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Age Restrictions Could Be Lifted on Plan B, Walmart Strives for Sustainability in China, Chief White Reflects on His Time With LMPD: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: Should the morning-after pill be available on drug store shelves, next to condoms and other over the counter birth control? Right now “Plan B” emergency contraception is not. To get it, women have to prove they’re at least 17 years old or have a doctor’s prescription. But today the Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide whether to lift that age restriction. We’ll find out more from Washington Post Science Reporter Rob Stein.

1:12pm: “A year from now, each and every one of you will be more socially and environmentally responsible.” That’s what Walmart’s CEO told a room full of Chinese vendors in 2008. Now the company who’s often vilified in the USA seems to be pushing China toward sustainability. China expert Orville Schell writes in the Atlantic that Walmart and China are conducting a “bold experiment in consumer behavior and environmental stewardship that will be critical to the fate of the planet’s environment.”

1:35pm: Last night, the city held a farewell reception for outgoing police chief Robert White. Chief White says he’s “packing a lot of boxes” this week for his impending move to Colorado, where he’ll be Denver’s chief of police. He took a break to spend some time talking with WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey about his community outreach, racially charged police shootings, and the mistakes he regrets making with rank-and-file officers.

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Fischer Determines Process for Hiring New Chief, Would Prefer Candidate Be Familiar With LMPD

The search for a new chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department will require two expert panels, 26 community meetings, outside help from a local institute and a written position paper.

Mayor Greg Fischer outlined the search process today, adding that he would prefer the city’s next police chief be promoted from within the department or be otherwise familiar with the LMPD.

“Several [current officers] have been trained to be ready for a position like this. Ideally, one of them will rise to the top,” he says. “Now, that being said, we’re going through a process that will determine that. So by far and away, there’s no pre-determined outlook here on who this is going to be and these processes usually result in some surprises.”

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Ear X-Tacy, Whiskey Row, Chief White’s Departure, Saturn Exploration, College Sports Realignment: Today on State of the News

Segment A: We’ll catch up on metro news with WFPL staff, including the latest on the Louisville Orchestra and Whiskey Row, as well as the departure of Police Chief Robert White. Join us at 502-814-8255 with your thoughts on the week’s news.

Segment B: We’ll listen to Phillip M. Bailey‘s conversation with Better Days owner Ben Johnson, and talk about the closing of Ear X-Tacy. WFPL’s Erica Peterson brings us a feature this week about rising power costs, and Devin Katayama spoke with Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker about the exploration of Saturn. We’ll listen to the interview and talk about it.

Segment C: The Courier-Journal’s Eric Crawford joins us to talk sports — namely, college conference realignment and the upcoming basketball season.

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Louisville Police Chief’s Son Faces Felony and Misdemeanor Charges

The son of Louisville Police Chief Robert White is facing two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge stemming from an altercation with his wife.

Thirty-year-old Robert C. White was driving with his wife on Monday evening. According to police reports, he struck her in the head and face, then held her against her will. She eventually jumped from the moving vehicle and was taken to Jewish Hospital to receive treatment for what police call significant injuries. White went to another location, where he was arrested. White faces charges of second degree assault, first degree unlawful imprisonment and third degree terroristic threatening.

“[Chief White] does stand behind our officers’ actions and believes appropriate charges were placed due to the circumstances the officers were confronted with at the scene last night,” says Sgt. Robert Biven.

The chief is out of town, and Sgt. Biven says he’s not sure whether he heard about the arrest from his son or from the police.

“Around 6:00, domestic violence detectives were in route to both locations. I’m sure that information evolved very quickly,” he says.

Robert C. White is being held on a $50,000 bond. The prosecutor’s office says it’s still too early to determine any potential conflicts of interest with the case.