Local News
2:04 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Ranked No. 4 in AP Poll; Bracketology Projects a No. 1 Seed

Credit University of Louisville athletics

As a topsy-turvy men's college basketball season winds down, the Louisville Cardinals have vaulted to No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The Cardinals were ranked No. 8 last week.  The Indiana Hoosier fell from No. 3 to No. 2. Gonzaga remains the nation's top ranked team. Louisville ended the regular season on a seven-game winning streak, last defeating the No. 24-ranked Notre Dame. 

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The Two-Way
1:41 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

A Rough Guide To The Papal Conclave

Cardinals gathered in Vatican City on Monday, a day before the papal selection process known as the conclave begins.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 8:34 pm

The stage is now set for the opening act of one of the more spectacular and intriguing theatrical dramas on the planet: the election of a pope.

In Rome, TV camera crews have set up their positions on big platforms overlooking St. Peter's Square and the Vatican, where the secretive process will begin Tuesday.

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Afghanistan
12:44 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

With Withdrawal Looming, U.S. Troops Shift Their Aim

An Afghan policeman stands guard near the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 27
Musadeq Sadeq AP

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 5:36 pm

The NATO campaign is now in a new phase. After years of fighting the Taliban and bolstering anemic local governance, NATO troops are handing those responsibilities over to the Afghans. NPR's Sean Carberry recently embedded with U.S. troops in the southern province of Kandahar as they worked on this new mission.

The fertile Arghandab Valley in Kandahar province is considered one of Afghanistan's breadbaskets. For years it was also a valley of death for NATO troops.

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Arts and Humanities
12:13 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

New Fiction Show Launching on WFPL

We're launching a new show this summer: Unbound is a literary journal for the ears, where we hope you'll discover your next favorite author. In each half-hour episode, two authors will each read a short story on a theme. Our authors are memorable voices writing excellent, engaging, thrilling and heartbreaking stories and novels -- exciting writers creating a buzz on the literary scene. 

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The Two-Way
11:48 am
Mon March 11, 2013

While U.S And South Korea Militaries Drill, 'Bombast Continues' From The North

In this image released by North Korea's Central News Agency, leader Kim Jong Un is said to be using a pair of binoculars to look south during an inspection of a front-line army unit.
Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 10:26 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': Louisa Lim reports

As NPR's Louisa Lim reported Monday on Morning Edition, a week of inflamed rhetoric from North Korea — including talk of a preemptive nuclear strike on the U.S. — is being followed by word that the North has carried through on its threat to annul the 1953 armistice that ended open warfare on the peninsula and has stopped answering calls on the telephone hotline to the South.

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

WKU Plays Florida International (Richard Pitino's Team) for NCAA Tourney Berth

Richard Pitino
Credit Florida International University

In a season when Kentucky may not have much March Madness representation, a team from Kentucky will play a team with strong Louisville ties Monday night for an NCAA Tournament berth.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Florida International Golden Panthers tipoff at 7 p.m. Eastern in an unlikely Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship game. The winner gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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Local News
9:11 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Meeting to Be Held on Changes To Indiana's 812 Area Code

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will hold a public field hearing tonight in Jeffersonville on a plan to add a new area code to the current 812 region.

Officials say the 812 region covering southern and south-central Indiana is running out of numbers.

People who attend the hearing will learn about the options available for introducing a new area code and be able to comment on the plans.

The overlay method would allow current 812 customers to continue using the code, but they would have to have to dial ten digits instead of seven for local calls. 

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Politics
8:59 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Filibuster Reveals Close But 'Shrewd' Relationship Between Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell

Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul at a Tea Party rally in Kentucky
Credit Kenny Colston / Kentucky Public Radio

Senator Rand Paul’s nearly 13-hour talking filibuster reveals a telling wrinkle about the so-called symbiotic relationship with fellow Kentuckian and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

According to the National Journal, a week and a half before the speech Paul approached McConnell's campaign manager Jesse Benton—who is also Paul's nephew—about blocking the nomination of CIA director John Brennan.

The Republican leader had considered such a move beforehand, according to sources. But McConnell was glad to help "win over" other GOP senators to the idea on Paul's behalf in another attempt to show their solidarity.

"There were multiple discussions at senior staff levels about Senator Paul's plans to hold the Brennan nomination, and Sen. McConnell had agreed to hold, at the least, Mr. Brennan's confirmation to a 60 vote threshold," says Benton.

It was a masterful coordination that put the Obama administration's drone policy in the national spotlight, and put Senate Democrats on their heels.

But what Team Mitch was apparently unaware of was Paul's intention to actually perform a "talking" filibuster rather a "cloture." The reaction amongst McConnell surrogates has been a mix of admiration ("he's savvy") and apprehension ("it was shrewd").

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Education
7:33 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Louisville Ethics Commission Recommends Actions This Week for Councilwoman Shanklin's Case

Shanklin attorney Aubrey Williams addresses the Louisville Ethics Commission at last year's hearing.

The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission is expected to release its recommendations in the case against Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin as early as this Thursday.

Shanklin has been accused of using her position on the council to benefit relatives and in some cases signed checks for family members. There are five provisions of the city’s ethics code that Shanklin has been accused of violating.

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Local News
7:23 am
Mon March 11, 2013

U of L's Downtown Life Sciences Building Expects Summer Completion

The opening of the University of Louisville’s new eight-story downtown life sciences building being constructed near Market and Floyd streets will likely be open this summer, officials say.

Nucleus--U of L’s research and development arm--has been building a life sciences corridor downtown that includes a series of buildings to support research, businesses and entrepreneurs. 

The new 200,000 square foot building was expected to be complete this month, but Nucleus President and CEO Vickie Yates Brown says the opening will have to wait.

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