Local News
7:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Heating Subsidy Program for Low-Income Louisvillians Starts Nov. 12

Snow in Louisville last year.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

Appointments begin Nov. 12 for low-income Louisvillians seeking help paying utility bills during the winter.

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The Two-Way
6:35 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Scientists Estimate 20 Billion Earth-Like Planets In Our Galaxy

An artist's rendition of Kepler-69c, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star like our sun, located about 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.
AP

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 1:34 pm

A new study suggests there could be far more Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars than once thought, some of which might even harbor life.

A team of astronomers from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, used the Kepler space telescope to survey 42,000 Sun-like stars looking for a telltale dimming caused by an orbiting planet as it crosses between us and the parent star.

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It's All Politics
6:33 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Employment Non-Discrimination Act Passes First Senate Hurdle

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., at a 2011 news conference on Capitol Hill. On Monday, Heller announced his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 6:59 pm

Update at 6:47 p.m. Senate Passes Bill:

With a vote of 61-30, the Senate voted to move forward on legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The vote Monday opens the floor to debate on the bill and the Senate is expected to schedule a full vote by week's end.

Our original post continues:

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Education
11:45 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

What 'Career Ready' Means for Students and the Role of Private Business

Credit Courtesy of JCPS' 5 Star School book.

Kentucky leads the nation in implementing college and career ready standards.

  

This has been touted by state educators for the past few years since Senate Bill 1 in 2009 forced the education system to adapt and meet the demand of Kentucky's changing economic realities.

The shift has also meant a change in programs and partnerships between the public education system and the private sector.

Louisville Public Media 89.3 WFPL News hosted a public forum to discuss, "The Shift to Career Ready: What this Means for Students and the Role of Private Business." 

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Environment
5:00 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Kentucky Regulators Want Flexibility in Carbon Rules for Existing Power Plants

Erica Peterson WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions—like carbon dioxide –from existing power plants next June. But Kentucky regulators are preemptively trying to influence the agency’s decision-making.

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Arts and Humanities
4:44 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

21C Hosts Lydia Lunch Performance on Violence, Loss

Lydia Lunch performing "Dust and Shadows."
Credit Courtesy of Lydia Lunch

No-Wave pioneer and performance artist Lydia Lunch has collaborated with filmmaker Elise Passavant to create a texturally-rich live performance of what they call a “psycho-ambient soundscape.” The artists will perform “Dust and Shadows” Wednesday at 21C Museum Hotel (7 p.m., free).

“Dust and Shadows” layers Lunch’s lyric poetry and narration over music and Passavant’s images of ghost towns destroyed in the Spanish Civil War – a conflict that has largely faded into an historical and literary footnote for most Americans.

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Politics
4:13 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Kentucky Tea Partiers to Mitch McConnell: 'Bring it On'

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell at a Tea Party rally in Kentucky
Credit Kenny Colston / Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky Tea Party activist are preparing to wage a primary war against Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, who they argue is trying to bully the party's conservative base.

The pledge comes after The New York Times reported national Republicans are attempting to undercut an activist group that has endorsed McConnell's primary opponent, Matt Bevin, in a fight one McConnell aide compared to a bar fight.

Senate Conservatives Fund has poured over $300,000 in attack ads targeting McConnell thus far.

In response, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is discouraging GOP campaigns and organizations from working with ad firms that cooperate with SCF.

"This article over the weekend simply steeled our resolve," says United Kentucky Tea Party spokesman Scott Hofstra, who represents a roundtable of over a dozen groups in the state. "We are so convinced that we need to replace Mitch McConnell, and we are prepared for the fight."

Questions remain if the Tea Party has the muscle to take on the GOP leader, who has amassed as many political favors in the Bluegrass as campaign dollars.

Sen. Rand Paul remains a steadfast supporter of McConnell's and Bevin's anemic fundraising totals last month did not bode well for the insurgent candidacy.

Hofstra admits they won't be able to compete with McConnell's financial haul, but confirmed with WFPL that state tea partiers are now coordinating and training activists with The Madison Project—which has also endorsed Bevin—to create a grassroots network.

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Local News
3:38 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

College Football: U of L Preps for UConn; UK's Montgomery Suffers Season-Ending Injury

The University of Louisville football team returns to action Friday after a week off.

The Cards (7-1), ranked 16th in the latest coaches’ poll, travel to Connecticut to take on the 0-7 Huskies.

U of L coach Charlie Strong says he likes the way his players have bounced back from their only loss of the season, a 38-35 upset last month at the hands of Central Florida.

The defeat ended any possibility of U of L vying for a national championship, but Strong says the Cards can still position themselves for a top-tier bowl bid.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

What's Next for Energy in Kentucky and Beyond? A Conversation with Consultant James Clad.

James Clad

James Clad has a lot of opinions on the global energy industry. These days, he’s an international political risk consultant for the energy industry. He’s also a senior advisor for the Center for Naval Analyses and at Jane’s Defence and Cambridge Energy Research Associates. From 2002-2010, he was the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asia.

Clad was in Louisville last month to address the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations.

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Education
2:57 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

U of L Picks 'Strothman and Company' To Lead Financial Mangement Audit

Credit File photo

The University of Louisville Board of Trustee's audit committee has unanimously approved the firm that will review the school’s financial management.

U of L requested the external audit (not to be confused with its annual audit) following allegations that an employee wrote himself checks in access of $2 million. 

Louisville’s Strothman and Company was chosen among five candidates who presented to the audit committee Monday.

“They have just answered all of the things that we asked them to do in our request for proposals," says committee chair Brucie Moore.

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