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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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Education
7:03 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Greater Clark Schools Says Buy Outs Will Help Budget

Twenty-nine educators and staff have accepted terms of an early retirement package to save Greater Clark County Schools money next school year.

Superintendent Andrew Melin says the school district wants to make up to $3 million in reductions in its roughly $70 million general fund and the buy outs will bring them closer to that number.

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Kentucky House Leaders Still Pushing Redistricting

Greg Stumbo
Credit Kentucky Legislative Commission

Kentucky's legislative leaders have hope they can finish redistricting before the current session ends later this month.

New legislative districts were drafted and passed last year to reflect the 2010 Census. A judge threw them out, however, saying lawmakers did not properly divide up the state.

The House has already passed a new map of its districts, but the Senate has shown no interest in it.

Speaker Greg Stumbo says he wants the map approved so House lawmakers can know their new districts and make decisions on whether to run for re-election.

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Local News
7:47 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

WFPL to Go Off Air Briefly Sunday Night for Technical Work

WFPL will go off the air briefly Sunday night for technical maintenance.

The outage will happen sometime after 11 p.m. Sunday. The station should return to the airwaves long before the morning commute.

Politics
1:10 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

Noise and Notes: Gerald Blaine on 'The Kennedy Detail'

Former Secret Service Agent Gerald Blaine
Credit Joe Durso

Former U.S. Secret Service Agent Gerald Blaine has spent his life thinking about security.

In his book "The Kennedy Detail" co-authored with journalist Lisa McCubbin, Blaine chronicles his time protecting former President John F. Kennedy up until the assassination in Dallas.

It also looks at how the shooting was traumatic for Blaine's fellow agents and how each dealt with the president's death differently.

The book has been the subject of 2011 documentary and is set to be a feature film to be filmed in New Orleans.

Producers talked about why the project is in many ways—like the book—a rebuttal to Oliver Stone's infamous 'JFK'.

Watch:

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Education
12:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

Author Ron Berler Spends a Year Inside a Failing School

We hear a lot about failing and persistently low achieving public schools in Louisville. But schools like this exist across the state and across the country.

Author Ron Berler spent a year inside Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, Connecticut. He tells his story in his new book “Raising the Curve: A Year Inside one of America’s 45,000 Failing Public Schools.”

As part of The Next Louisville education project WFPL’s Devin Katayama spoke with Berler.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun March 10, 2013

What We're Reading | 3.10.13

Walt Disney
Credit NASA

Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun March 10, 2013

Media Critic | Why TV News Emphasizes Crimes and How It Shapes Louisville's Perceptions

James Miller
Credit Submitted photo

In my previous column I asked why local TV news spent so much time covering crime stories. One reason could be that Louisville has an unusual amount of crime, but as I showed, that’s not the case. Another reason could be that crime stories are very easy for TV news to cover.

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