Arts and Humanities
4:10 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Biennial Events Offer Month-Long Exposure to Photography

Portrait of Nelson Mandela by David C. Turnley.
Credit David C. Turnley

Photography is one of our more ubiquitous art forms. The average person might be able to go a week without seeing a dance or a sculpture, but photographs are everywhere. And it’s democratic. First, the handheld camera put both portrait and landscape within the layman's reach. Now, camera phones and the Internet have turned average people into online exhibitors.

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Politics
3:48 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Attorney General Jack Conway: Industrial Hemp is Still Illegal in Kentucky

Hemp.
Credit Adrian Cable/Creative Commons

Attorney General Jack Conway is advising Kentucky leaders that industrial hemp farming remains illegal in Kentucky.

Conway issued an advisory letter Wednesday to Gov. Steve Beshear, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and others to clarify current law related to hemp.

The opinion from Conway does not carry the force of law.

Kentucky lawmakers have passed legislation that would allow farmers to grow the crop if the federal government lifts a longstanding ban.

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Local News
3:04 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Longtime Kentucky State Rep. Dwight Butler Won't Seek Another Term

kentuckyhouserepublicans.org

Longtime Kentucky lawmaker Dwight Butler has announced he won’t seek re-election to the House next year.

Butler says he wants to devote more time to his family and real estate business.

During his 19 years in office, Butler faced challengers only twice, and represents a sprawling district that includes Breckinridge and Hancock counties, as well as parts of Bullitt, Daviess, and Hardin counties.

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Politics
2:13 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Stumbo Refers LRC Chief Robert Sherman's Doc Shredding to Kentucky State Police

Robert Sherman
Credit Legislative Research Commission

A Republican Kentucky House leader is calling for Kentucky State Police to be brought in to investigate document shredding by Robert Sherman following his resignation Friday as director of the Legislative Research Commission. 

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Politics
2:13 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Matt Bevin Praises Ted Cruz, Slams Mitch McConnell on Defunding Obamacare Fight

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin joins a rally by Tea Party activists outside Mitch McConnell's office
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

A group of Tea Party and conservative activists rallied outside of Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s Louisville office, calling for the defunding of the president’s health care law.

Joined by U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin, over a dozen demonstrators spoke in support of Republican Ted Cruz of Texas, who held a nearly 24-hour marathon talk on the Senate floor to oppose the Affordable Care Act.

But McConnell disagreed with Cruz's tactic to block a federal spending bill that takes out funding Obamacare in order to keep Senate Democrats from amending the measure.

Instead, McConnell supports having a majority vote to defund the health care law while pressuring Democrats to join the GOP caucus.

Saying the GOP establishment needs to do more those rallying in downtown Louisville took McConnell's leadership to task, however.

"I can’t understand why Mitch McConnell won’t wake up and realize that (Obama) is trying to destroy us and destroy Kentucky. He’s the mouthpiece that not only we have but he represents the Republican Party in all of the United States right now," says Dan Johnson, a bishop at Heart of Fire Church in Louisville. "And if he don’t get off of his butt and get up and do what’s right, if he has any heart for the American people he will not fund Obamcare. It's time to defund Obamacare, it's time America is heard and this needs to end today."

The tactical disagreement in the GOP has been a divisive fight that was brought more to the surface by Cruz, who implicitly criticized leaders in both parties for not heeding the public's apprehensions about the health care law.

McConnell is maintaining Republican senators are united against funding the health care law, and would much rather talk about the Democrats.

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Shots - Health News
12:30 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Repeated Bone Scans Shed Little Light On Fracture Risk

A broken hip like the one at left is a big health worry for older women.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 12:03 pm

Many women have heard that they should be concerned about bone health as they age because there's a risk for crippling fractures.

But repeated bone scans that are supposed to help assess the risk do a crummy job of predicting who's actually going to break a bone.

That's the gist of a study of 802 women and men who are part of the ongoing Framingham Heart Study. They were screened for osteoporosis in 1987 and again in 1999. Most were in their 70s.

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The Two-Way
11:32 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Latest MacArthur Geniuses Include Sound Savior

Carl Haber, 2013 MacArthur fellow.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 11:59 am

This year's 24 recipients of MacArthur Foundation "genius grants" include a physicist whose work was inspired in part by an NPR report he heard a decade ago.

As Carl Haber of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory explains in a video posted by the foundation with Wednesday's awards announcements:

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Politics
11:20 am
Wed September 25, 2013

In Kentucky Legislature, Lax Rules Govern Workplace Relationships Despite Long History of Scandal

Kentucky State Capitol
Credit Wikipedia Commons

During the 1990s, the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission’s public image was shaped primarily by the sordid antics of Kent Downey, whose day job there often overlapped with his sideline business promoting golf trips with scantily clad hostesses offering sex for money.

Downey, who was director of House operations prior to being fired in 1996, sometimes drank and caroused at work. He put strippers on the state payroll and adorned his office with pictures of scantily clad women and a small plant with condoms hanging from the branches.

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Education
6:52 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Kentucky CPE Developing Plan To Award Universities Money Based On Performance

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Kentucky’s public universities could receive money based on their performance under a new initiative being developed by the Council on Postsecondary Education. 

Under the proposal, universities that award more degrees and graduate more minority or low-income students could be eligible to receive more money from the agency, said Council President Bob King noting that the initiative is not yet finalized.

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It's All Politics
6:43 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Your Government Shutdown Questions, Answered

If Congress can't come to an agreement to fund the government, there will be a shutdown on Oct. 1.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:29 pm

There's a showdown underway in Congress.

The Republican-controlled House has voted to keep the government running only if the Affordable Care Act is defunded, and the Democratic-controlled Senate isn't likely to go along with that plan. If the two sides can't resolve their differences by Oct. 1, the U.S. government will shut down.

We asked you what you wanted to know about the potential government shutdown, and journalists from NPR's Washington Desk tracked down the answers:

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