Local News
7:26 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

U of L Says Norton Healthcare Must End Agreement on Kosair Children's Hospital with UK

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The University of Louisville is giving Norton Healthcare 30 days to back out of an agreement with the University of Kentucky to jointly operate Kosair Children's Hospital.

Norton announced the partnership last week, saying it wanted to strengthen pediatric care in the commonwealth. This surprised U of L officials, who have also been trying to negotiate a similar contract with Norton.

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Local News
5:10 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Muhammad Ali Center to Present Humanitarian Awards

The first annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards will be given out later this year in Louisville.

Six people age 35 and under will receive awards for their contributions to peace and justice.

Ali Center spokesperson Jeanie Kahnke says the awards are based on Muhammad Ali’s six core principles.

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Local News
4:48 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Former UK Basketball Star Wayne Turner Joins U of L Staff

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University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has announced that former Kentucky star Wayne Turner is joining his staff as an assistant.

Turner played for Pitino for two seasons at UK, and helped the Wildcats reach three consecutive NCAA championship games.   He was part of UK’s 1996 and 1998 title teams, the second with coach Tubby Smith.

Pitino said in a statement that Turner will live with U of L players while helping coaches with game preparation, scouting and recruiting.

Local News
3:50 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Listen | Louisville Cardinals Athletic Program Surge Fueled by ESPN Partnership?

Readers of the New York Times may have noticed that the University of Louisville made front page news this week. The lengthy story shed light on the close relationship between ESPN and the university’s football program.

Though some claim the relationship brings positive exposure to the school, others wonder if being enmeshed with a corporate entity is a good thing, and what impact, if any, the sports program has on the academic side of the university.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Tea Partiers, Conservative Groups Target Mitch McConnell at Launch of Anti-Obamacare Tour

Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., at a tea party rally in Kentucky
Credit Kenny Colston / Kentucky Public Radio

A pair of conservative groups are kicking off their campaign to de-fund President Obama’s health care law in Kentucky to pressure Republican Senator Leader Mitch McConnell and other lawmakers.

For America and Tea Party Patriots visited the state on Tuesday to launch the "Exempt America Tour," which plans to visit the political doorsteps of five key GOP leaders in Congress including stops in Virginia, Mississippi, Texas and South Carolina.

The tour plans to draws attention to efforts to take out funding for Obamacare in the budget, which is being led by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tx., and supported by a handful of other Republican senators.

It's a strategy that's divided the GOP, with leaders in Washington voicing caution while conservative activists—such as former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin—arguing "forced enrollment" is unconstitutional.

"People in Kentucky and Senator McConnell know that we don't think Americans should have to pay for Obamacare. That’s why we’re in Kentucky," says For America campaign manager Scott Hogenson. "And we're starting in Kentucy because as the leader of the Republican Party in the Senate, we think he’s the first person we want to talk to."

Critics of this strategy say the Tea Party and others are playing into the Obama administration and Senate Democrat's hands. That pushing for a standoff to shut down the federal government will not work.

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Environment
2:51 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Report: Soil Conservation Could Help Reduce Climate Change-Related Crop Losses

A new report says farmers are relying too much on crop insurance to manage the risks of farming, and soil conservation would be a better long-term solution.

From 2001 to 2010, the Federal Crop Insurance Program averaged about $4 billion a year in payouts to farmers for lost crops. Last year, that amount was a record-breaking $17.3 billion to farmers across the country…nearly all for crops lost because of drought, heat and hot wind. More than $1.5 billion of that money went to farmers in Kentucky and Indiana.

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Politics
11:52 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Matt Bevin Failed to Mention State He's Running for in Campaign Disclosure, Says FEC

A small mistake or an attack ad in the making?

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin failed to include he is seeking office in Kentucky in campaign disclosure forms, according to a letter from the The Federal Election Commission sent Monday.

Bevin is running in the GOP primary election next year to unseat incumbent Mitch McConnell.

FEC Letter to Bevin

Given the increasingly bitter tone of the campaign and opposition research against Bevin thus far, it's likely this tiny piece of paperwork could find its way in a McConnell attack ad.

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Education
11:31 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Education Commissioner Says Next Legislative Session Is 'Make Or Break' For Kentucky Schools

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he supports tax reforms and expanded gaming to pay for public education in Kentucky.
Credit The Kentucky Department of Education

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is calling the next legislative session a “make or break year” for education in the state.

“I think we’ve hit the wall for increasing student performance and without some reinvestment in public education I think kids are going to lose out,” he says.

As Kentucky slowly rebounds from the recession, Holliday says the state needs to make education a top priority when laying out the biennium budget that will set the funding for state agencies over the next two years.

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Planet Money
11:11 am
Tue August 27, 2013

A College Kid, A Single Mom, And The Problem With The Poverty Line

Marion Matthew is a home health aide supporting herself and her 17-year-old son.
Pam Fessler NPR

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:02 am

The College Kid

Rico Saccoccio is a junior at Fordham University in the Bronx. He's from a middle-class family in Connecticut and he spent the summer living at home with his parents, who cover about $15,000 a year in his college costs.

According to the U.S. government, Saccoccio is living in poverty. The $8,000 he earns doing odd jobs puts him well below the $11,945 poverty threshold for an individual. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that more than half of all college students who are living off campus and not at home are poor.

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Politics
10:01 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Listen: Conservative Group Says Mitch McConnell 'Refuses to Lead Fight' on Defunding Obamacare

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,
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Another conservative group is launching a radio ad criticizing Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, this time calling on the GOP leader to oppose all funding for Obamacare even in the face of a government shutdown.

The Senate Conservatives Fund is spending close to $50,000 for this statewide ad that will begin airing Tuesday.

In a 60-second spot, the group says Obamacare is unaffordable and unfair but that McConnell hasn't forcefully backed efforts to de-fund the law.

Besides the president's health care law the ad also takes a jab at a controversy involving McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton who was recorded saying he was "holding my nose" working for the senator.

"The Obamacare bill stinks, and holding your nose won't make it any better," the narrator says.

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