The Two-Way
9:46 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Tuesday's Tornadoes To Be Followed By More Storms Wednesday

Where the weather is expected to be the worst Wednesday.
National Weather Service

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 8:28 am

Tuesday's warnings about more severe weather and the likelihood of tornadoes across much of the nation's midsection proved accurate.

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Economy
6:44 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Once A Boon For Investors, House Flipping Is Back

This home in the Glassell Park neighborhood of Los Angeles was bought by Dossier Capital for $390,000, records show. It's now listed for more than $720,000.
Courtesy of Dossier Capital

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 10:47 am

House flipping is back.

A popular phenomenon during the housing boom, flipping is when a house is bought and sold within a six-month period. Flippers are real estate investors who buy houses, fix them up quickly and then resell them, making money off the renovation. In parts of California, it's happening at some of the fastest rates in a decade.

At a recent open house in Glassell Park, a neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles, curious buyers and neighbors streamed into a green stucco house that had just come onto the market.

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Tea Party Favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann Leaving Congress

She's saying goodbye, for now at least: Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has announced she won't seek re-election in 2014. (File photo from Jan. 4, 2012, when she left the Republican presidential race.)
Jim Young Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 10:53 am

Rep. Michele Bachmann, a hero to many conservatives and tea party advocates who saw her fortunes rise and fall quickly in the 2012 race for the GOP presidential nomination, announced early Wednesday that she will not seek re-election to a fifth term in Congress.

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Local News
6:31 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Seven Months Later, Cause of Train Derailment in Southwestern Jefferson County Still Undetermined

Credit Louisville Metro

Federal investigators have not yet determined the cause of the October 2012 train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County.

The Federal Railroad Administration has released an incident report into the derailment of the Paducah & Louisville Railway train, which WFPL obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Investigators submitted no violations of federal regulations in the report.

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Local News
6:30 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Boy Scouts Decision on Gay Members Apparently Pleases No One

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The Boy Scouts of America's decision to accept openly gay members— but not leaders—has made neither Kentucky's Christian conservative leaders or LGBT activists happy.

Chris Hartman, director of the Kentucky Fairness Campaign, was disappointed by the caveat leaving gay Scout leaders unwelcome. 

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Local News
4:42 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Preservationists Racing to Meet Fundraising Goal to Restore Historic Plantation House

Rick Howlett

Preservationists say they’re making progress toward their fundraising goal for the restoration of a 19th century plantation house in Bardstown, but a deadline is looming.

The group is trying to raise $500,000  for Anatok.   The property, now owned by nearby Bethlehem High School, was the birthplace of Daniel Rudd, a former slave who became a prominent journalist and the founder of the National Black Catholic Congress.

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Local News
3:07 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Funeral for Slain Bardstown Officer is Thursday; Investigation Continues

Bardstown Police Department

The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting death of a Bardstown Police officer has grown to more than $30,000.      

Thirty-three year old Officer Jason Ellis was shot multiple times early Saturday after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on a Bluegrass Parkway exit ramp in Nelson County.

Ellis was on his way home from work and investigators now believe the officer was specifically targeted.

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Arts and Humanities
2:15 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Memory Lives On in Jill McCorkle's 'Life After Life'

Jill McCorkle, author of "Life After Life."

Acclaimed fiction writer Jill McCorkle introduces her readers to the staff and residents of Pine Haven Estates retirement home in her new novel, “Life After Life.” Her many characters’ lives and deaths explore the power of memory and the human capacity for self-discovery at any age. There's Rachel, a widow from Boston who chose to retire in the hometown of a long-lost love, and Stanley, who's faking dementia to avoid dealing with a strained relationship with his son.

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Politics
2:12 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Poll: Alison Lundergan Grimes, Mitch McConnell Tied in Potential U.S. Senate Matchup

Grimes and McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and potential Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes are tied in a new poll of Kentucky voters, though state Republicans are calling the results a "sham."

The poll, by Public Policy Polling, stated that McConnell and Grimes were each supported by 45 percent of Kentucky voters. In April, a PPP poll showed Grimes trailing by 4 points. In December, she trailed by 7 points. 

The PPP poll was paid for by the Senate Majority PAC, an organization founded with the help of Democratic U.S. Senator Harry Reid, the current majority leader. 

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Politics
12:39 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

'Kids First' Launches Radio Ad Targeting Louisville Teacher's Union Contract Deal

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A new radio ad is taking aim at the Jefferson County Teachers Association ahead of its contract negotiations with the school district.

As WFPL's Devin Katayama reported earlier this week, Kids First Louisville is trying to raise awareness about the upcoming talks while criticizing the union's contract. Leaders with Kids First argue the JCTA bargain is one of the more restrictive agreements in the country and blocks needed reforms at low-performing schools.

The 60-second spot will begin airing Tuesday and run for about two weeks.

It says the city's public schools are failing children and slams "union bosses" for putting their needs ahead of students. It also focuses on comments made by Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, who said the worst performing schools in Jefferson County were committing "academic genocide" against students.

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