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7:01 am
Sun July 21, 2013

What We're Reading | 7.21.13

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Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

Gabe Bullard: Some facts about Chuck E. Cheese:

1. It was started by an Atari employee.

2. Chuck was supposed to be a coyote.

3. It was almost named Rick Rat's Pizza

4. The animatronics were to entertain parents, not kids.

5. The concept is a market inevitability. That is, had Chuck E. Cheese not been created, a similar business would have likely sprung up.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Study: A Louisville Family of Four Needs $61,171 Per Year to 'Get By'

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The federal government has a figure for how much it takes to not live in poverty—for a family of four, it's $23,550. That's the federal poverty level.

It's useful information for determining who is eligible for certain benefits.

But anyone who has read finance news in the past five years know that  even people who aren't at risk of being in poverty (as defined by the government) are struggling. After all, some family out there are earning $23,551—and making twice that is still less than $50,000.

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Strange Fruit
12:42 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

Strange Fruit: The Zimmerman Verdict

It's been a week since George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin. Most of us have spent this week reflecting, arguing, thinking, protesting, writing, organizing, praying, and unfriending people on social media.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sat July 20, 2013

When a Lebowski Fest Founder Met 'Big Lebowski' co-writer Joel Coen and Frances McDormand

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For 12 years now, Will Russell and others have put Lebowski Fest—an annual celebration of the 1998 cult favorite film "The Big Lebowski."

But, until recently, Russell has had virtually no contact with Joel and Ethan Coen, the brother duo who wrote and directed the film, along with others ranging from "Raising Arizona" to Academy Award winners "Fargo" and "No Country for Old Men."

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Local News
5:17 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Kentucky Officials Report $70 Million General Fund Surplus

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Kentucky officials say the state finished last fiscal year with a $70 million surplus.

Budget director Jane Driskell says the General Fund surplus is the result of slowed spending by government agencies that have been forced to deal with smaller budgets.

Last year, the state cut most agencies by over 8 percent.

Driskell says there was also a small increase in revenue in the amount of $40 million.

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Politics
5:09 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Kentucky Tea Party Sources: Louisville Businessman Will Challenge Mitch McConnell in GOP Primary

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Louisville businessman Matthew Bevin will run against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in the 2014 GOP primary, several Kentucky Tea Party activists have confirmed with WFPL.

For the past few months, Bevin, who is owner of the Connecticut-based Bevin Brothers Manufacturing, a bell-making company, has been meeting with Tea Party activists who are frustrated with McConnell's representation.

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Local News
4:44 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Purdue Trustees OK $58K Performance Bonus for Daniels

Then-Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels speaks at Purdue University following his election by school trustees last year. Looking on is trustees chair Keith Krach.
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The chairman of Purdue University's trustees says he would have picked Mitch Daniels as the school's new president even if he had known that Daniels tried to eliminate what he called liberal "propaganda" from teacher education courses at Indiana's public universities while he was governor.

Keith Krach tells The Associated Press that he hadn't seen emails revealing Daniels' effort, and they wouldn't have changed his mind anyway.

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Local News
4:13 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Byline | Shanklin Heads to Trial; Mitch Daniels and Academic Freedom

Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio available below):

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Local News
4:12 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Lebowski Fest is This Weekend

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It's funny how a person can love something they weren't even sure they liked on the first encounter.

Take "The Big Lebowski" and Will Russell.

"Even I when I first saw it, I didn’t dislike it, but I was kind of indifferent to it," Russell said. "Certainly didn’t have an inkling that one day I would start a festival celebrating it. But, yeah, I ended up catching it a few more times and on the third time I just completely fell in love with it. I was absolutely smitten.

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Education
2:40 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Congressman Brett Guthrie Joins House Republicans In Passing 'No Child Left Behind' Replacement Bill

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie joined a majority of republicans Friday in passing the first law out of the House to replace the outdated No Child Left behind Act--also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

NCLB was signed into law by former-President George Bush in 2002. At the time it had bi-partisan support, but educators have since agreed its expectations are unreasonable--namely the provision that requires a 100 percent proficiency rate for all students in math and reading by 2014.

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