Hook, Chris Dorner, the DC snipers, Benghazi—but when the topics are a little more sophisticated (and seemingly blessed by bipartisan Beltway consensus) they tend to drop off the local news radar.

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Politics
11:00 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Following Cuts in Mayor's Budget Plan, Non-Profits Ask Louisville Metro Council for More Funding

The Louisville Metro Council heard from over three-dozen organizations that were cut in Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed budget.

Speakers representing ministerial foundations, arts groups and other non-profit agencies implored city lawmakers to add needed funding for their programs, which provide various charitable services.

Among those who presented their case before the council was Charles King, who is president and CEO of Project One President, which a summer jobs program for Louisville youth.

Joined by dozens of teenage participants, King says despite passing accredited reviews and receiving $80,000 from the city last year, Fischer’s proposal allocated nothing for the group in his new spending plan.

"The zero funding could not come at a worse time," he says. "Violence is rampant in our communities, and summer jobs represent violence reduction and public safety. Teen unemployment is at 24 percent and in impoverished communities it’s nearing 50 percent."

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Education
4:33 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

University of Louisville Approves Budget That Includes Pay Raises, Tuition Increases, No State Cuts

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees has approved the school’s budget for next year that includes pay raises, tuition increases and no statewide funding cuts.

“The good news is we’re not being cut next year. The bad news is we’re not getting any new money,” says U of L president James Ramsey, adding the school has faced 13 separate budget cuts over a 12 year period.

Kentucky did fund increases in 2005 and 2006, but following the recession the state cut higher education which meant $9 million the current fiscal year.

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Environment
3:52 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Federal, State Regulators Plan Cleanup For Contaminated Homes Near Black Leaf Site

Erica Peterson WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection plan to remediate all 69 of the contaminated residential sites near the former Black Leaf Chemical Plant.

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Local News
3:29 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

UK, GE to Collaborate on Appliances Research

The University of Kentucky has reached an agreement with GE Appliances to collaborate on research aimed at producing innovations in the appliances business.

UK President Eli Capilouto  joined GE Appliances executives to announce the collaboration today  at the company’s Appliance Park in Louisville.

The agreement also sets terms for the licensing and sharing of jointly developed innovations.

GE Appliances Vice President Kevin Nolan says the partnership will allow the company to tap into the technical expertise of UK scientists and engineers.

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