Environment
8:02 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Does McConnell and Grimes' Focus on Coal Distract From Economic Diversification?

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 Despite the fact that Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes made clear their unqualified support of Kentucky's coal industry, coal continues to play a role in this year's Senate election.

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Education
8:50 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

UofL President James Ramsey Gets Boost in Pay, Will Make More Than $1M This Year

University of Louisville President James Ramsey at a trustees committee meeting in early July.
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University of Louisville President James Ramsey will get a significant increase in pay this year, coming in the form of a bonus that boosts his annual compensation to about $1.2 million.

At an annual retreat this week, the University's Board of Trustees recommended Ramsey receive a  performance bonus, as well as a two percent raise. 

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Local News
6:17 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

ACLU of Indiana Asks Eric Holder to Make Same-Sex Married Couples Eligible For Federal Benefits

Earlier this year, same-sex couples in Southern Indiana filed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban. Their case was dismissed, but a federal judge struck down the state's ban in a ruling on other cases. The ruling was later stayed.
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  INDIANAPOLIS — Attorneys are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in on behalf of hundreds of same-sex couples who were wed before a federal appeals court stayed an order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban.

Friday's move by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana comes the same week that Gov. Mike Pence's office said the state wouldn't recognize the same marriages.

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Environment
5:23 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of EPA in Mountaintop Removal Case

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A federal appeals court today ruled in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency in a case that will affect how states including Kentucky and West Virginia issue permits for mountaintop removal coal mines.

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Local News
4:18 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Byline | Rand Paul & Civil Rights; Gubanatorial Fundraising; Local Gas Prices; Zachary Taylor

Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio link below):

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Local News
2:52 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Lebowski Fest Rolls On In Louisville Tonight

Walters at the 2013 Lebowski Fest in Louisville.
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The 13th Lebowski Fest in Louisville gets going this evening at Executive Strike & Spare on Phillips Lane.

As usual, the two days of festivities include games themed around the 1998 cult classic film "The Big Lebowski," a movie party (tonight) and bands (Saturday afternoon). The festival culminates in Saturday night's bowling party at Strike & Spare.

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Local News
12:39 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

In Light of Kentucky Kingdom Controversy, What Are The State's Laws on Breastfeeding?

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Social media in Louisville lit up Thursday with conversation about a local woman who, while breast feeding at Kentucky Kingdom, was allegedly asked by a staff member to finish in a public bathroom.

Some women were upset at what they saw as a violation of their rights under state law, and questions were raised about where a woman can breastfeed her child and whether she needs to cover her breast during the feeding.

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Politics
8:31 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Report: Kentucky Ranks 10th in U.S. For Lowest Rate of Uninsured

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Kentucky’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured people in the state, according to a report release Wednesday.

The report by the consumer advice website WalletHub said Kentucky now ranks 10th in the U.S. for the lowest rate of uninsured people—just under nine percent of the population. That number was over 17 percent before the ACA became law, reflecting an 8 percent drop in the rate in a year.

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Politics
6:44 am
Fri July 11, 2014

How the 'Fiscal Cliff' Helped Lead to Kentucky's $91-Million Budget Shortfall

The Kentucky state Capitol building.
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  A driving factor in Kentucky's $91-million budget shortfall is a decline in a form of income primarily used by the nation’s wealthiest individuals.

In 2012, the U.S. Congress was preparing to take the country over the “fiscal cliff” because of rising debt, rising healthcare costs and spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Local News
6:35 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Husband, Wife Plead Guilty to Defrauding Louisville Charity

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The one-time chairman of a Louisville-based charity and the former director of a dental business have pleaded guilty to federal charges of diverting $1.1 million from the Woodcock Foundation over a four-year period.

Charles Muir and his wife, Diana Muir, both of Louisville, entered the pleas in federal court on Thursday.

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