Politics
4:28 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Congress Lets Dozens Of Tax Breaks Expire

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 4:16 pm

If you use up all your rum on New Year's Eve and buy a replacement bottle in 2014, your purchase is going to be a little less rewarding for Puerto Rico.

A rum tax rebate program that sent nearly $200 million to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in 2013 will expire at midnight on Dec. 31. It's just one among 55 tax breaks set to expire at the end of the year.

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Local News
3:09 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Louisville Councilman to Request State Audit of KFC Yum Center's Overseer

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A Louisville Metro Councilman plans to ask the state auditor to conduct a review of the Louisville Arena Authority, which oversees the KFC Yum Center.

Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, says the authority—which is a state body—has been mismanaged, and the University of Louisville’s control over the authority’s board has caused it to underperform.

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Politics
1:11 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Gay Rights Activist Who Sued Boy Scouts Running for Louisville Metro Council

Louisville Metro Council candidate Greg Boruke
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A prominent gay rights activist is running for the Louisville Metro Council seat being vacated by Democrat Tina Ward-Pugh.

Greg Bourke is a Humana applications consultant who gained national attention when he petitioned against the Boy Scouts of America after he was kicked out of a local troop for being gay.

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Lost Images Come To Life A Century After Antarctic Expedition

Alexander Stevens, Shackleton's chief scientist, looks south from the deck of the Aurora. Hut Point Peninsula on Ross Island, Antarctica, can be seen in the background.
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Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 8:25 pm

Conservators working to preserve artifacts from the early days of Antarctic exploration have uncovered century-old black-and-white negatives taken during Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1917 expedition but never printed.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Affordable Healthcare Provider Kentucky Access Closes to Make Way for Affordable Care Act

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The Kentucky Access program is closing to make way for the Affordable Care Act.

The 14-year-old program was created to provide affordable health coverage to high-risk Kentuckians. It's ending because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to provide coverage to those people regardless of pre-existing conditions.

Louisville state Rep. Steve Riggs sponsored legislation that created the program in 2000. He says Kentucky Access isn't needed now that the ACA is implemented.

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The Two-Way
6:32 am
Tue December 31, 2013

On Evolution, A Widening Political Gap, Pew Says

A drawing of the scientific theory of evolution, which states that living things evolve over time.
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Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 7:45 pm

The divide between Republicans and Democrats on their views of the scientific theory of evolution is widening, according to a new poll released by Pew's Religion & Public Life Project.

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The Two-Way
6:32 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Train Derailment In North Dakota Causes Explosion, Fire

A plume of smoke rises from scene of a derailed train near Casselton, N.D., on Monday.
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Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 8:53 pm

A dozen oil tanker rail cars burst into flames after two trains collided in eastern North Dakota on Monday.

No one was hurt during the derailment or fire, but thick black smoke was rolling off the wreckage after five explosions rocked the town of Casselton, about 10 miles west of Fargo.

The collision occurred after a westbound train carrying soybeans derailed, and an eastbound train hauling crude oil ran into it, Cecily Fong, the public information officer with the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, tells Reuters.

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Local News
5:22 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Louisville Metro Police Plan Extra Patrols for New Year's Eve

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Louisville Metro Police plan to saturate streets on New Year's Eve to watch for drunk revelers on the roads.

LMPD will add patrols and Traffic Unit officers on the streets Tuesday and through the holiday, said Sgt. Ruby Ellison of the Traffic Unit.

They'll concentrate on Bardstown Road, Shelbyville Road and Dixie Highway, but police will also be on other highways, side streets and interstates. LMPD will not have safety checkpoints.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Texas Governor Rick Perry to Raise Money for Kentucky Republicans in Murray

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  Western Kentucky Republicans have landed Texas Gov. Rick Perry to headline a fundraiser focusing on efforts to flip control of the Kentucky House.

Calloway County GOP Chairman Greg DeLancey said Monday that Perry will speak at the March 15 event at Murray State University.

Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history and is seen as a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016.

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Arts and Humanities
3:53 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

A Look Back at Louisville Arts in 2013

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Five hundred, twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes … now that the earworm's in place, let’s take a minute to reflect back on the year in Louisville’s arts – leadership changes, success stories, notable openings, and moments of triumph for our local companies, big and small. 

ONE SIDE MAKES YOU GROW

The now-formidable Forecastle Festival almost doubles their attendance this year, with 65,000 over three days at Waterfront Park. What started as a little community festival more than ten years ago is now a major player on the national summer music festival circuit thanks to the strategic partnership founder (and captain) J.K. McKnight forged with notable production company AC (“Bonnaroo”) Entertainment.

Meanwhile, in the small-but-mighty category, the Slant Culture Theatre Festival (the quasi-fringe festival centered around Louisville’s independent theatre companies) grew exponentially this year, too, with intriguing programming like Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company’s two-handed salute to Paris’ Theatre du Grand-Guignol and Baby Horse Theatre Company’s riveting production of John Ford’s 17th century tragedy “’Tis Pity She’s a Whore” re-imagined with a death metal soundtrack.

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