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2:45 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

IU Still No. 1 in AP Poll; U of L Drops to 12th; UK is 25th

Indiana remains at No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball poll despite losing a game last week, surviving a week of upsets to become the first team in over a month to hold onto the top ranking.

The Hoosiers lost to Illinois on a last-second basket Thursday but rebounded with a win at Ohio State on Sunday.

IU dropped to second place in the USA Today coaches poll, which gave the top spot to Duke.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Hemp Bill Sails Through Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee

James Comer
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FRANKFORT — After testimony from a bevy of high-level supporters, the state Senate agriculture committee unanimously approved Monday a bill that would establish oversight for Kentucky  industrial hemp farmer if hemp were made legal federally.

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Environment
1:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

NRDC Director: Canadian Tar Sands Expansion Would Be Disastrous for the Environment

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

A year ago, President Obama rejected a proposed pipeline to transport oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Keystone XL pipeline is touted by oil companies as a way to expand the amount of oil that’s produced from the tar sands in Alberta, but its construction raises concerns about the environmental effects and climate change.

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Business
12:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Maker's Mark's Bill Samuels Jr.: 'We Don't Want to Price Maker's Mark Out of Reach'

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Bill Samuels Jr., the former president and current chairman emeritus of Maker's Mark, has posted a note to the company's website addressing the recent announcement that Maker's Mark was reducing its alcohol by volume three percentage points, from 45 to 42.

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Local News
12:13 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz: Pope Benedict's Resignation Sign of 'Deep Humility'

Rick Howlett

The head of the Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville says he’s grateful for Pope Benedict’s spiritual leadership over the past eight years.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz was appointed to his post by Benedict nearly six years ago.

Kurtz says like most everyone, he was taken aback by the pope’s announcement that he will resign at the end of month.

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Arts and Humanities
11:03 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Brown Hotel Gallery Breaks Tradition With Local Art

"New Traditions" by Gibbs Rounsavall, enamel on wood
Gibbs Rounsavall

The Gallery at the Brown Hotel breaks away from recent programming --traditional landscapes and equestrian art, the safe brand of Kentucky art perhaps expected by the Brown's overnight visitors -- with a contemporary show featuring a short list of exciting  Louisville artists. The new show evoLOUtion (I see what you did there) takes a different approach, showcasing artists more likely to be seen in an East Market Street gallery than on a visitors' center postcard. 

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Local News
9:37 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz: Decision 'Reflects Pope Benedict's Stewardship,' Humility

Joseph E. Kurtz
Credit Archdiocese of Louisvillle

Joseph E. Kurtz, the archbishop of Louisville, says he's surprised by Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign—a step not taken by a pope in centuries.

In a statement, Kurtz says:

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Education
8:48 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Church and Local Leaders Seek Community Solutions to Gun Violence

A panel of Jefferson County leaders including Third District Congressman John Yarmuth and Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Donna Hargens will convene this month to discuss ways the community can reduce gun violence.

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church recently passed a resolution urging an end to the sale of semi-automatic weapons and urging support of adequate funding for mental health.

“We don’t intend this to be political, though obviously it’s a political issue but our intent is this is a moral issue,” says Bob Nesmith, the church’s event coordinator.

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Politics
8:30 am
Mon February 11, 2013

State Lawmaker: City Officials Shouldn't Use Taxpayer Dollars in Ethics Defense

State Rep. Larry Clark, D-Louisville
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State Representative Larry Clark, D-Louisville, has introduced a bill that would require city officials charged with an ethics violation to pay for their own attorneys.

Under the current system, Metro officials and employees can request a lawyer paid for by the city to defend them against an ethics charge. The new legislation would prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used in those cases.

Clark says citizens should not be funding the defense of ethics charges against local officials accused of violating the public trust.

"First and foremost, I don’t think it’s fair for the taxpayers to have to pay for a lawyer for those of us in public service. I think we should be held at a higher standard," he says.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Mozart Masterpiece Goes Noir

Still from "Gun Crazy," screening at Louisville Film Society on Wednesday.

The Kentucky Opera gives Mozart's masterpiece "Don Giovanni" a film noir makeover for the final production of the season. Mozart’s opera (with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte) is based on the legends of Don Juan, the fictional unrepentant heartbreaker. In "Don Giovanni," the eponymous womanizer seduces Donna Anna then kills her father in a duel -- and that’s just the first scene.

“Don Giovanni” runs Friday evening and Sunday afternoon in the Brown Theater. 

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