The Two-Way
6:38 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Sotomayor's Dissent Highlights Concerns Over Elected Judges

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor answers a question at Chicago Public Library in Chicago, in January.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 8:39 pm

Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent in a case this week involving the death penalty in Alabama was not aimed at public opinion, but it could be Exhibit A for why the nation's judiciary is falling in the public's estimation.

Sotomayor wrote a 12-page dissent when her colleagues refused to review the state's law that allows judges to overrule jury decisions on whether a defendant should be executed. She called it "an outlier" that might contradict the Constitution.

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Around the Nation
6:37 am
Wed November 20, 2013

After Floods, Some Colo. Rivers Aren't Where They Used To Be

Excavators work to restore the original channel of Left Hand Creek. The creek's diversion structures sit clogged with mud, debris and stagnant water.
Jim Hill KUNC

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 12:51 pm

In Colorado, farmers are scrambling to recover from September's historic floods — floods that decimated miles of roadways, cut off entire towns and sent rivers and creeks into areas they'd never been before.

Like Tim Foster's immaculate front yard.

"It was beautiful," he says. "I had four large blue spruces. We had hundred-year-old cottonwoods all along the bank. We had our irrigation and our pumps. It was just gorgeous."

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3:54 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Kentucky Cities Measured for LGBT Equality Policies

Credit Laura Ellis/WFPL News

A new report measuring the level of equality afforded lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans shows substantial improvements in the Kentucky cities measured, said Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman.

The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday released its second annual Municipal Equality Index, examining laws and policies that foster LGBT equality in nearly 300 American cities and awarded them points on a scale of 0-100.

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Local News
3:53 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Hold Organizational Session, Brace for Gay Marriage Battle

Indiana lawmakers convened today for an organizational session in advance of the 2014 General Assembly, which is gearing up for a political fight over gay marriage.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma says there are many pressing matters to consider during the short 30-day session, such as Indiana’s high unemployment rate, unmet education needs and road improvements.

But Bosma says the GOP-led legislature will also decide whether to move forward with a proposal to write a same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution.

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Arts and Humanities
2:14 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

U of L's African American Theatre Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The University of Louisville's "The Orphan's Revenge," based on "The Orphan of Chao," a 13th century Chinese classic.
Credit University of Louisville

The University of Louisville’s African American Theatre Program celebrates its 20th anniversary this week with a Creole adaptation of a Molière classic. “Monsieur Baptiste, the Con Man” is based on Molière’s satire “Tartuffe.”  Set among 19th century Haiti’s free Black community, this comedy of manners depicts a seemingly-devout confidence man who infiltrates a wealthy household and ends up falling in love with the lady of the house. It opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday at the Playhouse.

12:30 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Eastern Kentucky Coal Production, Employment Declines Again in Third Quarter

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Kentucky’s coal production and employment both dropped during the third quarter of this year, and once again the state’s eastern coalfields recorded the biggest loss, according to the latest quarterly coal report.

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Local News
11:49 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Bob Edwards on Louisville, Radio and JFK

Bob Edwards and Jonathan Bastian

Bob Edwards still remembers hearing of John F. Kennedy's death. He was a high school student at St. Xavier in Louisville, and walking into American history class.

"Our teacher had been on Kennedy's butt all semester," he told me. "But after that day in November, we never heard another bad word about Kennedy."

Edwards remembers a lot about his hometown of Louisville: walking with his mother down on Fourth Street, the bustling downtown, and a red sign that said "Welcome to Kentucky: Gateway to the South," when you crossed the bridge from Indiana.

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The Two-Way
9:05 am
Tue November 19, 2013

NSA Releases Some Files On Electronic Surveillance

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 10:17 am

Reporters on the national security beat are sifting through about 1,000 pages of newly declassified documents that the National Security Agency released late Monday.

The heavily redacted records, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement, "demonstrate the care with which NSA's foreign intelligence collection ... is run, managed, and overseen."

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U.S. Commutes: The Way We Get To Work
9:04 am
Tue November 19, 2013

'You Just Get Used To It': An LA Commuter's Diary

Neville Amaria's commute to work used to take up to 1.5 hours each way. He carpooled with colleagues including Stefanie McNally, Cristina Cooper and Bryan Kim. The gang passed the time by sleeping and snapping photos of unlucky commuters.
Courtesy of Cristina Cooper

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 8:50 am

For two years, Neville Amaria carpooled to his office in Los Angeles. That puts him in the same category as about 10 percent of American workers, who drive or ride to work in a car with two or more passengers.

Even still, Amaria's carpool stood out for its extremes. His mega-commute lasted two to three hours, round trip. And he did it with up to four co-workers squeezed into the car with him — most carpoolers only ride with one other passenger.

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