Wednesday Here and Now

by Todd Mundt on May 11, 2011

Here’s what we have planned for today at 1pm: Senate Democrats are proposing an end to tax breaks for the five biggest oil companies as a way to help bring down the deficit. It’s not going to help gas prices, but it will bring in about $21 billion over ten years. Republicans oppose it.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will soon allow the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy. A majority of the denomination’s regional governing bodies has agreed to lift the requirement that unmarried clergy remain celibate. We’ll spend a few minutes with Cynthia Bolbach, the Moderator of the 219th General Assembly.

The Berea City Council held a public forum last night to consider amending a local ordinance that would extend civil rights protections to residents based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Only Louisville, Lexington and Covington have those laws on the books in Kentucky. We’ll find out what happened.

And we’ll speak with National Book Award finalist Gail Mazur. Her latest collection of poems, Figures In A Landscape, was written as her husband, the artist Michael Mazur, was dying.

Here and Now starts at 1pm.

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