Politics
2:01 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

National Democratic Groups Increasing Attacks on McConnell

Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

Democratic groups are increasing the pressure on Senator Mitch McConnell as he gears up for next year's re-election campaign, launching attacks that focus on McConnell's recent actions in the U.S. Senate.

The Senate Majority PAC, run by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has created a website called “Beltway Mitch,” targeting McConnell for his refusal to compromise on sequestration, and the effects of sequestration on school districts in Kentucky.

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Arts and Humanities
1:58 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Fatherhood Awakens Artist Gibbs Rounsavall

The strong geometric designs of Gibbs Rounsavall's paintings have made his work among the most recognizable of Louisville's younger guard of visual artists.  His work has been widely shown locally, in Zephyr Gallery, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Swanson Reed Gallery, among others, as well as afar, in group shows at Morehead State University and Brooklyn's Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art.

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The Two-Way
1:21 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Postal Service Will Keep Saturday Mail Delivery After All

A Chicago postal worker protests in support of Saturday mail delivery in February.
John Gress Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 2:50 pm

The U.S. Postal Service has backed off a plan to halt Saturday mail delivery, saying that Congress has forced it to continue the service despite massive cost overruns.

In a statement released Wednesday, the USPS Board of Governors said restrictive language included in the latest Continuing Resolution, which keeps the government operating until September in lieu of a budget, prevents it from going ahead with the plan.

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Environment
12:22 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

LG&E, Metro Government Reach Tentative Agreement on Several Coal Ash Violations

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has reached an agreement with Metro Government over alleged coal ash violations at the company's Cane Run Power Station.

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Local News
11:12 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Grawemeyer Award Winners Present, Pick Up Prizes

The five 2013 University of Louisville Grawmeyer Award winners are in Louisville this week to receive their $100,000 prizes and give public talks around the city. 

The awards--which began in 1984--acknowledge ideas rather than personal achievements and were created by H. Charles Grawemeyer provided initial financial support.

Below is a list of when the award recipients will speak. WFPL spoke with each of the winners last year. Click the names below to see more.

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The Two-Way
11:07 am
Wed April 10, 2013

New White House Budget Has Something For Everyone To Dislike

Senate Budget Committee staffers unpack boxes of President Obama's 2014 budget proposal on Wednesday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 12:46 pm

UPDATE at 11:05 a.m. ET: Obama: Growing Economy, Shrinking Deficits Both Possible

President Obama unveiled his 2014 budget proposal Wednesday, calling it a "fiscally responsible blueprint" that can help grow the economy and shrink deficits.

The president said his plan addresses the debate about how to expand the economy while reducing government red ink: "This budget answers that argument because we can do both," he said at the Rose Garden.

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Education
10:04 am
Wed April 10, 2013

A Conversation with Education Grawemeyer Award Winner Pasi Sahlberg

In Finland, children don't have to begin school until age 7.

High school is optional and the public education system--which is free and includes higher education-- includes wrap around services like free healthcare and access to healthy meals.

This is the Finnish way. 

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The Two-Way
9:34 am
Wed April 10, 2013

'Very High' Chance North Korea Will Soon Test Fire Missile

Japan is on full alert ahead of an expected mid-range missile launch by North Korea, its defense minister said as the U.N. warned of a potentially 'uncontrollable' situation. A Japanese soldier walks past a missile launcher deployed in Tokyo.
Toru Yamanaka AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 11:23 am

North Korea's next provocative move — the test firing of a medium-range ballistic missile — could happen at any moment, according to South Korean officials.

Bloomberg Businessweek reports that "the possibility of a ballistic missile launch is 'very high' and 'may materialize anytime from now,' South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se told lawmakers in Seoul today."

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Local News
8:58 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Celebration of Louisville Cardinals Basketball Teams Today

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

The University of Louisville will celebrate the men's basketball national championship and the women's team's surprising appearance in the national title game at 5 this afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center. 

Here's ticket information:

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Politics
8:15 am
Wed April 10, 2013

DC Vote to Wage Protest Against Senator Rand Paul Ahead of Howard University Speech

Rand Paul

A group seeking full voting representation for Washington, D.C. residents in Congress is holding a demonstration ahead of Republican Senator Rand Paul's speech at Howard University, calling the Tea Party favorite a hypocrite.

The address is being promoted as an attempt by Kentucky's junior senator—and presidential hopeful—to reach out to African-American voters. A handful of black leaders in Louisville have said that's a good sign given Paul's rising prominence in national politics.

But DC Vote is once again calling out Paul's libertarian and small-government message, comparing it to his obstruction of the D.C. Budget Autonomy Act last year.

In 2012, the mayor of D.C. and others urged lawmakers to approve the measure to give local residents the authority to spend tax dollars without Congressional oversight. Paul introduced several amendments to the bill, however, which sought to change the city’s gun, abortion and labor laws.

From DC Vote:

Think about that for a moment: Rand Paul, of all people, used a DC budget autonomy bill that would allow D.C. to spend money it raises from its own population so he can impose his causes on people that have no vote in Congress.

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