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11:48 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Paul Amendment Changes How Soldiers Are Counted in Census

Rand Paul
Credit U.S. Senate

Services members would be counted differently in future U.S. Censuses under a successful amendment to a major defense bill that's to be debated in the U.S. Congress -- an amendment sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Currently, family members living on a military base are counted there as residents, but if a soldier is deployed away from the base, he is not counted as a base resident.

The amendment would count the deployed soldier as a member of the base -- a potentially helpful change for Kentucky. Kentucky has two major Army bases, Fort Campbell and Fort Knox. 

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Politics
10:34 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Report: Matthew Barzun or Anna Wintour for British Ambassadorship?

Anna Wintour and Matthew Barzun
Credit Creative Commons/U.S. State Department

Kentuckian Matthew Barzun is being considered for the U.S. ambassadorship to the United Kingdom, but to get the job he may have to step up his fashion game, Bloomberg.com is reporting. 

His competition: Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

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Politics
8:10 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Massie Receives Committee Assignments

Kentucky Fourth District Congressman-elect Thomas Massie
Credit U.S. Congress

Kentucky Fourth District Congressman-elect Thomas Massie has been assigned to the powerful House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

The committee is led by fellow Republican Congressman John Mica of Florida, and has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation. It also has oversees infrastructure such as clean water, the transport of natural resources by pipeline, flood damage reduction and disaster preparedness and response.

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Local News
6:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Handel's 'Messiah' a Big Orchestration, Bigger Tradition

Handel
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Even in its simplest form, it takes a small village to stage Handel’s Messiah.

The masterwork from George Fredric Handel requires, at least, a few dozen singers plus musicians. Then there are the audiences. Men in formal wear, women in evergreen reindeer sweaters and little girls in red, velvet dresses jam themselves into venues ranging from small churches to sold-out concert halls.

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Local News
5:32 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

J. Bruce Miller Calls NBA Report Misleading and Challenges Its Accuracy

J. Bruce Miller has fought for an NBA team for several years.

A local attorney who has spent over three decades advocating for an NBA team in Louisville is  dismissing a report that says the long-term benefits of a professional basketball team won’t suit Louisville.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

John McCain Frustrated by Rand Paul's Use of Filibuster on Defense Bill

Sens. Rand Paul and John McCain
Credit U.S. Senate

Speaking on the Senate floor Monday, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Az., warned that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., delaying a vote on the defense bill could be used as an example of the need for filibuster reform.

Paul has been pushing to force an amendment vote on the controversial National Defense Authorization Act, which allows the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens who are judged to be involved in terrorism. He says it's important to protect those individuals constitutional rights and has jousted with fellow Republican over the rights of "crazy bastards" on the floor.

But McCain—who was using support for the measure as a sign of bipartisan cooperation in the Senate—has had enough with Paul's tactics.

From Roll Call:

On the floor, McCain said that the “Senator from Kentucky” gave notice that he would object to any unanimous consent requests or votes, a stance that would prevent the Senate from adopting the manager’s package and any other miscellaneous amendments. McCain later confirmed to CQ Roll Call that he was referring to Paul when he spoke.

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Local News
5:08 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Pence Inauguration Set For January 14

The inauguration ceremony for Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence will be held Jan. 14 at the Statehouse.

His staff announced Monday that Pence will be sworn into office during a ceremony open to the public but that registrations will be required. Those registrations will be accepted starting in mid-December.

Local News
4:32 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Former Kentucky Justice Official Faces Ethics Charges

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has charged a former government official with violating the state's ethics code by allegedly using his position to solicit campaign contributions for Gov. Steve Beshear's re-election campaign last year.

The Ethics Commission took the action against former Deputy Justice Secretary Charles Geveden in a meeting Monday. The charges stem from accusations that Geveden solicited subordinates to contribute to the Beshear campaign.

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Arts and Humanities
4:19 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

A Cultural Marker: The Nutcracker Returns with Live Music

The Louisville Ballet's Brown-Forman "The Nutcracker"
Louisville Ballet Kentucky Center

“The Nutcracker,” a fantasy-fueled story of a young girl who dreams her toy prince to life and follows him through magical lands, debuted as a ballet in St. Petersburg in the late 19th century with choreography by the ballet master Petipa and music by Tchaikovsky. But it didn’t become an American holiday tradition until after World War II, when George Balanchine staged his version for the New York City Ballet and the ballet caught fire as a Christmastime production.

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