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9:15 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Healthcare Group Creates Directory to Help Patients Find Support

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has released a new online directory of community groups that could provide support for patients and their families.

The foundation lists more than 140 organizations in the directory. Combined, they reach all of Kentucky's 120 counties. The groups aren't healthcare providers, but they can give guidance, referrals and emotional support.

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Local News
9:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Fair Housing Workshops for LGBT Community

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is offering education workshops on fair housing to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals across the commonwealth this week.

The commission is working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to present the workshops. HUD recently changed its policy, to prevent discrimination against LGBT people.

Kentucky does not have a similar state-wide plan, but three cities—Louisville, Lexington and Covington—have fairness ordinances that protect the LGBT community.

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Politics
8:45 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Mayor’s Violence Task Force Holds First Meeting

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s Violence Prevention Workgroup is having its first meeting Monday.

The 37-member task force includes business, civic and religious leaders and was formed in response to a brazen shooting in the Parkland neighborhood last month. Among the group’s first goals will be to develop an inventory of youth services and long-term strategies to address escalating crime.

But the group has been criticized for being too large and its lack of women and young adults appointed by the mayor. Others have said the task force isn't moving quickly enough as more heinous shootings have occurred since the initial violence spurred its creation.

University of Louisville Arts & Sciences Dean J. Blaine Hudson is chairing the task force. He says concerns about the group are valid, but those criticisms should not distract from efforts to deter systemic violence.

“You’ll have people who legitimately feel the need to speak out. What they might be able to contribute to the larger process is a whole other question. Some people have a lot to say about immediate issues, less to say about long-term issues,” he says.

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Politics
8:30 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Medicaid Regulations No Match for Rural Roads

The dispute between an Eastern Kentucky hospital chain and private Medicaid operators has lawyers arguing distance versus drive time.

Under state regulations, a private Medicaid operator cannot sign up a patient unless it has a doctor or hospital within 60 miles of that patient's home. But that distance is measured as the crow flies and the state doesn't take into account narrow and winding Appalachian roads. For many patients, it may be faster to visit a doctor that's 70 miles away than it is to visit one that's 50 miles away.

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Environment
8:30 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Team Will Begin Floyds Fork Interviews With Residents This Week

Researchers from the University of Kentucky will begin interviewing citizens, businesses and non-profits this week about Floyds Fork. This is part of a collaboration between state and federal agencies to rehabilitate the watershed.

Floyds Fork has been designated as “impaired,” which means its waterway can’t fulfill its designated functions. The state Division of Water has asked the EPA to help determine the maximum amount of pollution that can be discharged into the watershed without exceeding the state water quality standard.

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Environment
7:30 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Humane Society President Will Visit Louisville to Speak About Human, Animal Relationships

The president of the Humane Society of the United States will be in Louisville this week to discuss his new book: New York Times Bestseller “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals and Our Call to Defend Them.”

The book is a study of human-animal relationships. Wayne Pacelle says humans are naturally drawn to and fascinated by animals—look at the number of people who have pets and who watch animals in the wild or at zoos.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Review: 'Misses Strata': Crude Humor Satisfies in New Bipartisan Satire

The more things change, the more things stay the same. 2,500 years after Aristophanes first suggested women could end a war by kicking powerful husbands out of their beds in “Lysistrata,” the idea is still compelling to playwrights and politicians alike (a Michigan state representative recently suggested a similar strategy).

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Politics
4:00 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

Noise and Notes: The Mayor's Violence Prevention Task Force and Defining Fairness

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's task force on violence prevention is set to meet on Monday with supporters looking forward to the group getting started.

What the 37-member task force will accomplish has been an ongoing conversation since its was launched by the mayor. But as more heinous acts of violence continue, critics such as Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, have commented that the administration is talking while others are acting.

For the program, health department director Dr. LaQundra Nesbitt, neighborhood leader Neal Robertson—who both sit on the work group—and University of Louisville adjunct professor Stacy Brooks, discuss what the task force faces.

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Arts and Humanities
9:12 am
Sun June 17, 2012

Looking Back at Watergate With Thomas Mallon

Author and former GQ editor Thomas Mallon brings the Watergate-era Washington back to life in his latest historical novel.   Watergate-- a Novel, takes the reader though the scandal from the perspectives of seven lesser-known players.

 Thomas Mallon will discuss his book at the Louisville Free Public Library Monday, June 18, at 7pm.   He speaks here with WFPL’s Rick Howlett from his office in the nation’s capital.
 

Local News
3:44 pm
Sat June 16, 2012

Myriad Challenges for Yum! Center, Fair Board, and East End Tunnel Financing

Friday on Byline we took a broad look at a number of stories pertaining to the KFC Yum!

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