Arts
3:42 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Taking the Helm at Actors Theatre: Artistic Director Les Waters

Today on Byline, WFPL's arts and humanities reporter Erin Keane spent some time with new artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, Les Waters.

Keane talks with Waters about his background and experience, what he hopes to achieve in Louisville, the first production of the new season, and his curatorial decisions behind the productions for the 2012-13 season.

Local News
3:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

RNC in Review; LMPD VIPER Unit; UofL/UK Football: Today on Byline

Here's what we covered in this edition of Byline:

At the top - Review and recap of the Republican National Convention with WFPL's Phillip Bailey, Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston, and the Courier-Journal's Jim Carroll, who was present in Tampa this week.  They discuss the speeches, including Kentuckians Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, the Clint Eastwood appearance, and of course Mitt Romney's address.

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Environment
2:03 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

MSHA Reports Success With Increased Efforts to Protect Whistleblowers

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is reporting increases in the number of miners who have filed discrimination complaints after reporting safety violations.

Federal law protects miners who report unsafe working conditions to employers, or refuse to work until the problem is fixed. But Assistant Secretary of Labor Joe Main says that after the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia two years ago, it was obvious many miners were afraid to exercise their rights.

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It's All Politics
11:59 am
Fri August 31, 2012

GOP's 'We Built It' Refrain Is Both Puzzling And Telling

Delegates filled the floor Tuesday during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.
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Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 9:53 am

The 2012 Republican National Convention may have been the first gathering of its kind to take its theme from a gaffe.

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Local News
7:30 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Cards, Cats Facing Unique Challenges As Football Season Begins

Photo of Governor's Cup from kentuckysportsradio.com

University of Louisville and University of Kentucky football teams will meet for the 25th time this Sunday.

It’s the season opener for two teams facing a different set of challenges.

In Louisville, there are high expectations for coach Charlie Strong’s Cardinals. In his third season since he was hired away from Florida to turn around a program that faltered for three years under previous coach Steve Kragthorpe, Strong’s team is ranked 25th in the AP pre-season poll, and is favored to win the Big East Conference title.

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It's All Politics
9:01 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

New GOP Rule Aimed At Keeping States From Early Primaries In 2016

On Jan. 31, the night of the Florida primary, Newt Gingrich spoke in Orlando, Fla., after coming in second. Florida Republicans violated party rules by holding the primary at such an early date. New rules will increase penalties for states that jump ahead of the party's schedule.
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Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 7:39 pm

Largely overlooked amid the convention floor fight over Ron Paul's delegates and the delegate selection process was another rule approved at the same time: It would harshly punish any large state that jumps the line on the primary schedule in 2016.

Looking at you, Florida.

This year, just as they did in 2008, Florida Republicans moved their presidential primary to late January in violation of the party rules. That triggered a calendar shift by the official early states — Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — all of which scrambled to move their own elections earlier.

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Politics
4:52 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Fischer Endorses Jones for Jefferson County School Board

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer entered the education debate and publicly endorsed former Humana Inc. Chairman David Jones Jr. for Jefferson County school board on Thursday.

The businessman is running for the District 2 seat, which covers the Highlands and Crescent Hill neighborhoods. He is facing Elizabeth Berfield, Phil Haming and George Tolhurst. 

During a panel discussion at the Leadership Louisville Luncheon, Fischer said there are gaps in public education that need to be addressed, and that residents should follow Jones’s lead and take those challenges on.

"Our goal is to be the best large public school district in the country, period," he says. "And you’re seeing that with this school board race that we have right now. Unprecedented amount of people are running. You’re seeing a great community leader like David Jones step up to say, ‘I want to make a difference in this as well.'"

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Environment
4:30 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Murray Energy Sues WV Newspaper, Reporter for Libel

A coal operator is suing a West Virginia newspaper and reporter for libel.

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Politics
4:09 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Fischer Unveils Vision Louisville Project, Talks NBA With Sacramento Mayor

Speaking at the Leadership Louisville Luncheon along with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson on Thursday, Mayor Greg Fischer announced a plan to create a 25-year vision for the city. And the two local leaders also had a friendly joust over keeping and obtaining an NBA team for their respective cities

Vision Louisville will be a year-long project that seeks to define the future of the city.

The project is a collaborative effort between citizens and Metro Government, and will include an internationally renowned architectural and planning firm located in Oslo, Norway. The Oslo-based company Space Group will lead the project, and engage residents about their dreams and visions for the city through a series of public workshops, online meetings and forums.

Fischer says the new initiative isn’t about his vision for the city, but a community-wide discussion and effort to craft what Louisville should look like in 2040.

"I’m not going to present what our city is going to look like 25 years from now. I’m going to start a process and a discussion, because it’s not that important what I think it’s going to look about. What’s important is what we think it’s going to look about, and it’s going to take a little time for us to figure that out," he says.

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Arts and Humanities
4:07 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Arts Council Will Match Power2Give Funds Again

The Kentucky Arts Council announced today that they will continue to match funds raised by arts organizations through the online project crowdfunding platform Power2Give. The council will match funds, up to $10,000 per project, in fiscal year 2013.

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