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3:42 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Democrats Plan to Drop More Money Into Indiana Senate Race

Political parties and outside groups have already spent large sums in Indiana's Senate race, and voters can expect to see a surge in the last two weeks of the campaign.

Republican Richard Mourdock holds a huge lead over Democrat Joe Donnelly in fundraising, and conservative Super PACs have been running ads. But Democrats are planning to pump additional cash into the race as well.

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Arts and Humanities
3:07 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

A Few Honest Words: New Book Explores Pop Music in Kentucky

  • An interview with author Jason Howard about his new book, "A Few Honest Words."

WFPL's Erin Keane speaks with Kentucky author Jason Howard about his new book, “A Few Honest Words: the Kentucky Roots of Popular Music."

In the book's introduction, Howard quotes songwriter Harlan Howard when he writes, “if there is a creed that defines roots music, it is that it consists of ‘three chords and a truth.’”

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Politics
2:53 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Log Cabin Republicans Endorse Romney

WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent gay Republican group is hesitantly backing Mitt Romney for president, calling it the right decision for the nation even as it slams his opposition to gay marriage and civil unions.

Log Cabin Republicans says it's supporting Romney to put America and the economy first, but is only offering him a "qualified endorsement." The group says it will focus its efforts instead on House and Senate candidates.

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Local News
2:35 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Jurich Pressing Pitino to Extend Contract

University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich wants men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino to sign a another contract extension that would keep him at U of L until he’s 70 years old.

Pitino’s current contract expires in 2017, but Jurich says he’s been after the coach to sign on for an additional five years.

The two joked about it briefly during a press conference Monday.

"We get to extend your contract, don’t we?" asked Jurich.

"Yeah," Pitino fired back. "So I can die on the court."

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Education
1:52 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Incumbents Run in Most Kentucky School Board Races

This year, 477 school board seats are up for election statewide, according to the Kentucky School Board Association.

Board members are elected on a nonpartisan ballot in even-numbered years and they serve four year terms, which are staggered so no more than three members of a local board expire at the same time, according to state law. A total of 865 school board seats exist.

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Politics
1:11 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

New Group Plans Bigger Push for Expansion of Broadband Access in Kentucky

A national group that has pushed expanding broadband access in other southern states is now focusing on Kentucky.

Citizens for a Digital Future is opening up a Kentucky chapter to help advocate for these issues with lawmakers and private businesses.

The group’s Kentucky director, Gary Gerdemann, says a lack of wireless options is affecting businesses and education.

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Education
12:48 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Bluegrass Fund Begins Spending in JCPS District 4 Board Race

The Bluegrass Fund has at least sent mailers showing its support for Chuck Haddaway in District 4.

The political action committee created to support school board candidates separate from the Jefferson County Teachers Association is showing signs of spending through mailers, just two weeks before the election. 

The Bluegrass Fund was created this year to campaign for candidates separate from those backed by the teachers union’s PAC called Better Schools Kentucky. It’s the only significant financial competitor the union has seen in the past decade.

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Local News
12:44 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Appeals Court: Indiana Can't Cut Planned Parenthood Funding Over Abortion

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that Indiana can't cut off funding for Planned Parenthood just because the organization provides abortions.

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Politics
12:27 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Read the Kentucky Spirit lawsuit

Medicaid provider Kentucky Spirit has sued in Franklin Circuit Court to end its contract with the state. Read the suit below.

Ky Spirit Lawsuit

Environment
11:50 am
Tue October 23, 2012

2012 Expected to be a Record Year for Coal Exports

Energy Information Administration

Coal exports are expected to exceed record levels this year, according to the Energy Information Administration.

By the end of the year, the country is expected to have exported 125-133 million tons of coal—which shatters the previous record of 113 million tons set in 1981. This is largely due to a very strong first six months of the year, and the EIA notes that since then, the global demand for American coal has been slightly waning.

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