Shots - Health News
6:41 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Morning-After Pills Don't Cause Abortion, Studies Say

Plan B is one of two emergency contraceptives available in the U.S.
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Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 4:51 pm

The most heated part of the fight between the Obama administration and religious groups over new rules that require most health plans to cover contraception actually has nothing to do with birth control. It has to do with abortion.

Specifically, do emergency contraceptives interfere with a fertilized egg and cause what some consider to be abortion?

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Environment
5:31 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Kentucky Officials Hopes to Thin Out Carp Population With Carp Madness Tournament

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The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is tackling the state’s growing problem with Asian carp in a new way: pitting fishermen against each other in a contest to catch the most of the invasive species.

It’s called Carp Madness. For two days next month, teams of commercial fishermen will descend on two Western Kentucky lakes and fill their boats with pounds of Asian Carp. First prize for the most pounds of carp is $10,000.

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Politics
5:18 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Indiana House to Consider Pence Tax Cut in April

Indiana House Republicans are blocking a vote on Gov. Mike Pence's tax cut with a promise to take up the issue in April.

Republicans voted along party lines to keep House Democrats from forcing a vote on the tax cut Thursday. The effort came as lawmakers advanced a $30 billion biennial budget that swaps the cut for more spending on schools and roads.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

U of L Gets $5 Million Donation for Soccer Stadium

The University of Louisville says construction of a new campus soccer stadium could begin as early as June.

Officials say they’re ready to get moving on the project now that they’ve received a $5 million donation from longtime school supporters Dr. Mark Lynn and his wife, Cindy.

The $17.5 million facility will be located on Floyd Street, across from the football practice fields.  The site is currently a parking lot.    U of L still needs to raise about $3 million to fully fund the project. 

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Local News
4:45 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

U of L's Jurich: Hurtt Will Remain On The Job While Answering NCAA Charges

Clint Hurtt

University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says there will be no change in status for assistant football coach Clint Hurtt while he responds to allegations that he broke NCAA rules in his previous job.

Hurtt received a notice of allegations from the NCAA yesterday and has 90 days to respond.  

The NCAA has been investigating claims that University of Miami recruits were given improper benefits.      Clint Hurtt was a Miami football assistant from 2007 to 2009.

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Politics
4:03 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Universities Can Start Construction Immediately As Projects Bill Signed Into Law

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Six Kentucky's public universities can immediately start construction on more than $300 million in construction or renovation projects, including a $110-million renovation of Lexington's Commonwealth Stadium.

Governor Steve Beshear signed House Bill 7 into law on Thursday.

The bill authorizes bonds and other funds to help build academic buildings, dorms and other necessities at the universities. It assures no public money will be used for the projects.

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The Two-Way
3:29 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

15 Republican Senators Call On Obama To Withdraw Chuck Hagel Nomination

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, talks on the phone at the Capitol in Washington, DC.
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Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 9:28 pm

Fifteen Republican senators sent a letter to President Obama asking him to withdraw the nomination of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of Defense.

The senators pointed to his lackluster performance during his confirmation hearing as well as what they said were his untenable positions on Iran.

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The Two-Way
3:25 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Petition To Legalize Unlocking Cellphones Meets White House's 100K Requirement

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 2:48 pm

Frustration over a change in federal copyright policy that makes it illegal to unlock new cellphones has resulted in more than 100,000 signatures on a petition at the White House's website, meaning the executive branch must now respond to calls to rescind the ruling or "champion a bill that makes unlocking permanently legal."

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Politics
2:46 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Gov. Beshear, Ashley Judd to Meet Soon to Discuss 2014 U.S. Senate Race

Ashley Judd
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Ashley Judd—the actress and potential Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate—will meet soon to with Gov. Steve Beshear to discuss the 2014 election, the governor said.

Judd has been meeting with potential donors and supporters in the past several weeks, including some in Louisville, the Hill reports.

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Shots - Health News
1:58 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Hospitals Clamp Down On Early Elective Births

Waiting may be hard, but it's worth it.
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Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 11:26 am

For decades, doctors have been warned about the dangers of delivering babies early without a medical reason. But the practice remained stubbornly persistent.

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