Local News
4:18 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Byline | Rand Paul & Civil Rights; Gubanatorial Fundraising; Local Gas Prices; Zachary Taylor

Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio link below):

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Local News
2:52 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Lebowski Fest Rolls On In Louisville Tonight

Walters at the 2013 Lebowski Fest in Louisville.
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The 13th Lebowski Fest in Louisville gets going this evening at Executive Strike & Spare on Phillips Lane.

As usual, the two days of festivities include games themed around the 1998 cult classic film "The Big Lebowski," a movie party (tonight) and bands (Saturday afternoon). The festival culminates in Saturday night's bowling party at Strike & Spare.

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Local News
12:39 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

In Light of Kentucky Kingdom Controversy, What Are The State's Laws on Breastfeeding?

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Social media in Louisville lit up Thursday with conversation about a local woman who, while breast feeding at Kentucky Kingdom, was allegedly asked by a staff member to finish in a public bathroom.

Some women were upset at what they saw as a violation of their rights under state law, and questions were raised about where a woman can breastfeed her child and whether she needs to cover her breast during the feeding.

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Politics
8:31 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Report: Kentucky Ranks 10th in U.S. For Lowest Rate of Uninsured

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Kentucky’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured people in the state, according to a report release Wednesday.

The report by the consumer advice website WalletHub said Kentucky now ranks 10th in the U.S. for the lowest rate of uninsured people—just under nine percent of the population. That number was over 17 percent before the ACA became law, reflecting an 8 percent drop in the rate in a year.

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Politics
6:44 am
Fri July 11, 2014

How the 'Fiscal Cliff' Helped Lead to Kentucky's $91-Million Budget Shortfall

The Kentucky state Capitol building.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

  A driving factor in Kentucky's $91-million budget shortfall is a decline in a form of income primarily used by the nation’s wealthiest individuals.

In 2012, the U.S. Congress was preparing to take the country over the “fiscal cliff” because of rising debt, rising healthcare costs and spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Local News
6:35 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Husband, Wife Plead Guilty to Defrauding Louisville Charity

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The one-time chairman of a Louisville-based charity and the former director of a dental business have pleaded guilty to federal charges of diverting $1.1 million from the Woodcock Foundation over a four-year period.

Charles Muir and his wife, Diana Muir, both of Louisville, entered the pleas in federal court on Thursday.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Does Cloverlick, Ky., Exist? Eastern Kentucky Community Drawn Into Senate Ad Fact-Check

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Don Disney appear together in a recent campaign ad.
Credit Grimes campaign ad

Discord over a pair of campaign ads in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race has brought a rural area in Eastern Kentucky to the political spotlight and put Republican Mitch McConnell's team on the defensive.

Fact-checkers have shredded commercials released by McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, which attack each other over who Medicare costs.

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Environment
4:15 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Fireworks Caused Louisville to Exceed Air Pollution Standards on July 4 For First Time Since 2010

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By most measures, Louisville’s air quality has been pretty good this summer.

Typically, ozone is the pollutant that causes the problems: local pollution gets trapped in the Ohio River valley and cooks under the hot summer sun. A notoriously bad year for ozone was 2012, but since then Louisville hasn't had  any days that exceeded the federal ozone standard.

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Local News
1:08 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Settlement Approved in Ethics Case Against Former Indiana Schools Chief

Indiana's State Ethics Commission has approved a $5,000 fine against former state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett for using state resources in his 2012 campaign.      

Investigators found that Bennett's state and campaign staffs coordinated his calendar at his Statehouse office and that campaign lists were downloaded to state computers after his November, 2012 election loss.

The board voted unanimously for the settlement Thursday without discussion.   Bennett didn't attend the hearing.   Bennett's lawyer said he was on vacation with his family.

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Politics
11:56 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Indiana Gov. Pence Wrong to Ignore Same-Sex Marriages, Marion County Clerk Says

Beth White
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The clerk of Indiana's largest county on Thursday rebuked Governor Mike Pence's order for agencies not to recognize same-sex marriages.

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