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3:59 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Last-Minute Zombie Tips for Halloween

Louisville Zombie Attack co-organizer Lyndi Lou zombifies WFPL's Devin Katayama in August 2014.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

It's time for costumes and ghosts, tricks or treats. And for any Halloween procrastinators looking for a costume, WFPL is here to help.

In August, in preparation for the tenth annual Louisville Zombie Attack, we shared secrets on how to easily turn yourself into a member of the undead.

Zombie Attack co-organizer Lyndi Lou and Louisville make-up artist Izzie Jones showed us some tips on how Louisvillians can properly gorify themselves. 

Some items you may need: corn syrup, red food coloring, a marshmallow, asparagus and a candlestick. 

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Local News
2:18 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

City Continues To Open Data To Public

Residents in Louisville now have access to more city-related data than ever before.

City officials have increased the amount of open data by nearly 200 percent in just a year’s time, according to the inaugural Open Data Report by Metro Technology Services.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Beshear Says GOP Control of House Would Set Kentucky Back to "19th Century"

Governor Steve Beshear says Kentucky risks running off the “progressive path” it’s on if voters give the GOP a majority of state House seats. Beshear made the comments in Barren County Thursday.

Democrats currently hold a 54-to-46 advantage in the chamber, but Republicans have made a major push to win control of the House for the first time in more than 90 years. To help Democratic incumbents, Beshear has been on the road this week, announcing funding for infrastructure projects in districts where these members are facing competitive challenges by Republican candidates.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Jefferson County Judge's Campaign Contributions Raise Questions

Katie King campaign flyer
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In the final weeks of her judicial race, Jefferson County District Judge Katie King has once again loaned her campaign an influx of cash.

It’s a pattern she’s followed in three successive elections cycles -- and a maneuver for which she was once scolded and fined by state campaign finance officials.

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Education
12:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

When You Vote For a School Board, What Are You Voting For?

Credit Alix Mattingly / WFPL

When voters head to the polls next week they will be tasked with working their way through one of the longest ballots in years.

Many of the public offices up for election next week come with recognizable duties, like judges and the mayor—but not all.

The school board, for instance, is one of those offices.

“I guess they’re supposed to make decisions to benefit the students, I don’t even know,” said Sabrina Corbin, a parent of a JCPS student at Lincoln Elementary, the district’s magnet school for the arts.

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Politics
11:22 am
Fri October 31, 2014

McConnell Takes Five Point Lead in Latest Bluegrass Poll

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a five point lead over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, according to the latest and final Bluegrass Poll.

Forty-eight percent of likely voters polled say they plan to vote for McConnell, while forty-three percent say they support Grimes. Libertarian David Patterson gets three percent, and six percent of voters are still undecided.

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Local News
7:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

For the First Time in 40 Years, Kentucky's Circuit, Appellate Courts Will Be Redrawn

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As Kentucky's circuit judges' eight-year terms come to an end this year, the state legislature and Supreme Court have begun developing a strategy to redraw the state's appellate and circuit courts for the first time in more than 40 years.

In a recent legislative committee meeting, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton announced the start of the judiciary branch's massive redistricting undertaking, starting with an enormous study of each circuit's caseloads and responsibilities to be completed by January 2016.

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Health
4:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

How to Get the Best Sleep Any Time of the Year

Credit University of Louisville Physicians Sleep Center

It's that time of the year when most people will rejoice at the idea of getting an extra hour of sleep due to the end of Daylight Saving Time on November 2. But for others, the time change will mean a disruption in their sleep schedule.

Jay McGuire, manager of the University of Louisville Physicians Sleep Center and a registered sleep technologist,  said although the body is great at remembering an individual's sleeping habits, a disruption can make it hard for people to get some shut eye.

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Arts
3:46 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Art of a Good Scare—How Haunted Homes Prepare For Terror

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Imagine that feeling right before waking up from a nightmare, when the heart palpitates, the spine tingles and the stomach drops—all before the jolting scare.

Walk through the Haunted Hotel and you’ll come face-to-face with the people whose job it is to ensure that your time there feels like a living nightmare.

  The Haunted Hotel in Louisville is one of countless fright palaces across the country that will be chock full tonight and tomorrow.

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Health
2:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Metro Offers More Classes to Help Smokers Quit

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The Metro Department of Health and Wellness has added more classes to help Louisvillians stop smoking.

Kentucky has the highest smoking rate in the country at 30.2 percent, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

"There are lots and lots of people around town who want to break the tobacco habit," said Health Department spokesman Dave Langdon. "We find that generally the classes are very well attended."

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