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News Special: Congressman John Yarmuth

Congressman John Yarmuth has proposed amending the Constitution to overturn the Citizens United ruling. But he also supports the President’s decision to endorse a SuperPAC in this year’s election. We’ll talk to Congressman Yarmuth about these and other issues, and give you a chance to share your questions and thoughts at 502-814-8255. Join us Wednesday at 1pm for an hour with Congressman John Yarmuth.

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Fischer Addresses Budget, Occupy and Criticisms Over Campaign Contributions

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer discussed the upcoming city budget, Occupy Louisville demonstrators and the controversy over accepting contributions to pay off his campaign debt during a WFPL News special on Wednesday.

Last year, the administration cobbled together savings from a number of one-time stopgaps to close a $22.5 million shortfall in drafting Fischer’s first budget. Early revenue projections show that budget proposal is $6 million short despite higher receipts in the first three months of the fiscal year.

Financial forecasts predict a deficit up to $30 million for the 2012-2013 fiscal year and city officials are looking at every option to close that gap.

Fischer reiterated a warning to external agencies to find alternative funding sources, adding the city will award funding to groups who have shown they can spend taxpayer dollars wisely.

“I don’t think things are going to be better and it looks like they’re not going to be better. So those external agencies that receive funds from the city, if they receive them, will be those that come up with creative ways to stretch their dollars further than what others have in the past,” he says. “So that’s what I mean by coming up with a plan B. Don’t come in a just say, here’s what we’ve been doing the last five years and we’ve got to keep that going.”

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News Special: Mayor Greg Fischer Today at 1pm

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is starting his second year in office with a number of issues to address. The search for a new police chief is on, Occupy Louisville is facing eviction and yet another budget deficit looms.

It’s your chance to share your questions and thoughts with the Mayor on a WFPL News special today at 1pm. Join us 502-814-8255 or 1-877-814-8255.

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Hospital Merger Partners Discuss Transparency, Employee Benefits, Care Changes and Religious Doctrine

The principal players in a pending hospital merger say they’ve been as open as they can be with the public about the potentially multi-billion dollar deal.

The consolidation of University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish/St. Mary’s Healthcare and Catholic Health Initiatives will result in a statewide care network and a $320 million cash infusion to the struggling University Medical Center (which includes U of L Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center) and Jewish/St. Mary’s. It will also lead to changes in certain reproductive care at U of L, the city’s hospital of last resort. The deal has many residents worried about the future of other procedures the Catholic Church frowns upon.

The exact details of which procedures will and will not be allowed and the exact structure of the final merged entity are still being discussed. Documents related to the merger have been kept private, and that’s led to two legal battles. One is a challenge to Attorney General Jack Conway’s ruling that the UMC is a public institution and subject to open records requests. The other is a records request filed by Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell, who has been denied specific documents about the consolidation.

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Kentucky Attorney General Candidate Todd P’Pool

WFPL News continued its candidate interviews today, spending 30 minutes with Todd P’pool, Republican candidate for Attorney General.  P’pool is a native of Madisonville, Kentucky, who was elected to the office of Hopkins County Attorney in 2006 and again in 2010. He has been appointed numerous times as a special prosecutor for cases across the commonwealth, including the prosecution and conviction of elected officials.

WFPL’s Phillip Bailey conducted the interview, with Rick Howlett moderating.  Among the topics discussed were investigations of for-profit colleges, efforts to stem prescription drug abuse, the coal economy, the environment and EPA regulations, healthcare legislation, and the pending hospital merger in Louisville. The full interview can be streamed below.

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Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democratic Candidate for Secretary of State (Kentucky)

On October 10th we spent 30 minutes with Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes for a WFPL News Special.  She was interviewed by Political Editor Phillip M. Bailey, and answered questions from listeners.

Grimes is a Kentucky native who currently resides in Lexington, working in the business litigation group of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC. For the past two years, she has served as President of the Women Lawyers’ Association of the Fayette County Bar.

The full WFPL News Special can be streamed below:

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Program Note:  Republican candidate for Secretary of State Bill Johnson was interviewed on WFPL on Oct. 5th, and his interview can be streamed here.

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Bill Johnson, Republican Candidate for Secretary of State (Kentucky)

Bill Johnson is the Republican candidate for Kentucky Secretary of State. Today WFPL’s political editor Phillip Bailey and moderator Rick Howlett spent 30 minutes interviewing him on air and taking listener calls.

Johnson lives with his wife and two children in Todd County, Kentucky. He is an airframe and power plant aircraft mechanic with over 25 years of aviation experience, and has been a pilot since 1984.

Some of the issues discussed in the interview are election integrity, voter fraud, voting rights for convicted felons and the homeless, and streamlining procedures for starting businesses in the Commonwealth.  The full interview can be streamed below.

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Program Note:  Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will join WFPL for a similar interview on Monday, Oct. 10, 1:30-2pm.

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Congressman Yarmuth on WFPL News Special

Congressman John Yarmuth dropped in today for an hour-long WFPL News SpecialGabe Bullard hosted, and Congressman Yarmuth addressed listener comments and questions on a variety of topics including the debt ceiling negotiations, unemployment, the recent report from the Congressional Budget Office, President Obama’s performance, the JCPS student assignment plan, and more.

The program will air again tonight (Aug. 24) at 9pm on WFPL, or listen in below right now.

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Highlights:

  • On the University of Louisville/CHI hospital merger:  “I completely reject the notion that you can hide behind any private entity and say that there are not public dollars and not a public interest involved in this merger.  There are clearly public dollars at many different levels – federal, state, and local levels involved in supporting University Hospital, the University of Louisville, the University Med School […] we cannot allow anything to happen that discriminates on the basis of religion.”
  • On President Obama and TARP:  “It didn’t fail, it actually did what it was supposed to do.  Without it there’d be, most economists agree, about 3 percentage points more in unemployment rate, but he (Obama) needs to believe in his plan and he needs to get out and sell it forcefully, […] he needs to contrast it with the proposals that are coming from the other side politically – basically cut taxes and get out of the way – and that hasn’t worked.”
  • On the rise of the Tea Party:  “They raise important issues, I don’t want to deny that.  But they raise more philosophical issues.  Like, we’re debating education funding for instance, and we’ll say “we think we ought to be spending this much and doing it this way,” and they say they don’t think the federal government should be involved in education.  As a matter of fact, people like Senator Paul have suggested that we ought to eliminate the Department of Education.  There’s no negotiating room there.”
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News Special: Summer Jobs for Youth [Audio]

WFPL held an hour-long news special today about the tight employment market and tough prospects for young job-seekers, both locally and nationally.  In the post-recession economy, more older workers are taking the low-wage jobs that used to be the staples of teen employment. People are also retiring later, which may mean a decrease in open entry-level positions.  Gabe Bullard hosted, along with guests Lorena Lasky of Kentuckiana Works, and Andrew Sum, professor of economics at Northeastern University in Boston. Listen in below.

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News Special: Mayor Greg Fischer

Mayor Greg Fischer spent an hour in our studio discussing the city budget, discretionary spending by the Metro Council, the future of LMAS and more, and taking listeners’ calls. Listen back to the interview here:

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