Environment
3:08 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

CycLOUvia Organizers Hope to Hold Event Again

A group stops to chat in the middle of Bardstown Road during CycLOUvia on October 14, 2012.
Erica Peterson WFPL

The organizers of Louisville’s first-ever CycLOUvia say the event in the Highlands was a success, and they’d definitely like to do it again.

A two-mile stretch of Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue was closed to vehicles Sunday to encourage walking and biking. Hundreds of people turned out.

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Arts and Humanities
3:07 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Tennis Comedy Filmed in Louisville Premieres

Josh Hopkins and director Tim Kirkman filming "2nd Serve" on location at Louisville's Jewish Community Center.
The Group Entertainment

An underdog sports comedy filmed in Louisville makes its Kentucky premiere this week. “2nd Serve” is a new comedy about a former tennis star, Owen "Game Set" Match, who gets fired from his ritzy country club gig and is forced to teach on the public courts with a ragtag group of has-beens at the worst tennis club in town. 

Call it “Dodgeball” for the Wimbledon set.

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Environment
2:48 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Wendell Berry Advocates for 50-Year Farm Bill at Local Conference

Wendell Berry.
David Marshall Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky poet and farmer Wendell Berry advocated for a 50-Year farm bill at the 13th annual Healthy Food, Local Farms Conference this past weekend.

Farm bills are usually passed by Congress every five years. But Berry says a longer-term 50-year farm bill would be more beneficial to the environment.

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Environment
1:24 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

LG&E to Shut Down Coal-Fired Cane Run Plant Eight Months Early

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

Louisville Gas and Electric announced today that the company's coal-fired Cane Run Power Plant will be shut down eight months earlier than planned.

The company announced plans to convert the power plant to natural gas last year, and construction on the new facility is going faster than expected. The coal-fired plant should be shut down by May 2015.

Here's what LG&E had to say in a news release:

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Politics
1:22 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Confusion Over Future Liquor Sales Leads to Strange Partnerships

Gabe Bullard WFPL News

A recent ruling by a federal judge has turned Kentucky’s liquor sales environment into a state of confusion.

The judge struck down Kentucky laws that prohibit liquor sales in grocery stores and gas stations, calling it unconstitutional. He has since decided to place that ruling  on hold to let Kentucky lawmakers see if they can write a better law.

At the same time, a task force appointed by the governor is studying the same issue and begins public input meetings this week.

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Local News
11:50 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Dalai Lama to Speak at YUM Center

The Dalai Lama plans to bless Louisville's Drepung Gomang Institute on his three-day visit.

The Dalai Lama plans to visit Louisville next May and hold public talks on compassion.

It was announced the Dalai Lama would visit Louisville earlier this year to bless the city’s Tibetan Buddhist Center, called the Drepung Gomang  Institute. Now plans for his May 19-21 visit have been announced by institute officials and Mayor Greg Fischer.

The theme suits Fischer's commitments to compassion made last year, which asked residents to volunteer in preparation for the Kentucky Derby, said institute board member Will Lestrange.

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Environment
10:48 am
Mon October 15, 2012

PHOTOS: Louisville's First-Ever CycLOUvia

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A two-mile stretch of road was closed to vehicles yesterday afternoon for Louisville's first CycLOUvia. The event was inspired by a similar one called Ciclovia in Bogota, Colombia, where streets are closed to traffic every Sunday to encourage walking and biking.

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Politics
9:55 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Young Ad Targets Obamacare

In the race for Indiana's Ninth Congressional District race, Republican incumbent Todd Young has released a TV ad attacking President Obama's health care overhaul.

The 30-second spot criticizes the Affordable Care Act as "just one more way that Washington is trying to control" residents lives. It shows a series of doors in doctor's offices slamming in the viewers face to signify a barrier between physicians and their patients with Young opening the door for residents.

Check it:

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Books
9:37 am
Mon October 15, 2012

A Startling Gap Between Us And Them In 'Plutocrats'

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:27 am

Journalist Chrystia Freeland has spent years reporting on the people who've reached the pinnacle of the business world. For her new book, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, she traveled the world, interviewing the multimillionaires — and billionaires — who make up the world's elite super-rich. Freeland says that many of today's richest individuals gained their fortunes not from inheritance, but from actual work.

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Local News
9:10 am
Mon October 15, 2012

New Menu Labeling Law Takes Effect

A new menu labeling ordinance goes into effect Monday for many Louisville restaurants.

The ordinance was first proposed in July and only applies to restaurants that already have calorie counts for their menus available.

“Any food service establishment that posts caloric or other nutritional information on its website—or through other communications methods—that they need to make that same information available to customers on site at the restaurant," says Department of Public Health and Wellness spokesman Dave Langdon.

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