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9:47 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Mother Jones Obtains Secret Tape of McConnell Campaign Strategy Session

Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
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A secret audio recording of Senator Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign reveals the Kentucky Republican's aides intended to target actress Ashley Judd's mental health and religious beliefs among other issues.

The news magazine Mother Jones obtained audio of a private meeting between McConnell and aides where much of the conversation focused on potential Democratic opponents.

In a 2011 memoir, "All That is Bitter and Sweet"  Judd recounted she had checked into rehab for depression as an adult and once considered suicide as a child.

The leaked tapes reveal Judd's bouts with depression were considered fair game by the McConnell campaign.

"This sounds extreme, but she is emotionally unbalanced," an unknown McConnell aide says on the recording. "I mean it’s been documented. Jesse can go in chapter and verse from her autobiography about, you know, she’s suffered some suicidal tendencies. She was hospitalized for 42 days when she had a mental breakdown in the '90s."

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Local News
3:46 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Photos | Louisville Cardinals Fans Celebrate National Championship, But...

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Thousands of fans flooded Cardinal Boulevard after the Louisville Cardinals won the 2013 men's national championship. They screamed, hugged, cheered and screamed some more. Early on, a few minor incidents happened—fireworks were set off in the crowd, a guy climbed a tree, bottles shattered on the ground.

But, later, there was an incident in the crowd. Bottles were reportedly tossed at police and officers were reportedly knocked to the ground; officers responded by firing pepper pellets to disperse the crowd, a university spokesman said.

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Local News
11:46 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Cards Win!

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The Louisville Cardinals have won the school's third NCAA men's basketball title and their first in 27 years,  defeating Michigan 82-76  tonight at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Luke Hancock made four straight three-pointers in the first half, and Peyton Siva and Chane Behanan had monster second halves to lead the top-seeded Cardinals (35-5) to their first national title since 1986.

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Arts and Humanities
4:49 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Unbound Meets Its Funding Goal

Our new fiction show Unbound met its Kickstarter funding goal. WFPL launched a campaign on the popular creative project crowdfunding platform last month to raise funds for production costs associated with the new show. On Kickstarter, a project only receives pledged funds if the campaign meets its goal; otherwise, no money is collected from backers. 

Environment
4:21 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Event Aims to Map Downtown Louisville's Tree Canopy

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Louisville’s Urban Design Studio is looking for help cataloging downtown trees.

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Local News
4:11 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer Proposes Buying Colonial Gardens to Boost South End

Colonial Gardens, now and then

For the second time, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's office hopes to buy land to encourage development. 

Fischer is asking the council to approve $430,000 in general fund spending to buy Colonial Gardens in the South End.

The former beer garden was the site of Louisville's first zoo, and is now owned by an out-of-state trust.

The outside ownership and a recent landmarks declaration have been cited as reasons why the building has remained undeveloped and empty for nearly a decade.* 

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Local News
3:27 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Louisville Metro Police: Don't Shoot Guns if the Louisville Cardinals Win Championship

Louisville Cardinals fans celebrating Saturday night near the UofL campus.
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Louisville Metro Police are urging people to refrain from shooting guns in the air if the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team wins tonight's NCAA national championship game.

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Local News
2:03 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Louisville Non-Profit Team Receives $100,000 to Develop Civic Engagement Plan

The ACLU of Kentucky is leading a group of non-profit organizations to develop a plan to improve civic engagement and equity in Louisville. 

Open Society Foundations is giving $100,000 to eight cities or regions, which will all compete for a chance to win longer-term investment to implement their plans. The teams must develop a unique proposal for their area that demonstrates how they would improve disparities in their communities.

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Local News
12:26 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

It's Official: Pitino to be Inducted Into Basketball Hall of Fame

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Rick Pitino, who will coach Louisville in the NCAA championship game tonight, is among seven people elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 

The list of inductees was formally announced today.      

Joining Pitino in the class of 2013 are former NBA stars Bernard King and Gary Payton, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, North Carolina women's coach Sylvia Hatchell, former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis, former University of Virginia star Dawn Staley. 

The inductions will take place in Springfield, Mass. in September. 

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Politics
11:37 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Yarmuth, Michigan Counterpart Bet Bourbon, Chicken on NCAA Championship Game

John Yarmuth
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U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth and his counterpart from Michigan have wagered bourbon, beer, fried chicken and a deli lunch on the winner of the NCAA national title game between the University of Michigan and the University of Louisville.

Yarmuth (D-Ky.) put up a bottle of Woodford Reserve bourbon and a bucket of KFC against a wager by U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) of Ann Arbor's Arbor Brewing Company beer and lunch from Zingerman's Deli, a Michigan institution.

The Wolverines and Cardinals face off Monday night in Atlanta, with the winner being crowned national champion.

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