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2:56 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Yarmuth Credits McConnell's Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

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Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth  says if a deal is reached to prevent hitting the so-called "fiscal cliff," Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell should get some of the credit.

“I certainly appreciate the work he’s doing and it sounds to me like he’s taking the kind of reasonable approach to compromise that we all have been crying out for, for months," Yarmuth told WFPL.

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Politics
1:54 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Mayor Greg Fischer: City to Create 'Uniform Policy' Concerning Dismas Workers

Mayor Fischer speaking Monday with WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey.
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says the city is working to correct problems with using inmates from Dismas Charities’ halfway houses.

Earlier this month, an internal audit showed there was no written contract for using ex-convicts for volunteer in various city departments. The report said the lack of a signed agreement puts the city at risk, and also found that inmates were not consistently signing in at their work assignments and aren't being properly monitored by supervisors.

Fischer says the partnership with Dismas is a worthy cause that helps rehabilitate inmates, and a corrective action plan is in the works.

"Remember, these folks are in halfway houses and they’re re-integrating into society as well. So that’s part of the issue. But from my perspective what we need is a uniform policy from the city and that’s what you’ll be seeing," he says.

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Politics
12:31 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Sources: 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal Emerging

Capitol Hill
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WASHINGTON — The contours of a deal to avert the 'fiscal cliff' are emerging that would raise tax rates on couples making over $450,000 a year, raise the estate tax rate and extend unemployment benefits for one year.

That's according to officials familiar with the negotiations.

The deal in the works would return tax rates on families making over $450,000 to 39.6 percent. The tax on estates worth more than $5 million would increase to 40 percent. And unemployment benefits would continue for one year.

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Arts and Humanities
12:13 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Op-Ed: Top Album Picks from WUOL's Daniel Gilliam

David Greilsammer
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Favorite classical albums for 2012:

Rhízōma, Anna Thorvaldsdottir

The expansive sounds from Thorvaldsdottir are exactly what I would imagine Iceland would sound like. Her writing is more than texture, though. There are lines and figures that appear and disappear. She has imagination, and that’s a rarity these days.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

UofL, Farm to Table Team For More Local Foods

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Louisville’s Farm to Table organization is working with the University of Louisville help the university source more of its food locally.

Sarah Fritschner, who leads Farm to Table, has been instrumental in streamlining communication between food service providers, major distributors, and local vendors. Recently, the university hosted a catering fair to introduce local producers and larger distributors.

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Local News
11:33 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Water Main Break in Old Louisville to Take 2-3 Days to Repair

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Crews will need two to three days to repair a 20-inch water main that broke early Monday and caved in a section of Seventh Street between Magnolia and Hill streets, the Louisville Water Company said.

There are no cost estimates yet for the repairs to the broken main and road, said Kelley Dearing Smith, a water company spokeswoman. The Louisville Water Company will cover the costs.

Detours have been posted at the Old Louisville site. 

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Local News
11:26 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Kiki Petrosino: Louisville's Rising Poet

Kiki Petrosino is poet to watch. In her early 30s, she's already published a highly-acclaimed first collection, "Fort Red Border" (Sarabande) and a chapbook, "The Dark is Here" (Forkift Ink).

A professor the University of Louisville, her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The New York Times, Tin House, Jubilat, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. Her latest collection of poems will be released from Sarabande in 2013.

She spoke about the art of poetry — reading it, writing it, loving it — with WFPL's Jonathan Bastian.

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Education
10:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Education Department Won't Support Proposal Holding Back Third Graders Who Can't Read

Joni Jenkins
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Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-44, is crafting legislation that could hold back third grade students who aren’t at reading level, but Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the department won’t support it.

Jenkins acknowledges the bill may not be popular, saying some educators argue it’s traumatic to hold back students and the cost of interventions built into the law could be burdensome.   

“I think the school systems are going to say, yeah that’s great but who is going to pay for interventions,” Jenkins told WFPL.

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Environment
8:55 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Non-Profit, Metro Government in Talks Over Agreement on Botanical Garden Site

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A group working to establish a botanical garden across from Waterfront Park is making progress. Efforts have sped up over the past year and non-profit Botanica now has a draft agreement with Metro Government for the site.

The organization has a vision of a 22-acre botanical garden, with different themed gardens and a conservatory for indoor plants. Botanica board president Brian Voelker says the outdoor gardens will be designed to maximize the usable space.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Indiana Lawmakers May Take Up Gay Marriage Amendment in 2013

When it convenes next week, the Indiana General Assembly could take the next step toward amending the state Constitution to ban gay marriage.

An amendment defining marriage as being the union of a man and a woman that would also prohibit civil unions between same-sex couples passed the 2011 legislature, but must also be approved this year or next in order for it to be presented to Indiana voters.

Indiana already has a state law banning gay marriage but amendment supporters say it needs to be codified by voters to make it more difficult for the courts to overturn.

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