Environment
11:34 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Beshear Says He Won't Add Pipeline Regulations to Special Session Call

Courtesy Williams

Governor Beshear says it’s unlikely he’ll ask state lawmakers to deal with regulations on pipelines when they assemble in Frankfort next month for a special session. The governor says he called the special assembly to draw new maps for House and Senate districts and doesn’t plan on adding anything else to the call.

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Education
11:22 am
Tue July 30, 2013

'Blitz Week' to Help Jefferson County Families Needing Help With School Uniform Costs

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens assists the 15th District PTA's clothing assistance program during 'Blitz Week.'
Credit Courtesy of Jonathan Roberts, JCPS

Jefferson County Public Schools is encouraging families who need help with uniforms this year to attend the 15th District PTA’s ‘Blitz Week.’

The annual clothing assistance program has been around for about 40 years and continues to see strong growth, says Heather Wampler, 15th District PTA president. Families that schedule an appointment will receive a uniform, belt, underwear and socks; they will also have the chance to pick up other used clothing.

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Defense Workers' Furlough Days May Be Cut

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 11:36 am

The number of furlough days for civilian workers at the Department of Defense may be cut nearly in half, according to The Associated Press, a result of Pentagon officials finding hundreds of millions of dollars in savings within their current budgets.

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Local News
8:30 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Adds Mark Schaver

Mark Schaver

The latest addition to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting is Mark Schaver, a veteran Louisville journalist who is specializing in data reporting.

Schaver currently is the editor of The Courier-Journal's digital news team. 

In his new role, Schaver "will use data analysis to mine and scrape public records, unlock information and help tell investigative stories in new and compelling ways," the Center said.

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The Salt
6:28 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Fast-Food Strikers Demand A 'Living Wage'

People gathered outside a Wendy's restaurant in New York City on Monday as part of a one-day strike calling for higher wages for fast-food workers.
Justin Lane EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 8:22 am

At a Wendy's restaurant in Lower Manhattan on Monday, protesters urged the lunchtime crowd to skip the Value Menu for one day. They blocked the sidewalk and half of the street.

Shanell Young held a red strike sign over her head. Young earns the minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, at another Wendy's in New York. She says that's not enough to support her and her 5-year-old son.

"It's horrible," says Young. "Everything goes up. It's unfair. You can't find an apartment. You can't pay for children's school uniforms. Everything is unfair. We can't live off this."

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All Tech Considered
6:28 am
Tue July 30, 2013

With Smarter Cars, The Doors Are Open To Hacking Dangers

The Toyota Prius, seen here at the New York International Auto Show in March, was one of the cars security experts Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller showed to be susceptible to attacks by hackers.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 7:46 am

Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller have been hacking into products for a long time. But they don't steal stuff or mess with people; instead, their purpose is to pressure companies into making their products more secure.

This week, they scored big. Their research on hacking cars has captured the attention of millions and has been featured in Forbes and on the Today show.

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The Two-Way
9:26 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Senate Confirms James Comey As Next FBI Director

Former Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on May 15, 2007. NPR has learned that Comey is in line to become President Obama's choice as the next FBI director.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 6:26 pm

With a vote of 93-1, the Senate confirmed James Comey as the next director of the FBI. Comey will replace Robert Mueller.

NPR's Carrie Johnson filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Comey is a Republican and a former Justice Department official during the George W. Bush years. Civil rights groups questioned his record on surveillance and harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects.

"But after Kentucky Republican Rand Paul lifted his hold on the FBI nominee, Comey sailed through the full Senate.

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Arts and Humanities
5:24 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Sonnets, Scenes, Soliloquies: Actors To Stage Free Outdoor Shakespeare

 A group of local actors are mounting an afternoon of free Shakespeare in Memorial Park this weekend. The  event, "Sonnets, Scenes, and Soliloquies," will present the actors' favorite scenes and speeches from Shakespeare's work in Memorial Park  (971 S. 4th St.), on August 4, 2-3 p.m. A reception at Vault 1031 (1031 S. 6th St.) performance space will follow. 

Brian Hinds is one of the event's organizers. Hinds was an actor living in New York when he first traveled to Louisville to work a summer season with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. He says he "had been floundering" in New York, but fell in love with Louisville and its theater community after a summer performing under the stars in Central Park.

"What I remember most fondly about my years at Kentucky Shakespeare were the families sitting in the front rows," says Hinds. "Kids who were wandering through the park would stop and watch. I have such a clear memory of the faces of a group of boys smiling and listening during a production of 'Pericles.'"

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Politics
5:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Senate Candidate Sues Kentucky Democratic Party Over E-mail Supporting Alison Lundergan Grimes

Owensboro Democrat Ed Marksberry
Credit Hillbillyreport.org

Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marskberry is suing the Kentucky Democratic Party for allegedly violating its own by-laws and favoring Alison Lundergan Grimes's candidacy.

When Grimes announced earlier this month she was seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Mitch McConnell the state party quickly sought donations.

In a July 1 e-mail the KDP asked donors to help them build a grassroots effort to defeat McConnell and to "make sure Alison wins." The party's bylaws specifically forbid party officials from endorsing in a primary, however.

Marksberry told WFPL earlier this month he was considering a lawsuit.

But in an interview with The Washington Post, the Owensboro contractor confirmed he filed a suit in Franklin County Circuit Court on Monday.

"If I don’t get some respect, I’m going to pull out and run as an independent," Marksberry says. "They’ve picked on the wrong guy here."

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Education
3:50 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

AP: Former Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett urged Staff to Improve Charter School's Grade

Tony Bennett
Credit fldoe.org

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's A-F school grading system faces scrutiny over emails showing that education leaders scrambled to overhaul the program at least in part to ensure that a prominent Republican donor's charter school received a top mark.

The September 2012 emails obtained by The Associated Press show former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett urging his staff to find a way to give Christel House an A grade despite poor test scores in algebra that earned it a C.

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