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10:31 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Noise and Notes: The Decadent and Depraved Politics of Derby Weekend

By now we know who won the 139th Kentucky Derby, but there are still questions about other political horse races.

At this point Republican Mitch McConnell does have one official opponent—Owensboro Democrat Ed Marksberry—who is a little known contender in the 2014 U.S. Senate race.

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Local News
6:41 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Orb Wins Kentucky Derby 139

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Running on a slopping Churchill Downs track, Orb beat 18 other horses to win Kentucky Derby 139.

Orb, ridden by Joel Rosario, started the race as the 5-1 favorite and caught up to the leaders as they approached the finish line.

Golden Soul placed and Revolutionary finished third. Orb was the early favorite after Wednesday's post position draw.

Orb gives veteran trainer Shug McGaughey his first Derby winner.

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Strange Fruit
11:38 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Strange Fruit: What's Going on with Fourth Street Live and Jason Osborne?

This week, former Louisville Cardinals basketball player Jason Osborne was arrested after an incident at Fourth Street Live—which led to concern from Louisville's African-American leaders about discrimination at the downtown entertainment district. WFPL reporter Devin Katayama joins the Strange Fruit team to talk about what happened and past issues at Fourth Street Live.

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Local News
11:00 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Frank X Walker on Black Jockeys From Isaac Murphy to Kevin Krigger

In today's Kentucky Derby, jockey Kevin Krigger will have a chance to become the first African-American jockey to win the Derby since 1902. African-American jockeys were dominant in the Derby's formative years. Most of the jockeys in the first Derby were black, including the winner.

One of the most legendary African-American jockeys was Isaac Murphy. Murphy rode to victory in three Kentucky Derby races and is considered one of the best jockeys of all time. Murphy is the subject of a collection of poems by Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker.

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Local News
6:15 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Princess of Sylmar Wins The Kentucky Oaks

Princess of Sylmar is the 2013 Kentucky Oaks champion.

With jockey Mike Smith aboard, the longshot filly surged down the stretch to win the race, overtaking second place finisher Beholder and Unlimited Budget, who came in third.

Princess of Sylmar was one of four Todd Pletcher-trained horses in the Oaks.

The morning line favorite, Dreaming of Julia, finished fourth after recovering from a rough start.

Education
3:11 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

ACT Testing Resumes Next Week for Several Kentucky Schools

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Kentucky Department of Education officials say problems with the company contracted to administer one of the state’s standardized tests online have been fixed and testing will resume on Monday.

This week several states experienced problems with three separate companies contracted to administer standardized tests.

All issues were related to online testing.

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Local News
3:07 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Maker's Mark Sales Grew 44% In Quarter With 42% Controversy

A Maker's Mark bottle with the 42% alcohol by volume level.
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Maker's Mark had something to cheer from the first three months of 2013, despite weathering intense criticism for tinkering with its bourbon.

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Environment
12:58 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

MSD Reports 24,000 Gallons of Sewage Released into Beargrass Creek During Malfunction

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About 24,000 gallons of untreated sewage was released this morning into the South Fork of Beargrass Creek.

The Metropolitan Sewer District reported a blockage in the sewer line around 11:00am. The waste would normally been diverted to the treatment plant, but the obstruction allowed the sewage to back up and rise over the dam around where Beargrass Creek crosses Lexington Road and Baxter Avenue.

The problem was fixed after about an hour and a half, but it’s recommended that the public avoid contact with the water for the next 48 hours.

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Local News
12:23 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Rain is Likely on Kentucky Derby Day (It's Rained on 46% of Them)

A trash can from a past Kentucky Derby infield.
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Update: The National Weather Service on Saturday morning says showers are still likely on Kentucky Derby day—mostly after 2 p.m. There's a 60-percent chance of showers during the day and an 80-percent chance of showers Saturday evening. The high temperature is expected to be near 64 degrees.

Earlier: Heading to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday? Be prepared to be rained on.

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Politics
12:03 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Mitch McConnell Releases New Ad Celebrating Kentucky Derby

Senator Mitch McConnell
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In a new online ad, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says the annual Kentucky Derby demonstrates the focus and determination of the state he represents.

The spot is being released on the eve of the Triple Crown and is narrated by the GOP leader, who compares the horse race to the spirit of Kentuckians.

"The twin spires of Churchill Downs host the world's finest horses. But it's a race where the horses tell us as much about a people as they do about themselves. If you listen closely, you can hear the story of Kentucky in the thunder of their hooves. Each stride reflects the focus of a people determined to succeed," says McConnell.

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McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton says it is the latest example their "commitment to being the most innovative Senate campaign in history."

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