Local News
9:48 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Injured Indiana Hunter Chooses to End Life Support

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INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana man who was left paralyzed from the shoulders down after a hunting accident told his family he wanted to be taken off life support rather than be dependent on others for the rest of his life.

Thirty-two-year-old Tim Bowers of Decatur died Sunday about five hours after doctors removed his breathing tube.

Bowers suffered three crushed vertebrae Saturday when he fell about 16 feet from an elevated tree stand while hunting deer. His sister Jenny Shultz of Las Vegas says her brother's brain wasn't injured in the fall.

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Arts and Humanities
9:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

The Death of Santini: Pat Conroy at Kentucky Author Forum

Pat Conroy's  new book delves into his past, furthering the account of family struggle, expanding on the story of his father, the inspiration for his novel, The Great Santini.  In the forward, he states, “I’ve been writing the story of my own life for over forty years. My own stormy autobiography has been my theme, my dilemma, my obsession, and the fly-by-night dread I bring to the art of fiction.”  With both his parents now deceased, Conroy is able to view them with a bit more detachment, appreciating some redeeming qualities in his father, Marine Corps Colonel Don Conroy, and mother, Peg Conroy Egan.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

This Is Not a Painting: Ephemeral Art Symposium Explores Fleeting Nature of Art and Time

Courtney Kessel's "In Balance With."
Credit Courtesy of Courtney Kessel

If cared for properly, paintings and sculptures remain relatively static over time. Think of the recently-discovered treasure trove of modern art masterpieces uncovered in a German apartment, long thought lost to Nazi looting. After seventy years in a cabinet, a Chagall is basically the same Chagall.

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Law
6:58 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Supreme Court Case Puts Public Prayer Back In The Spotlight

The Supreme Court invokes "God" before every public session. Now the justices will weigh whether it is different, as a legal matter, for government meetings to include more explicitly sectarian prayers.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 10:00 am

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case questioning the use of prayer at government meetings. But first, the marshal will ask "God" to "save the United States and this honorable court."

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It's All Politics
6:56 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Democrat Terry McAuliffe Wins Virginia Governor's Race

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe leaves Spring Hill Elementary School after voting, accompanied by his daughter Mary and wife Dorothy.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 2:27 am

Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the hotly contested Virginia governor's race, defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who was supported by the Tea Party.

The race turned out to be far closer than polls heading into Election Day indicated. That suggested that voter turnout may have failed to reach the levels Democrats had hoped to achieve and that the Affordable Care Act may have hurt the Democratic effort.

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It's All Politics
6:56 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Bill De Blasio Wins New York City Mayoral Election

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio with his daughter Chiara and son Dante as he talks to the media in Brooklyn after voting, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 11:17 pm

Democrat Bill de Blasio won the New York City mayor's race, defeating Republican Joseph Lhota. He became the first Democrat to win the office since 1989.

The Associated Press declared de Blasio the winner about 45 minutes after the city's polls closed at 9 pm ET. De Blasio had what appeared to be an insurmountable lead in polls heading into Election Day.

The election of de Blasio, an unabashed liberal, marked a definitive end of the Mayor Michael Bloomberg era.

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It's All Politics
6:56 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Gov. Chris Christie Wins Re-Election In N.J.

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with wife, Mary Pat Christie, after they voted.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 11:16 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won re-election to a second term.

The Associated Press projected Christie, a Republican, the winner over Democrat Barbara Buono shortly after the polls closed in New Jersey at 8 pm ET.

While a big win by Christie was expected for months with polls showing him with a commanding lead, the victory nevertheless provides a springboard for a potential 2016 presidential run.

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Politics
8:09 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Washington Times Ends Senator Rand Paul's Op-Ed Column Amid Plagiarism Reports

After slamming reports of plagiarism as the work of "hacks" and "haters," U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., admitted on Tuesday that his office has been "sloppy" in his speeches and writings.

But the acknowledgment came too late for a Washington newspaper that has published hundreds of Paul's op-ed columns—and won't anymore.

The story began last Monday when MSNBC's Rachel Maddow found parts of Paul's speech at Liberty University referring to the science fiction film Gattaca were lifted from the movie's Wikipedia page.

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Local News
4:49 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Judge Hears Arguments in Suit Pitting Indiana Schools Chief Against State School Board

Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz

An Indiana judge could decide by Friday whether state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz's lawsuit against the other members of the State Board of Education may proceed.

Deputy Attorney General David Arthur argued Tuesday that Ritz could not file suit in her role as a state official without approval from the attorney general. But Ritz lawyer Michael Moore contends the suit should proceed because the state school superintendent has standing as a separate constitutional office.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Anti-Bluegrass Pipeline Activists Hand-Deliver Petition to Gov. Steve Beshear's Office

The governor's secretary, Debi Gall, receives the petition from Sister Claire McGowan.
Credit Jonathan Meador/Kentucky Public Radio

FRANKFORT—Opponents of a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline through Kentucky delivered a petition to Gov. Steve Beshear's office Tuesday morning, citing concerns over the project's impact on the state's environment and asking the governor to block it.

Roughly 40 activists led by religious groups from across the state delivered the petition to Debi Gall, a secretary in Beshear's office in the Capitol building. They spoke about the harm that the project, sought by Oklahoma-based pipeline company Williams, would cause on the Earth, which they referred to a gift from God.

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