Local News
3:50 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Byline | Shanklin Trial; Metro Budget; Running Against Mitch; Spalding MFA Writers

Here's what we covered on Byline today (full audio available below):

At the top - The removal trial of Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin has been scheduled for July 23. Shanklin is accused of violating the Metro Government Code of Ethics, and she faces removal by a Metro Council court.  We talk about the trial and the legal maneuvering in advance of the proceedings with WFPL’s Philip M. Bailey and Devin Katayama.

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3:20 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Will Close at End of Month

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
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The U.S. Department of Energy has rejected a proposal that would have extended operations at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

For about 60 years, the plant has processed uranium for use in nuclear power plants. Last May, it was scheduled for closure, but a new agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Energy Northwest pushed back the planned shutdown date.

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3:18 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Derrick Graham Picked As New Kentucky House Education Chair

Derrick Graham
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State Rep. Derrick Graham has been named the new chairman of the state House Education committee, Democratic leaders announced today. 

Graham is a Frankfort native who recently retired as a social studies teacher at Frankfort High School. He is a well-known education advocate and previously chaired a budget subcommittee on education. 

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2:45 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Kentucky Education Department: Midnight Meetings To Approve New Dropout Age Are Unnecessary

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The Kentucky Department of Education says many midnight meetings planned at area school districts on June 25 will not place them at the front of the line for a $10,000 grant.

KDE announced grants would be awarded to the first 57 school districts to approve a new minimum dropout age of 18. Under new state law, districts can choose to increase the dropout age from 16.  

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The Two-Way
1:52 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Study Is First To Chart Amphibian Populations' Decline In U.S.

Populations of frogs and other amphibians are declining at an average rate of 3.7 percent each year, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.
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Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 1:37 pm

Populations of frogs, salamanders and other amphibians are declining at an average rate of 3.7 percent each year, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study released this week. Researchers say the study is the first to calculate how quickly amphibians are disappearing in the United States.

"If the rate observed is representative and remains unchanged, these species would disappear from half of the habitats they currently occupy in about 20 years," according to the USGS.

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Local News
11:39 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Byline Today: Mayor Greg Fischer's Budget Proposal, a New Possibility for Senate '16 and More

Mayor Greg Fischer releases his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, new developments in the Barbara Shanklin removal trial and a senate run for former Miss America Heather French Henry becomes a possibility—these topics and more will be covered today on Byline.

Metro Louisville's budget process has begun. WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey will discuss what changes Fischer is proposing as the Metro Council begins taking a look.

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11:18 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Poll: Rand Paul Strongest Republican For Iowa Voters in '16 Presidential Election

Rand Paul
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Among voters in the key primary state Iowa, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is the strongest Republican in the field of prospective 2016  presidential candidates,  says a new poll by Quinnipiac University.

Kentucky's junior senator leads current Vice President Joe Biden by five points among Iowa voters— and he trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic frontrunner, by only four points.

Those totals are better than Sen. Marco Rubio, the Floridian who is also a leading Republican contender for the 2016 presidential election.

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Local News
8:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Abbey Road on the River Adds Partnership with Ali Center

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Fans of all things Fab Four return to the Belvedere this weekend for Abbey Road on the River, the festival dedicated to that massively famous band of yesterday, the Beatles.

This year, the festival expands to include an additional stage next to the Muhammad Ali Center. General admission tickets will give festival goers access to all the performances at the new stage, and this year’s free festival kickoff concert will also be held at the new stage.

Festival spokesperson Ali Hawthorne said she has high hopes for the festival this year.

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The Deadly Tornado In Moore, Okla.
7:56 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Tornado's Survival Rate 'Not Just Luck,' Meteorologist Says

Marc Austin monitors radar and issues warnings at the National Weather Center in Norman, Okla., on Thursday.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 9:58 am

Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla., killed 24 people and caused an estimated $2.2 billion worth of damage. As the community reflects on what happened, one question is: How did so many manage to survive such devastating destruction?

Lifelong Oklahoman Kristi Freeman has seen her share of tornadoes, but she says the twister that tore through her neighborhood Monday was something else.

"This tornado was like a monster. It was like something that was alive. It destroyed your peace, your comfort," she says.

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Hansi Lo Wang is a reporter covering race, ethnicity, and culture for NPR's new Code Switch team.

Based in Washington, D.C., he previously served as a production assistant for NPR's Weekend Edition and was awarded the NPR Kroc Fellowship, during which he reported for NPR's National Desk and Seattle public radio station KUOW.

A Philadelphia native, Wang founded a radio reporting program for high school students in Philadelphia's Chinatown in 2008. He has also worked as a refugee housing coordinator.