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4:45 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

'You Don't Demand More.' Louisville Community Members, Education Leaders Talk Education.

Credit Devin Katayama

Education and community leaders say the public school system needs local solutions to improve student achievement—but those solutions may vary depending on who you ask.

A crowd packed into St. Stephen Family Life Center Thursday to listen to Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Donna Hargens and other guest speakers who shared their thoughts on the challenges facing the district’s lowest performing students.

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3:24 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Well-Known Class-Action Lawyer Disbarred in Kentucky

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has disbarred class-action lawsuit specialist Stan Chesley over his actions in a Kentucky diet drug settlement.

The high court's decision on Thursday could affect multiple cases in which the Cincinnati-based Chesley has a hand across the country.

The decision stems from how Chesley acted and his decisions in a settlement involving tens of millions of dollars between the makers of fen-phen and a group of people in Kentucky who sued the diet-drug company.

Food and Dining
3:13 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Women Breaking Down Hogs, Beef and the 'Old Boy Network' in Kentucky Butchering Camps

Meet your meat: the pigs on Napoleon Ridge Farm.
Tricia Houston Napoleon Ridge Farm

Single-sex education is a time-honored approach in the traditional classroom, but a workshop in Napoleon, Kentucky, is extending the trend into the kitchen. Grrls Meat Camp will offer a hands-on modern butchery class just for women April 12-14 at Napoleon Ridge Farm, between Louisville and Cincinnati.

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Local News
2:45 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Indiana Officials Seek More Funding for Schools, Roads

Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz
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Indiana School Superintendent Glenda Ritz and a small group of mayors are making their case for more funding from the state.

Ritz and members of the Indiana Association of Counties and Towns told the Senate Appropriations Committee today the state needs to spend more on schools and roads.

Gov. Mike Pence's budget included a marginal increase in school funding over the next two years while making room for a cut in the personal income tax cut. However, House Republicans rewrote the budget to spend more on roads and schools. It's now before the Senate.

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Politics
2:41 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Congressman Thomas Massie Breaks from GOP, Votes Against Ryan Budget Plan

Congressman Thomas Massie
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Kentucky Fourth District Congressman Thomas Massie bucked his Republican Party leaders and voted against the GOP-basked 2014 budget because it isn't conservative enough.

The GOP-controlled House narrowly approved the spending plan authored by Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin by a 221-207 vote on Thursday.

Conservative supporters had highlighted the cuts to corporate tax rates and slashing $6.4 trillion from the deficit over the next decade as reasons to support the idea.

However, Ryan's plan still raises federal spending by 3.4 percent annually. GOP leaders had said that would be offset by economic growth.

But for the Tea Party-backed Massie that amount was too much. He told WFPL in a telephone interview he came to Washington reduce spending—not increase it—adding Ryan's proposal is nearly twice the rate of inflation.

"The Democrat plan increases government spending by 5 percent per year, that’s ridiculous. That’s like three times the rate of inflation," he says. "The Ryan budget is better because it only increases government by 3.4 percent per year, but that’s still twice the rate of inflation. And when I campaigned, I campaigned saying that we needed to cut spending in Washington, D.C."

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Environment
2:16 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Abramson Awarded Environmental Steward Award

Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson was awarded the 2013 Public Leadership in Energy and Environmental Steward Award at an annual meeting of the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association in Washington, D.C.

The award was presented by General Electric, a company with which Abramson worked extensively during his years as Louisville’s mayor. From the press release:

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Politics
1:54 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Tackle With TAC4 Hosting Immigration Forum

A Louisville-based consulting firm is hosting a forum on immigration reform with the hope of finding common ground.

In the past year, TAC 4 Solutions had held several public discussions on tough political issues such as gun control, campaign finance reform and President Obama’s health care law. The group's aim is to hold respectful dialogue and change the tone of political conversation.

There appears to be movement on improving the immigration system after Republicans performed poorly among Hispanics in the fall election.

Recently, Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., delivered a speech on immigration reform that was praised by liberal and Tea Party activists. Paul noted that Republicans have been losing "both the respect and votes" of Hispanics due to the GOP's "harsh rhetoric."

Kate Miller is a program director with the ACLU of Kentucky, and a featured panelist. She says it is encouraging to hear Paul’s remarks because the majority of Americans want to improve the system.

"We haven’t had an opportunity to review all of Senator Paul’s proposal, but I can assure you that we are thrilled that his proposal includes a pathway to citizenship," she says. "And really it’s not surprising that someone with his political background would support a more practical system. As most people know, it’s very expensive to maintain our current immigration system."

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Environment
1:19 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Discarded Electronics Create Environmental Problems Nationwide...Is This the Case in Louisville?

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The New York Times ran a story earlier this week that chronicles the growing problem of electronic waste in America. Even when consumers take their old devices to recycling centers (rather than disposing of them in landfills), often the electronics don’t actually get recycled properly. This made me wonder: is this the case in Louisville?

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Politics
1:14 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Kentucky Hemp Supporters Blast Amendment Calling for Further Study

James Comer
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Kentucky's industrial hemp supporters lashed out Thursday against a last-minute amendment to the hemp bill that's been under consideration this year in the General Assembly.

State Rep. Rocky Adkins, a Sandy Hook Democrat and the majority floor leader, has proposed an amendment turning the Senate-approve hemp bill into a five year study. It also gives the licensing responsibilities to Kentucky State Police, which argues that legalized hemp would harm law enforcement efforts to target hemp's cousin, marijuana.

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Local News
12:59 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

A 16 Seed Upsetting a 1 Seed is Inevitable, Writers Say

Credit Western Kentucky University

Update: Louisville easily defeated North Carolina A&T  but Gonzaga struggled against Southern. Indiana plays James Madison on Friday afternoon and Kansas plays Western Kentucky Friday night.

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