Education
5:57 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

New Program Emphasizes Student Compassion

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A new program called Youth Engaging Compassion is encouraging Louisville region public and private school students to be more...well...compassionate. 

Educators announced the program Thursday ahead of the Dalai Lama’s visit later this year.

Jefferson County Public Schools and the Archdiocese of Louisville are partners in Youth Engaging Compassion along with other private schools.  The program allows students to share projects and ideas on the web.

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Local News
4:13 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Indiana Senate Links Up With Space Station Commander

NASA

The commander of the International Space Station spoke via video hookup to the Indiana Senate today.

Astronaut Kevin Ford is a native of Blackford County, Indiana and a graduate of the University of Notre
Dame.

During a 20-minute chat with lawmakers and schoolchildren, Ford said dozens of experiments are being conducted aboard the space station, many of them medical tests involving the station’s zero-gravity environment.

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Politics
4:09 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Greg Stumbo Files Bill Aimed at Speeding Up Medicaid's Late Payment Process

Greg Stumbo
Credit Kentucky Legislative Commission

House Speaker Greg Stumbo has filed a bill to move complaints about late payments in Kentucky's Medicaid system from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to the Department of Insurance.

Health care providers—such as hospitals and doctor's offices— have complained about severely late payments since the managed care system started. Currently, the cabinet deals those issues that arise when one of the state's Medicaid operating companies delays payment to a health provider.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Judge Dismisses Shanklin Suit Against Mayor’s Office to Halt Ethics Case

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin
Credit Louisville Metro Government

A Jefferson Circuit judge dismissed a lawsuit against Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s office filed by embattled Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, that sought to halt an ethics case against her.

The suit alleged Fischer violated Kentucky’s open records law because his office refused to provide documents explaining what authority the mayor had to close an upholstery program Shanklin sponsored.

Shanklin’s attorney Aubrey Williams asked for a temporary injunction in the ethics case until the records were produced. But Judge Audra Eckerle ruled the councilwoman would not be harmed if the ethics proceedings continued.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

House Passes Bill Allowing for University Capital Projects 97-1

Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.
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FRANKFORT — A proposal to allow six of Kentucky's  public universities to start more than $360 million in infrastructure projects overwhelming passed the House today, 97-1. 

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Politics
2:57 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Won't Take Up Same-Sex Marriage Amendment This Year

Indiana's Republican House and Senate leaders will wait a year before they take up an effort to write the state's gay marriage ban into the constitution.

House Speaker Brian Bosma  and Senate President Pro Tem David Long said today  that their respective caucuses decided the issue should wait until the 2014 session.

Long and Bosma have said they are apprehensive of taking on the issue before the Supreme Court rules on related cases this summer. Social conservatives in the House and Senate had pressed them to tackle the issue this year.

Politics
2:16 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Statewide Smoking Ban Bill Clears House Committee

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Kentucky is one step closer to enacting a statewide smoking ban after legislation sailed Thursday through the House Committee on Health and Welfare.

House Bill 190, sponsored by Rep. Susan Westrom, a Democrat of Lexington, would prohibit smoking in public places and places of employment.

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Local News
2:13 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Large Crowd Welcomes Soft Opening of Big Four Bridge

The Big Four Bridge reopens.
Credit Laura Valentine/WFPL

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer stands behind the gates Thursday holding back a large group of pedestrians, bicyclists and pets that will hike up the spiral walkway and onto the Big Four Bridge.

"Count it down," someone yells, anticipating the gates being lifted.

Instead, a sound of a railroad locomotive plays over the speakers, kicking off the bridge's soft-opening, representing the days when the bridge was used for trains.

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Politics
2:01 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Nursing Home Group Launches Ads in Support of Medical Review Bill

Groups supporting  a bill creating medical panels to review allegations of nursing home abuse are taking their cause to the airwaves.

The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities this week released a 60 second television radio ad, urging people to support Senate Bill 9.

The group is made up of nursing homes who want the review panels—which is called for in Senate Bill 9— as a safeguard against what they call overreaching trial lawyers.

The ad takes aim directly at the lawyers.

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Local News
1:17 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Big Four Bridge Opens

Credit Laura Valentine/WFPL

The Big Four Bridge opened Thursday morning and a big crowd showed up. WFPL will have a story later.  Until then, here are photos:

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