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12:01 pm
Sun December 30, 2012

Legislators Unlikely to Put State Health Exchange into Law

Audrey Haynes
Credit Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Gov. Steve Beshear will likely have to re-issue his executive order to keep the state’s health exchange running. 

Beshear started the exchange — part of the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare — earlier this year through an executive order and state health officials have forged ahead with its creation.

But unless the Kentucky General Assembly takes up the issue to puts it into law, it's likely Beshear’s original order will have to be re-issued to keep work on the exchange moving forward.

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Arts and Humanities
9:00 am
Sun December 30, 2012

Op-Ed: 2012's Top Albums from WFPK's Stacy Owen

In no particular order:

Mirage Rock, Band of Horses

I'm a big fan of Ben Bridwell's vocals and every song tells a distinct story with beautiful arrangements.

The North, Stars

This makes the list mostly because Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It is my favorite song of the year. 

Fear Fun, Father John Misty

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun December 30, 2012

Big Things Happened in 2012

Credit Erica Peterson/WFPL

You can't say 2012 was uneventful for Louisville and the surrounding areas.

The year that (soon) was gave plenty of good news and some awful, terrible news, too. Here's an incomplete list of the big things that happened in 2012.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun December 30, 2012

What We're Reading | 12.30.12

Shakespeare's Falstaff, by Eduard von Grutzner.
Credit Wikipedia Commons/Public Domain

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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Politics
10:30 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Noise and Notes: LEO Weekly's Winners and Losers

Noise and Notes: Looserville

At the end of every year LEO Weekly publishes a controversial edition that it dubs 'Loserville', which is a list of individuals and stories that the staff scorns.

It includes a who's who of Democratic and Republican elected officials, various organizations and topics, and this year was no different when it targeted Papa John's founder John Schnatter on the 2012 cover.

The staff argues that the penance is a sign that their issue is trying to make locals do better, but the very next week LEO comes out with an issue that highlights the good work of organizers, local business owners and journalists.

Among those represented on that list were the Rev. Pat Delahanty, who is leading a charge to abolition the death penalty in Kentucky.

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Local News
6:59 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Louisville Cardinals, with Dieng, Beat Kentucky Wildcats 80-77

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team on Saturday defeated the Kentucky Wildcats the first time since 2009 in a game that featured the return of center Gorgui Dieng, who was sidelined in November with a wrist injury.

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Local News
2:25 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

It Snowed, It May Snow More, Heavy Accumulation Unlikely

Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL

This morning, as Louisvillians pulled up their Facebook feeds, they found, mixed among the expected taunts about the upcoming UK/U of L basketball game, photos of local snow accumulation.

The National Weather Service says more snow may fall throughout Saturday, tapering off after sundown. There is a slight chance of snow on Monday and Tuesday, but the heaviest is likely passed, says the NWS.

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Environment
5:19 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

U.S. Coal Industry Not Well-Positioned to Benefit From Increased Short-Term Global Demand

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this month, the International Energy Agency released its medium-term outlook on coal...and concluded that countries like India and China will be burning more coal over the next five years. So much, in fact, that coal could even surpass oil as the world's top energy source by 2017. But that rise in coal production doesn't mean that any of it will come from Central Appalachia.

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Local News
4:30 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Former U of L Football Player Sues Over Alleged Locker Room Beating

A former University of Louisville football player is suing the school and coach Charlie Strong and claims he was coerced into covering up a beating in the locker room by a pair of teammates.

Former Cardinals defensive lineman Patrick Grant of Sunrise, Fla., alleges two teammates attacked him Oct. 24, 2010, in the locker room at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and, according to the lawsuit, beat him "so badly that he required immediate, urgent care and nearly lost his left eye."

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Local News
4:15 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

New Albany Gun Buyback Ends Six Hours Early After Funds Run Out

Credit Creative Commons

That didn't take long.

A New Albany gun buyback program ended in less than two hours Friday after police accepted about 250 firearms and ran out of money.

"We had a big turnout," said Maj. Keith Whitlow, a New Albany Police spokesman.

"If we do it again in the future, we can learn from our mistakes ... and try to get more people involved."

People were lined up hours before the buyback began, he said.

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