Local News
3:32 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Kentucky Kingdom to Host Job Fair

Kentucky Kingdom's mascot at its re-opening announcement last year.
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A job fair for Kentucky Kingdom is aimed at attracting more than 1,000 employees to the park for its May reopen.

Set up as a "meet and greet," the job fair will present potential candidates with the opportunity to interact with managers and directors from every department within the park.

The job fair will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Phillips Lane.

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Local News
2:09 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

65 Percent of Kentuckians Support a Statewide Smoke-Free Law, Survey Says

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Support for a statewide smoking ban is at its highest level in Kentucky since annual polling on the issue began in 2010, according to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

In fact, 38 percent of Kentucky smokers support a statewide smoke-free law said the Kentucky Health Issues Poll results released Thursday.

Among all Kentuckians surveyed, 65 favor a statewide smoking ban—up from 48 percent in 2010.

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Commentary
1:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

A Majestic New Year's Concert in Vienna, and Public Broadcasting's Yearly Reminder

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As I am inclined to do from time to time, I would like to salute public broadcasting for one of the very special ways it brings seasonal joy and cultural benefits to all of us. Specifically, I am thinking of the annual broadcasts of the New Year’s Day concert from Vienna, Austria. Every Jan. 1, at 11 a.m. in the Eastern time zone, National Public Radio airs the concert live. Then, that same evening, the Public Broadcasting System transmits the same concert, delayed via videotape, on televisions across America.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Kentucky Senate President: Local Option Sales Tax Presents a Dilemma for Republicans

Robert Stivers
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An effort in Kentucky to fund projects with a new local option sales tax is posing a dilemma for Republican lawmakers.

Democratic Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer pushing for the state to allow for the local option sales tax, which would allow communities to have public votes on temporary sales tax increases to pay for new projects.

But Republican State Senate President Robert Stivers says it's difficult to balance higher taxes against civic improvement.

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Local News
11:19 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Another Louisville Record Store is Moving to Frankfort Avenue

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Until last fall, Frankfort Avenue had no record stores.

Soon, it'll have three.

Matt Anthony's Record Shop is moving to the Crescent Hill neighborhood. It'll be joined in the same storefront by Paul Wheeldon's Second Hand Books. Both small shops are currently in the Tim Faulkner Gallery in Butchertown.

The shop(s) will be at 2354 Frankfort Ave., which is near the restaurants El Mundo and Sari Sari. 

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Local News
10:35 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Monday Schedule Changes at WFPL

  The sound of Monday nights on WFPL is about to change.

The producers of Moyers and Company have decided to make the show 30 minutes long. So you'll still hear all the Bill Moyers we can bring you every Monday night at 9. But now, at 9:30 p.m., you'll hear Backstory with the American History Guys.

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Planet Money
10:01 am
Thu January 2, 2014

A Bet, Five Metals And The Future Of The Planet

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Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 11:24 am

This famous bet — between a biologist and an economist — was over population growth. It started three decades ago, but it helped set the tone for environmental debates that are still happening today.

The biologist at the heart of this bet was Paul Ehrlich at Stanford. He wrote a best-selling book in 1968 called The Population Bomb. It was so popular he appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

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The Two-Way
10:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Jobless Claims Were Nearly Unchanged Last Week

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 8:57 am

There were 339,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment insurance last week, down slightly from 341,000 the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

According to The Associated Press, the slight decline is "evidence that layoffs are low and hiring will likely remain steady."

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Local News
8:30 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Six Percent of Kentucky Kids Live With Extended Family—and They Need More Support, Report Says

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For Jeanne Miller-Jacobs, the decision to take into her home three children after her son and daughter-in-law got into legal trouble was akin to a house fire with her family inside.

"You can’t stand there and think, ‘Well, if my house burns down, what am I going to feed my kids tomorrow,'" said Miller-Jacobs, who lives in Erlanger.  "Or if it’s cold outside, ‘What, am I going to put a jacket on them?’ You just don’t think about that.

"You think about, 'I have to go get them and everything else will work out and fall into place.'”

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Shots - Health News
6:55 am
Thu January 2, 2014

When Teen Drivers Multitask, They're Even Worse Than Adults

You can do it. But your 16-year-old can't. Teens were more likely to have accidents while eating or talking in the car.
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Originally published on Wed January 1, 2014 5:08 pm

Everyone knows that the first rule of driving is never take your eyes off the road.

Teen drivers start off being careful, but they tend to start multitasking after just a few months behind the wheel, according to research published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

And while older drivers can handle eating or talking to passengers, which trip up the newbies, dialing a cell phone increased the risk of accidents among young and experienced drivers alike.

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