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6:08 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Louisville Metro Parks Staff Spend Friday Investigating Russell Lee Park After 2 Rescued From Hole

Louisville Metro Parks crews and others spent Friday probing Russell Lee Park in West Louisville after a toddler and adult were rescued from a hole there the night before.

Emergency crews needed about an hour Thursday night to rescue the 2-year-old and the adult. 

The hole was about 15-feet deep, three-feet wide and lined with brick, said Marty Storch, assistant director of Metro Parks. 

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Local News
4:23 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Byline | Ohio River Bridge Tolls; Cellphones in JCPS; 4 a.m. Liquor Sales; Ban the Box

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

At the top - After years of research and debate, a bi-state panel has approved toll rates to help pay for two new Ohio River Bridges and the reconfiguration of Louisville’s Spaghetti Junction.We talk with WFPL’s Devin Katayama about how much it will cost motorists to cross the downtown and east end spans, what is still unknown, and why some say tolling will cause them financial hardship.

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Arts and Humanities
4:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Listen | Tom C. Hunley Reads a Poem for Simpsons Bus Driver Otto

The InKY Reading Series returns to The Bard's Town tonight at 7 p.m. with readings by Kentucky poet Tom C. Hunley and Spalding University MFA in Writing alum Marci Rae Johnson, with a special emerging writer reading by Louisville poet John James. 

The monthly reading series is free and features an open mic.

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Politics
3:41 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

State Rep. John Arnold Resigns, Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations in Letter

John Arnold
Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

State Rep. John A. Arnold Jr. resigned Friday amid allegations that he'd sexually harassed three Statehouse employees.

Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, turned in his resignation letter to Gov. Steve Beshear. 

"I respect his decision to step aside so that our legislators can focus instead on the business of the state," Beshear said in a statement confirming the receipt of Arnold's letter.

Beshear said he'll begin reviewing options for a special session so that people in Arnold's seventh district will have representation during the 2012 legislative session.

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Education
2:27 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

What's Next For Kentucky's New Science Standards?

Kentucky’s new science standards could face more legislative opposition, but educators are expected to convene as early as this month to begin training for implementation for the 2014-2015 school year.

The Next Generation Science Standards that were approved by the Kentucky Board of Education this year revise science education in general, but have drawn controversy for expanding on evolution and climate change.

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Arts and Humanities
12:07 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

REVIEW | Ten-Tucky Festival Showcases Kentucky Playwrights

Tony Smith, Carol T. Williams, and Corey Music in Bill Forsyth's "Properly Served."
Credit Doug Schutte / The Bard's Town Theatre

The ten-minute play is a tricky little beast. Within strict time constraints, the playwright has to write a whole play: a full story featuring interesting characters who experience conflict, complications and some kind of change – all in ten minutes or less. It’s harder than it sounds, but it's also a relatively low-risk platform for theater companies to try out lots of new material. 

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Local News
11:09 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Byline Today: Ohio River Bridges Tolls, Ban the Box and a Vacation in North Korea

This week, toll rates were set for the Ohio River Bridges Project, the Louisville Metro Council considered banning liquor sales after 2 a.m. and a new study looks at what a local option sales tax would do for Louisville. We'll talk about these stories and more today on Byline.

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Arts and Humanities
9:33 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Happy Friday: 'La Bohème' Star Performs Pop-up Opera Concert in Galt House Bar

Credit Kentucky Opera

Louisvillian Emily Albrink performs the role of Musetta in the upcoming Kentucky Opera production of Puccini's “La Bohème,” and to warm up, she and other cast members have been performing short pop-up concerts around town. Yesterday over lunch, she surprised travelers in the Galt House atrium bar and pedway with a song.

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Local News
7:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Kentucky Wildcats are No. 1 in the State — in Specialty License Plates

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats kickoff their annual football game Saturday with the team in red as big favorites. But, if you're heading to Lexington—or just driving around the state—what type of license plates are you most likely to see?

Well, University of Kentucky plates. The UK logo is on 25,533 specialty license plates, according to  2012 data provided to WFPL from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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Politics
11:18 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Louisville Ordinance to Prohibit 4 a.m. Alcohol Sales Sent Back to Committee

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In a bipartisan decision, the Louisville Metro Council voted 16-10 to send an ordinance limiting when liquor and wine can be sold back to committee.

The legislation would've prohibited liquor stores from selling wine and distilled spirits from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m., but a proposed amendment that sought to ban late night beer sales put the measure on hold.

Joined by constituents who favor the bill, Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, D-5, argued that cutting off alcohol sales at 2 a.m. would help reduce crime and spur economic development in the West End, where most of the late-night liquor stores are concentrated.

"We have to take control of our neighborhoods (and) this is a related issue," Hamilton said. "There are 13 districts here that don't have this problem. Seven of us have an inordinate amount of package liquor stores that have with them the alcohol and drug-related arrests."

But the exemption of beer sales in the ordinance did not sit well with many council members and was roundly criticized by Democrats and Republicans for being unfair to businesses.

"The present ordinance before us deals strictly with packaged liquor and wine. It does not deal with beer, and beer is alcohol. It’s as simple as that," said Councilman Brent Ackerson, D-26, adding he agrees with lawmakers about the problems those stores create. "If a person can’t buy their vodka or their bourbon, they are going to turn to buy a beer. So if we are going to truly address the problem, the problem needs to be addressed across the board and that is alcohol sales after 2 a.m."

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