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7:40 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Orb is the Early Favorite in 20-Horse Kentucky Derby Field

Trainer Shug McGaughey
Rick Howlett

The post positions are set for Saturday’s running  of the Kentucky Derby.

Orb has been made the early 7-2 favorite for the Derby and a full field of 20 horses.

Trained by Shug McGaughey, Orb drew the No. 16 post on Wednesday. Four horses have won from there, most recently Animal Kingdom two years ago. McGaughey is in racing's Hall of Fame, but the 62-year-old trainer has yet to win the Derby in six previous tries.    He says he's happy with the post position draw. 

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Environment
5:31 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Listen: Michael Pollan Visits WFPL to Talk Food and Cooking

Gabe Bullard

Food journalist Michael Pollan says we should cook. That's the thesis he outlines in his latest book--the appropriately titled Cooked. Pollan visited the WFPL studios earlier today for a news special.

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Local News
5:02 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Louisville Metro Council Court to Discuss Shanklin's Removal Trial Schedule This Month

Barbara Shanklin
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The Louisville Metro Council Court will convene this month to schedule embattled councilwoman Barbara Shanklin’s removal trial.

The city Ethics Commission recently found Shanklin guilty of violating several provisions of the city’s ethics code, including signing checks that went to a neighborhood organization she oversaw, and not fully disclosing her role in that organization.

The commission recommended the council remove her from office.

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Politics
4:04 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

State Rep. Warns African-Americans to Avoid Fourth Street Live Until Osborne Case Settled

State Rep. Darryln Owens, D-Louisville, says he tries to avoid Fourth Street Live

A Kentucky lawmaker is questioning if African-Americans should continue to patronize Fourth Street Live in the wake of a former University of Louisville basketball player’s arrest.

As WFPL reported this week, 38-year-old Jason Osborne was arrested by Metro Police on Sunday outside of Sully's restaurant. He has been charged with criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, and a hearing is scheduled for May 24.

Osborne is a former Mr. Basketball who played for the Louisville Cardinals in the early 1990s.

Several African-American elected officials from the Metro Council and General Assembly were present at Osborne’s arraignment, and at least one lawmaker is now telling black residents to avoid the entertainment district until these mattes are settled.

"All of us have received complaints of perceived harassment and disrespect at Fourth Street Live. I might go down for lunch during the day, but I don’t go down there after 5 o’clock. You run a risk," says state Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville. "The record is clear and my mama told me where there’s smoke there is fire. There’s a whole lot of smoke coming out of Fourth Street Live as it relates to African-Americans."

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Local News
3:48 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Kentucky Ranks 47th in Bicycle Friendliness

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A national bicycling advocacy group has ranked the 50 states for cyclist friendliness.

Their determination: Kentucky is not so bicycle-friendly. 

Kentucky ranked 47th in the U.S., according to the League of American Bicyclists. 

That's better than North Dakota, Alabama and New Mexico. (And worse than the rest.)

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Local News
2:35 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Court Challenge to Indiana Abortion Pill Law 'Very Likely'

Planned Parenthood officials say they anticipate a court challenge to a bill signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence today that tightens the state's regulations on distribution of the abortion pill.

The bill  cleared the Republican-controlled legislature last month. The new law will also require clinics that provide only drug-induced abortions to meet the same standards as clinics that perform surgical abortions.

Pence says the new law will ensure that the abortion pill is given under proper medical care.

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Local News
1:11 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Kentucky Derby Post Draw is This Afternoon; Albarado to Ride Golden Soul

A full field of 20 horses is expected for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

The Derby post positions will be drawn later today.

An unexpected addition to the field was announced yesterday when the owners of Giant Finish announced that he would run.

Giant Finish has enough points in the new Derby qualifying system to take the 20th spot in the field, bumping Fear the Kitten from the list of 20 starters.   Fear the Kitten could get into the race if there's  a scratch.  

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Local News
11:38 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Jason Osborne's Arrest at Fourth Street Live Sparks Black Leaders' Concerns About Discrimination

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Several African-American lawmakers are concerned about a potential "pattern of discrimination" at Fourth Street Live after a former Louisville Cardinals basketball star was arrested at the entertainment district.

Jason Osborne, 38, was arrested Sunday night on Muhammad Ali Boulevard at Fourth Street Live after an altercation at Sully's with security, an arrest report says. Another person, Jacquelynn N. Russell, 32, arrested at the entertainment district. Charges for both include  criminal trespassing and resisting arrest.

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Environment
10:57 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Today: Michael Pollan on a WFPL News Special

Fran Collin

Food journalist Michael Pollan has been writing about what and how we eat for the past decade in books like The Botany of Desire, In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma.

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Environment
8:01 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Report: More Than 5,000 Childrens' Products Contain Toxic Chemicals

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New data from popular toy and children’s clothing manufacturers submitted to Washington State shows that more than 5,000 of them contain traces of at least one toxic chemical. These products are sold by national manufacturers that also operate in Kentucky.

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