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11:03 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly Reverses Position on Gay Marriage

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Following a number of Democrats, freshman Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana says he now supports marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

The Friday announcement comes days after other Democratic senators such as Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Tom Carper of Delaware came out in support of gay marriage. Fellow freshman Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota also said she now favors same-sex unions.

A petition launched by MoveOn.org this week urged Donnelly to rethink his views, and just last week a spokesperson told WFPL the Indiana Democrat was steadfast that such unions were reserved for a man and a woman only.

From Donnelly's Facebook page:

"In recent years, our country has been involved in an important discussion on the issue of marriage equality. While serving in the House of Representatives, I had the opportunity to act on a core belief of mine: we are a stronger country when we draw on the strengths of all Americans. I voted to repeal ‘don't ask, don't tell’ and was an original supporter of the bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone in the workplace because of their sexual orientation.

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Local News
10:53 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Byline Today: Louisville Cardinals' Jeff Walz, Coal Declines and More

The Louisville Cardinals women's and men's basketball teams play this weekend in the Final Four—meanwhile coal is declining and an exhibit in Louisville focuses on the Transatlantic slave trade. Hear about these topics and more this afternoon on Byline.

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Local News
10:28 am
Fri April 5, 2013

ESPN: Rick Pitino to Join Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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Louisville Cardinals men's basketball coach Rick Pitino will join the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, joining his predecessor Denny Crum, ESPN is reporting.

The announcement for the 2013 Hall of Fame class will be made Monday, ESPN added.

Pitino was nominated in 2012 but was not elected.

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Local News
9:10 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Seven Counties Services Files for Bankruptcy

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Seven Counties Services officials say the organization filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday, threatening the services of more than 32,000 in the region.

In a release sent out by Seven Counties, officials say the organization is "seeking relief from the burden of unsustainable mandatory employer contribution rates imposed by the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS)."

Further, officials say the laws passed this legislative session "did nothing to address the financial burden placed on non-governmental entities like Seven Counties that participate in KERS."

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Environment
7:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Thinking About Burning A Couch if the Louisville Cardinals Win? Don't.

Couch burning in Morgantown, W.Va.
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The University of Louisville’s men’s basketball team will play Saturday in the Final Four, and Metro Police are warning fans to celebrate without lighting couches on fire, as fans are sometimes wont to do.

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Local News
6:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Who is Wichita State and How May the Shockers Beat the Louisville Cardinals?

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The Louisville Cardinals play the Wichita State Shockers on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament national semi-final, begging a question—who is Wichita State, anyway?

They're not a renown powerhouse like the other Final Four teams, Louisville, Syracuse and Michigan, though the program did once appear in the Final Four. In 1965.

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Local News
4:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Should College Athletes Be Paid?

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On Wednesday, Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware spoke at news conference attended by every local media outlet and several national news outlets. They all were curious about Ware's right leg, which he broke in Sunday's Elite Eight game before a national televised audience.

Ware's injury was the news peg used by many writers to discuss how the NCAA treats its athletes. Among those was David Sirota, who wrote in Salon.com:

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Politics
7:26 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

BuzzFeed Ranks Jack Conway Second 'Hottest' Attorney General

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Kentucky Democrat Jack Conway is the second hottest attorney general in the country, according to BuzzFeed. 

How did this arbitrary and meaningless satirical list even come up, one may ask.

Well The Washington Post reported on Thursday President Obama diverged from his prepared remarks at fundraiser to praise California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

The president said: "She’s brilliant and she’s dedicated, she’s tough. She also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general."

"It’s true! C’mon," Obama added.

Not so, says the online news outlet that is known for viral cat videos as much as political reporting.

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Environment
5:37 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Kentucky Releases Revised Selenium Proposal, With Minimal Tweaks

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and environmental groups are still at odds over proposed changes to Kentucky’s water quality standard for a substance called selenium. The state released its revised proposal today.

Selenium is a naturally occurring element that is released into waterways during mountaintop removal mining.  Studies have found it's toxic to aquatic life, and high-level exposure has been linked to health problems in humans.

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Arts and Humanities
5:07 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

LVAA Adds $100 Art Sale to Annual Auction

Every year, the Louisville Visual Art Association partners with the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute to host a high-end art auction to raise funds for LVAA's children’s fine art classes and U of L's Mary Spence Nay Scholarship. This year, they're adding an art sale on the morning of the auction.

The By-Bye-Buy Art Sale begins at LVAA’s @PUBLIC Gallery, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. 

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