Local News
10:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Louisville's Library System Offers Online 'Computer Tech' Learning Services


Louisville’s public library members now have access to a new service that can help teach them the skills needed to develop web applications or start an online business, all from home.

The Louisville Free Public Library is trying to expand its services to offer resources for the 21st Century and part of that includes providing library members with online learning opportunities, says director Craig Buthod.

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7:30 am
Mon September 16, 2013

New Louisville GOP Chair Wants to Focus on Local Elections, Voter Outreach

Jefferson County Republican Party Chair Nathan Haney

The new chair of the Jefferson County Republican Party says reaching beyond east Louisville is key to the local party’s future success.

At the federal level, the GOP controls all but one of Kentucky’s six congressional seats.

In state government Republicans have expanded their majority in the state Senate in recent years, and many believe taking over the state House is within reach next year.

But in Jefferson County, Republicans have struggled in Louisville-area races as of late where Democrats control nearly all of the important elected offices.

Newly elected Jefferson County Republican Party Chair Nathan Haney is looking to change that.

"This is a big county and it’s going to take a big effort. But I definitely agree and I think it is a priority that we outreach not only to south Louisville, but west Louisville is very important to us," says Haney, who is an attorney and former state House candidate.

Among the issues Republicans need to discuss more in Louisville are school choice, lowering homicide rates and changing mandatory sentencing laws, says Haney.

"One of the things that we have got to do is we have got to go places and we’ve got to talk to people, and we’ve got to listen to what their concerns are," he says. "There’s a lot of very basic local issues that we agree wholeheartedly on. But we never give ourselves the chance because a lot of times we haven’t done the outreach efforts that we need to do."

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Arts and Humanities
7:02 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Iroquois Amphitheater Celebrates 75 Years with Reunion Concert, Photo Call

A production of "The Vagabond King" at the Iroquois Amphitheater.
Credit Metro Parks

Metro Parks will celebrate 75 years of outdoor entertainment at the Iroquois Amphitheater Sunday with live music from the Louisville Big Band Jazz Ensemble, dancing and a concert by South Louisville native Justin Paul Lewis. Gates open at 5 p.m. for this free event.

The parks department invites anyone who has ever performed on stage or worked backstage at the amphitheater to gather at 7:30 p.m. for a group photo on stage.

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6:51 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Kentucky Forestry Officials Plan to Meet on Growing Emerald Ash Borer Issue

Emerald Ash Borer
Credit Creative Commons

An ongoing insect infestation is causing both safety and aesthetic concerns at a well-known Kentucky state park.

The emerald ash borer, which is native to Asia but new to North America, was first seen in Kentucky just four years ago. Since, then it’s done serious damage to trees in 24 counties. State officials are especially worried about its impact on General Butler State Park near Carrolton.

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11:52 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Listen (and Learn) More About Kentucky's New Science Standards: The Why and How

Credit Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Kentucky is moving forward with new science standards following a controversial week of rejection and then embrace as Gov. Steve Beshear announced he would use his powers to override any legislative committee's decision to block implementation.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun September 15, 2013

What We're Reading | 9.15.13

Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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 September 15, 2013

A Kentuckian's Notes from a Trip to North Korea

Baxter and Thomas
Credit David Thomas

It wasn't something they really expected to happen.

Years ago, David Thomas and his friend Clay Baxter were watching the Australian Open. Thomas, who had never been overseas, asked Baxter if he ever wanted to visit the continent. Baxter doesn't enjoy travel. He said no. Thomas, persisting, asked where Baxter might want to travel.

He answered: North Korea.

"I didn't even know you could go there. I thought it was illegal," Thomas says. "You have to go with an organized tour group. They're approved by the government."

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Local News
3:59 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Retain Governor's Cup, Beat Kentucky Wildcats 27-13

Senorise Perry ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns and Teddy Bridgewater overcame a shaky start to pass for 250 yards and No. 7 Louisville scored on four consecutive drives to pull away from rival Kentucky for a 27-13 victory on Saturday.

The Cardinals' defense forced three turnovers, including two in their territory to preserve a win that required more work after easy wins over Ohio and Eastern Kentucky.

Bridgewater connected with DeVante Parker for a 13-yard touchdown just before halftime that opened things up for Louisville (3-0).

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