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Environment
9:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Study Finds Dangerous Flame Retardants in Children's Furniture

Ninety percent of chairs marketed to children--like this one--were found to contain toxic flame retardants.
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A new analysis of furniture made specifically for children has revealed that the majority of it contains toxic flame retardant chemicals.

The study was conducted by the non-profit Center for Environmental Health and researchers at Duke University. They analyzed 42 children’s couches and chairs from big box retailers, and found that 90 percent of them contain flame retardant chemicals that have been linked to serious health problems.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Hal Heiner: JCPS Equity Scorecard Results Are 'Unacceptable'

Kentucky Charter Schools Association Chair Hal Heiner

Jefferson County Public School officials and supporters are hoping a new report displaying student inequity will get the community more involved to help close achievement gaps parallel with the so-called Ninth Street Divide.

But one community leader argues the numbers should be a catalyst for elected leaders and others to open their minds up to alternative educational options for students who aren't being left behind in Louisville's public school system.

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Local News
7:07 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Kentucky State Police's 'Black Friday' Drug Operation Falls Short of Goal

KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer
Credit Kentucky State Police

A Kentucky State Police operation to apprehend a record number of drug traffickers has fallen short of its goal.

Touted in a press release as having arrested 479 targeted drug traffickers, news outlets across Kentucky ran with the numbers even though “Operation Black Friday” has arrested just 339 suspects.

Trooper Paul Blanton explains the miscommunication.

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Environment
6:46 am
Mon December 2, 2013

New Appalachian Fellowship Program Aims to Rebuild Region's Economy

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A new fellowship program will begin next year, aiming to help communities in Central Appalachia rebuild their economies.

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Arts and Humanities
10:01 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Serbian-Born Djuro Zivkovic Wins Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition

Djuro Zivkovic
Credit University of Louisville

 A Serbian-born composer has won the Grawemeyer Award for music composition from the University of Louisville.

The university says Djuro Zivkovic's chamber orchestra piece “On the Guarding of the Heart” “makes a huge emotional journey” through the course of its 20-minutes.

The piece was first performed in 2011, and it was written in the months prior in an 18th-Century house in Sweden.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun December 1, 2013

What We're Reading | 12.1.13

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Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun December 1, 2013

Texting While Driving Now Costs 3 Points Against a Kentucky Driver's License

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Texting while driving can now cost Kentucky drivers three points against their license.

In August, Gov. Steve Beshear announced that he’d enacted emergency regulations adding the new penalty.

The regulations went into effect in November after a legislative committee gave no objections, Transportation Cabinet spokesman Ryan Watts says.

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Local News
10:52 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

College Football: Tennessee Beats Kentucky, 27-14

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Joshua Dobbs threw two touchdown passes and ran 40 yards for another, and Tennessee broke a four-game losing streak with a 27-14 over rival Kentucky on Saturday night.

The Volunteers (5-7, 2-6 Southeastern Conference) bounced back from their heartbreaking last-minute loss to Vanderbilt by scoring first-half touchdowns on long plays en route to their first victory since upsetting South Carolina in October. Tennessee avoided its first eight-loss season in program history and improved to 76-24-9 against the Wildcats.

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Strange Fruit
1:57 pm
Sat November 30, 2013

Strange Fruit: 'Furious Cool' Co-Author David Henry on the Life of Richard Pryor

This week we spoke with David Henry, co-author of Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him, about Pryor's work, and why it was so groundbreaking. "He had this sort of vulnerability about himself that just made him irresistible," David says. "He didn't pull any punches."
 

 Throughout their research for the book, David and his co-author (and brother) Joe Henry, learned about how Richard honed his craft, sometimes working the same comedy club every night for a week, each night with an improved version of the previous night's material.

We talked about Pryor's surprising comments on his sexual experiences with other men, his openness about his drug use, and why audiences of all races found him so relatable.

"When he was on stage by himself with just a microphone, he seemed to understand everything about being a human being," David said. "He seemed to have such a clear-eyed view of life, and seemed to understand how people work—in ways that he couldn't really apply to his own life when he was offstage."

[Note: As you might expect from an interview about Richard Pryor, there is some frank language in this interview!]

In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, we talked about the upcoming video game Ultimate Gay Fighter, billed as the first-ever gay video game.

We also talked about Dayna Morales, the server who says a family left her a homophobic note instead of a tip. This week, the family in question came forward with their copy of the receipt which shows they did tip, and now Morales' story is suspected of being a hoax.

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Local News
11:24 am
Sat November 30, 2013

U of L Reconsiders Nucleus Innovation Park Master Plan Following I-65 Bridge Construction

Construction of a temporary surface parking lot is underway.

Construction of the new I-65 bridge has forced the University of Louisville to reconsider its master plan for the downtown Nucleus Innovation Park. Officials are now determining where buildings should be constructed with respect to the bridge’s placement.

In March, U of L expects to break ground on a parking garage somewhere on the block at East Market and Floyd streets. That's where will sit the innovation park that will serve more new businesses currently specializing in aging care.

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