The Two-Way
1:51 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

NRA Task Force Recommends Training School Personnel Who Want To Be Armed

Former Republican Congressman Asa Hutchinson holds up his task force's report during a news conference Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Shawn Thew EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 12:56 pm

A task force launched by the National Rifle Association after the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has come back with a report that recommends the creation of programs that give additional weapons training to school resource officers as well as "selected and designated school personnel" who could then carry arms.

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Food and Dining
12:32 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

From Pets To Plates: Why More People Are Eating Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs on the grill
Courtesy of Curtiss Calleo

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 2:00 pm

You may best know the guinea pig as a nervous little pet that lives in a cage and eats alfalfa pellets.

Now, the rodents are increasingly showing up on plates in the United States.

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Environment
12:27 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

EPA Will Assess Some Flame Retardant Chemicals for Potential Human Health Effects

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to assess 23 commonly-used chemicals—including 20 flame retardants—for their potential effects on human health and the environment.

The study will also include an analysis of how several of those flame retardants behave in the environment…like whether they bioaccumulate in humans or can be absorbed into the body with a certain type of exposure.

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Local News
12:07 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Shanklin Attorney Appeals Ethics Commissions Recommendations for Removal

Attorney Aubrey Williams addresses Louisville's Ethics Commission last year.

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin’s attorney has appealed Louisville Ethics Commission recommendations that she be removed from Metro Council.

Shanklin was found to have violated four provisions of the city’s ethics code last month. The commission concluded she used her position on the council to fund an organization--the Petersburg-Newburg Improvement Association--she was associated with and that she hired her grandson to work as her aid.

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Education
11:52 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Murray State President Responds to Controversy Over Open Meetings

Randy Dunn
Credit Murray State University

MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State President Randy Dunn says he supports investigating the possibility that the school's board of regents violated the state's Open Meetings Law during a gathering the night before they voted not to renew his contract.

The Murray Ledger & Times reports Dunn's comments in the university's newsletter are the most detailed statements he has made since the board of regents' vote on March 15.

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The Two-Way
11:36 am
Tue April 2, 2013

New York Politicians Accused In Plot To Sell GOP Spot In NYC Mayoral Race

New York State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D)
New York State Senate Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 11:13 am

New York State Sen. Malcolm Smith, a Democrat, was led from his Queens home in handcuffs Tuesday morning after being arrested for allegedly trying to buy his way on to the Republican ticket in this year's New York City mayoral election.

Also arrested Tuesday: City Councilman Daniel Halloran, a Republican, and four other local politicians (also Republicans) from the New York metropolitan area, who stand accused of conspiring with Smith.

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Arts and Humanities
11:14 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Garrison Keillor, Houndmouth (and More) to Perform This Summer at Iroquois Amphitheater

Iroquois Amphitheater
Credit Louisville Metro Government

The 2013 performances at the Iroquois Amphitheater kick off on April 26 with Louisville area-based rock band Houndmouth and includes Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour, Gregg Allman and former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell.

Tickets information for some of these events are here.

The Iroquois Amphitheater is celebrating its 75th season, and Metro Louisville is also announcing a program where patrons can "sponsor a seat." In a news release, the city says:

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The Two-Way
10:14 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Fannie Mae Posts Record Profit; Paid Taxpayers $11.6 Billion In 2012

Fannie Mae's headquarters in Washington, DC.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 9:47 am

The government-controlled mortgage giant Fannie Mae, which needed a $116 billion federal bailout after the housing bubble burst in 2007, said Tuesday that it earned a record $7.6 billion in fourth-quarter 2012 and $17.2 billion for the year.

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Financial Basics For Baby Boomers
9:47 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Deciding The Right Time To Claim Social Security

The importance of making a smart decision on how and when benefits are claimed can't be underestimated, says Mary Beth Franklin of Investment News.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 8:45 am

When it comes to claiming Social Security benefits, there is no magic age. Today's boomers can begin collecting full benefits at 66, tap in early for a modified benefit at 62 or delay receiving benefits until 70.

But the importance of making a smart decision on how and when benefits are claimed can't be underestimated, says Mary Beth Franklin of Investment News.

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It's All Politics
6:59 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Judicial Vacancies Languish On Key Federal Appeals Court

President Obama last month withdrew the nomination of Caitlin J. Halligan to the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., after her nomination was blocked by Senate Republicans.
Jim McKnight AP

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 7:42 am

The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., is sometimes called the second most important court in the country, regularly delivering the final word on major environmental, labor and national security cases.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has a whopping four vacancies, the most in the nation, including one opening that dates all the way back to 2005, when John Roberts moved to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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