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9:49 am
Mon March 25, 2013

LG&E, Division of Wildlife Launch Live Web Stream of Peregrine Falcons Nesting at Power Plant

A peregrine falcon at the Louisville Zoo.
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Like watching live streamed videos of animals while you're at work? The Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife and Louisville Gas and Electric have launched a webcam for the public to view a pair of peregrine falcons which are nesting at LG&E's Mill Creek power plant.

There's not a lot of action in the nesting box right now, but there are five eggs which are expected to hatch sometime this week. Here are some archived videos.

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Education
9:30 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Kentucky College Student's Financial Aid Needs Rise, Funding Stays the Same

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Officials with the agency overseeing Kentucky’s college financial aid expect to figure out how many students will be receiving benefits in the next week.

The state doles out around $100 million in financial aid annually, but that money is on a first come first served basis.

Erin Klarer is with the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. She says more people are understanding the importance of higher education.

“But at the same time there’s a lot more demand and the dollars haven’t been increasing at the same rate," she says.

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Politics
8:30 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Councilman Ken Fleming to Fund Local Option Sales Tax Study

Councilman Ken Fleming, R-7
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Louisville Metro Councilman Ken Fleming, R-7, is sponsoring a $25,000 study on the economic impact of raising the state sales tax in the city.

Mayor Greg Fischer has been lobbying residents and state lawmakers to support a local option sales tax to raise revenue for special projects.

The plan would allow local voters to accept or reject raising the sales tax, which proponents say could generate around $90 million annually.

But Fleming says the city hasn’t examined its current tax structure and officials don’t know how an increase would burden residents.

"We really don’t have a benchmark or a good analysis on the taxes and how it affects individuals, and this study I’m anticipating will gives us a clear understanding of the tax implications. It can be used for future analysis or reviews of any type of taxes that might come up," he says.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul: Use Foreign Aid Funds to Pay for Bridges

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is proposing an amendment to the budget that would cut back on the nation's foreign assistance in order to fund construction and repair of the country's bridges.

Echoing President Obama's warning in his State of the Union address about the nation's failing infrastructure, Sen. Paul is calling on the Senate to provide more funding to fix structures like the Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky.

"While we are trying in vain to nation-build across the globe, our nation is crumbling here at home," Paul said. 

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Kentucky Lottery Approves Online Sales, New Keno Game

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The Kentucky Lottery Corporation is moving ahead with a new Keno game and online lottery sales after unanimously approval from its board. 

The board approved the new games with the hopes they would generate $85 million a year by 2023.

State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach spearheaded the effort to expand to Keno and online as a way to help generate more revenue for the state.

He says it will take roughly a year for full implementation of the games.

"So you're probably not going to see anything of any significance until 2014. It takes a little while," he said.

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Arts and Humanities
6:31 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

An Audience of One: Playwright Mallery Avidon on Writing for Herself

Rebecca Hart in "O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you."
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Playwright Mallery Avidon mines her unconventional childhood for her new play, “O Guru Guru Guru, or why I don't want to go to yoga class with you.”

"Part of that unconventional upbringing has to do with the ashram that Elizabeth Gilbert goes to in the book 'Eat Pray Love,' that Julia Roberts goes to in the movie 'Eat Pray Love.' The play is an investigation of the way that unconventional spirituality affected my life," says Avidon.

Local News
6:11 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Kentucky Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman's Car Damaged, Defaced With Swastika

On Saturday night, some 300 people gathered at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville for the annual ACLU-KY/Fairness Dinner. Things got ugly after the festivities concluded.

Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman left at about 11:30 p.m. and discovered that his car parked near the Ali Center had been sideswiped while parked on the street—the mirror damaged, the side dented and scratched. He called Louisville Metro Police to file an accident report.

Officers noticed more.

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Local News
4:56 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

U of L, UK Advance in Women's NCAA; U of L Men to Face Oregon Friday; IU vs Syracuse Thursday

The Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats are both off to a winning start in the women’s NCAA basketball tournament.

The fifth-seeded Cardinals defeated Middle Tennessee State 74-49 Sunday, while number two seed Kentucky beat Navy 61-41.

U of L will face Purdue Tuesday in second round play at the KFC Yum Center.   Kentucky takes on Dayton Tuesday in Queens, New York.   Both games tip off at 7:00pm.

In the men’s tournament, the Louisville Cardinals return to action this week.

U of L faces Oregon Friday in Indianapolis.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun March 24, 2013

What We're Reading | 3.24.13

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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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Local News
6:49 am
Sun March 24, 2013

University of Kentucky Professor Asks: Are Men Doing Their Fair Share at Home?

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Earlier this month, Alexandra Bradner—a University of Kentucky philosophy professor—caused an Internet stir when The Atlantic Monthly's website published her piece, Some Theories on Why Men Don't do as Many Household Tasks.

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