Local News
2:00 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Louisville Red Cross Holiday Blood Drive Starts Thursday

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Blood supplies can fall to critically low levels during the holiday season. Lindsay English with the American Red Cross in Louisville says the organization is asking eligible donors to take time to give a pint of blood.

The Red Cross’s 36th Annual Holiday Hero Donorama will be held Thursday and Friday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 830 Phillips Lane.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Indiana Looks At Early Child Education, But Faces Challenges

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Despite a push from prominent Indiana lawmakers who to want expand access to childcare and preschool programs, it may be difficult for the General Assembly to pass any such measures in a non-budget writing year, according to Bill Stanczykiewicz, CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.

Stanczykiewicz says early childhood education will still be one of the hottest topics in the statehouse in 2014 with nearly a quarter of Indiana children living in poverty.

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Politics
9:09 am
Wed December 25, 2013

How House Speaker Boehner Survived A Roller-Coaster Year

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, after talking to reporters on Capitol Hill this month. House Republicans openly revolted against the speaker several times in 2013.
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Originally published on Wed December 25, 2013 7:04 pm

House Speaker John Boehner ends 2013 after quite a roller-coaster ride. The Ohio Republican's year was defined by a rocky relationship with the Tea Party wing of the GOP.

The year started for Boehner with an attempt to strip him of his speakership — and ended with some of the same people who had tried to oust him singing his praises.

In January, a vote that should have been routine turned suspenseful as a number of Tea Party-allied Republicans voted against Boehner or didn't vote at all.

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The Two-Way
9:08 am
Wed December 25, 2013

First-Class Postage Rate Will Rise To 49 Cents Next Month

A customer places first-class stamps on envelopes at a U.S. Post Office in San Jose, Calif. It'll cost another 3 cents to send a first-class letter starting on Jan. 26.
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Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 7:56 pm

You'll soon need some 3-cent stamps to go with those 46-cent ones.

Regulators on Tuesday authorized the increase, and beginning Jan. 26, it'll cost 49 cents to send a first-class letter. Bulk rate mail, periodicals and package service rates will go up 6 percent, The Associated Press says.

Regulators rejected a request to make the price hike permanent and say instead that it will last no longer than two years, by which time the U.S. Postal Service should have recouped $2.8 billion in losses.

The AP says:

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Louisville Music Web Series for Kids Releases First Season of Shows

Jacob Duncan hosts and Will Oldham answers audience questions during a Liberation Living Room concert.
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Hipster children's music albums abound—everyone from They Might Be Giants to Bloodshot Records has cashed in on the laudable trend of non-saccharine music for kids. Members of Louisville jazz group Liberation Prophecy have taken the idea a step further with their 2013 project Liberation Living Room, a series of live concerts for kids by acclaimed musicians filmed for a web series—with nary a "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" in sight. 

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Local News
4:00 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Kentucky National Guard, UK Hospital ER Team Up to Help Medics

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Kentucky National Guard medics will gain experience by spending time in the University of Kentucky Hospital emergency room.

It’s part of a larger collaboration between UK and the National Guard.

Emergency Medicine Department Chair Roger Humphries says some 150 medics will follow doctors who treat serious injuries.

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Games & Humor
3:16 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

David Sedaris Reads From His 'Santaland Diaries'

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Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 8:00 am

You might not expect "Santa's Helper" to be a career-altering gig, but for David Sedaris, it changed everything. The writer and humorist spent a season working at Macy's as a department store elf. He described his short tenure as Crumpet the Elf in "The Santaland Diaries," an essay that he read on Morning Edition in 1992.

Instantly, a classic was born. Sedaris' reading has become an NPR holiday tradition. Click the "Listen" link above to hear Sedaris read his tale.

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Local News
3:06 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Kentucky Won't Appeal Ruling Halting Executions

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Kentucky will not appeal a judge's ruling keeping a ban on executions in place with state officials opting instead to fight out a lawsuit brought by inmates challenging the way lethal injections are carried out.

Justice Cabinet spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin also told The Associated Press that there won't be an attempt to rewrite the regulations for executions to deal with concerns raised by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd.

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Local News
2:42 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

For a Limited Time, Louisville Will Waive Late Fees for Lapsed Animal Licenses

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Louisville Metro Animal Services is giving pet owners whose licenses for their animals lapsed or were never purchased a break on late fees starting with the new year. Late fees for dog, cat and ferret licenses will be waived from from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28.

The pet licensing is required by law, LMAS Senior Manager Margaret Brosko says.

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Movie Reviews
1:14 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

In A 'Miraculous Year' For Movies, Edelstein Picks His Favorites

In the sci-fi romance Her, a lonely man (Joaquin Phoenix) finds love in a rather unexpected place — with a computer operating system named Samantha.
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Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 4:44 pm

"It was a miraculous year," film critic David Edelstein tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. At a time when Hollywood is churning out Blockbusters and superhero movies that are guaranteed to make money at home and overseas, "it's really great when so many interesting movies, somehow or other, manage to bleed through," he says. " ... You really feel as if directors are taking chances in their storytelling. They are creating a new syntax for every story."

Here are his favorite movies this year:

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