Local News
6:53 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Kentucky Lawmaker Proposes Changing Highway Name for Slain Bardstown Officer Jason Ellis

Jason Ellis
Credit Bardstown Police Department

A Kentucky lawmaker wants to rename a stretch of highway in Nelson County to honor Jason Ellis, the Bardstown Police officer ambushed and murdered on duty in May.

A 13 mile stretch of the Bluegrass Parkway from 31-E to Highway 55, would be renamed the "Jason Ellis Memorial Highway," said State Rep. David Floyd, a Bardstown Republican. Floyd said it won't make up for the community's loss, but it's a fitting tribute.

He introduced the legislation after a number of requests from his constituents.

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Local News
4:59 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

U of L's Teddy Bridgewater Will Enter NFL Draft

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  Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has announced that he will forgo his senior season with the No. 18 Cardinals and enter the NFL draft.

Projected as a first-round selection and possibly the first QB taken this spring, Bridgewater passed for 3,970 yards and a school-record 31 touchdowns this season, including a career-best 447 yards with three TDs in Saturday's 36-9 rout of Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Louisville Seeks Public Input in Long-Range Transportation Plan

Louisville Metro Government is gathering resident input on for a new transportation plan.

The plan is called “Move Louisville” and will look at all the ways people get around Louisville, or would like to get around Louisville—including public transportation, cars, biking, walking.

It’s meant to be a comprehensive long-range plan that will set out the city’s transportation investments, policies and projects for the next thirty years.

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Arts and Humanities
1:00 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Frazier Extends Napoleon Exhibit, Adds Saturday Hours

Watch from "The Eye of Napoleon" exhibit.
Credit Frazier History Museum

The Frazier History Museum has extended the run on an exhibit of items from the private art collection of Napoleon Bonaparte.  “The Eye of Napoleon,” which opened in October, was originally scheduled to run at the Frazier through February 9, then move to Montreal, where it would open in the Notre Dame Basilica in May.

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Local News
10:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Kentucky Health Insurance Exchange Has 116,000 Enrollees

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More than 116,000 Kentuckians have enrolled in new health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

The Governor’s Office reports that enrollments through the state’s health exchange, KYnect (Connect), are up 93 percent since Thanksgiving. The exchange has averaged about thirteen-hundred new enrollees per day since it launched on Oct. 1.

About 1 in 4 enrollees have signed up for new private plans, with the rest joining Medicaid as a result of that program’s expansion.

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Politics
9:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers: No Trading Votes for Expanded Gambling

Robert Stivers
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Kentucky's highest-ranking Republican lawmaker says he will oppose any expanded gambling measure that uses political patronage to garner support.

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says he isn't opposed to expanded gaming if it has unified support, but he doesn’t want the issue to be advanced by a trade of votes for pet projects.

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Environment
7:49 am
Wed January 1, 2014

2013 Wasn't a Good Year for Honey Production

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Early estimates suggest last year’s honey production was down more than 30 percent. 

The dismal numbers are partially due to problems that have been plaguing honeybees for several years. The insects are dying at alarming rates, and scientists say some combination of pesticide use, viruses and parasites could be to blame.

This is a problem nationwide, but in Kentucky and Indiana weather contributed to both the honeybee die-off and dismal honey production.

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Around the Nation
7:49 am
Wed January 1, 2014

The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course

Students at the Oakland Military Institute took several courses offered by San Jose State and the online course provider Udacity this year. The university is now scaling back its relationship with Udacity.
Laura A. Oda MCT/Landov

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 7:23 pm

One year ago, many were pointing to the growth of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, as the most important trend in higher education. Many saw the rapid expansion of MOOCs as a higher education revolution that would help address two long-vexing problems: access for underserved students and cost.

In theory, students saddled by rising debt and unable to tap into the best schools would be able to take free classes from rock star professors at elite schools via Udacity, edX, Coursera and other MOOC platforms.

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The Two-Way
7:47 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Out Like A Bull: 2013 Was A Banner Year For Wall Street

Philips Lighting North America CEO and President Bruno Biasiotta rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in New York, on Tuesday.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 1:17 pm

U.S. stocks in 2013 posted their best showing since 1997, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing up 26.5 percent, the Standard & Poor's 500 Index up 29.6 percent and the Nasdaq up 38 percent.

NPR's Jim Zarroli says Wall Street's stellar performance was set against the backdrop of a U.S. economy that continued to limp along.

Brad McMillan, the chief financial officer at Commonwealth Financial Network, tells NPR "The stock market surprised everybody."

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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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