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3:19 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Byline | Local Take on Immigration Reform; Frankfort News; Gay Marriages in Indiana

Here is the audio and rundown on today's edition of Byline:

At the top - Immigration reform is back in the headlines, with President Obama stating a deal with Congress that includes a path to citizenship should be attainable this year.  We discuss the potential local impact with Edgardo Mansilla, executive director of the Americana Community Center, and Kate Miller, program associate for the ACLU of Kentucky.

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Education
2:46 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

With More Snow in Forecast, JCPS Cancels Weekend Sports

Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL

With more winter weather in the forecast, Jefferson County Public Schools is canceling all school activities—including athletics—this weekend.

Snow is expected in southern Indiana after midnight, reaching north central Kentucky early Saturday morning, the National Weather Service said.

Louisville has a 30-percent chance of snow—accumulating to less than an inch— mostly after 3 a.m. Saturday, the weather service said. And the chance of snow is forecast to increase through the day Saturday, with a chance remaining to early Sunday afternoon.

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Environment
1:49 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

MSHA Reports 36 Miners Died on the Job Last Year

Credit MSHA

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has released its preliminary fatality data for last year.

Thirty-six miners died on the job last year—19 of them in coal mines. The federal government has been keeping records for more than a century, and 2012 was the second-lowest year for fatalities on record. The only year that was lower was 2009, when 35 miners died.

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Arts and Humanities
1:01 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

REVIEW | 'Girlfriend': Fine, Fizzy Romance with Killer Soundtrack

Curt Hansen as Mike and Ryder Bach as Will in "Girlfriend" at Actors Theatre.
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Let’s flash back to 1993, to the days before texting and ready Internet access, when living in a small town really could feel like living on the moon. We are in Nebraska, but it might as well be any small town in Kentucky, Indiana, England. Let us say we are dorks, friendless and stilted, moving through high school like occasionally kicked stray dogs. Or. We are wearing someone else’s life, someone popular and ambitious and accomplished and right, holding our breath until we can leave this town and shed the fake skin like a bad sweater.

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Politics
12:02 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

In Wake of Financial Downgrade, Kentucky Business Leaders Call for Quick Pension Reform

Credit Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Another change in Kentucky’s financial outlook has the state’s business leaders calling on the General Assembly for immediate pension reforms.

Standard and Poor’s has changed Kentucky’s outlook to negative, citing the state's large unfunded pension obligations as the main reason.

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Local News
11:50 am
Fri February 1, 2013

On Byline Today: General Assembly Coming Back to Work, Cyclo-Cross and More

Kentucky legislators prepare to return to Frankfort, a greener Louisville and a big dirty cycle race are among the topics WFPL will explore at 1 p.m. today on Byline.

Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston will join Byline host Rick Howlett to talk about pension reform and other issues with next week's resumption of the Kentucky General Assembly's 2013 session.

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Local News
11:23 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Seeks Managing Editor and Four Reporters

Louisville Public Media (LPM), which operates the city’s three public radio stations, has secured funding to establish the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which will pursue high-quality, high-impact investigative journalism in the public interest.

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Local News
11:16 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Louisville's Cyclo-Cross Elite Championship Races Moved to Saturday

The best of the best cyclo-cross racers will now race Saturday after it was determined that Louisville's Eva Bandman cyclo-cross course could potentially flood Sunday from water levels in the Ohio River.

"The projections are by Sunday that Beargrass Creek will come over its banks and flood the lower part of the course," said Karl Schmidtt, executive director of Louisville Sports Commission.

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Politics
10:59 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Mitch McConnell Suspects Challenge Will Come From The Right

Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., acknowledges a potential Tea Party challenger.
Credit File photo

In an interview with Yahoo News, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell admits he could face a tough primary challenge from the Tea Party in his home state of Kentucky.

Since its inception the Tea Party has been critical of McConnell's leadership despite his efforts to make peace with the movement. The strife has increased in recent weeks, with over a dozen Tea Party groups in Kentucky warning that a primary challenger is forthcoming.

McConnell says he doesn't have a sense of entitlement to the senate seat, and expects a vigorous campaign.

From Yahoo News:

McConnell acknowledged he may face a tough primary challenge in 2014, in part because he has been at odds with tea party members in his state and because those in Senate leadership roles in both parties are juicy targets for defeat.

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Politics
9:58 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Bloomington Officials Conduct Symbolic Same-Sex Marriages

Credit WFIU Public Radio

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A dozen Bloomington area couples were symbolically married Thursday night in a ceremony meant as a stand against a ban on gay marriage in Indiana.

Bloomington and Monroe County officials and clergy members participated. It was a long time coming for some couples, but participants were under no illusions about whether they gained any rights.

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