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9:10 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Rand Paul to Speak to Rotary Club in Louisville

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul
U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will address the Rotary Club today amid a heated campaign season, with a closely contested presidential race and a heated race for U.S. Senate just north in Indiana.

Arts and Humanities
8:30 am
Thu October 25, 2012

The Big Break: A Break in Routine

  • Samantha works in the literary department, Claire kicks back in the dancers' lounge and Brad's family comes to town.

This week on our new audio diary series, "The Big Break," Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach pulls a shift in the literary department and sees herself in the incoming ten-minute play scripts. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks takes us inside the dancer's lounge, while Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond balances family time with the rigors of the stage. 

Learn more about our audio diarists, who report in every Thursday about life in Louisville's professional arts companies.

Politics
7:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Anti-Abortion Advocates Defend Mourdock, Pro-Life Views

Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has ignited a national firestorm for his abortion comments this week, but pro-life activists are coming to the GOP nominees defense and see the remarks as a chance to explain their views.

Democrats and Republicans have pounced on Mourdock after he said that pregnancies resulting from rape should not be an exception to an abortion ban because it is the will of God. At a press conference Wednesday, Mourdock stood by his position, but he explained that he abhors rape and apologized if anyone "came away with the wrong impression" from his statement.

Anti-abortion activist Rebecca Kiessling is a spokeswoman for Personhood USA. She says pro-life voters are are proud that Mourdock stood up for life against abortion even in cases of rape, and that critics are deliberately exaggerating his comments to score political points.

"Of course he was saying that the life of the child conceived in rape was created by God. And I believe that he’s in line with the overwhelming majority of Americans and Hoosiers who understand that God is the author of life," he says.

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Local News
4:14 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

EKU's Rugby Team Suspended During Hazing Investigation

Eastern Kentucky University officials have suspended the school’s club rugby team following hazing allegations.

Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Mike Reagle says the suspension means more than not playing games. The student-run team cannot meet, practice, have parties or do anything together as a group. Reagle said the prohibition is for the safety of team members.

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Education
4:02 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

James Heckman: Family, Early Childhood Development Key for Kentucky's Future

A Nobel laureate from the University of Chicago says for Kentucky to make real progress in student achievement, it must prioritize family initiatives and early childhood development.

Dr. James Heckman spoke Wednesday to a large group of politicians, educators, and business leaders in Louisville. For years he has studied how communities measure success, and he says more attention should be paid to building what he calls “character” skills in children under five years old.

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Local News
3:44 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Fungal Meningitis Causes 3 Deaths In Indiana's Elkhart County

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Elkhart County's health officer says three people have died from fungal meningitis are receiving injections there of a recalled back pain medication.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Yoder Jabs Young Over Ryan Budget Plan, Health Care Reform

In the race for Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District seat, Democratic challenger Shellie Yoder sparred with Republican incumbent Todd Young during their first debate at Franklin College on Wednesday.

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Arts and Humanities
1:59 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Louisville Repertory Opens David Mamet's Election-Year Farce "November"

Sean Childress as President Smith in "November."
Louisville Repertory Company

With the country closing in on Election Day, Louisville Repertory Company opens Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet’s presidential election-year farce “November” this week.  

“November” opens Friday and runs through Nov. 2  in the Kentucky Center’s MeX Theatre.

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Local News
1:32 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Mitch McConnell, Others React to Mourdock Rape Comment

Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock ignited a national controversy during a debate last night when he said:

"I know there are some who disagree, and I respect their point of view. But I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have, to have an abortion, is in that case of the life of the mother. I've struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."

The fallout began soon afterward. Here's a rundown of what's happened since:

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Local News
1:03 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Authorities: Laser Pointers Can Blind Pilots, Cause Disaster

Photo from laserpointersafety.com

Louisville Metro Police and the FBI are warning people of the consequences of aiming laser pointers at aircraft.

Officials say a series of recent local incidents, often intended as pranks, has raised new concerns about the risks to commercial and police aircraft.

Officer Carey Hirtzell was circling an LMPD helicopter above an investigation scene last weekend when someone pointed a green laser at the aircraft.

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