Planet Money
6:35 am
Wed February 13, 2013

The Jobs With The Biggest (And Smallest) Pay Gaps Between Men And Women

Kathryn Gilles, a new registered nurse at Sutter Memorial Hospital, in Sacramento, Calif., puts information into a patient's chart under the supervision of her mentor, Eileen Anderson, R.N., BSN.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 9:31 pm

Women are paid significantly less, on average, than men — even when they're doing the same jobs. But the gap varies dramatically for workers in different jobs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics sent us some data on how much women made in comparison to their male counterparts in hundreds of different jobs; here are the jobs where the wage gap is smallest, and those where the gap is biggest. The gap is based on comparisons of full-time workers.

Read more
Politics
1:32 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Marco Rubio, Rand Paul Warn Obama Against Tax Increases, Spending

Republicans warned Tuesday that President Barack Obama's second-term agenda would bring more tax increases and escalate deficit spending, casting the president's policies as impediments to middle-class families he championed during his re-election campaign.

Read more
Politics
1:32 am
Wed February 13, 2013

In State of the Union, Obama Tells Congress: With or Without You

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress.
Kevin Dietsch UPI/Landov

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:09 am

President Obama called repeatedly on Congress to address issues of paramount importance to the country during his State of the Union address Tuesday. But he also made it clear that when Congress fails to act or agree with his policies, he intends to push ahead on his own.

As is traditional for a State of the Union speech, Obama called on Congress to send legislation to his desk addressing not just immigration, gun control and the budget but a range of policy areas including women's rights, industrial policy and relief for homeowners.

Read more
Politics
1:25 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Transcript: GOP Response To State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:06 am

  • Listen to Sen. Marco Rubio's Response

Full text of the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery and given by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.):

Read more
Politics
1:25 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Transcript: Obama's State Of The Union Address As Prepared For Delivery

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:05 am

President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery on Feb. 12, 2013:

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens:

Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that "the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress...It is my task," he said, "to report the State of the Union – to improve it is the task of us all."

Read more
It's All Politics
7:58 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Live Blog: President Obama's State Of The Union Address

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress.
Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 12:43 am

In his State of Union address on Tuesday, President Obama set forth a sweeping vision for his second term, tackling not only monumental issues such as entitlement and tax reform but also everyday ones like raising the minimum wage and providing universal preschool.

Coming off an inaugural address that many saw as a powerful embrace of a liberal agenda, President Obama opened the speech with a nod to bipartisanship.

Read more
Education
6:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Kentucky Ed Commissioner: JCPS Shouldn't Be Surprised to See More State Intervention

Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says his comments this week in a Courier-Journal article referring to JCPS’ lowest performing schools as “academic genocide” were “purposeful to get the community involved.”

Read more
Environment
4:45 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

The Mystery of the Old Campus Oak: An Erica Peterson Adventure

Erica Peterson WFPL

WFPL takes a cue from film noir. Self-appointed tree detective Erica Peterson looks into the mystery of whether a recently-removed tree on the University of Louisville's campus was, in fact, more than 300 years old.

Read more
Education
4:45 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Bill to Raise Kentucky Dropout Age Approved by House Panel

The Kentucky House Education Committee has approved a bill that would require students to stay in school until they’re 18 years old.

Kentucky’s current law that allows students to drop out at age 16 with their parents’ permission. 

"As Gov. Beshear noted in his State of the Commonwealth speech, the dropout age was set in 1920.  That’s almost been 100 years.  Now in 1920, education wasn’t as highly regarded as it is today," said Democratic Rep. Jeff Greer, the bill's sponsor. 

Politics
4:35 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Kentucky State Senate OKs Alcohol Sales on Election Day

Credit File photo

The Kentucky State Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would remove the prohibition of alcohol sales on election days while polls are open.

The bill wouldn't supersede the authority of dry counties in determining alcohol availability—but areas that wanted to continue the prohibition of election day alcohol sales could vote to do so.

One aim of the bill: Business that rely on alcohol sales—and also tourist destinations along Kentucky's Bourbon Trail—would be allowed to remain open on election days.

Read more

Pages