The Two-Way
5:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

1,569: S&P 500 Closes At All Time High, Rising Above Oct. 2007 Mark

A trader on floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 25, 2013. U
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 4:31 pm

The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index broke new ground today, closing at 1,569, an all-time high that erased the record set on Oct. 9, 2007.

The S&P joins the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which broke its 2007 record earlier this month.

Both indices have now recovered all the losses they suffered during the Great Recession.

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Education
4:57 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

JCPS Hit Hardest by Sequestration

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The Kentucky Department of Education is asking school districts to be conservative when budgeting federal dollars for next year, as across the board cuts known as sequestration are expected to chop funds by 5 percent.

The commonwealth receives nearly $500 million in federal funding which goes to programs like Title 1 funding for low-income schools, improving teacher quality, vocational rehabilitation and English learner education.

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Arts and Humanities
4:48 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Put a Ring On It: On Meaningful Audience Engagement

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I realized something during a recent conversation about social media use during live arts performances, the so-called Tweet Seats debate: what people crave isn't the soft distraction of their phone screens, not really. What they crave is the opportunity to lead and shape the conversation themselves.

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It's All Politics
4:09 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Obama Forms Presidential Commission To Study Voting Problems

Voters line up into the night outside a Miami polling station, some waiting for hours to vote in the 2012 presidential election.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 4:30 pm

President Obama has established a new bipartisan commission on election administration, something he promised to do in his Feb. 12 State of the Union address. He signed an executive order Thursday making it official.

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Local News
3:59 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Kentucky's Court Case Database Getting $28 Million Overhaul

Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton
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An overhaul of Kentucky’s outdated system for managing court cases can now get underway following the approval of $28 million in bonds. State lawmakers unanimously passed the measure, which was recently signed into law by Governor Beshear.

Chief Justice John Minton, Jr. says the Judicial Branch has been running the risk of a huge database failure for some time.    

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Education
3:56 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Louisville Tea Party Supports Charter Schools, Less Transportation, More Fiscal Accountability

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The Louisville Tea Party has developed new education initiatives the group plans to support through fund raising.

There are four initiatives on the Louisville Tea Party’s website. They include supporting school choice and charter schools.  The party says students should not spend more than 30 minutes on a bus unless parents sign a waiver allowing them to spend extra time being transported.

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Local News
3:35 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Proposal to Outlaw Covert Videotaping at Farms, Factories Clears Indiana House Panel

Taking videos and photos at Indiana farms and factories without permission would be a crime under a proposal endorsed by a state House committee.

Bill sponsor Rep. Bill Friend says the Senate-passed measure is aimed at stopping overzealous activists from defaming farms and businesses with misleading covert videos or photos.

Opponents have raised concerns that it would prevent exposure of misconduct such as the mistreatment of workers or animal cruelty.

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The Two-Way
3:17 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

'Shame On Us If We've Forgotten' Newtown Victims, Obama Says

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 12:27 pm

Standing in front of mothers whose children have died in shootings, President Obama said Thursday at the White House that if the nation fails to toughen its gun laws, "shame on us."

"Shame on us if we've forgotten" the 20 children and 6 educators killed three months ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and all the others who have died in gun-related violence before and since then, Obama added.

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Politics
2:04 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

PAC Forms With Goal to Eliminate Reproductive Rights as Campaign Issue

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The key issue for a new Louisville-based political action committee is candidates' use of reproductive rights as a campaign issue.

Reproductive Rights for Kentucky PAC was born from the recent controversy when University of Louisville Hospital attempted to merge with Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives. Critics of the merger raised concerns about CHI's adherence to Catholic religious directives—that certain reproductive health practices, such as tubal litigations, wouldn't be permitted at University Hospital.

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Local News
1:14 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Louisville Cards Prepping for Friday's NCAA Matchup with Oregon

U of L Coach Rick Pitino
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The Louisville Cardinals are in Indianapolis, preparing for tomorrow night’s men’s NCAA Tournament matchup with Oregon.

The Cards meet the Ducks in a Midwest Region semifinal.     U of L coach Rick Pitino says 12th seeded Oregon may be the most underrated team in the tournament.    They advanced with double digit victories over Oklahoma State and St. Louis.

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