Environment
6:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Kentucky State Parks Begins Energy Retrofit of Nine Western Kentucky Parks

Kentucky’s state parks system is two months into a major energy savings project at nine of its parks. The project is part of Governor Steve Beshear’s Initiative for Smart Government, which is designed to reduce government waste.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

21C, Flyover Film Festival to Screen Documentary on Performance Artist Abramovic

When filmmaker Jeff Dupre met legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic at a dinner party a year before her groundbreaking career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, he had a vague idea of who she was (the artist who once walked the Great Wall of China) and a healthy dose of skepticism about performance art. By the end of the night, Dupre says he was smitten with the legendary artist known for pushing the boundaries of her body as the subject, object and medium of her work.

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Environment
6:00 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Influx of Insects Could Cause Problems for Tulip Poplars This Summer

An old pest is causing new problems in the Ohio River Valley. The tulip scale insect has always preyed on tulip poplar trees, but the past two years of mild winters mean there’s a much higher population than usual.

The tulip scale insect attaches to twigs on tulip poplar trees, sucks sap out of the bark and releases a clear, sticky sugary substance that’s commonly called “honeydew.” The honeydew is annoying—it falls onto lawns and cars—but the real danger is to the trees.

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Environment
11:08 am
Sun May 27, 2012

Private Homes Contaminated Near Black Leaf Site; What's Next?

Soil testing in the yards of fifty homes bordering the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood recently revealed carcinogenic chemicals in all of them.

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Local News
3:19 pm
Sat May 26, 2012

Analyzing Mayor Fischer's City Budget for FY 2012-13

Friday on Byline WFPL's Political Editor Phillip Bailey provided review and analysis of Mayor Greg Fischer's austere budget plan for 2012-13. The spending plan does not raise taxes and balances the budget without Metro employee layoffs or furloughs, and gives non-union city workers a 2 percent raise. Metro Government had faced a $20 million shortfall in the coming fiscal year, but filled that hole with $13.5 million in projected revenue estimates and selling two downtown parking lots to the Parking Authority of River City for $10.7 million.

Politics
9:30 am
Sat May 26, 2012

Analysis of Louisville's Next Budget and Tuesday's Election Results

On Thursday, Mayor Greg Fischer unveiled his proposed city budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1st. The mayor had warned that it would be an austere spending plan; metro government has been faced with a multi-million dollar shortfall. Phillip M. Bailey covered the story for WFPL and joined us Friday on Byline to explain where the city's money will go, and why.

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Politics
9:57 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Noise and Notes: The Killing Fields of Parkland

The brazen shootings in west Louisville's Parkland neighborhood is still being felt almost two weeks later, with a new task force being formed by the mayor's office to deal with long-term violence.

Several city leaders and community activists have held press conferences to discuss the matter, but there are still many unanswered questions about the incident itself. W

Arts
6:00 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Author Pamela Steele and Poet Albert DeGenova Return to Louisville for Spalding Residency

This weekend marks the beginning of Spalding University's Master of Fine Arts in Writing program's semi-annual residency. Alumni Albert DeGenova and Pamela Steele are in Louisville as part of the residency, and they joined WFPL's Erin Keane and Rick Howlett on Friday's Byline to talk about their work.

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Local News
5:07 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Black Leaf Contamination; City Budget; Elections Review: Today on Byline

We began Byline today with an in-depth discussion of soil test data from the neighborhood surrounding the Black Leaf Chemical site in the Park Hill area of West Louisville.  The tests were conducted by the EPA and revealed some carcinogenic and suspicious chemicals, but full results were not revealed to the public.  District 6 Councilman David James joined WFPL’s environment reporter Erica Peterson to review the what is known and what’s ahead.

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Politics
2:42 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Fischer Forms Work Group to Address West End Issues

Mayor Greg Fischer has assembled a work group to address violence in west Louisville.

U of L Arts and Sciences Dean Blaine Hudson will chair the group, and the rest of the members will be chosen from civic organizations, government, churches and the business community. The group will first take count of all the youth services programs and charities in West Louisville. The next step is to create a crisis response team to help victims of violence.

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