The Two-Way
9:44 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Royal Recovery: Remains ID'd As Those Of King Richard III

An enlarged image of the skull identified as that of King Richard III. Jo Appleby, a lecturer in human bioarchaeology at the University of Leicester, is pointing to a detail.
Rui Vieira PA Photos /Landov

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 6:10 pm

Remains found under what's now a parking lot in the English city of Leicester have been confirmed to be those of King Richard III, researchers at the University of Leicester announced Monday.

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Local News
9:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Big Four Bridge Could Open This Week, Or Next

Credit Nick Roberts, SpeedDemon2 Photography,

Officials say the opening of the Big Four Bridge could be delayed further and they say they’ll know Monday when the public can access the pedestrian and bicycle pathway.

The Big Four Bridge connects downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Indiana. The bridge was expected to open weeks ago but delays in construction and putting the finishing touches on the project have postponed the soft opening, which will allow the public access to Louisville’s on-ramp and most of the bridge.

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8:40 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Proposes Fair Elections Now Act

Congressman John Yarmuth
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Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., has introduced a bill that seeks to diminish the influence of special interest groups.

The Fair Elections Now Act—or FENA —would create a public financing system for congressional races by providing a 5-to-1 federal match of contributions smaller than $100. In order to qualify, candidates would have to raise $50,000 through those small, in-state contributions.

Yarmuth says the legislation would enable more diverse candidates who are funded by small donations to compete in federal elections.

"The American people have ample evidence of the unfortunate influence of money on politics and policy. And FENA is an attempt to allow people to run for office and not be dependent upon big donors and therefore be primarily answerable to citizens and not to special interests," he says.

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Local News
7:02 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Astronaut Kevin Ford to Appear Before Indiana Senate—From Space Station

Astronaut Kevin Ford

The Indiana native who's commanding the International Space Station will make a very long distance video call to the Indiana Statehouse this week.

Astronaut Kevin Ford is scheduled to speak from Earth orbit via video hookup with the Indiana Senate Thursday.

Ford is from Blackford County, and his older brother, David Ford, was a state senator who died of pancreatic cancer in 2008.

7:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

How Some Louisville Teachers are Shifting Grading Practices and Redefining Success

Students and parents are often concerned with bad grades. Grades say a lot to colleges and universities and high scores on college entrance exams such as the ACT and SAT are important for getting into certain schools.

Depending on the teacher, points can be earned for class participation, going the extra mile to make visual presentations or through extra credit, among other measures.

That’s the way grading has been done the past century; educators including Brown School Principal Tim Healy say it should change.

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6:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Hemp Gaining Momentum in General Assembly

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Support is clearly growing behind Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's efforts for industrial hemp in Kentucky are growing.

Call it hempmentum.

With last week's endorsement from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, Comer now has the majority of Kentucky's federal delegation behind him.

Both U.S. senators and half of the state's House members have publicly endorsed legalizing industrial hemp. They say Kentucky is well-suited to be a leader in growing hemp for fiber and oil.

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Local News
9:02 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Muhammad Ali's Daughter: Contrary to Report, the Greatest is OK

The Alis with President George W. Bush in 2005.
Credit Public Domain

NEW ORLEANS — Muhammad Ali's daughter knocked down rumors of her father being near death Sunday, saying he was at home watching the Super Bowl.

May May Ali says she talked to her father Sunday morning on the phone and he was fine. She says he was watching the Super Bowl at home in Arizona, wearing a Baltimore Ravens jersey.

"He's fine, in fact he was talking well this morning," she said in a telephone interview. "These rumors pop up every once in a while but there's nothing to them."

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The Two-Way
3:03 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Gun-Control Battle Spills Over To Super Bowl Ads

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 12:49 pm

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is airing a 30-second spot in the Washington, D.C., area calling for background checks on all gun sales.

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Monkey See
3:02 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Choosing Sides: How To Pick Between The Ravens And The 49ers

Sourdough Sam, the mascot for the San Francisco 49ers, looks on in January 2012.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 10:13 am

Headlines were circulating last week about how, as Slate put it, "almost everybody" is rooting for the San Francisco 49ers over the Baltimore Ravens in Sunday's Super Bowl. Of course, it turns out that what this actually meant was more like "substantially more than half of the area of the country is included within counties in which more people like the 49ers on Facebook than like the Ravens on Facebook."

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11:30 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Noise and Notes: Council Leaders David James and Ken Fleming on Taxes, City Budget and Guns

Louisville Democrat David James and Republican Ken Fleming don’t always agree as leaders of their respective caucuses, but the two Metro Council members hope city lawmakers tackle a number of issues this year.

Among them is the new spending plan for the city. Mayor Greg Fischer says the local economy is bouncing back from the recession, but Metro Government still faces a $13 million budget shortfall.

Both parties hope the budget process is transparent, and James and Fleming agree that public dollars for city services are running thin and need to be spent wisely.

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