Environment
4:28 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

The Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, Three Years Later

Courtesy of Sam Petsonk

Today is the third anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, where 29 coal miners were killed in Montcoal, West Virginia. On April 5, 2010—a Monday, the day after Easter—the Massey Energy-owned mine exploded.

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Local News
4:18 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Byline | Tournament Time; Coal in Decline; Choreographer Adam Hougland

Here are the topics covered this hour on Byline (full audio link below):

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The Two-Way
3:36 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

FAA Will Delay Closure Of 149 Air Traffic Control Towers Until June

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 2:56 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration has decided to delay the closing of 149 airport control towers until mid-June.

The Obama administration said it needed to cut funding for the towers — mostly in small communities — because of $637 million in budget cuts mandated by law.

"This additional time will allow the agency to attempt to resolve multiple legal challenges to the closure decisions," the FAA said in a statement. "Extending the transition deadline will give the FAA and airports more time to execute the changes to the National Airspace System."

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Law
3:09 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Experts: Prison Gang Reach Increasingly Extends Into Streets

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 4:47 pm

Prison violence is getting out of prison.

Authorities are looking into the possibility that white supremacist prison gangs may have been involved in a series of shootings of public officials in Colorado and Texas. If so, criminologists say, this would be part of a larger pattern of prison gangs extending their reach.

"Increasingly, these prison gangs are spilling out onto the streets," says Mark Potok, an editor with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups.

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Education
2:09 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Eastern Kentucky University Chooses New President

Benson
Credit suu.edu

Michael Benson will be the next president of Eastern Kentucky University.

Benson, currently head of Southern Utah University, was chosen Friday after a closed-door session of the EKU Board of Regents.

Benson takes over an institution with shrinking enrollment, that’s undergone dramatic budget cuts and staff reductions.

Board of Regents Chairman Craig Turner says the new president can now be the good cop and help heal staff morale.

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Politics
1:30 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear Vetoes Medicaid Prompt Pay Bill, Promises Changes to System

Greg Stumbo
Credit Kentucky Legislative Commission

Gov. Steve Beshear has vetoed a bill sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo that would require prompt payment in the Medicaid managed care system. 

The governor was expected to veto the bill, claiming it would cost the state too much money.

But in turn, Beshear says he will implement the spirit of the bill, including allowing the Department of Insurance to investigate late payment claims. Beshear also promised the administrative side of the managed care system would work better.

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Local News
1:02 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer Cautious About Cordish's Revised Center City Project

Original Center City mockup.
Credit Metro Government

Remember five years ago, when the Louisville Metro Council and then-Mayor Jerry Abramson fought over the Center City project?

Center City was to be a retail-focused expansion of the 4th Street Live entertainment district bounded by Second, Third and Liberty streets and Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

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Politics
12:59 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Hemp, Medi-Share Bills to Become Kentucky Law

Steve Beshear
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Governor Steve Beshear is allowing a bill regulating hemp in Kentucky to become law without his signature.

Supporters of Senate Bill 50 were concerned that the governor might veto the bill after continuing expressing concerns law enforcement had with the bill that it would allow increased marijuana growing. 

But those concerns apparently weren't enough to veto the bill, as the governor says he will let it become law.

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Ebert's Death a 'Cruel Plot Twist,' Says Host of Louisville's Surreelfilm

Roger Ebert
Credit Creative Commons

I was listening Thursday as NPR’s Talk of the Nation played host to film buff Murray Horwitz, for a lively and unabashedly film-nerd-friendly discussion on the phenomena of Hollywood prequels, sequels and reboots. And it was just as Horwitz and host Neal Conan had been gushing over The Godfather Part II, itself both prequel and sequel, that word came of the passing of film-critic Roger Ebert.

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Economy
11:12 am
Fri April 5, 2013

U.S. Job Growth Slows As Jobless Face Benefit Cuts

Applicants complete forms at a job fair in Newark, N.J. Weak U.S. job growth comes at the same time benefits for the long-term unemployed are shrinking.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 4:55 pm

The 11.7 million Americans searching for work got discouraging news Friday morning when the Labor Department said employers created only 88,000 jobs in March. The weak job growth comes at the same time benefits for the long-term unemployed are shrinking.

The smaller-than-expected increase in payrolls was a big disappointment, coming after a long stretch of much better results. Over the past year, employment growth has averaged 169,000 jobs a month.

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