Environment
8:30 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Team Will Begin Floyds Fork Interviews With Residents This Week

Researchers from the University of Kentucky will begin interviewing citizens, businesses and non-profits this week about Floyds Fork. This is part of a collaboration between state and federal agencies to rehabilitate the watershed.

Floyds Fork has been designated as “impaired,” which means its waterway can’t fulfill its designated functions. The state Division of Water has asked the EPA to help determine the maximum amount of pollution that can be discharged into the watershed without exceeding the state water quality standard.

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Environment
7:30 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Humane Society President Will Visit Louisville to Speak About Human, Animal Relationships

The president of the Humane Society of the United States will be in Louisville this week to discuss his new book: New York Times Bestseller “The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals and Our Call to Defend Them.”

The book is a study of human-animal relationships. Wayne Pacelle says humans are naturally drawn to and fascinated by animals—look at the number of people who have pets and who watch animals in the wild or at zoos.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Review: 'Misses Strata': Crude Humor Satisfies in New Bipartisan Satire

The more things change, the more things stay the same. 2,500 years after Aristophanes first suggested women could end a war by kicking powerful husbands out of their beds in “Lysistrata,” the idea is still compelling to playwrights and politicians alike (a Michigan state representative recently suggested a similar strategy).

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Politics
4:00 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

Noise and Notes: The Mayor's Violence Prevention Task Force and Defining Fairness

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's task force on violence prevention is set to meet on Monday with supporters looking forward to the group getting started.

What the 37-member task force will accomplish has been an ongoing conversation since its was launched by the mayor. But as more heinous acts of violence continue, critics such as Councilwoman Attica Scott, D-1, have commented that the administration is talking while others are acting.

For the program, health department director Dr. LaQundra Nesbitt, neighborhood leader Neal Robertson—who both sit on the work group—and University of Louisville adjunct professor Stacy Brooks, discuss what the task force faces.

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The Two-Way
12:16 pm
Sun June 17, 2012

Rodney King Dies At 47

Rodney King attends a book festival in Los Angeles in April. King was found unconscious in a swimming pool Sunday and later pronounced dead.
Katy Winn AP

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 6:38 am

Rodney King was found dead in the swimming pool at his home in Rialto, Calif., on Sunday, police said. He was 47.

King's beating by police in 1991 was caught on videotape and then sparked riots in Los Angeles when police accused of excessive force were acquitted.

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Arts and Humanities
9:12 am
Sun June 17, 2012

Looking Back at Watergate With Thomas Mallon

Author and former GQ editor Thomas Mallon brings the Watergate-era Washington back to life in his latest historical novel.   Watergate-- a Novel, takes the reader though the scandal from the perspectives of seven lesser-known players.

 Thomas Mallon will discuss his book at the Louisville Free Public Library Monday, June 18, at 7pm.   He speaks here with WFPL’s Rick Howlett from his office in the nation’s capital.
 

Local News
3:44 pm
Sat June 16, 2012

Myriad Challenges for Yum! Center, Fair Board, and East End Tunnel Financing

Friday on Byline we took a broad look at a number of stories pertaining to the KFC Yum!

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Local News
2:07 pm
Sat June 16, 2012

Q&A With Bluegrass Boardwalk's Natalie Koch

The Bluegrass Boardwalk Inc. board decided Friday not to reopen the former Kentucky Kingdom park.

Bluegrass Boardwalk Incorporated announced Friday it would not reopen the former Kentucky Kingdom amusement park, which has been closed since 2009.

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Local News
8:30 am
Sat June 16, 2012

Arena Authority Wants New Management; Indiana Will Pay for East End Tunnel

It's been a busy few months for the Kentucky Fair Board; most recently, the Arena Authority voted Monday to pursue new management for the YUM Center. The Courier-Journal's Marcus Green joined us on Friday's Byline to catch us up.

Later in the segment, Marcus was joined by the Indianapolis Star's Chris Sikich. Both reporters have covered the bridges project and they talked about the latest in bridge news.

Local News
5:15 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Bluegrass Boardwalk Withdraws, Will Not Re-Open Kentucky Kingdom

After nine months of planning, Bluegrass Boardwalk, Inc. has withdrawn its proposal to re-open the Kentucky Kindgom theme park. 

According to a release, Bluegrass Boardwalk owners the Koch family—who also own Holiday World in southern Indiana—say leasing the park from the state would not fit in their business model. Further, CEO Natalie Koch cites "the many layers of governmental regulations and stipulations" as a reason for withdrawing. 

The announcement comes shortly after the company pushed back the planned re-opening to 2014, and days after the state approved up to $3.9 million in tax incentives for the project. The park closed in 2009 when previous owner Six Flags went bankrupt. This is the second failed attempt to re-open the park since. Businessman Ed Hart, who owned Kentucky Kingdom before it was purchased by Six Flags, was in talks with the state shortly after the park closed. 

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