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Strange Fruit: Grassroots Activists Bring Juneteenth Festival Back to Louisville

March 29, 2015

This week we introduce you to a new member of the WFPL newsroom, politics reporter Ashley Lopez. Ashley joins us to talk about Indiana's controversial "religious freedom" act, Louisville's attempt to appeal to LGBT tourists, and a recent poll showing Kentucky's opposition to marriage equality. Read Story

No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats Hold Off Notre Dame to Reach Final Four

March 28, 2015

Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, and the top-seeded Wildcats kept their unbeaten season and national title hopes intact with a 68-66 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night in the Midwest Regional final. Read Story

Seventh-Seed Dayton Beats Louisville Cardinals 82-66 in Women’s NCAA Tournament

March 28, 2015

Andrea Hoover scored 26 points and seventh-seeded Dayton continued its improbable run in the NCAA Tournament with an 82-66 win over third-seeded Louisville in the regional semifinals on Saturday. Read Story

Melinda Townsend-Breslin holds a photo showing her and her mother standing in the parking lot of a favorite thrift store in 2013.

Medical Bills Linger, Long After Cancer Treatment Ends

March 28, 2015

Melinda Townsend-Breslin keeps a photo of herself on her refrigerator standing with her mother, MaryLou Townsend, in the front of the Unique Thrift Store in Louisville, Ky. They're side by side in the parking lot, both wearing white shirts and sporting short, practical haircuts. Read Story

Louisville Cardinals Beats NC State 75-65 to Join Elite 8

March 28, 2015

Montrezl Harrell scored 24 points, reserve Anton Gill keyed a late-game surge, and Louisville beat North Carolina State 75-65 on Friday night in the East Regional semifinals of the men's NCAA Tournament. Read Story


Former Police Deputy Chief Takes Over Louisville Youth Detention Services

March 27, 2015

The new director of Louisville Metro Youth Detention Services is a 24-year veteran of Louisville Metro Police. Read Story

Ethics Panel Steps Up Inquiry of Kentucky Rep. Whitfield

March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The House Ethics Committee is forming an investigative subcommittee to determine whether Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky violated House rules by allowing his wife to lobby staff members on issues related to her work with the Humane … Read Story

Beshear, Feds Announce $38 Million In Grants For Coal Communities

March 27, 2015

The federal government will award as much as $38 million in grants this year to assist Eastern Kentucky communities negatively affected by the decline of the coal industry. Read Story


Louisville’s 2.8-Percent Population Growth Fueled by Suburbs

March 27, 2015

About 34,000 more people are living in the metro area now than compared to about 15 years ago Read Story

Kentucky Wildcats Beat West Virginia to Reach Elite Eight

March 27, 2015

Perfect and pulverizing. Kentucky made West Virginia's press look pathetic. Read Story


After Heroin Bill’s Passage, Kentucky Local Governments Begin Exploring Needle Exchanges

March 26, 2015

Local governments are already moving to set up needle exchanges just a day after the Kentucky state legislature authorized the programs through a comprehensive heroin bill. Read Story

Bellarmine Knights 1 Game Away From D-II National Title Game

March 26, 2015

Louisville’s Bellarmine Knights are one victory away from a return appearance in the men’s NCAA Division II national title game. Read Story

Billion-Dollar Oxycontin Verdict Rests on Disputed Missed Deadline in Kentucky

March 26, 2015

A missed court deadline could result in a billion-dollar windfall for Kentucky taxpayers from the manufacturer of Oxycontin. Read Story


Paul And McConnell’s Opposition To Loretta Lynch Riles Louisville’s African American Leaders

March 26, 2015

African American leaders in Louisville are speaking out against Kentucky’s U.S. senators and their efforts to block the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as U.S. attorney general. Read Story

Indiana Allows Needle Exchange Program to Stem HIV Outbreak

March 26, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has authorized a short-term needle exchange program to help contain an outbreak of HIV in a county with 79 confirmed new infections since January. Read Story