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President Obama Says Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal

President Barack Obama, in an ABC News interview:

I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.

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Eastern Parkway to Close for Tree Removal

A two-block stretch of Eastern Parkway will be closed for several hours over the next few days.

Louisville Metro Parks crews are removing four pin oak trees that are reportedly diseased and damaged. The department will close Eastern Parkway between Baxter and Quadrant avenues from 9 am to 3 pm Tuesday through Thursday.

Traffic will be detoured one block north, to Edenside Avenue.

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State of the News Is Now Byline

For three years, WFPL has brought you the reporter roundtable show State of the News every Friday. Now, we’ll bring you Byline. Byline will continue to feature analysis of the week’s top stories, but we’ll incorporate more voices, more field reports and (thankfully) new theme music.

Stay tuned.

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Foul Play Suspected in Death at Churchill Downs

The Louisville Metro Police Department says a man found dead at Churchill Downs this morning may have been in an altercation with one or more people.

LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says track security called the police shortly before 5 am to report a body in barn number eight. The deceased is a Hispanic man, and LMPD has not yet made a positive ID and cannot say whether the man has any relationship with the track. Smiley says track officials are cooperating with police.

Smiley could not describe the signs of injury on the body and a cause of death will not be known until an autopsy is conducted Monday.

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Louisville Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch; Oaks Post Time Now 6:20

Update: 5:20 pm: Churchill Downs has moved the Oaks post time at 6:20 pm.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watchfor Louisville and the surrounding area until 10 pm. The NWS says to expect wind gusts up to 60 mph and excessive cloud-to-ground lightning between 5 and 6 pm.

The weather caused the LMPD to evacuate the infield briefly around 4:30 pm, however crowds returned after police gave the all clear.

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Yale Students Present Downtown Distillery Designs for Louisville

Design by John Lacy

The students from the Yale School of Architecture who visited Louisville in February have unveiled their designs for a distillery downtown.

The students studied the region on their visit, with a specific focus on Louisville’s downtown and the bourbon industry. Their task was to each design a distillery that could stand near First and Main streets, across from the Whiskey Row buildings.

Bringing the traditionally rural practice of distilling bourbon to an urban environment was only one challenge the students faced. During their visit, professor and architect Deborah Berke told WFPL “I think they’ll be torn from wanting to make something that’s very modern that reflects distilling technology and the 20th century environment they want to be a part of and responding to the historic context.”

The designs also had to follow building codes and laws and balance the infrastructure realities of the city with designs that could bring large trucks, pollution and other side effects of manufacturing downtown.

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Affordable Care Act Will Help Expand Family Health Centers

Family Health Centers in Louisville will expand under provisions in the federal healthcare overhaul law.

The Affordable Care Act includes funding for grants to community health centers. Family Health Centers will receive $5.3 million dollars under the act to treat more patients. The bulk of the funds will be used to move an east Broadway clinic and expand it to three times its current size. A portion of the money will also be used to renovate a clinic that cares for the homeless.

The money can only be used on facility improvements, and Family Health Centers doesn’t currently have the staff to handle larger clinics and higher demand. But executive director Bill Wagner says the ACA could help with that, too.

“We’re hoping that with the combination of the insurance coverage expansions under health reform and other funding, that we can fully staff the expanded facility to see an additional 10,000 patients,” says executive director Bill Wagner. “We hope that many of the patients we currently see who are uninsured will be able to take advantage of the expansion of Medicaid coverage as well as the opportunity to purchase insurance through the exchanges.”

Wagner says demand for treatment has grown significantly over the last few years. He expects the new clinics will help take some of the burden for primary care off of emergency rooms, where many uninsured patients often go for their medical needs.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Louisville and the surrounding areas. It will be in effect until 10 pm.

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President Obama in Afghanistan; Will Address U.S. This Evening

President Barack Obama is in Afghanistan. The visit comes one year after the president announced the death of Osama bin Laden, who masterminded the September 11th terrorist attacks from Afghanistan.

President Obama will address the American people live from Bargram Air Base tonight at 7:30 pm. WFPL will carry the speech live, with special coverage from NPR beginning at 7:00 pm. The speech is expected to last about ten minutes.

From Politico:

Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai are expected to sign a ten page strategic partnership agreement pledging US support for Afghanistan for a decade after 2014, when Nato forces are planning to conclude their combat role. The signing ceremony with the two presidents should paint a tableau of solidarity for an Afghan US relationship that has been stormy and at time fractious during the three years of Obama’s presidency.

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Sneak Preview: Noise & Notes Podcast

For over a year, WFPL’s political editor Phillip M. Bailey has written the Noise & Notes political blog. Now he has something for your ears.

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The Noise & Notes podcast is a weekly conversation between Phillip and another politically-minded person. They could be a reporter, an author or even a politician. For the pilot, Phillip’s guest is me, Gabe Bullard. This week’s topics:

  • The presidential race. What matters most in Kentucky: votes or donations?
  • The city’s budget woes. Could ever be an appetite for a tax increase?
  • The special session in Frankfort. What else is there to say?

Because the news cycle (and surely everyone’s attention) is now being pulled in by the Derby’s tractor beam, our official podcast launch will be May 11th. We’ll keep doing pilots until then, so let us know what you think in the comments section. You can subscribe to those with this link, but we’ll be rolling out a new RSS before the launch. (Yes, it’s frustrating to have to switch, but we’ll have some more surprises by then, too).