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An overhaul of Kentucky’s outdated system for managing court cases can now get underway following the approval of $28 million in bonds.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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The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

'Arsenal' Found At Newtown Shooter's Home; Read The Police Reports

Dec. 18, 2012: Crime scene tape stretches across the property outside the home where Adam Lanza lived with his mother, Nancy Lanza. Inside, police found weapons and other evidence.
Lucas Jackson Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 1:57 pm

Police found hundreds of rounds of ammunition, guns, three photos of "what appears to be a deceased human covered with plastic" and other evidence when they searched the Newtown, Conn., home of killer Adam Lanza, according to records released Thursday.

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Politics
11:20 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Democrats Run 'Sweet 16' Style Radio Ad Against Mitch McConnell

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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is launching a basketball-themed radio ad targeting U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ahead of his beloved Louisville Cardinal's Sweet 16 game.

The spot begins airing Thursday and uses a faux play-by-play commentary describing how  McConnell  "scores for Washington special interests and himself" while blocking economic policies that would help Kentucky.

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Politics
10:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Mitch McConnell Campaign Radio Ad Features 'Fiery' CPAC Speech

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell
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The campaign to re-elect Republican Senator Mitch McConnell launched a new statewide radio ad this week featuring the GOP leader's fiery remarks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference.

During the speech, McConnell pledge to conservative activists the fight against the Affordable Care Act will will continue despite the Supreme Court upholding the legislation and President Obama's re-election last fall.

In the one-minute radio spot, McConnell assails the president's overall agenda while urging conservatives to remain true to their principles.

"If you believe in your heart that the direction Barack Obama wants to take this country is wrong, its time to stand up together and punch back," McConnell says in the ad.

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It's All Politics
9:55 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Skim Milk, States' Rights And Political Clout: The High Court And DOMA

This artist rendering shows Roberta Kaplan, attorney for plaintiff Edith Windsor, addressing the Supreme Court during arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday.
Dana Verkouteren AP

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 6:17 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between "one man and one woman as husband and wife."

It was the court's second and final day of hearing appeals involving same-sex marriage laws. And it served up some memorable observations from the high court denizens.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg characterized same-sex unions under DOMA, which limits federal spousal benefits to heterosexual couples, as the equivalent of "skim milk" marriages.

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