11:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

JCPS Officials: State’s 'Priority' School Report Doesn’t Tell Full Story

Superintendent Donna Hargens addresses the media after Monday's board meeting.

Jefferson County Public Schools officials say there’s more to the report released last week showing a majority of the district’s lowest performing schools have not made adequate progress.

JCPS officials acknowledged at Monday’s board meeting more needs to be done to turn around the status of its lowest performing schools, but they say there have been some gains in student test scores.

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7:17 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Lawmakers Delay Decision on Proposed Changes to Selenium Standards

Lawmakers will wait a month before considering controversial changes to Kentucky’s water quality standard for a substance called selenium.

Selenium occurs naturally in small amounts, but is released in heavier doses by some coal mines and can cause deformities in fish. There are currently two standards for selenium in water: one based on short-term exposure and another for long-term exposure. The proposal from the Kentucky Division of Water would essentially get rid of the first standard, and change the way the second is measured.

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6:27 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

De-Treed For Speed: Museum Expansion Fells Oak Tree

Tommy Parker, Steven Bowling and Greg Gardiner examine the Valley oak's stump.
Erica Peterson WFPL

UPDATE: Experts say the original estimate of the tree as more than 300 years old (made by a University of Louisville biology professor) is very inaccurate. This story's headline has been changed to reflect the new information. Click here for an update to the story.

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5:54 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

H&R Block: Louisville 7th Most Taxed City in America


H&R Block has released a graph showing what many have said for years, Louisville is one of most tax burdened cities in the country.

The findings are based on a study conducted by the chief financial officer of Washington, D.C.

That reported was touted by Councilman Ken Fleming, R-7, as a reason for Mayor Greg Fischer's administration to think twice about pushing a local option sales tax.

H&R shows that a hypothetical family of three with an annual income of $50,000 pays an estimated $6,346 in taxes annually.

That means Louisville residents carry a 12.7 percent tax burden, ahead of Boston, Massachusetts at 12.3 percent and just behind Chicago, Illinois at 12.8 percent.

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The Two-Way
4:57 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Pentagon Details Which Benefits Will Be Extended To Same-Sex Partners

In 2011, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alejandra Schwartz, and her daughter Destiny Bautista, were living in San Diego, Calif., with Schwartz's then-fiance, U.S. Navy Counselor 1st Class Luz Bautista, who was pregnant at the time. Then, same-sex partners weren't able to get the benefits that heterosexual couples could.
Lucy Nicholson Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 1:18 pm

Commissary privileges, family center programs, dependent I.D. cards, joint duty assignments and space-available travel on military aircraft are among the military benefits the Pentagon will now extend to same-sex partners, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday.

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Local News
4:46 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Bellarmine Theology Prof: Benedict XVI's Resignation May Set New Precedent

Pope Benedict XVI
Credit Republic of Poland

The bells toll. The noon mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville happens every Monday, and the stream of people walking into the doors showed no signs that something significant had happened within the Roman Catholic Church just hours before.

Pope Benedict XVI had announced that he was retiring on Feb. 28, citing his health and age. He's the first to resign in more than 600 years; the first to willfully do it since the 1200s.

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4:29 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Paul's Tea Party State of the Union Rebuttal Will Focus on Federal Debt

Rand Paul
Credit U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen.Rand Paul will be one of two GOP senators providing a rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Paul is providing the tea party response to the annual address, while U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will provide the Republican Party's official response.

Both senators are considered potential presidential candidates in 2016. While they are hitting the national stage at the same time, Paul says he's not sure whether that makes both he and Rubio the new faces of the GOP.

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Arts and Humanities
4:26 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Louisville Artist Examines History Through Oil

"Khalid" by Daniel Pfalzgraf: charcoal, oil paint and used motor oil on paper

Louisville artist Daniel Pfalzgraf opens a new solo show at Swanson Contemporary (638 E. Market St.) this weekend. "Blindly Following History" is a series of portraits of the September 11 plane hijackers, a sequel of sorts to his 2010 exhibit "Oil and Water Don't Mix," which featured similar portraits of BP Oil executives.

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4:04 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

"Right to Hunt" Measure Clears Indiana Senate

Indiana voters would decide in next year's election whether to add the right to hunt, fish and farm to the state constitution under a proposal approved by state senators.

The Indiana Senate voted 38-10 today  in favor of the proposed amendment. It would go before voters in the 2014 general election if the House also approves the proposal.

Indiana would join 17 other states, including Kentucky, with similar constitutional protections for hunting and fishing. Supporters say the measures are needed because those activities are threatened by animal-rights activists.

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3:57 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Rand Paul: Court Oversight in Drone Attacks Needed

Credit Public Domain

Courts should decide whether the U.S. should use drone attacks on American citizens who are abroad and accused of committing crimes against the nation, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said.

Paul told Kentucky Public Radio on Monday that he would prefer a judge or jury make those decisions, as they do with crimes committed inside the U.S.

"We still, even for bad people, give them a trial and a jury to make sure we get the guilty people and not kill an innocent person," he said.

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