The Two-Way
10:08 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Supreme Court Won't Hear Gay Marriage Cases In New Term

The Supreme Court has denied petitions to review same-sex marriage cases in several states, including Utah. In January, supporters of same-sex marriage held a rally at Utah's Capitol in Salt Lake City.
Jim Urquhart Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 2:15 pm

The Supreme Court's new term will not include any cases that might decide the issue of same-sex marriage in the U.S., a development that comes after many lower and appeals courts have ruled against states' bans on gay marriage. Advocates on both sides of the issue have been calling for the high court to review the issue and make an official ruling.

The court's refusal of all the petitions related to bans on gay marriage means that the appeals courts' decisions allowing gay marriage can now take effect. They had been on hold pending a potential review by the Supreme Court.

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Local News
8:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Louisville's Heating and Energy Assistance Program Opens For Elderly and Disabled

Credit Photo submitted by Keith Runyon

Early registration for the elderly and disabled has begun for Louisville’s Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP.

The program helps eligible residents pay a portion of their energy bills during the cold weather months. It’ll open in November to any households with incomes at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty line, said Debbie Belt, a spokeswoman for the city’s community and revitalization department.

On Monday, only those who are elderly and disabled can register.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Cajun-Themed Red Riding Hood Opens Stage One's Family Season

Stage One Family Theatre opens its season this week with a new twist on an old fairy tale. The musical theater adaptation of Mike Artell’s picture book “Petite Rouge” infuses the Little Red Riding Hood story with Cajun spice, setting the story of a little girl who leads a fierce beast on a wild chase in and around New Orleans.

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Education
8:00 am
Sun October 5, 2014

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Discusses Accountability Results

Donna Hargens
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Jefferson County Public Schools moved from the 35th percentile to the 51st percentile in state test results released Friday, meaning the district performed better than half of Kentucky's school systems in 2013-14.

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Environment
7:00 am
Sun October 5, 2014

What Could the West Virginia Plan to Frack Under the Ohio River Mean for Kentucky?

The Ohio River in West Virginia.
Credit Taber Andrew Bain/Creative Commons

West Virginia is accepting bids on a plan to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (or “fracking”) beneath the Ohio River. The move would provide the state with much-needed revenue, but environmental and citizen groups are concerned about the possible contamination of drinking water for millions of people.

Louisville is one of the communities downriver that uses the river for drinking water.

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Local News
11:39 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

College Football: Kentucky Upsets South Carolina 45-38

LEXINGTON — Alvin Dupree's 6-yard interception return for a touchdown off a pass deflection with 2:29 remaining gave Kentucky a wild 45-38 comeback victory over South Carolina on Saturday night.

Trailing 38-24 with 11:45 remaining, Jojo Kemp rallied the Wildcats with touchdown runs of 1 and 5 yards before Mike Douglas' game-changing block of Dylan Thompson's pass. Dupree was right there to grab it out of the air for the easy touchdown that sent a black-clad crowd of 62,135 into a frenzy.

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Strange Fruit
7:01 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Strange Fruit: Susan Sarandon on Muhammad Ali’s Legacy; Electric Lady Janelle Monáe

It's been a star-studded week for Team Strange Fruit! We spent some time recently on the red carpet at the 2nd Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, where we got to chat with celebrities and honorees about the Champ's civil rights legacy.

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Education
7:00 am
Sat October 4, 2014

JCPS Makes Gains In Reading But Still Doesn't Meet 'Ambitious' Goal

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Less than half of Jefferson County Public Schools' elementary students read at grade level in the 2013-14 state test results released Friday—but elementary reading is still an area of stark improvement from prior years.

And, because it's an improvement, Superintendent Donna Hargens said JCPS will continue what it’s doing to improve student reading scores.

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Local News
11:21 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

College Football: Louisville Cards Beat Syracuse, 28-6

Brandon Radcliff ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns, and Louisville had two interceptions and two safeties in a 28-6 victory over Syracuse on Friday night, the Orange's third straight loss. The Cardinals (5-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) moved to 4-0 against Syracuse under Bobby Petrino. With a grueling schedule ahead, Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 ACC) began ACC play with a thud, getting just a pair of field goals from Cole Murphy, one in each half.

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Health
5:28 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

How to Improve Louisvillians' Health, According to Louisvillians

How do we improve the overall health of Louisvillians?

During the last day of IdeaFestival, Mayor Greg Fischer invited people to his makeshift office at the Kentucky Center to share their thoughts on what it will take for Kentuckians to live healthier lifestyles.

Participants anonymously wrote their suggestions on colorful Post-it notes and stuck them to a board. 

I talked to some of those people about their ideas. Here's what they had to say about improving the health of Louisvillians.

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