Politics
3:32 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Mitch McConnell ‘Extraordinarily Helpful’ in SCOTUS Ruling Eliminating Overall Campaign Gift Limits

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Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was "extraordinarily helpful" in the Supreme Court case overturning overall campaign gift limits, according to the lead attorney for the plaintiff in the groundbreaking case, which is likely to pour even more money into U.S. elections.

In a 5-4 decision Wednesday, the high court found that government regulations on aggregate contributions violate the First Amendment rights of donors.

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Arts and Humanities
3:18 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Louisville Arts Could Do More to Engage At-Risk Teens, Says Fund for the Arts CEO

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Louisville continues to seek answers to a recent spurt of teen violence downtown. Some say tighter security is the answer. Others want to see more teenagers engaged in positive pursuits. Fund for the Arts President and CEO Barbara Sexton Smith says the arts are an under-used crime prevention tool for youth. 

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Politics
2:22 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Bill Aimed at Curbing Kentucky Heroin Epidemic Likely to Fail This Year

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A bill cracking down on Kentucky's growing heroin epidemic is facing an uncertain future in Frankfort, as lawmakers are concerned about the constitutionality of one of the bill’s key provisions.

Under the current language of the bill, the dealers who sold drugs to the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman could be charged with homicide, if they were in Kentucky. The same goes for the dealers' suppliers.

That has many state lawmakers concerned over the constitutionality of charging third and fourth-parties with homicide.

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Local News
2:05 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

There Were 8,600 Homeless People in Louisville Last Year, Here's What Officials Are Doing About It

The most recent Louisville Homeless Census shows that 8,608 people visited a shelter or spent time on the street in 2013.

This is just a two percent decrease from the previous year. Officials said they struggle to provide needed services, despite having more than 30 organizations working with homeless in Jefferson County.

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Local News
1:05 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Terminally Ill Woman and Her Partner Join Indiana Gay Marriage Challenge

A woman with terminal cancer and her same-sex partner have joined a series of lawsuits aimed at stopping Indiana from enforcing its gay marriage ban.       

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler of Munster joined one of those lawsuits this week. They were married in Massachusetts last year.

Court documents say Quasney has stage four ovarian cancer and isn't likely to survive for another year. The suit says the fact that Indiana doesn't recognize their marriage would deprive Sandler and her children of death benefits.

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Local News
11:37 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Remembering The 1974 Louisville Tornado, 40 Years Later

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Not long ago I took an afternoon drive through many of the neighborhoods that were ravaged by a violent tornado on the afternoon of April 3, 1974, 40 years ago this month. My deliberate itinerary took me through a trail of tidy, in many cases elegant, neighborhoods — from the Cherokee Triangle north and east through Cochran Hill, Crescent Hill, Rolling Fields, Indian Hills and Northfield.

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Local News
11:35 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Report: Company Pushing Biomass Plant in Kentucky Misled About Pollution Rate

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This story was reported by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, part of Louisville Public Media. You can find out more and see more stories at the KyCIR website.

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions

People wait in line for the beginning of the 2013-2014 Supreme Court term in Washington on Oct. 7. The court heard the first major case on campaign contribution limits since 2010's landmark Citizens United.
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Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:34 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down an overall cap on the amount that large campaign donors can give to parties and candidates in a two-year election cycle.

In a 5-4 decision split between conservatives and liberals on the high court, the court said the limits were a violation of the First Amendment.

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Politics
9:59 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Jabs Mitch McConnell's Personal Wealth at 'Raise the Wage' Rally

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes at a 'Raise the Wage' rally in Louisville, Ky.
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Saying a minimum wage hike would be a chief priority if elected, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes blamed Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell's personal wealth for his opposition at a rally in Louisville on Tuesday.

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Local News
9:28 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Maryland Beats Louisville 76-73, Advances to Women's NCAA Final Four

Maryland has advanced to the Terrapins' first NCAA women's Final Four since winning the 2006 national championship, holding off Louisville 76-73 Tuesday night in the Cardinals' home arena.       

U of L's Shoni Schimmel scored 31 points in her final game as a Cardinal, missing a tying 3-pointer off the back rim just before the buzzer. Louisville (33-5) missed a chance for a second straight Final Four with the Cardinals' season ending shy of the national championship game they lost a year ago.

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