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12:15 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Indiana Lawmaker Proposes "Truth In Education" Measure

The lead sponsor of last year's effort to allow the teaching of creationism in Indiana schools is altering his efforts this year in favor of a so-called "truth in education" measure.

Senate Education Committee chairman Dennis Kruse says the proposal would encourage students to question a broad range of topics in the classroom. Lawmakers approved such a measure over the governor's objections in Tennessee, where that has translated into questioning evolution.

Kruse led an effort during the 2012 session to allow teaching of creationism in Indiana's public schools.

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Local News
12:10 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Ky Calls On Test Takers: GED Costs to Increase, Exam to Change

The Louisville Free Public Library offers GED services.

Thousands of Kentuckians have until the end of 2013 to complete their GEDs before the cost increases and the test is updated.

It’s been a decade since the GED Testing Service has changed the exam, which is equivalent to earning a high school diploma. In that time, nearly 16,000 Kentuckians have taken but not completed all five parts the test requires.

In Jefferson County, an estimated 2,000 residents have not completed the GED test, according to the Council on Post Secondary Education.

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Arts and Humanities
11:57 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Chanukah Chappens: Kicking Off Eight Nights of Light

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Christmas shows might be the 800-pound gorillas stomping on the December arts scene, but this year Congregation Adath Jeshurun is getting in on the action with "Chanukah Chappens," a multi-genre Chanukah show at The Bard's Town. The evening's two performances (7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) will feature storytelling, music, comedy, poetry and, of course, the lighting of the first candle on the menorah. 

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Politics
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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