The Two-Way
1:14 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Democrats Unveil Bill To Ban Assault-Style Weapons

Semi-automatic assault-style rifles on display at a gun show in Chantilly, Va., in 2009.
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Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 12:16 pm

As they said they would following the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Democrats today unveiled legislation that would ban assault-style weapons.

The lead lawmaker, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, has summed up the legislation's key points this way:

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Local News
12:56 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Reports: Catholic Health Initiatives Claims Fetuses Not 'Persons' in Wrongful Death Suit

In November, state officials announced a partnership between the Catholic Health Initiatives-controlled KentuckyOne Health and University of Louisville Hospital.
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A Colorado family is asking that state's Supreme Court to consider whether twin fetus who were lost when a pregnant woman died can be part of a wrongful death lawsuit against Catholic Health Initiatives — which has thus far successfully argued that the fetuses were not "persons," The Colorado Independent reports. 

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Local News
12:46 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Update: Indiana First Lady Undergoing Emergency Surgery

3:02pm update from the governor's office:

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Local News
12:37 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Fort Campbell's Women Troops Discuss Changes to Combat Roles

Lt. Col. Juanita Change
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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — The Pentagon announcement on Wednesday lifting a blanket ban on women in combat roles will mean changes for Fort Campbell.

Female soldiers with the 101st Airborne have served closer and closer to the frontlines in recent years. Just yesterday the division honored a woman killed in Afghanistan with a memorial service.

Lt. Col. Juanita Chang is one of the highest-ranking females on post. She’s been a military police woman, chemical weapons specialist and a public affairs officer.

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Science
12:05 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Learning From Past Societies to Improve the Future: Jared Diamond

Hear Jared Diamond at the Kentucky Author Forum.

Jared Diamond spoke in Louisville on January 9, 2013 as featured guest at the Kentucky Author Forum, discussing in detail his latest book, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies.  Diamond is an author, physiologist, evolutionary biologist and bio-geographer, as well as a medical researcher and professor of geography at UCLA.

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Shots - Health News
11:38 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Female Smokers Face Greater Risk Than Previously Thought

Women smoke in New York City's Times Square.
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Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:19 pm

There's still more to learn about the risks of smoking and the benefits of quitting.

Studies in this week's New England Journal of Medicine show that the risk for women has been under-appreciated for decades. New data also quantify the surprising payoffs of smoking cessation — especially under the age of 40.

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Local News
10:42 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Indiana First Lady Undergoing Emergency Surgery

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The Indiana governor's office says first lady Karen Pence is having emergency gall bladder surgery today.

Gov. Mike Pence canceled a planned trip to southern Indiana to stay with his wife.

Pence spokeswoman Kara Brooks didn't immediately have details about Karen Pence's surgery but expected to provide an update later today.

The governor had been scheduled to attend events in Jeffersonville and Evansville, followed by a speech tonight at a Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce dinner.

The Two-Way
10:31 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Jobless Claims Hold At Five-Year Low

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 8:45 am

The number of first-time claims for unemployment insurance dipped by 5,000 last week from the week before, to 330,000, the Employment and Training Administration reports.

That means claims remain at a low level not seen since January 2008.

Another measure, the "4-week moving average" that is supposed to give a broader look at the trend, declined by 8,250 — to 351,750.

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Education
9:47 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Gifted and Talented Children Conference Coming to Louisville

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The 20th biennial international conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children is coming to the Galt House this summer.

Louisville will join host cities such as Barcelona, Spain; Sydney, Australia; Istanbul, Turkey; and Prague, Czech Republic, according to The Lane Report

The program is being held Aug. 10-14 and will celebrate "Giftedness and Creativity."

From The Lane Report:

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Politics
9:44 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Beshear: 'Too Early' on Whether Gambling Bill Will Be Filed

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The clock is ticking on the current legislative session, but efforts to push expanded gambling in the 2013  are still on-going, Gov. Steve Beshear said.

“I think it’s too early to reach a conclusion yet on whether we will have a bill on expanded gaming, you know we’ve got some issues to be resolved," he said.

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