The Two-Way
1:49 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Study: U.S. Adults Below Average In Literacy, Basic Math

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 3:07 pm

Adults in the U.S. fall behind many of their developed-world counterparts in such basic areas as math, reading and problem-solving using technology, according to a newly released report authored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies surveyed 166,000 teens and adults ranging in age from 16 to 65 years old in 24 countries.

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Shots - Health News
12:11 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Veterinarians Say Health Law's Device Tax Is Unfair To Pets

Dr. Douglas Aspros holds a patient not covered by the Affordable Care Act.
Courtesy of Douglas Aspros

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 2:53 pm

Dr. Douglas Aspros says the federal health law is increasing his costs to buy medical equipment, which he has no choice but to pass onto his patients — most of whom are uninsured.

None of Aspros' patients, though, will benefit from the Affordable Care Act's expansion of coverage. Aspros, you see, treats dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, parrots and other small animals at his veterinary center in Pound Ridge, N.Y.

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Local News
9:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Iroquois Park Event Lines Trail With 5,000 Jack O'Lanterns

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There will be a glimmer in the woods of  Iroquois Park for three weeks in October from a large-scale display of artistically carved pumpkins.

More than 15,000 pumpkins—some weighing s much as 1,500 pounds—will be carved and rotated throughout Louisville's first Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular. Nearly 5,000 pumpkins will be on display at any given time, said Erika Nelson, special events coordinator for the city.

Different themes, such as “around the world,” UK, UofL, Louisville Slugger and Derby will be featured each week to create a unique experience for each visit.

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The Two-Way
7:55 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Higgs Boson Researchers Awarded The Nobel Prize In Physics

British theoretical physicist Peter Higgs (left) and Belgian theoretical physicist Francois Englert were awarded the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 11:09 am

Peter Higgs and Francois Englert have been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for their theory of how particles acquire mass, the Swedish committee announced Tuesday.

The prize was given "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider."

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Politics
6:55 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Supreme Court Hears Another Challenge To Campaign Finance Law

Shaun McCutcheon is challenging the aggregate limits on contributions to political candidates and parties.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 1:17 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court returns to the campaign finance fray on Tuesday, hearing arguments in a case that could undercut most of the remaining rules that limit big money in politics.

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The Two-Way
6:54 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Justice Scalia Talks Satan, 'Seinfeld' And Gays

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks during an event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 4:02 pm

It's the first Monday in October, which means the Supreme Court is back in business after its long summer break.

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Local News
6:49 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Three Months After Cuts, Nearly 19 Percent Fewer Kids Using Kentucky's Child Care Subsidy

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Kentucky's child care subsidy program for low-income working families has 18.6 percent fewer children participants than a year ago.

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Education
5:17 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Indiana Governor Defends Halting 'Common Core,' Kentucky Governor Talks Charter Schools

Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

The Common Core standards and charter schools were discussed Monday when Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence appeared on a panel in New York City on public education at the state level.

The panel is part of NBC's 2013 Education Nation Summit

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Local News
4:31 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Churchill Downs Getting (Really, Really) Big Screen TV

Credit Illustration via Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs is getting a television upgrade. 

A big one.

In a $12-million project in collaboration with Panasonic, the Louisville racetrack is erecting a 15,224-square foot high-definition video screen beyond the direct track on the backstretch. 

The screen will tower 80 feet above the barn area at about the midway point of the backstretch.

It will be visible from more than 56,000 seats in the grandstands and suites, as well as to thousands of fans in the 26 acre infield," said John Asher, vice president of racing communications at Churchill.

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Local News
4:04 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Takeaways From WFPL's News Special on Health in Louisville

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A Greater Louisville Project report highlights the challenges the community faces to become healthier.

The report looked closely at life expectancy and morbidity when calculating their results. It provided a neighborhood-by-neighborhood analysis of health in Louisville. As it turns out, left expectancy varied by as much 13 years depending on where you lived. In Portland, for example, the average life expectancy is 70; in St. Matthews it's 83.

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