It's All Politics
4:03 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Pew Poll: For Many Who've Changed Same-Sex Marriage Views, It's Personal

Frank Capley (left) and Joe Alfano protest the San Francisco county clerk's denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Feb. 14.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 4:09 pm

Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio conservative Republican who recently said he now supports same-sex marriage because he has a gay son, evidently has plenty of company.

A new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press suggests that many Americans have changed their minds — going from opposing to supporting same-sex marriage — because they personally know someone who is gay.

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Education
3:54 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools' Graduation Rates Improve; Officials Credit Initiatives

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Jefferson County Public Schools' 2012 graduation rates have improved slightly over last year.

Officials are celebrating some key indicators: The most recent 2011-2012 data says 69.4 percent of JCPS students graduated last year. Data for the 2010-2011 school year shows the rate was 67.8--a decrease from the previous year.

In the 2011-2012 school year, the state's graduation rates was 77.8 percent.  The 2010-2011 year it was 78.8, which was an improvement over the previous year.

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Local News
2:48 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Indiana Gambling Bill Gets House Makeover

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An Indiana House committee has made some major changes to a Senate-approved gambling bill.

In a close vote, lawmakers on the House Public Policy Committee today removed a provision that would allow live table games at two racetracks that already have slot machines.  

The tracks’ owner says the games could create more than 600 new jobs, but the panel chairman contends it would amount to an expansion of gambling and create competition for Indiana’s casinos.

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Shots - Health News
2:15 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

As Health Law Turns Three, Public Is As Confused As Ever

Couldn't hurt to make a wish for good health!
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Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 8:07 am

As the Affordable Care Act nears its third birthday this Saturday, a poll finds the public actually knows less about the law now than when it passed in 2010. Oh, and a lot of what people think they know just isn't so.

Those are the central findings of this month's tracking poll just released by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Local News
1:32 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

WFPL Wants (Needs?) Local Music for Station Breaks

Even Devin Katayama is writing music for WFPL.

Hey, Louisville. WFPL loves local music, and we want to feature more of it on air. No, we're not taking on our beloved sister station, WFPK. We're looking for fresh songs to play in between news segments and shows throughout the day.

You know the music we use. You've been hearing it for years. It's the acoustic guitar riff that plays right after Ira Glass signs off, or that synth-and-drums number you hear underneath the credits on Sunday afternoons.

 

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Politics
1:26 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Pros and Cons for Potential 2014 Mitch McConnell Challengers Judd, Grimes and Bevin

Ashley Judd
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Kentuckians have 590 days-plus before the 2014 general election, but already the political chatter is centered on potential challengers to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell—chiefly actress Ashley Judd and her potential candidacy's supposed strengths and weaknesses.

But Judd isn't the only possible candidate.

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The Two-Way
12:09 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Arriving In Israel, Obama Reaffirms An 'Unbreakable Bond'

President Barack Obama is greeted by Israeli President Shimon Peres, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu upon his arrival ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Wednesday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 9:20 am

President Obama landed in Israel this morning, marking the first time he visits the country as president.

"I see this visit as an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations, to restate America's unwavering commitment to Israel's security and to speak directly to the people of Israel and to your neighbors," Obama said during a welcoming ceremony at the Tel Aviv airport.

NPR's Larry Abramson, who's at the airport, just spoke to our Newscast unit. He said Obama was welcomed by Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Local News
12:04 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Two Full-Time Minimum Wage Jobs Needed to Pay for a 2-Bedroom Apartment in Louisville

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Louisvillians must earn $14.07 per hour at a full-time job to afford the $731 cost for a two-bedroom apartment in the metro area, said a recent study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Louisville minimum-wage earners need nearly two full-time jobs to cover those rent costs—a difficult proposition for single parents.

The analysis considers fair market rent for a "decent" apartment, which calculating that renters would spend no more than 30 percent of their earnings on housing.

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Wed March 20, 2013

President Obama Predicts Indiana Over Louisville to Win NCAA Tournament

Christian Watford of the Indiana Hoosiers moves against Frank Kaminsky of the Wisconsin Badgers during a semifinal game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the United Center on March 16, 2013.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 11:21 am

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Local News
11:09 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Reaction Not Positive (Obviously) to Kentucky Wildcats' Surprising NIT Loss

John Calipari
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The Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team's first-round National Invitational Tournament loss to Robert Morris on Tuesday night ended a particularly rough season. This time last year, Wildcats were cheering a team on to a national title. 

"The game got too rough," Calipari was quoted as saying in the Lexington Herald-Leader. "You sit there and shake your head."


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