Politics
6:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Kentucky Lottery Approves Online Sales, New Keno Game

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The Kentucky Lottery Corporation is moving ahead with a new Keno game and online lottery sales after unanimously approval from its board. 

The board approved the new games with the hopes they would generate $85 million a year by 2023.

State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach spearheaded the effort to expand to Keno and online as a way to help generate more revenue for the state.

He says it will take roughly a year for full implementation of the games.

"So you're probably not going to see anything of any significance until 2014. It takes a little while," he said.

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Arts and Humanities
6:31 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

An Audience of One: Playwright Mallery Avidon on Writing for Herself

Rebecca Hart in "O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Playwright Mallery Avidon mines her unconventional childhood for her new play, “O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you.”

"Part of that unconventional upbringing has to do with the ashram that Elizabeth Gilbert goes to in the book 'Eat Pray Love,' that Julia Roberts goes to in the movie 'Eat Pray Love.' The play is an investigation of the way that unconventional spirituality affected my life," says Avidon.

Local News
6:11 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Kentucky Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman's Car Damaged, Defaced With Swastika

On Saturday night, some 300 people gathered at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville for the annual ACLU-KY/Fairness Dinner. Things got ugly after the festivities concluded.

Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman left at about 11:30 p.m. and discovered that his car parked near the Ali Center had been sideswiped while parked on the street—the mirror damaged, the side dented and scratched. He called Louisville Metro Police to file an accident report.

Officers noticed more.

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Local News
4:56 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

U of L, UK Advance in Women's NCAA; U of L Men to Face Oregon Friday; IU vs Syracuse Thursday

The Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats are both off to a winning start in the women’s NCAA basketball tournament.

The fifth-seeded Cardinals defeated Middle Tennessee State 74-49 Sunday, while number two seed Kentucky beat Navy 61-41.

U of L will face Purdue Tuesday in second round play at the KFC Yum Center.   Kentucky takes on Dayton Tuesday in Queens, New York.   Both games tip off at 7:00pm.

In the men’s tournament, the Louisville Cardinals return to action this week.

U of L faces Oregon Friday in Indianapolis.

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Buried In Grain
10:12 am
Sun March 24, 2013

Fines Slashed In Grain Bin Entrapment Deaths

Friends and classmates of Wyatt Whitebread, Alex Pacas and Will Piper watch as rescuers work to free the boys from the bin (center) full of thousands of bushels of corn. Only Piper survived.
Alex T. Paschal AP

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:58 pm

The night before he died, Wyatt Whitebread couldn't stand the thought of going back to the grain bins on the edge of Mount Carroll, Ill.

The mischievous and popular 14-year-old had been excited about his first real job, he told Lisa Jones, the mother of some of his closest friends, as she drove him home from a night out for pizza. But nearly two weeks later he told her he was tired of being sent into massive storage bins clogged with corn.

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Buried In Grain
10:11 am
Sun March 24, 2013

Should Grain Bins On Farms Be Regulated, Too?

Two young workers died in flowing corn at this commercial grain storage complex in Mount Carroll, Ill., in 2010. OSHA regulates 13,000 commercial grain bins like these. But grain bins on 300,000 family farms are largely exempt from OSHA regulations.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 12:03 am

The commercial grain industry responded to a record number of grain entrapments and deaths in 2010 with more safety videos, publications and training programs.

"Have tragic incidents still happened? Yes," says Jeff Adkisson, who heads the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois. "Are we working to reduce them further? Absolutely."

Randy Gordon, president of the National Grain and Feed Association, sees no need for additional regulations. "The [occupational safety and health] standards, we think, are very adequate to address this danger," he says.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun March 24, 2013

What We're Reading | 3.24.13

Jay Leno
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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:

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The Two-Way
6:52 am
Sun March 24, 2013

No. 1 Gonzaga's Been Dumped: Here's What Else You Should Know

Carl Hall No. 22 of the Wichita State Shockers dunks the ball in the first half while taking on the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in Salt Lake City Saturday.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 7:54 am

Saturday's NCAA men's basketball shocker? Wichita State toppled Gonzaga, 76-70. Gonzaga is the first top-seeded team to be eliminated, and it's the first time Wichita State is heading to Sweet 16 since 2006, The Associated Press reports. The AP adds:

"Wichita State had the Zags down 13 early. Though Gonzaga (32-3) fought back, the barrage of 3s was too much for the small school from Spokane, Wash."

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Local News
6:49 am
Sun March 24, 2013

University of Kentucky Professor Asks: Are Men Doing Their Fair Share at Home?

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Earlier this month, Alexandra Bradner—a University of Kentucky philosophy professor—caused an Internet stir when The Atlantic Monthly's website published her piece, Some Theories on Why Men Don't do as Many Household Tasks.

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Education
6:48 am
Sun March 24, 2013

The Next Louisville: What is Louisville Doing to Support Public Education?

This week city and education leaders participated in a WFPL hosted forum to discuss what Jefferson County Public Schools system and city are doing to promote student achievement and ways they collaborate and what they need.

We were joined by JCPS District 1 board member Diane Porter, Metro Government policy director Tony Peyton and Dr. Bradley Carpenter with the University of Louisville, who has spent time in low-performing schools and has worked as a principal and teacher among other roles.

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