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3:06 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Quick and Close to the Bone: Marrow Street Theatre Focuses on Short Plays

Patrick White's set for "The Gardeners" in May, Tim Faulkner Building.
Brian Hinds Marrow Street Theater

The one-act play is having a moment. Once a vital component of American theater, the form thrived as curtain-raisers before three-act productions in a time when audiences expected to spend hours at the theater on an evening out. Its  popularity has faded in recent years in favor of ten-minute plays, which abound in Louisville, but following a significant handful of recent local productions, three Louisville theater artists are committed to giving these shorter world premieres a permanent home, too. 

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Politics
1:36 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Republican State Senator Julie Denton Running for Louisville Metro Council

Kentucky State Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville
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Update: State Sen. Julie Denton has announced Monday afternoon that she's running for Louisville Metro Council.

Earlier: Republican state Sen. Julie Denton of Louisville will not seek re-election next year, WFPL News has learned.

A spokesperson for Senate President Robert Stivers told the radio station Denton did not discuss her future plans, but informed Stivers this weekend she will not be filing to retain her east Louisville district seat in 2014.

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Education
12:43 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Louisville Montessori School Doubles Enrollment

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The Montessori School of Louisville has seen increased interest over the past year, says head of schools Gregory Dixon.

The small program located in Louisville's East End has more than doubled its enrollment to 130 students this year. Dixon says the school has added two classrooms, there are  waiting lists for some programs and he’s been pushed out of his office to make more space.

“Montessori is growing. Montessori movement is growing in North America and the states and specifically in Louisville right now," he says.

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Education
10:13 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Centre College's $250-Million Donation is Withdrawn

Centre College
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Centre College's $250-million gift—among the largest gifts to higher education in U.S. history—has been withdrawn.

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Politics
7:59 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Louisville Liquor Store Owners, Residents Question Beer Exemption in Banning 4 a.m. Alcohol Sales

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Louisville Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, D-5, is confident her bill eliminating alcohol sales at retail package stores after 2 a.m. will pass this week. 

The ordinance sailed through the council's Public Safety committee with a unanimous vote last Tuesday, and supporters maintain it's a way to improve quality of life in the West End.

According to city statistics, close to 70 percent of stores that carry special licenses allowing 4 a.m. liquor sales are located in west Louisville neighborhoods and the Newburg area.

Hamilton's bill does not apply to restaurants and bars. It also exempts 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. licenses for beer sales, which has been roundly criticized by liquor store owners as selective targeting and some constituents are questioning its effectiveness.

In June, a state law took effect dividing those special licenses between beer and other alcoholic beverages such as liquor and wine. Asked why the ordinance banning 4 a.m. sales doesn't include beer, Hamilton admits that would encompass a larger number of businesses outside of her district.

"If we eliminate (beer) we're dealing with 400 to 600 businesses in the city. So this is an easier bite of the apple right now," she says. "I've had people say we should have included it all. But I'm not trying to get rid of it, I'm trying to control the quality of life issues in our neighborhoods."

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Local News
7:02 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Now You Can Look Up Louisville Metro Corrections Inmates Online

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Louisville Metro Corrections has launched a new feature that allows people to look up information about inmates on the Internet.

The XJail system was officially unveiled last week. Users can search for jail inmates by name, alphabetically or by entry or release date.

The system gives information about when the inmate was booked, when they may be released and their charges. It also includes a mugshot.

Jail officials say they implemented X-Jail because they were getting hundreds of phone calls each day from people seeking information about each inmate.

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Local News
2:18 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Oldham County Authorities Look Into Report of Possible Plane Crash

Update 2:23 p.m. FAA Says Nothing Has Been Found

Here's a statement from Kathleen Bergen, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman:

At about 11 am today, a Louisville-area resident reported that a small aircraft may have gone down near Exit 14 off I-71, near Crestwood in Oldham County, KY. The FAA notified local authorities. They conducted a search and did not find an aircraft accident.

Earlier: At about 11 a.m. Sunday morning, Oldham County authorities began a search after getting multiple reports of a possible plane crash in the area.

As of 2 p.m., they hadn't found anything, says an Oldham County dispatcher.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun September 8, 2013

What We're Reading | 9.8.13

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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
7:59 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Report: NSA Can Access Most Smartphone Data

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BERLIN — German news weekly Der Spiegel reports that the U.S. National Security Agency can access users' data on all major smartphones.

The magazine cites internal documents from the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ in which the agencies describe setting up dedicated teams to crack protective measures on iPhones, BlackBerry and Android devices.

This data includes contacts, call lists, SMS traffic, notes and location data.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Can Training the Brain Help Struggling Louisville Students' Performance?

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Louisville public school students are participating in a new program that proponents says will strengthen memory processing and create lasting effects for how students learn.

The program, LearningRx, has existed thorough Seven Counties Services since 2011. It focuses on skills tested for IQ,—such as long and short term memory, visual and auditory processing, and logic and reasoning, said Michelle Wright, executive director of Louisville’s LearningRX center.

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