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12:19 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Are NFL Football Hits Getting Harder And More Dangerous?

Adam Cole NPR, Getty Images, AP Images

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 7:56 am

Super Bowl XLVII will kick off Sunday with its typical bombastic fanfare: Beyonce will wow us with her live halftime show, and "space baby" commercials will overload us with cuteness.

But this year, there's a gray cloud hanging over the Super Bowl: the mounting anger about devastating injuries to players' brains and bodies.

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12:02 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

In Wake of Financial Downgrade, Kentucky Business Leaders Call for Quick Pension Reform

Credit Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Another change in Kentucky’s financial outlook has the state’s business leaders calling on the General Assembly for immediate pension reforms.

Standard and Poor’s has changed Kentucky’s outlook to negative, citing the state's large unfunded pension obligations as the main reason.

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Local News
11:50 am
Fri February 1, 2013

On Byline Today: General Assembly Coming Back to Work, Cyclo-Cross and More

Kentucky legislators prepare to return to Frankfort, a greener Louisville and a big dirty cycle race are among the topics WFPL will explore at 1 p.m. today on Byline.

Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston will join Byline host Rick Howlett to talk about pension reform and other issues with next week's resumption of the Kentucky General Assembly's 2013 session.

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Local News
11:23 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting Seeks Managing Editor and Four Reporters

Louisville Public Media (LPM), which operates the city’s three public radio stations, has secured funding to establish the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, which will pursue high-quality, high-impact investigative journalism in the public interest.

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Local News
11:16 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Louisville's Cyclo-Cross Elite Championship Races Moved to Saturday

The best of the best cyclo-cross racers will now race Saturday after it was determined that Louisville's Eva Bandman cyclo-cross course could potentially flood Sunday from water levels in the Ohio River.

"The projections are by Sunday that Beargrass Creek will come over its banks and flood the lower part of the course," said Karl Schmidtt, executive director of Louisville Sports Commission.

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10:59 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Mitch McConnell Suspects Challenge Will Come From The Right

Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., acknowledges a potential Tea Party challenger.
Credit File photo

In an interview with Yahoo News, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell admits he could face a tough primary challenge from the Tea Party in his home state of Kentucky.

Since its inception the Tea Party has been critical of McConnell's leadership despite his efforts to make peace with the movement. The strife has increased in recent weeks, with over a dozen Tea Party groups in Kentucky warning that a primary challenger is forthcoming.

McConnell says he doesn't have a sense of entitlement to the senate seat, and expects a vigorous campaign.

From Yahoo News:

McConnell acknowledged he may face a tough primary challenge in 2014, in part because he has been at odds with tea party members in his state and because those in Senate leadership roles in both parties are juicy targets for defeat.

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Planet Money
10:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Losses Are Actually Gains, And Other Weird Facts From The Jobs Report

bgottsab Flickr

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 1:25 pm

What's today's big jobs report say?

The U.S. economy lost 2.8 million jobs jobs in January.


Don't panic. The U.S. economy loses millions of jobs every January, in good times and bad, largely because tons of seasonal holiday jobs always wind down after Christmas.

So if you set aside the normal, seasonal stuff, how is the job market doing?

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9:58 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Bloomington Officials Conduct Symbolic Same-Sex Marriages

Credit WFIU Public Radio

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A dozen Bloomington area couples were symbolically married Thursday night in a ceremony meant as a stand against a ban on gay marriage in Indiana.

Bloomington and Monroe County officials and clergy members participated. It was a long time coming for some couples, but participants were under no illusions about whether they gained any rights.

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The Two-Way
9:32 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Developing: Explosion Outside U.S. Embassy In Turkey

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 3:11 pm

There was an explosion Friday at an entrance to the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey, and within hours American officials were calling it a "terrorist attack."

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7:55 am
Fri February 1, 2013

'Check Yes Or No': The Hurdles Of Job Hunting With A Criminal Past

For Americans with criminal records, it can be tough to land job interviews — especially when employers bar them from applying.

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:55 pm

Melissa spent months looking for a job — any job. For days, the 25-year-old consistently visited her welfare-to-work program in downtown Brooklyn, resume in hand and an interview smile splashed across her face.

"Every day, Monday through Friday, 9 to 4," she explains. "That's dedication."

Melissa, who asked us to not reveal her last name, has plenty of job experience. She's a self-identified "people person" and says she aces every interview. But there's just one thing holding her back: the past.

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