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4:38 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Byline | Medicaid Expansion; NBA Prospects; Wax Fang on American Dad

Here is our Byline rundown for 5/10/13 (full audio link below):

At the top - Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced yesterday that the state will expand its Medicaid program under the federal  Affordable Care Act, a move that will bring more than 300,000 Kentuckians into the health care program. We talk about the governor’s long-awaited announcement and reaction to it with Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston.

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Local News
4:09 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Prosecutor Opposes Request for Seven Month Delay in Richie Farmer Trial

WFPL file photo by Rick Howlett

A federal prosecutor is objecting to a request by Richie Farmer’s attorney that the former agriculture commissioner’s criminal trial be delayed until February.

Farmer’s trial on charges of misappropriating government resources was originally set for July, but his attorney, Guthrie True, wants to move it until early next year, saying he needs more time to prepare.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor filed a court brief this week asking that the trial be scheduled for sometime this fall,  saying a delay until February would be excessive.

Politics
2:49 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Ben Chandler to Lead Kentucky Humanities Council, Doesn't Rule Out Return to Politics

Former Congressman Ben Chandler will be the new executive director of the Kentucky Humanities Council.  

The non-profit group is not affiliated with the state, but works closely with state tourism and arts organizations. It is affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Politics
1:09 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Mitch McConnell Demands White House Investigate IRS for Targeting Conservative Groups

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Update: White House spokesman Jay Carney says an inspector general is looking into the matter

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is calling on the Obama administration to conduct a government-wide probe in the wake of an admission by the Internal Revenue Service that it targeted conservative groups.

 

The IRS apologized on Friday for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.

Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.

Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington.

McConnell says the admission is proof that his earlier concerns were well founded, adding the White House needs to review the agency's actions.

"Now more than ever we need to send a clear message to the Obama administration that the First Amendment is non-negotiable, and that apologies after an election year are not an sufficient response to what we now know took place at the IRS," he says. "This kind of political thuggery has absolutely no place in our politics."

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Local News
12:09 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Kentucky Judge Says Cabinet For Health And Family Services Must Explain Record Redaction

A judge has ordered Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services to explain why it refuses to release certain information in child death and near death records, which has been a long-fought battle between the Cabinet and the media.

Since 2011 the Courier Journal and the Lexington Herald Leader have been in court with the Cabinet over two years worth of child abuse records.

“From the beginning they have felt the public was not entitled to anything. They continue to lose that fight," says attorney Jon Fleischaker who represents the media in the case.

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Arts and Humanities
11:58 am
Fri May 10, 2013

The Great Louisville Gatsby Mystery: Where Is Daisy's House?

1400 Cherokee Road: according to local lore, one contender for Daisy's house.
Erin Keane WFPL News

When I moved to Louisville as a freshman English major, one of the first bits of trivia I learned about my new city was that Daisy’s house from “The Great Gatsby” was right down the street.

Daisy Buchanan, the It Girl at the heart of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, was socialite Daisy Fay when poor soldier Jay Gatsby courted her during a brief stint at Louisville’s Camp Taylor, where Gatsby – like the author himself – trained during the first World War.

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Local News
11:44 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Byline Today: Medicaid Expands, NBA Prospects Shrink, Wax Fang Goes Big and A City Gets Dense

Today at 1:00 on Byline…

Rick Howlett will talk to Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston about Governor Steve Beshear's decision to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Jere Downs from the Courier-Journal will stop by to discuss recently-released federal data that shows the cost for the same medical procedures varies widely from hospital to hospital

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Commentary
7:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

How-To Festival Preview: A Life By The Books

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For more than 40  years, I’ve been reading books professionally, as a frequent critic and later as book editor of the state’s largest newspaper. In those roles, I have had a ringside seat to observe some of the best books to be published in the last half of the 20th century—as well as a lot of the less-than-great books during that period. When you comb through thousands of books every year, you have a challenge. What, if any, of these shall I read? How will I find the time?

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Arts and Humanities
6:45 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Listen | 'The Great Gatsby,' F. Scott Fitzgerald and Louisville

F. Scott Fitzgerald in Louisville in 1918.

On the eve of the release of a new Great Gatsby film, WFPL's Jonathan Bastian hosted a news special on the film looking at the city's role in the great novel. Veteran Louisville journalist Keith Runyon discussed what Louisville would have been like when F. Scott Fitzgerald was in town and WFPL arts reporter Erin Keane went in search of a Louisville house connected to the novel. Later, Keane, Jonathan and The Courier-Journal's Matt Frassica discussed more about the novel.

Listen below:

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Politics
5:45 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Senator Mitch McConnell Questions Governor's Decision to Expand Medicaid

Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Senate

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell questioned Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's long-awaited decision to expand Medicaid coverage under the president's health care law, arguing it will expose Kentuckians to increasing costs.

As Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston reports, Beshear, a Democrat, announced the state's Medicaid program will extend coverage to over 300,000 Kentuckians under the Affordable Care Act or what opponents calls Obamacare.

This means the state's Medicaid rolls will extend to more low-income and poor people who are below 138 percent of the federal poverty line.

The governor called it the right thing to do, and the decision was praised by fellow Democrats and health advocacy groups.

However, Kentucky's senior senator warned the extension will be costly for residents and hurt small businesses.

"Given Kentucky’s struggles to finance its current Medicaid program and the uncertainty of future federal funding, I am surprised the governor would make this decision to further implement Obamacare and expose the commonwealth’s taxpayers to more open ended expenses they cannot afford," McConnell said in a statement.

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