Local News
4:31 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Police: More Than One Person Apparently Involved in Fatal Ambush of Bardstown Officer

A Kentucky State Police spokesman says it appears more than one person was involved in the ambush slaying of a Bardstown police officer.

State police Master Trooper Norman Chaffins said today  that based on circumstances, investigators believe more than one person had a hand in the slaying of Officer Jason Ellis. The 33-year-old K-9 officer was gunned down on May 25 after he got out of his cruiser to pick up tree limbs on a highway exit ramp.

Chaffins said police have interviewed a woman who drove around the trap before Ellis stopped.

Local News
4:17 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Still Alive in College World Series, Indiana Hoosiers to Face Oregon State Beavers Wednesday

The Indiana Hoosiers return to action tomorrow in the College World Series, taking on Oregon State.

The Hoosiers are one game away from elimination after a 5-4 loss Monday night to Mississippi State.

IU coach Tracy Smith says his team struggled to generate any offense against the Bulldogs, striking out 14 times.

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Education
3:14 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

African American Ministers Call for JCPS-JCTA Contract Negotiations to be Done Publicly

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

About two dozen African American pastors on Tuesday called for Jefferson County Public Schools and the Jefferson County Teachers to open ongoing contract negotiations to the public.

The pastors also called for the new contract to allow principals more leeway to dismiss underperforming teachers, students more access to teachers before and after school hours and for struggling students to be paired with more experienced teachers.

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Arts and Humanities
3:04 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare Opens Celtic-themed 'Twelfth Night'

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival opens its 54th free Shakespeare in Central Park season this week with a Celtic-themed production of “Twelfth Night.” Directed by producing artistic director Brantley Dunaway, the romantic comedy features the adventures of  heroine Viola, who disguises herself as a man (Cesario) when she’s rescued from a shipwreck and separated from her twin brother. She goes to work for a Duke, who asks her to intervene on his behalf with his romantic interest, who falls for Viola in disguise instead.

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Politics
1:45 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth to Seek Re-Election in 2014

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth
Credit U.S. Congress

Democrat John Yarmuth will seek a fifth term as Kentucky's Third District Congressman in 2014.

The lone Democrat in Kentucky's 8-member federal delegation, Yarmuth's position has been elevated as a point person for the White House on federal appointments. And he is currently a member of the bipartisan work group that is crafting a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the House.

In a message to supporters on Tuesday, Yarmuth says it was important to make an official decision long before the January filing deadline.

"Representing the people of Louisville is the best job I could ever hope for," he says. "Hearing from our community and fighting for our priorities continues to drive me as it did from day one, and I have no intention of stopping anytime soon."

Earlier this year, the Yarmuth campaign dismissed speculation that a sparse first quarter fundraising report was a sign of retirement.

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Local News
1:44 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Court Upholds Fines Against Indiana House Democrats Over Labor Bill Protest

The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld fines levied by state House Republicans on Democrats for their legislative walkouts over a labor bill.

In 2011, Indiana House Democrats fled to Illinois to protest a right-to-work bill that also brought union demonstrators into the House gallery, and staged another, shorter walkout in 2012, the year the bill was passed. 

House Speaker Brian Bosma levied thousands of dollars in fines against the Democrats for their absence. 

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The Two-Way
12:25 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

U.S. Says Talks With Taliban Could Begin In Days

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 11:37 am

U.S. officials say the Taliban has agreed to begin long-stalled negotiations with the Afghan and American governments at the group's new political office in Doha, Qatar.

The talks with the U.S. could begin in days, NPR's Scott Horsley tells our Newscast unit. He says the milestone agreement comes after months of "diplomatic spadework."

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Law
10:08 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Why The FISA Court Is Not What It Used To Be

A copy of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order requiring Verizon to give the National Security Agency information about calls in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries.
AP

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 1:52 pm

The furor over recently exposed government surveillance programs has posed an abundance of political challenges for both President Obama and Congress. Relatively unmentioned in all of this, however, is the role of the courts — specifically, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, and how its role has changed since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Unbound: Frank Bill and Jamieson Ridenhour on 'Car Trouble'

In each episode of Unbound, we hear stories from two different authors on a theme. Today’s episode is about car trouble. Americans love their cars—the romance of the open road and the freedom to go any direction we can point our wheels. Unfortunately, they don’t always take us where we want to go.

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The Two-Way
6:46 am
Tue June 18, 2013

In Interview, Obama Defends NSA Data Collection

President Obama glances at Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (right) during a news conference with European Union officials at the G-8 summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on Monday.
WPA Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 10:24 am

In a 45-minute interview with PBS' Charlie Rose, President Obama defended a government program that collects vast data about the electronic activity of Americans.

Obama rejected comparisons to the Bush-Cheney administration, saying his administration had implemented new safeguards to protect Americans' privacy.

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