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12:50 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

President Obama to Discuss Spending Cuts, Tax Reform; WFPL to Carry Special Coverage

President Obama
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President Obama will hold a news conference Tuesday to discuss fiscal matters. WFPL will carry NPR's live special coverage  starting at 1 p.m.

NPR says:

Officials tell the White House press corps that the president "will call on Congress to pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms to avoid the economically harmful consequences of the sequester for a few months." He's scheduled to issue that call around 1:15 p.m. ET.

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Politics
12:26 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Broadband Advocates Revive Bill That Removes Land Line Requirement

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FRANKFORT — Advocates for more wireless and broadband options in Kentucky will once again push a bill reforming the state's telecommunications laws—specifically, removing language that requires old-school land-line service throughout the state.

Citizens for a Digital Future unveiled the legislation today, which is sponsored by state Sen. Paul Hornback, a Republican from Shelbyville.

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Arts and Humanities
11:29 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Tweeters Gonna Tweet?

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Even Twitter users are divided on whether or not social media has a place during live arts events. 

The National Endowment for the Arts is leading a conversation on Twitter (#2TweetorNot2Tweet) about mobile social media use during performances. Are so-called Tweet Seats a fun engagement with a plugged-in audience of influencers, or are they a distraction from the events on stage? 

Some say bring it on—the more conversation the better: 

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Education
10:02 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Tennessee Education Association OK with Arming Teachers as Last Resort

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The largest teachers union in Tennessee  is quietly on board with allowing educators to carry a weapon to class—at least as a last resort.

The Tennessee Education Association is supporting a bill under consideration by the state legislature, but the union would prefer teachers not need to bring a gun to school, President Gera Summerford said. 

“I think the way we would look at it is, it’s the responsibility of law enforcement-trained personnel," Summerford.

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Local News
6:30 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Here's What the Southwest Regional Library Will Look Like

The plans are out for the long-awaited Southwest Regional Library.

The SRL is a proposed 40,000 square-foot facility at Dixie Highway and Kendall Road. It's meant to serve some 100,000 residents from across the area. Other regional libraries are planned for northeast and south-central Louisville.

While unveiling the plans, city officials touted the new library's size and scope. In addition to 100,000 books, they say the library will feature modern technology, computer access and large meeting rooms. The plans also call for the SRL to meet LEED standards.

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Environment
6:13 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Despite Fluctuations, Data Shows LG&E Released More Pollution in 2011 Than 2000

This graph shows data from the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory of the three largest industries that reported emissions in Jefferson County, plus the total on- and off-site emissions.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Every year, the federal government releases data about the toxic releases companies emit into the air or dispose of on land or in water. In the data from 2011 that was just released, the overall emissions for Kentucky continue a general downward trend. But in Jefferson County the most recent data shows that toxic pollution is still about as high as it was in 2004.

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Politics
5:29 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin Sues Mayor Greg Fischer Over Upholstery Program Records

Barbara Shanklin
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Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin has filed suit against Mayor Greg Fischer's office.

Shanklin, D-2, is seeking public records regarding an upholstery program for ex-offenders that her office funded, which is part of a recent ethics investigation against her.

In September 2012, Shanklin requested records related to Fischer's "involvement in the investigation," and what authority the mayor's office had to close the program.

The councilwoman alleges the mayor is violating the state's open records law and depriving her of evidence needed for her defense in the ethics case.

"Basically we asked for what authority or rule or policy the mayor relied on to terminate the upholstery program," says attorney Aubrey Williams, who is representing Shanklin.

Williams is requesting the ethics commission delay its ruling until this matter is settled.

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Politics
5:16 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Indiana House Passes Online Sales Tax Bill

Amazon.com and other online-only retailers would have to start collecting Indiana's 7 percent sales tax this summer under a bill approved overwhelmingly by the Indiana House.

The bill approved by a 79-18 vote today would negate an agreement between Amazon and former Gov. Mitch Daniels that gave the company until next year to start charging the sales tax.

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Arts and Humanities
3:58 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Artists: Learn About Fiscal Sponsorship at Fractured Atlas Tour Stop

Federal tax-exempt status is invaluable for fundraising in the nonprofit arts world. Donations are tax-deductible, which can provide significant motivation for individuals to give, and many grants require applicants to have 501(c)3 status. But securing 501(c)3 status can be a long and complicated process. For new arts groups or smaller projects that don’t have the resources or haven’t yet met the requirements for filing, fiscal sponsorship can help.

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Local News
3:49 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

More Books: Craig Buthod on the Future of Libraries

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Louisville officials on Monday night will unveil the designs for a new Southwest Regional Library. The library will be in Valley Station and is meant to be a source of information and a meeting place for 100,000 nearby residents.

"I think the library's going to become one of the most important, if not the most important public outpost in that part of the community,” said Craig Buthod, director of Louisville Free Public Library.

 

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