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

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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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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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.


“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?


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.
Manjunath Kiran AFP/Getty Images

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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Local News
7:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Can Dialect Maps Tell if Kentucky is More Southern or Midwestern?

Louisville's geographic location has always led to that question of whether it's a Southern city or a Midwestern city. 

A series of interactive maps looking at dialects shows that it's both.

Joshua Katz, a doctoral student at North Carolina State University, created the maps using survey data from Cambridge University linguist Bert Vaux. 

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Political Crisis In Egypt
6:34 am
Tue July 9, 2013

What Egyptian State TV Says About The State Of Egypt

In an image from a video broadcast on Egyptian state TV, President Mohammed Morsi addresses the nation on July 2 — his final speech before the military deposed him.
Ismael Mohamad UPI /Landov

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 8:23 am

It sounded like a slip of the tongue. As millions of Egyptians took to the streets calling for President Mohammed Morsi to step down, state TV anchor George Heshmat casually used the word "revolution" instead of "protests."

This signaled that state TV was beginning to assert its independence from a government that was never a good fit for it anyway. It was clear that something had changed at the voice of the state — even before Morsi was pushed from power.

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10:07 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

JCPS Adopts New Dropout Age, Kentucky Nears Threshold To Mandate Policy Statewide

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The Jefferson County Board of Education approved a new policy Monday night increasing the age at which students can drop out of school from 16- to 18-years-old, joining dozens of school districts statewide that have passed similar policies over the last two weeks.

“When you say it’s okay for students to drop out of school at 16, they think it’s okay to drop out at 16,” says JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens. “So in order to really send the message that we expect you to stay in school until 18 and we’re there to support you, it needs to be in writing that it's 18.”

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Arts and Humanities
5:20 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Forecastle Festival Anticipates Bigger Crowds This Weekend

Forecastle Festival

Forecastle’s eleventh festival opens this weekend at Waterfront Park, and festival organizers are expecting to double last year's attendance. Over the years, the once-diminutive event founded by "Captain" J.K. McKnight in 2002 has grown from humble beginnings in Louisville’s Tyler Park to a three-day rock festival boasting headliners like Widespread Panic, Flaming Lips and yes, My Morning Jacket.

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