3:32 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Author Sarah Garland Tells Louisville's School Desegregation Story

Author Sarah Garland writes about Jefferson County's desegregation policy in "Divided We Fail."

Louisville native and author Sarah Garland spoke with WFPL about her new book, Divided We Fail: The Story of an African American Community that Ended the Era of School Desegregation.

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2:33 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Indiana Panel Approves Bill to Require Drug Testing for Some on Welfare

A bill that would require some Indiana welfare recipients to be drug tested has cleared a second state House committee.

Under Republican Rep. Jud McMillin’s proposal, all applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program would have to fill out a written form to screen for possible substance abuse.

Those identified as possible drug abusers would have to undergo a drug test.  If they fail, they would have to go into a treatment program to continue receiving benefits.

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Planet Money
1:33 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Beer Map: Two Giant Brewers, 210 Brands

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 6:10 pm

In the past decade, a few big beer companies went on a buying spree, spending some $195 billion to buy up brewers around the world, according to Bloomberg.

Beer drinkers can be excused for not noticing. Unlike, say, airlines, which fold their acquisitions into one big, global brand, big beer companies tend to keep the brands they buy in the market.

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Local News
12:55 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Mayor Fischer Names Anthony Smith Louisville's New Safe Neighborhoods Director

Anthony Smith has been named Louisville's Director of Safe Neighborhoods.

Mayor Greg Fischer has appointed Louisville’s new Director of Safe Neighborhoods, a position that was recommended by the city’s violence prevention task force last year.

Anthony Smith is the director of network organizing for the Network Center for Community Change (NC3) and serves on Louisville's Board of Heath and has worked with the 15,000 Degrees  education initiative, which is part of the city's 55,000 Degrees program.

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The Two-Way
12:49 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Quite A Haul: $50 Million Worth Of Diamonds Stolen In Lightning-Fast Heist

Yves Herman Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 2:50 pm

In a heist right out of movies such as The Italian Job, eight masked gunman drove on to the tarmac at Brussels' international airport Monday night, sped to a plane being loaded with diamonds and made off with about $50 million worth of the precious stones, authorities say.

It was all over in just a few minutes.

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Local News
12:39 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Tax Amnesty Program Brings in Nearly $57 Million


Kentucky’s 61-day tax amnesty program last fall has netted the commonwealth almost $57 million.

The Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Pamela Trautner says the state received more than 27,000 amnesty applications from every Kentucky county.

12:37 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Kentucky Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 20th Years with Capitol Rally

Credit Kentucky Habitat for Humanity

Joined by Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, the Kentucky Habitat for Humanity foundation celebrated their 20th year of service in the commonwealth with a Capitol rally.

Founded in 1993, Kentucky Habitat for Humanity works with affiliations across the state to build homes in much needed areas. They also have helped rebuild West Liberty and other affected areas from the March 2012 tornadoes.

In a brief speech, Abramson praised the organization for its tireless work statewide.

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12:02 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Agriculture Education, New Markets Focused in New 5-Year Strategic Plan

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Kentucky's agriculture leaders are supporting a new five year strategic plan to help the industry in the state.

The plan, put together by the Kentucky Agriculture Council, puts emphasis on agriculture education, creating new markets and recruiting new people to farming.

The plan runs through 2018 and has the support of Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

Gov. Steve Beshear also supports the plan, which he says is a extension of the first agriculture strategic plan presented to him five years ago.

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11:50 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Steve Beshear: Casino Bill is Dead for 2013, Unsure if Instant Racing Will Be Used to Fund Pensions

Steve Beshear
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Gov. Steve Beshear says he's a fan of Instant Racing for Kentucky's horse racing tracks—but he's not sure if legalizing the gambling format would be used to fund the state's struggling pension system.

Meanwhile, Beshear said casino gambling is not happening this year.

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11:33 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Rep. Whitfield: EPA Will Have 'a Big Battle on Their Hands' With Greenhouse Gas Rules

Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield was on Platts Energy Week this weekend, responding to the energy and climate change issues President Obama mentioned in his State of the Union address. Whitfield, a Republican, is the chairman of the House Energy and Power subcommittee, and the interview can be summed up like this:

  • Congressional action on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions is preferable than EPA action;
  • ...but it will be hard to pass any sort of market-based approach through Congress.
  • And really, is it necessary to regulate greenhouse gases?
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