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1:41 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Gun Control Group Aims TV Ads at Mitch McConnell

A liberal group is attacking Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in a new television ad over his opposition to gun control measures.

The group Progressive Change Campaign Committee is launching the commercial, which will air in Kentucky and Washington, D.C. area. It features gun owner and former military marksman Rodney Kendrick from Berea, calling on McConnell to support a ban on assault weapons and background checks on gun purchases.

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"On pretty much every major issue Mitch McConnell sides with his big campaign contributors over everyday people in Kentucky," PCCC co-founder Adam Green told WFPL. "Right now the gun debate is front and center, and therefore we’re elevating the fact that after the gun industry has spent (hundreds of thousands of dollars) to elect Mitch McConnell. He is opposing the will of the people in Kentucky and basic things like background checks to buy a gun."

In response McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton condemned the commercial, adding PCCC is far outside the mainstream of Kentucky voters and is backed by liberal billionaire George Soros.

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Local News
1:39 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Louisville Ethics Commission Expects to Receive Recommendations on Shanklin's Case This Afternoon

Barbara Shanklin
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Recommendations from the hearing officer—who acts as judge—assigned to Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's ethics case have been submitted and are expected to be accepted by the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission this afternoon.

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Politics
1:31 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Special Taxing Districts Reforms Filed, Moving Quickly in Frankfort

Adam Edelen
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FRANKFORT — Efforts to reform Kentucky's laws for more than 1,000 special taxing districts—such as library boards, fire districts and sewer districts— are quickly moving this week  in the General Assembly.

The reforms were filed Tuesday as House Bill 1—which typically denotes a top priority for legislative leaders— and would create an online registry to list the special districts and their required financial paperwork. It stems from a partnership between  between state Auditor Adam Edelen and House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

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Local News
12:56 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

To Our Listeners: We're Having Transmitter Issues

WFPL is having transmitter issues Tuesday afternoon; some listeners may have trouble hearing us on air at 89.3.

If that's you, engineers are working to fix the issue. 

Until then, you can listen to the broadcast streaming online at WFPL.org.

Environment
12:51 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

LG&E, Kentucky Settle Over Alleged Safety Violations in 2011 House Explosion

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Louisville Gas and Electric could pay up to $250,000 to settle alleged safety violations that stemmed from a natural gas explosion in southern Jefferson County a year ago.

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Politics
12:50 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

President Obama to Discuss Spending Cuts, Tax Reform; WFPL to Carry Special Coverage

President Obama
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President Obama will hold a news conference Tuesday to discuss fiscal matters. WFPL will carry NPR's live special coverage  starting at 1 p.m.

NPR says:

Officials tell the White House press corps that the president "will call on Congress to pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms to avoid the economically harmful consequences of the sequester for a few months." He's scheduled to issue that call around 1:15 p.m. ET.

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Politics
12:26 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Broadband Advocates Revive Bill That Removes Land Line Requirement

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FRANKFORT — Advocates for more wireless and broadband options in Kentucky will once again push a bill reforming the state's telecommunications laws—specifically, removing language that requires old-school land-line service throughout the state.

Citizens for a Digital Future unveiled the legislation today, which is sponsored by state Sen. Paul Hornback, a Republican from Shelbyville.

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Arts and Humanities
11:29 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Tweeters Gonna Tweet?

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Even Twitter users are divided on whether or not social media has a place during live arts events. 

The National Endowment for the Arts is leading a conversation on Twitter (#2TweetorNot2Tweet) about mobile social media use during performances. Are so-called Tweet Seats a fun engagement with a plugged-in audience of influencers, or are they a distraction from the events on stage? 

Some say bring it on—the more conversation the better: 

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Education
10:02 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Tennessee Education Association OK with Arming Teachers as Last Resort

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The largest teachers union in Tennessee  is quietly on board with allowing educators to carry a weapon to class—at least as a last resort.

The Tennessee Education Association is supporting a bill under consideration by the state legislature, but the union would prefer teachers not need to bring a gun to school, President Gera Summerford said. 

“I think the way we would look at it is, it’s the responsibility of law enforcement-trained personnel," Summerford.

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Local News
6:30 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Here's What the Southwest Regional Library Will Look Like

The plans are out for the long-awaited Southwest Regional Library.

The SRL is a proposed 40,000 square-foot facility at Dixie Highway and Kendall Road. It's meant to serve some 100,000 residents from across the area. Other regional libraries are planned for northeast and south-central Louisville.

While unveiling the plans, city officials touted the new library's size and scope. In addition to 100,000 books, they say the library will feature modern technology, computer access and large meeting rooms. The plans also call for the SRL to meet LEED standards.

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