The Two-Way
12:43 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Public's Opinion Of George W. Bush Is Turning Positive

Former President George W. Bush and his successor, President Obama, at the April 25 dedication of Bush's library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Larry W. Smith EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 11:24 am

For the first time since 2005, when George W. Bush was in the Oval Office, the public's opinion of the former president is "more positive than negative," the pollsters at Gallup say.

Gallup says its latest polling shows:

-- 49 percent of those surveyed have a favorable opinion of the former president.

-- 46 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Bush.

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Arts and Humanities
11:48 am
Wed June 12, 2013

New Fiction Show Unbound Begins Monday on WFPL

WFPL's new fiction radio show, Unbound, will debut Monday, June 17 at 7  p.m. Each 30-minute episode will feature two authors reading their own short fiction on a common theme. The first season features ten episodes, and WFPL will air one each weeknight June 17-28. Stories will be posted on the website the day after they air. 

Unbound is made possible in part by the Bachelors and Masters Writing Programs at Spalding University. WFPL says thank you to all of our Unbound backers and supporters.

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Local News
11:25 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Update: 1 Person Still in Critical Condition After Seneca Golf Course Plane Crash

Panel for a random Cessna 172M.
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Four people aboard a plane that crashed overnight at Seneca Golf Course (near Bowman Field) were listed in critical condition condition Wednesday morning at University Hospital, a hospital spokesman says.

The Cessna 172  crashed while—according to preliminary reports—the pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings, an Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says.

The FAA will handoff its investigation to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Arts and Humanities
11:18 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Flyover Film Festival Opens Tonight

The Louisville Film Society's fifth annual Flyover Film Festival opens tonight with two films with local connections and a poetic Western crime film that's been garnering buzz on the festival circuit. The film festival runs through Sunday, with most events happening at the Clifton Center (2117 Payne St.). 

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Pope Francis Said To Reveal Existence Of 'Gay Lobby'

Pope Francis leaves after his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on June 12, 2013.
Alberto Pizzoli AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 12, 2013 9:58 am

In an audience with The Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious, Pope Francis is said to have revealed the existence of a gay lobby.

The organization of priests and nuns posted notes of their private meeting with the pope on its website.

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It's All Politics
6:50 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Should Bills Need the Support of the Majority? Conservative Groups Press House GOP on 'Hastert Rule'

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 8:53 pm

A who's who of conservative groups is urging House Republicans to adopt a new rule. Well, actually, it's an old rule: the Hastert Rule. Dennis Hastert is the former Republican speaker who adopted the informal guideline that no bill should pass without the support of the majority of the majority.

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The Salt
6:39 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Why You'll Be Paying More For Beef All This Year

With U.S. cattle herds at their lowest levels since the 1950s and corn feed prices on the rise, beef prices are on the rise.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 5:53 am

If you've experienced sticker shock shopping for ground beef or steak recently, be prepared for an entire summer of high beef prices.

Multi-year droughts in states that produce most of the country's beef cattle have driven up costs to historic highs. Last year, ranchers culled deep into their herds — some even liquidated all their cattle — which pushed the U.S. cattle herd to its lowest point since the 1950s.

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I'm a reporter with Harvest Public Media based at KUNC, covering the wide range of agricultural stories in Colorado.

Education
4:43 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

JCPS Preps For High Speed Internet Upgrades, Kentucky Comes Up Short On Tech Support

Technology is on the minds of Kentucky education officials who say they’ve identified nearly 40 school districts—including Jefferson County Public Schools—that are priorities for receiving upgrades to their high speed internet soon.

Kentucky Department of Education officials say state's public education system has been a nationwide leader in cloud-based computing, but KDE is struggling to keep teachers satisfied and adequate broadband Internet service in schools.

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The Two-Way
4:42 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Vast Collection Of Phone Records

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 4:57 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its practice of collecting vast data about the phone calls made in the United States. The ACLU claims the government surveillance violates the Constitution's guarantee of free speech, association and privacy.

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