Politics
12:06 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Observers Displeased with Joint McConnell, Reid 60 Minutes Interview

In a joint interview with Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell that CBS News described as "exasperating," 60 Minutes took on the gridlock in the U.S. Senate.

The piece noted that the Senate was once the chamber of Congress where deals were made, but that in recent years the ability to find common ground has been lost.

Reid said that compromise is not something the Senate does anyone, highlighting McConnell’s comment after the 2010 mid-terms, where he said that the chief GOP goal was to limit President Obama to one-term.

McConnell added that the Senate has met the president halfway on a number of bills , but acknowledged the difficulty in forging bipartisan measures.

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Politics
11:59 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Jack Conway: Voting-Buying with Pills Seen 'On the Margins'

Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Over the years, votes have been bought in Kentucky with the promise of cash, favors and liquor. More recently, prescription pills may have been used as currency. But, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway believes such voting buying is rare

“I don’t want to diminish the prescription pill problem," Conway said. "It’s a huge problem in this state. But, I would submit, in terms of buying votes with pills, it’s probably something you see on the margins."

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Local News
11:33 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Train Derailment: Dixie Highway to Reopen Soon

Google Maps

Update: 4:18 p.m. The Paducah & Louisville Railway has opened a new "outreach center" at West Point City Hall at 509 Elm Street for all claims other than excess mileage incurred because Dixie Highway has been closed, a spokeswoman for the company said.

The existing "outreach center" at the VFW Post 1181, at 6518 Blevins Gap Road, will only handle mileage claims, the company spokeswoman said.

(Read more about the outreach center.)

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Arts and Humanities
11:28 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Overview: Slant Culture Theatre Festival

In biology, a slant culture occurs when you tilt the test tube to maximize your potential area for cellular growth.

The producing companies of the Slant Culture Theatre Festival are taking a similar approach: by joining forces for an 11-day festival, they hope to create conditions—and a culture—that are favorable to growth for all of the performers and organizations.

Slant Culture opens at Walden Theatre Thursday and runs through Sunday, November 18. 

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Local News
11:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Railroad paid $325K so far after derailment

Louisville Metro

The head of the Paducah & Louisville Railway says the company has paid out at least $325,000 in reimbursements so far after a train derailed in southwest Louisville and caused a chemical fire.

CEO Tony Wreck told The Associated Press on Monday that the money has gone to help pay the expenses of people evacuated from their homes after the Oct. 29 crash.

Evacuations were lifted Sunday and homeowners were being allowed back into the town of West Point four days after a chemical fire started at the site.

Politics
9:15 am
Mon November 5, 2012

What To Look For On Election Day: The Battle For The White House & Congress

A voter reads her ballot as she prepares to cast her vote during the last day of early voting in Miami on Nov. 3.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 8:02 am

Tuesday, as those who follow politics probably know, is Election Day. The battle between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney has been contentious, expensive, personal, illuminating, ugly, frustrating, petty, enlightening and, above all, long. And it is expected to be close.

This week's Political Junkie column is an attempt to guide you to what's at stake on Tuesday, both in the contest for the White House as well as the 33 Senate and 435 House seats on the ballot.

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Politics
9:14 am
Mon November 5, 2012

The Last Pew Poll: Obama Holds Edge On Eve Of Election

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 12:24 pm

The final poll released Sunday by the Pew Research Center ahead of Tuesday's election shows President Obama has a 3 percentage point lead over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney just two days before the general election.

Obama leads Romney 48 percent to 45 percent in the poll of 2,709 likely voters, which has a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points. The poll was conducted Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

Here's more from the Pew news release:

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Environment
9:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Yew Dell Plans New Greenhouse Powered by Renewable Energy

De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens will soon break ground on a new greenhouse and horticulture center that will be powered entirely by renewable energy.

Yew Dell has been around for ten years, and for the past several, the property hasn’t had a greenhouse. But that’ll change next week, when the organization will break ground on a center for exhibits and research.

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Education
7:38 am
Mon November 5, 2012

JCPS Schools Review Accountability Data While Students Have Off

Jefferson County Public Schools students are off Monday but school staff has been asked to review and discuss the new Unbridled Learning accountability results released last week by the Kentucky Department of Education.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Acclaimed Broadway Director to Speak at U of L

Leading Broadway director Kenny Leon will speak at the University of Louisville today. The public event, styled on “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” is sponsored by U of L's African American Theatre Program and begins at 5 p.m. at the Playhouse on Third Street.

Leon is the co-founder and artistic director of Atlanta’s True Colors Theatre, a company dedicated to producing and preserving the diversity of African American theater. 

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