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6:12 am
Wed September 4, 2013

CDC: One-Fourth Of Heart Attack And Stroke Deaths Preventable

There has been more progress in lowering deaths from heart attacks and strokes among people who qualify for Medicare than those who are younger.
CDC

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 9:26 am

Could health insurance be the remedy for 200,000 deaths a year from heart attacks and strokes? It might be a big part of the cure.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about one-quarter of the 800,000 deaths from those causes could be avoided, according to a report released Tuesday.

It's worth trying. "Nothing is more important than reducing heart disease and stroke," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a briefing for journalists.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Unconvinced by Obama Administration's Argument to Attack Syria

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth
Credit U.S. Congress

The Obama administration's case to take military action against Syria after its government allegedly used chemical weapons against civilians has yet to convince Kentucky's lone Democratic congressman to support intervention.

Speaking on a WFPL News special, Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., says the country's international reputation is not enough to launch a strike.

President Obama is seeking congressional authorization before launching strikes against Balshar al-Assad's regime, which is engaged in a two-year long civil war with rebel forces.

The Obama administration is making its case to lawmakers beginning with a presentation before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week.

Over 100 lawmakers attended a confidential briefing with national security experts on Sunday.

Yarmuth was among those lawmakers, and while he believes in the evidence presented by the administration showing the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians, the congressman isn’t convinced the U.S. should get involved.

"The general public probably considers national security interest any direct threat to the United States homeland, embassies, troops or property. The administration has a much vaguer I would say definition of national security interest, and they’re talking about the security of our allies and certain esoteric interests that I don’t think most Americans would agree is our national security interest," says Yarmuth.

Yarmuth says he is also concerned because the U.S. is acting alone without many allies who are willing to join the fight against Syria.

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Local News
4:37 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

U of L Advances in College Football Polls

The Louisville Cards moved up a spot this week in college football’s Associated Press and USA Today/coaches polls.

U of L is ranked eighth in both polls after a 49-7 season-opening win over Ohio University Sunday.

The Cards take on Eastern Kentucky University Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Alabama captured the top spot in both college football polls this week.

Local News
4:01 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Retired Louisville Firefighters Discuss City's Attempt to Make Interest Payment on Pension Dispute

The attorney for retired Louisville firefighters seeking an interest payment from a pension dispute settlement says her clients largely agree that they won’t accept a check from the city.

Last month, the city attempted to deliver an $8-million check to the firefighters’ attorney, Ann Oldfather. She declined, and the city ended up giving the check to Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Mary Shaw, who presides over the pension case.

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Local News
3:51 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Speaker Greg Stumbo: Legislative Leaders Should Discuss John Arnold Case Publicly

Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo wants to open a closed-door meeting of the Legislative Research Commission scheduled for Wednesday that will discuss an internal investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Rep. John A. Arnold by two longtime state house staffers.

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Local News
3:28 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Indiana Gets Extension of State-Run Health Plan as Medicaid Expansion Talks Continue

Indiana is being granted a limited extension of its Healthy Indiana Plan while state and federal health care leaders continue negotiating a possible Medicaid expansion.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved extending the state-run plan through the end of next year while lowering the income level for eligibility.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence says he’s "grateful" for the negotiations with the Obama administration and is still seeking to use the plan as a vehicle for Medicaid expansion.

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The Two-Way
1:32 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Boehner, Pelosi Unite Behind President On Syria

President Obama met with more than a dozen lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, at the White House on Tuesday to press his case for a military strike in Syria.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 2:30 pm

President Obama's call for Congress to give him the go-ahead to strike targets in Syria has put House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the same side of an important issue for one of the few times in recent years.

Calling Syrian President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons "a barbarous act," Boehner emerged from a meeting at the White House to say he supports Obama's request.

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The Two-Way
11:12 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Syria Resolution Will Hit Mark, Obama Predicts

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 11:25 am

The White House is working with congressional leaders to shape a resolution that authorizes the type of military action that would send a "clear message" to President Bashar Assad and cripple the Syrian leader's "capability to use chemical weapons not just now but in the future," President Obama said Tuesday.

Sitting with leaders from both major parties, the president also said he is confident lawmakers are "going to be able to come up with something that hits that mark."

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Politics
11:11 am
Tue September 3, 2013

WFPL News Special: Rep. John Yarmuth at 1 p.m. Today

John Yarmuth
Credit U.S. Congress

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth will discuss a wide range of topics during a news special at 1 p.m. today. 

WFPL political editor Phillip Bailey will ask the Louisville Democrat about immigration, Obamacare, education and more.

Yarmuth will also discuss the situation in Syria as President Obama asks Congress to authorize the use of force in response to that regime's alleged use of chemical weapons.

He'll also be taking calls. Join the conversation at (502) 814-TALK.

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Local News
8:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

After 123 Years, September Racing Resumes at Churchill Downs

Rick Howlett

For the first time in more than a century, there will be live racing during the month of September at Churchill Downs.

"The fall meet used to be staged during September on nine occasions between 1875 and 1890, so this is obviously an unusual occurrence, the first time that we’ve had three meets in the calendar year," said track spokesman Darren Rogers. 

The home of the Kentucky Derby will have 12 racing dates this month, including two night racing cards.

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