The Two-Way
6:45 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Court Rulings Complicate Discrimination Suits For Employees

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 11:19 am

In two big employment law cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has made it harder for employees to bring discrimination suits over workplace harassment and retaliation.

The two 5-to-4 rulings frustrated Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg so much that she took the unusual step of reading a dissent from the bench addressing both cases. Her dissent apparently frustrated Justice Samuel Alito so much that he rolled his eyes as Ginsburg spoke.

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Education
10:33 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Gets Another Positive Evaluation From Board

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens.
Credit Devin Katayama

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved the annual evaluation for Superintendent Donna Hargens, and she received positive remarks.

On Monday, the JCPS board unanimously approved Hargens’ second evaluation since hiring her in 2011. Board members cited her ability to build relationships with private business, being able to communicate the district’s strategic plan and her record on student achievement. 

The 6-0 vote did not include District 4 board member Chuck Haddaway, who was not present.

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Local News
4:33 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Hearing Set on Court-Ordered Plans to Help Indiana's Mentally Ill Prisoners

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana says the state Department of Correction hasn't done enough to help mentally ill prisoners since a federal judge ordered the agency to improve their treatment.

A judge has ordered the department to discuss its plans in detail at a court hearing Wednesday.

The ACLU says in court documents that the plans the prison agency has filed have been impressive, but little has been done to make the improvements happen.

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The Two-Way
4:08 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

White House: We Expect Russia To Expel Snowden

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 1:23 pm

After expressing "frustration and disappointment" because Hong Kong and China did not block "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden from flying to Moscow, the White House said Monday that it expects Russia will decide "to expel Mr. Snowden for his return to the United States."

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Local News
4:06 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Reports: Officer Shot in Sellersburg Standoff

Update: Authorities in southern Indiana have taken a suspect into custody after an hours-longstandoff during which a police officer was wounded and a K-9 unit apparently was killed.

 Sellersburg Police Chief Russ Whelan says the suspect was taken into custody and was not injured, The Courier-Journal reports. The suspect was not identified, and Whelan says formal charges are pending.

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Environment
3:08 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Rubbertown Residents Get Fourth Code Red Alert in Two Weeks

A Code Red alert was issued as a precaution to Rubbertown residents today, after a 20% solution of sodium hydroxide was released at Lubrizol's plant. Metropolitan Sewer District and the Lake Dreamland Fire Department responded; it was classified as a Level 1 hazmat, and authorities decided there was no risk to the public.

But this was the fourth chemical spill in about two weeks in the area, beginning with the hydrochloric acid release on June 9 at DuPont's plant. Last week, American Synthetic Rubber reported two releases of hydraulic fluid--one of 150 gallons, and one of 60 to 80 gallons.

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Politics
2:49 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

President Obama's Election Commission to Hold Public Meeting in Louisville

Credit http://www.supportthevoter.gov/

President Barack Obama's commission to improve the voting experience in U.S. elections will hold its first public meeting with officials in Louisville this week.

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration was formed this past March in response to a chorus of voters who complained of long waiting periods and confusion during the 2012 election.

An investigation of better election practices will be conducted by the group, and a report will be submitted to the president this fall.

The commission is set to hold four nationwide hearings on improving U.S. elections, but will convene in downtown Louisville this Saturday at the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers's annual conference.

Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson was appointed to the 10-member commission. He says meeting with local officials who work with voters directly is important to any overhaul nationally.

"The local election administrators are the front lines of elections," he says. "We can't accomplish the task we've been assigned by the president without talking to these local administrators. They're dealing with the budget cuts and difficulty with recruiting poll workers, and the biggest task for us is to try to reduce the line issue. And they're the ones who have to battle that the most."

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Arts and Humanities
1:05 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

REVIEW | The Price of Beauty Examined in 'Reasons to Be Pretty'

Cara McHugh as Steph and Doug Schutte as Greg in Neil LaBute's "Reasons to Be Pretty" at The Bard's Town Theatre.
The Bard's Town Theatre

Neil LaBute’s plays aren’t for the faint of heart. His relationship drama “reasons to be pretty” opens with a ferocious profanity-laden fight between a woman and her boyfriend who allegedly alleged to a friend that she wasn’t necessarily the prettiest girl in the room. There’s no warm-up, just a donnybrook of personal attacks and incriminations. It’s uncomfortable in that way that witnessing an intimate fight can be – do I laugh? Do I cringe? Is he lying? Is she overreacting? Yes.

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Politics
12:42 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

New Kentucky Law Opens Door for Christian Medical Coverage

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Kentuckians will again be able to sign up for a Christians-only medical program under a batch of new laws that take effect Tuesday.

Lawmakers passed the law allowing Medi-Share, a Florida-based cost-sharing ministry, to resume operations in Kentucky, reacting to a judge's ruling that barred the program from the state.

That law, along with dozens of others taking effect Tuesday, allows churchgoers who sign pledges not to smoke, drink, use drugs or engage in sex outside of marriage to sign with Medi-Share.

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