The Two-Way
6:52 am
Fri August 30, 2013

British Parliament Closes Door On Syria Intervention

The Houses of Parliament are silhouetted against a setting sun as lawmakers debate possible British military action in Syria.
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Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 7:35 pm

After debating deep into the night, the British House of Commons refused a precursory resolution on military strikes in Syria. The resolution, which failed 272-285, called for a second vote to authorize military action once the U.N. inspectors have issued their findings on whether the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against its own people.

"It is clear to me the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action," Prime Minister David Cameron said. "I get that and the government will act accordingly."

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Local News
6:47 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Photos | What the 2013 Louisville Zombie Attack Looked Like

The 2013 Louisville Zombie Attack
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The Highlands area was invaded Thursday night by zombies—an Aug. 29th tradition dating back to 2005. Here's what the 2013 Louisville Zombie Attack looked like. Photos by Gabe Bullard.

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Local News
11:34 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Indiana University Wins Football Opener, 73-35

The Indiana Hoosiers began their college football season with a record-breaking 73-35 win over visiting Indiana State Thursday night.

IU's Nate Sudfeld threw four touchdown passes, and Tevin Coleman rushed for 169 yards and two more touchdowns.

The Hoosiers (1-0) scored 45 points in the first half, their highest total since the school started keeping records in 1949, and broke the Memorial Stadium scoring record by topping the 69 points Nebraska scored in 1978.

IU returns to action next Saturday in Bloomington, hosting Navy.

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Education
8:25 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Oldham County School Board Approves Its Largest Tax Increase In Past Decade

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The Oldham County Board of Education approved the largest allowable tax increase Thursday night, which is also its largest tax increase in the past 10 years.

The board's 4-1 vote will allow the school district to balance its budget and follows $3 million in cuts made earlier this year. Superintendent Will Wells says raising taxes the maximum 4 percent allows Oldham County Schools to maintain the academic programs that are working.

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Politics
5:43 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

State Lawmakers Point Out Speaker Stumbo's 'Evolving' Position on John Arnold Scandal

Greg Stumbo
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Kentucky lawmakers from both parties are questioning the timing of Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo's decision to begin a process that may lead to the possible censure or removal Rep. John Arnold over sexual harassment allegations.

And Republicans argue Stumbo's decision contradicts earlier statements from the speaker's office that lawmakers shouldn't interfere with an ongoing investigation.

Earlier this week, Stumbo said he disagreed with a call by Republican Senate President Robert Stivers for General Assembly leaders to discuss the Legislative Research Commission's ongoing probe in a closed-door session.

When Stivers called for a Sept. 4 meeting between Senate and House leaders, he said it was to learn more about the status of an LRC probe being led by attorney Cheryl Lewis, who was hired by Stumbo's office.

But the speaker balked at that request Wednesday evening.

And on Thursday afternoon, Stumbo announced the petition and an appointment of a special committee to look into the allegations, which could potentially remove Arnold from office.

"This position is inconsistent but that has been his course of conduct over the last 10 days," says Stivers. "While I applaud the speaker for seeking proportional punishment for the alleged acts, that does not resolve the problem of the legislature’s exposure to threatened litigation and money judgments. It also does not resolve the most significant problem which is how to address the culture that has been exposed by the actions of Rep. Arnold."

(Past coverage of the Arnold ethics case from WFPL and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.)

Part of this week's dueling statements between Stivers and Stumbo is a bit of political gamesmanship and difference in opinion on how to handle the scandal, which surprised lawmakers in the midst of the special legislative session.

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Environment
3:55 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

High Ozone Levels Possible on Friday

So far, Louisville's air has been fairly healthy this summer: there haven't been any ozone exceedences.

But the first one could come on Friday. The Louisville Air Pollution Control District has issued the third air quality alert of 2013. The Air Quality Index is forecast to be 133, which is unhealthy for sensitive groups. 

These sensitive groups include the elderly, the young, and anyone with heart or lung ailments.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Stumbo Calls for Investigation of Rep. John Arnold, Could Lead to Censure or Expulsion

Greg Stumbo
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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has filed a petition that would allow the House to investigate the allegations of sexual misconduct against Democratic Representative John Arnold, D-Sturgis.

State lawmakers could then vote to censure or expel the Western Kentucky lawmaker.

In addition to the petition, the House Committee on Committees is sending Arnold a letter saying that he will be suspended as chairman of the Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government, Finance and Public Protection.

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Local News
2:57 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

In Jefferson County, 16 Percent of Residents Don't Have Insurance

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Sixteen percent of Jefferson County residents don't have health insurance, according to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

That's just about even with the state average.

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Arts and Humanities
2:13 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Poor Little Rich Girls: New Exhibit Explores American Debutante Tradition

Consuelo Vanderbilt in "Debutantes" by Jacob Heustis.
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Louisville artist Jacob Heustis was ten or twelve years old when he visited Harrodsburg’s Beaumont Inn, which had been a girls' finishing school during the 19th and early 20th century. In what used to be a dorm, he remembers something unusual about the room’s original window panes. 

“There were these little scrawled names scratched into the glass," Heustis recalls. "I don’t even remember what any of it said, I just remember names, numbers, dates, things like that. Later I found out they did it with their diamond rings.”

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The Two-Way
1:47 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Federal Prosecutors Told Not To Focus On Marijuana Users

A customer rolls a joint made of half marijuana and half tobacco to smoke inside of Frankie Sports Bar and Grill in Olympia, Wash., in December 2012.
Nick Adams Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 7:58 pm

Federal prosecutors are being told by Attorney General Eric Holder to focus on cartels, criminal enterprises and those who sell the drug to children, not on casual marijuana users, a Justice Department official tells NPR's Carrie Johnson.

Holder today informed the governors of Washington and Colorado — two states that recently legalized the sale of marijuana for personal use — about the new guidelines for prosecutors, the official adds.

Bu the new guidelines will apply to all states, not just Washington, Colorado and those where "medical marijuana" is legal.

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