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3:36 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Kentucky Senate Passes Pair of Abortion Bills

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Doctors would be required to make ultrasound images available to women seeking abortions under legislation passed by the Senate on Friday.

The Senate also passed a separate measure that would require women get face-to-face consultations with medical professionals before undergoing abortions.

Both measures passed the Republican-controlled Senate 31-4.

Similar proposals have repeatedly cleared the Senate in recent years only to die in the Democratic-controlled House. And the prognosis is no better this year.

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Local News
3:13 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Beshear; Anti-Judd Ad; Shanklin; Big Four Bridge; Jennifer Lawrence: On Byline

Here's the rundown for this edition of Byline:

At the top - Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear told lawmakers in his state of the commonwealth address that it’s time to find consensus on ways to overhaul the state’s tax and pension systems. We discuss that and  the rest of the governor’s legislative agenda and the 2013 general assembly with Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston.

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Local News
2:34 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Fewer Kentuckians Collecting Unemployment

The number of Kentuckians receiving unemployment benefits has fallen to just over 68,000.   

"That is down 57 percent from the high of 157,162 who received benefits in January of ’10.  The monthly initial claims of 35,000  is the lowest number in four years," said Joe Meyer,  secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

Meyer testified this week before a Kentucky House committee.

Education
2:26 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Eastern Kentucky University President Warns of Layoffs

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Eastern Kentucky University's president is warning of campus layoffs as the school prepares to reallocate 10 percent of its budget.

In an email sent this week to faculty and staff on the Richmond campus, EKU President Doug Whitlock did not specify how many jobs would be cut or when. He said there's no way the budget reallocation can be made without a workforce reduction.

Whitlock promised that the process of deciding on layoffs will be done in a "fair and humane" way.

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Local News
12:35 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Byline: The Rubbertown Explosion Investigation, State of the Commonwealth and Jennifer Lawrence

The Kentucky General Assembly gets back to work, investigation results are released in the fatal 2011 explosion in Rubbertown and Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence talks Oscars today on Byline.

Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston will discuss the week in Frankfort as the legislative session resumes and Gov. Steve Beshear makes his State of the Commonwealth address.

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Politics
11:18 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Special Taxing Districts Reform Sails Through Kentucky State House

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A bill reforming how the state's special districts are categorized and making them more transparent easily passed the state House this morning, 96-1.

State Rep. Lynn Belcher, a Republican from Crittenden County, was the lone "no" vote. 

Many local library boards, sewer districts and fire districts are considered special taxing districts separate from other types of government.

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Arts and Humanities
7:30 am
Fri February 8, 2013

No Punchbacks: Le Petomane Builds Smart, Silly Shows from Scratch

Kristie Rolape tries on her mask and baby fists.
Erin Keane WFPL News

When the members of Louisville's Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble head into rehearsal for a new play, they don’t have a script. They don’t have a director. What they have is an idea and roughly 500 years of comedic history behind them.

Their new show, "No Punchbacks," is an homage to traditional Punch and Judy puppet shows, which owe a significant comedic debt to Italian commedia dell'arte. Co-artistic director Greg Maupin (all six troupe members are co-artistic directors) calls commedia “the sitcoms of 16th century Italy.”

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Media Critic
6:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Students' Voices Missing from Louisville Media's Education Coverage

James Miller
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Years ago, media critics roamed the Earth. Even mid-sized markets could support one or two columnists who analyzed how newspapers and TV and radio stations covered the news of the day, and how that coverage affected the community's understanding and perception of those stories. But in cities like Louisville, media criticism has gone the way of afternoon papers and Saturday mail.

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Business
5:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Lexington Debates Where Food Trucks Can Set Up Shop

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Work continues to try and determine where Lexington mobile food vendors can set up shop downtown. 

Members of the Food Truck Work Group reviewed draft recommendations Thursday at city hall.  Work Group chair Shevawn Akers, a Lexington Council member, says many restaurants and mobile food operators still disagree about placement on public streets.

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Environment
9:44 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Residents Welcome More Regulations for Rubbertown Plants

Eboni Cochran of Rubbertown Emergency ACTion addresses the CSB
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After concluding that a deadly 2011 explosion at the Carbide Industries plant in Rubbertown could have been prevented, the Federal Chemical Safety Board has approved recommendations aimed at making sure industries won't have a chance to replicate the unsafe conditions—a move Rubbertown residents welcomed.

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