Local News
3:35 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Cincinnati Zoo Breeding Sibling Sumatran Rhinos

Harapan
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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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Politics
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"

Purdue University

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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Local News
1:54 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Courier-Journal Executive Editor Bennie Ivory is Retiring

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Courier-Journal Executive Editor Bennie Ivory's long tenure leading the paper's newsroom ends on Friday.

Ivory announced his retirement today.

The Courier-Journal reports: 

Ivory, a 62-year-old native of Hot Springs, Ark., said he plans to stay in Louisville in retirement but will spend more time with his granchildren and visiting Arkansas.

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Education
1:46 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

U of L, UK Developing New Joint Master of Business Administration Degree Program

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The University of Louisville and University of Kentucky are developing the state’s first joint Master of Business Administration (MBA) program that will be targeted to established professionals in the region.

“It’s an MBA degree, but it’s aimed at a very different clientele of people. Folks who have considerably more work experience, 12 to 15 years on average is what we expect," says Charlie Moyer, dean of U of L’s College of Business.

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Local News
12:50 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee Laid to Rest in Frankfort

Buffalo Trace Distillery

A longtime Kentucky bourbon maker who’s credited with helping spark the industry’s comeback has been laid to rest.

Elmer T. Lee died last week in Frankfort at the age of 93.

Lee was the master distiller emeritus at Buffalo Trace Distillery.

His most notable contribution to the bourbon industry came in 1984, when he introduced Blanton’s, a single-barrel brand of bourbon.   The introduction sparked a trend toward small-batch bourbons that revived the industry.

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Politics
11:02 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Senator Rand Paul's 'Southern Avenger' Aide Resigns

U.S. Senator Rand Paul
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A controversial aide to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who once belonged to a neo-Confederate group has resigned.

Earlier this month, 39-year-old Jack Hunter was the subject of intense criticism for his past affiliation with the League of the South, which advocated for secession.

It was also revealed Hunter worked as a radio shock jock called the "Southern Avenger," who wore a Confederate flag mask and bemoaned America's growing non-white majority.

In an e-mail to The Daily Caller this weekend, Hunter said he was once a "politically incorrect" conservative, but doesn't want to cause Paul, who is considered a top 2016 presidential contender, any further damage.

Paul initially defended Hunter, pointing out he had renounced many of his past views.

But the situation had apparently become untenable as the GOP lawmaker seeks to attract minority voters to the party.

"Because of the views he had expressed before my employment it became a distraction and just wasn't going to work," Paul told reporters in Louisville on Monday. "It was a mutual decision."

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Kentucky's Child Abuse Panel to Meet for First Time

Retired judge Roger Crittenden is chairman of the Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel.

Kentucky’s child death and near death review panel will meet for the first time Monday since being mandated under new state law.

The panel had already begun work last year after being appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear through executive order. Chairman and retired judge Roger Crittenden says the  group’s duties will remain nearly identical and it’ll continue reviewing  55 cases from fiscal year 2011.

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Environment
9:27 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Legislators Pre-File Bill to Give Coal Counties More From Coal Severance Tax

Data from the Office of Kentucky State Budget Director

Two Eastern Kentucky lawmakers have pre-filed a bill for next year’s legislative session that would redirect 100 percent of coal severance taxes back to coal producing counties. This is the second year the representatives have introduced the bill.

In Kentucky, every ton of coal that’s produced is taxed. That severance tax goes into the state’s general fund. Half of it stays there. The other half goes back toward projects in individual coal-producing counties, or toward multi-county projects that theoretically benefit coal counties.

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The Two-Way
9:26 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Royal Arrival: It's A Boy!

Crowds of tourists gather on the steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial Statue outside Buckingham Palace in central London on Monday.
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Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 6:55 pm

The Duchess of Cambridge, better known to most of the world as the former Kate Middleton, has given birth to a baby boy, the crown announced in a press release.

The baby was born at 4:24 p.m., London time on Monday, and weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces. The baby, whose name we still don't know, is third in line for the throne.

The announcement continues:

"The Duke of Cambridge [Prince William] was present for the birth.

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