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4:02 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Sound on Film Blog: News From Around the Filmosphere

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Hello brave listener. We are saddened to report that due to holiday scheduling there will be no new episode of Sound on Film this week.

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Local News
3:14 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Louisville Metro Councilman Calls for Review of KFC Yum Center-UofL Lease After S&P Lowers Rating

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Standard & Poor's has reduced the rating of bonds used to pay for the construction of the KFC Yum Center.

The lower rating of "BB" from "BBB-" on senior lien bonds stems from concerns that the tax increment financing district used to pay part of the debt isn't performing as previously expected, the financial services agency said. The downgrade lowers the bonds below investment grade to "junk" status.

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Local News
10:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Byline Today: Our Favorite Stories of 2013

This week on Byline, the WFPL News team is looking back at our favorite stories of 2013.

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Local News
8:40 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Podcasts and Audio to Listen to on Your Drive Back to Louisville

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Perhaps you're off work this week. Perhaps you have a long drive home ahead of you. Perhaps you need  something fun to listen to while you're driving, or hanging out at a relative's home, or bored while milling about your house with no more functions to attend.

Some of the WFPL News team members have suggestions for good podcasts and such for your listening pleasure.

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Local News
3:53 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Former Indiana Secretary of State Loses Bid for New Trial

A judge has denied former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's request for a new vote fraud trial.

The Indianapolis Star reports that a Hamilton Superior Court judge rejected White's request for post-conviction relief on voter fraud and theft charges.   The case stemmed from White’s voter registration for the 2010 GOP primary.

White was convicted in 2012 of three counts of voter fraud, two counts of perjury and one count of theft and given a one-year, home-detention sentence. 

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Local News
3:27 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Study: Kentucky Slowly Recovering from Recession

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A new Kentucky Chamber of Commerce report examining data in jobs, wages and housing market growth shows that the state has been slowly climbing out of the 2008 recession, chamber president Dave Adkisson says.

“Clearly, things are growing in that direction," Adkisson says. "Housing and housing construction is growing very well right now, not nearly back up to the peak.

"But remember the peak before the recession was actually a bubble, a housing bubble, and so, we’re getting back up to healthy levels, and I’m optimistic about 2014.”

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Local News
1:34 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Kentucky Unemployment Increases Compared to 2012

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The unemployment rate has risen over the past year in 96 of Kentucky’s 120 counties.

Data released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says that the unemployment rate rose to 7.7 percent, up .3 percent over 7.4 percent last year.

The hardest hit counties are in Eastern Kentucky, with Leslie County having the state's highest jobless rate at 16.4 percent. 

Declines in manufacturing and the coal industry are the biggest contributors to those numbers, says Munoj Shanker, an economist for the Kentucky Workforce Development Cabinet.

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Local News
1:06 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Map: Jefferson County Traffic Deaths Spike 29 Percent in 2013, Bucking Kentucky's Downward Trend

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Traffic deaths in Jefferson County spiked 28.7 percent in the last year, despite a decline in the rest of Kentucky.

In 2013, 85 people have died in traffic accidents in the county, with less than a week before year's end, according to Kentucky State Police's traffic statistics. Sixty-six people died in Jefferson County traffic accidents in 2012.

The increase has no single, specific reason, said Lt. Joe Seelye, traffic unit commander for Louisville Metro Police, which investigated all but a few of the accidents.

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Local News
8:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Metro Louisville Offers to Turn Christmas Trees into Mulch

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Christmas is about over. For participants, there's an 20-percent chance that the tree in their living room is real, according to the American Christmas Tree Association, which is a real thing.

For those in Louisville, the city is offering to turn that tree into mulch.

The service will be offered starting Thursday at two sites—the East District Recycling Center (595 N. Hubbards Lane) and the Southwest Government Center (7219 Dixie Hwy.) 

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Environment
6:52 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Environmental Group Predicts 2014 Will be Big for Climate, Energy

The leaders of the Natural Resources Defense Council are predicting that 2014 will be an important year for environmental policy.

The NRDC is optimistic about prospects for environmental policies and legislation in 2014. In a conference call to highlight the group’s priorities, Climate and Clean Air Campaign Director Pete Altman notes a continuing trend toward increased political acceptance of climate change science.

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