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12:04 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Two Full-Time Minimum Wage Jobs Needed to Pay for a 2-Bedroom Apartment in Louisville

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Louisvillians must earn $14.07 per hour at a full-time job to afford the $731 cost for a two-bedroom apartment in the metro area, said a recent study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Louisville minimum-wage earners need nearly two full-time jobs to cover those rent costs—a difficult proposition for single parents.

The analysis considers fair market rent for a "decent" apartment, which calculating that renters would spend no more than 30 percent of their earnings on housing.

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Local News
11:09 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Reaction Not Positive (Obviously) to Kentucky Wildcats' Surprising NIT Loss

John Calipari
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The Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team's first-round National Invitational Tournament loss to Robert Morris on Tuesday night ended a particularly rough season. This time last year, Wildcats were cheering a team on to a national title. 

"The game got too rough," Calipari was quoted as saying in the Lexington Herald-Leader. "You sit there and shake your head."


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Arts and Humanities
8:08 am
Wed March 20, 2013

REVIEW | Family Secrets Fester in 'Appropriate'

Larry Bull as Bo and Jordan Baker as Toni in "Appropriate."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

As the curtain rises on Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' "Appropriate," a rattling chorus of 13-year cicadas fills the Pamela Brown Auditorium. Far from a gentle nocturne, the sound swells with the pregnant heat of a southern summer night, conjuring images of rattling bones. Low lights reveal a man and a younger woman slipping through an open window into the living room of a plantation house that had, to be kind, seen better days.

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Education
7:55 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Stories of Dropping Out: 'I Felt Like There Wasn’t Any Use to Keep Coming to School'

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Pierre Travis, 23, has lived in Louisville's West End his whole life.

Like other youth we interviewed for our series featuring students who at some point dropped out of the public school system, Travis attended several Jefferson County public schools. 

Travis says after being suspended sophomore year he was sent to Buechel Metropolitan High School, one of the district's several alternative schools. Here, he cycled in and out of the system over the next three years and ultimately left Buechel after being arrested for threatening a teacher, he says.

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Local News
10:04 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Kentucky Wildcats Ousted From NIT by Robert Morris, 59-57; Bellarmine Falls in NCAA Div. II

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The season is over for the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team.

The top-seeded Wildcats were defeated 59-57 tonight by Robert Morris University in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Robert Morris jumped out to an early lead before a sellout home crowd of 3,000 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania and held off several Kentucky runs.   

UK missed a three-pointer as time expired and Robert Morris fans stormed the court in celebration.   The Colonials will face either Providence or Charlotte in the second round of the NIT. 

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Local News
4:52 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Kentucky Consulting Firm Agrees With Toll Estimates for Bridges Project

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A consulting firm says toll estimates for the Ohio River Bridges Project that have been discussed publicly would generate enough revenue to support the plan.

Officials say tolls are a necessary part of financing the two new bridges and reworking Spaghetti Junction in downtown Louisville.

Kentucky has hired a consulting firm to study traffic and revenue for the project to attract investors to buy bonds.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe says study confirms previous toll estimates.

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Local News
4:48 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

With the NCAA's Top Seed, Pitino's Cards Set Sights on Next Goal

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino says his team has worked hard to earn its top overall seed in the NCAA tournament, but the Cards are not dwelling on the designation.

Pitino says its one of many steps toward the ultimate goal of winning a national championship.

"When we lost three in a row, we set goals.   We set regular season goals, we set tournament goals, we set seeding goals.  Now you go on to your next goal.  Until it ends, you just keep putting forth goals to your basketball team," Pitino said today. 

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Local News
4:18 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Images | What the New Ohio River Bridges Will Look Like

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New images have been released showing what the new spans connecting Louisville and southern Indiana will look like once the Ohio River Bridges Project is complete.

Check them out below:

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Politics
4:12 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Comes Out Against 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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After pressure from local gay rights and city lawmakers, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is asking Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to veto the so-called religious freedom bill.

The bill would allow residents to ignore any laws or regulations that violate tenets of their faith.

Last week, the mayor and city commissioners of Covington joined the chorus of those against the legislation.

In a letter sent to the governor to Tuesday, Fischer says the measure is "well-intentioned" but raises too many legal questions and isn't needed.

"We are a compassionate city. We don’t need this proposed law, full of ambiguity and question, to prove our religious freedom and protect our citizens from some perceived threat," says Fischer. "We have plenty of laws and a Constitution adopted by our citizens that provide us ample protections—no matter our faith, our profession, or our other rights and traits as human beings."

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Education
4:05 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

UK Approves Smallest Tuition Increase Since 1997

Tuition, fees, and on-campus housing rates are on the rise at the University of Kentucky.

In-state students at UK will see tuition and fees increase by 3 percent beginning next academic year. Out-of-state students will pay 6 percent more. 

President Eli Capilouto characterized the increase as ‘modest,’ noting that it’s the lowest annual percentage increase at UK since 1997. 

“It was a commitment we made when we went through our budget planning beginning twelve months ago.  We thought the principle of access and affordability should be respected," he said.

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