9:50am

Tue September 27, 2011
Education

Test Scores in State's Biggest District Mixed

Jefferson County Public School students have made some progress in certain subject areas of state-wide tests, but district averages are still lower than the state’s. The Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT) scores were released to the public Tuesday morning. KCCT is used to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Under these federal guidelines only 16.5 percent of JCPS schools met all goals in all subject areas for the 2010-2011 school year and the district’s test scores are still lower than the state average.

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9:42am

Tue September 27, 2011
All Politics are Local

McConnell Reacts to Geithner's Kentucky Visit

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., issued a statement responding to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who visited Louisville on Monday to support President Obama’s jobs bill. Geithner toured the UPS air hub and said if Congress would pass the American Jobs Act it would help local companies by investing  $450 million in Kentucky railways, roads and aviation. But McConnell says if the White House is serious about job creation it will give up the jobs plan and go in the opposite direction.

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9:40am

Tue September 27, 2011
Education

UK President Addresses State of his University

UK President Eli Capilouto gave his first State of the University address Monday, praising recent achievements and looking toward the future. Capilouto touted the successes of students, faculty, and staff in his speech, saying the University of Kentucky is a place of opportunity. This year's freshman class is the most academically accomplished in the school's history, but Capilouto says UK must continue to challenge itself.

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9:30am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Home Prices Edged Up In July, Report Says

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 9:52 am

A "sale pending" sign outside a home in Bath, Maine, in July.
Pat Wellenbach AP

July marked a fourth consecutive month of slight gains in home prices in its surveys covering major cities across the nation, researchers who put together the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

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8:40am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama To Heckler: 'I Agree Jesus Christ Is The Lord'

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 1:01 pm

The man who interrupted President Obama during a fundraiser Monday in Los Angeles is removed from the audience.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

A man shouting "Jesus Christ is God!" interrupted President Obama's address at a fundraiser in Los Angeles last night.

He began by shouting that the "Christian God is the one and only true living God." Then he added that "Jesus Christ is God!" Others in attendance tried to overcome the interruption by chanting "four more years!"

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8:24am

Tue September 27, 2011
Strange News

Cheeseheads Take Issue With Anti-Cheese Billboard

A billboard went up near the Green Bay Packers' stadium showing the grim reaper decked out in a cheesehead hat. A physicians group promoting vegan diets says its new ad simply points out that cheese can be unhealthy. Green Bay's mayor says this is silly. As he put it, "We love our cheeseheads and we love our cheese."

8:21am

Tue September 27, 2011
Business

Living Or Dead, Who Belongs On A U.S. Stamp?

Until Monday, only people who had been dead for at least five years could appear on U.S. postage stamps. It was, in that way, a little like becoming a saint. But now the Postal Service is inviting suggestions for living people who deserve to be on a stamp. People can submit their ideas through Facebook and Twitter — and, of course, by mail.It's Morning Edition.

8:10am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Today's Top Stories: Eurozone Crisis, Typhoon In Philippines

Good morning.

Today's top story so far in the U.S. seems to be about the government shutdown that isn't going to happen.

As we reported earlier, Democrats and Republicans reached an agreement last night that averted what might have been at least a partial shutdown later this week. And, as often is the case, both sides are claiming vindication.

Meanwhile, other stories making headlines include:

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7:30am

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Both Sides Claim Vindication After Shutdown Is Averted

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 10:28 am

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky walks to the floor as the Senate prepares to vote on a short-term funding measure .
J. Scott Applewhite AP

As some last-minute developments and a late-evening deal came together to bring another shutdown showdown to a close last night, Democratic and Republican leaders were both declaring their positions in the latest budget battle had been vindicated.

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4:41am

Tue September 27, 2011
Author Interviews

For One 'Wiseguy,' A Permanent Place In Mobster Lore

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 2:07 pm

Crimelore(d): Wiseguy author Nicholas Pileggi
Sigrid Estrada

Twenty-five years after its initial publication, Nicholas Pileggi's Wiseguy remains one of the signal narratives about life in the Mafia. Adapted by Pileggi and director Martin Scorsese into the 1990 film GoodFellas, it follows the rise and fall of true-life Brooklyn gangster Henry Hill — "a little cog" in the Lucchese crime family who turned FBI informant after a drug arrest.

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