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9:01 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Poll: 65 Percent of Kentuckians Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

A survey conducted by Public Policy Polling shows Kentucky voters still overwhelmingly oppose same-sex marriage despite national trends.

The poll was taken in early April, and it finds 65 percent think it should remain illegal and only 27 percent support marriage equality for gay, lesbian and transgendered couples.

That is in stark contrast to national figures that indicate marriage equality is gaining popularity across the country and for the first time hovers well over 50 percent. A number of Republican and Democratic senators have come out for marriage equality in recent weeks such as Democrat Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio.

But in Kentucky the idea faces solid opposition regardless of political party. According to PPP, 54 percent of Democratic voters in the state also oppose gay marriage while only 37 percent support it.

The Rev. Maurice Blanchard of Louisville says LGBT residents are getting tired of defending their relationships, adding Kentucky is falling behind the times.

"Those poll shows how disconnected some people are in this state to what’s happening on a larger sense. And that resistance while they’re proud of it is isolating and alienating us from the progress that’s taking place in the larger sense," he says.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Kentucky Foundation for Women Grants Awarded

The Kentucky Foundation for Women has awarded $100,000 in grants to Kentucky artists. The grants are awarded to feminist artists and organizations to develop their artistic skills, explore new techniques or create new works. 

Small grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 will support projects ranging from a Lexington music series focused on African American female composers to a nonfiction book and website about life as an active-duty military wife. Of the 36 artist enrichment grants awarded this month, 12 totaling $34,000 will fund Louisville-based artists and their projects. 

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Environment
6:52 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Study: Most Coal-Fired Power Plants Can't Compete Against Natural Gas

Erica Peterson/WFPL

A new study estimates that 65 percent of current coal-fired power plants won’t be economical to run in the near future.

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Local News
6:10 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Indiana Delays Vote on School Gun Mandate Bill

The Indiana state House will vote Monday on a bill that would grant school districts funds for school resource officers and to improve school security. 

The proposal will not include a provision that was introduced by amendment, which would have required all schools to train and arm at least one employee in order to protect students.  

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Local News
8:01 am
Sun April 14, 2013

What We're Reading | 4.14.2013

Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun April 14, 2013

UK Researchers Exploring Centuries-Old Bed Bug Remedy

A bed bug on a kidney bean leaf
Journal of the Royal Society Interface

An age-old remedy for bed bugs is now the subject of a new high tech study being conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky and the University of California, Irvine. 

The team’s mission involves replicating the action of tiny microscopic plant hairs called trichomes, which are located on the surface of bean leaves.  UK Entomology professor Mike Potter says centuries ago, Eastern Europeans would sprinkle the leaves on their floors to stop the biting insects dead in their tracks.

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Politics
7:00 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Being a 'Witness' May Not Keep Progress Kentucky Leader from Being Charged with a Crime

One of two members of Progress Kentucky who, by the account of a Jefferson County Democratic Party official, recorded a campaign meeting between U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and his campaign staff is now saying through his attorneys that he was "just a witness."

Shawn Reilly, the executive director of Progress Kentucky, denies anything more than being at McConnell's office when the recording happened, as first reported by WHAS 11.

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Local News
7:24 pm
Sat April 13, 2013

Louisville Public Media Reaches $500,000 Goal for Spring Membership Campaign

Louisville Public Media has met its $500,000 goal for the Spring Membership Campaign.

The goal was reached as the campaign came to a close Saturday evening. The campaign began on Monday.

Louisville Public Media provides three public radio stations—WFPL 89.3, WFPK 91.9 and WUOL 90.5. 

Politics
2:58 pm
Sat April 13, 2013

Alleged McConnell Recorder Curtis Morrison Isn't Hiding

Curtis Morrison
Credit Rae Hodge / WFPL News

Curtis Morrison, the former Progress Kentucky volunteer who allegedly secretly recorded a meeting between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his campaign staff, isn't in hiding, despite reports the FBI is looking for him.

WFPL intern Rae Hodge found him at the Flea Off Market in Louisville Saturday. She asked him several questions but Morrison only replied "I appreciate it, but I'm not talking about it right now."

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