The Two-Way
6:28 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Judge Throws Out Discrimination Claims Against Paula Deen

Will Paula Deen's admission of using a racial slur crumble her empire?
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Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 7:24 pm

A federal judge in Georgia threw out the discrimination claims against Paula Deen on Monday in a lawsuit that sparked widespread criticism, led sponsors to jump ship and the Food Network to drop her show.

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Education
11:12 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Split JCPS Board Approves Smaller Tax Increase Than Proposed

JCPS District 2 board member David Jones Jr. introduced a smaller tax increase that was eventually approved by a majority of board members.

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved its sixth straight annual tax increase—but it's a smaller hike than the JCPS staff's 3.1-percent increase recommendation.

Several people addressed the board Monday night, criticizing the idea of increasing  property taxes 3.1 percent, which would have forced homeowners in the district to pay $22 more than the $700 they now pay for property assessed at $100,000.

The 3.1 percent tax hike would have given JCPS an additional $18 million in revenue.

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Environment
6:09 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

In Franklin County, Magistrates Pass Emergency Moratorium Targeting Bluegrass and Other Pipelines

A rally in Frankfort last week.
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Franklin County has become the first to pass a measure blocking the Bluegrass Pipeline from applying for permits to cross county roads. The county’s magistrates voted 5 to 2 in favor of the measure last week.

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Education
4:57 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Indiana University Plans To Grow Online Presence

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Indiana University officials say they want to expand the school’s online education programs to reach more students and create more revenue.

Barbara Bichelmeyer is interim chancellor of IU Southeast. She says the university already offers more than 100 online programs, but the school only serves about 5,500 students.

By comparison, schools like the University of Massachusetts serve 30,000 students through online programming.

Bichelmeyer says IU plans to improve its marketing of online programs of over the next year to hopefully boost enrollment.

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Environment
4:27 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Wendell Berry Named Winner of Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Kentucky author and farmer Wendell Berry is this year’s recipient of the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, which is given out every year by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

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Local News
3:39 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Mammoth Cave Store Stops Selling Alcohol

Mammoth Cave
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Attention Kentucky cavers: drunken spelunkin' is now BYOB.

After Aug. 17, the campground store in Mammoth Cave National Park will no longer sell alcohol.

The store started selling alcohol last year, and park rangers noticed a sharp increase in criminal offenses related to alcohol.

"DUI, public intoxication, open container and so forth and so on," says Chief Park Ranger Brad McDougal. "The increase in the workload was really just too much for our current manpower levels."

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Local News
3:33 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder Gives Rand Paul, Kentucky Shoutouts in Announcing Sentencing Changes

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Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday changes to how the federal government prosecutes and sentences  people accused of nonviolent crimes, and he gave Kentucky a shoutout in the process.

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Arts and Humanities
2:36 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Actors Theatre Celebrates Golden Anniversary with Block Party

Fifty years ago, the founders of Actors Theatre of Louisville were upstarts, theater revolutionaries caught up in the ground-swell of the American regional theater movement, determined to de-centralize professional theater and embed it in communities across the country. The organization turns 50 this year.

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Politics
1:42 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Controversial Liberal Super PAC Progress Kentucky Shuts Down

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The controversy-plagued super PAC Progress Kentucky is no more.

The Federal Election Commission has posted the termination letter acknowledging that Progress Kentucky founder and treasurer Shawn Reilly sought to close the PAC.

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Local News
1:06 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Won't do Autographs at Football Fan Day

Charlie Strong
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The Louisville Cardinals football team won't do its annual autograph session during Sunday's Fan Day because of a national controversy over the signing of memorabilia.

Instead, the Cardinals will hold a tw0-hour practice in full pads for fans to watch. Parking and admission to Fan Day is free.

In a statement, Cardinals football Coach Charlie Strong said: 

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