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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Politics
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.

Watch:

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Local News
7:11 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

WFPL Wins National, Regional, State Awards

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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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Arts and Humanities
4:24 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fund for the Arts Names Christen Boone President and CEO

Christen Boone

The Fund for the Arts has named Christen Boone to be its next president and CEO. Boone will join the Fund on July 7 for a transition period until current president Barbara Sexton Smith retires at the end of August. A 2014 transition was planned when Sexton Smith took the reins of the Fund for the Arts three years ago, following the retirement of longtime leader Allan Cowen.

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Local News
3:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

UK's Julius Randle to Enter NBA Draft

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University of Kentucky basketball player Julius Randle is leaving the Wildcats after one season to enter the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-9 forward is widely expected to be among the top five picks in the June 26 draft.

Randle led UK in scoring and rebounding during the Wildcats NCAA Tournament run, which ended with a loss to Connecticut in the title game.   

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Arts and Humanities
1:58 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Unbound Author Jacinda Townsend in Louisville to Read from Debut Novel

Unbound authors have been busy. The latest Season One alumnus to launch a book is Kentucky native Jacinda Townsend, who read an excerpt from "Saint Monkey," her debut novel, on the show last year. "Saint Monkey," which follows the friendship between two African American girls growing up in Eastern Kentucky after the Korean War to their futures in Harlem and at home, was published by W.W.

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Arts and Humanities
12:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

MacArthur 'Genius' Cartoonist Ben Katchor Coming to KMAC

Hotwaters, 2008 [from Metropolis magazine]
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The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft continues its exploration of the relationship between the printing press and the artist (PRESS: Artist & Machine, through June 1) with a lecture and workshop by MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award-winning cartoonist and graphic novelist Ben Katchor on Sunday, April 27.

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Local News
9:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

What's Next as Kentucky Begins Restoring Its Child Care Subsidy Program

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 Because of action by the General Assembly in the just-closed legislative session, more low-income working Kentucky families will be eligible for the state's subsidy to help  them cover child care costs, state officials said.

But the state agency that runs the Child Care Assistance Program is still "analyzing options" for how to implement the increase for the 2014-15 fiscal year, officials tell WFPL.

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Education
6:57 am
Tue April 22, 2014

The Struggling Myers Middle School May Be Nixed To Make Space For Growing JCPS Programs

Myers Middle School
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Myers Middle School may be a middle school no more come August.

The struggling middle school is one of the lowest performing schools in the state and has been the focus of multiple transformation models aimed at boosting the school's level of achievement.

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Arts and Humanities
9:23 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Louisville Underground Music Archive a Scholarly Home For City's Punk Rock Past

A few vintage show flyers from Thommy Browne's files.
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Who knew that those old concert flyers you’ve been holding onto since high school could be important? At the University of Louisville Ekstrom Library, the Archives and Special Collections librarians are cataloging and preserving mementos from the bygone indie rock scene into the Louisville Underground Music Archive, a scholarly repository of local music history.

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