All Tech Considered
6:52 am
Thu November 14, 2013

How The Sharing Economy Is Changing The Places We Work

Co-workers at Denver's Galvanize, a tech hub in Colorado's capital.
Elise Hu NPR

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 2:43 pm

This week, we've been reporting on the sharing economy — a term that describes the couch-surfing, car-sharing and community-garden-growing world where so many people are using their existing talents, space or tools.

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Environment
6:40 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Who Wants to Transport Natural Gas Liquids Through Kentucky? Two Companies are Asking.

The proposed route for the Bluegrass Pipeline.
Williams

It’s open season for hunting Kentucky deer—and apparently for Kentucky pipelines as well.

Right now, there are two proposed pipelines that would carry natural gas liquids through Kentucky. One of these is the Bluegrass Pipeline, a joint venture between Williams and Boardwalk Partners. The proposal involves 500 miles of new construction through Kentucky and Ohio to carry hydrocarbons from natural gas drilling (materials like ethane, butane and propane) to processing plants on the Gulf of Mexico.

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Politics
7:00 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

McConnell: Obamacare Enrollment Numbers 'Cold Comfort' for Americans Losing Health Plans

Senate Republican Party Mitch McConnell of Kentucky isn't impressed with the number of Americans who used HealthCare.gov to select a health care insurance plan.

The Obama administration announced on Wednesday that just over 106,000 Americans selected coverage plans during the first month of the Affordable Care Act's enrollment period.

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Local News
4:36 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Board Meeting Walkout Deepens Rift Between Indiana Schools Chief, Governor

Indiana Department of Education

A meeting of Indiana's State Board of Education turned chaotic today, with state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz abruptly announcing an adjournment and walking out.

It happened during discussion of a proposal to allow a new agency controlled by Republican Gov. Mike Pence to be involved in evaluating certain academic standards.

Ritz, a Democrat who is also the board’s chairwoman, said later at a press conference streamed by WRTV in Indianapolis that the proposal was improper.

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The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

More Than 106,000 Chose Health Plans Under Affordable Care Act

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a report Wednesday revealing that 106,185 Americans selected a health plan in the new marketplace from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 6:47 pm

More than 106,000 Americans selected health plans in the first reporting period of open enrollment for the new health insurance marketplace, according to data released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services.

That number is only "about 20 percent of the government's October target," as NPR's Scott Horsley reports for our Newscast unit.

Less than 27,000 people used the federal HealthCare.gov site to select a plan. The overall number includes enrollments made via federal and state marketplaces from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2, the agency says.

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Local News
3:01 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Soon, You'll Be Able to Pay for Parking in Louisville With Your Phone

Soon...
Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

In response to what officials say is strong citizen demand, Louisville Metro Government will allow drivers to pay for parking meters with their phones.

The city is working with North Carolina-based Passport Parking to accept payments through an app, text messages or phone calls. Such payments will carry a 25 cent fee, which is Passport's only revenue in the deal.

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Arts and Humanities
2:07 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

New Biography Examines Richard Pryor's Singular Brand of 'Furious Cool'

He’s considered one of the best – and one of the most controversial – stand-up comedians of all time. But Richard Pryor’s influence went beyond the stand-up scene. Through his groundbreaking comedy albums, television specials, film and TV roles, he changed how Americans thought and talked about race, sex, class and addiction.

There’s a  new book about Pryor’s life and career.  “Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World that Made Him” is written by Louisville screenwriter David Henry and his brother Joe Henry, the songwriter and Grammy Award-winning producer.

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Local News
1:17 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Doris Kearns Goodwin Discusses Her New Book, 'The Bully Pulpit'

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a historian with a wide-angle lens. She takes on many of America’s greatest historical periods and leaders, and provides rich layers of context.

She did this with her previous book, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.” This book helped inspire Steven Spielberg's film, “Lincoln,” which starred Daniel Day Lewis.

Kearns Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize for another books hers called, “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

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Local News
1:11 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Set Up the House: The First Beer's on Coach Walz for Thursday's U of L Women's Game

Coach Jeff Walz
file photo/Creative Commons

University of Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz is offering some fans a special treat for Thursday night's  game against LSU.

The coach is buying a round of beer.

Thursday is $2 beer night for certain brands as the Cards take on the Tigers in a semifinal game of the preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament at the KFC Yum Center.

Walz will spring for cold ones for the first 2,500 fans of legal drinking age.

He says it’s a gesture of gratitude to loyal Cards fans.

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Environment
10:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

LG&E Agrees to Pay $113,000 for Coal Ash, Odor Violations at Cane Run Plant

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric and the Air Pollution Control District have reached an agreement over violations at the company’s Cane Run Power Station. Under the deal, LG&E will pay $113,250 to the Air Pollution Control District, as well as continue implementing a compliance plan at Cane Run to prevent future violations.

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