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7:15 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Strong Southerly Wind Gusts Expected for Monday; Wind Advisory Issued

Map of Monday's Wind Advisory.
Credit National Weather Service

Strong wind gusts are expected Monday in the Louisville area, leading the National Weather Service to caution motorists driving high-profile vehicles on west-east roadways such as Interstate 64.

The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory for Jefferson County and surround counties in Kentucky and Indiana. It goes into effect at 10 a.m. Monday and expires at 10 p.m.

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Politics
7:00 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Despite Reservations Elsewhere, Kentucky House Moves Forward With Redistricting

Greg Stumbo
Credit Kentucky Legislative Commission

Kentucky House leaders are moving ahead with addressing redistricting this session—despite hesitation from the Senate and pleas from the governor.

The regional caucuses are still working on their areas when it comes to redistricting, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.

But that the main hold up was in eastern Kentucky, where there are large population losses. Despite those issues, Stumbo said his Democratic caucus has voted in favor of finishing redistricting this session.

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Business
12:36 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Maker's Mark Not Lowering Alcohol by Volume After All

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In response to criticism, Maker's Mark has decided not to reduce the alcohol by volume of its bourbon after all.

The distillery had recently moved to 42-percent alcohol by volume; the switch back to the traditional 45-percent alcohol by volume is immediate. The Loretto, Ky., distillery has posted this statement to its website—which Sunday afternoon wasn't loading properly—and Facebook page. 

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Local News
12:27 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Local Food Proponents Discuss the Movement's Challenges, Opportunities

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Food advocates say Louisville and Kentucky are in prime positions to develop the local food economy and emerge as a leader in the movement.

Author and farmer Wendell Berry, consultant Karen Karp of Karp Resources and Mayor Greg Fischer discussed the region's role in local food yesterday at the library.

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Dutch Artist Explores Function and Dysfunction with Clouds, Landscapes

Berndnaut Smilde's "Nimbus Minerva," 2012.
Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk

The first solo exhibit in the United States by Dutch installation artist Berndnaut Smilde is open at the Land of Tomorrow gallery on Broadway. 

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Local News
7:46 am
Sun February 17, 2013

What We're Reading | 2.17.13

Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton
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Each week, members of the WFPL news team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

Gabe Bullard: The Paul Harvey "God Made a Farmer" pickup truck Super Bowl Ad (isn't that the title of a Tom Wolfe book?) is now famous. It's certainly stirring. But Alan Guebert at the Daily Yonder points out that it's not entirely accurate. Read It Takes a Myth to Sell a Myth.

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Arts and Humanities
7:41 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence on the Oscars, Talk Show Nerves and Persistent Paparazzi; The WFPL Interview

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Calling Jennifer Lawrence a "Hollywood It Girl" doesn't come close to encapsulating what the Louisville native has become in her short career. "It Girl" implies an ingenue, untapped potential, an uncertain future. For a two-time Oscar nominee who also starred in a film that's grossed $408 million domestically, "It Girl" doesn't quite cut it—even if Lawrence is only 22.

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Politics
10:40 pm
Sat February 16, 2013

Noise and Notes: The Man Behind Team Mitch

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For Tea Party strategist Jesse Benton, politics and family are one in the same.

The grandson of former Congressman Ron Paul and nephew of Senator Rand Paul, Benton was hired to run the re-election of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell last fall.

Three years ago, Benton worked on his uncle's successful Senate bid that included a primary victory over a McConnell-backed GOP candidate.

It was a shrewd move on Team Mitch's part to blunt vocal criticism from the Tea Party.

Like his boss, Benton acknowledges the campaign still has Tea Party critics, however, he doesn't expect a credible primary challenger will arise.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat February 16, 2013

Strange Fruit: A Very Catholic Episode

It's been a whirlwind week to be a Catholic! The church was shocked by the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI would retire, due to ill health. Popes don't retire! At least not in the past 600 years.

But retire he did, and the question on everyone's mind is, who will be the queen bee of the Vatican? Some have mentioned Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, who'd be the first African pope— a cool prospect, except he has defended the so-called Kill the Gays Bill in Uganda. 

Let's face it: none of the papal contenders are likely to stick a rainbow flag sticker on the bumper of the Popemobile. But that doesn't mean all Papists are anti-LGBTQ. In fact, right here in Louisville we have a group of Catholics for Fairness. This Sunday they're holding a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of the Assumption, urging the Archbishop Joseph Kurtz to support statewide Fairness via Senate Bill 28 and House Bill 171.

We spoke with one of the organization's leaders, Father Joseph Fowler, about the pilgrimage, and why he felt called to anti-discrimination activism. Jai also talked about growing up in the Black Catholic Church, and how faith can coexist with critical thinking.

Local News
5:27 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Failing Schools; State News; Pondering Taxes; Downtown Vacancies: Today on Byline

Here's the rundown for Byline today:

At the top - Kentucky’s education commissioner says some low-performing Jefferson County public schools face a state takeover if they don’t show progress soon.  We discuss the status of the schools, his remarks, and the JCPS response with education reporter Devin Katayama.

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