The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Obama: 'I Didn't Get Re-Elected Just to Bask in Re-Election'

President Obama during his news conference at the White House today.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 9:44 pm

  • Listen to NPR Coverage of the News Conference

Eight days after his re-election — with the fiscal cliff looming, questions being raised about the deadly attack on the U.S.

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Shots - Health News
12:58 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

I, Robot: Paraplegics Get An Assist

Brian Shaffer tests an exoskeleton developed by researchers at Vanderbilt University at a rehabilitation center in Franklin, Tenn. The exoskeleton locks around the legs and feet. To stand up, a paralyzed person simply leans forward.
Joe Howell Vanderbilt University

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 11:41 am

A robotic suit that gives the wearer superhuman powers sounds like the stuff of science fiction. But technology like that is making the leap from fantasy to reality.

Though much of the gear is still experimental, the equipment is giving some paraplegics a chance to walk again.

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Politics
12:57 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

McConnell Remains Minority Leader

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U.S. Senate Republicans have unanimously voted to give Mitch McConnell of Kentucky a fourth term as leader.

McConnell's last term was marked by staunch opposition to President Barack Obama and efforts to give the GOP a majority in the chamber. The latter didn't happen, but all signs indicate McConnell will continue the former. He recently stated that any of the president's plans to increase government revenue by raising taxes on the wealthy will be “non-starters” in the chamber.

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Local News
12:56 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

I-71 Traffic Moving After Fatal Early Morning Wreck

Louisville Metro Police traffic investigators are trying to determine how the driver lost control Wednesday morning of a AAA Rescue Ranger pick-up truck on Interstate 71, causing a chain-reaction that left the driver dead, police said.

The AAA Rescue Ranger driver has not been identified.

The accident happened at about 6 a.m. Wednesday and left northbound I-71 near the Watterson Expressway closed for hours, said Dwight Mitchell, a Louisville Metro Police spokesman. Traffic was moving on I-71 in the area by the early afternoon, according to TRIMARC.

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Politics
12:31 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Kentucky State Auditor: Special Tax Districts Spend Much, Laws Need Overhaul

State Auditor Adam Edelen
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Taken together, Kentucky's special taxing districts spend more money than the state spends on Medicaid and infrastructure -- and nearly half of those districts are not following rules on filing budgets or submitting audits, said a report from State Auditor Adam Edelen released Wednesday. 

A special taxing district is a quasi-governmental agency that collects fees or taxes, such as library boards, soil districts and health districts.

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Local News
12:06 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Train Derailment | Crews Now Working on Hydrogen Fluoride Cars

Louisville Metro

Crews successfully finished moving early Wednesday the chemical butadiene from the train derailment site in southwestern Jefferson County. The butadiene has been delivered to a rail yard, according to MetroSafe.

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Arts and Humanities
11:15 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Tonight: Watch the National Book Awards

The National Book Award ceremony is tonight, and if you didn't score tickets to this year's revamped, glammed-up awards dinner in New York's Cipriani Wall Street, where you can rub elbows with Gen X darling actress/author Molly Ringwald and McSweeney's founder (and fiction nominee) Dave Eggers, the event will be live-streamed. The action starts at 9 p.m.

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Business
10:48 am
Wed November 14, 2012

University of Louisville Hospital Announces Partnership with KentuckyOne Health

University of Louisville President James Ramsey discusses the merger between University of Louisville Hospital and KentuckyOne Health.
Devin Katayama/WFPL

After over eight months of negotiations, U of L Hospital and University Medical Center will enter into a joint agreement with KentuckyOne Health on March 1, 2013.

KentuckyOne Health -- which is under directives of Catholic Health Initiatives -- will maintain the day-to-day operations but U of L Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center will remain independent in its oversight and health directives, which was a major criticism during last year's merger talks.

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Business
9:35 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Report: Papa John's Faces Lawsuit Over Text Messages

The problem was with spam, not the pizza.

A class-action lawsuit seeking $250 million has been filed against the Papa John's pizza chain because of a 500,000 unwanted text messages sent to customers, CNN Money is reporting

The CNN story reported that Papa John's franchises sent blast text messages through a third-party services -- and, after ordering a pizza, some customers began getting dozens ads for pizza specials, sometimes in the middle of the night.

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Bear Pit Theater: an Interview with Adam Rapp

Adam Rapp is no stranger to Actors Theatre of Louisville. Several of his plays have made their world premieres at the Humana Festival of New American Plays (the most recent, "The Edge of Our Bodies," opened in 2011), debut productions which Rapp has also directed. In fact, his directing career has focused on new plays, but when artistic director Les Waters invited him to direct a production of Sam Shepard's 1980 play "True West" this season, he took the challenge. 

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