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12:53 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Redistricting Bill Approved by Kentucky House Panel

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A legislative redistricting bill has cleared a Kentucky House committee and is scheduled for a vote on the House floor on Wednesday.

The House State Government Committee voted 25-4 on Tuesday to keep redistricting on the fast track.

The plan under consideration in the Democratic-led House is drawing criticism from a prominent Republican in the GOP-led Senate.

Sen. Damon Thayer spoke out against the measure today  in a floor speech.

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12:30 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Alison Lundergan Grimes Scolds Mitch McConnell Ad Targeting Matt Bevin

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes
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Highlighting an appearance at the Kentucky State Fair this week, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is scolding the latest attack ad by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell against his primary opponent Matt Bevin.

The Grimes campaign says instead of "mudslinging" she is working with Kentucky's military service members.

From a Grimes spokesperson:

"As Senator McConnell turns to mudslinging his Republican opponent yet again, Alison Lundergan Grimes honored our men and women in uniform at the State Fair's Military Monday.

Kentuckians are ready for a leader in the U.S. Senate—not a career politician who has wasted decades in Washington playing political games."

It's the first comment from Grimes's people regarding the GOP battle. It also seeks to promote the "Grannies for Grimes" arm of her campaign in an effort to get attract senior votes.

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Local News
12:04 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Aide to Indiana Gov. Pence Takes New Job; Was Involved in Grade Change Controversy

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's chief lobbyist is leaving her post,  three weeks after her involvement was revealed in the manipulation of the grades Indiana hands its schools.

Heather Neal is joining Limestone Strategies, a political consulting firm, as president of its public affairs practice. The company is based in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C.

Neal was the chief of staff to former Indiana schools Superintendent Tony Bennett last year before joining Pence's team in January as his legislative director.  

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11:43 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Two More Counties Pass Resolutions Opposing Bluegrass Pipeline

A sign opposing the Bluegrass Pipeline at an information session in Frankfort.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Pendleton and Shelby counties have joined the growing number of Kentucky counties registering formal opposition to--or requesting more regulation and study--of a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline. This brings the total number of counties passing some sort of resolution to seven.

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10:53 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Listen | Middletown Elementary Kindergarten Parents Drop Off Kids For First Time

Middletown Elementary School parents sit the the library and share breakfast and conversation. They've just dropped off their kindergartners for the first time.

Saying goodbye to your child as they enter school for the first time can be a mix of anxiousness, sadness, joy and everything in between. 

I went to Middletown Elementary School in the East Louisville, which has opened its doors to parents post-drop off for the past several years to help them cope, talk and take a breather after seeing their child enter the first of several classes they'll see for the next dozen years. They call it "Boo Hoo Breakfast."

Listen below to hear how the parents felt after dropping off their kids to school on Tuesday's first day in class.

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10:30 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Transportation for Jefferson County Public Schools Goes as Expected; a Few Buses Late to Schools

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Jefferson County Public Schools officials say transportation for Tuesday morning's first day of school has gone well.

Ben Jackey, a JCPS spokesman, says some buses carrying elementary students were late to school—but that’s expected on the first day.

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10:28 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Mitch McConnell Campaign Ad: Matt Bevin 'Dishonest' About MIT Résumé

A copy of the certificate Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin received.

The campaign to re-elect Republican Senator Mitch McConnell launched a stinging attack ad against primary challenger Matt Bevin over his claims of educational ties to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In the 30-second spot, McConnell's campaign highlights reports from The Hill earlier this year about the Louisville businessman's LinkedIn page.

In March, Bevin had listed MIT under his education profile based his attendance at an entrepreneurial program on the MIT campus.

Critics argued Bevin was misleading people that he was either a MIT graduate or graduated from a MIT affiliated program.

Bevin later revised his social networking page after school officials told The Hill it was a three-week seminar with no formal link to the school.


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Shots - Health News
7:02 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Lyme Disease Far More Common Than Previously Known

Black-legged ticks like this can transmit the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 6:58 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 300,000 Americans are getting Lyme disease every year, and the toll is growing.

"It confirms what we've thought for a long time: This is a large problem," Dr. Paul Mead tells Shots. "The bottom line is that by defining how big the problem is we make it easier for everyone to figure out what kind of resources we have to use to address it."

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The Two-Way
7:02 am
Tue August 20, 2013

UPDATE: No Decision Yet On Egyptian Aid, White House Says

Egyptian soldiers stand guard in front of the constitutional court in Cairo.
Al Youm Elsabaa newspaper EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 2:02 pm

  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Leila Fadel reports from Cairo

(We put a new top on this post at 11:50 a.m. ET and added a new development being reported by the AP at 2 p.m. ET.)

The Obama administration is still reviewing U.S. assistance to Egypt and it's incorrect to say that such aid has been "secretly" put on hold, the White House said Tuesday.

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7:01 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Kentucky General Assembly Returns to Frankfort for Redistricting

The opening day of a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly set the stage for the legislature’s latest attempt at drawing new legislative district maps amid uncertainty over the timeliness of that process as a result of recent federal court action.

After honoring Miss Kentucky 2013, Jenna Day, and recognizing Democratic Rep. James Kay, D-56, state representatives quickly got down to business by introducing a pair of redistricting bills that will determine new boundaries for members of the state House of Representatives.

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