Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Funny Women Face Off in Comedy Contest

Are women funny? Every few years, another male writer or comic says no – Jerry Lewis, Christopher Hitchens, most recently, Adam Carolla.

Janelle Fitzpatrick disagrees. She’s a high school teacher who works with incarcerated youth in Indiana. Her day job can be intense, so a few years ago she tried her hand at stand-up comedy and found a second calling.

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12:30 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Local Butterfly Count To Be Held Saturday

Photo courtesy of McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity

People of all ages are invited to take part in the annual butterfly count Saturday in Oldham County.

Results will submitted to the North American Butterfly Association for its national census. 

The local count has been conducted at University of Louisville’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary since 1976, led by biology professor emeritus Charles Covell.

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12:00 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

What Do Zoo Animals Do During Air Quality Alerts?

Erica Peterson WFPL

There’s another Air Quality Alert in effect for today, and ozone levels are expected to be high. But those warnings go out to the human inhabitants of Louisville. How do the high ozone levels affect the exotic animals at the Louisville Zoo?

Zoo curator Steve Wing says one of the species that would be most sensitive to the high ozone levels are the zoo’s penguins.

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Today at 1
11:04 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Gas Planet: A Documentary About Natural Gas and Climate Change

Coming up at 1:00 this afternoon, WFPL will air "Gas Planet: The Impact of the Natural Gas Boom on Climate Change." This hour-long documentary produced by The Allegheny Front examines the rise of natural gas, fueled by low prices, abundant resources and a lower carbon footprint than coal.

9:43 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Stated: The Declaration Of Independence

Doby Photography NPR

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 1:45 pm

Twenty-four years ago, Morning Edition launched what has become an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence.

It was 236 years ago this Wednesday that church bells rang out over Philadelphia, as the Continental Congress adopted Thomas Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of Independence.

Below is the original text of the Declaration, alongside photos of the NPR staff members and contributors who performed the reading.

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Wed July 4, 2012

CERN Discovers A New Particle, Likely The Higgs Boson

British physicist Peter Higgs, right, arrives for the opening of a seminar to deliver the latest update in the 50-year bid to explain a riddle of fundamental matter in the search for a particle called the Higgs boson.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 3:34 pm

Two teams of scientists using the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced in Geneva this morning that they have detected a new subatomic particle that bears the hallmarks of the elusive and highly sought after Higgs boson. In layman's terms, the Higgs is referred to as the "God Particle" because the field it produces gives atoms their mass. Were it not for the Higgs, the world we know would be completely different — there would be no chemistry, no architecture, no us.

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Arts and Humanities
8:30 am
Wed July 4, 2012

The Unbearable Lightness of 'Redshirts'

John Scalzi is the best-selling science fiction author whose books, including "Old Man's War," have been nominated for multiple Hugo Awards. Scalzi served as creative consultant for the "Stargate: Universe" television series and he has written several nonfiction books, including "The Rough Guide to the Universe." He’s also an influential online personality whose blog “Whatever” has been active since 1998.

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Local News
5:01 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Daniels: State To Have $2 Billion Reserve; Taxpayer Refunds Coming

Information for this story also came from the Associated Press

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is touting state cash reserves he says will send more than  $100 to each Indiana taxpayer through automatic tax credits next year.

Daniels said today he expects the state to close its books for the fiscal year with $2 billion in cash reserves.

Roughly $300 million will go to 2013's tax credits and another $300 million will go toward the state's unfunded teacher pension liability.

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4:51 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Kentucky Brewers Team Up

SilkTork Wikimedia Commons

A group of Kentucky beer brewers have joined together to give themselves a louder voice in state matters.

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Local News
4:21 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Kentucky Property Tax Rate Unchanged This Year

Kentucky’s property tax rate will remain unchanged this year.  Since 2008, the state has collected just over 12 cents on every $100  in a property’s assessed value.  That rate has declined steadily since 1979, when lawmakers limited the size of tax increases.

David Gordon with the Kentucky Department of Revenue says first-time homeowners also get a tax break this year.

“For the first year new property is excluded from calculation of the state property tax rate, and in the following year it is included in the base assessment," he said.