Strange Fruit
12:24 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Strange Fruit: Basketball Camp Welcomes LGBTQ Kids; Chris Crass on Intersectional Activism

Miserable summer camp experiences are a staple in sitcoms and movies, where letters to home complain of mosquitos, inedible food, and obnoxious roommates. But for LGBTQ kids, the reality is often a lot less funny, and camp can be a scary place if you've been singled out as different. 

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Local News
4:32 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Byline | Bevin vs. McConnell; Shanklin Trial; Bridge Tolls; Haunted House Doc Film

Here are the topics covered in this edition of Byline (full audio available below):

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Local News
4:27 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Louisville Couple Challenges Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Ban: 'Don't Want to Wait Another 20 Years'

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Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon met in 1982 while they were students at the University of Kentucky.

They were married 22 years later—in Canada. The men live in Louisville, however, and their marriage isn't recognized in Kentucky because of a statewide ban on same-sex marriage.

On Friday, Bourke and De Leon filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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Arts and Humanities
3:09 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

REVIEW | The 99 Percent Strikes Back in 'Reduction in Force'

Ben Gierhart, Amy Steiger and Natalie Fields in "Reduction in Force" at The Bard's Town.
The Bard's Town Theatre

Corruption in the financial sector led some protestors to Occupy Wall Street, but San Francisco Bay Area-playwright Patricia Milton took her protest to the stage with "Reduction in Force," a 2011 comedy detailing one day on the luxurious campus of  Icarus Financial Services when news of a company-wide "RIF" (a euphemism for massive staff lay-offs) has spread.  The Bard's Town Theatre opened the Louisville premiere  last night.

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3:05 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Kentucky Senate President Says Matt Bevin Wants Government to 'Explode' and 'Be Destroyed'

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester
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Kentucky state Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, says candidates like Mitch McConnell's Tea Party backed primary challenger would rather see the federal government explode and be destroyed than work towards a limited government approach.

The comments come as more GOP state office holders are voicing their support for McConnell over Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.

In public appearances and campaign messages, Bevin, who is endorsed by the United Kentucky Tea Party, has ripped McConnell for not being conservative enough.

Arguing Kentucky deserves better, the Bevin campaign points to McConnell's vote for the bank bailouts, Patriotic Act and debt limit increases as prime examples of him talking like a conservative in the state and caving to Democrats in Washington.

But Stivers says McConnell doesn't control all of what goes on in Washington and has to make difficult choices as leader of the 45-member GOP caucus in the Senate.

"And I think some people—mainly some like Mr. Bevin—would just see government explode and be destroyed and have no government at all," Stivers told WFPL in a telephone interview. "But I think Senator McConnell tries to strike a balance of a necessary evil of having some government and not too much."

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1:25 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Franklin County Magistrates Pass Resolution Opposing Bluegrass Pipeline

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Franklin County has become the first Kentucky county to pass a resolution opposing a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline.

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Local News
11:29 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Byline Today: Matthew Bevin Challenges Mitch McConnell; Bridge Tolls are Discussed and More

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell gets a primary challenger, tolls for the Ohio River Bridges Project and, uh, "Jay" from the cult favorite movie "Clerks" will be on Byline today.

Louisville businessman Matthew Bevin is running in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat in 2014. WFPL's Phillip Bailey has been covering it and he'll join host Gabe Bullard—sitting in for Rick Howlett. Also, Tucker Ives from WNPR will discuss Bevin's business.

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Local News
10:42 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Kentucky Couple Challenges Ban on Same-Sex Marriages in Federal Court

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A Louisville couple has filed a challenge to Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriages and has asked a federal judge to require the state to recognize valid unions from other states and countries.

Gregory Bourke and Michael Deleon filed suit Friday morning in U.S. District Court in Louisville.

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Local News
7:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Officials: Kentucky Missing DNA Samples from 6,300 Felons

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky corrections officials say they failed to take DNA samples from between 6,300 and 7,000 felons as required by law over a four-year period.

Justice Cabinet Secretary and Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson said during a news conference Thursday in Frankfort that they are now trying to locate about 3,900 people no longer in state custody or on probation or parole to take samples from them.

Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Transportation Cabinet Inspector General Cindy James to investigate why the DNA samples weren't taken.

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10:05 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Councilwoman Shanklin's Defense Attorney Grills City Officials Over Upholstery Program Details

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin
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Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin’s defense attorney forced city officials to concede key points about an upholstery program at the center  her removal trial.

Shanklin is accused of misusing taxpayer dollars to benefit herself and her relatives through classes promoted towards ex-offenders, which records show she attended over a dozen times.

Attorney David Tachau is prosecuting the case and has called the upholstery courses a "phony" that Shanklin and her family members used for their own benefit rather than district residents.

Corrections Director Mark Bolton, who had described the program as "goofy," told juror halting it in November 2011 was a "no-brainer" given the lack of former inmates involved. But during cross-examination Shanklin's defense attorney Aubrey Williams rattled Bolton, who admitted the department's agreement with the course instructor didn't limit participation to ex-offenders.

Williams says the contract was vague and Bolton’s department was sloppy in that it established few rules, which shows the issues with the program were the city's fault and not Shanklin.

He also got Bolton to admit that the corrections director continued to sign-off on the program's pay invoices for three years despite knowing ex-offenders weren’t involved.

"Please explain why if you had determined that these funds were not being used for their intended purpose would you approve their payments," Williams asked.

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