Local News
7:17 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Louisville's Burrito Riders Deliver Hundreds of Breakfasts (and More) to Homeless

Credit Courtesy of the Burrito Riders

It was cold and rainy the morning that a quartet of bicyclists rode out, covering 12 miles across Louisville and carting more than 200 pounds of homemade breakfast burritos.

They began at 8:30 a.m., working their way through all the homeless shelters in downtown Louisville, stopping to talk to anyone they met.

On this morning, Louisville' Burrito Riders are delivering breakfast to the city's homeless community—and, they hope, much more than mere sustenance.

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Education
7:01 am
Sun June 16, 2013

After Technical Issues, Kentucky Education Officials Want ACT to Run Practice Tests

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Kentucky Department of Education officials say they want the ACT testing company to run practice tests in the fall to ensure there won’t be similar technical issues experienced this spring.

In May, the ACT and other testing companies nationwide experienced technical problems while thousands of students tried access their tests online. KDE officials say this needs to be addressed as more schools are pushing for online testing.

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Local News
12:05 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Indiana Hoosiers Top Louisville Cardinals in College World Series

The Indiana Hoosiers baseball team beat the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday night in the teams' first game of the College World Series.

The Hoosiers were helped by strong pitching, holding the Cardinals to four hits and leading to a final score of 2-0.

The Cardinals trailed 1-0 in the first inning when the Hoosiers' Scott Donley hit a single, scoring Kyle Schwarber.

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Politics
10:59 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

Noise and Notes: Bennie J. Smith's Long Shot Quest to Retire Mitch McConnell

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bennie J. Smith

When Louisville musician Bennie J. Smith announced he was seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Senator Mitch McConnell even he compared it to a David versus Goliath proposition.

A jazz musician and Danville, Ky. native, Smith is equal parts music promoter and human rights activist.

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The Two-Way
1:37 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

Source: Obama Considering Releasing NSA Court Order

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 4:00 pm

NPR has learned that the Obama administration, under pressure to lift a cloak of secrecy, is considering whether to declassify a court order that gives the National Security Agency the power to gather phone call record information on millions of Americans.

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Simon Says
7:39 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Did ATMs Represent The Dawn of the Digital Era?

Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon says he now realizes ATM machines represented the dawn of the digital age.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 4:40 pm

Sometimes history stares you in the face, and you look in the wrong direction.

As a young reporter in the late 1970s, I did stories about some of the first automatic teller machines as they came into use. Most of my stories bore in on the concerns that seemed most urgent back then: Will people trust getting money from a machine, not a person? What if you ask the machine for $50 and it spits out $20?

Today, those worries sound as antique as wondering if the Iron Horse would put a lot of blacksmiths out of business — which I guess the automobile did.

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It's All Politics
7:39 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Illinois Pension Crisis: This Is What Rock Bottom Looks Like

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn called members of the Legislature back to work for a special session to help resolve the pension crisis.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 7:03 am

Lawmakers in Illinois are headed back to work next week to address the state's $100 billion pension crisis, the worst unfunded pension liability in the nation. While almost all states faced pension funding issues during the recession, none of them are looking at a predicament as severe as in Illinois. Every day it doesn't get fixed, the burden on taxpayers grows larger.

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The Two-Way
5:10 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

U.S. Navy Approves Use Of Lowercase Letters

Teletype operators relay U.S. military communications in North Africa during World War II.
AP

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 6:33 pm

A recent directive issued by the U.S. Navy was transmitted in the customary format, using all uppercase letters. Sailors, it said, are:

"AUTHORIZED TO USE STANDARD, MIXED-CASE CHARACTERS IN THE BODY OF NAVY ORGANIZATIONAL MESSAGES."

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Local News
3:50 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Partnership Helps Restore A Second Shotgun Home

This shotgun home located at 620 Jordan Avenue will be the second project of Save Out Shotguns program.

Preservation Louisville is repairing a second shotgun house as part of its ongoing project called Save Our Shotguns, which looks to restore some of the thousands of shotgun homes that exist in Louisville.

The group has partnered with the New Directions Housing Corporation, which participated in the first shotgun renovation.

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