Payroll Tax Battle Isn’t Over, Developmentally Disabled at New York State Group Homes, China’s Transition Of Power, Changes to Louisville’s Landmark Ordinance: Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis on February 14, 2012

1:06pm: President Barack Obama is urging supporters to pressure Congress to extend the payroll tax cut before it expires at the end of the month. House Republican leaders said yesterday they were willing to extend the payroll tax cut, and have dropped their bid to offset the cost of the cuts by eliminating spending. We’ll get some perspectives on the story.

1:12pm: Some of the most gripping reporting of the past year has been a special investigative series done by the New York Times on the more than 2,000 group homes for the developmentally disabled across the state. We’ll find out what those journalists discovered, and what the results have been.

1:35pm: Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is visiting the United States this week, providing the first glimpse of the next generation of Chinese leaders. A once-in-a-decade transition of power begins this fall, and it’s rife with uncertainty as an unfolding political scandal grips the country. NPR’s Louisa Lim looks at the hopes and fears surrounding the transition of power.

1:40pm: Louisville Metro Councilman David Yates has proposed significant changes to the city’s landmark ordinance, but preservationists say the new guidelines threaten historic buildings and favor developers. WFPL’s Phillip Bailey spoke with attorney Steve Porter,who led the legal challenges to save the historic Whiskey Row buildings along Main Street, and Councilman Yates.

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