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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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Poll: Support For Legalizing Pot Surges During Past Year

A person identifying himself as Jermagisty Tha King of Denver lights up a 28 ounce blunt on April 20, 2012 in Denver, Colo.
Marc Piscotty Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 4:44 pm

Over the past year, Americans' support for legalizing pot has surged 10 percentage points.

That's according to Gallup, which has been asking the question since 1969. That means that 58 percent of Americans — a clear majority for the first time in more than 40 years — support legalizing marijuana and just 39 percent say the opposite.

To see the dramatic shift in public opinion, just look at this historical graph from Gallup:

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Arts and Humanities
6:45 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Listen | Coach Rick Pitino at Kentucky Author Forum

Credit WFPL file photo/Rick Howlett

Rick Pitino, coach of the University of Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team, was the featured guest at the Kentucky Author Forum on Oct. 9, 2013.  Author of the just-published book, The One Day Contract, Pitino was interviewed by New York Times columnist Joe Nocera.

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Local News
6:44 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Retain Assistant Football Coach

Clint Hurtt
Credit University of Louisville

Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt will remain on the Cardinals' football staff under "significant" penalties imposed by the school for NCAA violations committed while a Miami assistant coach.

The NCAA Tuesday announced penalties for Miami, including a two-year show-cause penalty for Hurtt requiring compliance updates to the sanctioning body. Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says that the school had suspended Hurtt but plans no additional action against him.

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Politics
7:57 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Louisville Councilman Jerry Miller Urging City to Leave Kentucky Retirement System

Councilman Jerry Miller, R-19,
Credit Louisville Metro Council

Saying it could save the city millions, Republican Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller is filing a resolution that seeks to remove the city from the Kentucky retirement system.

The non-binding measure will be considered later this week and requests the General Assembly revise state law to separate the County Employee Retirement System account from the overall state pension pool.

It also asks state lawmakers to give CERS an independent board from the Kentucky Employee Retirement System, which has been under a myriad of criticism for its management and financial woes over the past few years.

"Our costs continue to skyrocket in part because (the state system) is making decisions based on the KERS plan covering state employees, which is the second worst funded in the nation," says Miller.

The city's retirement costs have increased significantly over the past decade.

In 2004, pensions accounted for just over five percent of the city budget. Now about 15 percent of the Metro Government general fund is spent on retirement payments for public employees.

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The Two-Way
7:48 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

IRS Delays Start Of Tax Season Because Of Shutdown

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 5:59 pm

If you were one of those Americans who just can't wait to file your taxes because you're owed a handsome refund, the Internal Revenue Service has news for you: You're going to have to wait.

The IRS said today that the 16-day federal shutdown means it will delay the start of the 2014 filing season by one to two weeks. The shutdown delayed the updating and testing of some of the IRS' systems.

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Local News
4:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence Foundation to Host Advance Screening of 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Jennifer Lawrence
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A new Louisville foundation set up in the name of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence will next month host an advance fundraiser screening of her next film "Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

Tickets for the Nov. 20 fundraiser screening at Tinseltown range from $125 to $1,000. The film opens nationally on Nov. 22. More information here.

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