History
2:19 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Behind March On Washington's 'Sunny Reputation,' A Deep Fear

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 2:59 pm

The 1963 March on Washington didn't happen in a vacuum. Many racial demonstrations before that year — from the Freedom Rides to lunch counter sit-ins — had been met with horrific violence.

So when an estimated 250,000 descended on the nation's capital, "Washington was terrified," Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch tells Tell Me More host Michel Martin.

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Local News
2:07 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville Trade Barbs Over Kosair Children's Hospital Plan

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Updated: Norton Healthcare officials have responded to allegations that they're breaching a land-lease agreement by partnering with UK Healthcare.

Last week, Norton and UK officials announced the intent to jointly run Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville to improve pediatric care in the state. The University of Louisville is also a partner there and U of L officials say they've been trying to create a long-term agreement with Norton for the past several years.

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Local News
12:31 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Ohio River Bridges Tolls Will Cost Commuters More Than Reported

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Tolls for the Ohio River Bridges Project will likely cost commuters more than reported after officials add the administrative fees for processing payments.

The Indiana and Kentucky Tolling Body is expected to approve tolls next week to help pay for the Bridges Project, which incudes a new East End and downtown bridge and the reworking on Spaghetti Junction.

When the bridges open, there will be no physical person collecting tolls.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe says instead commuters can choose one of three ways to cross the bridges and pay.

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Local News
11:32 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Indiana Schools Chief Calls For Cooperation to 'Transform' Schools

Indiana School Superintendent Glenda Ritz says Indiana residents and political leaders need to work together to "transform" education for all students.  

The Democratic schools chief wrote in an open letter this week that children across the state should expect an equal chance at a good education. She writes the Department of Education of has created a division of outreach to help schools get needed resources.

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Race
9:58 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Flashback: The March On Washington

Fifty years after the March on Washington, five people recall their experiences.
NPR

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 2:57 pm

Fifty years ago today, an estimated 250,000 people traveled to Washington, D.C., for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom — one of the largest civil rights rallies in American history, and the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his indelible "I Have A Dream" speech.

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Parallels
9:57 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Who Are Syria's Friends And Why Are They Supporting Assad?

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets his Syrian counterpart, Bashar Assad, in Moscow on Dec. 19, 2006. Russia --€” along with China and Iran --€” has remained a steadfast ally of Assad amid calls for international intervention in Syria.
Mikhail Klimentyev AP

Originally published on Sun September 1, 2013 8:33 am

While much of the world is lining up against Syria, the country is not entirely friendless, and it's hoping its allies can provide at least some cover in the confrontation over its apparent use of chemical weapons.

Russia and China are almost certain to block any U.N. resolution that could be used to authorize force against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Environment
7:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Within Louisville City Limits, Farm Seeks to Introduce Teens to Agriculture

Fiona Grant WFPL

Across rows of plant and grasses, in the midst of bright, skipping finches, three huddled pairs of teenagers are bent at the waist, up to their elbows in leafy green bean plants. They snap the beans from their stems and toss them into baskets.

But just beyond this pastoral scene are the golf courses of a country club.  It’s hidden from the fields by a barrier of trees, but I-64 rumbles in the background.  This thin strip of farm—green and buzzing with summer life—is inside the Louisville city limits.

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Parallels
6:29 am
Wed August 28, 2013

For Syrians, Life Goes On Despite Likelihood Of U.S. Action

U.N. chemical weapons experts on Monday visited people hospitalized by an apparent gas attack last week in suburban Damascus. Although residents of the capital city have grown accustomed to war over the past two years, they say they are concerned about a possible U.S. military strike.
Abo Alnour Alhaji Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 3:54 pm

The author is a Syrian citizen in Damascus who is not being further identified out of safety concerns.

Most residents of Damascus believe that a U.S. military strike is on the horizon, but few think it will have a dramatic impact on the course of a war that has already been raging for more than two years.

Those who follow the government line often speak about a U.S. conspiracy to overthrow the country's leader, Bashar Assad, as other Arab leaders have been toppled in recent years.

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The March On Washington At 50
6:23 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Obama To Outline Unfinished Work, Decades After King's Dream

A spectator on the National Mall holds an image of President Obama and Martin Luther King during the 2013 presidential inauguration in January.
Gabriel B. Tait MCT/Landov

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 12:33 pm

President Obama will stand in the symbolic shadows of Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln Wednesday, as he marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Aides say Obama will use the opportunity to celebrate the progress that's been made, thanks to the civil rights movement. He'll also discuss the work that he says still has to be done to realize King's dream of racial justice in America.

That includes fighting to protect voting rights and building what the president calls "ladders of opportunity" for poor people of all races.

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Local News
7:26 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

U of L Says Norton Healthcare Must End Agreement on Kosair Children's Hospital with UK

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The University of Louisville is giving Norton Healthcare 30 days to back out of an agreement with the University of Kentucky to jointly operate Kosair Children's Hospital.

Norton announced the partnership last week, saying it wanted to strengthen pediatric care in the commonwealth. This surprised U of L officials, who have also been trying to negotiate a similar contract with Norton.

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