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11:51 am
Tue December 18, 2012

In His Final Broadcast, BBC's Robin Lustig Shouts Out Louisville

After decades on air (he joined the BBC in 1989), legendary broadcaster Robin Lustig has signed off.

Politics
10:57 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Rand Paul: Tim Scott Appointment Will Help GOP, Tea Party Among Black Voters

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says the appointment of Congressman Tim Scott, R-S.C., to the Senate could help Republicans and the Tea Party among African-Americans.

Scott will succeed retiring Sen. Jim DeMint, who is leaving for the Heritage Foundation. The appointment will make Scott the only black senator in the chamber next year.

As observers note, Scott's prominence is due in large part to the Tea Party wave that elected him in 2010.

From NPR:

Scott touts a Tea Party message of drastically smaller government, and beyond that he has endeared himself to many conservatives with his willingness to criticize President Obama.

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Local News
10:01 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Forbes Contributor: Louisville Should Top List for NBA Franchise

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Which city should be first in line for an NBA team, should one relocate or an expansion franchise be created?

Louisville, writes attorney Darren Heitner on Forbes.com.

Heitner is a professor of sports management at Indiana University and the founder of the Sports Agent Blog. He writes that Seattle and Virginia Beach are contenders, too, but Louisville has advantages such as an existing NBA-caliber arena and demonstrated support for basketball, albeit at the college level.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Hang on to Your Holly: WFPL's Holiday Lineup is Here

We know you're restless this week, dreaming of all the owl-themed gifts that are sure to fill your stocking. So here's a little something from us at WFPL. It's our holiday schedule. Think of it as an early holiday present.

Saturday, 12/22 12 p.m. | Tinsel Tales II

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Politics
7:34 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Rep. John Yarmuth's Gun Control Statements Draw Media Attention, Diane Rehm Show Invitation

Rep Yarmuth and Diane Rehm

You may have heard Third District Congressman John Yarmuth on WFPL Monday discussing gun control in the wake of the Newtown shooting. He'll be discussing the issue again on public radio Tuesday with an appearance on the nationally-syndicated Diane Rehm Show.

Yarmuth's office says he'll likely be on for about ten minutes around 10:15 am. 

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Education
5:07 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Kentucky Subcommittee Approves Restraint and Seclusion Policy Change

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The Administrative Regulation Review Subcommitee approved the Kentucky Department of Education’s new restraint and seclusion policy proposal Monday.

Kentucky is one of several states that don’t have a state law governing restraint and seclusion in schools so it's up to KDE to set that policy.

The changes would increase training and parent communication and allow restraint and seclusion of misbehaving students in cases of imminent threats.

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Education
5:02 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

CLOUT Urges JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens To Replace Zero Tolerance Policy

Community leaders advocating for restorative practices in Jefferson County Public Schools are urging Superintendent Donna Hargens to support pilot programs in schools that have expressed an interest.

Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, or CLOUT, hosted a seminar at Spalding University on Monday with over 30 community leaders including six JCPS principals. The group discussed how Louisville could implement restorative practices in schools and the community.

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Politics
4:56 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

McConnell: The Nation Stands With Newtown

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
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Speaking on the Senate floor Monday, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell expressed sympathies for the victims and survivors of the shooting massacre Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

McConnell says the murder of so many children shatters America’s heart, and that President Obama spoke for the nation when he talked about the importance of bond parents have with their children.

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Local News
3:57 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Auditors Finish Probe of Indiana Tax Accounting Errors

Auditors investigating Indiana's Department of Revenue are saying outdated technology and a work culture that sacrificed accuracy for speed led to $526 million in tax errors from the state.

Auditors for the international accounting firm Deloitte also discovered additional errors with 55,000 taxpayer accounts and 2,880 tax refund requests that were never processed. They credited new management at the agency with trying to correct the problems.

Revenue commissioner Mike Alley says he has been working to change the culture since he took over in May.

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Local News
3:33 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

What Would the NBA Mean for Louisville? WFPL Discusses.

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WFPL will have a special discussion at 1 p.m. Tuesday on what an NBA franchise would mean for Louisville -- the feasibility of pro basketball in Louisville and the possible positive and negative ramifications for the city.

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