Local News http://wfpl.org en Louisville Red Cross Chapter Hosting Blood Drives to Help With National Shortage http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-red-cross-chapter-hosting-blood-drives-help-national-shortage <p>It's often said that donating blood just one time can save three lives.&nbsp; What is rarely heard is how one blood drive can be just enough to save a single life.</p><p>But it’s true, said Lindsay English, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross in Louisville.</p><p>“In a serious car accident, you can use 30 or more units,” English said. &nbsp;“If you think about it, that is a successful blood drive right there—just one.”</p><p>And right now, blood donations from across the U.S. are dwindling.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:37:46 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9853 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Red Cross Chapter Hosting Blood Drives to Help With National Shortage General Burnside Island State Park to Lead Way For Park Privatization in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/general-burnside-island-state-park-lead-way-park-privatization-kentucky <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky Department of Parks is poised to allow private corporations to develop at, or even operate aspects of, state parks, and expansion of previous efforts permitting </span>commercial<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> activity.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">suggested to a state legislative committee Thursday that General Burnside State Park, a 400-acre park 10 miles south of Somerset, could serve "as a potential pilot" for the effort.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:01:41 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9850 at http://wfpl.org General Burnside Island State Park to Lead Way For Park Privatization in Kentucky Byline | Kentucky Retirement's Risky Investments, a Talk With Rand Paul, and More http://wfpl.org/post/byline-kentucky-retirements-risky-investments-talk-rand-paul-and-more <p>Here are the topics covered in this edition of <em>Byline</em> (full audio link below):</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:47:04 +0000 Brad Yost 9852 at http://wfpl.org Byline | Kentucky Retirement's Risky Investments, a Talk With Rand Paul, and More What's Going on With Muhammad Ali's Boyhood Home in Louisville? http://wfpl.org/post/whats-going-muhammad-alis-boyhood-home-louisville <p>Two years ago, Las Vegas real estate investor Jared Weiss purchased the boyhood home of Louisville boxing legend Muhammad Ali for $70,000. Weiss, an avid fan of Ali, bought the home with plans to transform it into a museum.</p><p>But in the years since, the Parkland house has been beaten and battered. Today, the paint continues to chip away and the roof looks to be caving in. Neighbors are hoping some change will come soon.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:30:00 +0000 Gail Faustyn 9845 at http://wfpl.org What's Going on With Muhammad Ali's Boyhood Home in Louisville? Radiolab and Studio 360 Return to WFPL and Other August Changes http://wfpl.org/post/radiolab-and-studio-360-return-wfpl-and-other-august-changes <div>Starting next week, we will be making some changes to the <a href="http://wfpl.org/schedule/week">WFPL News radio schedule</a>.&nbsp;<ppfirst a="" href="http://www.studio360.org" of="">Studio 360 is coming back. Thursday nights at 9, Kurt Andersen brings you insightful takes on arts and culture. Here's <a href="http://www.studio360.org/story/american-icons-mad-magazine/">a look back at Mad Magazine from the American Icons series</a>.<p>Second, Fridays are changing. We’ll now bring you local, national and international news from 1-3 p.m. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:01:25 +0000 Gabe Bullard 9844 at http://wfpl.org Radiolab and Studio 360 Return to WFPL and Other August Changes Bluegrass Stakes Winner, Derby Contender Dance With Fate Euthanized After Training Mishap http://wfpl.org/post/bluegrass-stakes-winner-derby-contender-dance-fate-euthanized-after-training-mishap <p>The trainer of Bluegrass Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby contender Dance With Fate says the colt had to be euthanized after suffering an injury during training at a California track.</p><p>Dance With Fate was galloping at Del Mar race track early Thursday when he got startled and ran into a fence rail.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; His exercise rider was taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.</p><p>The colt was training for the San Diego Handicap Saturday at Del Mar. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:19:42 +0000 Rick Howlett 9840 at http://wfpl.org Bluegrass Stakes Winner, Derby Contender Dance With Fate Euthanized After Training Mishap Listen: Breaking The Daily Fast During Ramadan in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/listen-breaking-daily-fast-during-ramadan-louisville <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of people with a wide range of religious faiths gathered in a church gymnasium Wednesday night to break a </span>daylong<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> fast amid the holy month of Ramadan.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At exactly 9 p.m., the fast ended with a call to prayer. Next, they drank water, followed by dates, and then pita bread, salad and meat. For Muslims, it was their first bite of food since sunrise.</span></div><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:45:40 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9836 at http://wfpl.org Listen: Breaking The Daily Fast During Ramadan in Louisville Despite Calls for Openness, Struggling Kentucky Retirement Systems Keeps Its Investments Secret http://wfpl.org/post/despite-calls-openness-struggling-kentucky-retirement-systems-keeps-its-investments-secret <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Kentucky's underperforming retirement system for state employees keeps secret details of its so-called "alternative investments," and critics are calling for more transparency so the risks and potential pratfalls can be fully assessed.</p><p>In its latest story, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting looks at the secrecy behind where the Kentucky Retirement Systems makes its alternative investments—and the concerns it raises.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:53:26 +0000 Staff 9837 at http://wfpl.org Despite Calls for Openness, Struggling Kentucky Retirement Systems Keeps Its Investments Secret ESPN Takes a Look at Street Ball in Louisville and Around the U.S. http://wfpl.org/post/espn-takes-look-street-ball-louisville-and-around-us <p></p><p>Louisville’s annual Dirt Bowl street ball basketball tournament could help save playground basketball.</p><p>That is according to an article published today on<a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/11216972/playground-basketball-dying"> ESPN.com</a> that examines the fading style of outdoor basketball played on concrete courts.</p><p>Here's<a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/11216972/playground-basketball-dying" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>&nbsp;the article.</strong></a></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9833 at http://wfpl.org ESPN Takes a Look at Street Ball in Louisville and Around the U.S. How Christianity Shapes Louisville's Coffee Culture http://wfpl.org/post/how-christianity-shapes-louisvilles-coffee-culture <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A woman walks into&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sunergos Coffee on Preston Street in Louisville</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. She orders a drink and begins looking around, through the mixture of cafe settings and living room couches. She's looking for something. She doesn’t find it. She returns to the counter, upset.</span></p><p>“Where are your bibles?” she asks.</p><p>“I…I have one,” says the woman working at the shop.</p><p>“Where are your bibles <em>here?</em>” asks the customer.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Gabe Bullard 9824 at http://wfpl.org How Christianity Shapes Louisville's Coffee Culture