9:47 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Listen | NCAA Tournament Teams Marvel at Kentucky Wildcats' Locker Room

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 10:55 am


MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: And I'm Mike Pesca in Lexington, Kentucky where Marquette, Louisville, Butler and Colorado State all advanced. That was the big story for sure, but there was something else that had all the players talking. Other than the memories of a lifetime and the chance to keep living their dreams and all that, there was - as Jamil Wilson pointed out to this Marquette teammate Vander Blue - this amazing room they just walked by in the hallway.

JAMIL WILSON: It was, like, nuts. And me and Vander were, like, yo, we gotta see the locker room.

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Local News
7:10 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Media Critic | Pew Study Sheds More Light on Crime-Focused TV News

James Miller
Credit Submitted photo

Just a few weeks after my last column on Louisville television news' focus on crime, the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism published their annual State of the News Media report. The report confirms the assertions in my column: local stations are adding more hours to their news programming even as viewership declines, and crime stories dominate local TV news. The Pew study included weather and sports stories; when my students collected their data, they omitted those two topics if the stories aired during show blocks exclusively reserved for them. Once you remove weather and sports from Pew’s data, crime is the number one topic.

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Guns In America: A Loaded Relationship
7:09 am
Fri March 22, 2013

On Gun Ownership And Policy, 'A Country Of Chasms'

Gun enthusiast Paul Gwaltney at Blue Ridge Arsenal, in Chantilly, Va. Gwaltney, an NPR listener, agreed to host a discussion about guns with friends and colleagues.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 7:55 pm

The ideological gulf between gun owners and non-gun owners is a wide one — made all the more obvious by the ongoing debate over what, if any, gun control measures should be adopted in the U.S.

Sometimes, the debate feels like people are coming from different worlds, even for people within the same family. And while Americans are often willing to discuss their own views, it's rarer to hear conversations between people who own and love guns and those who do not.

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Local News
9:40 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Roll in NCAA Tournament Opener, 79-48

The Louisville Cardinals have advanced in the men’s NCAA tournament, easily winning their opener 79-48 over North Carolina A&T tonight in Lexington.

Russ Smith led the Cards with 23 points and eight steals.    

U of L, the tournament’s top overall seed, will face Colorado State Saturday in third round tournament action at Rupp Arena.

The 16th-seeded Aggies finished their season with a 20-17 record.      

5:06 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Report: Matthew Barzun Next U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain

Matthew Barzun
Credit U.S. State Department

Kentucky businessman Matthew Barzun will be the next U.S. ambassador to Great Britain, CBS News is reporting.

The appointment has long been expected—Barzun has been a key fundraiser in President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, serving as chair of Obama's national finance committee in the most recent election.

CBS News notes:

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4:45 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

'You Don't Demand More.' Louisville Community Members, Education Leaders Talk Education.

Credit Devin Katayama

Education and community leaders say the public school system needs local solutions to improve student achievement—but those solutions may vary depending on who you ask.

A crowd packed into St. Stephen Family Life Center Thursday to listen to Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Donna Hargens and other guest speakers who shared their thoughts on the challenges facing the district’s lowest performing students.

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The Two-Way
4:19 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

NOAA Predicts Warmer Than Normal Spring For Most Of U.S.

A map showing above-normal temperatures in an orange hue. Below-normal temperatures are shown in blue.

Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 3:20 pm

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a warmer-than-normal spring for most of the United States.

It reports:

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Local News
3:24 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Well-Known Class-Action Lawyer Disbarred in Kentucky

The Kentucky Supreme Court has disbarred class-action lawsuit specialist Stan Chesley over his actions in a Kentucky diet drug settlement.

The high court's decision on Thursday could affect multiple cases in which the Cincinnati-based Chesley has a hand across the country.

The decision stems from how Chesley acted and his decisions in a settlement involving tens of millions of dollars between the makers of fen-phen and a group of people in Kentucky who sued the diet-drug company.

Food and Dining
3:13 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Women Breaking Down Hogs, Beef and the 'Old Boy Network' in Kentucky Butchering Camps

Meet your meat: the pigs on Napoleon Ridge Farm.
Tricia Houston Napoleon Ridge Farm

Single-sex education is a time-honored approach in the traditional classroom, but a workshop in Napoleon, Kentucky, is extending the trend into the kitchen. Grrls Meat Camp will offer a hands-on modern butchery class just for women April 12-14 at Napoleon Ridge Farm, between Louisville and Cincinnati.

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Local News
2:45 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Indiana Officials Seek More Funding for Schools, Roads

Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz

Indiana School Superintendent Glenda Ritz and a small group of mayors are making their case for more funding from the state.

Ritz and members of the Indiana Association of Counties and Towns told the Senate Appropriations Committee today the state needs to spend more on schools and roads.

Gov. Mike Pence's budget included a marginal increase in school funding over the next two years while making room for a cut in the personal income tax cut. However, House Republicans rewrote the budget to spend more on roads and schools. It's now before the Senate.

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