Environment
6:30 am
Mon August 5, 2013

State, Federal Groups Want More Public Input on Floyds Fork Pollution Measures

Several state and federal agencies tasked with improving the water quality in the Floyds Fork watershed will hold meetings in the next month to gather more public input.

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Politics
1:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

What Hal Heiner Said About a Possible Run for Kentucky Governor

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Hal Heiner lost a close election in 2010 for Louisville mayor. He hasn't sought political office since then, and his most prominent public role has been as an advocate for charter schools. During Saturday's Republican breakfast before the Fancy Farm Picnic, Heiner acknowledged that he may try another election—this time, the 2015 race for Kentucky.

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Commentary
6:48 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

A Fancy Farm First-Timer: Notes from a Morning Edition Host

Fancy Farm, years ago
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Fancy Farm Picnic. Let's just start with the name. 

The first time I heard it, with no event description, my mind drifted towards whimsy and fluff: Martha Stewart convention? Petting zoo? Dressage? Antebellum actors? 

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun August 4, 2013

What We're Reading | 8.4.13

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Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

Gabe Bullard: Google Glass is behind some of the best hand-wringing, paranoia, fantasy and apologia in writing today. Two pieces out now highlight that. The first is Gary Shteyngart's first-person account of his time with Glass in the New Yorker. It includes this description of meeting another person with Glass.

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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Sun August 4, 2013

U.S. Men's Soccer Is On A Roll — All The Way To Rio?

Members of the U.S. men's soccer team take a lap around the field after beating Panama 1-0 to capture the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday in Chicago.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 2:55 pm

At the beginning of 2013 — with only a year before soccer's crown jewel event, the World Cup in Brazil — all was not rosy with the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team. There was that 0-0 tie with Canada, and then a 2-1 loss to Honduras in a World Cup qualifier.

But now, the cry is, "Break up the Americans!"

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun August 4, 2013

Kentucky State Fair Starts Quest on Monday for Temp Workers

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The Kentucky State Fair will begin hiring temporary employees on Monday for this month’s festivities. 

The Fair needs 750 employees to work from mid-August to the end of the month. Some employees will need to work after the Fair closes on Aug. 25 for clean-up.

 The jobs will pay about $7.25 per hour, said Amanda Storment, a spokeswoman for the fair.

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Politics
7:02 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Matt Bevin Trade Barbs at Fancy Farm

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FANCY FARM, Ky. — Here's how the 2014 Senate race would look if the candidates were defined solely on how their opponents described them at the 133rd annual St. Jerome Fancy Farm political picnic:

Alison Lundergan Grimes? In the pocket of President Obama.

Mitch McConnell? An obstructionist who manages to also be too compromising.

Matt Bevin? He doesn't even exist.

Under an uncharacteristically cloudy sky and fits of drizzling rain, thousands flocked to the political picnic in search of political theater and pulled-pork sandwiches amid a backdrop dominated by one of the most anticipated races in the nation.

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Politics
11:52 am
Sat August 3, 2013

How to Watch Kentucky Senate Candidates' Speeches at Fancy Farm

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The race for Kentucky's Senate seat is getting about as much attention as a statewide race can get 457 days before Election Day.

That puts focus on today's Fancy Farm picnic. The incumbent, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, will speak. So will Democratic challengers, most prominently Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. And so will Republican primary challenger Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman.

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Shots - Health News
7:13 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Could Hotter Temperatures From Climate Change Boost Violence?

A police officer guards Cambodia's famed temple of Angkor Wat. The powerful city-state collapsed in 1431 after suffering through two decades of droughts.
Heng Sinith AP

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 3:48 pm

Rates of homicide and other violent crimes often spike in cities during heat waves. People get cranky. Tempers flare.

So as the Earth gets hotter because of climate change, will it also become more violent?

Many scientists have thought so. And now a team of economists offers the first quantitative estimates for just how much weather changes might amplify human conflict.

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