Arts and Humanities
1:02 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Robert Plant & The Sensational Shape Shifters Added to Forecastle Line-Up

Robert Plant
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Robert Plant & The Sensational Shape Shifters have been added to the line-up for the 2013 Forecastle Festival in July, organizers announced on Tuesday.

"Robert Plant and his amazing new group of conspirators the Sensational Space Shifters will be performing songs from every era of Plant’s storied career," Forecastle said.

Plant, of Led Zeppelin fame, more recently collaborated with bluegrass musician Alison Krauss.

Boys Noize, Inc. and singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz were also added to the Forecastle lineup.

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Politics
12:38 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Christian Health-Sharing Bill Passes House, Could Become Law

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A bill that would allow a Christian health sharing organization to again operate in Kentucky is steps away from becoming law, if it's not vetoed.

Senate Bill 3, called the Medi-share bill after Christian Care Medi-Share, on Tuesday passed the House 88-8 after amendments that require Christian Care Medi-Share to give more warnings to customers  that health sharing is not insurance.

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Politics
12:32 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Medicaid Prompt Pay Bill Approved in Kentucky General Assembly, Could Be Vetoed

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A bill requiring prompt pay for health care providers participating in Kentucky's Medicaid managed-care system is heading to the governor's desk—but it isn't veto-proof.

The bill,  sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo and would move disputes between providers and managed care organizations to the Department of Insurance to be settled.

Many Medicaid managed-care providers providers over late or non-existent payments from the MCOs for the services they did, repeatedly telling lawmakers their problems.

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The Two-Way
11:37 am
Tue March 26, 2013

U.S. Spent $3.7 Million On Former Presidents In 2012

George H. W. Bush, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
White House

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 8:37 am

The United States spent nearly $4 million on the the pensions, travel, office space, staff of former presidents.

NPR's Cheryl Corley sent in this report for our Newscast unit:

"Taxpayers paid out nearly $3.7 million dollars for former presidents last year.

"That's about $200,000 less than in 2011. The Former President's Act of 1958 set up the funding for ex-presidents.

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Education
10:56 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Indiana Supreme Court Upholds Broadest School Voucher Program in U.S.

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INDIANAPOLIS  — The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld the nation's broadest school voucher program, clearing the way for its expansion.

Critics had argued that the program primarily benefited religious institutions that run private schools.

But the program's supporters say parents can send their children to any school they want, whether it's public or private, religious or not, and the Supreme Court agreed with that Tuesday. In a 5-0 decision, the justices said the program does not violate the state constitution.

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Local News
10:22 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Cards, Cats Return to Action in Women's NCAA Tournament

The University of Louisville and University of Kentucky women’s basketball teams resume play tonight in the NCAA tournament.

The Cardinals advanced to the second round with a victory over MiddleTennessee State Sunday.  Fifth-seeded U of L takes number four Purdue at 7:00pm at the KFC Yum Center.

The second-seeded Wildcats meet number seven seed Dayton tonight in Queens, New York  at 7:00.     UK won its opening round game Sunday over Navy.

Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court
9:32 am
Tue March 26, 2013

In First Of 2 Gay-Marriage Cases, Court Turns To Proposition 8

Snow covers flowers in front of the Supreme Court building on Monday in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday, the justices hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 9:57 am

Outside the Supreme Court, lines began forming nearly a week ago. By Monday, the line had snaked down the court steps and to the corner, with people braving freezing temperatures and snow in anticipation of the historic arguments on same-sex marriage on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The justices are first hearing a constitutional challenge to California's ban on same-sex marriage. A second day is devoted to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples married in the nine states where such unions are legal.

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The Two-Way
9:31 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Women's Hoops: UConn Rolls As Kansas And Oklahoma Score Upsets

Connecticut's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis shoots over Vanderbilt's Elan Brown during the team's game Monday night in Storrs, Conn.
Bill Shettle CSM /LANDOV

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 11:07 am

If it's March and there's madness, then the University of Connecticut women's basketball team must be in the middle of it all.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Plagues, Wars, and Famines: Elaine Pagels Discusses Revelations

"The Book of Revelation is the strangest book in the Bible. It's the most controversial. It doesn't have any stories, moral teaching. It only has visions, dreams and nightmares. Not many people say they understand it, but for 2000 years, this book has been wildly popular."  So says scholar Elaine Pagels, who was in Louisville recently as featured guest at the Kentucky Author Forum.

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Politics
12:27 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Likely to Override Religious Freedom Bill Veto

Greg Stumbo
Credit Kentucky Legislative Commission

The Kentucky House will vote Tuesday whether to override Gov. Steve Beshear's veto of the "religious freedom" bill.

Many House Democrats supported the bill when it first came up for a vote, though the decision to consider the veto was more contentious when taken up in a Democratic caucus meeting Monday. Speaker Greg Stumbo expects the override to go through, but he's not sure how strong the support will be.

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