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8:58 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Celebration of Louisville Cardinals Basketball Teams Today

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

The University of Louisville will celebrate the men's basketball national championship and the women's team's surprising appearance in the national title game at 5 this afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center. 

Here's ticket information:

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Politics
8:15 am
Wed April 10, 2013

DC Vote to Wage Protest Against Senator Rand Paul Ahead of Howard University Speech

Rand Paul

A group seeking full voting representation for Washington, D.C. residents in Congress is holding a demonstration ahead of Republican Senator Rand Paul's speech at Howard University, calling the Tea Party favorite a hypocrite.

The address is being promoted as an attempt by Kentucky's junior senator—and presidential hopeful—to reach out to African-American voters. A handful of black leaders in Louisville have said that's a good sign given Paul's rising prominence in national politics.

But DC Vote is once again calling out Paul's libertarian and small-government message, comparing it to his obstruction of the D.C. Budget Autonomy Act last year.

In 2012, the mayor of D.C. and others urged lawmakers to approve the measure to give local residents the authority to spend tax dollars without Congressional oversight. Paul introduced several amendments to the bill, however, which sought to change the city’s gun, abortion and labor laws.

From DC Vote:

Think about that for a moment: Rand Paul, of all people, used a DC budget autonomy bill that would allow D.C. to spend money it raises from its own population so he can impose his causes on people that have no vote in Congress.

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Local News
10:47 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

U of L Falls to UConn in Women's NCAA Title Game

A community celebration for both U of L teams will be held today (Wed) at the KFC Yum Center.   The University of Louisville women’s basketball team’s run toward an NCAA championship has ended with their defeat in the title game.

The fifth-seeded Cardinals fell to top seed Connecticut  93-60 tonight in New Orleans.

U of L got off to an early lead but couldn’t hold off the Huskies for long, trailing by 19 points at halftime.

UConn won its eighth national title, tying Tennessee for the most women’s championships.

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Environment
6:55 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

McConnell Says EPA Nominee Will Foster "Radical Anti-Coal Jobs Agenda"

McConnell meets with EPA Administrator nominee Gina McCarthy in his office on Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Sen. Mitch McConnell's office

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's already been in the news a few times today, but here's one more story from an environmental perspective: McConnell says President Obama's nominee for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator will be detrimental to Kentucky's coal industry.

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Politics
3:47 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

McConnell Accuses Progress Kentucky of Bugging Campaign HQ, Spokesman Backpedals

Senator Mitch McConnell
Credit Kenny Colston / Kentucky Public Radio

Speaking to reporters in Washington, D.C., Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell blamed the liberal Super PAC Progress Kentucky of bugging his campaign offices.

On Tuesday, Mother Jones released a recording of a private meeting between McConnell and his campaign aides discussing attacks on potential challengers, including actress Ashley Judd's struggles with depression.

The McConnell campaign has said it contacted the FBI and U.S. Attorney to look into charges of eavesdropping. But McConnell went further during a press conference and alluded to Progress, which attacked the ethnicity of the GOP leader's wife in a series of Tweets earlier this year.

"As you know last month my wife’s ethnicity was attacked by a left-wing group in Kentucky and then apparently they also bugged my headquarters. So I think that pretty well sums up the way the political left is operating in Kentucky," McConnell said.

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Politics
12:46 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Poll: McConnell in Close Races With Potential Opponents

Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

A new poll shows Sen. Mitch McConnell with a precarious lead over potential Democratic challengers.

The survey from Public Policy Polling shows McConnell with a four point lead over Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes—45 to 41—and a five point lead over former Congressman Ben Chandler.

Despite the leads, McConnell polls below the 50 percent mark in both races. And it shows he only has an 11 point lead over contractor Ed Marksberry, 46 to 35. 

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Local News
12:23 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

What The Louisville Cardinals' Championship Celebration Looked and Sounded Like

Credit joseph Lord/WFPL

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team are now national champions, and the women's team vies for the national title tonight against UConn. Authorities are once again planning to have extra police in the popular gathering places for fans, just in case a celebration is warranted.

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Arts and Humanities
11:10 am
Tue April 9, 2013

'Wild Card' Exhibit Mines Sports, Gender, Rites of Passage

"The Wish," Michael Combs.
Credit 21C Museum Hotel

A new 15-year survey of artist Michael Combs' work is open at 21C Museum. Combs draws on his Long Island family’s long history as expert outdoorsmen and decoy carvers in his playful mixed-media explorations of gender identity, rites of passage and cultural myths. This is the first retrospective for Combs, who has shown his work throughout the United States and abroad.

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Politics
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...

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

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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