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6:27 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Why Postponing Insurance Mandate Is No Easy Fix For Obamacare

Patrick Lamanske, of Champaign, Ill., works with Amanda Ziemnisky (right), of the Champaign Urbana Public Health District, to try to sign up his wife, Ping, for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 1.
David Mercer AP

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 7:57 pm

The Obama administration has entered full damage-control mode over the balky website intended to enroll people in new health plans under the Affordable Care Act.

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Education
5:43 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Kentucky Selected For Two-Year Pilot To Improve Teacher Preparation Programs

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Kentucky is among seven states that will participate in a two-year pilot program to improve teacher training programs and help the state’s higher education system better align with reforms at the K-12 level.

It’s not just a conversation happening in Kentucky.

Nationwide, educators, policy experts and lawmakers are emphasizing the need to better prepare teachers at the college and university level.

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Environment
4:42 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Bluegrass Bioneers Returns to Louisville this Weekend

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The Bluegrass Bioneers conference returns to Louisville this week. The local version of this national event is meant to emphasis nature as a solution to social and environmental problems.

This is the fifth year Louisville has held a local conference in conjunction with the national Bioneers event. Bluegrass Bioneers marries local talks and workshops with live-streaming of national speakers, as they address the main conference in California.

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Politics
3:58 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

John Yarmuth: Florida Democrat Should Apologize for Likening Tea Party to KKK

John Yarmuth
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Appearing on MSNBC Wednesday, Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth says fellow Democrat Alan Grayson of Florida should apologize for likening the Tea Party movement to the Klu Klux Klan.

"I've learned a couple of things in my life in Congress," Yarmuth said. "One is you never talk the Klu Klux Klan, you never talk about Nazis or Hitler and you never talk about slavery. So I think that was a mistake on Alan's part." 

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Local News
2:56 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Kentucky Ranks Last in U.S. for Access to Child Care Assistance, Report Says

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Kentucky ranks last in the U.S. for access to subsidy programs that help low-income parents pay for child care costs while they work, according to a report from the National Women's Law Center.

The report released Wednesday compares how each state handles child care assistance programs, which is funded partially through a federal grant.

In most states, the condition of child care assistance programs improved from the previous year—meaning, for instance, more families may be eligible for the subsidy, the report said.

In Kentucky, the program fares worst.

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Politics
1:21 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

U.S. Senator Dan Coats Says After Taking Big Hit, GOP Should Unify and Focus on Deficit Talks

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-In.,

Returning to Indiana this week, Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats says he disagreed with the strategy led by Tea Party-affiliated lawmakers such as Ted Cruz to de-fund the president’s health care law.

Coats has been a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act and introduced legislation to delay the law's mandates.

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Local News
1:02 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Louisville Takes Step To Becoming Leader in Life-Long Wellness and Aging Care

Artist's rendition of the full four-building corridor.

The University of Louisville has opened its new eight-story downtown building—called The Nucleus—that’s part of a larger planned corridor meant to support research and innovation in life sciences and aging care.

“This was a site for businesses and farmers and immigrants that were coming into our country. For the first entrepreneurs and innovators that really existed in our community,” says U of L President James Ramsey.

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Planet Money
11:42 am
Wed October 23, 2013

The Most And Least Lucrative College Majors, In 2 Graphs

Highest and Lowest
Quoctrung Bui

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 11:12 am

Your college major has a bigger effect on your income than where you go to college.

We reported on this story last month, and ran a graph of the most and least lucrative college majors.

But the graph, based on research out of Georgetown, was limited to people who had only a bachelor's degree. People with graduate degrees were excluded from the data.

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The Two-Way
11:41 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Fired White House Aide Admits He Was Twitter Troll

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Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 6:57 am

  • From the NPR Newscast: Giles Snyder reports

A top White House national security aide who was secretly going on Twitter to insult other Obama administration officials and politicians from both major parties, and to question the policies he had been helping develop, is apologizing.

Jofi Joseph is also out of a job.

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Education
9:56 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Backs Education Board on School Grades

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is supporting the State Board of Education's bid to shift calculation of school accountability grades from the Democrat-led Department of Education to legislative analysts.

Pence spokeswoman Christy Denault said Tuesday that Pence doesn't believe any state laws were broken when the board crafted a letter asking top Republican lawmakers to make the change.

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