Arts and Humanities
12:28 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Actors Theatre's 'The Last Five Years' Examines the Anatomy of a Break-Up

Autumn Hurlbert and Jed Resnick in "The Last Five Years" at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Credit Bill Brymer / Actors Theatre of Louisville

Even in its most amicable and civilized incarnations, divorce is a tricky subject. Relationships are work, we tell each other. And in America, at least, we meet a reluctance to do the work—even if it means putting up with conditions that are, at best, beneath your needs—with suspicion. We would like to be able to identify the shirker, the one who didn't make it work.

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Politics
11:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

What to Look For During Tonight's Grimes-McConnell Debate

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes debate for the first (and likely only) time tonight.

The debate begins at 8 p.m. and can be seen on KET.

"This is the only chance that voters of Kentucky are going to have to see a side-by-side non-commercial comparison of the two people who want to represent them in the United States Senate," said Al Cross, a longtime political columnist.

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Environment
7:28 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Fill 'Er Up: No Bottled Water Sales Allowed During Festival of Riverboats at Waterfront Park

The system Louisville Water brings to events to provide free tap water.
Credit Louisville Water Company

The Festival of Riverboats begins this week in Waterfront Park. And while there will both people and riverboats, something will be conspicuously missing: bottled water.

This will be the first major event in the park that won’t allow bottled water sales. A few years ago, Louisville Waterfront Development Corp. officials approached the Louisville Water Co., said Ashley Smith of the WDC.

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Fall Membership Drive
7:10 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Louisville Public Media Raises $387,218 During Fall Membership Drive

WFPL's fall membership drive ended at 7 p.m. Saturday—2,817 members contributed $387,218 to Louisville Public Media, the parent organization 0f 89.3 WFPL, Classical 90.5, 91.9 WFPK and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

Louisville Public Media depends on the local community for over 90 percent of its funding, which comes from contributing listeners and business sponsors.

Thanks to all of our members who made this drive a success. You can contribute online anytime.

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Education
6:06 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Why a JCPS Parent Didn't Let Her Son Take Kentucky's Standardized Tests

Credit Thomas Galvez/Creative Commons

The assistant principal urged Sarah Stalker to let her son, Bran, take Kentucky’s standardized test.

After careful consideration, Stalker and her husband decided to keep their son from taking the test this past spring at St. Matthews Elementary School.

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Local News
6:05 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Thousands Of Jack-O'-Lanterns Put Iroquois Park Aglow

The 2013 Jack O' Lantern Spectacular. (That's a 1,500 pounder up front.)
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

Louisville's jack-o’-lantern festival has returned to illuminate the woods of Iroquois Park.

More than 5,000 pumpkins will be glowing at any given time throughout the park's 1/3 mile trail, said Erika Nelson, a spokeswoman for the mayor’s office. 

In all, about 15,000 pumpkins will be used for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, which runs through Nov. 2, Nelson said.  Most of the pumpkins come from outside of Louisville area.

They’re no ordinary pumpkins, she added.  Some will be up to 1,500 pounds.

“It’s pretty incredible,” Nelson said.

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Local News
8:07 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Belle of Louisville Centennial to be Marked With Six-Day Riverboat Celebration

Credit festivalofriverboats.com

The Centennial Festival of Riverboats begins Tuesday along Louisville’s waterfront.

It’s a six-day celebration of the riverboat, as well as commerce on the Ohio River and the 100th birthday of the Belle of Louisville.

Festival chairman Neville Blakemore says it’s extraordinary for a paddle-wheeler like the Belle to endure for a century.

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Local News
7:01 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Photos: On the Road in Eastern Kentucky

Main Street. Frenchburg, Ky.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

A perk that comes with being a public radio reporter is the travel.

Of course, there are daily trips to various parts of the Louisville area—different neighborhoods, government buildings and community centers—but it’s the overnight excursions that allow us, the reporters, to really dive deep and present stories of the unknown.

This past week, R.G. Dunlop, a reporter for Louisville Public Media’s Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, and I took off on another extended trip for an ongoing project.

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Local News
7:57 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

College Football: Louisville Cards Come Up Short at Clemson, 23-17

 Ammon Lakip bounced through the go-ahead, 40-yard field goal and Clemson stopped Louisville on fourth-and-goal from its 2 with 21 seconds remaining for a 23-17 victory today.      

The Tigers (4-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) held on despite losing freshman phenom quarterback Deshaun Watson to injury in the second quarter. But it took a dramatic late stop to do it after Will Gardner's 73-yard pass to James Quick put the Cardinals (5-2, 3-2) on Clemson's 8 with 1:08 left.

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Local News
5:06 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

College Football: Kentucky Beats Louisiana-Monroe

Credit ihup.edu

Patrick Towles threw three touchdown passes and Kentucky returned two interceptions for TDs as the Wildcats overcame a 14-3 deficit with 45 unanswered points for a 48-14 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.

Sluggish on both sides of the ball through the first 22 minutes, the Wildcats (5-1) awoke to surge ahead on Towles' 83-yard TD pass to Javess Blue and Josh Forrest's 29-yard interception return 1:05 apart in the second quarter. Towles hit Blake Bone with a 4-yard TD pass before halftime and Kentucky poured it on en route to its third straight win.

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