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7:00 am
Sun March 10, 2013

Media Critic | Why TV News Emphasizes Crimes and How It Shapes Louisville's Perceptions

James Miller
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In my previous column I asked why local TV news spent so much time covering crime stories. One reason could be that Louisville has an unusual amount of crime, but as I showed, that’s not the case. Another reason could be that crime stories are very easy for TV news to cover.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Strange Fruit: Reverend Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard on Faith and Fairness

Our friend Reverend Bojangles Blanchard is always up to something. On any given day, he could be getting ordained, arrested, or interviewed on MSNBC. But this week, the leader of True Colors Ministry took some time out of his busy activist life to stop by the studio and catch us up on the latest. 

  He'll be marching at the State Capitol on March 26th in support of marriage equality.  We spoke with the good Reverend about the event he has planned, why faith remains important in LGBTQ life, and the fine line between paying homage to civil rights leaders of the past and co-opting their tactics and images.

And in this week's Juicy Fruit segment, a look at Kevin Hart's Pope Quvenzhané Wallis sketch on Saturday Night Live lead to a discussion of drag used by heterosexual male comedians—when it's respectful, and when it's not. We also looked into reports that Dr. Story's home state of Michigan has been keeping records of confidential HIV testing results, and possibly using the results to criminally prosecute gay men for having sex.

Local News
5:52 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Janice Sevre-Duszynska, Excommunicated Woman Bishop from Kentucky, Detained After Vatican Protest

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An excommunicated woman bishop from Kentucky has been detained by Vatican officials for protesting the lack of women voices in the church as it prepares to select a new pope. 

Janice Sevre-Duszynska is one 150 women priests in the world who are not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church.

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Local News
4:56 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

College Basketball: U of L vs Notre Dame; UK hosts Florida; IU at Michigan

In college basketball, the Louisville Cardinals return to action tomorrow for an eagerly awaited rematch with Notre Dame.

The Irish beat the Cardinals in five overtimes last month in South Bend.

This is the Cards regular season finale and, and coach Rick Pitino says it’s probably the most important home game of his 12 seasons in Louisville.

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Politics
4:35 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Calls for Senator Mitch McConnell to End Brinksmanship on Sequestration

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth
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Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth is calling on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to end the brinksmanship, and work with President Obama and Democrats to end the automatic spending cuts.

In Kentucky, the so-called sequestration is expected to have the biggest impact on nutrition and education programs as well as enforcing environmental regulations.

For example, a White House study estimates the cuts will take about 1,100 children off of Head Start in Kentucky. The state is also set to lose $2.1 million for water and air quality protections.

Beyond those cuts, opponents argue the sequester could drag down the economic recovery and hurt job growth.

Yarmuth criticized McConnell for calling the proposed cuts "modest" and says the GOP leader needs to take responsibility  or his role in the failed negotiations.

"I don’t think that the people of Kentucky or the country appreciate what the sequester is going to do for them. I would hope Sen. McConnell would reconsider and provide some leadership here instead of playing politics once again," Yarmuth said during a conference call organized by the Democratic National Committee.

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Local News
3:04 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Industrial Hemp; Dropping Out of School; Religious Exemptions; Hoops News: Today on Byline

Here is our Byline rundown for 3/8/13 (full audio link below)

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Politics
2:07 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Beshear, Legislative Leaders Meet to Break Impasse on Kentucky Pension Reform

Steve Beshear
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FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear has concluded a meeting with a bipartisan group of legislative leaders without breaking an impasse on pension reform legislation.

The Democratic-controlled House and Republican-led Senate have been at loggerheads on how to shore up the financially troubled pension plans for state and local government retirees.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo called the Friday morning meeting a first step. He's said everyone involved wants to resolve the issue now to avoid the cost of a special legislative session later.

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Politics
11:53 am
Fri March 8, 2013

NRSC Slams Ashley Judd's Residency, Questions Kentucky Roots

Republicans Attack Judd's residency
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The National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee is mocking actress Ashley Judd's lack of residency in Kentucky as she considers a bid against Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.

In the faux fundraising e-mail, the NRSC asks potential donors to help Judd find a place to live in the Bluegrass state.

"Ashley Judd needs your help. Despite the fact that she lives in Tennessee, Judd desperately wants to run for Senate in neighboring Kentucky," the e-mail reads. "I know what you're thinking: how can a person who has said 'Tennessee is home,' that San Francisco is 'my American city home' and that she 'winters in Scotland' run for Senate in Kentucky?"

Judd being a Tennessee resident and delegate at the 2012 Democratic National Convention has been a consistent point of attack for Republicans . Last month, Karl Rove's super PAC American Crossroads released an ad that pummeled her with that point, among other things.

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Local News
11:50 am
Fri March 8, 2013

College Students get Lost Hiking in Eastern Kentucky, Found Safe

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WHITESBURG, Ky.  — Officials say 40 Pennsylvania college students on a mission trip to Appalachia had to be rescued from a mountain in Kentucky after they got lost while hiking.

John Caroulis, a spokesman for La Salle University in Philadelphia, says one student remained in the hospital Friday morning as a precaution, but the rest of the group was released. All are expected to return as scheduled Saturday.

Caroulis says the students were spending their spring break in Kentucky with Habitat for Humanity.

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Local News
10:30 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Byline Today: Controversial 'Religious Freedom' Bill, Dropping Out of School and March Madness

The Kentucky state Senate approves a controversial "religious freedom" bill, the push for hemp hits a snag and college basketball is on the cusp of March Madness—these topics and more will be discussed today on Byline.

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