Politics
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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Politics
3:57 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Rand Paul: Court Oversight in Drone Attacks Needed

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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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The Two-Way
2:56 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Esquire Magazine: Bin Laden 'Shooter' On His Own; No Pension, No Healthcare

Young Pakistani boys play near demolition works while Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan is demolished.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 2:34 pm

Update at 8:12 p.m. ET. SEAL Is Eligible For Benefits

Stars and Stripes is reporting that all combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are "automatically eligible for five years of free healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs."

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Local News
2:45 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

IU Still No. 1 in AP Poll; U of L Drops to 12th; UK is 25th

Indiana remains at No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball poll despite losing a game last week, surviving a week of upsets to become the first team in over a month to hold onto the top ranking.

The Hoosiers lost to Illinois on a last-second basket Thursday but rebounded with a win at Ohio State on Sunday.

IU dropped to second place in the USA Today coaches poll, which gave the top spot to Duke.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Hemp Bill Sails Through Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee

James Comer
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FRANKFORT — After testimony from a bevy of high-level supporters, the state Senate agriculture committee unanimously approved Monday a bill that would establish oversight for Kentucky  industrial hemp farmer if hemp were made legal federally.

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Environment
1:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

NRDC Director: Canadian Tar Sands Expansion Would Be Disastrous for the Environment

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

A year ago, President Obama rejected a proposed pipeline to transport oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Keystone XL pipeline is touted by oil companies as a way to expand the amount of oil that’s produced from the tar sands in Alberta, but its construction raises concerns about the environmental effects and climate change.

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Shots - Health News
12:54 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

U.S. Fertility Rates Fall To All-Time Low

NPR

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 2:08 pm

Here we go again.

The rate at which American women are having babies fell by 1 percent in 2011, continuing a decline that's been under way for years.

There were 63.2 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 in 2011 (the lowest on record), compared with 64.1 in 2010 and 66.2 in 2009.

A deeper look at the numbers reveals some other noteworthy trends.

Births to teenagers hit another low — 31.3 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19, down from 34.2 in 2010.

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Business
12:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Maker's Mark's Bill Samuels Jr.: 'We Don't Want to Price Maker's Mark Out of Reach'

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Bill Samuels Jr., the former president and current chairman emeritus of Maker's Mark, has posted a note to the company's website addressing the recent announcement that Maker's Mark was reducing its alcohol by volume three percentage points, from 45 to 42.

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Local News
12:13 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz: Pope Benedict's Resignation Sign of 'Deep Humility'

Rick Howlett

The head of the Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville says he’s grateful for Pope Benedict’s spiritual leadership over the past eight years.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz was appointed to his post by Benedict nearly six years ago.

Kurtz says like most everyone, he was taken aback by the pope’s announcement that he will resign at the end of month.

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The Two-Way
11:26 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict Leaves Behind A Mixed Legacy

Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.
Gerard Cerles AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 10:41 am

When Pope Benedict XVI steps down at the end of the month, he will be remembered for his efforts to strengthen the Catholic Church's core beliefs and for his powerful and eloquent encyclicals, but also for a mixed record in handling the sexual abuse scandal.

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