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Environment
5:21 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Kentucky Will Develop New Strategy to Reduce Nutrient Pollution

Kentucky regulators say the state will develop a more comprehensive strategy for controlling nutrient water pollution, which commonly comes from sources like sewage treatment plants and agricultural runoff. Regulators from a dozen states and five federal agencies met in Louisville today to discuss the pollution, and how it contributes to hypoxia.

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Education
4:48 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Tuition Capped at 3 Percent for Kentucky Public Universities

FRANKFORT — The Council on Postsecondary Education has capped tuition increases at public colleges and universities at 3 percent.

The cap applies to in-state undergraduate students for the upcoming school year.

A statement from the council says it is the smallest average tuition increase for Kentucky public institutions in more than a decade.

Council President Bob King said the board felt that tuition increases should be kept "as minimal as possible" given the "challenging economic environment" that students are facing.

Politics
4:33 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Bill to Hasten Start of Indiana Online Sales Tax Collection Stalls in State Senate

Republican state senators in Indiana have blocked a vote on a bill that would force Amazon.com and some other online-only retailers to start collecting Indiana's seven percent sales tax this summer.

The bill, which had cleared the House by a wide margin, was scheduled for a Senate vote Thursday until the Senate Republican caucus decided to have the measure pulled for more negotiations.

The bill would require Amazon to start online sales tax collection in July, six months earlier than under a deal that former Gov. Mitch Daniels brokered with the company last year.

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Local News
3:56 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Coolers, Big Purses Added to List of Banned Items for Kentucky Derby and Oaks

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Churchill Downs is revising the items people can bring into the racetrack during the Kentucky Derby and Oaks because of security concerns raised from Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.

Added to the list of banned items are coolers, fireworks, noisemakers, laser lights/pointers, mace/pepper spray and purses larger than a foot in any dimension. You'll be able to buy a Styrofoam cooler and ice at the track at "comparable" prices to retailers, Churchill Downs says.

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Local News
3:10 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Nighttime Storm May Bring Damaging Winds, National Weather Service Says

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Louisville may be hit with damaging winds and isolated tornadoes late Thursday.

Storms are expected in Louisville between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Friday, said Brian Schoettmer, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Louisville.

The greatest threat is strong wind—wind gusts may reach 70 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said. Louisville is already under a wind advisory effective until 2 a.m. Friday.

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Local News
11:37 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence, Rand Paul Among Time's 'Most Influential'

Jennifer Lawrence
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Time magazine has issued its 100 "most influential people in the world" with two Kentuckians on the list.

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Local News
10:51 am
Thu April 18, 2013

WFPL Airing Live Coverage of Memorial for Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

WFPL will air NPR's live coverage of the memorial for victims of Monday's bombing during the Boston Marathon.

People were lined up in Boston to attend the memorial early this morning, reports NPR member station WBUR. 

NPR's coverage begins at 11 a.m. Listen at 89.3 or stream at WFPL.org.

Politics
10:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Mitch McConnell Ad Spotlights FBI Probe, al-Qaeda Comparison

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The campaign to re-elect Republican Senator Mitch McConnell launched a new TV ad Thursday, which continues to pummel liberal super PAC Progress Kentucky and other groups for their attacks.

Asking "how dirty" will Democrats get, the narrator says McConnell is President Obama's number one target while highlighting the FBI investigation into a secret recording of a McConnell campaign strategy meeting.  WFPL broke the story that a local Democratic official alleged two activists involved with Progress were behind the recording.

The ad also digs at Americans United for Change, which launched a commercial which said McConnell's position against gun background checks put him in agreement with the terrorist group al-Qaeda.

"The far left is desperate to hurt Senator McConnell and have resorted to some of the dirtiest tactics in memory," McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said in a release. "Whether it be the left's racist attacks, their spying and illegal recording of our office meetings or comparing Mitch to mass-murderers and Al Qaeda terrorists, Kentuckians are appalled and will not stand for it."

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

The Big Break: The Grand Finale

The first season of our audio diary series “The Big Break,” comes to a close this week. Since last fall, understudies and apprentices take us behind the curtain at the Kentucky Opera, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Louisville Ballet. 

We'll launch the next season of The Big Break with a new class of up-and-coming artists in the early fall. 

For their final diaries, actor Samantha Beach and dancer Claire Horrocks reflect on their time in Louisville and shaer what lies ahead now that the season is over. 

Local News
7:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Brendan McCarthy to Lead Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Brendan McCarthy

Former New Orleans Times-Picayune reporter Brendan McCarthy will lead the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, the new in-depth journalism wing of Louisville Public Media.

McCarthy becomes the center's managing editor on June 17. He's currently an investigative reporter for WWL-TV in New Orleans, a post he took last year.

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