Local News
5:22 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson Returning to UK Wildcats Next Season

Sophomore forward Alex Poythress and freshman center Dakari Johnson have announced they will return for another season of college basketball with the Kentucky Wildcats.

Poythress and Johnson were key contributors to the Wildcats' NCAA title-game run.    

His postseason performances fueled speculation that he might enter the NBA draft,  but Poythress said in a release that he wanted "to make sure that I'm NBA-ready before I make that jump."

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Local News
5:18 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

New List of Louisville's Peer Cities Includes St. Louis, Oklahoma City

The list of cities Louisville business and government leaders utilize to gauge the city’s socio-economic progress is getting bigger.

City officials will utilize the updated list of peer cities for the next decade as an agenda is developed to spark job growth and educational development.

Christen Boone is the director of the Greater Louisville Project, which updated the list.   She said the list is not meant to provide a list of city blueprints from which to copy.

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Local News
5:14 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Organizers Hope Upcoming 5K Will Help Bolster Investment In West Louisville's Russell Neighborhood

 Community leaders in west Louisville’s Russell neighborhood are hopeful an event this weekend will attract investors into an area of the city that some say is isolated and neglected, but full of potential.

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Local News
4:38 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Indiana House Ethics Panel Begins Hearing Case Involving Legislative Leader

File Photo/Rep. Eric Turner
Credit Indiana State Government

The Indiana House Ethics Committee has begun hearing a case involving House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner.

The committee is deciding whether Turner broke rules when he worked privately to block legislation that would have cost his family's company millions of dollars in profits.     

Turner fought a nursing home construction ban during the 2014 legislative session.

Turner did not attend the hearing.   In a filing read by panel chairman Greg Steuerwald,Turner said he disclosed his involvement in the company while discussing the bill during a Republican caucus meeting.

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Local News
2:07 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Hillary Clinton to Address Methodist Women's Group Saturday

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Former U.S.  Secretary of State and potential presidential candidate Hilary Clinton will be in Louisville this weekend to deliver the keynote address to the United  Methodist Women’s Assembly at the Kentucky International Convention Center.     

Assembly spokeswoman Selby Ewing  says Clinton, who’s a lifelong Methodist, was invited  to speak because  her advocacy work fits with the organization’s mission.

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All Tech Considered
11:57 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows

Monica Chavez packs up a box at an Amazon.com fulfillment center Dec. 2, in Phoenix.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 6:38 pm

Technically, consumers are supposed to pay taxes on things they buy online. In fact, few do.

Congress is considering a bill called the Marketplace Fairness Act that would force many online sellers to collect sales taxes for the first time.

In the meantime, some states have already enacted so-called Amazon taxes, forcing the giant online retailer to collect sales taxes the same way traditional brick-and-mortar stores do.

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Food and Dining
7:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Louisville Coffee Scene Is Serious About Barista Competitions

Steve Rhinhart and Ryan Felbinger judge the latte art competition.
Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL News

The night before the Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats played each other in the men's basketball NCAA Tournament, a group of twentysomethings from across the area gathered at the Cardinal Towne Quill's to fill out a bracket. Ben E. and TJ had a faceoff in the first round. Nate S. won in an early matchup and was prepping to take on Matt S.

These aren't teams. They're baristas.

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Local News
8:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Wick's Pizza To Host Open-Mic Night Geared Toward At-Risk Youth

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Concerns for what some are calling a community of troubled youth has led the creation of a weekly event where young people can express themselves at a Louisville Highlands neighborhood business.

Expressions of You was once a long-running poetry slam series in west Louisville, and the people behind the event have decided it’s time to bring it back.

The series aims to attract at-risk young people and others affected by youth crime. 

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7:53 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

A New Low in Latest Senate Ad Featuring Republican Matt Bevin's Children?

A McConnell campaign Twitter account's response to Bevin's kids ad

A new low?

The nasty Kentucky U.S. Senate Republican battle for incumbent Mitch McConnell's seat has now embroiled one of primary challenger Matt Bevin's children.

In a new 30-second TV ad, one of Bevin's daughters, Olivia, tells viewers not to be fooled by "a bunch of lies" McConnell is telling about her father.

Overall, it's meant to be a positive commercial featuring Bevin's children.

They are praising their father's military record, leadership, and role as a family man.


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Local News
7:11 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

WFPL Wins National, Regional, State Awards

Credit Society of Professional Journalists

The WFPL News team and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting have received several awards in the last week, earning honors on the national, regional and local stages.  

Nationally, Erica Peterson's series on black carbon, which utilized original air monitoring data, won the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in Radio Journalism.

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