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2:41 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Health Group Starts Ad Campaign in Support of Kentucky Medicaid Expansion

Steve Beshear
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A leading health organization in Kentucky is putting the pressure on Gov. Steve Beshear to expand Medicaid services under the Affordable Care Act. 

Kentucky Voices for Health Executive Director Regan Hunt says her group is launching a two-week radio ad campaign pressure Beshear to expand Medicaid. The radio ad campaign will be partnered with a month long online ad campaign.

So far, the governor has delayed making a decision— although he seems to support the ideal, if fiscally possible.

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Education
1:40 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Today: WFPL News Special on Early Childhood Education in Jefferson County

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Jefferson County has nearly 700 childcare programs in operation, but officials say program quality varies widely. 

Also, state and federal funding cuts have recently left more Kentucky families without crucial subsidies to send their children to childcare.

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Local News
1:25 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Bob Baffert Won't Have a Horse in Derby Field

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For the first time since 2008, Bob Baffert won't saddle a Kentucky Derby horse.

The Hall of Fame trainer said Monday that Govenor Charlie would not run, nor would his other possibility, Code West.    Baffert said neither horse would have been competitive.

Govenor Charlie was 11th on the points leaderboard that determines the 20-horse field for the 1¼-mile race.   Code West was ranked 21st, but was likely to make the field.

Baffert hasn't sat out a Derby since 2007 and '08. He has won the race three times, but not since 2002.

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Local News
9:00 am
Mon April 29, 2013

R.G. Dunlop Joins Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

The first reporter hired to the new Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has more than 30 years of experience covering issues in Louisville and other parts of Kentucky.

R. G. Dunlop previously wrote for The Courier-Journal, serving in roles including state enterprise reporter, legal affairs reporter and city editor. Since joining The C-J in 1977, Dunlop has worked on two teams that won the George Polk Award and on three teams that were Pulitzer Prize finalists. He's reported on topics ranging from prescription drug abuse to the corruption in politics.

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Politics
7:01 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell Running for Re-Election

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell
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Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell will seek a second term in office.

The 64-year-old O’Connell is a Democrat who was first appointed to the position by former Mayor Jerry Abramson in 2008. He was elected to serve a full term two years later after defeating Republican Michael Wilson.

The county attorney’s office is responsible for representing the legal interests of Metro government and prosecuting Jefferson County District Court cases. It also covers issues such as child support collection and DUI cases.

O'Connell says since merger it has taken on additional roles and a greater responsibility has come with the office.

"I think it’s a great, important office that does so much important work for the citizens of this community both on the criminal justice side and on the civil side for all the work we do for Metro government. And since the merger it’s just become an office that has so many facets to it," he says.

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Education
6:46 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Kentucky Charter Schools Movement May Get Bump From Carl Rollins' Resignation, Advocate Says

Carl Rollins
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A leading Kentucky charter schools advocate says he’s hopeful the state House leadership will choose a new chairman for the House education committee who is open to charter schools.

The chairmanship became vacant last week when Democratic state Rep. Carl Rollins resigned to lead the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation.

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Local News
7:16 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Two Southern Indiana Landmarks on Endangered List

Old Clarksville Site
Indiana Landmarks

Two southern Indiana sites are on the latest list of the state’s Most Endangered Places, compiled by the preservation group Indiana Landmarks.   

One of the places, the Old Clarksville Site, is a holdover from last year.

The nearly 300 acre site along the Ohio River includes remnants of pre-historic settlements, and the spot where Lewis and Clark launched their expedition of the western U.S. in 1803.

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Local News
7:01 am
Sun April 28, 2013

What We're Reading | 4.28.13

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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:

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Education
7:00 am
Sun April 28, 2013

What Would JCPS' District of Innovation Look Like

School of the future, according to the hit children's show The Jetsons.
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Jefferson County Public Schools officials have laid out any early blueprint for what its application for the Kentucky Department of Education's "District of Innovation" designation may look like. So far, the ideas being tossed around include an online classroom available 24 hours a day, Saturday courses and more teacher collaboration.

Under a law passed last year, Kentucky school districts can seek waiver from certain Kentucky Department of Education regulations in order to improve student achievement.

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Politics
10:30 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Noise and Notes: Is Kentucky Compatible With Gay Marriage?

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When it comes to gay marriage, America is moving in a direction of growing acceptance while Kentucky remains steadfastly opposed.

National figures show a majority in the country back the idea, which has changed at a rapid pace in the past decade.

Rhode Island took a historic step and is set to become the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage. A new lobbying group founded by prominent conservative donor Paul Singer is pushing for gay marriage legislation as more Republicans join the cause to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.

Even two prominent Kentucky Democrats—Auditor Adam Edelen and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson—came out in favor or marriage equality.

But new poll numbers indicate Kentuckians are still overwhelmingly against same-sex couples getting hitched with 65 percent opposed. The opposition isn't based on political party either because the PPP survey shows 54 percent of Democratic voters are against the idea.

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