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9:00 am
Sun August 11, 2013

What We're Reading | 8.11.13

Joe Biden
Credit Vice President's Office

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
7:40 am
Sun August 11, 2013

Q&A: Guestroom Records Bringing OKC Shop to Louisville

The U.S. economy is getting better, observers say. Maybe slowly, but it's getting better.

The Great Recession and the changes wrought by the digital age decimated many industries, and the market for brick-and-mortar record shops has long been on the deathwatch list. The situation was made perfectly clear in Louisville in 2011 when Ear X-tacy, the city's biggest (10,000 square feet in what's now the Panera Bread on Bardstown Road) and most famous record shop, closed.

Smaller shops have endured in Louisville. And a new one is coming from an unlikely place.

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Politics
6:00 am
Sun August 11, 2013

Louisvillians Haven't Had Much Luck Running for Kentucky Governor

Credit Creative Commons

Former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson announced Tuesday that he won't run for governor in 2015. Instead, he wants to focus on education issues.

Abramson, Kentucky's lieutenant governor since 2011, very well could've ended up succeeding Gov. Steve Beshear, his longtime ally, political observers say.

But he would've have to overcome an obstacle: His Louisville roots.

A Louisvillian hasn't been elected Kentucky's governor since 1951—and even that has a caveat.

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Local News
4:37 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Byline | Scathing Audit; Fairness in Kentucky; Bluegrass Pipeline; Burley Farmers

Here is our Byline rundown for today (full audio available below):

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Arts and Humanities
4:26 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Kentucky Shakespeare's Matt Wallace: 'We Cannot Charge for Seats in Central Park'

Matt Wallace

July was a traumatic month for Kentucky Shakespeare, but the organization is ready to move forward. After producing artistic director and CEO Brantley Dunaway's resignation on July 15, the  board of directors conducted a swift search for his replacement. They hired Matt Wallace, a former artistic associate who left the organization in 2010 to lead Shakespeare Behind Bars. He spoke with us on July 31 about his long history with the organization and his optimism for the future.

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Arts and Humanities
4:03 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Louisville Visual Art Association Plans Crowdsourced Art Exhibit

"A cowbird came to me and told me nothing I understood" by Douglas Miller. Ink, pencil, and tea on paper, 10"x10", 2013.
Artebella Daily LVAA

LVAA’s new exhibit is curated by clicks. The sixteen artists who will show work in "By the Numbers" were chosen based on web analytics for Artebella, LVAA's online art gallery that promotes a different Kentucky artist every day. Art enthusiasts can sign up to receive a daily email highlighting an individual artist on the website, where the participating artists are archived. 

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Arts and Humanities
1:27 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Manual High Students Double as Fledgling Filmmakers

Evan Sennett in 'The Executive'
Credit Submitted photo

Spot Matt Rivera and Evan Sennett between classes at duPont Manual High School—it would be possible to mistake them for average.

Then catch a glimpse of the two on the set of one of their films—sporting turtlenecks and blazers, or while screening a 16 millimeter copy of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” in a basement, and the reality becomes inescapable.

The filmmaking duo are a pair of high school-aged Wes Andersons walking among us.   

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Local News
1:09 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Jockey Calvin Borel Inducted Into National Hall Of Fame

Credit Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has inducted its latest jockey, Calvin Borel. 

Borel’s racing career started in 1983. Since then he’s joined 26 other jockeys with over 5,000 wins and has more than $120 million in purse earnings.

Borel, 46, is also one of only two riders with more than 1,000 wins at Churchill Downs. The other is jockey Pat Day.

In his speech at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Sarasota Springs, New York, Borel thanked his long-time agent, his wife and his late parents.

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Local News
11:19 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Byline Today: Tobacco Farmers, Kentucky's Top Emergency Management Official Resigns and More

A state audit leads to the resignation of Kentucky's top emergency management official, the state of tobacco in the 21st Century and  the statewide approach for LGBTQ protections will be discussed today on Byline.

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