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1:06 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Funding Cuts, Changing Needs Blamed for 41 JCPS Teacher Layoffs

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Jefferson County Public Schools will lay off 41 teachers next school year, half of whom teach special education. 

JCPS officials say state budget and federal sequester cuts are partly the reason for the layoffs, but they also say fewer students are using special education services. 

The state required school districts to submit their layoff lists on May 15.

JCPS' list included 20 Exceptional Child Education (special education) teachers, 11 English teachers, seven physical education teachers and one art teacher. 

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Politics
12:58 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Rand Paul Seeks to Cuts Corporate Tax, Fund Transportation

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Through a single piece of legislation, Sen. Rand Paul is hoping to cut a corporate tax and get more revenue for transportation projects.

Here's how: When American companies make money overseas and put it in foreign banks, they have to pay a tax to bring the money back to the U.S.  Paul is sponsoring legislation that lowers the tax companies pay to transfer foreign profits to America from 35 percent to 5 percent. Many of those companies keep that money overseas instead of paying the 35-percent tax.

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Local News
9:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Louisville Spotlighted All Week in National Journal and Atlantic's 'Next Economy Project'

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Louisville is being singled out this week by two national magazine in a project meant, in large part, to spotlight economic innovation being undertaken throughout the U.S. 

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Local News
7:45 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Louisville's Public Accommodations Law, 50 Years Later: Marie Porter's Story

Marie Porter was child of the Civil Rights movement. She was raised in the west Louisville, and at the age of 11 was one of the first African-Americans to integrate into a predominantly white school.

In 1961, as a high school student, she took part in “Nothing New For Easter,” during which she and others refused to purchase clothing from stores that practiced racial discrimination.

That year, and into 1962, Marie Porter took part other demonstrations, marches and sit-ins that occurred on Fourth Street.

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National News
6:47 am
Thu May 16, 2013

At Least 6 Dead in Texas Tornado

GRANBURY, Texas — Officials say at least six people were killed when a spring tornado outbreak devastated parts of North Texas, destroying or damaging dozens of homes and injuring dozens of people.

The worst-hit city Wednesday was Granbury, where authorities say the fatalities occurred as the deadly tornado tore through two neighborhoods. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds delivered the death toll at a midnight news conference and said dozens were injured.

Local News
6:33 am
Thu May 16, 2013

As Parkland Shooting Anniversary Approaches, 14 Homicides in Louisville So Far in 2013

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Tomorrow marks a dreary anniversary in Louisville.

On the afternoon of May 17, 2012, two men—Craig Bland Jr., 22, and Tyson Mimms, 24—died in a fatal shootout in the Parkland neighborhood. As multiple police officers investigated on the 1000 block of South 32nd St., a second brazen shooting happened yards away. Makeba Lee, 24, died. The woman now accused of murdering her, Cheetara Goldsmith, was shot by a Louisville Metro Police officer.

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Local News
7:09 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Kentucky Derby Winner Orb Draws Rail Position for Preakess Stakes

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Kentucky Derby winner Orb has drawn the rail in Saturday's Preakness and has been installed an overwhelming even-money favorite in the nine-horse race.

Orb will seek to keep alive his bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Orb won the Derby by 2½ lengths as the betting favorite. The brown colt is looking for his sixth straight victory as part of the smallest Preakness field since 2007.

Govenor Charlie, trained by Bob Baffert, was added to the list Wednesday for the 1 3/16th-mile race.

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Environment
5:52 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Senate Advances McConnell Measure to Promote Fishing, Block Safety Restrictions Near Dams

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A measure to stop the Army Corps of Engineers from restricting access to the Cumberland River near locks and dams is moving through Congress.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell added the amendment to a water resources bill that passed the Senate today.  In a news release, McConnell said restricting access to the water directly below dams would have a devastating effect on fishermen and the local economy.

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Local News
5:16 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Woodford Reserve Hopes Lounge at Fort Knox Will Promote Bourbon to Troops (And Help Them Relax)

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A new collaboration between a bourbon distillery and the military will give soldiers a place to relax—and introduce them to one of Kentucky's signature products.

Liquor producer Brown-Forman has teamed up with the U.S. Army to open a Woodford Reserve bourbon lounge at Fort Knox. Soldiers and Brown-Forman executives opened the Woodford Reserve Room on Wednesday afternoon.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Troubled by White House's String of Controversies

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Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth says the Internal Revenue Service should examine the tax-exempt status of non-profit groups, but the agency failed to apply the policy evenly.

The IRS has been scolded over flagging conservative organizations with "tea party" and "patriot" in their name.

Reports found that at least 300 such groups were put into a "bucket " that received extra scrutiny, which held up applications for months.

Agency leaders have blamed the additional views on two "rogue" employees in their Cincinnati offices.

Yarmuth says the IRS scandal undermines good government and cannot be excused, but argues looking at those groups should be a role the agency fulfills.

"That behavior on the part of IRS is totally intolerable and while I actually think the kind of scrutiny that was applied to these groups is appropriate it should be applied to every 501(c)4. The law has to be enforced evenly and fairly, and the IRS has not done that," he says.

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