Local News
5:27 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Louisville Is Allergy Capital of America…Again

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  It’s spring time in Louisville and that means pollen is in the air.

For the third time in 12 years, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has placed Louisville atop its list of American Allergy Capitals (it was top of the list in 2003 and 2009, too). 

The report takes into consideration a city’s pollen score, the number of allergy medications in use and the number of allergy specialists per patient.

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Politics
5:11 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Over a Quarter Million Kentuckians Are Newly-Insured Under the Affordable Care Act

  A vast majority of Kentuckians who have signed up for healthcare plans under the Affordable Care Act are going to be insured for the first time in their lives.

More than 370,000 Kentuckians have signed up for health coverage under the state’s insurance exchange, KyNect. The Governor’s Office reports that the number of enrollees “surged” in the days before the March 31st open enrollment deadline, with about 12,000 signing up for coverage on the deadline.

Here are the key numbers:

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Local News
4:09 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Mercury Ballroom Opening Delayed, First Concert Canceled

Mercury Ballroom on South Fourth Street.
Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

Update: The concert has been canceled due to construction issues. Here's a statement from Live Nation:

Due to an unforeseen construction delay, Okkervil River’s concert on Friday night at Mercury Ballroom has been cancelled.

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Local News
2:01 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Anti-Racism Group Calls for Engagement, Not Police, To Address Louisville Downtown Violence

  The Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression is criticizing Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s plan to respond to  teenage violence in downtown Louisville with boosted police presence and added security cameras.

Since a group of nearly 200 teenagers were responsible for a string of violence in the downtown area on March 22, city leaders have been hosting public and private discussions to develop programs that aim to prevent future outbreaks of violent behavior.

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Local News
1:35 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

State Defunding Attempts Won't Hurt Affordable Care Act In Kentucky, Says House Speaker Greg Stumbo

Credit Legislative Research Commission

Kentucky’s highest-ranking Democratic lawmaker says language in the state’s budget that attempts to pull funding for the Affordable Care Act won’t kill the program.

Kentucky is set to begin paying a portion of the cost for expanded Medicaid and the health-insurance exchange in 2017. Provisions in the recently-passed state budget bar state money from going toward the program.

But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says it's largely symbolic.

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Local News
12:34 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Hunter S. Thompson Joining Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame

Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson will be joining the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame this year.

(We double-checked. It's not an April Fool's joke.)

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Local News
11:44 am
Tue April 1, 2014

UK's Aaron Harrison Not Suprised by Wildcats' NCAA Success

Aaron Harrison
Credit University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky Wildcats are preparing for their matchup against Wisconsin Saturday night in the men’s NCAA Final Four.     

UK advanced to the national semifinals Saturday with a three-point victory over Michigan.   

Some had begun to give up hope of any UK tournament success as far back as early March, when the slumping Wildcats lost at 10-18 South Carolina.        

But guard Aaron Harrison predicted after that game that his team was going to be “a great story.”    He talked about it after Sunday’s NCAA victory.

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Politics
7:12 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Felon Voting Rights Restoration "Unlikely" To Pass in Kentucky This Year

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A bill that would restore voting rights for thousands of Kentucky felons isn’t likely to pass this year.

Lawmakers say they could not reach an agreement over different versions of the proposed legislation.

GOP Senate Floor Leader Damon Thayer previously amended the bill to include a five year waiting period and not cover felons with multiple offenses. Supporters of the proposed legislation have criticized Thayer’s changes, which would not affect about half of the 180,000 Kentuckians the original bill was meant to help.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Louisville Native Danica Novgorodoff Chases Ghost Brides in Her New Graphic Novel

From "The Undertaking of Lily Chen."
Credit Danica Novgorodoff

Danica Novgorodoff's new graphic novel, "The Undertaking of Lily Chen," is set in the mountains of northern China, where the ancient custom of ghost brides — the practice of burying a female corpse with an unmarried deceased man so they can be mates in the afterlife — is still practiced by some. 

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Politics
10:14 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Kentucky General Assembly Passes New State Budget, See the Highlights Here

  FRANKFORT—After a marathon negotiation session this weekend, the Kentucky General Assembly gave speedy passage to a slew of budget bills that gave raises to judicial employees and restored funding for K-12 education while also reducing safety inspections for mines and possibly prohibiting the commonwealth from funding local implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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