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5:12 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

In Israel, Sen. Paul Calls for Gradual Reduction of Foreign Aid

In his first visit to Israel, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is calling for a gradual reduction of American foreign aid.

It's an unlikely place to deliver the message, since Israel is among the largest recipients of American assistance. But Paul said in a Monday meeting with reporters that the U.S. can't afford to keep sending money overseas, even to allies like Israel. He says it would be "harder to be a friend of Israel if we are out of money."

Politics
4:57 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Fischer, Gray Lead Call for Lawmakers To Shore Up Pension System

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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State and local officials, including Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, came together in Frankfort today to press for action to address rising pension costs. It’s a problem they described as fast approaching unsolvable.

David Draine, a senior researcher with the Pew Center on the States, made his case for adopting some or all of the recommendations made by a state pension task force.

"Without real reform, rising pension costs are going to threaten key public investments and things like education, public safety and infrastructure," Draine said.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear Prepared to Call Special Legislative Session to Tackle List of Issues

Steve Beshear
Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky lawmakers return to Frankfort Tuesday for the start of the 2013 legislative session, and Gov. Steve Beshear is already predicting the need to go past the 30 days scheduled for work.

“We’ve got pension reform we need to deal with, tax reform, redistricting at some point will need to be dealt with, raising the drop-out age from 16 to 18, and a lot of other issues," Beshear said.

"And that’s a whole lot to address in a very short session.”

The General Assembly will convene for four days this week then meet again in February.

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Arts and Humanities
4:02 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Savage Rose Announces Season of Storms

Mike Slaton as Algernon and J. Barrett Cooper as Lady Bracknell in the March 2012 Savage Rose Theatre Company production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest."
Shana Lincoln Savage Rose Theatre Company

Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company has announced its 2013-14 season, which artistic director J. Barrett Cooper is calling "our season of storms." The next season, which begins in November with the Slant Culture Theatre Festival, is a tribute to William Shakespeare, with full productions of "Twelfth Night," "King Lear" and "The Tempest" planned. 

"We believe Shakespeare is the greatest playwright to have lived, and the spark that lit the fire of all playwrights to come after him," Cooper said at a season release celebration Sunday night. 

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Arts and Humanities
3:39 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Louisville Orchestra Features Own Principal Clarinetist on Weber Concerto

The Louisville Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Ryan McAdams to the Kentucky Center this weekend, and a familiar face from the wind section will also take the spotlight. 

McAdams will lead the Orchestra in Friday’s performance, which includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherezade,” inspired by the classic tales of “1001 Arabian Nights,” and the Louisville premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s “Sidereus,” a nine-minute overture commissioned by a consortium of 35 orchestras.

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Local News
3:26 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

2013 Indiana General Assembly Begins With Calls for Focus on Education, Economy

State lawmakers returned to Indianapolis today for the start of their four-month session, which will include the drafting of a new state budget and consideration of Republican Gov.-elect Mike Pence’s proposed personal income tax cut.

With a new GOP supermajority in the House, Democrats don’t have the numbers in either chamber to hold up controversial legislation like they did last year during the bitter fight over a right-to-work bill.

But new House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath says that doesn’t mean his caucus will be silent.

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Politics
2:53 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Kentucky Senate Designates Electronic Military Voting as Chief Priority

Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division on patrol in Iraq in 2006.
Credit U.S. Army/Public Domain

Giving Kentucky service members and their spouses the ability to cast absentee ballots electronically is the priority of the Kentucky State Senate heading into the 2013 legislative session, Senate President-elect Robert Stivers said on Monday.

Stivers says he’s taking recommendations from Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to allow electronic voting for overseas military personnel.

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Local News
2:53 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

J. Blaine Hudson in His Own Words

J. Blaine Hudson
Credit University of Louisville

J. Blaine Hudson studied Louisville's African American community and helped shaping it. He was born in Louisville and became involved in activism as a youth after he was denied entry into a movie theater because of his race.

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Politics
11:50 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Digging In For 2013 Session

Indiana's General Assembly is reconvening for a 2013 session certain to be jammed with debate over the budget, taxes and a raft of divisive social issues.

Lawmakers return to Indianapolis today for the start of their four-month session that will also feature dozens of new faces, including Gov.-elect Mike Pence and his new administration. Pence takes office Jan. 14.

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Politics
10:56 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Poll Shows Increased Support for Statewide Smoking Ban

Credit Creative Commons

The majority of Kentuckians — 59 percent — support a statewide smoking ban, says a poll conducted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

Last year, the poll said for the first time that most Kentuckians supported banning smoking in  public establishments. 

This year, fewer than  38 percent of Kentuckians opposed such a ban. The rest had no opinion.

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