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4:26 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Byline | City Budget; Morrison Talks; Marijuana Arrests Skewed; Hometown Hero

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

At the top -  Hearings have begun into Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year, and concerns are being raised about cuts proposed for some agencies, or about previous cuts that have not been restored.  WFPL's Phillip Bailey fills in the details.

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Education
3:30 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Flutie Effect? U of L Stops Accepting First Year Student Applications Earlier Than Ever

The University of Louisville has stopped accepting applications for first year students after seeing an 11-percent increase in submissions from the previous year.

This is the earliest U of L has maxed out the number of applicants its accepted—which is around 10,000— and officials say the success of the Cards men’s and women’s basketball teams are only part of the reason.

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Local News
2:55 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Cards to Face Vanderbilt for College World Series Berth

The University of Louisville baseball team is two victories away from a trip to the College World Series, but the Cards will have to get past one of the country's best teams. 

U of L visits Vanderbilt this weekend for a best-of-three series in the NCAA super regional round.

Vandy is the number two national seed and defeated the Cards 10-2 in their last meeting in April.

But U of L has gone 19-2 since then.

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Politics
1:25 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Republican and Democratic Campaign Groups Pouncing on Kentucky U.S. Senate Race

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes are being scrutinized by each others national political parties in a pair of stinging messages this week.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee put out dueling press releases on Friday, going after Grimes and McConnell respectively.

Grimes is being chastised by the GOP for comments made at the state Democratic Party's annual Wendell Ford Dinner. During her speech, Grimes alluded to need Democrat's support in the "coming months" and said voters are tired of McConnell's obstruction and misleading politics.

The NRSC said the dinner was a "liberal love fest" that shows Grimes backs President Obama's agenda.

"Alison Lundergan Grimes sounded like a Massachusetts liberal as she advocated for higher taxes on Kentuckians, more federal spending, and policies that will hurt middle class families and workers," NRSC spokeswoman Brook Hougesen said.  "The true inner Grimes was on full display last night - her views mirrored those of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama and she showed no tolerance for those who disagree with her out of touch perspective. With such liberal views, it's no wonder Lundergan Grimes remains the most reluctant candidate in the country."

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Arts and Humanities
1:04 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Opening Night for Speed Museum's Nulu Home

Mural painted by Louisville artist Monica Mahoney on the Speed Museum's interim offices and gallery.
Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum broke ground last month for its expansion and renovation project, which will close the museum campus for three years, but its interim offices at 822 East Market Street, a satellite space dubbed Local Speed, are open.

Tonight, the museum celebrates the opening of "Welcome Neighbors: Art from Nulu" during the downtown trolley hop. Curated by The Green Building's Daniel Pfalzgraf, the multi-discipline exhibit features established and emerging visual artists who show and work in the neighborhood. The reception begins at 5 p.m. and features Mad Pixel designer Ron Jasin screenprinting limited edition posters on-site.

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Environment
12:05 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Emerald Ash Borer Still a Threat to Louisville's Trees, But City Response is Piecemeal

Jacob Trader of Limbwalker getting ready to treat an ash tree in Cherokee Park.
Erica Peterson WFPL

As Louisville begins to confront an urban tree canopy decimated by drought and storms, another hazard is poised to do even more damage. Emerald ash borers are invasive beetles that attack ash trees; if the trees aren’t treated, the pest could wipe out most or all of Louisville’s ash trees. But the city still lacks a comprehensive plan to combat the insect.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Kentucky Man Led Hacktivist Campaign in Steubenville Rape Case

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A Kentucky man led a hacktivist group central in the case against two Steubenville, Ohio, football players eventually found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party, according to various media reports.

And he's been visited by the FBI, unpleasantly.

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Arts and Humanities
11:55 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Use Your Illusions: Magic Play Launches in Monthly Installments

Louisville magician Baron LaValle (Lawrence Jones) at home with a woman and children posing with props, including a levitation device, and a box sawed in two, 1962.
Royal Photo Company Collection Photographic Archives, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.

Theatre [502] pulls back the curtain on Louisville's rich magic history tonight with the launch of a new play project, "The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn."  Directed by co-artistic director Amy Attaway, the play is the first entry in this season's Small Batch Series of the company's innovative side projects.

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Local News
11:13 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Byline Today: Racial Disparity in Marijuana Arrests, Curtis Morrison Speaks and Emerald Ash Borers

The ACLU says that African-Americans are significantly more likely to face marijuana charges, the Louisville Metro budget process is well underway (and already has critics) and the man behind the recording of a Mitch McConnell strategy session speaks—these stories and more today on Byline.

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Environment
8:58 am
Fri June 7, 2013

LG&E Fined for Coal Ash Violations at Cane Run...Again

Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric has been fined once again by the Air Pollution Control District for coal ash violations at the Cane Run Power Plant in Southwest Louisville, and the district cites scientific testing that shows coal ash is leaving the company's property.

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