Local News
9:10 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Exhibition Looks at Grady Clay's Work

Grady Clay
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A exhibition opens later this month looking at the work of Grady Clay, the Louisville urban affairs journalist who died in March.

Clay was considered an authority on urban design—serving as urban affairs editor for The Courier-Journal and editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine. He wrote several books on his topic of expertise and also served on the jury to select a design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:55 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Meet America's Poets Laureate, Past And Present

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 7:03 am

To celebrate National Poetry Month this April, NPR Books reached into the archives for some interviews with the nation's official poets. Poets Laureate past and present have revealed their eloquence and insight in these interviews, where they discuss their inspirations, their heart-breaking memories, their confrontations with aging — and, in the case of Ted Kooser, how his wife felt about his thousands of Valentines.

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Boston Marathon Explosions: Suspect Seen On Video?

Flowers, flags and balloons at a memorial in Boston near the site of Monday's explosions.
Wang Lei Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 7:50 am

(Note at 7:50 a.m. ET, April 18: We've begun a new post to track Thursday's developments.)

Investigators made progress Wednesday, as they tried to determine who planted two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, leaving three people dead and injuring about 180.

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The Two-Way
6:19 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Investigators Recover Pieces Of Pressure Cooker Bombs In Boston

A marathon runner, wrapped in a blanket to stay warm after the race, watched Monday as authorities investigated the bombings that shook the finish line area at the Boston Marathon. At least three people were killed and dozens were wounded.
Nicolaus Czarnecki Barcroft Media /Landov

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 6:59 am

The day after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, investigators began to unravel some of the details of what happened, and we began to learn about the lives of the three people who were killed.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers said that they believed the devices used in the attack may have been pressure-cooker bombs stuffed with BBs and nails. Investigators said the bombs may have been left inside nylon bags or backpacks.

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The Two-Way
6:41 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Reports: Envelope Sent To Senator's Office Tests Positive For Ricin Poison

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS).
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 7:45 am

Quoting "congressional and law enforcement sources," CNN is reporting that an envelope sent to a senator's office has tested positive for the poison ricin.

"After the envelope tested positive in a first routine test, it was retested two more times, each time coming up positive, the law enforcement source said," CNN reports. "The package was then sent to a Maryland lab for further testing."

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Local News
4:48 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Police: People Should Report Suspicious Activity at Thunder Over Louisville

A portion of the 2012 crowd for Thunder Over Louisville.
Credit Kentucky National Guard/Creative Commons

Louisville Metro Police are urging people attending Saturday’s Thunder Over Louisville to report any suspicious activity to authorities.

The call comes after Monday’s explosion at the Boston Marathon left three people dead and more than 100 injured.

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4:44 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Ford Helps JCPS Develop Career-Themed Schools

Credit Courtesy of JCPS' 5 Star School book.

Jefferson County Public Schools has announced a partnership with Ford Motor Company Foundation to help the district improve its career-themed schools.

Louisville is one of 17 school districts nationwide participating in Ford’s Next Generation Learning initiative. The program includes a network of districts restructuring their career-themed schools to improve student outcomes and to prepare students for college and career readiness.

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Local News
4:01 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Bill Aimed at Curbing Indiana Meth Production Wins Final Passage


Indiana legislators have given final approval to a bill tightening the limits on how much consumers can buy of cold and allergy pills often used to make methamphetamine.

The state Senate voted 43-5 today in favor lowering the annual purchase limit of pseudoephedrine-based products to about 61 grams per person. That's about an eight-month supply of the current law's monthly limit.

The bill also increases the criminal penalties for anyone convicted of buying at least 10 grams of the medicines for a meth maker.

4:00 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Congressman Thomas Massie Co-Sponsors Measure to Protect Conscience Rights

Congressman Thomas Massie
Credit U.S. Congress

Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie has co-sponsored a bill that would allow individuals to ignore portions of the Affordable Care Act that violate their religious beliefs.

The Health Care Conscience Rights Act seeks to protect those who argue expanding coverage for contraceptives and abortion comes into conflict with their faith. For religious and political conservatives, the health care mandate to employers encroaches upon their constitutional rights.

According to Massie's office, the bill also protects health care providers who refuse to perform certain procedures and give refuge to people with religious convictions.

"Obamacare is expensive, unconstitutional, and threatens our First Amendment right of conscience," Massie said in a news release. "This bill protects churches, religious organizations, and business owners from being forced to violate their beliefs."

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Local News
3:07 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Indiana's Improved Revenue Picture Gives Pence New Optimism for Tax Cut

Expectations that Indiana will collect $290 million more in taxes leave Gov. Mike Pence’s team optimistic it can win a $500 million cut in the state's personal income tax this year.

House and Senate budget leaders said today that the improved fiscal picture makes it likely they will approve $500 million in tax cuts this year, but not necessarily the cut Pence wants.

State revenue forecasters said the improving economy should help Indiana bring in roughly $290 million more than the state previously anticipated.

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