8:30 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Poll Shows McConnell, Paul With Majority Approval Ratings

A majority of Kentucky voters approve of the jobs that Republican U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are doing in Washington, according to a new Bluegrass Poll.

The poll shows McConnell, who is running for re-election in two years, holding a 51 percent job approval rating among likely voters with 42 percent disapproving of the GOP leader's performance. Similarly, Paul has a 53 percent approval but a slightly lower disapproval rating at 38 percent almost two years after being elected.

As The Courier-Journal's James Carroll reports, political observers argue that this bodes well for both lawmakers when considering the historic low numbers for Congress overall.

From The Courier-J:

The poll numbers for McConnell and Paul indicate no potential re-election problems, said Jennifer Duffy, a Senate analyst with the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

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Shots - Health Blog
8:26 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Teachers' Expectations Can Influence How Students Perform

Teachers interact differently with students expected to succeed. But they can be trained to change those classroom behaviors.

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 9:52 am

In my Morning Edition story today, I look at expectations — specifically, how teacher expectations can affect the performance of the children they teach.

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7:30 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Pre-IdeaFestival Symposium to Focus on Water

Louisville Water's Pump Station Number 1 on Zorn Avenue.

The actual Idea Festival starts on Wednesday. But on Tuesday, there’s a day of lectures and discussions all relating to water.

Speakers will run the gamut, from Greg Heitzman of Louisville Water to Gregory Luhan, architecture professor and associate dean of research at the University of Kentucky College of Design.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Review: 'Dracula' Is Back, Bloody

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Actors Theatre opened the “Dracula” crypt Friday for its 18th consecutive Halloween season run. Directed and adapted by William McNulty, the play is based on Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel about a mysterious count from Transylvania who terrorizes a seaside town in England.

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10:23 am
Sun September 16, 2012

Will School Lunch Changes Really Make Students Healthier?

There’s a new push on for healthier school food across the country, in the form of a new law called the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, aimed at updating nutrition standards in the National School Lunch Program. Those new guidelines start taking effect this year. Will they have the desired result?

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10:44 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

Noise and Notes: Brooks Wicker Makes His Case for Congress

Republican Brooks Wicker is running for Kentucky's Third Congressional District seat against three-term Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth.

You may not have heard of Wicker's candidacy, which is mainly because he was struggled to raise enough funds to get his message out to voters. Thus far he has raised just $5,000, but the Louisville accountant promises he will have enough to hold Yarmuth accountable.

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Local News
10:36 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

College Football: WKU Tops UK

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 32-31 tonight in overtime at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.

Western won the game with a trick pass play on a two-point conversion.

The Wildcats sent the game into overtime with a touchdown pass play with 24 seconds left in regulation. 

UK scored the first touchdown in overtime, but the Hilltoppers answered with a touchdown and the two-point conversion.

Kentucky falls to 1 and 2 on the season.  Western is 2 and 1.  

Local News
7:11 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

College Football: Cards Hold Off UNC 39-34

The Louisville Cardinals survived a second-half surge by North Carolina to defeat the Tar Heels 39-34 today at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

The game appeared to be all but over at halftime with U of L leading 36-7, but North Carolina came roaring back in the second half, outscoring the Cards 27-3.

UNC had a chance to score the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but the 19th ranked Cards broke up a pass play with less than two minutes remaining.

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Local News
3:26 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

Born Addicted: Growing Numbers of Newborns in Crisis

Courtesy Courier-Journal

For the past two years, the Courier-Journal has been investigating Kentucky’s prescription drug abuse epidemic, with reporting by the C-J's medical writer Laura Ungar. 

Friday Laura joined us on Byline to talk about the latest installment in the series, focusing on newborns suffering from serious opiate withdrawal symptoms because of the drug use of their mothers.

9:00 am
Sat September 15, 2012

The Man Who Bought Muhammad Ali's House

This week, the boyhood home of Muhammad Ali was sold for $70,000 to real estate investor Jared Weiss, CEO of Motion Properties. Its’ the boyhood home of Muhammad Ali. Then known as Cassius Clay, the future boxing legend spent most of his formative years in the one-story home at 3302 Grand Avenue, in west Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood. We wanted to meet the investor behind the purchase and find out what he hopes to do with the property, so we spoke to him on Friday's Byline.