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4:23 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Byline | JCPS Audit; KY Woman Ordained Priest; Medical Debts Cleared

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

At the top - Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen has accepted the Jefferson County school board’s request to review the district’s finances and central staff operations.  WFPL’s Devin Katayama speaks with Edelen, who says because his review isn't based on any specific complaint, the scope of the audit will be broad.

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Local News
3:52 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

FCC Approves Sale of Four Louisville Radio Stations

The Federal Communications Commission has approved the sale of four Louisville radio stations.

Cox Media Group announced last year that it was seeking a buyer for Lite 106.9, Country Legends, New Country and WSFR the Eagle, along with stations in Hawaii, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia and Connecticut.

 

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Environment
3:22 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Look at Mill Creek's Peregrine Falcon Chicks!

It's a peregrine falcon chick!
Erica Peterson WFPL

The peregrine falcon chicks that hatched in a nesting box at Louisville Gas and Electric’s Mill Creek power plant are one step closer to leaving home.

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Local News
3:04 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Approve Criminal Code Overhaul

The Indiana Senate has given final approval to a bill that would overhaul the state’s criminal code, with the aim of sending fewer nonviolent, low-level  offenders to prison. 

The measure calls for most felons to serve at least 75 percent of their sentences.   Current law allows most felons with good behavior in prison to be released after serving half of their sentences.

But the overhaul would also direct many people convicted of drug or property offenses to work release or other local programs.  

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Local News
2:21 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Old Cardinal Stadium Grandstands Too Deteriorated to Use for Kentucky State Fair

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The grandstands of Cardinal Stadium—the old one—have deteriorated to a point where repairs aren't cost effective, the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center announced Friday.

Because of this, the free concerts for this year's Kentucky State Fair will be moved entirely to the field.

"Without that repair, it just simply wouldn't be in our best interest to have people in the grandstands in the future," said Rip Rippetoe, president and chief executive of the Kentucky State Fair Board.

For this year's state fair, chairs and bleachers will be placed on the field.

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Local News
10:27 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Rick Pitino Gets a Louisville Cardinals Tattoo, as Promised

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Louisville Cardinals men's basketball coach Rick Pitino promised that he'd get a celebratory tattoo if his team won 2013 national championship.

They did. 

And so Pitino has carried through with the promise. He got his body art Friday morning at Tattoo Salvation, 1421 Bardstown Road, by artist Adam Potts, University of Louisville athletics says.

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Local News
9:53 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Kentucky Third Most Stressed-Out State, Poll Says

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Misery loves company, after all.

Kentuckians are the third most stressed out people in the U.S., trailing only West Virginians and Rhode Islanders, says a new poll from Gallup.

In 2012, 44.8 percent of Kentuckians told Gallup that they'd experienced stress the previous day.

Kentuckians also are the second least likely to experience enjoyment. Rhode Island topped that list.

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Local News
7:36 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Compassionate City: A Conversation with Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel

This is the first in our series of conversations leading up to the Dalai Lama's visit to Louisville in May.

I spoke with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel about connecting between meditation and compassion. We also discuss the evolving process of translation of Buddhist texts, how Namgyel got interested in Buddhism, and what she'll discuss when she speaks in Louisville for the Festival of Faiths conference beginning May 14. She's also the author of, "The Power of an Open Question."

Listen to the interview below.

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Politics
7:54 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Louisville Metro Council Expands Sunday Liquor Sales for Restaurants

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In a bipartisan 16-7 vote, the Louisville Metro Council approved an ordinance expanding liquor sales on Sundays to 10 a.m. for local restaurants.

There are around 300 restaurants licensed to sell alcohol in the city on Sunday by the drink. Businesses are required to wait until 1 p.m. before serving customers, however. 

State law allows for local governments to amend those restrictions, and a sharp debate ensued on the council.

Councilman David Tandy, D-4, who represents parts of downtown where many sit-down restaurants are located, is the chief sponsor of the bill.

Some city lawmakers and many religious leaders expressed concerns about increased crime and incremental steps to allow Sunday liquor sales at other types businesses.

But Tandy says the legislation was aimed at helping restaurants that wanted to serve brunch ahead of the Kentucky Derby.

"With the passage of this legislation we have taken steps toward furthering economic growth in Louisville through our hospitality industry. This helps our economy keep dollars circulating in our community by allowing Louisville restaurants to compete with their Southern Indiana counterparts," he says.

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Politics
5:58 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Richie Farmer Pleads Not Guilty in Initial Court Appearance

Richie Farmer
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Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has officially answered his indictment on five federal charges, pleading not guilty to all of them.

Farmer pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance Thursday, where he was also informed of his rights.

"We're glad to finally get the initial appearance out of the way, we're going to be ready when trial time comes and the rest of the story will come out then," says Farmer's attorney, Guthrie True.


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