Local News
3:32 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

UK to Take Over Management of Eastern State Hospital

A new Eastern State Hospital is under construction at UK's Coldstream Research Campus

The University of Kentucky will replace the struggling Bluegrass Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board in overseeing the Eastern State psychiatric hospital in Lexington. 

Officials announced the new agreement between UK and the state Cabinet for Health & Family Services today at the university’s Coldstream Research Campus, where construction of a new Eastern State complex is underway.

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Local News
3:21 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Byline | Fairness in Vicco; Judy Green's Legacy; Lynn's Paradise Lost; Scott Co. Hoops

Here is what we covered in this edition of Byline:

At the top - The Appalachian town of Vicco recently became the smallest municipality in the country to pass a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.  We discuss it with WFPL’s Devin Katayama, who’s been talking with town officials.

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2:54 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Rogers Bill Seeks to Preserve Civil War Battlefield Site

Wayne County Historical Society

Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers has reintroduced legislation to preserve a Civil War site in southern Kentucky.

The bill seeks to recognize the Mill Springs Battlefield site in Pulaski and Wayne counties. The battle on Jan. 19, 1862, was the second largest in Kentucky. The fight resulted in a Union victory and blazeda trail for Union troops to move from Kentucky into Tennessee.

The measure calls for a National Park Service study on incorporating the battlefield into the national parks system. Currently, the battlefield is being preserved through private sources.

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2:42 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Judge Dismisses Right-to-Work Suit; Appeal Considered

Leaders of an Indiana union local say they considering an appeal of a federal judge’s dismissal this week of their suit challenging the state’s right-to-work law enacted last year.

Judge Philip Simon in Hammond ruled Thursday that none of the union's arguments against the law could succeed in federal court, although a challenge could still be made in state courts.

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2:32 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Centre Starting New Global Leadership Program

Credit Centre College

Kentucky’s Centre College is creating a new summer program this year for Kentucky juniors and seniors to learn more about the world outside state.

The Global Leadership Academy will take place over two weeks in the middle of June this summer; the goal for Centre is to get Kentucky’s high school students more in line with global leadership and cultures.

It’s the first attempt at such a program for the private college in Danville, Ky., which is leveraging its reputation as a strong study abroad college to start the program.

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The Two-Way
2:31 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Republicans Offer Three-Month Increase In Debt Ceiling

As workers prepare the Capitol for Monday's inaugural ceremony, there's word that Congress might not get into another battle over the debt ceiling.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 3:34 pm

In a move that could head off another bruising battle over increasing the nation's debt ceiling, GOP leaders in the House plan to approve a three-month increase in the nation's borrowing authority next week, NPR's S.V. Date reports.

But, he tells our Newscast Desk, Republicans want to tie a longer-term increase to the passage of a budget that cuts spending.

His report continues:

"The plan comes from Majority Leader Eric Cantor as House Republicans wrap up a retreat in Southern Virginia.

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2:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

WFPL to Carry Special Coverage Monday of the Inauguration Ceremony

President Obama is sworn in in 2008.
Credit Wikipedia Commons/Public domain

WFPL will carry NPR's special live coverage Monday as President Obama is sworn in to his second term in office in Washington, D.C.

Special coverage begins at 10 a.m. with Steve Inskeep and Audie Cornish hosting from the west front of the U.S. Capitol, site of the inauguration ceremony. NPR's White House correspondents, Ari Shapiro and Scott Horsley, will join them.

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It's All Politics
1:39 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Inauguration Mashup: The Speech In 11 Easy Steps

An 11-step guide to the perfect inauguration speech

Originally published on Sat January 19, 2013 6:29 am

May the eagles of democracy soar above the covenant that binds our great nation in an era of new beginning ... or something.

Have you ever watched an inaugural address and wondered: How DO those guys (because they're always guys) do it? Well, we've prepared this handy guide so you, too, can give a speech like the chief executive.

Our instructions are based on a century of recorded footage. William McKinley's address was the first to be recorded by a "motion picture camera" (in 1897). Calvin Coolidge was the first to be broadcast over the radio (in 1925).

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It's All Politics
12:04 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Key Player In '94 Assault Weapons Ban: 'It's Going To Be Much More Difficult' Now

President Clinton speaks to a member of the House on Aug. 11, 1994, lobbying for votes for the crime bill.
Marcy Nighswander AP

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 8:36 am

President Obama's proposed renewal of a ban on assault-style weapons is expected to be based on the legislation approved by Congress in 1994 that expired 10 years later.

But when the first assault weapons ban was approved — outlawing 19 specific weapons — it was a very different time, and Congress was a very different place.

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Local News
11:29 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Today on Byline: Vicco Passes a Fairness Ordinance, a Look at Lynn's Paradise Cafe and More

The sudden closure of a famed Louisville restaurant, a small-town enacts a Fairness Ordinance and the legacy of a controversial Metro Council member who died this week — those will be some of the topics on WFPL's Byline at 1 p.m. Friday.

WFPL's Rick Howlett will talk to Louisville Magazine's Josh Moss about his November profile of the owner of Lynn's Paradise Cafe, the restaurant which abruptly closed last week.

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