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2:58 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

College Basketball: Cards Visit Syracuse; UK at Arkansas; IU Hosts Iowa

The Louisville Cards are back on the road this weekend. 

U of L visits Syracuse in the teams’ second matchup of the year.   The Orange won the first game January 19th in Louisville by two points.

This is the final regular season road game for the Cards.  They have two more home games next week against Cincinnati and Notre Dame.

Saturday's  tipoff at the Carrier Dome is at noon.

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Arts and Humanities
1:27 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Kentucky Repertory Theatre in Horse Cave Closes

Downtown Horse Cave, Kentucky.
J. Stephen Conn Flickr

After 35 seasons, Kentucky Repertory Theatre (formerly Horse Cave Theatre) in Hart County has turned off the lights. Jobe Publishing reported earlier this week that the board of directors voted to close the organization. 

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Politics
12:57 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Libertarian Party of Kentucky Holding Annual Convention This Weekend

Libertarian Party of Kentucky
Credit lpky.org

The Libertarian Party of Kentucky is gathering in Bowling Green this weekend for its annual convention.

Last year, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson received less than one percent of the vote in Kentucky and the party has no officeholders at the state or federal level.

But the party has seen a 30 percent increase in registration over the past nine months, and recently opened up new chapters in Boone and Campbell county.

Ken Moellman is a former libertarian candidate for state treasurer and is chairing the convention. He says reaching local voters is becoming equally important to the party, and more candidates will be running for those offices in the coming years.

"When I ran for state treasurer in 2011, I was able to fundraise and spent $17,000. Now in a statewide race, that didn’t go very far. But if I was running for county magistrate or city council or even a state House race that would have went a lot farther and a much better use of the money," he says.

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Politics
11:58 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Beer Cheese, Ale-8 Considered for Official Designation in General Assembly

Credit Wikipedia Commons

The bluegrass region of Kentucky: famous for thoroughbreds—and beer cheese?

Among Kentucky's pressing issues—from underfunded pensions to Medicaid managed care—the General Assembly is also considering legislation that designates Clark County as the birthplace of beer cheese. For those unfamiliar with spread, know that it's exactly what you think it is.

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Politics
11:25 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Kentucky Pension Bills in 'Legislative Purgatory' as Both Chambers Argue Over Procedure

Robert Stivers and Greg Stumbo
Credit Legislative Research Commission

FRANKFORT — Arguments over how to reform and pay for Kentucky's underfunded pension systems have devolved into legislative chaos.

Both the Kentucky House and the Senate are refusing bills addressing pensions, citing legal or procedural reasons. And leading legislators are blaming each other. 

The 2013 session has eight working days remaining, but doesn't officially close until March 26 to allow time for vetoes and overrides.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the Senate's actions are killing the issue.

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Local News
10:30 am
Fri March 1, 2013

On Byline Today: Appalachian Prisons, Hemp, Charter Schools and the Humana Festival Begins

Prisons in Appalachia, developments in the efforts to bring industrial hemp and charter schools to Kentucky and the Humana Festival gets going—these topics and more will be discussed this afternoon on Byline.

Sylvia Ryerson of WMMT radio in Whitesburg, Ky., discusses her story on how some Appalachian communities are second-guessing their decisions to recruit prisons into their areas, because the promised jobs and benefits haven't materialized.

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Politics
6:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Pension Fixes in Limbo As Leaders Argue Over Approaches

Greg Stumbo
Credit Kentucky Legislative Commission

 A House bill aiming to help generate revenues for the underfunded pension system is in legal limbo as the Senate refused to accept the bill.

House Bill 416 takes revenues from expansion of Instant Racing and online lottery sales and the start of a Keno game to generate close to $100 million a year to pay into state's currently underfunded pensions for state employees.

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Education
5:17 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Charter School Advocates Rally in Frankfort

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FRANKFORT — Supporters of charter schools in Kentucky rallied Thursday at the Capitol Rotunda as a bill in the General Assembly makes its way through the legislative process. 

“I feel like the education isn’t good and they’re just warehousing kids to be on the streets, sort of like a daycare for kids.  We not getting any education, and I feel like a charter school would help that,” said James Yarbrough, a student at a school classified by the state as low-achieving and one of the rally participants.

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Local News
5:02 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Pat O'Brien to Talk About His Recovery from Alcoholism at Dinner for The Healing Place

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Friday night, The Healing Place will hold its 9th annual Celebrate Freedom Dinner, marking the success of those who have been helped by the Louisville addiction recovery facility and homeless shelter.

The guest speaker for the dinner is Pat O’Brien of Fox Sports Radio.

Arts and Humanities
3:44 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Convention Brings Theatre Pros, Hopefuls to Downtown

If downtown feels a bit more dramatic than usual next week, it’s not your imagination. It’s more than 4,000 actors, theater designers, producers, administrators, educators and theater students gathering for the country's largest regional theater convention. The annual Southeastern Theatre Conference convention runs March 6-10 at the Galt House.  

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