Local News
6:30 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Bringing Faith to the LGBTQ Community: Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard, Defining Fairness

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Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard was born in Promised Land, South Carolina, the son of a Southern Baptist Minister, and says, "I grew up in church as much as I was in home." He was given his nickname at the age of three, when his grandfather noticed his ability to replicate any dance move he saw.

When he came out as a gay man, he experienced rejection from the church. "I was angry at God," he says. After struggling to reconcile his faith with his sexual orientation, he says he came to the conclusion that, "I was created like this, so I can't believe in a God who would create me bound to hell, as they're telling me I am." 

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Review: ‘The Snowflake Theory’ Dares to Be Traditional

As exciting as a world premiere of a new play is, it’s even more exciting to see the first full staging of a piece written by a local. It’s one way of checking our pulse as a community — what are we writing about and how? Sometimes it feels like Louisville writes mostly zombie comedies and pop culture parodies, but in a truly subversive move, local playwright Nancy Gall-Clayton dares to experiment with staging a traditional family comedy.

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Politics
5:00 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Group Hopes to Break Two-Party System With Internet Primary

 

A national group that hopes to give voters more choices in this year's presidential election is bringing its campaign to Kentucky.

Americans Elect wants to field a presidential ticket in all 50 states. The group will nominate a candidate through a primary online at AmericansElect.org. The group will soon petition to get a candidate on the ballot in Kentucky.

“We will begin collecting signatures for shortly, probably in a month, we will collect 10,000 signatures and the requirement is 5,000,” says Spokeswoman Ileana Wachtel.

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Local News
8:15 am
Sun May 13, 2012

Homicide at Churchill Downs Casts Spotlight on Backside of Track

The homicide of a Churchill Downs worker, 48 year old Adan Fabian Perez of Guatemala, the day after Derby has raised questions about the culture of backside work at racetracks.

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House & Senate Races
9:25 am
Sat May 12, 2012

The Bigger Picture Of Indiana's Senate Race

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

From Wisconsin, we head over to Indiana, where this week, six-term Republican Senator Richard Lugar lost by a landslide to State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who was supported by the Tea Party.

Now, Senator Lugar was known for working with senators on the other side of the aisle to pass legislation. That may not be the political flavor of the month in his party or his state.

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Politics
8:15 am
Sat May 12, 2012

Medicaid Troubles with CoventryCares: Summarized on Byline

Friday afternoon on Byline, Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston spent some time explaining the dispute with CoventryCares, one of three new private Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) that began business in the commonwealth last year.

Arts and Humanities
2:36 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Review: Pandora's Pop Opera 'Bare' a Real Heartbreaker

The cast of Pandora Productions' BARE, starring Robbie Lewis (center).
Michael Petrig

Sexually active teens getting high under the not-so-watchful eye of a Catholic boarding school sounds like a salacious premise, but Pandora Productions’ pop opera “Bare” is a sweet heartbreaker about emotionally neglected teens who just want someone to love, darn it.

The kids at St. Cecilia’s aren’t terribly interested in the church’s authority, but they are desperately seeking a close relationship with God. Mostly, they want to be seen and heard for who they truly are, and all of their decisions are guided by that desire.

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Arts and Humanities
2:30 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Bill Cosby Knows What's Funny

Bill Cosby has spent half a century learning how to write the perfect joke, first with iconic stand-up albums like “Bill Cosby Is a Very Funny Fellow” and later while breaking racial barriers on prime time in “The Cosby Show.” The secret, he says, is in making a connection with his audience.

He’s also the author of twelve books. His latest, “I Didn’t Ask to Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was)” is a collection of essays and humorous observations on the human condition, was published last year.

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Local News
2:29 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Beshear Names New Public Service Commissioner

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has appointed a new Public Service Commissioner to fill a spot that’s been vacant since December. Beshear’s office announced today that Linda Breathitt of Lexington is the newest commissioner.

Breathitt served as a PSC commissioner in the 1990s. After that, she became a senior energy and regulatory advisor at a Washington D.C. law firm, and was appointed as a commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Politics
11:42 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Beshear Announces 7-Day Trade Trip to Japan, Taiwan

 

Governor Steve Beshear will once again embark on an international trade mission to Asia.

Beshear has made several such trips as governor. His most recent was a visit India last year. This time, Beshear will spend seven days promoting Kentucky industries in Taiwan and Japan.

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