Politics
3:05 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Auditor Adam Edelen to State Senators: Don't Amend Special Taxing Districts Bill

Adam Edelen
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State Auditor Adam Edelen is encouraging Senate lawmakers not to tweak the special district taxing district reform bill, which is largely based on his proposals from a report last year.

The Senate State and Local Government committee discussed the bill for more than an hour, but did not vote on House Bill 1 because Sen. Damon Thayer says he's attempting to amend the bill.  Thayer's main concerns are giving control of a new registry of special districts to the Department of Local Government and that local elected officials often don't have control of a special district.

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Author Interviews
2:31 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

'Behind The Scenes' At The Vatican: The Politics Of Picking A New Pope

In his new book, The Vatican Diaries, John Thavis draws on his nearly 30 years of reporting on the Vatican.
Viking/Penguin Group

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 1:54 pm

The years of his papacy had seen "moments of joy and light, but also difficult moments," Pope Benedict XVI told some 100,000 spectators gathered in St. Peter's Square Wednesday during his final address. "There have been times when the seas were rough and the wind against us ... and the Lord seemed to sleep."

As Benedict becomes the first pontiff to resign in nearly 600 years and cardinals gather in Rome to choose his successor, a series of scandals — child sex abuse, mismanagement at the Vatican bank, the leaking of secret church documents — has left the Vatican reeling.

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Politics
2:25 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Most Democratic Kentucky State Senators Lukewarm on Ashley Judd Candidacy

Ashley Judd
Credit U.S. Navy

Kentucky state Senate Democrats are largely lukewarm about the potential for actress and activist Ashley Judd entering the 2014 race for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Arts and Humanities
12:49 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

A Script in Their Heads: Dancing Romeo and Juliet

Louisville Ballet

The Louisville Ballet opens Shakespeare's timeless tragedy of star-crossed lovers this week. Alun Jones and Helen Starr return to the company to stage Jones' version of "Romeo and Juliet," which opens Friday in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall.

“The music came into London when I was in my early twenties. From Russia. We believe it was black market, the old vinyl records,” says Starr, former principal dancer and associate artistic director of the Louisville Ballet.

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Local News
12:49 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Kentucky Jailing Fewer Youth Than Before; U.S. Jailing Even Fewer, Study Says

Kentucky's incarceration rate for youth has decreased in the past several years—but not by as much as the national average, said an Annie E. Casey Foundation report released Wednesday.

And Kentucky and two other states are responsible for 60 percent of the nation’s juvenile incarcerations because of court order violations for status offenses—crimes applied to youth such as truancy and alcohol consumption.

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Politics
12:17 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Mitch McConnell Honors Rosa Parks at Capitol Ceremony

In a dedication featuring President Obama and congressional leaders, civil rights icon Rosa Parks became the first African-American woman to have a statue in the U.S. Capitol.

The 9-foot bronze statue of Parks, who died in 2005, was unveiled Wednesday in Statuary Hall. It honors the "first lady" of the Civil Rights Movement, who became an international figure for freedom and social justice for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Al. bus in 1955.

Speaking at the ceremony, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says Parks's legacy lives on and she served as an inspiration to stand up against injustice.

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Local News
12:10 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Derby-Winning Trainer Continues Suspension Fight

bloodhorse.com

Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow  has filed a federal lawsuit trying to overturn his 10-year ban from racing in New York for equine drug violations.

The lawsuit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, says the 53-year-old Dutrow has been "irreparably harmed" by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board for what he says is effectively a lifetime ban.

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Politics
11:37 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Kentucky House Ag Committee Chair Blocks Vote on Hemp Bill

Tom McKee
Credit Kentucky Legislative Commission

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky House Agriculture Committee chairman blocked a vote on the hemp bill on Wednesday morning after a tense exchange with a Republican supporter of the legislation.

The hemp bill would create a regulatory framework in Kentucky, should the federal government legalize it.

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The Salt
11:06 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Cheesecake Factory, IBM Team Up To Crack The Code Of Customer Bliss

A new outpost for The Cheesecake Factory in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
PR Newswire

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 11:17 am

Consider the following entirely fictitious but totally plausible scenario:

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The Two-Way
11:05 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Hagel Sworn In As Defense Secretary

New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, as he was sworn in Wednesday morning at the Pentagon. His wife, Lilibet, held the Bible. Michael L. Rhodes, the Pentagon's director of administration and management, administered the oath.
MC1 Chad J. McNeeley Office of the Secretary of Defense

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 11:18 am

After a somewhat stormy debate in the Senate over his confirmation, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) was sworn in Wednesday morning at the Pentagon and took over as secretary of defense.

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