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5:42 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Once an Aspiring 'War Correspondent,' Morgan McGarvey Settles into Senate

Morgan McGarvey
Credit Legislative Research Commission

Freshman State Sen. Morgan McGarvey is built like his predecessor, Tim Shaughnessy.

He's slight, lean, with a legislator's firm handshake and a clean-shaven face. His frame is a little more wiry, though. The more noticeable difference is when he stands to speak on the Senate floor.

For 24 years, Shaughnessy, a Louisville Democrat, took command of his desk in such a way that made it seem to disappear to on-lookers, his voice was a familiar rallying beacon for other Democrats in the chamber.

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Arts and Humanities
5:11 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Grad Student Makes Playwriting Debut at Humana Festival

Jonathan Majors (Henri) and Andy Lucien (Edwin) in Jeff Augustin's "Cry Old Kingdom."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Playwright Jeff Augustin won the Kennedy Center's prestigious Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award in 2011, but "Cry Old Kingdom," which opened Sunday at Actors Theatre of Louisville, is his first professional production. Augustin is a student in the Master of Fine Arts theater program at the University of California, San Diego.

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Politics
4:22 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Kentucky House, Senate OK Bill Gradually Raising Dropout Age to 18

Credit Creative Commons

Updated: School districts will have the option of raising the minimum age when students can drop out to 18 under legislation that on Monday cleared both the Kentucky House and Senate—which may lead to statewide implementation in the future.

The approved bill is a compromise reached after past efforts to strike a deal failed.

The dropout bill allows  local school boards to choose whether to raise the dropout age to 18. After 55 percent of Kentucky's school boards raise the drop out limit, the change in four years becomes mandatory statewide.

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Local News
2:04 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Ranked No. 4 in AP Poll; Bracketology Projects a No. 1 Seed

Credit University of Louisville athletics

As a topsy-turvy men's college basketball season winds down, the Louisville Cardinals have vaulted to No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The Cardinals were ranked No. 8 last week.  The Indiana Hoosier fell from No. 3 to No. 2. Gonzaga remains the nation's top ranked team. Louisville ended the regular season on a seven-game winning streak, last defeating the No. 24-ranked Notre Dame. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:13 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

New Fiction Show Launching on WFPL

We're launching a new show this summer: Unbound is a literary journal for the ears, where we hope you'll discover your next favorite author. In each half-hour episode, two authors will each read a short story on a theme. Our authors are memorable voices writing excellent, engaging, thrilling and heartbreaking stories and novels -- exciting writers creating a buzz on the literary scene. 

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

WKU Plays Florida International (Richard Pitino's Team) for NCAA Tourney Berth

Richard Pitino
Credit Florida International University

In a season when Kentucky may not have much March Madness representation, a team from Kentucky will play a team with strong Louisville ties Monday night for an NCAA Tournament berth.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Florida International Golden Panthers tipoff at 7 p.m. Eastern in an unlikely Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship game. The winner gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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Local News
9:11 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Meeting to Be Held on Changes To Indiana's 812 Area Code

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will hold a public field hearing tonight in Jeffersonville on a plan to add a new area code to the current 812 region.

Officials say the 812 region covering southern and south-central Indiana is running out of numbers.

People who attend the hearing will learn about the options available for introducing a new area code and be able to comment on the plans.

The overlay method would allow current 812 customers to continue using the code, but they would have to have to dial ten digits instead of seven for local calls. 

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Politics
8:59 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Filibuster Reveals Close But 'Shrewd' Relationship Between Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell

Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul at a Tea Party rally in Kentucky
Credit Kenny Colston / Kentucky Public Radio

Senator Rand Paul’s nearly 13-hour talking filibuster reveals a telling wrinkle about the so-called symbiotic relationship with fellow Kentuckian and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

According to the National Journal, a week and a half before the speech Paul approached McConnell's campaign manager Jesse Benton—who is also Paul's nephew—about blocking the nomination of CIA director John Brennan.

The Republican leader had considered such a move beforehand, according to sources. But McConnell was glad to help "win over" other GOP senators to the idea on Paul's behalf in another attempt to show their solidarity.

"There were multiple discussions at senior staff levels about Senator Paul's plans to hold the Brennan nomination, and Sen. McConnell had agreed to hold, at the least, Mr. Brennan's confirmation to a 60 vote threshold," says Benton.

It was a masterful coordination that put the Obama administration's drone policy in the national spotlight, and put Senate Democrats on their heels.

But what Team Mitch was apparently unaware of was Paul's intention to actually perform a "talking" filibuster rather a "cloture." The reaction amongst McConnell surrogates has been a mix of admiration ("he's savvy") and apprehension ("it was shrewd").

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Education
7:33 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Louisville Ethics Commission Recommends Actions This Week for Councilwoman Shanklin's Case

Shanklin attorney Aubrey Williams addresses the Louisville Ethics Commission at last year's hearing.

The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission is expected to release its recommendations in the case against Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin as early as this Thursday.

Shanklin has been accused of using her position on the council to benefit relatives and in some cases signed checks for family members. There are five provisions of the city’s ethics code that Shanklin has been accused of violating.

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Local News
7:23 am
Mon March 11, 2013

U of L's Downtown Life Sciences Building Expects Summer Completion

The opening of the University of Louisville’s new eight-story downtown life sciences building being constructed near Market and Floyd streets will likely be open this summer, officials say.

Nucleus--U of L’s research and development arm--has been building a life sciences corridor downtown that includes a series of buildings to support research, businesses and entrepreneurs. 

The new 200,000 square foot building was expected to be complete this month, but Nucleus President and CEO Vickie Yates Brown says the opening will have to wait.

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