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3:36 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Report: State Earned Income Credit Could Generate $134 Million for Kentucky Families

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A Kentucky nonprofit says a state earned income tax credit would help working families—and it would help pay for itself.

Kentucky Youth Advocates released an issue brief Tuesday that says one in four Kentucky taxpayers could benefit from a new state earned income credit, which would piggyback onto the existing federal earned income credit.

KYA Executive Director Terry Brooks added that the proposal, which could cost up to $134 million per year in the form of tax rebates, would also put money back into local economies.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Bluegrass Institute Launches 'Free to Learn' Debate Series

The watchdog group Bluegrass Institute is hosting a "Free to Learn" debate series across the Kentucky regarding the lack of charter schools.

The first debate will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday at Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, with others planned for Lexington and Frankfort next month.

Kentucky is one of eight states without a law allowing charter schools, and attempts to pass such a bill have consistently hit a blockade in the Democratic-controlled House.

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Local News
1:50 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Payouts Announced For Indiana School Districts That Invested in Failed Health Plan

Indiana school districts that invested in a failed union health insurance plan will be getting back roughly half of the money they lost, under a settlement reached between the state and Indiana's largest teachers union.

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Education
12:30 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Former Northern Kentucky Superintendent Pleads Guilty To Embezzling School Funds

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A former northern Kentucky superintendent faces up to two years in prison, after pleading guilty in federal court this week to embezzling nearly $200,000 from his school district. 

William “Gary” Rye actually embezzled over $500,000 over several years of leading Dayton Independent Schools, according to Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Nothing But Net: Talking Referees and How They're Changing the Game

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This week we re-cap the Arizona vs. Duke game, and it's possible impact on the national rankings; the freshman of the year race; a look at how Kentucky  vs. Cleveland State caused tense moments for Big Blue Nation; and recap Louisville's easy win over Southern Mississippi.

A longtime favorite squad of ours, the Georgetown Hoyas, merit discussion. Plus the season is sure to have a long-running debate regarding tighter rules on defense and the deeper implications of these new changes. All this week on Nothing But Net, the sports report that swings.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue December 3, 2013

What Louisville Can Do To Compete For Innovation and Growth

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Louisville’s new downtown restaurant Sidebar is packed with young professionals—new transplants—from all over the country. They're attending the monthly meet-up group New2Lou, which aims to welcome the recently-arrived to the city.

When I ask them why they came to Louisville I get similar answers: Humana, Ford Motor Company, the University of Louisville.

Work.

It’s why many people come to Louisville and it’s sometimes why people leave—for better opportunities or more money.

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Local News
10:01 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

USC Professor's Work on Nuclear Proliferation Receives Grawemeyer 'World Order' Award

The University of Louisville’s 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order goes to a professor and researcher for his writings on nuclear proliferation.

Jacques Hymans is associate professor of international relations at the University of Southern California.  He’s being honored for his 2012 book, "Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians and Proliferation."

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Politics
6:31 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday Purchases Puts Focus on Massive Sales Tax Evasion

A tax reform advocate is using Cyber Monday to call on Congress to pass a bill requiring Internet-based retailers to collect and remit sales taxes from online purchases.

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Local News
5:31 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Louisville Group Tasked With Bolstering Bourbon, Food Tourism in City

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Mayor Greg Fischer has formed a work group charged with finding ways to promote Louisville as a top destination for food and spirits.

The plan will include creating a downtown bourbon tourism center for people to catch buses to visit distilleries throughout Kentucky. The idea is, in part, to make the city the "gateway of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail," which drew 509,292 visitors in 2012.

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Business
4:23 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Want an Amazon Prime Air Package in Kentucky? It'll Take A While.

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If the Monday morning reactions are right, Louisville and the surrounding area might be a good testing ground for Amazon Prime Air, the same-day delivery service the online retailer previewed Sunday.

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