Environment
5:38 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Today: Scientists to Discuss Wildlife and Climate Change on International Polar Bear Day

Andrew Derocher

Wednesday is International Polar Bear Day, and the Louisville Zoo and WFPL are marking the occasion with a panel discussion about wildlife and climate change. The panelists include:

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The Two-Way
5:31 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Along Party Lines, Senate Confirms Chuck Hagel As The Next Secretary Of Defense

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been nominated to be the next secretary of defense.
Ron Sachs DPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 5:17 pm

Update at 5:10 p.m. ET. Hagel Confirmed:

After an unprecedented filibuster by Republicans, the nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense prevailed, Tuesday afternoon.

With a vote of 58 to 41, the Senate acted mostly along party lines to confirm Hagel.

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Education
4:58 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Kentucky Joins States Tracking Individual Students' Graduation Stats

For the first time this year Kentucky will use a new formula to determine public school graduation rates, which officials say should provide schools and districts with better data to improve their support for student achievement.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Bill Regulating Abortion Drug Access Clears Indiana Senate

usermeds.com

The Indiana Senate has passed a bill that would place tougher requirements on clinics that provide only abortion-inducing drugs.    It would also require women who seek them to undergo an ultrasound exam.

The Republican-controlled chamber voted 33-16 for the measure, sponsored by Sen. Travis Holdman

"I am not active in a right-to-life organization.  Introduced this bill because (of) my own religious conviction and my respect for life and the health of women," Holdman said in a floor speech. 

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Food and Dining
3:23 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

As Kickstarter Campaign Falters, Taco Punk is Sued on Claims of Failing to Pay Debt

Gabe Sowder
Credit Taco Punk

Taco Punk is being sued by the Metropolitan Business Development Corporation for allegedly being overdue on the bulk of a loan in a lawsuit filed as the restaurant's Kickstarter campaign for an expansion project failed to meet its funding requirement.

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Local News
2:45 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Proposal Would Change Venue for High School Recruiting Complaints

The illegal recruiting of high school student-athletes in Kentucky is out of control, and athletic officials need help to fix the problem.

That’s what state Rep. Keith Hall told a legislative panel in Frankfort today.

The Democrat from Pike County is proposing a bill that would require all appeals of disputes involving a student’s athletic eligibility to be resolved in Frankfort instead of local court.

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Politics
2:18 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

House Committees Makes Major Changes to Pension Reform Bill

Credit File photo

The state pension system would not transition to a hybrid 401K-style plan in an amended version of the pension reform bill.

The amended bill also only allows plans to set up a new 11-person committee to provide direct oversight over the pension systems.

And cost of living adjustments are no longer banned under the bill, but can only be allowed if there is a surplus in the retirement systems or if lawmakers prepay for the expense.

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Local News
1:14 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

NCAA Allegations Against U of L's Hurtt Released

University of Louisville

University of Louisville assistant football coach Clint Hurtt faces allegations of receiving and providing impermissible benefits while he was an assistant at Miami. The NCAA says Hurtt received a$2,500 loan and provided perks to Hurricanes recruits.

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Politics
1:03 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Liberal Super PAC Goes After Mitch McConnell's 'Chinese' Wife

Former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao
Credit The Heritage Foundation

UPDATE: Progress Kentucky has issued an apology over the incident.

A Democratic group is under sharp criticism for controversial online messages about Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife.

For months, the liberal super PAC Progress Kentucky has attacked McConnell and held demonstrations at his offices and home.

Recently, the group turned its attention to McConnell’s wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, with a focus on her race.

In a Feb. 14 Twitter message, Progress says: "This woman has the ear of (Sen. McConnell)—she's his wife. May explain why your job moved to China!"

The Tweet links to a website run by conspiracy theorist and radio host Jeff Rense, alleging Chao, who was born in Taiwan, discriminated against American workers during her tenure.

Progress Kentucky spokesman Curtis Morrison says the group's leaders do not review every Tweet and initially denied any had mentioned Chao superficially. But he later told WFPL that a group volunteer had sent out the messages targeting the former secretary.

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Tue February 26, 2013

'Pope Emeritus' Benedict VXI Will Wear White, But Trade-In Red Shoes

A church group prepares to pray for Pope Benedict XVI on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica on Tuesday.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 12:07 pm

It's settled. When the pontiff steps down Thursday, he'll still be known as Benedict XVI and have the title of "pope emeritus." In public, he'll wear an understated white cassock and stylish brown shoes from Mexico.

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