10:01 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Listen: Conservative Group Says Mitch McConnell 'Refuses to Lead Fight' on Defunding Obamacare

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,
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Another conservative group is launching a radio ad criticizing Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, this time calling on the GOP leader to oppose all funding for Obamacare even in the face of a government shutdown.

The Senate Conservatives Fund is spending close to $50,000 for this statewide ad that will begin airing Tuesday.

In a 60-second spot, the group says Obamacare is unaffordable and unfair but that McConnell hasn't forcefully backed efforts to de-fund the law.

Besides the president's health care law the ad also takes a jab at a controversy involving McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton who was recorded saying he was "holding my nose" working for the senator.

"The Obamacare bill stinks, and holding your nose won't make it any better," the narrator says.


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7:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

In Louisville, Urban Agriculture Could Satisfy Hunger for Local Food

Pam Faulkner
Fiona Grant WFPL

Louisville likes local food. And according to a study that was released earlier this year, Louisvillians are willing to buy more local food than is currently available.

But when people talk about local food, they usually mean crops grown in nearby rural counties...but there's also an untapped agricultural potential in Louisville’s urban core.

Pam Faulkner is on her knees in the middle of her garden.

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It's All Politics
6:52 am
Tue August 27, 2013

For Obama, Outrage Over Syria Is The Easy Part

A young girl receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in Damascus, Syria, after a suspected chemical weapons attack by the military.

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 6:25 pm

The present Syrian crisis ranks among the most vexing moments of President Obama's presidency.

The recent heart-rending images of Syrian civilians, many of them young children apparently killed by chemical weapons used by the government of Bashar Assad, have raised the volume on calls for the president to act.

But while there's a clarity to the outrage itself, for Obama things quickly get murky.

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10:59 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Cell Phones In JCPS Classrooms: 'A Step That We Have To Make'

Principals at eight Jefferson County high schools say they want to give their teachers the option to let students use cell phones in class and the school board expects to approve their requests in early September.

The Jefferson County Board of Education held a work session Monday to discuss how the schools will implement their policies. The district bans all cell phone use in schools, but principals are now allowed to request waivers after JCPS updated its code of conduct, which sets the behavioral expectations for the district.

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7:46 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Democrat Vitalis Lanshima Announces Candidacy for Jefferson County Clerk

Democratic Jefferson County Clerk candidate Vitalis Lanshima

A local educator and former paralympian is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge longtime Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw in next year’s election.

Vitalis Lanshima was born in Nigeria and emigrated to the U.S. in 2002 as a student-athlete at Bellarmine University.

He announced his intentions to run Monday, and is the first declared challenger in the clerk’s race against Holsclaw, who is a Republican.

Lanshima says the county needs a clerk who will be more vocal on voting rights and other civic issues.

"The county clerk is supposed to be the chief civic advocate for this community. And we have issues that have to deal with voter disenfranchisement," he says.

Those include opposing any voter photo ID legislation and automatically restoring felon voting rights. which Lanshima says is a part of his platform along with modernizing the clerk's office.

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7:43 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

State Rep. John Arnold's Accusers File Complaint Against Employer Alleging Race Discrimination

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Two women who filed formal ethics complaints against Kentucky state Rep. John A. Arnold Jr. have also filed complaints with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. The complaints allege both Arnold and the women’s employer, the Legislative Research Commission, discriminated against them on the basis of race and gender.

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Local News
5:53 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Ag Commissioner: Business Interest in Kentucky Industrial Hemp Stronger Than Study Suggests

Adrian Cable/Creative Commons

Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says the economic case for industrial hemp remains strong, despite a new study that paints a mixed picture.

James Comer says he still has high hopes for the crop, following the release of the University of Kentucky study that says the legalization of hemp wouldn't immediately produce the thousands of jobs some supporters have predicted.

Comer maintains there is big interest in hemp among many U.S. companies.

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Local News
4:26 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Reward Boosted for Information in Bardstown Officer's Slaying

Officer Jason Ellis was shot to death on May 25.
Bardstown Police Department

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the ambush shooting death of a Bardstown police officer three months ago.

Officer Jason Ellis was attacked when he stopped to pick up tree limbs on a highway exit ramp while driving home from work.

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Arts and Humanities
4:08 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

A Continuous Loop: Absurdist Comedy 'The Bald Soprano' Runs Back-to-Back

Brian Hinds and Victoria Reibel in Savage Rose Classical Theatre's production of Eugene Ionesco's "The Bald Soprano."
Credit Savage Rose Classical Theatre

When Tad Chitwood decided to direct a production of "The Bald Soprano," Eugène Ionesco’s absurdist satire of middle-class manners, he found the most common English translation from French a bit timid – not to mention out-dated, with its jokes about 1950’s British bourgeoisie.

“That doesn’t really resonate with American audiences," says Chitwood. "He was poking fun at clichés that don’t really exist anymore. Not only do they not exist, they tend to be British and French clichés of the mid-twentieth century. You’d read it and think okay, I guess that was funny once. So it had to be adapted, not just translated.”

Chitwood got to work on a new translation with an updated American sensibility. The show is produced by Savage Rose Classical Theatre, and it opens Friday at The Bard's Town.

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Local News
3:31 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Rep. Tom Riner Calls for Rep. John Arnold's Resignation From Kentucky General Assembly

John A. Arnold Jr.
Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

State Rep. Tom Riner is calling for the resignation of his House colleague John A. Arnold Jr., who is facing sexual harassment allegations from three separate Statehouse employees.

Riner told WFPL on Monday that Arnold's resignation would spare the three accusers from the process that follows the complaints they've recently filed in the state Legislative Ethics Commission.

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