Politics
6:43 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Louisville Businessman Matthew Barzun Selected as U.S. Ambassador to Britain

Matthew Barzun
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President Obama has nominated Louisville entrepreneur Matthew Barzun to be the next U.S. ambassador to Britain.

A major fundraiser for the president, Barzun served as finance chairman for the Obama re-election campaign last fall.

The selection had been rumored since January, when the New York Times noted Barzun, a tech executive, was in the running for the coveted foreign relations position along with Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour.

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Education
5:40 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Shawnee High School Principal Keith Look Submits Leave of Absence

The principal at one of Louisville’s lowest achieving schools is leaving the position for an education organization located in Washington D.C.

Keith Look submitted his leave of absence Monday from Shawnee High School.  It’s effective immediately.  

Look says being a principal is an isolated experience and he’s decided to leave, in part, to challenge his assumptions about education.

Look has been a JCPS principal for a decade. Before taking the helm at Shawnee High, he was at Meyzeek Middle School, which is one of the state’s higher performing schools.

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Local News
5:10 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Kentucky Officials Gathering Data for Health Improvement Plan

Officials are asking for the public’s help in assessing Kentucky’s greatest health needs.

The state Department for Public Health is putting together a State Health Improvement Plan, and is collecting data through an online survey.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Craig Humbaugh says officials want as many people as possible to complete the survey, which asks participants to prioritize needs and areas where more resources should be committed.

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Local News
4:23 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Louisville Meeting Spawns Boy Scouts-Like Group After Gay Members Decision

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A conservative activist is following through with his promise to create an alternative youth organization to the Boy Scouts of America, following  the Scouts' decision to allow for openly gay members.

The yet-to-be-named organization was formed from a private meeting held last month in Louisville. It's leaders announced its forming on Tuesday.

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Local News
3:53 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Angel's Envy Bourbon to be Produced in Renovated Louisville Building

Rendering of planned Angel's Envy Distillery
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Another bourbon distillery will be constructed in downtown Louisville.

The makers of Angel’s Envy bourbon announced today that they’ll build a distillery and visitors’ center in the long-vacant Vermont American complex on Main Street across from Louisville Slugger Field.     The $12 million investment is expected to create 40 new jobs.

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Education
1:52 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Kentucky’s New Dropout Age Will Be 18

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In four years, Kentucky students won't be able to drop out of school until they're 18.

It appears that enough Kentucky school districts have, or plan to back increasing the compulsory dropout age from 16 to 18 to put the state over the threshold needed to make the change mandatory statewide.

More than 20 school districts that have not yet acted on the policy are scheduled to meet this week, and WFPL has confirmed several of those districts plan to adopt the policy.

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Politics
12:55 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Rand Paul Aide/Co-Author Once Belonged to Neo-Confederate Group

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
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An aide to U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., is under scrutiny after reports surfaced that he spent over a decade as a neo-Confederate activist who led a group that advocates for southern secession from the union.

And the news could damper Paul's attempts to court minorities ahead of his rumored 2016 presidential bid.

Jack Hunter currently serves as Paul's social media director and co-wrote the book 'The Tea Party Goes to Washington" with the senator in 2010.

A conservative news site reveals Hunter was a member and chapter leader of a group called the League of the South, which advocates the southern states separate from the U.S. to form their own republic.

Hunter also worked as a radio show host who used the alter ego "Southern Avenger," wearing a Confederate flag mask. As the character, Hunter would opine on a number of issues such as celebrating the death of Abraham Lincoln and speaking against Spanish-speaking immigration.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

From 1999 to 2012, Hunter was a South Carolina radio shock jock known as the “Southern Avenger.” He has weighed in on issues such as racial pride and Hispanic immigration, and stated his support for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

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“The League of the South is an implicitly racist group in that the idealized version of the South that they promote is one which, to use their ideology, is dominated by ‘Anglo-Celtic’ culture, which is their code word for ‘white’,” said Mark Pitcavage, the director of investigative research at the ADL. The ADL said it does not necessarily classify it as a hate group.

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Planet Money
12:47 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

NYT Excerpt: Can A Casino Save A Struggling Town?

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Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 11:56 am

In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Adam Davidson writes about the economic consequences of legalizing gambling in Ellenville, NY. Here's an excerpt.

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Local News
12:02 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Kroger Buying Harris Teeter Supermarkets

Kroger says it has agreed to buy Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. for about $2.44 billion in cash.

The deal was approved by both companies' boards.

North Carolina-based Harris Teeter operates 212 stores in southeastern and mid-Atlantic markets, along with a pair of distribution centers and a dairy facility. Its fiscal 2012 revenue totaled about $4.5 billion.

The Two-Way
10:53 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Reports: Obama Considers Pulling All Troops From Afghanistan

U.S. troops at an April re-enlistment ceremony in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
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Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 1:50 pm

President Obama is considering the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, leaving no small residual force in that nation, according to reports from The New York Times and CNN.

Here's how the Times begins its report:

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