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12:49 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Yarmuth: No Time for Entitlement Reform Before 'Fiscal Cliff'

Credit U.S. Congress

Kentucky Third District Congressman John Yarmuth told MSNBC Monday that Democrats are willing to extend the Bush-era tax cut to help avoid the "fiscal cliff" but that Republicans are "dreaming" if they push for entitlement reforms before the new year.

President Obama and congressional leaders are in the midst of negotiating a new budget deal to avoid the $607 billion combination of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to take effect in January.

Mr. Obama has proposed an immediate extension of the Bush-era tax rates for incomes at $250,000 or less, but GOP lawmakers want the cuts to remain across-the-board. If a deal cannot be reached then all Americans will see their taxes go up, but the president has stressed that Congress can help 98 percent of Americans avoid an increase while his economic team forecasts going over the cliff would hurt the recovery overall.

Yarmuth says Congress can avoid the burden on middle-class Americans if a small number of the House GOP caucus vote with Democrats and accept a tax increase on wealthier Americans.

"That’s a real easy one if Speaker Boehner can deliver maybe 30 or 35 votes. I’d think we’d be happy to pass that and we’d avert that huge tax increase at the beginning of next year," he says. "And then we can extend the spending limits and delay the across the board cuts until a more comprehensive, balanced approach is negotiated."

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Business
12:22 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Kentucky Ranks in Top 10 for Charitable Gaming

Credit Wikipedia Commons

 Charitable gaming in Kentucky last year was a $394 million industry, ranking the state among the top 10 for not-for-profit games such as bingo and raffles, said commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Charitable Gaming. Marty Hammonds shared the figures last week with the interim joint committee on licensing and occupation.

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Environment
12:20 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Using Trash to Create Energy

An operating landfill in Australia.
Ashley Felton Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to trash, you can stick it in a landfill. But using it to create energy is an increasingly popular option.

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Local News
11:30 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Lexington Herald-Leader Erecting Paywall for Kentucky.com

Kentucky's second largest newspaper is following the lead of Kentucky's largest, moving to a subscription model for its website.

In other words, you'll get a 15 free stories on the Lexington Herald-Leader's website -- Kentucky.com -- per month; after that, you'll have to pay, according to an announcement published today.

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Arts and Humanities
11:10 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Actors Theatre Apprentices Stage Poetic Investigation of Milliennials

The Actors Theatre of Louisville acting apprentices take the stage tonight and tomorrow evening with a free workshop performance of "Run Like Children," an original play created by the members of the company.

Directed by Kate Eminger, "Run Like Children" features seven acting apprentices: Noelia Antweiler, Ethan Dubin, Chalia La Tour, Andy Reinhardt, Madison Welterlet, Christa Wroblewski and Michael Zuccola.

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Politics
10:23 am
Mon November 26, 2012

State Spending $3 Million on Tax Amnesty Initiative

The state government of Kentucky is spending $3 million on a tax amnesty program that officials hope will bring $55 million in revenue.

In 2002, Kentucky launched an amnesty initiative that garnered $40 million. Governor Steve Beshear announced this effort in October to help balance the two-year budget that will allow citizens and businesses to make restitution.

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Local News
8:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Kentucky Awards Committee to Review Walsh Construction's Bridges Proposal

An engineering committee will review the proposal from a Chicago-based contractor group Monday that was conditionally chosen for Kentucky’s portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Walsh Construction is composed of four independent contractor companies. Its bid this month was the least expensive of three proposals to design and build a new I-65 bridge and rework Spaghetti Junction at $971 million.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Seth Rudetsky Brings His 'Big Fat Broadway Show' to Town

As a pianist, Seth Rudetsky has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows, including "Ragtime," "Les Miserables" and "Phantom of the Opera." Listeners to Sirius/XM's On Broadway channel know afternoon host Rudetsky, also the hose of "Seth Speaks" on Sirius/XM Stars, is obsessed with Broadway.

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Stumbo: No Extra Higher Education Funding Until UPike Becomes a State University

A battle may be brewing over the future of Kentucky higher education -- should the state add another state university, this one serving Appalachia?

The leader of the Kentucky House thinks so -- and he said he won't support any extra funding for higher education until the University of Pikeville joins the state university system.

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Win Tickets
6:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Win Front Row Seats to See David Sedaris

WFPL is proud to present David Sedaris at the Kentucky Center April 18th. This best-selling author, humorist, and contributor to "This American Life" slices and dices social situations and family dysfunction with unnerving skill.

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