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2:54 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Rogers Bill Seeks to Preserve Civil War Battlefield Site

Wayne County Historical Society

Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers has reintroduced legislation to preserve a Civil War site in southern Kentucky.

The bill seeks to recognize the Mill Springs Battlefield site in Pulaski and Wayne counties. The battle on Jan. 19, 1862, was the second largest in Kentucky. The fight resulted in a Union victory and blazeda trail for Union troops to move from Kentucky into Tennessee.

The measure calls for a National Park Service study on incorporating the battlefield into the national parks system. Currently, the battlefield is being preserved through private sources.

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Business
2:42 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Judge Dismisses Right-to-Work Suit; Appeal Considered

Leaders of an Indiana union local say they considering an appeal of a federal judge’s dismissal this week of their suit challenging the state’s right-to-work law enacted last year.

Judge Philip Simon in Hammond ruled Thursday that none of the union's arguments against the law could succeed in federal court, although a challenge could still be made in state courts.

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Education
2:32 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Centre Starting New Global Leadership Program

Credit Centre College

Kentucky’s Centre College is creating a new summer program this year for Kentucky juniors and seniors to learn more about the world outside state.

The Global Leadership Academy will take place over two weeks in the middle of June this summer; the goal for Centre is to get Kentucky’s high school students more in line with global leadership and cultures.

It’s the first attempt at such a program for the private college in Danville, Ky., which is leveraging its reputation as a strong study abroad college to start the program.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

WFPL to Carry Special Coverage Monday of the Inauguration Ceremony

President Obama is sworn in in 2008.
Credit Wikipedia Commons/Public domain

WFPL will carry NPR's special live coverage Monday as President Obama is sworn in to his second term in office in Washington, D.C.

Special coverage begins at 10 a.m. with Steve Inskeep and Audie Cornish hosting from the west front of the U.S. Capitol, site of the inauguration ceremony. NPR's White House correspondents, Ari Shapiro and Scott Horsley, will join them.

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Local News
11:29 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Today on Byline: Vicco Passes a Fairness Ordinance, a Look at Lynn's Paradise Cafe and More

The sudden closure of a famed Louisville restaurant, a small-town enacts a Fairness Ordinance and the legacy of a controversial Metro Council member who died this week — those will be some of the topics on WFPL's Byline at 1 p.m. Friday.

WFPL's Rick Howlett will talk to Louisville Magazine's Josh Moss about his November profile of the owner of Lynn's Paradise Cafe, the restaurant which abruptly closed last week.

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Local News
10:09 am
Fri January 18, 2013

The Politics of Extremism: How Did It Get So Bad?

Filibusters. Super PACs. Citizens United. Endless party squabbles. How did we get to this point?

That's the exactly the question that Thomas Mann of the  Brookings Institution has been asking. With Norman Ornstein, they co-authored, "It's Even Worse Than is Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the Politics of Extremism."

Mann diagnoses the situation historically, and ultimately provides solutions. I recently caught up with him for a live interview. Take a listen:

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Environment
6:30 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Riverside Gardens: A Former Resort Community Besieged By Pollution

The entrance to the Riverside Gardens subdivision.
Erica Peterson WFPL

The neighborhood Riverside Gardens was created as an oasis in the West End…a resort community for Louisvillians who wanted a quick, close getaway from the city. But after the 1937 flood and the rise of industry in Rubbertown, to the north, Riverside Gardens became just another subdivision. And now, the place where city dwellers used to go to get away from pollution is now surrounded on three sides by smokestacks and a former toxic dump.

Louisville was a dirty place in the 1920s.

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Politics
7:24 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Councilman Ken Fleming Questions Mayor Fischer's Local Option Sales Tax Proposal

Councilman Ken Fleming, R-7,
Credit Louisville Metro Council

Louisville Metro Councilman Ken Fleming, R-7, is concerned that Mayor Greg Fischer’s push for a local option sales tax will burden residents and wants to examine cutting other levies first.

For several months the mayor has been lobbying that the city needs the tool to be more competitive and independent.

Fischer argues his administration is not seeking a tax increase, and only wants voters to have the power to decide whether or not to fund special projects through a temporary hike to the state's sales tax.

But Fleming says the mayor has provided few details on what a specific proposal would look like, and is ignoring his campaign promises to spur economic development and job creation.

"Their goal should be economic development, and adding an additional tax on individuals regardless of income is not the right way to go," he says. "What we need to focus on is to try to find those strategies and tactics like getting rid of the occupational tax. That will help development incur job creation. I think we ought to look at that process and not a tax mentality."

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Education
5:39 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Southern Indiana School Districts Embrace School Resource Officers

Credit File photo

Clarksville Community School Corp. is expected to join its neighboring districts in adopting a school resource officer (SRO) to improve student safety.

SROs have been used in southern Indiana school districts for years, but recently President Obama signed an executive order supporting the school safety option.

This was part of 23 executive orders Mr. Obama signed this week to increase gun and school safety.

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Local News
3:46 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Preservation Group Announces List of Endangered Properties

445 W. 2nd Street Lexington, Kentucky
Bluegrass Trust/WUKY

The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation has announced its annual list of endangered properties in central Kentucky. This year’s “Eleven in Their Eleventh Hour” focuses on several private residences, an old bus depot, two churches, a vacant courthouse, and two buildings on the University of Kentucky campus.

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