Politics
2:49 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

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

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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.
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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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The Picture Show
12:34 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Around The Earth, That Moon Was Pretty Super

Taking photos on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife, June 22
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Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 6:23 pm

As if "supermoon" isn't cool enough, the technical term for the moon when it's closest to the Earth is: perigee-syzygy.

It happens about once a year, and this year it fell on June 23, though the day prior wasn't bad, either. According to NASA, this year's supermoon was "14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon."

It's not easy to photograph with a smartphone, but that's what photographers with nice lenses are for.

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Local News
11:41 am
Mon June 24, 2013

What's Next in the JCPS-JCTA Contract Process

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Late Friday, Jefferson County Public Schools announced that it had reached a tentative agreement on a new labor deal with the Jefferson County Teachers Association.

The changes would, among other things, expand the field of potential job candidates for principals who have vacancies for teachers. It also means that teachers wouldn't get a cost of living pay increase next year. For more, check out Friday's story about the agreement.

So what happens next?

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The Two-Way
10:58 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case Back To Lower Court

Abigail Noel Fisher, who challenged a racial component to University of Texas at Austin's admissions policy, speaks to the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court building during oral in the case in October.
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Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 8:39 pm

One of the Supreme Court's most anticipated cases of its current term — a challenge to the University of Texas' affirmative action admissions process — has ended with a ruling that does not revisit the fundamental issue of whether such programs discriminate against whites.

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Politics
10:30 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Bruce Lundsford: Democrats Lack Firepower to Defeat Mitch McConnell

Bruce Lunsford in 2008.
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Former U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Lunsford says Kentucky Democrats lack the "firepower" to defeat Republican Mitch McConnell in next year's election.

The Louisville businessman ran against McConnell in 2008 and came within six percentage points of defeating the GOP leader.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is considered the top contender for the Democratic nomination in 2014. She is being courted by national Democrats and encouraged by state party officials as well, but Grimes has taking her time to announce any intentions.

Perhaps warning Grimes against running, Lunsford says any potential challenger needs to know the risks of McConnell running a negative campaign could damage their political future.

From ABC News:

"There is really no sitting Democrat that I can think of right now that has the firepower, monetarily, or has enough gravitas to take him on significantly," Lunsford told ABC News. "I’d be surprised if anybody can run against him who thinks they have a further career in politics."

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Which Key Cases Will The Supreme Court Rule On?

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:32 am

It's another "decision day" at the Supreme Court. So, once again, we're waiting to see which (if any) big rulings are handed down.

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Local News
9:10 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Kentucky Makes Slight Gains In 'Kids Count' Report Despite More Children Living In Poverty

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Kentucky has improved its overall rating in an annual report measuring the well-being of children around the country, but the number of kids living in poverty is at an all-time high.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count Data Book measures 16 indicators in education, health, economic well-being and family and community.

Kentucky is rated 34th overall in the nation based on these indicators, which is the commonwealth’s best rating in at least the last decade. But the 27 percent of children living in poverty is at an all-time high.

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Environment
8:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Trade Group Promotes Concrete as Partial-Solution to Louisville's Rising Temperatures

The Kentucky Ready Mix Concrete Association is renewing an advertising campaign to inform the public about Louisville’s recurring problems with the urban heat island effect.

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