It's All Politics
6:36 am
Sat February 23, 2013

States Take Sides As Court Revisits Voting Rights Act

President Lyndon Johnson and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. discuss the Voting Rights Act in 1965. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court hears arguments on whether a key part of the law is still needed nearly a half century after its passage.
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Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 5:13 am

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments next week in a case that tests the constitutionality of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the law considered the most effective civil rights statute in American history. At issue is whether a key provision of the statute has outlived its usefulness.

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Movie Interviews
6:34 am
Sat February 23, 2013

Bradley Cooper Finds 'Silver Linings' Everywhere

Bradley Cooper has been nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the film Silver Linings Playbook.
Jojo Whilden The Weinstein Company

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 1:18 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 7, 2013.

Bradley Cooper, who is nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as the bipolar Pat Solitano in Silver Linings Playbook, tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that he and director David O. Russell approached the role with the idea that Cooper would "play as real and authentic as [h]e could."

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Arts and Humanities
5:12 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Something in the Water: Talking Kentucky Literature with Frank X Walker

Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Danville native Frank X Walker made history last week when Governor Steve Beshear appointed him the next Kentucky poet laureate. Walker is the state’s first African American poet laureate, and at 51, he’s also the youngest.

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Local News
4:37 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

House Passes Bill Establishing Child Abuse Review Panel

Credit File photo

The Kentucky House has unanimously passed a bill to create an external panel to review certain child death and near death cases.

A similar bill failed to pass last year, but Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order in the spring to create a temporary panel, which has since been reviewing certain cases.

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Local News
4:18 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Safe Neighborhoods; State Legislative Action; Academy Awards Preview: Today on Byline

Here's what you'll hear on this edition of Byline ('play' button below):

At the top - This week, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the appointment of Anthony Smith as the city’s first Director of Safe Neighborhoods. It was a position recommended by a task force that’s been studying ways to reduce violence in the city.  WFPL's Devin Katayama discusses Smith’s appointment and his initial plans for the job.

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Local News
3:30 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

College Basketball: Cards host Seton Hall; UK vs Missouri

The Louisville Cardinals return to the basketball court tomorrow against Seton Hall.

U of L coach Rick Pitino said after the Cards’ five-overtime loss at Notre Dame on February 9 that his team could make up for its poor performance that night by winning the last seven regular season games.  

U of L will seek victory number three toward that goal against the struggling Pirates.   Seton Hall has lost eight in a row.    Tipoff at the KFC Yum Center  is at noon.

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Politics
3:00 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Bill Dealing With Medicaid Late Payments Has Support in Senate

Julie Denton
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

A bill  moving Medicaid late payment claims to the Department of Insurance appears to have some support in the state Senate.

House Bill 5 would take prompt pay issues with the Medicaid managed care system and put it through the Insurance Department's current claims process. Currently, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services deal with late claims.

Sen. Julie Denton, chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, said she plans to give the bill a hearing and supports the bill's attempts to make managed care organizations pay providers.

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Politics
2:55 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Council Democrats, Republicans Launch Social Media Pages

The caucus staff for the Louisville Metro Council Democrats and Republicans have created social media pages to better reach constituents.

Currently, a handful of city lawmakers have official Facebook and Twitter accounts where they update their ordinances and district events.

Others use their personal website to update on their council work, but most have not signed on to social networking to reach out to constituents.

Democratic Caucus spokesman Tony Hyatt says the technology is a good way to let residents know what’s on their agenda, and that more lawmakers will be logging on soon.

"I think the goal is to eventually bring everybody along. You know as well as I do there are some folks who were a little late to the game in understanding how social media operates. Our goal is to get the information out of what’s going on with the caucus, meeting notifications, letting them know about progress reports on certain things," he says.

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Arts and Humanities
2:22 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

REVIEW | 'Chasing Ophelia' Is More than a Romantic Comedy

Beth Tantanella and Ryan Watson in "Chasing Ophelia" at The Bard's Town.
The Bard's Town Theatre

Neurotic writers manipulating their self-aware fictional characters isn’t a new device, but unlike similar stories, The Bard’s Town’s funny and engaging “Chasing Ophelia” isn’t concerned with picking the navel of the writer’s creative processes or artistic tensions. For a romantic comedy, this play’s concerns are remarkably, well, theological: is an unseen, omniscient being really in charge of us, and how do we deal with feeling abandoned by him?

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Politics
1:51 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Bill Would Allow Public-Private Partnerships For Big Construction Projects

Brent Spence Bridge
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State Rep. Sannie Overly has filed a bill that will allow the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to explore public-private partnerships to help construction projects with big price tags.

The bill doesn't specifically name any projects, but Kentucky currently has multiple instances where the bill could help work start, namely the Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky and Interstate 69 in western Kentucky.

Overly, a Paris Democrat, said the goal is to help the state have one more avenue to help fund its infrastructure projects.

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