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11:15 am
Tue January 22, 2013

NYT: Kentuckian Matthew Barzun Frontrunner for U.S. Ambassadorship to Britain

Matthew Barzun
Credit U.S. State Department

Kentuckian Matthew Barzun will be the U.S. to the United Kingdom if he wants the job, The New York Times has reported, citing donors and adviser to President Obama.

Barzun, a former tech executive and major Obama fundraiser, has been the front-runner for the prestigious post since November, The Times reported. If the reports are true, he'd beat out for the job the famed editor of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour.

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Politics
10:35 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Kentucky Tea Party Leaders Issue Warning to Mitch McConnell, Plan to Draft Primary Challenger

Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

A coalition of more than a dozen Tea Party groups in Kentucky are issuing a stern warning to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell against co-opting the grassroots movement — and they plan to draft a challenger for the 2014 Senate primary.

The United Kentucky Tea Party is made up of several independent organizations from across the state. In a press release sent late Monday evening, the group says that McConnell and state Republicans are being "intellectually dishonest" by calling anyone with the GOP leader's campaign personnel a tea party leader.

"What I can tell you is we have a battle plan that we’re executing and to date that plan is working better than we expected. And our goal is to have a primary challenger for Sen. McConnell,” said John Kemper, a spokesman for United Kentucky Tea Party. 

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Politics
8:30 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Considering Criminal Code Overhaul

fbi.gov

A proposed overhaul of Indiana’s criminal code has cleared its first legislative hurdle but will be the focus of much more debate in the weeks to come.

Last week, an Indiana House committee approved the legislation, which proposes the first major changes to the state’s criminal code since 1977.

Supporters say the state is long overdue for an adjustment of punishment for certain crimes.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Pence to Address Indiana Lawmakers This Week

Indiana’s new governor will deliver his State of the State address to lawmakers this week.

Governor Mike Pence is expected to reiterate his call for a ten-percent cut in the state income tax and urge lawmakers to approve other elements of his budget proposal, which includes a one-percent increase in education spending and modest hikes for other programs.

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Local News
2:30 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Corpses Visit Kentucky Science Center in New Exhibit 'Body Worlds Vital'

You walk into a dark room in the Kentucky Science Center and behind glass, bright lights show off the inner workings of the human body. Bones and muscle are ripped, cut and stretch to artistically show how we work.

“If you want to appeal lay people who come with hesitation, who may have never seen a corpse before, they need to be looking beautiful,” said Angelina Whalley, the creative designer for the new exhibit called Body Worlds Vital.

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Arts and Humanities
1:30 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Art Exhibit Honors 'The Greatest' at Ali Center

Corey Pickett's "Freedom's Fight 2010," reclaimed colored cardboard (no paint)
Erin Keane WFPL News

A new art exhibit honoring Muhammad Ali is open at The Muhammad Ali Center. “Ali: the Greatest” is a fine art tribute curated by Evolve The Gallery in Sacramento, Calif. Gallery co-owners Brady and A. Michelle Blakeley challenged 19 artists from across the country to create works inspired by the boxing legend.

Though the artists all share the same subject, their work is anything but uniform.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer to Present Ishmon Burks With Freedom Award

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has chosen former Kentucky Secretary of Justice Ishmon Burks to be the 2013 recipient of the city’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award.

Burks is a retired army colonel who also served as the first African-American commissioner of the Kentucky State Police. In 2011, he served as interim chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department and as Fischer’s chief of public safety.

Burks says he is humbled by the mayor’s choice, and accepts the Freedom Award with a sense of gratitude.

"I wasn’t quite sure how to take it, but he said ‘I think you’re the man’ and I said mayor if you think so it’s fine with me. And so I was surprised by the whole thing," he says.

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Local News
11:46 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Activists Call on Cordish to Implement Policy Changes at Fourth Street Live to Address Race Concerns

Activists gathered at Fourth Street Live on Monday to speak about concerns over racial discrimination.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

Updated:  In his time as a security supervisor at Fourth Street Live, John Michaels often was called to the entertainment district's entry points to mediate dress code issues, he said. He said he quit in 2009 out of concerns that that dress code wasn't being enforced fairly. Were people being denied entry out of race or legitimate concerns over dress at the privately operated district? 

"I think it was a little bit of both," Micheals said.

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Education
11:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Kentucky Education Department Prepares to Release Alternative Schools Data

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the state is working to improve oversight of its alternative schools
Credit The Kentucky Department of Education

The Kentucky Department of Education is planning to release data next month on the state’s alternative schools for the first time as they look to improve transparency and accountability for the population the schools serve.

Over 70,000 students are estimated to attend alternative programs in the state (which could include duplicate student numbers),  many of which are in specialized schools that range in services and purposes. 

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

What Kentucky's Fairness Campaign Learned from Vicco, Kentucky

Credit Google Maps

Kentucky’s Fairness Campaign leaders say they plan to use the small eastern Kentucky city of Vicco as a model for grassroots movements pushing fairness ordinances in other cities.

Last week, Vicco became the fourth Kentucky city and the smallest city nationwide to adopt a fairness ordinance. The law protects all residents from discrimination regardless of sexual orientation, race, religion or age.

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