The University of Louisville Board of Trustees’ finance committee approved a six percent tuition increase Thursday. The measure will go to the full board in June and needs final approval from the State Council on Post-Secondary Education. Because state funding has been cut, Ramsey says U of L has few other options but to raise tuition.
Louisiana National Guardsmen were deployed in Morgan City to top off local levees with sand-filled baskets in advance of possible flooding if the Morganza Spillway north of Baton Rouge is opened.
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Federal engineers got the OK to open a massive spillway that would flood hundreds of thousands of acres in Louisiana to try to protect heavily populated Baton Rouge and New Orleans from the bulging Mississippi River.
The Army Corps of Engineers said it will open the Morganza Spillway when the river's flow rate reaches a certain point, expected Saturday.
When we were heading to SXSW this year, NPR Music critic Ann Powers told us to watch out for Amanda Shires' "plainspoken poeticism." You can hear that on her new album called Carrying Lightning. Amanda Shires is a talented songwriter, singer and fiddler. Here's a video premiere for the track "Ghostbird," a song she so badly wanted animated.
A girl stands in the middle of a poppy field as Marines pass by on patrol.
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For years, the Sangin District in southern Afghanistan has been one of the deadliest areas of operation. For the British, who controlled the area until U.S. Marines replaced them last year, the focus was securing the road that ran along the Helmand River, on the edge of the lush farm fields.
The Marines have taken a different approach since then. They have pushed deep into the river valley from the desert to get at the heart of Taliban control and movement.
On his radio show Wednesday, conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck thought it would be funny if he pretended to be vomiting as he watched a public service ad featuring Meghan McCain, daughter of 2008 GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
Protesters rally outside the State Capitol in Madison, Wis. following a vote which essentially eliminated collective bargaining rights for public union workers except on wage issues. Thousands of demonstrators took over the Capitol following the Senate vote on the bill which passed with no Democrats present.
Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks to a gathering of Tea Party supporters at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, S.C., on May 5, 2011.
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Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) declared his candidacy for the Republican Presidential nomination today on ABC's Good Morning America, telling host George Stephanopoulos his views are increasingly popular.
Seated on the stage of a packed room at Washington, D.C.'s National Press Club on Thursday night, Recy Taylor smiled softly as the audience stood and applauded her. Dressed in a royal purple skirt suit, her gray hair curled neatly behind her ears, the 91-year-old appeared slightly overwhelmed by the attention. When a young woman standing to her left announced to her that she is "worthy of the love and admiration that every single person in this room has for you," Taylor began to weep.