Local News
8:35 pm
Sat December 28, 2013

In College Basketball, Kentucky Wildcats Beats Louisville Cardinals 73-66

LEXINGTON — Kentucky guards Andrew and Harrison combined for 28 points, including 11 during a critical second-half stretch with star Julius Randle sidelined by cramps, helping the 18th-ranked Wildcats beat No. 6 Louisville 73-66 on Saturday.

Randle's 17 first-half points staked Kentucky (10-3) to a 41-36 halftime lead before the 6-foot-9 forward went to the locker room early in the second with leg cramps. He returned but cramped again and spent the rest of the game on the bench.

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Environment
9:00 am
Sat December 28, 2013

Louisville Launches Online Tree Tracker

Credit Census Data / Wikimedia Commons

An online tracking system has been launched to help monitor and coordinate tree planting around Louisville as residents and officials work to reach Mayor Fischer’s goal of planting 10,000 new trees by 2015.

To date, nearly 8,400 trees have been planted.

Louisville’s Tree Advisory Commission has partnered with Brightside to launch the tracker and officials encourage residents, businesses and neighborhood groups to register all trees planted as early as 2011.

Erin Thompson, the city’s urban forestry coordinator, said the winter season is a great time to plant trees.

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Science
7:29 am
Sat December 28, 2013

Stretch Or Splat? How A Black Hole Kills You Matters ... A Lot

Never mind holiday stress. Steer clear of black holes, or risk "spaghettification" — or worse.
Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 7:15 pm

It could rightly be called the most massive debate of the year: Physicists are locked in an argument over what happens if you fall into a black hole.

On one side are those who support the traditional view from Albert Einstein. On the other, backers of a radical new theory that preserves the very core of modern physics by destroying space itself.

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The Two-Way
7:29 am
Sat December 28, 2013

Federal Jobless Benefits Set To End For More Than 1 Million

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) talks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, last Thursday. Reid has promised a vote no later than Jan. 7 on a measure to extend jobless benefits for three months.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 8:26 pm

Federal jobless benefits going to 1.3 million Americans will officially expire on Saturday after Congress failed to extend them before leaving for the holiday.

NPR's Tamara Keith says it "means anyone who has been out of work and getting benefits for more than 6 months will see their weekly checks stop abruptly."

"Advocates point out that without congressional action another 73,000 people will lose benefits each week," she says.

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Parallels
7:27 am
Sat December 28, 2013

U.N. Refuge Prepares For Possible Attack In South Sudan

South Sudanese seek refuge at the United Nations compound in the capital, Juba, on Sunday. Though Juba is mostly peaceful now, growing numbers are seeking shelter at the compound in fear the ethnic killings will resume.
Tony Karumba AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 7:15 pm

The president of South Sudan spent Friday in a peace summit with regional heads of state, discussing the crisis that erupted last weekend after an alleged coup attempt. At the same time, the government warned of a shadowy rebel army, covered with white ash, marching through the jungle to re-attack the northern city of Bor.

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Byline
5:45 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Listen: WFPL News Team's Favorite Features of 2013

This week, WFPL News staff members selected some of their favorite stories of 2013 for a special Byline.

We heard about carp fishing, record stores, a Kentucky Derby gate-crasher, an innovative play and much more. Listen below:

Here are links to some of the stories:

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Local News
4:26 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Indiana AG Quizzed About Proposed Gay Marriage Amendment

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he's been fielding numerous questions from lawmakers about the state’s gay marriage ban and a proposal to add it to the state constitution.

Zoeller said Friday he could not divulge details of those conversations because of attorney-client privilege, but he's been hearing extensively from both sides of the issue.

Zoeller represents state lawmakers and other state officials in court and often provides legal advice.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

It's Cards vs. 'Canes in Russell Athletic Bowl; Is This Bridgewater's Final Game?

In college football, the Louisville Cardinals will take on the Miami Hurricanes Saturday evening in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

The Cards have an 11-1 regular season record;   the Hurricanes are 9-3.  The teams will share membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference when Louisville joins the league next season.

Many are wondering if this will be the final game for U of L’s Teddy Bridgewater.    The star quarterback has another year of eligibility remaining, but is considered a top prospect for the NFL draft.

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Local News
4:12 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Louisville Cardinals, Kentucky Wildcats 'Ready to Play' in Battle of the Bluegrass

The Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats renew their annual men’s basketball rivalry tomorrow  in Lexington.

The defending national champion Cards are 11-1 on season.   The Wildcats are 9-3 and won the title the previous year.

UK coach John Calipari says he’s been trying to get his young team to improve its focus.

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Arts and Humanities
4:02 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Sound on Film Blog: News From Around the Filmosphere

Mads Mikkelsen in "The Hunt"
Credit Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Hello brave listener. We are saddened to report that due to holiday scheduling there will be no new episode of Sound on Film this week.

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