Noise & Notes

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Shots - Health News
6:54 am
Thu April 24, 2014

FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes

A woman tries electronic cigarettes at a store in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 10:38 am

The Food and Drug Administration Thursday proposed regulating e-cigarettes for the first time.

The agency unveiled a long-awaited rule that would give it power to oversee the increasingly popular devices, much in the way that it regulates traditional cigarettes.

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Local News
5:22 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson Returning to UK Wildcats Next Season

Sophomore forward Alex Poythress and freshman center Dakari Johnson have announced they will return for another season of college basketball with the Kentucky Wildcats.

Poythress and Johnson were key contributors to the Wildcats' NCAA title-game run.    

His postseason performances fueled speculation that he might enter the NBA draft,  but Poythress said in a release that he wanted "to make sure that I'm NBA-ready before I make that jump."

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Local News
5:18 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Louisville's New List of Peer Cities Now Includes St. Louis, Oklahoma City

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The list of cities Louisville business and government leaders utilize to gauge the city’s socio-economic progress is getting bigger.

City officials will utilize the updated list of peer cities for the next decade as an agenda is developed to spark job growth and educational development.

Christen Boone is the director of the Greater Louisville Project, which updated the list.   She said the list is not meant to provide a list of city blueprints from which to copy.

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Local News
5:14 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Organizers Hope 5K Will Help Bolster Investment In West Louisville's Russell Neighborhood

 Community leaders in west Louisville’s Russell neighborhood are hopeful an event this weekend will attract investors into an area of the city that some say is isolated and neglected, but full of potential.

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Local News
4:38 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Indiana House Ethics Panel Begins Hearing Case Involving Legislative Leader

File Photo/Rep. Eric Turner
Credit Indiana State Government

The Indiana House Ethics Committee has begun hearing a case involving House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner.

The committee is deciding whether Turner broke rules when he worked privately to block legislation that would have cost his family's company millions of dollars in profits.     

Turner fought a nursing home construction ban during the 2014 legislative session.

Turner did not attend the hearing.   In a filing read by panel chairman Greg Steuerwald,Turner said he disclosed his involvement in the company while discussing the bill during a Republican caucus meeting.

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Local News
2:07 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Hillary Clinton to Address Methodist Women's Group in Louisville

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Former U.S.  Secretary of State and potential presidential candidate Hilary Clinton will be in Louisville this weekend to deliver the keynote address to the United  Methodist Women’s Assembly at the Kentucky International Convention Center.     

Assembly spokeswoman Selby Ewing  says Clinton, who’s a lifelong Methodist, was invited  to speak because  her advocacy work fits with the organization’s mission.

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All Tech Considered
11:57 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows

Monica Chavez packs up a box at an fulfillment center Dec. 2, in Phoenix.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 6:38 pm

Technically, consumers are supposed to pay taxes on things they buy online. In fact, few do.

Congress is considering a bill called the Marketplace Fairness Act that would force many online sellers to collect sales taxes for the first time.

In the meantime, some states have already enacted so-called Amazon taxes, forcing the giant online retailer to collect sales taxes the same way traditional brick-and-mortar stores do.

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Food and Dining
7:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Louisville Coffee Scene Is Serious About Barista Competitions

Steve Rhinhart and Ryan Felbinger judge the latte art competition.
Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL News

The night before the Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats played each other in the men's basketball NCAA Tournament, a group of twentysomethings from across the area gathered at the Cardinal Towne Quill's to fill out a bracket. Ben E. and TJ had a faceoff in the first round. Nate S. won in an early matchup and was prepping to take on Matt S.

These aren't teams. They're baristas.

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