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Food and Dining
9:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Five Louisville Fall Treats for the Pumpkin Spice-Fatigued

Credit Ashlee Clark Thompson/WFPL News

Autumn has barely settled in, and I’m already dizzy from all the pumpkin spice in the air.

No one denies the power of pumpkin spice—it eases us into the fall by adding subtle warmth and zest to everything it touches. This blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger has become more synonymous with the beginning of the season than sweater weather or turning back the clocks.

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Politics
4:10 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Olmsted Dam Supporters Defend $3 Billion for Kentucky Project in McConnell-Reid Deal

Olmsted Lock and Dam

Pushing back against criticisms that's it's a "kickback" for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, business leaders in Western Kentucky are defending efforts to pay for the Olmsted Dam and Lock in the bill ending the government shutdown.

The language in the McConnell-Reid deal increased the funding cap on the project from $775 million to $2.9 billion, which conservative critics blasted as a so-called "Kentucky Kickback" earmark.

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Local News
3:47 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Louisville Cardinals' Chane Behanan Suspended Indefinitely

Chane Behanan
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The Louisville Cardinals' defense of the men's basketball national championship will begin without a star of last season's Final Four.

Junior forward Chane  Behanan is suspended indefinitely for a violation of team and university rules, Coach Rick Pitino announced on Thursday.

Behanan may return to the team, but Pitino said it isn't "probable."

The junior forward was presented a plan in the last week that could restore him to the team—but he's already violated it, Pitino said.

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Local News
3:46 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

College Football: Central Florida Hopes to Spoil Cards' Party

The University of Louisville football team returns to action tomorrow night, hosting Central Florida in U of L’s second straight nationally televised contest.

This will be the Cards’ 100th game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, and the Knights could be the toughest opponent of the season for coach Charlie Strong’s team.

"They’re a team that doesn’t beat themselves," Strong said this week.

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Arts and Humanities
1:22 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

REVIEW | Whimsy Lightens the Dark in 'The Addams Family' Musical

Shaun Rice as Uncle Fester in the 2013-14 national tour of "The Addams Family."
Credit Carol Rosegg

They’re still creepy and kooky, but in “The Addams Family” musical, you can only snap along to that old theme song during the overture. With new songs and a story sourced not from the 1960s television show or the popular films but Charles Addams’ old New Yorker cartoons, the accomplished creative team behind the Broadway musical crafted a visually-rich, likable comedy by drawing on familiar Addams family character traits, gentle wit and a fun mix of musical styles.

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Local News
12:29 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Kentucky Food Prices Reach All-Time High, Officials Say No Cause For Alarm

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Kentucky food prices are at an all time high, according to the State Farm Bureau’s quarterly marketplace report. But this isn't a cause for concern, says bureau spokesman Dan Smaldone.

“This is one moment. This is one quarter. We’ll see what happens the next quarter. Really, this is most likely just catching up to where the rest of the nation has been for a few more months ahead of us.”

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Local News
12:04 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Perps Purloin Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon

Pappy Van Winkle
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FRANKFORT — One of the rarest and most sought-after bourbon's produced in Kentucky is missing.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says someone swiped about 65 cases of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon in what appears to be an inside job from a secure area at Buffalo Trace Distillery's Frankfort operations.

Melton told The Courier-Journal whoever stole the bourbon walked off with about $26,000 of the limited stock. That's about $25,350 in 3-bottle cases of 20-year-old Pappy and about $675 in nine cases of 13-year-old Van Winkle Family Reserve rye.

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Local News
10:34 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Pre-Registration For Louisville's Home Energy Subsidy Program Still Canceled Through October

Louisville officials say the pre-registration period for elderly and disabled people looking to participate in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will stay canceled through October.

As reported by WFPL yesterday, officials said the federal government shutdown had created a lapse in payments to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which provides local governments with LIHEAP funds.

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Local News
10:16 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Morehead Working Out Details of 'Fairness Ordinance'

Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Morehead could soon become the sixth Kentucky city to adopt a “fairness ordinance,” which protects people from discrimination based on sexual preference or gender identity.

Mayor David Perkins says the Morehead City Council will likely hear the first reading of a proposed fairness ordinance next month.

The city’s attorney has been working with the Kentucky Human Rights Commission to finalize details of the law, he says.

But Perkins says he doesn’t expect too many challenges in crafting the ordinance.

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Arts and Humanities
9:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Film Tackles Hand-Painted Signs, a Returning Art in Louisville

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The reemergence of hand-painted signs and murals in Louisville has some local artists and designers excited about the future of public art.

Jessica Suhr, a representative of the Louisville Graphic Designers Association, said hand-crafting signs on building sides is more than just a pretty picture.

“Sign painting is great because it helps develop an individual identity for a city,” she said. She said what today may appear to be a simple mural or advertisement can, in time, be regarded as timeless art.

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