The Two-Way
2:42 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

GDP, Jobless Claims Data Add To Signs Of Slow, Steady Growth

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 9:53 am

The two latest economic indicators both point to modest, steady-as-she-goes growth:

-- Gross domestic product grew at a moderate 2.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says. That's exactly what the agency reported the last time it estimated growth for the April-June quarter.

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It's All Politics
1:08 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

'Green Eggs And Ham': A Quick Political History

President Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, reads Green Eggs and Ham at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll in April 2010.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:26 pm

During the fifth hour of his televised marathon speech protesting Obamacare, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz caught the attention of Dr. Seuss fans everywhere by pulling out a copy of Green Eggs and Ham on the Senate floor to read as a bedtime story to his children.

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Commentary
11:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Remembrance of Bygone French Dining in Downtown Louisville

Credit Photo provided by Keith Runyon

The other day I got an email from Jim Bruggers, my former colleague at The Courier-Journal asking me about an artifact he had discovered on a visit to the newspaper’s Food Department. The Courier-Journal has always prided itself on spectacular recipes, beautifully illustrated in color, and has boasted some of the top food editors in the country, including Sissy Gregg, Camille Glenn, Sarah Fritschner, Ronni Lundy and Lillian Marshall. The most recent of these, Ron Mikulak, is retiring tomorrow from the newspaper.

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Politics
7:30 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Trivial Attacks Mark Kentucky's U.S. Senate Race

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When it comes to the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, there appears to be no attack that the top campaigns and their operatives won't engage or levy at each other.

The Republican primary contest between incumbent Mitch McConnell and challenger Matt Bevin has been particularly bitter.

At the outset, McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton referred to Bevin as a "con man" who couldn't be trusted. 

Despite efforts to urge the media to ignore Bevin, Team Mitch rarely passes up a chance to take a swipe at their primary opponent. For instance, the McConnell campaign was recently touting this rather embarrassing moment for Bevin at a Constitution Day event in Kentucky.

Watch:

Speaking at a rally in downtown Louisville, Bevin ripped Benton for saying it was "irrelevant" that McConnell didn't join Ted Cruz's marathon speech on the Senate floor.

Here's what Benton told talk radio host Joe Elliott:

A passing remark? Not according to the Bevin campaign.

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The Two-Way
6:58 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Justice Department Pushes New Thinking On Kids And Crime

The Justice Department, along with the Department of Education, is trying to stop what experts describe as a "school-to-prison pipeline."
J. David Ake AP

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 10:45 am

For a man who spent the bulk of his career as a public defender, Robert Listenbee's new role walking around the halls of the U.S. Justice Department may not be the most comfortable fit.

But Listenbee, who became administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention earlier this year, says his transition has been smooth. And besides, he says, he couldn't resist the "extraordinary opportunity."

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Education
6:35 am
Thu September 26, 2013

JCPS Schools Aren't Using Textbook Money

Jefferson County Public Schools officials say many schools are not spending textbook funds that are allocated to them, which has led the district to reconsider the amount of per-student textbook funding its providing to schools this year.

Over the past several years the Kentucky Department of Education has not supported textbook funding, leaving local school districts to pick up the tab. 

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Politics
7:59 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

U.S. Senator Rand Paul Shoots Down Kentucky Attorney General Opinion on Hemp Production

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., disagrees with Attorney General Jack Conway's opinion that industrial hemp farming remains illegal in Kentucky.

Earlier this year state lawmakers passed a bill allowing farmers to grow the crop if the federal government lifts a longstanding ban. 

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Local News
5:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Humana Fined $65,000 Following Letters Related To Affordable Care Act

Humana Building
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Officials with the Kentucky Department of Insurance have fined Humana $65,000 after investigating complaints about a letter the company sent to policyholders.

In August, letters were sent to over 6,000 members, saying they had 30 days to renew their plans for 2014, or they would have to choose a more expensive option that complies with the Affordable Care Act.

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Environment
4:52 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Louisville Solar Tour Scheduled for Saturday

Fernando Tomas Wikimedia Commons

Louisville residents will have a chance to tour residential and commercial solar installations this weekend. The Louisville Solar Tour highlights 31 sites around town that are using the sun to meet their energy needs.

The tour stops are all over the city—from St. William Church in California to the Fairdale Branch Library to the far East End. Solar-powered Apocalypse Brew Works is on the tour, as is the Green Building in NuLu. At most of the stops, home and business owners will share information about the solar installations and how much energy they generate.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Pitches Local Option Sales Tax to State Lawmakers

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says a sales tax option is fundamentally about residents having the right to vote on paying for local projects.

Fischer joined the Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and county leaders from across the state in the state capitol to discuss the proposal at a General Assembly committee hearing Wednesday.

The specifics of a proposed local option sales tax in Kentucky haven't been revealed, but in general it would allow voters to approve a 1-percent tax increase that would go toward specific efforts such as new infrastructure.

Fischer says cities need a more diversified revenue stream but stressed any tax hike would be temporary.

"It’s outside of the general fund. It’s specific. So if it’s on the ballot it’ll identify the project, how much it costs, the duration of construction and it’s temporary. It’s going to go away," he said. "Now if people want to vote a new project back in they can do that. But once the specified amount of money is raised this tax sunsets and goes away.

State lawmakers have given mixed reviews while saying they will keep an open mind about the proposal.

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