Sports
10:48 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Stage Is Set For 138th Kentucky Derby

Twenty horses are set to run in tomorrow’s Kentucky Derby.

Three-time Derby winning trainer Bob Baffert has the morning line favorite in this year’s race. Bodemeister, named for Baffert’s son, drew post position six in the crowded gate. 

The second early favorite is Union Rags, trained by Michael Matz (pictured), who’s back with his first serious contender since Derby winner Barbaro in 2006.

“To think I might have a second one, it’s a great opportunity, and it’s a great feeling. It’s what we work for,” he said this week.

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Sports
10:40 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Fifteen Fillies Set to Run in 138th Kentucky Oaks

The 138th Kentucky Oaks will be run today at Churchill Downs.

A field of 15 is entered for the fillies-only race.

Grace Hall is the early favorite and will run from post position number two. On Fire Baby and Broadway’s Alibi are co-second choices.

Last year’s Kentucky Oaks drew more than 110,000 fans to the track.

Again this year, Oaks Day will be used as a platform to raise awareness and money for cancers that affect women and their families. For the first time, Churchill Downs has a partnership with the group Stand Up to Cancer.

Politics
10:27 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Yarmuth: Obama Has Right to Politicize bin Laden Death

For most of the week Republicans have been critical of an attack ad by President Obama's re-election campaign highlighting the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. But Democratic Congress John Yarmuth believes its proper for the president to politicize the issue. The ad released earlier this month features former President Bill Clinton, who says Mr. Obama made a tough but important decision. The ad also suggests—without naming him—that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would had failed to go after the al-Qaeda leader. Watch it below:

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Politics
4:07 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Beshear Will Enact Key Part of Healthcare Law if Court Upholds It

A key part of the Affordable Care Act will be implemented by executive order in Kentucky if the healthcare law is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Exchanges in which residents can purchase insurance are a major part of the law. Each state must have an exchange, and if states don't set them up, the federal government will.

Governor Steve Beshear says he will sign an executive order to create a state-run exchange if the law is upheld.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Drug Group Sets Record for Legislative Lobbying Expenses

 

A lobbying group for various drug manufacturers has set a record for money spent during a Kentucky legislative session.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association spent nearly half a million dollars between January and March lobbying against a bill aimed at curbing meth production by limiting pseudoephedrine purchases.

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Environment
2:42 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Public Service Commission: LG&E Can Convert Cane Run Power Plant to Natural Gas

Louisville Gas and Electric has secured state approval to build natural gas turbines at its Cane Run Power Station. The Kentucky Public Service Commission issued its ruling today.

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Local News
2:27 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Yale Students Present Downtown Distillery Designs for Louisville

Diana Nee

The students from the Yale School of Architecture who visited Louisville in February have unveiled their designs for an urban distillery downtown.

The students studied the region on their visit, with a specific focus on Louisville's downtown and the bourbon industry. Their task was to each design a distillery that could stand near First and Main streets, across from the Whiskey Row buildings.

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Arts and Humanities
11:38 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Bourbon Baroque Pays Tribute to the Races at Free Friday Concert

John Austin Clark and Nicolas Fortin, co-artistic directors of Bourbon Baroque
Bourbon Baroque

If you hear the church bells ringing at St. John’s on East Market Street during Friday night’s Trolley Hop, consider it your call to post. The bells will ring about a minute before each short concert by Louisville’s Bourbon Baroque ensemble. There will be two 30-minute performances, at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Bourbon Baroque stages their monthly free cantata series concerts during each Trolley Hop. They’re casual, social and free—not your typical classical music setting.

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Local News
11:10 am
Thu May 3, 2012

KET Says Younger Audience, Men Contribute to Ratings Increase

 

Kentucky Educational Television (KET) officials say a younger audience is behind significant ratings increases in the latest year-over-year Neilsen statistics.

“A lot people, sometimes, they start watching PBS or KET during Sesame Street and then they drop out until their 60s. So we’re really encouraged a younger audience is coming in," said Craig Cornwell, KET's programming director.

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Breaking
10:00 am
Thu May 3, 2012

PSC Approves LG&E Proposal for Gas Plant at Cane Run

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

The PSC has approved Louisville Gas and Electric’s application to construct a 640 megawatt natural gas power plant at the current site of the gas-fired Cane Run Power Station. The company will also buy existing gas generation in Oldham County.

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