Local News
4:27 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Fair Board OKs Agreement to Get $1.47 Million Payment to Sever KFC Yum Center Ties

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The relationship between the Kentucky State Fair Board and the KFC Yum Center has moved closer to conclusion with the fair board’s approval of a compensation plan for its costs from running the arena.

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The Two-Way
2:44 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Obama To Limit Drone Strikes, Renew Effort To Close Guantanamo

President Obama speaks about his administration's drone and counterterrorism policies at the National Defense University on Thursday.
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Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 7:03 pm

President Obama on Thursday unveiled a major pivot in White House counterterrorism policy, calling for a limiting of CIA drones strikes and for a renewed effort to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Local News
2:19 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Will Russell Discusses Pee-wee Over Louisville's Sudden Demise

A young Will Russell dressed as Pee-wee Herman.
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When a founder of the famed Lebowski Fest announced a new festival focused on an under-appreciated pop culture icon—Pee-wee Herman—Louisville paid attention.

The Facebook page for Pee Wee Over Louisville, as organizer Will Russell dubbed it, garnered more than 1,000 likes in just five days after its creation. It now has more than 4,000—many of whom are using the social media site to convey their displeasure that the event has been canceled.

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Politics
1:34 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Internet Sales Tax Bill Could Restore Some State Budget Cuts, Kentucky Group Says

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Your online purchases could alleviate some of Kentucky's budget woes.

The federal legislation that allows states to collect sales taxes from more online retailers would benefit the Kentucky state budget, argues a policy group focused on economic policy.

If such legislation passed, Kentucky could gain $130 million to $200 million in revenue per year, the state's Blue Ribbon Tax Commission has estimated.

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Local News
1:16 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Rep. Massie: Congress Should Share Blame for IRS Scandal

Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie says Capitol Hill lawmakers should take some of the blame for the scandal at the Internal Revenue Service.

The Republican made the charge during a Wednesday hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Massie is a member of the panel looking into the improper IRS scrutiny of conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status.   He says Congress has created tax laws that are misinterpreted and misapplied.  

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Politics
1:14 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Councilwoman Attica Scott’s 'Bringing Down the House' Push Questioned, Praised

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott’s push to demolish the worst vacant and abandoned properties in District 1 has ignited a debate between residents and neighborhood leaders on how to tackle the problem.

The "Bringing Down the House" initiative is part of Metro Government’s overall effort to raze houses officials argued cannot be rehabilitated.

In January, Scott appropriated $25,000 in discretionary funds to pay for just over half a dozen demolitions mostly in the Parkland neighborhood.

Just this week, Scott's office announced one of those targeted properties located a 3020 Hale Avenue was torn down by city crews. It is the second house to be razed on that block in recent months, and another on Virginia Avenue was demolished last year.

In the announcement, Scott said this is an intentional attempt to clean up a scourge of empty structures. But neighborhood activists such as Chickasaw Federation President Donovan Taylor say tearing down those properties is not the answer, adding more should be done to refurbish those homes.

"There's a blight that comes with vacancy in the form of overgrown grass, liter and blight. And demolishing the homes does not eliminate that primary primary. You’re killing the fabric of the neighborhood when you may have a block that once had 20 homes that now only have 10 homes," he says. "We have on house on Cecil and Greenwood that during the summer the grass becomes so high that you can barely see the home because it’s between two vacant lots."

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Education
12:49 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Central High School Revitalizes Closed Pool

Louisville’s Central High School principal Daniel Withers did something Thursday morning that hasn’t been done at the school for over a decade.

He went for a swim.

When the pool closed in 2000 it was serving well over 1,000 people a month, according to Metro Parks, which last managed the pool. The pool is only the second JCPS pool—the other one is located at Shawnee High School—serving the estimated thousands of middle and high school swimmers in the district.

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The Two-Way
11:01 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Reports: Obama To Limit Drones, Urge Action On Guantanamo

An American flag flying over Camp VI, where detainees are housed at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay.
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Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 10:58 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': Dina Temple-Raston reports

Ahead of his much-anticipated speech Thursday afternoon at the National Defense University, there's word that President Obama:

Drones

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The Two-Way
10:28 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Jobless Claims Drop, But Stay In Recent Range

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 10:20 am

There were 340,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 23,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

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The Two-Way
7:23 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Judge: Unredeemed Borders Gift Cards Are Worthless

Customers walk out of Borders on July 22, 2011, in San Francisco, Calif., as the chain began liquidating.
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Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 8:34 am

If you were hoping to cash in that Borders gift card for the latest Dan Brown novel — or at least hoping to get some cash for it — you're too late.

A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the bankrupt and defunct book chain owes nothing to the roughly 17.7 million people who hold $210.5 million in unredeemed gift cards.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter says it would be unfair to Borders Group's other creditors to let gift-card holders pursue recoveries, Reuters reports:

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