Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Bear Pit Theater: an Interview with Adam Rapp

Adam Rapp is no stranger to Actors Theatre of Louisville. Several of his plays have made their world premieres at the Humana Festival of New American Plays (the most recent, "The Edge of Our Bodies," opened in 2011), debut productions which Rapp has also directed. In fact, his directing career has focused on new plays, but when artistic director Les Waters invited him to direct a production of Sam Shepard's 1980 play "True West" this season, he took the challenge. 

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7:41 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Study: Reading 'Maxim' Can Make You A Theft Target


Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 8:06 am

Some time ago, a man wearing jeans, cowboy boots and a hoodie drove a dirty Ford Explorer into a carwash in Fort Worth, Texas. As soon as the car came back clean, he got it filthy again, and drove to the next carwash. He did this with every single full-service carwash in town.

The man wasn't suffering from a strange mental disorder; Patrick Kinkade was a criminologist conducting an experiment.

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7:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Kentucky Hemp Commission Meets Today for First Time in a Decade

James Comer
Credit File photo

For the first time in a decade, Kentucky’s industrial hemp commission will meet Wednesday.

The commission has been revived under Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, with support from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Bowling Green.

They argue that industrial hemp can create jobs for Kentucky farmers, many of whom have not recovered since the tobacco buyouts years ago.

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4:05 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Physician/Lawmaker To Lead Indiana Budget Panel

Rep. Tim Brown

Indiana Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma has named a new Ways and Means chairman with an eye on dealing with health care costs in the coming years.

Bosma said Tuesday that Public Health Chairman Tim Brown will move over to take control of the budget-writing committee. State lawmakers will draw up Indiana's next two-year budget when they return for the 2013 session in January.

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Arts and Humanities
3:55 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

'Winter's Bone' Director Debra Granik Discusses Her Craft

Filmmaker Debra Granik -- best known for directing the 2010 film "Winter's Bone," which starred Lousiville native Jennifer Lawrence --  will speak Tuesday evening at Spalding University's Festival of Contemporary Writing. 

Granik talked Tuesday afternoon with WFPL's Jonathan Bastian about her craft, including what informs her projects.

""There are a lot of untold stories," Granik said. "The big thing is to have people that want to actually work with you to tell it."

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3:43 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Report: Economics Don't Make Sense for the Nation's Costliest Coal-Fired Units

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

A new report says many of the nation’s coal-fired power plants won’t be competitive once they’re upgraded with pollution controls.

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Local News
3:40 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Broadcasters Renew Call For Cell Phone Radio Receivers

The Kentucky Broadcasters Association is joining other industry-related groups in urging cell phone companies to install radio receivers in all their phones.

"Everybody has a cell phone, let’s face it. And the need for such a service on these phones becomes very noticeable, especially in the event of severe weather," said KBA President Gary White.

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Local News
3:14 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Big East Splits Into Football Divisions

CHICAGO — The Big East has put most of its new teams into the same division.

The Big East will have a West Division, and Temple, located in Philadelphia, will be part of it.

The conference announced its divisional alignment for 2013, when it becomes a 12-team football league.

The East will have Central Florida, South Florida, Connecticut, Louisville, Cincinnati and Rutgers. The West will have Boise State, Houston, Memphis, San Diego State, SMU and Temple.

The Big East championship game will be played at the home field of one of the participating teams.

Your Money
2:14 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

How The Alternative Minimum Tax Could Slam You

Customers line up at an H&R Block office in Nashville, Tenn., on April 17, the deadline for filing 2011 federal income taxes.
Mark Humphrey AP

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 1:29 pm

Seriously, again?

Anyone who follows the adventures of the alternative minimum tax has to be getting sick of the many sequels. Again and again, this unpopular income tax threatens to hit middle-class families with large and unexpected tax increases.

And each time the threat reappears, Congress applies a "patch" to fix the problem temporarily. That makes the threat an annual event — along with the associated congressional hand-wringing and taxpayer confusion.

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1:23 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Louisville Creates Charter to Improve Out-Of-School Programs

Mayor Greg Fischer, JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens and Metro United Way President Joe Tolan sign the charter agreement.

Louisville has formed a new council to oversee the improvement of out-of-school programs offered throughout the city. 

The partnership announced Tuesday responds to recommendations from the Violence Prevention Task Force, which were made public last month.

Mayor Greg Fischer was joined by Metro United Way and Jefferson County Public Schools officials to announce the city’s new Out-of-School Time Coordinating Council Charter.

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