Politics
9:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Kentucky's Medicaid Expansion Is Nearly Complete

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act is almost complete.

Lawrence Kissner, commissioner for Kentucky’s Department of Medicaid Services, told lawmakers Thursday his department is on track to fully implement the expansion, and enrollee health outcomes are improving under the new federal health care law.

“Adult preventive services increases 36.7 percent; breast cancer increases 20.6 percent; cervical cancer screenings increased 3 percent; and colorectal cancer screenings increased 16 percent," Kissner said.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Art Breaks Down Barriers for Refugee Women in Louisville

Women in Kentucky Refugee Ministries art therapy program show off the bracelets they made .
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  Sounds of different languages layered the air, competing and melding, as a group of women did their best to communicate with their neighbors in Spanish, Arabic, French, Lao and broken English. A dozen refugee mothers gathered around a folding table in the basement fellowship hall of Highland Baptist Church, waiting for the classes they take through Kentucky Refugee Ministries to start.

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Education
6:54 am
Fri July 25, 2014

15 Mental Health Counselors Will Be Based In JCPS Schools

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For the first time, Jefferson County Public Schools will have mental health counselors based in schools.

Fifteen will be added to school buildings in the upcoming academic year.

The counselors will supplement other services provided to students, like Seven Counties Services,  and take some of the workload away from school guidance counselors, said said Michelle Sircy, the district’s counselor specialist. 

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Environment
5:22 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Report Quantifies EPA Rule's Effect on Coal-Producing Regions

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A preliminary analysis of the effects of the EPA’s new greenhouse gas rules on regions of the country suggest some states fighting the regulations—like Texas and Oklahoma—may see economic benefits under the rule.

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Local News
4:19 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Bluegrass Stakes Winner, Derby Contender Dance With Fate Euthanized After Training Mishap

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The trainer of Bluegrass Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby contender Dance With Fate says the colt had to be euthanized after suffering an injury during training at a California track.

Dance With Fate was galloping at Del Mar race track early Thursday when he got startled and ran into a fence rail.     His exercise rider was taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The colt was training for the San Diego Handicap Saturday at Del Mar.       

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Local News
3:45 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Listen: Breaking The Daily Fast During Ramadan in Louisville

Shaikh Kabir Helminski shares a song from the Sufism tradition of a Sema ceremony while Nicole Kowalczyk dances.
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Hundreds of people with a wide range of religious faiths gathered in a church gymnasium Wednesday night to break a daylong fast amid the holy month of Ramadan.

At exactly 9 p.m., the fast ended with a call to prayer. Next, they drank water, followed by dates, and then pita bread, salad and meat. For Muslims, it was their first bite of food since sunrise.

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Education
3:25 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Kentucky Tech Students Earn Scholarships at National Skills Competition

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Six Kentucky students placed in the top 10 in a national technical skills competition, earning themselves thousands of scholarship dollars, the state education department announced Thursday.

More than 100 of Kentucky students with skills in drafting, metalworking, masonry and culinary arts last month joined nearly 7,000 others from across the U.S. to compete for top honors at the annual Skills USA Competition in Kansas City.

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Investigation
1:53 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Despite Calls for Openness, Struggling Kentucky Retirement Systems Keeps Its Investments Secret

Tommy Elliot, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Executive Director Bill Thielen listen to a presentation during the meeting of Kentucky Retirement Systems on May 15, 2014.
Credit Alix Mattingly/KyCIR

 Kentucky's underperforming retirement system for state employees keeps secret details of its so-called "alternative investments," and critics are calling for more transparency so the risks and potential pratfalls can be fully assessed.

In its latest story, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting looks at the secrecy behind where the Kentucky Retirement Systems makes its alternative investments—and the concerns it raises.

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Politics
9:56 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Rand Paul Will Outline His Agenda For Minority Voters In National Urban League Address

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul speaking with the Rev. Jerry Stephenson of Louisville
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Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul speaks before the National Urban League this Friday to outline an agenda relevant to minorities.

In a one-on-one interview with WFPL Thursday morning, Paul previewed a speech that will focus on criminal justice reform, school choice, and economic freedom zones.

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Arts
6:57 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Louisville Poet Explores Red River Gorge in New Guide

Sean Patrick Hill
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Louisville travel writer and poet Sean Patrick Hill explores and expounds upon the beauty of Kentucky’s trails in his latest book, “Hiking Kentucky’s Red River Gorge: Your Definitive Guide to the Jewel of the Southeast” which is available now from Menasha Ridge Press. WFPL’s Ashlie Stevens discussed writing process, trails and Kentucky’s natural beauty with the author.

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