Politics
10:29 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Gun Control Group Continues Ad Campaign Against Mitch McConnell

Credit U.S. Senate

Progressive Change Campaign Committee has launched a new ad criticizing Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell over proposed gun control measures.

This is the second spot by the group to target McConnell, and like the previous ad it features a Kentucky gun owner and military veteran who supports a ban on assault weapons.

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Politics
9:30 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Budget, Gaming Bills Among Many Moving Through Indiana Legislature

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A state budget and measures affecting schools and the gaming industry are on the long list of proposals still to be considered by the Indiana General Assembly.

The budget being crafted by GOP lawmakers who control the House does not include an income tax cut pushed by fellow Republican Gov. Mike Pence, but they say they’ll revisit Pence’s proposal after getting an updated economic forecast in April.

The plan would instead use the tax cut money to boost spending on education and transportation.

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Monkey See
9:28 am
Mon February 25, 2013

What You Didn't See At The Academy Awards

Actress Jennifer Lawrence stumbles as she walks on stage.
Chris Pizzelo AP

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 8:06 pm

NPR's Sam Sanders and Mandalit del Barco were backstage at the Oscars on Sunday, covering the awards show. They sat in the press room, where winners go for interviews during and after the show. Here's a roundup of what they saw that you didn't see, in senior superlative form.

Most Likely To Stand By Her Man Until The End Of All Natural Time: Jennifer Garner

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Sam has worked at Vermont Public Radio since October 1978 in various capacities â

As a general assignment correspondent based at NPR West, Mandalit del Barco has reported and produced radio stories and photographed everything from street gangs to Hollywood, police and prisons, marijuana, immigration, race relations, natural disasters, Latino arts and urban street culture (including hip hop dance, music, and art). Every year, she covers the Oscars and the Grammy awards for NPR. Her news reports, feature stories and photos filed from Los Angeles and abroad can be heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, alt.latino and npr.org.

Education
9:26 am
Mon February 25, 2013

JCPS Developing Community Organization Database Called 'Louisville Linked'

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The plan to improve connections between Jefferson County Public Schools and local community organizations has received a positive response so far, Superintendent Donna Hargens days.

JCPS has been developing an initiative called Louisville Linked to connect students with community-based organizations that could work with them outside of school. The idea is to house data from the area’s CBOs that should help the district manage and grow the efforts of dozens of organizations looking to improve education.

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Kentucky Author Forum
9:14 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Win tickets to see Elaine Pagels at Kentucky Author Forum

WFPL is proud to sponsor the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Author Forum presentation of Elaine Pagels on March 19th at the Kentucky Center. Pagels is a religion scholar, professor at Princeton University, and author of The Gnostic Gospels and Revelations:Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation. She will be interviewed by Gustav Niebuhr, Associate Professor in Religion & the Media at Syracuse University and former New York Times Religion Correspondent.

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Environment
8:18 am
Mon February 25, 2013

LG&E's Plan to Close Ash Pond Could Be Replicated at Other Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric’s plan to put a cap made of coal ash on top of a coal ash pond at the Cane Run Power Plant in southwest Louisville has neighborhood residents concerned. But the head of the state’s solid waste branch says the plan is innovative, and he thinks it can be replicated at other power plants.

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Politics
7:30 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer: Poll Validates Local Option Sales Tax Push

Greg Fischer
Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL

A new Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll shows an overwhelming number of Kentuckians favor a constitutional amendment that would allow city residents to vote on whether to raise the state sales tax.

The survey found 72 percent of voters support the proposal, while 19 percent are opposed and another 9 percent are not sure. But legislative leaders from both parties in Frankfort have spoken out against the measure, preferring tax reform or raising other fees for special projects.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer told WFPL the poll shows residents are behind the idea and he will continue to lobby state lawmakers.

"I’ve been talking to legislators in Frankfort along with other mayors and county judges from around the state to show them that there is in fact strong support at the grassroots level and we hope Frankfort will be listening to the people," he says.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Good Girls Don't: Play Explores Victorian Female Photographer's Life and Work

"Hester Street, Egg Stand Group," Lower East Side of Manhattan, 1895
Alice Austen Alice Austen House Museum Collection

In the Victorian era, genteel young ladies were expected to be proficient in those arts considered appropriately feminine , like sketching, singing and dancing. But photography, with its bulky, messy equipment, wasn't thought a suitable hobby for a young lady. Alice Austen (1866-1952) was a bit of a rebel, though. The daughter of a well-t0-do Staten Island family, Austen discovered photography at age 10 and grew up to be one of the groundbreaking American female photographers of the  19th and early 20th century.

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