Environment
12:35 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Here are the 19 Goals of Louisville's Sustainability Plan

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is releasing the 19 goals of the city's draft sustainability plan on Twitter this afternoon. Here's a list of the goals, as they're released:

Goal #1: Decrease energy use citywide per capita by 25% by 2025.

Goal #2: Decrease energy use in city-owned buildings by 30% by 2025.

Goal #3: Mitigate the risk of climate change impacts by implementing city adaption and resilience strategies by 2018.

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Environment
11:55 am
Thu January 31, 2013

This Week in Asian Coal News: China Burns More, India Needs More

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Two related stories about coal in Asia broke earlier this week: that India just doesn’t have enough coal to meet the country’s demands, and that China burns nearly as much coal as the whole rest of the world.

The news about China was released by the Energy Information Administration on Tuesday, and Brian Walsh of TIME summed it up with his headline: “The Scariest Environmental Fact in the World.”

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Local News
11:49 am
Thu January 31, 2013

As Kentucky Moves Toward Executions, Appeals Run Out

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At least three death row inmates could be nearing execution as Kentucky moves toward a new lethal injection method, with the governor's office already having requests to set dates for two and a third man out of direct appeals in his case.

Kentucky is implementing lethal injection by one or two drugs, depending upon the availability of the narcotics, after a judge ordered the state to abandon or be prepared to defend using the old three-drug mixture. The change takes legal effect Feb. 1.

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Environment
11:26 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer to Release Draft Sustainability Plan Today, 140 Characters at a Time

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Updated: Mayor Greg Fischer says he'll release a draft version of the city's sustainability plan this afternoon. But before the whole report is sent out, he'll be teasing the plan's highlights on his Twitter account. Citizens will have the month of February to read the plan and provide comments.

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The Two-Way
10:57 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Shooting Death Of Chicago Teen Ignites Outrage, Enters National Gun Debate

Hadiya Pendleton.
Courtesy of Pendleton family via the Chicago Tribune MCT /Landov

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 10:50 am

Hadiya Pendleton's shooting death Tuesday in a park just a mile from President Obama's home in Chicago has generated outrage "from City Hall to the White House" and is now part of the "national debate over guns and crime," The Chicago Tribune writes.

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Politics
10:50 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul Ranks No. 4 on Conservative Think Tank's Scorecard

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky
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The sister organization of the Heritage Foundation released its congressional scorecard this week, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is among the top-ranked lawmakers.

The Heritage Action for America focuses on a variety of issues on conservative agenda, and is considered a source for constituents to rate if lawmaker's votes match their rhetoric.

Among the 29 members of Congress in the "Sentinel status" of 90 percent or higher, Paul received a 96 percent approval rating from the group.

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The Salt
9:26 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Future Farms Of America Might Not Include Much Family

Honey, what if the kids don't want it?
Goran Ljubisavljevic iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 8:38 am

It may sound like a line from The Godfather, but some agricultural specialists advise that farming isn't personal; it's business. And family farms need to think and act more like a business to survive in a competitive world, says Bernie Erven, professor emeritus in the department of agricultural economics at Ohio State University.

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The Two-Way
7:55 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Iran, Israel, Defense Cuts To Be Key Topics At Hagel Hearing

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been nominated to be the next secretary of defense.
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Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 12:52 pm

What's shaping up to be one of the more contentious nomination hearings for one of President Obama's cabinet choices is set to open at 9:30 a.m. ET when members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services get their chance to publicly grill former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been tapped for the post of defense secretary.

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It's All Politics
7:08 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Cabinet Picks Show A Shift In How U.S. Wages War

President Obama shakes hands with his nominee to head the Defense Department, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, at the White House on Jan. 7. John Brennan, Obama's choice for director of the CIA, looks on.
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Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 8:34 am

Chuck Hagel, who spent more than a decade in the Senate asking witnesses questions at hearings, will be the one answering them Thursday as his confirmation hearing to be secretary of defense begins.

His hearing follows that of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who was confirmed this week to be secretary of state.

Kerry and Hagel have a prominent biographical detail in common: service in Vietnam.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

The Big Break: Voices and Choices

On our audio diary series The Big Break, our emerging performers dig deep into their daily work. Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach learns how fearless high school playwrights can be while reading for the theater's New Voices Young Playwrights Festival. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks studies character development from choreographer Helen Starr in rehearsals for "Romeo and Juliet," while Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond faces the unmentionable—losing his voice during a run of outreach performances. 

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