The Sequester: Cuts And Consequences
7:14 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Flight Delays Push Congress To End Controller Furloughs

Travelers stand in line at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday. Congress moved quickly this week to give the Federal Aviation Administration flexibility to end air traffic controller furloughs that resulted in flight delays at several airports.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 1:53 pm

The U.S. Congress — a body not exactly known for its swift feet — raced Friday to complete legislation to help travelers avoid delays at airports.

The House voted 361-41 to approve legislation that the Senate passed without objection late Thursday. The bill gives the Federal Aviation Administration more spending flexibility to cut its budget while avoiding furloughs of air traffic controllers.

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Around the Nation
7:14 am
Sat April 27, 2013

30 Years On, Educators Still Divided On Scathing Schools Report

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 5:32 pm

Thirty years ago this week, President Ronald Reagan's administration released "A Nation at Risk," a report warning of "a rising tide of mediocrity" in American public education.

According to the report, only one-third of 17-year-olds in 1983 could solve a math problem requiring two steps or more, and 4 out of 10 teenagers couldn't draw inferences from written material. In an address to the nation, Reagan warned that "about 13 percent of 17-year-olds are functional illiterates and, among minority youth, the rate is closer to 40 percent."

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Theater
7:13 am
Sat April 27, 2013

When Tonys Tap Faves, Look For These Names

Tom Hanks is one to watch at Tuesday's Tony nominations; he's making his Broadway debut in Norah Ephron's final play, Lucky Guy.
Joan Marcus

Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 6:42 pm

Nominations for the Tony Awards, Broadway's annual honors, will be announced April 30. Among the shows eligible: loud London transplants like Matilda the Musical, a new play by David Mamet, a revival of David Mamet, two revivals of Clifford Odets and a revival of the '70s musical Pippin.

Lots of Hollywood stars have made the trek to Broadway this season, ranging from Scarlett Johansson in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to Tom Hanks in Norah Ephron's last play, Lucky Guy.

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Politics
11:44 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Update: Indiana General Assembly Winds Down; "Ag-Gag" Bill Fails

A proposal making it illegal to secretly take videos or photographs that could make a business look bad has failed in the Indiana egislature.

Bill sponsor Sen. Travis Holdman said Friday night he wouldn't try to advance another version of the bill a few hours after it was withdrawn in the House. That followed a lengthy debate during which several opponents criticized it for exposing industrial whistleblowers or even unhappy restaurant customers to possible criminal charges.

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Local News
4:57 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

"Ag-Gag" Bill Apparently Dies in Indiana General Assembly

A bill that would have made it a crime to secretly videotape the operations of a farm or factory with the intent to harm the business may have  died in the Indiana General Assembly.

Without comment, House Speaker Brian Bosma abruptly withdrew the measure during floor debate today, the final day of the session.    

The heavily amended legislation had earlier won Senate approval, but some lawmakers raised concerns about its constitutionality.

Opponents of the bill say it would weaken effort to expose the mistreatment of workers or animals, or other illegal activity.

Local News
4:23 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Byline | JCPS Audit; KY Woman Ordained Priest; Medical Debts Cleared

Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio available below):

At the top - Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen has accepted the Jefferson County school board’s request to review the district’s finances and central staff operations.  WFPL’s Devin Katayama speaks with Edelen, who says because his review isn't based on any specific complaint, the scope of the audit will be broad.

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Local News
3:52 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

FCC Approves Sale of Four Louisville Radio Stations

The Federal Communications Commission has approved the sale of four Louisville radio stations.

Cox Media Group announced last year that it was seeking a buyer for Lite 106.9, Country Legends, New Country and WSFR the Eagle, along with stations in Hawaii, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia and Connecticut.

 

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Environment
3:22 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Look at Mill Creek's Peregrine Falcon Chicks!

It's a peregrine falcon chick!
Erica Peterson WFPL

The peregrine falcon chicks that hatched in a nesting box at Louisville Gas and Electric’s Mill Creek power plant are one step closer to leaving home.

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Local News
3:04 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Approve Criminal Code Overhaul

The Indiana Senate has given final approval to a bill that would overhaul the state’s criminal code, with the aim of sending fewer nonviolent, low-level  offenders to prison. 

The measure calls for most felons to serve at least 75 percent of their sentences.   Current law allows most felons with good behavior in prison to be released after serving half of their sentences.

But the overhaul would also direct many people convicted of drug or property offenses to work release or other local programs.  

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Local News
2:21 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Old Cardinal Stadium Grandstands Too Deteriorated to Use for Kentucky State Fair

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The grandstands of Cardinal Stadium—the old one—have deteriorated to a point where repairs aren't cost effective, the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center announced Friday.

Because of this, the free concerts for this year's Kentucky State Fair will be moved entirely to the field.

"Without that repair, it just simply wouldn't be in our best interest to have people in the grandstands in the future," said Rip Rippetoe, president and chief executive of the Kentucky State Fair Board.

For this year's state fair, chairs and bleachers will be placed on the field.

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