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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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Commentary
6:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Great Authors Who Pass Through Louisville, and the History They Bring

Credit U.S Coast Guard

June 6, 1944. It’s one of those dates we remember—like July 4, 1776, or Dec. 7, 1941, or Sept. 11, 2001. The invasion of the French coast at Normandy on that day 69 years ago was the beginning of the end of the long, bloody international conflagration now known as World War II. It’s fitting that we take note of the events of that day because they made a fundamental difference in the shape of our current world.

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Politics
8:24 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Louisville Metro Council Approves City Purchasing Colonial Gardens

Colonial Gardens
Credit preservationlouisville.org

The Louisville Metro Council approved an ordinance that will allow the city to purchase the Colonial Gardens property by a 16-3 vote.

Mayor Greg Fischer asked lawmakers in April to allocate $430,000 to buy the historic South End property, which was the site of Louisville's first zoo and is now owned by an out-of-state trust.

For over a decade the structure has been idle and vacant, due in part to its out-of-state owners and historic preservation status.

City lawmakers were initially hesitant about the idea, and sought more information about the viability for private development. But its easy passage means the mayor can now move forward and sell Colonial Gardens to a developer.

"When running for office I promised my constituents I would work to develop the property. I am appreciative of the mayor and his economic development team for being such great partners as we continue to improve south Louisville together," says Councilman David Yates, D-25, who supported the ordinance. "While it has been a bumpy road we are very excited about the commitment to this shared goal."

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Local News
3:51 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Former Employees Discuss Reopening Portland Boys & Girls Club, Local Philanthropist Helping

Community leaders and former employees are working with a local philanthropist to reopen the Portland neighborhood Boys and Girls Club, which The Salvation Army was forced to close in 2011.

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Arts and Humanities
3:43 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

American Drama in Three One Acts

Karina Strange and Jon Patrick O'Brien in Pendleton King's "Cocaine."
Savage Rose Theatre Company

Any list of celebrated American 20th century dramatists will include Pulitzer Prize winners Tennessee Williams and William Saroyan. Their work is a natural fit for Louisville's  Savage Rose Classical Theatre, which draws on a classical repertoire covering roughly 2,000 years of theater, from the ancient Greeks to the 20th century modern classics. 

Savage Rose's "American One Acts," which opens tonight in the Kentucky Center's MeX Theatre, features Williams' "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" and Saroyan's "Hello Out There." But it's Pendleton King's "Cocaine" that's the intriguing dark horse,  the kind of lesser-known, infrequently-staged classic that Savage Rose is known for producing.

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Local News
3:28 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Military Base Furlough Notices Going Out This Week

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Military installations in Kentucky and elsewhere have begun receiving furlough notices this week. 

Under across-the-board spending cuts in the federal budget, civilian Defense Department employees must be furloughed 11 days between July and September. 

At Fort Campbell, that affects about 4,000 workers in support roles such as schools and the commissary.  Fort Campbell Public Affairs Director Bob Jenkins says the post is trying to keep disruptions to a minimum.

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Local News
3:25 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The West Sixth-Magic Hat Dispute Concludes

Credit West Sixth

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont's Magic Hat brewery says a dispute with a Kentucky brewery over its corporate logo has been resolved.

Magic Hat had sued West Sixth Brewing for trademark infringement over its logo that has a numeral 6 and a star-like symbol. Magic Hat said it was too much like its No. 9 beer label, which has a 9 and a star-like symbol.

The Burlington Free Press reports that West Sixth's co-founder had called the dispute an example of a large corporation trying to bully a smaller company.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Louisville Democratic Chair Would Like Grimes to 'Make Her Mind Up' on Senate Race

Louisville Democratic Party Chair Bill Ryan
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The chair of the Louisville Democratic Party says he'd prefer Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to make a quick decision on challenging Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell next year.

Grimes is scheduled to appear at the party's annual Wendell Ford Dinner in Louisville on Thursday evening, but an announcement on the U.S. Senate race is not expected.

Pressure is mounting on Grimes to decide and attacks from a pro-McConnell super PAC have already been launched in newspaper ads.

Last month, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth told WFPL Grimes needed to make an immediate decision on running or risk hurting the party.

Louisville-Jefferson County Democratic Party Chair Bill Ryan says he doesn’t agree Grimes is doing the party a disservice, but that it would be bet better to know the secretary of state's intentions now rather than later.

"I would like to see her make her mind up in the next few weeks. That would make it a whole lot simpler for the Democratic Party to find other candidates ... that are considering to go ahead and say they’re going to run," he says. "But as far as bullying her, no I’m not going to say she should or should not get into the race. If she wants to take up to January to decide that’s her business."

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Local News
2:34 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Louisville Bar Judicial Evaluations Show Lowest Overall Marks for Olu Stevens, Joseph O'Reilly

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Louisville's lawyers have judged the judges. Most of them, anyway.

The lawyers are most satisfied with James Shake on the Jefferson Circuit Court Stephen M. George on the family court.

They're least satisfied with Olu Stevens on the circuit court and Joseph O'Reilly on the family court.

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