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3:56 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Local Gay Rights Leaders, Sports Commentators React to Jason Collins Coming Out

Credit Sports Illustrated

Louisville gay rights leaders are praising veteran NBA player Jason Collins publicly announcing that he is gay, but area sports commentators say the revelation will do little to change the game.

The 34-year-old Collins is a free agent who reveals his sexual orientation in the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated, which makes him the first active professional male athlete to disclose his homosexuality.

Collins cited the recent NBA lockout and his friendship with Demcoratic Congressman Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts as the reasons he came out.

From SI:

Why am I coming out now? Well, I started thinking about this in 2011 during the NBA player lockout. I'm a creature of routine. When the regular season ends I immediately dedicate myself to getting game ready for the opener of the next campaign in the fall. But the lockout wreaked havoc on my habits and forced me to confront who I really am and what I really want. With the season delayed, I trained and worked out. But I lacked the distraction that basketball had always provided.

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Arts and Humanities
3:08 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Arts Council Awards Grants for Senior Programs

The Kentucky Arts Council awarded more than $50,000 in grants to six organizations to provide “creative aging and lifelong learning” arts programs for Kentucky’s senior citizens.  The Arts Access Assistance grants were created last fall to support programming for specific underserved groups. The first fiscal year of funding will support programs for the state’s senior citizens.

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Arts and Humanities
2:58 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Some Pig: Death and Impermanence in Stage One's 'Charlotte's Web'

Julie Dingman Evans as Charlotte in Stage One Family Theatre's "Charlotte's Web." Set design by Karl Anderson.

Stage One Family Theatre’s production of Joseph Robinette's stage adaptation of E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" is now open at the Kentucky Center. This year is the 60th anniversary of “Charlotte’s Web” winning the Newbery Honor award for excellence in children’s literature. White's novel about a "radiant" pig and his barnyard friends remains one of the best-selling children’s books of all time. 

“Charlotte’s Web” is a fun and heartfelt play about talking animals, but its themes are deep – the inevitability of death runs through the story. 

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Politics
2:41 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Health Group Starts Ad Campaign in Support of Kentucky Medicaid Expansion

Steve Beshear
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

A leading health organization in Kentucky is putting the pressure on Gov. Steve Beshear to expand Medicaid services under the Affordable Care Act. 

Kentucky Voices for Health Executive Director Regan Hunt says her group is launching a two-week radio ad campaign pressure Beshear to expand Medicaid. The radio ad campaign will be partnered with a month long online ad campaign.

So far, the governor has delayed making a decision— although he seems to support the ideal, if fiscally possible.

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Education
1:40 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Today: WFPL News Special on Early Childhood Education in Jefferson County

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Jefferson County has nearly 700 childcare programs in operation, but officials say program quality varies widely. 

Also, state and federal funding cuts have recently left more Kentucky families without crucial subsidies to send their children to childcare.

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Local News
1:25 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Bob Baffert Won't Have a Horse in Derby Field

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For the first time since 2008, Bob Baffert won't saddle a Kentucky Derby horse.

The Hall of Fame trainer said Monday that Govenor Charlie would not run, nor would his other possibility, Code West.    Baffert said neither horse would have been competitive.

Govenor Charlie was 11th on the points leaderboard that determines the 20-horse field for the 1¼-mile race.   Code West was ranked 21st, but was likely to make the field.

Baffert hasn't sat out a Derby since 2007 and '08. He has won the race three times, but not since 2002.

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Local News
9:00 am
Mon April 29, 2013

R.G. Dunlop Joins Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

The first reporter hired to the new Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has more than 30 years of experience covering issues in Louisville and other parts of Kentucky.

R. G. Dunlop previously wrote for The Courier-Journal, serving in roles including state enterprise reporter, legal affairs reporter and city editor. Since joining The C-J in 1977, Dunlop has worked on two teams that won the George Polk Award and on three teams that were Pulitzer Prize finalists. He's reported on topics ranging from prescription drug abuse to the corruption in politics.

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Politics
7:01 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell Running for Re-Election

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell
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Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell will seek a second term in office.

The 64-year-old O’Connell is a Democrat who was first appointed to the position by former Mayor Jerry Abramson in 2008. He was elected to serve a full term two years later after defeating Republican Michael Wilson.

The county attorney’s office is responsible for representing the legal interests of Metro government and prosecuting Jefferson County District Court cases. It also covers issues such as child support collection and DUI cases.

O'Connell says since merger it has taken on additional roles and a greater responsibility has come with the office.

"I think it’s a great, important office that does so much important work for the citizens of this community both on the criminal justice side and on the civil side for all the work we do for Metro government. And since the merger it’s just become an office that has so many facets to it," he says.

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Education
6:46 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Kentucky Charter Schools Movement May Get Bump From Carl Rollins' Resignation, Advocate Says

Carl Rollins
Credit Legislative Research Commission

A leading Kentucky charter schools advocate says he’s hopeful the state House leadership will choose a new chairman for the House education committee who is open to charter schools.

The chairmanship became vacant last week when Democratic state Rep. Carl Rollins resigned to lead the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation.

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Local News
7:16 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Two Southern Indiana Landmarks on Endangered List

Old Clarksville Site
Indiana Landmarks

Two southern Indiana sites are on the latest list of the state’s Most Endangered Places, compiled by the preservation group Indiana Landmarks.   

One of the places, the Old Clarksville Site, is a holdover from last year.

The nearly 300 acre site along the Ohio River includes remnants of pre-historic settlements, and the spot where Lewis and Clark launched their expedition of the western U.S. in 1803.

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