Shots - Health News
2:59 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Doctors To Vote On Whether Cheerleading Is A Sport

University of Louisville cheerleaders hurled into the air during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Wichita State in April.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 7:43 am

This weekend the American Medical Association will kick off its annual exercise in medical democracy.

The group's House of Delegates will meet in Chicago to vote on resolutions that range from a demand that private insurers pay doctors at least as much as Medicare does to a call for federal legislation affirming the right of doctors to talk about gun safety with patients.

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Education
2:29 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Kentucky Community Colleges Raise Tuition by 2.86 Percent

The Jefferson Community & Technical College campus.
Credit JCTC

CUMBERLAND — The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents has voted to raise tuition by 2.86 percent and give faculty and staff pay raises of 2 percent.

President Michael B. McCall recommended the increases that were approved on Friday.

Full-time employees at the state's 16 community and technical colleges—which includes Jefferson Community & Technical College—who received favorable performance evaluations will get the 2 percent raises or $1,000, whichever is larger. Tuition for in-state students will rise from $140 to $144 per credit hour.

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Local News
1:51 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

An SUV Drove Into the Mag Bar Last Night

Go home SUV, you're drunk.
Credit Shadwick Wilde

Last night, a sports utility vehicle drove through the the front door of the Magnolia Bar & Grill, a popular Old Louisville hangout spot. 

The photo above was taken by Shadwick Wilde, a Mag Bar employee.

One person was injured and taken to University Hospital, WDRB reports.

This was posted on the Mag Bar Facebook page:

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Local News
1:50 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Paducah & Louisville Railway Says Broken Rail Caused October Train Wreck

Credit Louisville Metro

Paducah & Louisville Railway has reported to a federal agency that a broken rail caused the October 2012 derailment in southwestern Jefferson County.

The findings will be used in a Federal Railroad Administration investigation into the derailment, which an agency spokesman says will be completed in the next few weeks.

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Politics
1:05 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Scolds Lawmakers for Lack of Gun Control Since Newtown Massacre

Congressman John Yarmuth
Credit U.S. Congress

In a scolding statement, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., says it is shameful Congress has not enacted stricter gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Six months have passed since the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, where a lone gunman killed 20 children and six adults with a semi-automatic weapon.

The shooting sparked a fierce national debate about firearms and the Second Amendment, and a handful of states have either passed or are considering stricter gun laws since.

But gun rights advocates were able to block stricter laws from getting through the Democratic-controlled Senate.

"It is shameful that six months after Newtown, Congress has failed to enact a single gun-safety measure," says Yarmuth. "Nine in 10 Americans demand action to strengthen our gun laws, and I stand with them. It is long past time to enact meaningful reforms that help keep our families safe, our communities secure, and our country free from the daily toll of gun violence."

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Local News
11:59 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Byline Today: Non-Profits Upset About the Mayor's Budget Proposal, WHAS-11's New Owner and More

The Louisville Metro Council is discussing Mayor Greg Fischer's budget proposal, WHAS-11's parent company is bought by The Courier-Journal's and a preview of a new WFPL show. Those topics and more will be discussed todayo n Byline.

Metro Council members heard this week from non-profits groups upset that their funding was reduced in the mayor's budget proposal. WFPL's Phillip Bailey will discuss the situation with Gabe Bullard, who is sitting in for host Rick Howlett.

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Local News
11:10 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker Dies

Tim Walker
Credit City of Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN — Mayor Tim Walker has died at Hardin Memorial Hospital. He was 54.

Walker was in his first term as mayor of the central Kentucky city, having been elected in 2010. He served as a city councilman for more than a decade before his election as mayor.

The hospital say the mayor died at 5:33 a.m. Friday. The cause of death is pending. The hospital says Walker's body was being transferred to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Funeral arrangements will be handled by Brown Funeral Home.

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Local News
11:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Louisville Cardinals, Indiana Hoosiers 'Living in the Dream' of College World Series

IU First Baseman Sam Travis
Credit Indiana University

The University of Louisville and Indiana University baseball teams open play against each other in the College World Series tomorrow in Omaha, Nebraska.

It’s the first-ever trip to the eight-team championship for the Hoosiers.     

First baseman Sam Travis helped them get there with a home run in last weekend’s victory over Florida State.

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Environment
9:41 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Emergency Crews Responding To DuPont Louisville Chemical Spill Complete Work

Officials say the crews responding to Sunday's chemical spill at the DuPont Louisville plant have ended their work, but clean up and an investigation is ongoing.

The spill leaked 400,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid that forced a "Shelter-in-Place" warning to those living within a one-mile radius of the plant. Officials say the leak was due to an equipment malfunction.

According to a release sent out by the city:

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