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7:13 am
Sun March 31, 2013

What We're Reading | 3.31.2013

Gabe at the former Centroid.
Credit Linda Golden

Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Education
7:00 am
Sun March 31, 2013

Why Louisville Students Drop Out of School, Told First Hand

Credit Creative Commons

Over the past month, WFPL has aired personal narratives from young adults who dropped out of the public school system. 

The series is part of The Next Louisville education project and attempts to shed light on the stories behind the statistics and data media often report. 

The conversations below show the complexity of student lives and why people often associate education within the context of a community. Please take a moment to listen to or share the stories below.

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Politics
10:50 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Noise and Notes: Stop Ignoring West Louisville

Louisville Magazine's cover story on the West End
Credit louisville.com

Stop ignoring the West End!

At least that’s the message from a recent Louisville Magazine cover story about the nine neighborhoods encompassing west Louisville.

The 38-page exposé tells the community's history, and also outlined the current disparities in income, property values and education levels. Many know anecdotally about the so-called Ninth Street Divide, but the stark realities when compared to the East End is eye-opening.

Statistics show residents in east Louisville make three times more and seven times as many have a bachelor's degree or higher than their West End counterparts.

It's a bleak picture of the predominately African-American part of the city, which is increasingly isolated.

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Local News
2:30 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

UK Reaches Elite Eight in Women's NCAA Tournament

For the third time in four years, the Kentucky Wildcats have advanced to the Elite Eight round of the women’s NCAA basketball tournament.

Second-seeded UK defeated number six seed Delaware 69-62 today in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The Wildcats will face top-seeded Connecticut Monday for a trip to the Final Four.

Jennifer O’Neill led Kentucky with 19 points;  A’dia Mathies added 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Local News
12:26 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Report: WKU Moving to Conference USA

Conference USA is returning in all sports to Kentucky.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will begin playing in 2014 in Conference USA, the league the Louisville Cardinals were an inaugural member but left in 2005 for the Big East, the Bowling Green Daily News reports.

WKU has been a member of the Sun Belt Conference since 1982. 

The Daily News reports that the decision could be announced as early as Monday. 

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Strange Fruit: SCOTUS Takes on Marriage Equality; Filmmaker Byron Hurt on 'Soul Food Junkies'

  

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two marriage equality cases. The Prop 8 case is a constitutional challenge to California's ban on same-sex marriage. The justices seem divided on the issue and there are even hints the case could get thrown out on standing. Tuesday's arguments brought us gems like whether gay marriage is newer than cell phones, whether it's harmful to children, and whether couples older than 55 should be able to marry even if they can't procreate.

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Local News
9:45 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Louisville Cards Advance to NCAA Elite Eight

Russ Smith matched his career high with 31 points to lead three Cardinals in double figures, and top-seeded Louisville overcame its toughest test yet in a 77-69 victory over Oregon on Friday night in the men's NCAA tournament.

Kevin Ware added 11 and Gorgui Dieng had 10 points and nine rebounds for Louisville, which has now won 13 straight.

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Local News
3:56 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Louisville Schedules Public Forum to Discuss Abandoned, Vacant Properties

Louisville officials will hold the first monthly public forum in April to discuss the city’s vacant and abandoned property issues at which time they'll show the community its new system designed to track data.

The city has been developing a data system called VAPStat (Vacant and Abandoned Properties Statistics)--like the city's LouieStat system that tracks other city data--that will assess how Metro Government is addressing the city’s vacant and abandoned properties.

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Local News
3:44 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Byline | Frankfort Acts; Who Will Run Against McConnell?; Day Cares Cited and More

Here are the topics covered this hour on Byline (full audio available below):

At the top - Five members of the Louisville Metro Council announced they will begin proceedings to remove Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin from office over ethics violations. We discuss the latest with WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey and Devin Katayama.

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Local News
3:29 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Pitino 'Having a Blast' as Cards Resume Tournament Run

WFPL file photo/Rick Howlett

The Louisville Cardinals will try to keep their Final Four hopes alive tonight with a victory over Oregon in the men’s NCAA tournament.

Top-seeded U of L will take on the Ducks in a Midwest Region semifinal in Indianapolis.

Last year, coach Rick Pitino led the Cards to their first Final Four appearance in seven years, losing to Kentucky in the national semifinal. If U of L gets by Oregon, the Cards will face either Duke or Michigan State for a shot at their second straight Final Four berth.

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