The Two-Way
11:21 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Obama Pushes Congress To Avoid Automatic Cuts; GOP Says It's Not The Problem

As he pressed Congress for action Tuesday, President Obama stood before a group of first responders. He made the case that their departments will be hurt if automatic budget cuts go into effect March 1.
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Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 11:54 am

Standing in front of first responders who he says could lose their jobs, President Obama pushed Tuesday for Congress to act now to avoid $85 billion in "automatic, severe budget cuts" set to kick in starting on March 1.

The cuts due because of the so-called sequestration "are not smart, they are not fair [and] they will hurt our economy," the president said.

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Business
10:56 am
Tue February 19, 2013

General Electric Temporarily Lays Off Appliance Park Shift Because of Slow Sales

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General Electric will temporarily layoff the second shift of its Appliance Park refrigeration production because appliance sales have been slower than expected, the company announced Tuesday.

The layoff in the refrigeration production plant begins Feb. 25 and is expected to last about five weeks, said a statement from GE Appliances spokeswoman Kim Freeman. The five-week timeframe is to "allow excess inventory to be depleted."

The shift has 550 employees, Freeman told WFPL.

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Politics
9:40 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Team Mitch Ad Mocks Democratic Candidate Search

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
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In the first ad of the 2014 Kentucky Senate race, Republican Mitch McConnell pokes fun at Democrats for being unable to find an opponent for the general election.

The online spot utilizes clips of President Obama, and shows him looking at a number of rumored challengers including actress Ashley Judd, former U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

It also notes how a number of prominent Democrats in the state have said flat out they are not interested in taking on McConnell in 2014.

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The Two-Way
9:26 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Newtown Shooter May Have Taken Cues From Norway Massacre

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 10:57 am

Investigators trying to piece together a motive in December's killings in Newtown, Conn., believe that 20-year-old shooter Adam Lanza may have been inspired by a similar 2011 massacre in Norway.

The Hartford Courant and CBS News report that authorities searching through Lanza's belongings after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary discovered several news articles about Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in July 2011.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Compassionate City: Preparing for the Dalai Lama's Visit to Louisville

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There’s been a lot of attention surrounding the Dalai Lama’s visit to Louisville on May 19.

But what some people might not know is that his event will be the final act in week of teachings on the theme of compassion.

On May 14-19, The Festival of Faiths will bring in teachers and educators from an array of traditions. These teachers include the Tibetan Buddhist monk, Matthieu Ricard, and Franciscan friar, Richard Rohr. And, as Owsley Brown, the co-chair of the program told WFPL's Jonathan Bastian, at the center of these teachings will be an iconic photograph.

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Politics
6:56 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Get A Social Security Check? Treasury Says It's Time To Go Electronic

U.S. Treasury checks are run through a printer.
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Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 12:33 pm

Every month, the government sends out about 5 million checks to Americans who receive federal benefits. On March 1, the Treasury Department is making those paper checks a thing of the past.

Since May 2011, all new Social Security recipients are required to get direct deposit of their benefits. Some 93 percent of all recipients now do.

But there are still holdouts, so the Treasury Department started a campaign and a website, Go Direct, in an effort to convince the remaining 7 percent.

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U.S.
6:56 am
Tue February 19, 2013

What Happens When Someone Else Gets Your Tax Refund

Todd Macy, a banker from Marin County, Calif., was the victim of identity theft. Nearly a year after filing his return, he's still waiting for his federal tax refund.
Courtesy of Todd Macy

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 6:27 pm

If you usually wait until April to file your taxes, you might want to hurry up — before identity thieves beat you to it. Using stolen names and Social Security numbers, these criminals file fake tax returns with false wage and withholding information. This generates big — and fraudulent — refunds, before the real taxpayer gets around to filing.

The Internal Revenue Service says it's busy working to combat what prosecutors call a fraud epidemic.

Most taxpayers don't have any idea something is wrong until they hit the send button on their taxes and get an error message.

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Politics
6:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Louisville Businessman Being Rumored as Tea Party Challenger to Mitch McConnell

Louisville businessman Matthew Bevin
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Louisville businessman Matthew Bevin is being rumored as a potential Tea Party primary challenge to Republican Mitch McConnell in the U.S. Senate race.

Bevin is owner of Connecticut-based Bevin Brothers Manufacturing and former CEO of an investment firm in Kentucky.

The 46-year-old businessman was profiled in 2008 for his contributions to religious and civic charitable causes

According to reports, Bevin is courting the local Tea Party with interest in running.

From The Hill:

Sarah Duran(d), president of the Louisville Tea Party, told The Hill that Bevin had been in touch with her over the phone to discuss his run multiple times over the past few weeks, and that he met with the group two weeks ago to discuss his interest in the race.

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Education
4:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Representatives from Louisville's Out-of-School Time Charter Share Ideas in Baltimore

Last year, members of Louisville's Out-of-School Time Charter sign partnership agreement.

Members of Louisville's Out-of-School Time Coordinating Council Charter will share ideas in Baltimore Thursday with other cities that are seeking to improve after school programming.

Louisville was one of nine cities nationwide that received a Wallace Foundation grant to improve systems supporting after-school programs. 

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