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7:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Sound on Film: 'Out of the Furnace,' 'Prince Avalanche'

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On this episode of Sound on Film we offer our thoughts on director Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart” followup “Out of the Furnace”, starring Christian Bale and Casey Affleck, as well as “Prince Avalanche," a refreshingly minimalist indie comedy from raunchy-com director David Gordon Green (Eastbound and Down, Pineapple Express).

But first, it’s Around the Filmosphere, with word of a second FX series for comedian Louis C.K., “Spectacular Now” director James Ponsoldt’s push for a Hillary Clinton biopic at Lionsgate, and a new segment of micro-stories called Gut Check (insert echo, echo, echo).

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Local News
6:40 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Hundreds of Workers Turn Louisville's CafePress Facility Into 'Santa's Workshop'

Retail companies typically hire extra employees for the holiday season to meet  shoppers’ demand for their products.

At Louisville’s CaféPress, the normal workforce of about 250 has been nearly quadrupled so the company can fill thousands of online orders coming in from around the world each hour to its Riverport faciilty. 

On a mid-December morning, Keith Pataluna is running on very little sleep, but it comes with the territory.

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Local News
5:12 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

WFPL Launching Film Podcast: Sound on Film

Starting this week, WFPL will bring you a new program: Sound on Film.

It's a weekly podcast hosted by Chris Ritter and Robert Kahne. It's news and reviews, with the occasional special guest from the local or national film scene. Chris and Robert have been hosting the show in some form since they were in college, and we're excited to have their expertise and energy on display for WFPL.

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Local News
5:08 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

TARC Announces Changes to a Handful of Routes

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TARC announced Thursday changes to several of its bus routes that will start next month. The changes include the extension of the Fourth Street trolley south of Broadway to service the Louisville Free Public Library and schools in the area.

The changes go into effect Jan. 26. 

TARC previously announced a new shuttle between Louisville and Southern Indiana.

Here's a rundown from TARC:

Route #1-Fourth Street Trolley

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Education
4:53 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Kentucky Education Group Says New Teachers Need More Supports

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The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence has presented its recommendations to lawmakers on how to improve teacher quality in Kentucky.

Prichard is an education think-tank that worked for over a year on the recommendations, which include finding ways to recruit new teachers to replace aging Baby Boomers and supporting equitable disbursement of new teachers among poor and better performing schools.

Kentucky also needs to do a better job supporting new teachers and those in training, says Prichard Committee Executive Director Stu Silberman.

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Education
12:13 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Kentucky Gets $44 Million For Early Childhood Education

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Kentucky officials say they want to make the state's voluntary rating system for childcare facilities mandatory and they will have help in the amount of $44 million to do it.

That’s the amount of money Kentucky won as part of the federal government’s Race to the Top grant competition for early childhood education. It's the third round of such funding provided by the the U.S. Department of Education with help from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Six states are winners from a pool of 17 applicants.

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Commentary
11:58 am
Thu December 19, 2013

The Christmas Season in Louisville, From 1778 to 1960 to Today

Fourth Street in December 1960.
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The picture you see is how it was. Dec.19, 1960, exactly 53 years ago. This is Fourth Street, the central shopping street of Louisville, at a time when our city was the 30th largest in America with a population approaching 400,000. It was also very much like other cities, all across America, in the year that John F. Kennedy was elected president, when the space race was in full swing, and when I was just a boy of 10. It was a grand time to be alive.

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Local News
7:30 am
Thu December 19, 2013

University of Louisville Buys, Plans to Eventually Demolish, Silos Near Campus

The silos from Interstate 65.
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The  silos that have for years signaled to Interstate 65 travelers that they are in the midst of the University of Louisville have been sold.

Purchased by UofL for the price of $3.3 million, the silos will most likely be demolished to make way for the expanding Belknap campus, university officials said.

The silos and adjoining industrial property serves no practical purpose for the University’s Master Plan, UofL spokesman Mark Hebert said.

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Politics
11:31 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Court Filing: Former Kentucky Rep. John Arnold Allegedly Inappropriately Touched Colleague

John Arnold
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Former Kentucky state Rep. John Arnold allegedly inappropriately touched a House colleague, according to new filings in a sexual harassment civil suit by two Statehouse staff members.

In a pair of responses to discovery requests, Legislative Research Commission employees Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper allege that Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, was inappropriately touched by Arnold.

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Local News
4:43 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

About 92,000 Kentuckians Have Signed Up For Health Care Under State Exchange

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More than 92,000 Kentuckians have signed up for health coverage through the state’s healthcare exchange, Kynect, since it opened in October.

Kynect’s executive director, Carrie Banahan, says that the expansion is result of a growing demand for the health exchange’s services, which shows no signs of slowing down.

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