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12:49 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Study: Illness More Likely in Eastern Kentucky Coal County Than Non-Coal Counties

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A new health study in Eastern Kentucky has found that residents in a county where surface mining is prevalent have a higher instance of illness than residents in two control counties.

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Politics
11:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Tea Party Activists Encourage Kentucky Senators to Reject Insurance Commissioner's Nomination

Sharon Clark
Credit Kentucky Department of Insurance

With only two days left in the legislative session, Tea Party activists are encouraging Kentucky state senators to not confirm Insurance Commissioner Sharon Clark.  

So far, the Senate has approved all of Gov. Steve Beshear's appointments except Clark. Many activists are upset with her role in implementing the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky and they hope to send a message to the governor by blocking her nomination.

A Senate spokeswoman says whether lawmakers will consider the nomination when they return from recess later this month is still “to be determined.”

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Louisville Urban League Hosts 19th Annual Career Expo Wednesday

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“You see a sea of people and opportunities,” says the Louisville Urban League’s director for workforce development Juanita Sands describing the annual event at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

Over 50 businesses and a dozen higher education institutions are expected to participate in the job expo where participants will have a chance to meet representatives from some of Louisville’s most well known companies like UPS and Norton Healthcare and also from some smaller companies.

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Local News
9:33 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Win Tickets to see Michael Pollan

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Education
9:06 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Kentucky Releases Alternative School Data, Assessing Schools Remains Challenging

The Kentucky Department of Education has released minimal data on some of the state’s alternative schools for the first time publicly, but officials say it’s still difficult to determine whether a program is successful.

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Environment
7:30 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Water Advocates Discuss 'Dead Zone,' Need for Stricter Water Standards

‘Dead Zones’ are areas of low-oxygen levels in the ocean, caused by nutrient pollution. The world’s second-largest dead zone forms every summer in the Gulf of Mexico, thanks to runoff from farms and sewage treatment plants. While the pollution kills aquatic life in the dead zone, it can also kill fish and cause algae blooms upstream.

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Politics
7:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Council Democrats Urge ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Veto; Opponents Note Fischer's Absence

Joining dozens of civil rights groups, six Democratic members of the Louisville Metro Council have signed a letter asking Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to block the ‘religious freedom’ bill.

The bill allows individuals to ignore laws and regulations that violate tenets of their faith, and it passed overwhelmingly in both chambers of the General Assembly. Supporters point to court decisions that have made it easier for the government to infringe on First Amendment rights for religious beliefs.

But opponents argue the measure is too broad and therefore could threaten protections for racial minorities, women and members of the LGBT community.

The Louisville Fairness Campaign circulated the petition to council members, but did not approach any council Republicans to sign it.

Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, says she signed the letter to Beshear because the bill compromises civil rights laws in Kentucky.

"I’m very disappointed that people in our state legislature fail to think more about the people across the state who may identify differently than they do and who definitely need these additional protections from any kind of discrimination," she says.

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Local News
6:10 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Overall No. 1 Seed in NCAA Tournament; Kentucky Wildcats Heading for NIT

Credit University of Louisville athletics

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team will be the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, heading to Lexington where they'll play Thursday against either Liberty or North Carolina A&T.

In the Midwest Region, Louisville would play either Colorado State or Missouri in the second round. The Cardinals won the Big East Tournament on Saturday and enter the NCAA Tournament with a 29-5 record.  The Duke Blue Devils are the region's No. 2 seed.

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Local News
5:47 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Noted Journalist, Urbanist Grady Clay Dead at 96

Grady Clay
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Journalist Grady Clay, who wrote about landscape architecture and urban planning, died Sunday in Louisville, according to sources close to his family. He was 96.

Clay grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned a bachelor's degree from Emory University and a master's degree from Columbia University. He was the real estate editor and the urban affairs editor for the Courier-Journal until 1966, but his profile extended far beyond Louisville.

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Local News
7:01 am
Sun March 17, 2013

What We're Reading | 3.17.13

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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:

Gabe Bullard: If you're an avid WFPL listener, you probably know Jonathan Goldstein from his work on This American Life. But for years, Goldstein has hosted a terrific CBC show called Wiretap. I've been a fan of his since I first heard that show. Listen to Wiretap.

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