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3:52 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

UK Preparing for NIT Opener at Robert Morris; Bellarmine Resumes NCAA Div. II Play

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The Kentucky Wildcats open play tomorrow evening in the men’s

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Local News
3:32 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Louisville Leaders Push Program for Creative Crime Punishment

Judge Angela McCormick-Bisig helped Louisville implement a restorative justice pilot program in 2011.

Keith Bush owns Boss Hogs BBQ in Louisville's Park DuValle neighborhood. The restaurant was recently vandalized by a neighborhood kid.

“It was about $1,300 to $1,500  worth of damage," he says.

After hearing about the case, members of Restorative Justice Louisville reached out to Bush and told him about a new program that the city has piloted since 2011.

Restorative justice is a way for victims and offenders to decide creative, less punitive responses to certain crimes.

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Environment
3:31 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Exhibit Captures Relationship Between 1970s America, the Environment

Children play in yard of Ruston home, while Tacoma smelter stack showers area with arsenic and lead residue.
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Photographs of Americana taken through an environmental lens are on display as part of a new exhibit at the National Archives in Washington, DC. The photos were taken as part of the Environmental Protection Agency's DOCUMERICA Photography Project, and show life in the 1970s, often with an environmental bent.

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Politics
3:30 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Governor Beshear: Pension Talks Keep Going, but No Deal Imminent

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State leaders are still working to find solutions to the Kentucky's troubled pension system—but he's not promising a deal the time the General Assembly regular session ends next week, Gov. Steve Beshear said on Monday.

Beshear has mediated sessions between House and Senate leadership on reforming the pension systems and how to fund them, after the chambers came to an impasse on the issue.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Gov. Beshear Signs Bill Gradually Raising Dropout Age to 18

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After five years of advocacy, supporters of raising Kentucky's dropout age to 18  celebrated Monday as Gov. Steve Beshear signed the bill into law.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Ethics Commission: Richie Farmer Committed 42 Violations

Richie Farmer
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FRANKFORT — The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has charged former agriculture commissioner Richie Farmer with 42 ethics violations for misusing state funds and state employees during his time in office.

The charges, announced by the ethics commission on Monday, include Farmer placing his friends in jobs that had no specified duties and asking them to carry out his personal errands. He allegedly had employees chauffeur him to doctors' appointments and shopping trips as well as build a basketball court on his property.

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Arts and Humanities
1:43 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Actors Theatre's 50th Anniversary Season: Familiar Classics Prevail

Actors Theatre of Louisville will celebrate its 50th anniversary next season. The anniversary season is rich in familiar, crowd-pleasing fare, including Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," a kitschy production from Chicago of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" and Michael Frayn's backstage comedy "Noises Off." Holiday favorites "Dracula" and "A Christmas Carol" return as well. 

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Politics
1:18 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Covington Mayor, City Commissioners Ask Gov. Beshear to Block 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Steve Beshear
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The mayor and city commissioners of Covington, Kentucky are asking Governor Steve Beshear to block the so-called ‘religious freedom’ bill, renewing pressure for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to join the opposition.

In a unanimously approved resolution, the commission says HB 279 presents a risk to Covington’s Human Rights Ordinance, which forbids discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered residents.

Covington Mayor Sherry Carran has also signed a separate letter urging the governor to veto the measure, saying it is a poor representation of the state.

The bill allows individuals to ignore laws and regulations that violate tenets of their faith, and was overwhelmingly approved by the General Assembly. But in the non-binding measure, Covington officials say the measure could undermine civil rights protections under the "guise of a 'sincerely held religious beliefs'"

Former Covington City Commissioner Shawn Masters says Democrats and Republicans makeup the local assembly, and residents in his city are worried because the law is so broad.

"It says how progressive Covington actually is. That we are very diverse, we welcome all and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. And it just goes to show here in Northern Kentucky and particularly Covington we are about equality for all," says Masters, who currently serves as president of the Northern Kentucky Democratic League.

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Local News
1:02 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Is Louisville's Region Toughest? Who's the Betting Favorite? NCAA Tournament By the Numbers

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An evening and morning have passed for basketball-obsessed Louisville to consider the pairings for the 2013 men's basketball NCAA Tournament. Some themes that have developed are that the Louisville Cardinals' Midwest Region is the toughest despite being the overall No. 1 seed and the defending champion Kentucky Wildcats being left out of the field.

Aside from the obvious question—"Who wins?"—this year's bracket leaves a great deal to think about. Let's take a look at the pairing by the numbers.

U of L's Midwest Region was instantly pegged by analysts as the toughest, and a few Cardinals fans grumbled on social media Sunday night. They may have a point.

Let's toss out No. 16 seeds—none has ever beaten a No. 1 seed. (Apologies to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.) If the better seeds win out, no team has a tougher road to the Final Four than Louisville, going by RPI ranking. The Nos. 8, 4 and 2 seeds in the Midwest average a 13.3 RPI ranking. (In fact, the No. 2 seed Duke Blue Devils are the RPI's No. 1 team in the nation.)

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Environment
12:49 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Study: Illness More Likely in Eastern Kentucky Coal County Than Non-Coal Counties

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A new health study in Eastern Kentucky has found that residents in a county where surface mining is prevalent have a higher instance of illness than residents in two control counties.

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