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8:01 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Report: More Than 5,000 Childrens' Products Contain Toxic Chemicals

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New data from popular toy and children’s clothing manufacturers submitted to Washington State shows that more than 5,000 of them contain traces of at least one toxic chemical. These products are sold by national manufacturers that also operate in Kentucky.

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Education
3:51 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Listen | WFPL News Special on Early Childhood Education in Louisville

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Jefferson County has nearly 700 childcare programs in operation, but officials say program quality varies widely. 

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Politics
3:10 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Stumbo Pens Letter to Beshear Asking for Special Session for Redistricting

Greg Stumbo
Credit Legislative Research Commission

House Speaker Greg Stumbo is encouraging Gov. Steve Beshear to soon call a General Assembly special session so that lawmakers can pass new state legislative redistricting maps and end a federal lawsuit.

Last week,  several county clerks in Northern Kentucky filed a federal lawsuit claiming the state's inability to finish redistricting violated federal law. In response, Stumbo  sent a letter to the governor encouraging him to call a special session.

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Arts and Humanities
2:24 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Hunter S. Thompson's Decadent, Depraved Kentucky Derby Reimagined

Rachael Sinclair's "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" poster.
Credit Kentucky for Kentucky

The gonzo branding experts at Kentucky for Kentucky (the folks behind the guerilla state motto campaign "Kentucky Kicks Ass") have re-imagined Louisvillian Hunter S. Thompson's famous essay "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" as a witty racing program poster, featuring illustrated details from the story rendered in jockey silks. The poster was designed by Rachael Sinclair and printed by Lexington's Thoroughbred Printing.

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Environment
1:41 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Fischer Challenges Louisville Building Owners to Get Energy Star Certified

Louisville Metro Government has issued a challenge to the owners of the city’s commercial buildings: get Energy Star certified. Mayor Greg Fischer says he wants at least 25 buildings to receive the designation by the end of the year.

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Local News
1:22 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Dreaming of Julia Leads Field of 11 in Kentucky Oaks

Dreaming of Julia
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A field of 11 is set for Friday’s running of the 139th Kentucky Oaks.

The post positions for the fillies-only race were drawn this  morning at Churchill Downs.

The early favorite, at 3 -1, is Dreaming of Julia, one of four Todd Pletcher-trained entries.    Jockey John Velazquez will be aboard.

Dreaming of Julia is coming off an impressive victory last month in the Gulfstream Park Oaks, which she won by nearly 22 lengths. 

She'll  break from post position eight in the Kentucky Oaks.

Politics
12:30 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Senator Rand Paul Endorses Mark Sanford for Congress

U.S. Senator Rand Paul
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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is endorsing fellow Republican Mark Sanford's bid for the South Carolina's First Congressional District seat.

The special election is next week and features Sanford, a former governor, in a tight contest against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a political newcomer who is the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert.

Sanford gained national notoriety for having a extra-marital affair while in office, and it was recently reported he was accused of trespassing on his ex-wife's property.

Despite those controversies Paul says Congress needs strong and consistent voices that will support fiscal responsibility, adding Sanford has a history of sticking up for the taxpayer.

"What we absolutely cannot afford is someone like his opponent, who will be yet another vote for a return to the Pelosi speakership, for disastrous programs like Obamacare, and for more spending and debt," says Paul.

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Commentary
10:48 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Kentucky Derby Festival Blossoms from Small Celebration to Source of Pride for Louisville

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Hundreds of thousands of people will converge on Louisville this week to enjoy the dozens of events that make up the Kentucky Derby Festival. But what many of those celebrants don’t realize is that the festival is a rather recent development in the Derby’s 138-year history, and was largely the work of an ambitious racing editor at the newspaper and the public relations people who had a vision for making the first week of May something more than a couple of horse races.

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Environment
4:30 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

McConnell to Introduce 'Coal Jobs Protection Act'

U.S. Senate

U.S. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to announce a bill to put limits on the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of coal mining.

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Local News
3:56 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Local Gay Rights Leaders, Sports Commentators React to Jason Collins Coming Out

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Louisville gay rights leaders are praising veteran NBA player Jason Collins publicly announcing that he is gay, but area sports commentators say the revelation will do little to change the game.

The 34-year-old Collins is a free agent who reveals his sexual orientation in the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated, which makes him the first active professional male athlete to disclose his homosexuality.

Collins cited the recent NBA lockout and his friendship with Demcoratic Congressman Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts as the reasons he came out.

From SI:

Why am I coming out now? Well, I started thinking about this in 2011 during the NBA player lockout. I'm a creature of routine. When the regular season ends I immediately dedicate myself to getting game ready for the opener of the next campaign in the fall. But the lockout wreaked havoc on my habits and forced me to confront who I really am and what I really want. With the season delayed, I trained and worked out. But I lacked the distraction that basketball had always provided.

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