Education
4:40 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Louisville Student Takes on School-to-Prison Pipeline

Credit fbi.gov

A Louisville student has organized a conference this weekend to discuss the School to Prison Pipeline, a concept that says many public school policies are resulting in a disproportionate number of minority and low-income students entering the justice system.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony for the first time last year bringing national attention into the chambers of the federal government.

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Politics
4:22 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

'Religious Freedom' Bill Sponsor Urges House Leaders to Override Gubernatorial Veto

State Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville

Kentucky Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville, is urging fellow Democrats in the state House to override Governor Steve Beshear's veto of the so-called 'religious freedom' bill.

The governor blocked the legislation Friday after tremendous pressure to reject the measure, which would allow residents to ignore any laws or regulations that violate tenets of their faith.

Opponents included a wide range of social justice groups, state organizations and public officials such as Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who argued House Bill 279 was too vague and could threaten civil rights protections for racial minorities, women and LGBT residents.

Beshear says religious freedom is a cornerstone of American democracy and important to Kentuckians, but the bill’s vague language would be problematic and expensive.

"I have serious concerns that this bill will cause unintentional consequences that could threaten public safety, health care and individual civil rights. As written, the bill will undoubtedly lead to costly litigation,” he says. "I’ve heard from many organizations and governmental entities that share these same concerns. Therefore, after giving this measure thoughtful analysis and consideration, today I vetoed the bill."

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Local News
4:15 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Byline | NPR's Mike Pesca on March Madness; 'Religious Freedom' Bill; Bourbon and More

Here are the topics covered this hour on Byline (full audio available below):

At the top - The games have begun and March Madness is here. NPR’s Mike Pesca joins us with his analysis of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament.

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The Two-Way
2:52 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Britain Goes After Pot Growers With 'Scratch And Sniff' Cards

British police and the volunteer group Crimestoppers are sending out more than 200,000 of these cards with the scent of a cannabis plant.
Courtesy of Crimestoppers

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 1:05 pm

For many years, across the world, the extraordinarily powerful noses of dogs have been successfully used to help detect crime.

Now, in Britain, moves are under way to recruit humans to perform the same subtle work.

Police are encouraging the British to step out of their homes, raise their nostrils aloft, and see if they catch the whiff of wrongdoing wafting from the next-door neighbors.

Visitors to these crowded islands are often charmed by the small redbrick terraced houses that are in every town and city.

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Politics
2:31 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear Vetoes Controversial 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Gov. Steve Beshear
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Update: The "religious freedom" bill's sponsor is urging Democrats in the Kentucky House to override the governor's veto.

Earlier: Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday vetoed the controversial "religious freedom" bill recently approved by the Kentucky General Assembly.

Here's his statement: 

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The Salt
2:01 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Some Toddler Foods Come With A Mega-Dose Of Salt

Prepacked foods marketed for toddlers can have extremely high levels of sodium compared to the 1,500-milligram daily limit recommended by the American Heart Association
Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 2:46 pm

Feeding toddlers can be a challenge, so it's easy to see the lure of prepackaged favorites like mac and cheese. But many of those foods deliver startlingly high amounts of sodium, some with three times more than recommended in a single serving, according to a new survey.

The offenders include not just savory snacks but also healthful-sounding foods like pasta and chicken, according to Joyce Maalouf, a fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Environment
1:28 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Energy Efficiency Saves Money, Teaches Lessons at Kentucky School

Richardsville Elementary
Erica Peterson WFPL

Kentucky’s utility rates are among the lowest in the nation. But even so, several public school districts have found that it still pays to build energy efficient schools. One such school in Warren County has taken efficiency even further, and is now generating more energy than the building uses.

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Local News
12:46 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Commission Narrows Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Nominees to Three

Gov. Steve Beshear has 60 days to appoint a new justice for the Kentucky Supreme Court once the state's Judicial Nominating Commission hands over the list that was narrowed down to three names this week.

Justice Wil Schroder retired in January from the 6th Supreme Court District which includes 21 northern Kentucky counties.

The commission--made up of Chief Justice John Minton, members appointed by the state bar association and citizens appointed by the governor--is responsible for requesting and considering nominees presented by the state bar. 

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The Two-Way
12:21 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Legalized Marijuana Forcing Old Dogs To Learn New Tricks

A customer rolls a joint made of half marijuana and half tobacco in Olympia, Wash., on December 9, 2012.
Nick Adams Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 2:07 pm

Drug-sniffing dogs, those cute bellwethers of illegal activity, are dropping Marijuana from their repertoire in Washington state.

A 2012 ballot initiative legalized the use of marijuana in the state (although federal law still prohibits its use). Since then authorities have been working to implement the law. Part of that process is, apparently, to employ canines who don't react to the smell of marijuana. The AP explains why:

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Local News
11:10 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Byline Today: March Madness, the 'Religious Freedom' Bill and More

March Madness in full swing, what the "religious freedom" bill means legally and bourbon expert Mike Veach talks, well, bourbon today on Byline.

The Louisville Cardinals rolled in their first men's basketball NCAA Tournament game Thursday and the Indiana Hoosiers and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are scheduled to play. NPR's Mike Pesca will join host Rick Howlett to discuss what's happened and what's to come.

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