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Image 1 of The Winchester Sun March 26, 2012

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NCAA TOURNAMENT: Wildcats reach Final Four || UK women reach region semis — A7 The Winchester Sun MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012 WASHINGTON Supreme Court enters health care fray Justices begin three days of hearings to determine if reforms pass muster WASHINGTON (AP) — The monumental fight over a health care law that touches all Americans and divides them sharply comes before the Supreme Court today. The justices will decide whether to kill or keep the largest expansion in the nation’s social safety net in more than four decades. Two years and three days after President Barack Obama signed into law a health care overhaul aimed at extending medical insurance to more than 30 million Americans, the high court begins three days of hearings over the law’s validity. The challenge from 26 states and a small business group puts the court smack in the middle of a heavily partisan fight over the president’s major domestic accomplishment and a presidential election campaign in which all his Republican challengers oppose the law. If upheld, the law will force dramatic changes in the way insurance companies do business, including forbidding them from denying coverage due to pre-existing medical conditions and limiting how much they can charge older people. The law envisions that insurers will be able to accommodate older and sicker people without facing financial ruin because of its most See HEALTH, A3 AP photo Members of the public line up as the Supreme Court begins three days of arguments today on the health care reform law signed by President Obama in Washington. EDUCATION GRCHS students make big gains on state test By Bob Flynn The Winchester Sun Spring’s ups and downs N early every plant and tree is blooming much earlier this spring, including red tulips at the entrance to the Winchester Cemetery, top photo. Tulips normally bloom mid April in Winchester, but due to the unusually warm winter and summer-like temperatures of early March, they are blooming early. Cashton Uptegraft, 2, and his mother, Hannah Scott, share a slide together at College Park last week, right photo. The latest state assessment scores were a mixed bag for Clark County students. George Rogers Clark High School students showed significant gains on the fall PLAN test, while scores for Conkwright and Clark Middle schools on the EXPLORE test sweren’t quite as good. The PLAN test is administered to all 10th grade students across the state each fall in English, math, reading and science. The information from the test is used by school districts to pinpoint areas of weakness for individual students as well as schoolwide curriculum. The PLAN test is scored on a scale of 1 to 25. GRC students scored above the state and national average and registered some of the school’s highest marks ever in several categories on the test. The six-year trend for the test showed that after five years with See TEST, A3 IN YOUR WORLD OBITUARIES Nola Stephens Cruse, 95, Winchester Mary Anna Davis, 85, Winchester Edith Kay Townsend, 76, Rockcastle County Morgan L. Morton, 75, Clark County Robert Byrne, 87, Winchester — A2 WWW.WINCHESTERSUN.COM James Mann jmann@winchestersun.com VOL. 134, NO. 70 Become our fan! www.face book.com 75¢ PER COPY

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