Politics
7:12 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson: 'Never Say Never' to Future Campaigns

Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson
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Jerry Abramson has announced that he won't run for Kentucky governor in 2015, but he says he isn't necessarily done with electoral politics.

“You never know what kind of situation might change, what kind of situations might be different in the future than they are today," says Abramson, the lieutenant governor and former Louisville mayor.

"You never say never.”

Abramson didn't identify any particular office he's eyeing.

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Local News
6:54 am
Sun August 18, 2013

NTSB: No Problems With Controls in Fatal UPS Plane Crash

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Federal investigators haven't found any problems with the controls in a UPS cargo jet that crashed while landing in Alabama, killing the two pilots.

National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt says the cockpit controls in the A300 aircraft appeared to be working before the crash, and they matched the positions of the airplane's flaps and rudder.

Sumwalt's comments came during a news conference Saturday at Birmingham's airport, where the jet went down early Wednesday about one mile from the runway.

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Strange Fruit
1:23 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Strange Fruit: Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney

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  Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney has been called the next August Wilson. Maybe that can be partially attributed to the fact that there are so few prominent African American playwrights, but there's still no doubt he is carrying an important mantle. 

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The Salt
7:31 am
Sat August 17, 2013

How Many Cups Of Coffee Per Day Are Too Many?

A barista makes coffee using the pour-over method at Artifact Coffee in Baltimore.
NPR Benjamin Morris

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:40 am

That morning cup of Joe is a daily, practically sacred ritual for many of us.

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The Two-Way
7:31 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Egyptian Forces Reportedly Clear Mosque Of Morsi Backers

Egyptians shelter behind columns after police exchanged gunfire with supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi holed up inside a Cairo mosque on Friday.
Mohamed El-Shahed AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 9:25 pm

(This post was last updated at 4:20 p.m. ET)

Egyptian security forces have stormed a Cairo mosque where supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi holed up for hours on Saturday.

Al-Jazeera reports that the Fateh mosque has been cleared of protesters opposed to the July 3 coup that ousted Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from power.

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The Two-Way
7:31 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Egyptian Forces Reportedly Clear Mosque Of Morsi Backers

Egyptians shelter behind columns after police exchanged gunfire with supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi holed up inside a Cairo mosque on Friday.
Mohamed El-Shahed AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 9:25 pm

(This post was last updated at 4:20 p.m. ET)

Egyptian security forces have stormed a Cairo mosque where supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi holed up for hours on Saturday.

Al-Jazeera reports that the Fateh mosque has been cleared of protesters opposed to the July 3 coup that ousted Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from power.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Mitch McConnell Receives Endorsement from Key Louisville Tea Partier

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
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Tea Party activist and Louisville Councilwoman Marilyn Parker is endorsing Republican Senator Mitch McConnell days after complimenting his primary opponent.

The nod gives McConnell a key tea party figure, but it comes as the senator faces growing criticism from his political right on Obamacare as a prominent conservative PAC is pledging to run ads against him.

When asked Wednesday whom she was supporting in the GOP contest between McConnell and businessman Matt Bevin, Parker told WFPL she was undecided but praised the latter for bringing up good questions by entering the race.

In a surprising reversal Friday morning, however, Parker says she wanted to make sure voters knew she is backing McConnell for re-election.

"I have always supported Senator McConnell for U.S. Senate," Parker said in a statement. "Today I am issuing a formal endorsement to clear up any doubt about my support for Senator McConnell's conservative record, his leadership role in Washington representing Kentucky and our national interests, and his institutional knowledge for getting the right policies implemented."

Bevin is being supported by the United Kentucky Tea Party, which represents over a dozen groups across the state.

But the endorsement from Parker—along with the former vice president of the Louisville Tea Party—is a crafty chess move that gives Team Mitch a bit of breathing room as more rank-and-file activists openly criticize his campaign.

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Education
4:00 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens: 'This School Year Is All About Implementing Our Strategy'

JCPS Superintendent joined WFPL Friday for a news special.

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens says the district has the strategy, structure and resources in place to implement a strong plan that will help improve student achievement this school year.

But money problems continue to plague JCPS, which has been forced to dip into its savings to support some of the district's new programs. 

Hargens joined WFPL on Friday to discuss these issues plus more. Below are excerpts of the conversation and a link to the full show.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Kentucky House Leaders Reveal Redistricting Proposal as Special Session Approaches

House Speaker Greg Stumbo (forefront) reveals the proposal.
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House Speaker Greg Stumbo revealed on Friday a redistricting map for his chamber that would create four open seats and place four pairs of Democratic and Republican representatives in the same districts.

“I believe that the plan meets the constitutional mandates,” said Stumbo , a Democrat from Prestonsburg. “Gov. Beshear, I don’t want to speak for him, but he indicated as late as this morning to me that once we’ve passed those plans on Friday, that he intends to sign the bill into law as soon as it gets to his desk.”

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Local News
3:36 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Kentucky Health Insurance Exchange Call Center Opens

A call center for the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange Office has opened in Lexington.  

Sixty agents are on hand to answer questions about coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.  

“We have over 640,000 people today in Kentucky that don’t have health insurance and we’ll be able to cover most of those folks through the Medicaid expansion as well as premium assistance that will be available through the exchange,” said exchange director Carrie Banahan

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