Education
4:27 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

New Education Center to be Established at UK

The University of Kentucky is establishing a partnership with two non-profit foundations to establish the National Center for Innovation in Education. With a focus on college and career readiness, the center will assist states in implementing the Common Core standards and helping students learn on a deeper level.    

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Local News
4:05 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

College Basketball: Cards Visit Notre Dame; UK vs Auburn; IU at OSU

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The Louisville Cards return to the court Saturday  night at Notre Dame.

Number 11 U of L is coming off a victory at Rutgers Wednesday.   The Cards are now 19-4.  This is their  first matchup with the Fighting Irish since the semifinals of the Big East Tournament last March at Madison Square Garden.  The Cards won that game.

Notre Dame is 18-4 and ranked 25th in the country.   The Irish had a three-game winning streak broken Monday by Syracuse.

Tipoff at South Bend is at 9:00pm Saturday.

The Kentucky Wildcats host Auburn at 4:00pm Saturday.  

Politics
3:36 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Kentucky Senate Passes Pair of Abortion Bills

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Doctors would be required to make ultrasound images available to women seeking abortions under legislation passed by the Senate on Friday.

The Senate also passed a separate measure that would require women get face-to-face consultations with medical professionals before undergoing abortions.

Both measures passed the Republican-controlled Senate 31-4.

Similar proposals have repeatedly cleared the Senate in recent years only to die in the Democratic-controlled House. And the prognosis is no better this year.

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It's All Politics
3:25 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Death By Drone, And The Sliding Scale Of Presidential Power

An unmanned drone armed with Hellfire missiles is shown over southern Afghanistan. A Hellfire missile fired from a drone was used in 2011 to kill an American in Yemen who the Obama administration says was an al-Qaida leader. Another American died in that attack, and a 16-year-old American was killed in a separate drone strike.
Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt AP

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 2:00 pm

The controversy over President Obama's targeted-killings-by-drone policy is a reminder that the default position of presidents in times of crisis is generally to side with national security over civil liberties.

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Local News
3:13 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Beshear; Anti-Judd Ad; Shanklin; Big Four Bridge; Jennifer Lawrence: On Byline

Here's the rundown for this edition of Byline:

At the top - Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear told lawmakers in his state of the commonwealth address that it’s time to find consensus on ways to overhaul the state’s tax and pension systems. We discuss that and  the rest of the governor’s legislative agenda and the 2013 general assembly with Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston.

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Local News
2:34 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Fewer Kentuckians Collecting Unemployment

The number of Kentuckians receiving unemployment benefits has fallen to just over 68,000.   

"That is down 57 percent from the high of 157,162 who received benefits in January of ’10.  The monthly initial claims of 35,000  is the lowest number in four years," said Joe Meyer,  secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

Meyer testified this week before a Kentucky House committee.

Education
2:26 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Eastern Kentucky University President Warns of Layoffs

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Eastern Kentucky University's president is warning of campus layoffs as the school prepares to reallocate 10 percent of its budget.

In an email sent this week to faculty and staff on the Richmond campus, EKU President Doug Whitlock did not specify how many jobs would be cut or when. He said there's no way the budget reallocation can be made without a workforce reduction.

Whitlock promised that the process of deciding on layoffs will be done in a "fair and humane" way.

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Planet Money
1:47 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

How Happy Is America?

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:28 pm

In recent years, Canada, France and Britain have added measures of citizen happiness to their official national statistics. The U.S. government is now considering adopting a happiness index as well.

This makes a certain amount of sense. Everything a government does — hiring soldiers, building bridges, providing pensions — is supposed to make citizens happy.

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The Two-Way
12:44 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

U.S. Postal Service Reports $1.3 Billion Loss In First Quarter

A U.S. Postal service employee loads his van as he prepares to leave the loading dock to deliver mail from the Los Feliz Post Office in Los Angeles.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 12:30 pm

The United States Postal Service said it lost $1.3 billion in first quarter of its fiscal year. While that's still a huge number, it's a big drop from the $3.1 billion loss the service posted during the same time period last year.

Still, CNN Money reports, the service is still in trouble. It reports:

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Local News
12:35 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Byline: The Rubbertown Explosion Investigation, State of the Commonwealth and Jennifer Lawrence

The Kentucky General Assembly gets back to work, investigation results are released in the fatal 2011 explosion in Rubbertown and Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence talks Oscars today on Byline.

Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston will discuss the week in Frankfort as the legislative session resumes and Gov. Steve Beshear makes his State of the Commonwealth address.

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