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4:04 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Fischer, Other Mayors Push Congress for Action on Fiscal Cliff

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The Committee For A Responsible Federal Budget Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is among several municipal leaders from across the country pushing Congress to act now to address the upcoming fiscal cliff.

Several measures will take effect or expire at the end of the year, and if Congress doesn't act, $100 billion in spending cuts and $380 billion in tax increases will hit simultaneously. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, of which Fischer is a member, has sent congressional leadership a letter urging them to act.

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Local News
3:51 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Kentucky Confirms Seventh Human West Nile Virus Case

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A central Kentucky health official says a case of human West Nile virus has been confirmed in Bourbon County.

Bourbon County Health Department Director Tom Skeen told the Lexington Herald-Leader it's thought that the person contracted the mosquito-borne illness out of state, although he didn't believe it was in Texas.

That state has reported 1,225 cases and 50 deaths as of last week, the largest outbreak in years.  Many of the cases are in the Dallas area.

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Local News
3:11 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Anti-Abortion Candidate Plans Graphic TV Ads

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An anti-abortion activist who filed for Congress so he could run TV ads supporting his cause plans to air an especially graphic ad showing a dismembered fetus on nine stations.

Andrew Beacham is running in Kentucky's 2nd District but not with the intention of winning. Instead, he simply wants to use his candidacy as a bully pulpit.

Beacham is a supporter of longtime anti-abortion leader Randall Terry, the Operation Rescue founder who used his unsuccessful run in the Democratic presidential primary this year as a platform to attack abortion.

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Politics
2:16 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Kentucky's Mental, Behavioral Health Centers Prepare for Influx of Newly-Insured Patients

Seven Counties Services CEO Tony Zipple

As Kentucky officials continue to implement the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, doctors are preparing for a rush of new patients in every sector of the health care industry.

Seven Counties Services CEO Tony Zipple says at least 25 percent of uninsured Americans have behavioral issues that need attention. And once the Affordable Care Act takes effect, he's expecting to see a flood of newly-insured patients seeking treatments.

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Education
1:57 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

JCPS District 4 Debate Tonight, Ryan Withdraws From Race

WFPL is hosting a debate tonight for candidates vying for Jefferson County Board of Education's District 4 seat.

There are five candidates competing to replace retiring board member Joe Hardesty, who oversaw the southwestern Jefferson County region for the past 20 years.

Stephen "Steve" Ryan announced his withdraw from the race Monday evening, leaving Lloyd "Chip" White, Chuck Haddaway, Melissa "Missy" Smith, Chester Flake and Eric Bullock in the race.

Education
1:30 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Officials Shadow Higher Education Partnership, Discuss Innovation

Superintendent Donna Hargens greets students as they leave the gym.

A unique program that partners University of Louisville student-teachers with a Jefferson County Public Schools classroom may soon see preliminary results for the past five years’ work.

That was the focus of a day-long event Tuesday where nearly 50 educators were invited to discuss innovation in education at Atkinson Academy elementary school in Louisville's Portland neighborhood.

Education commissioner Terry Holliday, JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens and Mayor Greg Fischer were among those appearing at Atkinson Tuesday morning. 

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Local News
1:14 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Proposed Execution Protocol Gets Hearing in Frankfort

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The Kentucky Justice Cabinet heard today from critics of the state’s proposed new death penalty method.

They’re asking officials to make multiple changes to how executions are carried out, now that the state is switching to a one-or-two drug lethal injection.

Public defenders, private attorneys and anti-death penalty activists said during a hearing in Frankfort that the rules Kentucky wants to put into place have multiple problems.  One would not allow condemned inmates to have access to their lawyers on the day of execution.

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Local News
1:00 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Toyota to Fund Early Childhood Program

Automaker Toyota is helping Kentucky schools expand an early childhood learning program.

Toyota is giving $115,000 to open 10 more Born Learning programs in the commonwealth. The program is for pre-kindergarten students and their parents and is meant to prepare children to enter school.

The initial grant will be followed by more funds.

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Arts
12:35 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Author of Catherine the Great Bio to Speak in Louisville

Pulitizer Prize winning author Robert Massie is coming to Louisville this week to talk about his latest work, a highly acclaimed biography of  Catherine The Great, who was empress of Russia for 34 years.   

The 82 year old Massie, a native of Lexington, Kentucky,  has devoted most of his career to writing about Russian royalty

Robert Massie will speak Thursday evening at 7:00 at the main Louisville Free Public Library.

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Local News
11:17 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Louisville's Job, Wage Growth Lag Behind Peers

Louisville still ranks lower than its peers in offering competitive wages, despite excelling in the number of degrees for young professionals.

On Tuesday, the Greater Louisville Project released its new Competitive City Report, which compares 15 cities in education and economic factors.

Louisville leads the pack in four-year college attainment rates for 25 to 34 year-olds the past decade, but it’s second to last for wage growth the past 20 years at 18 percent. Raleigh, North Carolina ranked the highest at 49 percent. 

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