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5:43 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Admonishes Senator Rand Paul for Debt Ceiling Comments

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., (l) and Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., (r)
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Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is scolding fellow Kentuckian and Republican Senator Rand Paul for downplaying the significance of default if the U.S. government doesn't raise the debt ceiling.

The borrowing limit is currently set at $16.7 trillion for things such as publicly traded bonds and Social Security payments.

Most experts on the matter say the U.S. won't be able to pay off those loans after the Oct. 17 deadline and could run out of money by the end of the month unless Congress raises the ceiling.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Byline | Race Role in Shanklin Trial; Gay Officer Firing; License Plate Photo Tracking

Here's what we covered on Byline today (full audio available below):

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Arts and Humanities
4:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Louisville Orchestra Names New Executive Director

Andrew Kipe

The Louisville Orchestra has a new executive director. Andrew Kipe will step into the leadership position November 11. Kipe comes to Louisville from the Phoenix Symphony, where he was general manager.

The Phoenix Symphony didn’t escape the woes that plagued  many American orchestras during the Great Recession, and when he came to Arizona, Kipe faced some of the same industry-wide financial and labor issues that led the Louisville Orchestra to file chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010 and created a prolonged labor dispute that resulted in a canceled 2011-12 season.

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Local News
3:27 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

College Football: Rebuilding UK Wildcats Hope to Stem Crimson Tide

The Kentucky Wildcats host the nation’s top-ranked team Saturday night, as the Alabama Crimson Tide come to Commonwealth Stadium

UK has a three-game losing streak but is coming off a better-than-expected performance last weekend at South Carolina.

First-year coach Mark Stoops says his team will have to play with more consistency to challenge the undefeated Tide.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Senator Mitch McConnell Hauls in $2.3 Million for Re-Election

In Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, the campaign to re-elect Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced Friday it raised $2.3 million in the past three months.

This represents McConnell's strongest quarter to date as the incumbent seeks a sixth term in office. 

Overall McConnell has garnered a total of $17.7 million towards next year's election and will report just under $10 million in cash on hand.

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Education
12:52 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Where Homeschooling is Happening in Kentucky, and Why Education Leaders are Paying Attention

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Kentucky doesn't monitor homeschooling very well, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says.

But as the state prepares to implement a new dropout age of 18 in a few years, Holliday says it’s an issue the education department wants to keep an eye on.

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Local News
11:18 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Byline Today | Controversy Over the Shanklin Removal Trial, License Plate Tracking and More

Things that happened this week: controversy brews again from this summer's removal trial of Louisville Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, a suburban Louisville police officer says he was fired because he's gay and a conversation with graphic designer Chip Kidd. 

We'll discuss these and more on Byline today.

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Commentary
9:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Media Critic | Changes (Lots of Them) Come to the Louisville Courier-Journal

The Courier-Journal building on Sixth Street and Broadway
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We can all think of companies that announced significant and unpopular changes to their signature products: Coca-Cola, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft, just to name a few. Sometimes the company sees the error of their ways (Coca-Cola) and backtracks; sometimes they push ahead anyway (Facebook), knowing that consumers don’t have much of a choice and will eventually get used to the changes.

Gannett and The Courier-Journal fall into the latter category.

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Politics
8:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Matt Bevin Fails to Receive Boone County GOP Nod

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin
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Despite U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin's pleas for members to vote their "conscience" the Republican Party of Boone County, Ky. bypassed endorsing the political newcomer over incumbent Mitch McConnell in next year's primary.

Bevin supporters had been hopeful the Northern Kentucky group would give his campaign a needed boost in an area that is considered a Tea Party stronghold.

McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton also attended the meeting and warned members that weighing in would be a "poor mistake" as a county party.

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Local News
11:18 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

College Football: U of L Survives Rutgers, 24-10

Led by a strong defensive effort, the Louisville Cardinals posted a 24-10 victory over Rutgers Thursday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The eighth-ranked Cardinals had four total interceptions and sacked quarterback Gary Nova eight times.

The Cardinals needed a stepped-up defensive performance to offset quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's off night. The junior completed 21 of 31 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw an interception and fumbled early in the fourth quarter.

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