Local News
1:04 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Kentucky Creates 'Office of Entrepreneurship' To Streamline Resources

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Kentucky’s Cabinet for Economic Development has merged resources to create the Office of Entrepreneurship that will help small businesses launch their products and ideas.

“We can identify any entrepreneur, the person who wants to start a restaurant or the person who wants to start a floral shop in a small community," says interim executive director Erik Dunnigan, who also serves as Kentucky's commissioner for the Department of Business Development.

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Shots - Health News
12:25 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Unusual Tick-Borne Virus Lurks In Missouri's Woods

A harmful trio (from left): a deer tick, lone star tick and dog tick.
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Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:11 am

Last year, scientists got the chance to solve a medical mystery — well, at least half of it. This week the final puzzle pieces fell into place, as investigators tracked the newly identified virus to an eight-legged bug.

The mystery actually began with two Missouri farmers who came down with a strange illness in 2009. They had high fevers, diarrhea and nausea. Their platelet counts dropped dramatically, though they didn't experience any abnormal bleeding.

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10:29 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Which Nations Hate The U.S.? Often Those Receiving U.S. Aid

A protester denounces President Obama during a march near Cairo's Tahrir Square on July 7. Bitter rivals in Egypt tend to be united in opposition to the U.S. government, which has been a leading aid donor to the country for decades.
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Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 8:28 am

To figure out which countries dislike the U.S., one quick way is to simply look at which ones are getting the largest dollops of U.S. aid.

This wasn't the focus of a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. But it did emerge when Pew spoke to people in 39 countries about the U.S. and China, asking respondents if they had a favorable view of these two countries.

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It's All Politics
6:58 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Polls Show Wide Racial Gap On Trayvon Martin Case

Aqua Etefia holds up a Trayvon Martin mask at a rally Saturday in Miami.
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Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 11:09 am

Two polls released Monday revealed a dramatic racial gap in public opinion surrounding the Trayvon Martin case, with notable disparities on issues ranging from reaction to the verdict to the need for a national discussion on race.

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NPR Story
6:51 am
Tue July 23, 2013

What Is It About 'The Big Lebowski'?

Participants dressed a John Goodman's character Walter Sobchak chat at the 12th annual Lebowski Fest in Louisville, Kentucky. (Joseph Lord/WFPL)

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 6:40 pm

This year marks the 15th anniversary of “The Big Lebowski,” a film that baffled critics and audiences but has spawned perhaps the most loyal cult following of any movie released in recent years.

The epicenter of Lebowksi re-evaluation is Louisville, Kentucky, home of the inaugural Lebowski Fest, a celebration that has brought fans of “The Dude,” as he’s known, together for the last dozen years, and has been replicated across the country.

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10:49 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Subpoena Denied in Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin Removal Trial

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will not have to testify at embattled Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's removal trial.

Attorney Aubrey Williams had sought to subpoena the mayor so Fischer would explain the administration’s reasoning for terminating the upholstery program for ex-offenders that Shanklin continued to fund.

Metro Corrections halted the program in November 2011 in a letter to the program's instructor after learning few former inmates attend.

But an affidavit signed by Fischer says he did not have any knowledge about the program until after the decision was made. The court accepted the mayor's explanation that he leaves the "day-to-day" operations of departments to directors.

Williams told the court it is hard to believe Fischer was "oblivious" to the controversy and there is no question he was directly involved with shuttering the program.

"The mayor knew very well what was going on here. And for the mayor to not be willing to come and explain and talk about what he knew, why he did what he did, I think is just not right. It certainly isn’t fair to my client," he says.

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6:28 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell Take Turns Criticizing Obama During VFW Convention

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Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul each criticized the Obama Administration while speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ National Convention, though they focused on separate issues.

For Paul, a main theme was U.S. military intervention overseas.

In a speech Monday, Paul criticized Obama for sending aid to Egypt both before and after the ouster of the dictator Hosni Mubarak.

“Common sense tells us that we probably shouldn’t be sending our aid to military dictators or to the Muslim Brotherhood," Paul said.

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Local News
3:35 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Cincinnati Zoo Breeding Sibling Sumatran Rhinos

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Conservationists believe there may be fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos left on the planet and two of them are at the Cincinnati Zoo. Harapan, a 6-year-old male who was born in Cincinnati, has been brought back to his birthplace in hopes that he’ll mate with Suci, his older sister.

Dr. Terri Roth, director of the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife, says mating siblings is unusual and not typical—but it's necessary since the species is so critically endangered.

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3:26 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Conservative Groups Planning to 'Prosecute' Mitch McConnell in GOP Primary

Louisville businessman Matthew Bevin

National conservative groups are closely watching Kentucky in anticipation that Louisville businessman Matt Bevin will run against Republican Senator Mitch McConnell in next year's GOP primary.

A Bevin news release says the investor will be making an announcement in Frankfort on Wednesday as part of a 3-day event that includes eight campaign stops across the state.

Last Friday, several Tea Party activists with direct knowledge told WFPL Bevin is entering the Republican primary for McConnell's seat. The movement has remained ferociously critical of McConnell over the years and just this week the United Kentucky Tea Party issued a blistering letter slamming the GOP leader's voting record as not conservative enough.

Now sources with national right-leaning advocacy groups tell WFPL they are eager to get involved in a Republican primary battle in the Bluegrass, and are preparing  to support Bevin over McConnell.

"Over the next few days we plan to endorse very soon and come in very hard to prosecute the case against Mitch McConnell," says a source with a conservative PAC. "We are all in.  Whatever it takes, we're going to help raise money for [Bevin] and we're going to particularly work on ground game."

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Local News
3:20 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Purdue Professors Say Daniels' Ongoing Criticism of Historian "Troubling"

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A group of Purdue University professors says it is concerned about school President Mitch Daniels' continued insistence that liberal historian Howard Zinn was a "fraud."

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