Politics
3:44 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Rand Paul Defends Mourdock, Plans Ads Supporting Him

Rand Paul
U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is defending Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock and argues the GOP nominee's controversial comments on rape will not affect this year’s election results.

Paul was in Louisville Thursday speaking to the Rotary Club, where he talked mostly about the gridlock in Congress, fiscal policy and foreign affairs. But the senator’s political action committee—Rand PAC—is stepping in the middle of the closely watched Indiana Senate race.

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Local News
3:24 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Cards Prepping for Bearcats; Cincy QB Munchie Legaux: "I'm Better" Than Bridgewater

In college football, the Louisville Cardinals host Cincinnati Friday in their annual battle for the Keg of Nails.

The Cards are unbeaten at 7-0; the Bearcats are 5-1 with their first loss coming last week at Toledo. Both teams are 1-0 in the Big East Conference.

U of L coach Charlie Strong says this is one of the biggest games of his two-and-a-half seasons in Louisville.

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Local News
3:16 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

No Hate Crimes Verdict in E. Kentucky Assault Case

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky says he’s pleased with the outcome of a trial that involved two defendants who attacked a gay man, although the convictions do not include a federal hate crime.

37-year-old David Jenkins and his 20-year-old cousin Anthony Jenkins were found guilty Wednesday of kidnapping Kevin Pennington. Prosecutors alleged that the assault happened because of Pennington’s sexual orientation, but the jury acquitted the Jenkins men of those charges.

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The Two-Way
3:14 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Unclaimed Jobless Benefits Far Exceed Fraudulent Claims, Study Says

Two people check job listings at a New York State Department of Labor Employment Services office in Brooklyn. (March 2011 file photo.)
Chris Hondros Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 1:11 pm

Taxpayer-funded jobless benefits that shouldn't have been paid because of errors or fraudulent claims totaled about $11 billion in 2009, according to a new study published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

But the total amount of unclaimed benefits was nearly 10 times larger, economists estimate: $108 billion. They estimate that during the 2007-2009 recession, only about half of those eligible for them were collecting the benefits.

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The Two-Way
2:30 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

NBA Commissioner David Stern Will Retire In 2014

NBA Commisioner David Stern.
Roberto Serra Getty Images/Iguana Press

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 2:15 pm

David Stern said his 30-year run as the NBA's commissioner will come to an end Feb. 1, 2014.

ESPN reports the NBA Board of Governors tapped Adam Silver, Stern's deputy, as the successor.

ESPN adds:

"Stern, 70, has been the NBA's commissioner since Feb. 1, 1984. Last December, when a new collective bargaining agreement was announced, he predicted it would be the final labor deal before he steps down.

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It's All Politics
2:07 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Down-Ballot Races Feel The Draft And Drag Of The Presidential Race

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters at an Indiana campaign event with U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock in August. Mourdock has come under fire for controversial comments about rape.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 11:56 am

President Obama has been turning up in a lot of debates lately. Not just in his encounters with Mitt Romney, but as a talking point for Republican Senate candidates.

In an Indiana Senate debate Tuesday — the same one in which he made a controversial comment about pregnancy resulting from rape — Republican Richard Mourdock castigated Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly for supporting Obama even though "60 percent" of Hoosiers oppose the president.

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Politics
2:04 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

State Auditor Adam Edelen Plans to Continue School District Reviews

State Auditor Edelen
File photo

Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen will continue to do special audits of school districts, after three turned up a variety of issues.

Reviewing education funding was one of Edelen's campaign promises last year. And so far, he’s made good by auditing Kenton, Mason and Breathitt County school districts. Those reports found poor documentation of funds and occasional misspending.  

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Politics
1:32 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Ethics Panel Wants Lobbyists to Report Ad Spending

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The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission is recommending that state lawmakers require organizations that employ lobbyists to report what they spend on advertising to promote or defeat specific bills.

That proposal is among five the commission is suggesting the General Assembly consider next year.

John Schaaf is legal counsel to the LEC. He told a legislative committee that it’s a response to a new form of lobbying conducted mostly by businesses that make and sell drugs.

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Local News
1:09 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Louisville Violence Prevention Work Group Makes Recommendations

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Louisville should hire a full-time violence prevention coordinator, do more to address vacant houses and foster more economic development in west Louisville, according to a report commissioned by Mayor Greg Fischer to find ways to address violence in Louisville.

“This is not a mayor’s office program, this is not a police department program, this is not a parenting program. It takes all of us," said Fischer.

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Local News
1:06 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Read the Louisville Violence Prevention Work Group Report

The final report from the Louisville Violence Prevention Work Group commissioned by Mayor Greg Fischer has been released. Read below:

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