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9:00 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Health Care Overhaul: What it Means for Kentuckians

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the health care overhaul, governments, businesses, providers and taxpayers are preparing for the law’s implementation, much of it in 2014.

Friday on Byline, we took a close look at the local impacts of the Affordable Care Act with  Jodi Mitchell of Kentucky Voices for Health; Anne Hadreas with the  Kentucky Equal Justice Center and Terry Brooks of Kentucky Youth Advocates.

Arts
4:20 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Poet Maurice Manning Opens Natural Habitat Reading Series

Typecast Publishing, founded in 2006, is a boutique publishing house based in Louisville, which WFPL's Erin Keane says, "has blossomed into a bit of grassroots mini media empire." Thursday night, they kicked off their summer reading series with Kentucky poet Maurice Manning.

Arts and Humanities
3:36 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Orchestra Announces Upcoming Season

The Louisville Orchestra returns to the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall after a year-long hiatus to celebrate its 75th anniversary season with a September 8 concert featuring both classics and pops. 

Music director Jorge Mester will conduct the first half of the Fanfara gala concert, which will feature pianist Jeremy Denk on Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 25.” Denk is the 1997 winner of the prestigious Young Concert Artists competition and has played with many major orchestras, and he appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

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Local News
3:24 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Kentucky Impact of Court Decisions; Daniels and Purdue; Typecast Publishing: Today on Byline

Here's the rundown for Byline today:

0:00 - We consider the Kentucky impacts of the major Supreme Court decisions this week, beginning with the Affordable Care Act.  Joining us are Terry Brooks from Kentucky Youth Advocates, Ann Hadreas from Kentucky Equal Justice Center, and Jodi Mitchell, Kentucky Voices for Health.

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Politics
3:03 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Shaughnessy Resigns from Kentucky State Senate

Kentucky state Senator Tim Shaughnessy, D-Louisville, has officially resigned.

Last fall, Shaughnessy announced he was not seeking re-election after serving more than 20 years in the state legislature. And with no plans of a special session or imperative issues on the interim agenda, Shaughnessy says now is the best time to step down.

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Sports
2:42 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

NASCAR Fans To Cope With Heat, Traffic At Kentucky Speedway

From Alan Lytle and Mark Heyne, Kentucky Public Radio

It promises to be an especially hot, and potentially dangerous, NASCAR weekend at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, but the medical director for UK HealthCare’s Good Samaritan Emergency Department says he will have a team of physicians stationed around the track to treat anyone suffering from heat-related conditions. 

Dr. Ryan Stanton says the temperature at a racetrack is typically higher than the surrounding area.

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Politics
2:15 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Congress Reaches Agreement on Transportation Bill, Student Loans

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation Friday that funds transportation programs and averts an increase in interest rates on loans for college students.

The packaged measure passed by a 373-to-52 vote and avoids a looming deadline that would have doubled Stafford loan rates to 6.8 percent on July 1. The bill also pays for construction of highways, bridges and other projects over the next two years. 

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Politics
2:00 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Yarmuth Tells GOP to Read Health Care Law

Speaking on the House floor Friday, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., suggested Republican lawmakers have not read the Affordable Care Act and accused them of misleading Americans about President Obama's health care overhaul.

Check it out (h/t FatLip):

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Local News
1:45 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

VA Chooses Brownsboro Hospital Location

The "Midlands" or Brownsboro Road site is the VA's chosen location.

The Veterans Administration will soon purchase nearly 36 acres along Brownsboro Road to build its new medical center.

VA officials were previously considering two sites for the new hospital, which is expected to be at least 800,000 square feet, and had approved environmental studies for each. The announcement this week that the VA has made its final selection comes with assurance from VA Secretary Eric Shinseki that the VA will continue monitoring issues affecting area residence.

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Environment
12:57 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Four Days of Bad Air Quality Forecasted for Louisville Metro

Louisville's Air Pollution Control District has issued air quality alerts for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The heat wave is exacerbating pollution problems, and ozone levels each day are expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups. Ozone levels today are forecasted to be unhealthy for everybody. 

From the APCD:  

Here are Air Quality Index forecasts:   

Friday, June 29--156 (unhealthy for everyone)

Saturday, June 30 – 150 (unhealthy for sensitive groups)

Sunday, July 1 – 150 (unhealthy for sensitive groups)

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