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10:30 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Noise and Notes: Kentucky State President Mary Evans Sias on Historically Black Colleges' Challenges

Dr. Mary Evans Sias

Kentucky State University President Mary Evans Sias is warning the 127-year-old institution faces serious challenges, and will have to change to survive.

Located in the bosom of the commonwealth’s capital, K-State is a historically black college with a proud tradition that counts the late Urban League President Whitney Young among its alumni.

As of late K-State has seen a significant drop in enrollment as it has weathered state budget cuts and the national recession.

As Sias writes:

As we expected, in May of 2012, our graduation rate hit a low of 14 percent, down substantially from 2003. That enrollment decline resulted in a $4.8 million loss of revenue for the year.

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Business
7:10 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Maker's Mark Reduces Alcohol By Volume to Meet Demand

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It's now going to take a little more Maker's Mark to get you tipsy, not that Maker's is the sort of bourbon one drinks just to get tipsy.

Nonetheless.

Maker's Mark is reducing its alcohol by volume by three percent in an effort to meet increased demand, says an e-mail from executives to Maker's Mark Ambassadors.

Update 12:45 p.m. Sunday: Here's a Q&A with Maker's Mark chief operating officer Rob Samuels, where he explains the decision.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Strange Fruit: Boy Scouts, Beyoncé, and Mark Anthony Neal on Black Masculinity

Society treats Black boys like men, and Black men like animals. 

That assertion is what stood out to us, and many who were lucky enough to be in the audience last week, for Mark Anthony Neal's lecture at UofL. Dr. Neal is a professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University, and he came to Louisville courtesy of our friend Dr. Ricky L. Jones and the Center for Race and Inequality

Dr. Neal's latest book, Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities, examines depictions of black men in popular culture, and while he was in town, he stopped by our studios to tell us more about his work. Our conversation covered Tiger Woods, Jay-Z, Muddy Waters, and even Stringer Bell and Omar Little, as we tried to make some sense of how pop culture interprets and positions Black masculinity.

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Education
4:27 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

New Education Center to be Established at UK

The University of Kentucky is establishing a partnership with two non-profit foundations to establish the National Center for Innovation in Education. With a focus on college and career readiness, the center will assist states in implementing the Common Core standards and helping students learn on a deeper level.    

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Local News
4:05 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

College Basketball: Cards Visit Notre Dame; UK vs Auburn; IU at OSU

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The Louisville Cards return to the court Saturday  night at Notre Dame.

Number 11 U of L is coming off a victory at Rutgers Wednesday.   The Cards are now 19-4.  This is their  first matchup with the Fighting Irish since the semifinals of the Big East Tournament last March at Madison Square Garden.  The Cards won that game.

Notre Dame is 18-4 and ranked 25th in the country.   The Irish had a three-game winning streak broken Monday by Syracuse.

Tipoff at South Bend is at 9:00pm Saturday.

The Kentucky Wildcats host Auburn at 4:00pm Saturday.  

Politics
3:36 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Kentucky Senate Passes Pair of Abortion Bills

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Doctors would be required to make ultrasound images available to women seeking abortions under legislation passed by the Senate on Friday.

The Senate also passed a separate measure that would require women get face-to-face consultations with medical professionals before undergoing abortions.

Both measures passed the Republican-controlled Senate 31-4.

Similar proposals have repeatedly cleared the Senate in recent years only to die in the Democratic-controlled House. And the prognosis is no better this year.

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Local News
3:13 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Beshear; Anti-Judd Ad; Shanklin; Big Four Bridge; Jennifer Lawrence: On Byline

Here's the rundown for this edition of Byline:

At the top - Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear told lawmakers in his state of the commonwealth address that it’s time to find consensus on ways to overhaul the state’s tax and pension systems. We discuss that and  the rest of the governor’s legislative agenda and the 2013 general assembly with Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston.

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Local News
2:34 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Fewer Kentuckians Collecting Unemployment

The number of Kentuckians receiving unemployment benefits has fallen to just over 68,000.   

"That is down 57 percent from the high of 157,162 who received benefits in January of ’10.  The monthly initial claims of 35,000  is the lowest number in four years," said Joe Meyer,  secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

Meyer testified this week before a Kentucky House committee.

Education
2:26 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Eastern Kentucky University President Warns of Layoffs

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Eastern Kentucky University's president is warning of campus layoffs as the school prepares to reallocate 10 percent of its budget.

In an email sent this week to faculty and staff on the Richmond campus, EKU President Doug Whitlock did not specify how many jobs would be cut or when. He said there's no way the budget reallocation can be made without a workforce reduction.

Whitlock promised that the process of deciding on layoffs will be done in a "fair and humane" way.

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Local News
12:35 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Byline: The Rubbertown Explosion Investigation, State of the Commonwealth and Jennifer Lawrence

The Kentucky General Assembly gets back to work, investigation results are released in the fatal 2011 explosion in Rubbertown and Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence talks Oscars today on Byline.

Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston will discuss the week in Frankfort as the legislative session resumes and Gov. Steve Beshear makes his State of the Commonwealth address.

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