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6:27 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Traffic Restrictions Planned for Possible Final Four Celebrations

Police plan to institute no stopping or parking restrictions on streets near the University of Louisville and west Louisville on Sunday and possibly Monday because of the potential for celebrations after the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team's Final Four game(s), Metro Police said.

No parking or stopping restrictions will be in effect from 7 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday on:

Third Street from Bloom to Eastern Parkway and Cardinal to Brandeis

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Local News
5:10 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Louisville Cardinals' Kevin Ware: 'Our Goals are Still the Same'

Kevin Ware and his mother, Lisa Junior.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

Days after he broke his leg on a nationally televised Elite Eight game, Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware said his focus is on seeing his team head to the Final Four—and win a national title.

Ware also described what happened with 6:33 to go in the first half of Sunday's game against the Duke Blue Devils as he was sprawled on the court.

He'd been through a similar play when Louisville played Duke earlier in the season. But this time, Ware said, he landed the wrong way.

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Environment
5:08 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Eastern Kentucky Coal Production Hits Lowest Level Since 1965

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New data from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet shows that coal production is down in Eastern Kentucky from previous years, and the region’s workforce is suffering.

Coal production dropped more than 27 percent from 2011 to 2012 in Eastern Kentucky. This is the lowest production has been in the region since 1965. And as expected, coal mine employment fell in Eastern Kentucky too, by nearly 30 percent from the 2011 levels.

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Education
4:44 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Indiana House Committee Passes Bill Mandating Guns in Schools

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Indiana could become one of the first states to require an armed official in every public school in the state.

Indiana’s House Education Committee has amended and passed a bill—Senate Bill 1—that would require public schools to hire and train a school official to protect students with a firearm, but some lawmakers say the bill is too vague and would not benefit students.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer Closes Fuel Testing Lab Started by Richie Farmer

James Comer
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An expensive fuel lab run by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is being shut down to save the state money. 

The lab was meant to test the quality of fuel from pumps across the state. It was the brainchild of former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who promised other states would eventually sign contracts with the lab and generate significant revenue.

Those contracts never materialized—and so far and the lab has been a money guzzler.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer to Announce Re-Election Intentions This Month

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is preparing to announce whether he will seek a second term or not.

In December, Fischer balked at questions on running for re-election in 2014. At the time, there were rumors he was considering a bid for Kentucky's U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

Fischer told WFPL earlier this year he wasn’t interested in challenging McConnell and was leaning towards running for a second term as mayor. He initially said a decision would be announced this summer, but now he says he’s moved the announcement up to this month.

"We’ll be making an announcement on that sometime in April, but I’m in the final stages of making that decision," he says.

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Politics
1:38 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Polls Show Rand Paul Gaining Strength for 2016 After Filibuster, Policy Speeches

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Two national polls released this week show Kentucky Senator Rand Paul neck and neck with many other potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates.

Both Quinnipiac and Public Policy Polling released surveys Wednesday showing Paul in second or third place in the early GOP primary field. 

Paul clocks in at 15 percent in the Quinnipiac poll, behind former vice presidential nominee and Congressman Paul Ryan at 17 percent, and fellow Republican Senator Marco Rubio at 19 percent.  

The PPP survey has Paul making a bigger leap since their previous presidential poll. Paul has 17 percent of primary voters in the PPP poll, with Rubio at 21 percent.

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Local News
1:21 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Louisville, Cincinnati Boats Face Off In 51st Great Steam Boat Race

Winner of the Great Steam Boat Race receives this pair of antlers.

This year's 51st annual Great Steamboat Race--part of the Kentucky Derby Festival--will continue using a points system developed in previous years to determine the winner. 

Last year, three boats raced, but Derby Festival president Mike Berry says that’s only happened a few times in the race’s history.

This year only the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati will compete. Berry says crews of the vessels will run around competing in ten different tasks like jousting, a music competition and—of course—boating around nearly 6 miles of Ohio River.

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Politics
1:02 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

MoveOn Urges Senator Joe Donnelly to Favor Gay Marriage

MoveOn is urging eight Democratic senators to support gay marriage
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U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana is one of eight Democrats being encouraged to support gay marriage in a petition being touted by MoveOn.org.

The activist group points out the "last eight" have yet to come out in support the marriage equality for all couples.

Earlier this week, Democratic Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania announced his support for gay marriage "after much deliberation."

MoveOn is circulating a number of petitions targeting Democratic senators from Arkansas, Florida, West Virginia, South Dakota, North Dakota, Louisiana and Delaware over the issue.

"Fifty-four percent of Hoosiers oppose a ban on gay marriage," says Indiana MoveOn member Edward Cherlin, who started the Donnelly petition. "We need you to stand up publicly to the bullies and bigots along with the majority of Hoosiers in support of our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and families."

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Politics
11:38 am
Wed April 3, 2013

For First Time, Kentucky Supreme Court Has 3 Women Justices

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle M. Keller
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In a historic appointment, Governor Steve Beshear has named Court of Appeals Judge Michelle M. Keller of Fort Mitchell to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The appointment increases the number of women on the state's highest court to three. It is the first time the state Supreme Court has had three female justices on the bench.

Keller replaces Justice Wil Schroder, who resigned January 17 due to health reasons.

In a statement, Keller says her appointment is bittersweet.

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