Law
6:35 am
Thu June 27, 2013

NPR Special Coverage: Court Issues Opinions On Major Cases

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 11:59 am

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The U.S. Supreme Court issued opinions on four major cases this week that dealt with same-sex marriage, affirmative action in college admissions and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In an NPR special, journalists and guests discussed the court's decisions and the implications of the rulings going forward.

Host: Linda Wertheimer

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Environment
6:07 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Kentucky Study Finds No Dangerous Levels of Heavy Metals in Public Drinking Water

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A new study by the Kentucky Division of Water finds there isn’t an unhealthy concentration of certain heavy metals in drinking water.

The state’s study is a response to a growing body of work that suggests there is a higher risk of cancer in Appalachian mining communities.

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Environment
4:54 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

White House Releases State-Specific Facts Making Case for Climate Change Action

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The White House has released state-specific facts about climate change, following the release of President Obama’s climate change proposal yesterday.

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Local News
4:38 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Update: Now it's a Flash Flood Warning

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Louisville is under a flash flood warning until 8:30 p.m., the National Weather Service says.

The weather service says it's gotten reports of minor flooding in flood-prone areas. It argues people to not drive on water-covered roads.

Here's what it looked like earlier outside of our office on Fourth Street:

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Local News
4:27 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Indiana to Move Some Mentally Ill Inmates to Treatment Center

Indiana Department of Correction officials say they hope to move all of the prison system's seriously mentally ill inmates to one central location designed for their care by January.

Department officials said at a court hearing Wednesday they intend to move seriously ill inmates to a new treatment center at a prison in Pendleton.

A federal judge ruled in December that by simply locking mentally ill prisoners up in their cells without adequate treatment, the department was violating the inmates' constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.

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Local News
3:55 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Rep. Guthrie Hopes Ft. Knox Cuts Can Be Offset

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U.S. Rep. Brett Gurthrie says he's hopeful the military will find a replacement for the infantry brigade that will leave Ft. Knox by 2017.

Guthrie, a Republican whose second district includes the Hardin County region, says he’s been in contact with area leaders since Tuesday's announcement of personnel cuts by the Army.

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Local News
2:36 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Business Group Says It Has Financing to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom

WFPL file photo/Rick Howlett

The Louisville business partners who plan to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park say they’ve secured the financing needed for the redevelopment.

The group, led by businessman Ed Hart, initially had until late April to have financing in place. They were later given a month-long deadline.

The announcement that Hart's group has financing in place comes days before the deadline.

The lease agreement has already been executed, a fair board spokeswoman tells WFPL.

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Local News
2:23 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Photos: Fairness Campaign Rallies Over DOMA Ruling

Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman leads the rally
Gabe Bullard WFPL News

The Fairness Campaign held a rally downtown Wednesday to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

Celebrators carried signs and chanted, but there was a reminder of the challenges LGBT Kentuckians still face, and several attendees blasted the Supreme Court for striking a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in a decision released yesterday.

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Local News
12:40 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

With Supreme Court Rulings, Gay Marriage Won't Come to Kentucky Anytime Soon

Chris Hartman speaking at Wednesday's rally.
Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL

Whether same-sex couples can be married in Kentucky will be a matter to be settled in the future after a pair of Supreme Court rulings issued Wednesday, leaders on both sides of the argument say.

Chris Hartman, director of the Kentucky Fairness Campaign, says the ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act is a reason for celebration from his cause's supporters.

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Food and Dining
12:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

The Paula Deen Buffet at the Horseshoe Casino is Going Away

Paula Deen
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Gooey gobs of mashed potatoes will no longer be part of the casino buffet experience at Horseshoe Southern Indiana across the river in Elizabeth—at least not with the Paula Deen branding attached to it.

Horseshoe's parent company, Caesars Entertainment, has announced that Deen and the casino chain aren't renewing the contract after she admitted  to using the N-word, as revealed by the National Inquirer in a report on  her deposition for a discrimination lawsuit.

The statement:

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