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Arts and Humanities
4:31 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

The David Statue Is Not Alone: More Famous Artwork, Remixed

Turkish artist Serkan Ozkaya’s “David (inspired by Michelangelo)”follows a time-honored tradition of artists copying and remixing famous works — and it’s not all pop-culture parodies of “The Last Supper.”

Unlike a parody or a straight copy, a remix is in part about appropriation and introducing a significant conceptual contribution from the secondary artist into the re-imagining of an icon.

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Arts and Humanities
4:16 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Ozkaya's 'David' Arrives at 21C

'David (Inspired by Michelangelo)' stands outside of 21C Museum Hotel on Main Street.
Erin Keane

Just in time to welcome Derby guests, 21C Museum Hotel’s over-sized version of Michelangelo’s David was installed on the corner of Main and Seventh streets today. He rolled in on the back of a truck and stood up onto his 8-foot pedestal with the help of a crane. He stands three stories tall, and his gold paint gleams in the bright May sun.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Kentucky ALEC Co-Chair Says Challenge to Tax Exemption Unlikely to Change IRS Status

 

A national battle between two legislative groups has reached Kentucky.

The advocacy group Common Cause is asking federal agencies to remove the non-profit tax-exempt status of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.  ALEC provides lawmakers with sample legislation and talking points, often to promote conservative issues, and Common Cause says the organization is a lobbying group.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Yarmuth Praises Obama Afghan Speech, But Policy Questions Remain

After more than a decade of war, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., is pleased President Obama is withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, but the congressman has questions about the policy.

The president made a surprise visit to the foreign country on Tuesday to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Mr. Obama announced the U.S. will have no permanent military bases and that all armed forces will be out of the central Asian country by 2014.

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Local News
3:13 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

U.S. Attorneys Investigate Humana's Southern Florida Healthcare Providers

 

The U.S. Attorney's Office is investigating some of Humana’s southern Florida affiliates and providers for possible violations of Medicare regulations.

In Humana’s annual report, it says since January, U.S. attorneys have requested information from Humana and some southern Florida affiliates for alleged violations to the coding of medical claims and loans to physicians.

In the report, Humana says it currently has its own ongoing investigation in Florida and has willingly updated the U.S. Department of Justice and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Local News
1:27 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Affordable Care Act Will Help Expand Family Health Centers

Family Health Centers in Louisville will expand under provisions in the federal healthcare overhaul law.

The Affordable Care Act includes funding for grants to community health centers. Family Health Centers will receive $5.3 million dollars under the act to treat more patients. The bulk of the funds will be used to move an east Broadway clinic and expand it to three times its current size. A portion of the money will also be used to renovate a clinic that cares for the homeless.

 

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Medicaid Issues Discussed, healthcare
1:15 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Managed Care Operators Struggle Early, Kentucky Spirit Loses Members

 

A federal judge has ordered Eastern Kentucky’s largest healthcare provider and one of its major Medicaid operators to talk through their issues before appearing in court this week.

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Politics
1:14 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Noise and Notes: The Presidents Club and the Crowded Fourth Congressional District

 

For this edition of Noise & Notes, I sat down with TIME Magazine executive editor Michael Duffy, who is co-author of The Presidents Club: Inside The World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity. It’s a fascinating read about how presidents and the predecessors have a special bond despite being rivals in politics and history.

And Kentucky Public Radio’s Frankfort Bureau Chief Kenny Colston stopped by to talk about the wild Fourth District Congressional race.

 

Politics
1:09 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Noise and Notes: Pilot

 

For over a year, WFPL’s political editor Phillip M. Bailey has written the Noise & Notes political blog. Now he has something for your ears.

The Noise & Notes podcast is a weekly conversation between Phillip and another politically-minded person. They could be a reporter, an author or even a politician. For the pilot, Phillip’s guest is me, Gabe Bullard. This week’s topics:

Politics
1:04 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

McConnell Declines Obama Invite to Celebrate Kentucky Wildcats

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., turned down an invitation from President Obama to join the University of Kentucky men's basketball team at the White House on Friday.

The Wildcats are visiting the president to celebrate their 2012 NCAA championship after defeating Kansas last month to obtain the university's eighth national title.

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