Politics
4:00 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Metro Council Candidates Disappointed in Mayor Greg Fischer's Endorsement of Primary Opponent

Louisville Metro Council District 9 candidate Bill Hollander and Mayor Greg Fischer

Democrats vying for the Louisville Metro Council District 9 seat are disappointed Mayor Greg Fischer is endorsing one of their rivals in their primary election.

As WFPL’s Jacob Ryan reported, the mayor announced Saturday he is backing attorney Bill Hollander in a crowded field of 13 candidates.

Read more
Arts and Humanities
11:36 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Kentucky Opera Makes Bold Move to Focus on New, Rare, Unfamiliar Works

Many opera companies anchor their programming with a handful of crowd-pleasing, time-tested operas, like "La Traviata," "Carmen" and "Don Giovanni" — the guaranteed blockbusters. And for years, the Kentucky Opera has been no exception. But general director David Roth says playing it safe isn’t working for the company any longer, so starting with its 2014-15 season, the company will focus on rare and new operas instead

Read more
Commentary
8:20 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Love and Marriage: 50 Years of Steady Change in Kentucky

Credit Shutterstock.com

Back in 1969, the Four Seasons had a big hit with their recording of Laura Nyro’s “Wedding Bell Blues.” The lyrics end with these lines: 

        I love you so, I always will

        And though devotion rules my heart I take no bows

         But Bill you're never gonna take those wedding vows

 

        Oh, come on Bill, oh, come on Bill

        Come on and marry me, Bill, I got the wedding bell blues

Read more
Education
8:20 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Bill Introduced Requiring CPR Training For Kentucky Students

Credit Shutterstock.com

A bill to add CPR training to the health requirements to graduate from Kentucky schools has been proposed in the General Assembly.

Introduced by state Rep. Jeff Greer, a Brandenburg Democrat, the bill would require Kentucky high schools to include CPR training in health education.

The bill is gaining support from lawmakers across the state, including many from Jefferson County.

Without requiring students or instructors to become CPR certified, the training would provide students with hands-on skills that will enable them to respond to certain emergency situations.

Read more
Shots - Health News
7:57 am
Sun February 16, 2014

When A Prescription For Pain Pills Becomes A Gateway To Addiction

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 12:48 pm

On the surface, the 39-year-old construction worker looks like any other patient with back pain. He came to the Washington, D.C., emergency room, where I work, in severe discomfort after moving heavy cinder blocks a few days before.

The pain gets worse with twisting and bending, but he has no numbness or weakness in his legs. There's no tenderness along his spine, no difficulty urinating, no fever, so there's nothing to suggest a fracture, infection, spinal cord mass or anything other than a muscle strain.

Read more
The Two-Way
7:53 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Mistrial On Murder Charge In Florida Gas Station Shooting

Originally published on Sat February 15, 2014 11:02 pm

A mistrial was declared on Saturday in the first-degree murder charge of Michael Dunn after a Florida jury failed to come to an agreement. The jury did find Dunn guilty on four lesser charges, including three counts of attempted second-degree murder in the 2012 killing of a teenager in a Jacksonville gas station parking lot.

Police say Dunn shot and killed an unarmed man, Jordan Davis, 17, after an argument broke out over loud music coming from Davis' car. Dunn had claimed he acted after being threatened.

Read more
Local News
7:00 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Q&A: Fairness Campaign's Chris Hartman Discusses Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Opinion

Chris Hartman, left.
Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL News

Movement last week on the same-sex marriage issue in Kentucky presents great potential—but possibly some risk—for LGBT people in the state, Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman said.

Read more
Law
3:48 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Flood Of Gay Marriage Cases Releasing Stream Of Federal Rulings

Virginians demonstrate outside Federal Court in Norfolk, Va., on Feb. 4. The judge ruled this week that Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 10:48 pm

A federal judge in Virginia struck down that state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage this week. It's just the latest in a string of similar rulings in conservative states, and it indicates that the strategy for winning marriage equality in federal courts is moving faster than many had expected.

In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen said Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because "core civil rights are at stake." She compared the case to the landmark 1967 Supreme Court ruling recognizing interracial marriage.

Read more
Politics
3:00 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Endorses Bill Hollander for Metro Council District 9

Louisville Metro Council candidate Bill Hollander (l) and Mayor Greg Fischer (r)

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is endorsing Democrat Bill Hollander in the District 9 Metro Council race.

Hollander is running against a dozen other candidates in a crowded primary field for the seat, which includes the Clifton Heights, Crescent Hill and St. Matthews neighborhoods.

This is the first candidate Fischer has officially endorsed for Metro Council since becoming mayor.

"I think this is a great opportunity for Louisville to have him on the council," Fischer says.

Read more
Podcast
7:46 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Sound on Film Podcast: Louisville's Mike Fitzer Talks 'Pleased to Meet Me' and Kentucky Filmmaking

Our review of "The LEGO Movie," alongside an interview with Louisville-based, Emmy award-winning filmmaker Mike Fitzer ahead of the Kentucky premiere of his film "Pleased to Meet Me."

Plus, news from around the filmosphere, with the latest on Joshua Oppenheimer's follow-up to his Oscar nominated documentary "The Act of Killing," and heavyweight casting news for an as-of-yet unnamed Netflix dysfunctional family drama.

Robert Kahne fills in for regular host Chris Ritter, who is out of town on a film project for the next few weeks, but joins the conversation via phone from Sebago Lake, Maine.

Hello brave listener and welcome to WFPL’s Sound on Film.

Subscribe to Sound on Film using this link.

Find us on Facebook here.

Find us on Twitter here.

Questions? Feedback? Story or guest interview ideas? Contact us at film@wfpl.org.

Special thanks to house band Discount Guns.

Read more

Pages