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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Law
6:36 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Justice Department Tackles Quality Of Defense For The Poor

People wait in line outside the Supreme Court in February. In a landmark decision half a century ago, the justices guaranteed a lawyer for criminal defendants who are too poor to afford one.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 11:37 am

All over the country, lawyers who defend poor people in criminal cases have been sharing their stories about painful budget cuts. Some federal public defenders have shut their doors to new clients after big layoffs. And in many states, the public defense system has operated in crisis for years.

But an unprecedented recent court filing from the Justice Department has cheered the typically overburdened attorneys who represent the poor and could have dramatic implications for the representation of indigent defendants.

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NPR Story
6:36 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Wide Economic Gap Between Blacks And Whites Persists

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 4:55 pm

While American blacks have made some social and financial gains in the past 50 years, studies show the economic gaps between blacks and whites have remained or widened.

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Education
3:42 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

JCPS Board Offers 'Community Conversations' To Answer Questions

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Members of the Jefferson County Board of Education will hold a series of public discussions that will begin this week to connect with parents and stakeholders.

Part of the district’s strategic plan--Vision 2015--involves more community outreach, and chairwoman Diane Porter says to meet that goal the board developed the idea of "Community Conversations" earlier this year.

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Education
3:00 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Parent Leadership Classes Begin For 37 In JCPS

The Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership will begin training in Louisville this week, giving parents with children in struggling  schools a chance to change the way they participate in their education.

The institute was started by Kentucky’s Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence 16 years ago, says Carol Edelen, Prichard's community supports coordinator.

Since then, funding has dried up and fewer  training opportunities  have been offered, but the institute is needed, she says.

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Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Ali Center Hosts Exhibit of Iconic Motown Images

White 'protesters' picket Motown's "Hitsville U.S.A." offices in Detroit as part of Al Abrams' March on Hitsville publicity stunt, July 14, 1964
Credit Courtesy of Al Abrams

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr. hired fellow Detroit native Al Abrams in 1959 to serve as publicist for his fledgling record label. Abrams was 18 at the time, and Motown’s first employee.

“Present at the creation, so to speak,” says Abrams. “It was incredible. I’m surrounded by all these geniuses, people who are creating music left and right – artists, songwriters, producers. And I’m actually getting a paycheck for all of this, too. And I’m beginning to think I must be the luckiest kid in all of Detroit. And I probably was.”

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