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12:26 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Report: WKU Moving to Conference USA

Conference USA is returning in all sports to Kentucky.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will begin playing in 2014 in Conference USA, the league the Louisville Cardinals were an inaugural member but left in 2005 for the Big East, the Bowling Green Daily News reports.

WKU has been a member of the Sun Belt Conference since 1982. 

The Daily News reports that the decision could be announced as early as Monday. 

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Strange Fruit: SCOTUS Takes on Marriage Equality; Filmmaker Byron Hurt on 'Soul Food Junkies'

  

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two marriage equality cases. The Prop 8 case is a constitutional challenge to California's ban on same-sex marriage. The justices seem divided on the issue and there are even hints the case could get thrown out on standing. Tuesday's arguments brought us gems like whether gay marriage is newer than cell phones, whether it's harmful to children, and whether couples older than 55 should be able to marry even if they can't procreate.

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Local News
9:45 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Louisville Cards Advance to NCAA Elite Eight

Russ Smith matched his career high with 31 points to lead three Cardinals in double figures, and top-seeded Louisville overcame its toughest test yet in a 77-69 victory over Oregon on Friday night in the men's NCAA tournament.

Kevin Ware added 11 and Gorgui Dieng had 10 points and nine rebounds for Louisville, which has now won 13 straight.

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Local News
3:56 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Louisville Schedules Public Forum to Discuss Abandoned, Vacant Properties

Louisville officials will hold the first monthly public forum in April to discuss the city’s vacant and abandoned property issues at which time they'll show the community its new system designed to track data.

The city has been developing a data system called VAPStat (Vacant and Abandoned Properties Statistics)--like the city's LouieStat system that tracks other city data--that will assess how Metro Government is addressing the city’s vacant and abandoned properties.

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Local News
3:44 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Byline | Frankfort Acts; Who Will Run Against McConnell?; Day Cares Cited and More

Here are the topics covered this hour on Byline (full audio available below):

At the top - Five members of the Louisville Metro Council announced they will begin proceedings to remove Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin from office over ethics violations. We discuss the latest with WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey and Devin Katayama.

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Local News
3:29 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Pitino 'Having a Blast' as Cards Resume Tournament Run

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The Louisville Cardinals will try to keep their Final Four hopes alive tonight with a victory over Oregon in the men’s NCAA tournament.

Top-seeded U of L will take on the Ducks in a Midwest Region semifinal in Indianapolis.

Last year, coach Rick Pitino led the Cards to their first Final Four appearance in seven years, losing to Kentucky in the national semifinal. If U of L gets by Oregon, the Cards will face either Duke or Michigan State for a shot at their second straight Final Four berth.

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Arts and Humanities
3:25 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Music Of My Soul: 'Memphis' Tour Comes to Town

Bryan Fenkart (Huey) and Felicia Boswell (Felicia) in the national tour of "Memphis."
Paul Kolnik

The national tour of the acclaimed Broadway musical “Memphis” stops in Louisville next week. It's the story of radio DJ Huey Calhoun, who becomes a sensation in 1950s Memphis for playing Black musicians on mainstream (white) commercial radio. 

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Local News
1:49 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Kentucky Creates New Regulations for Day Cares As Licenses Are Revoked for 18 in Louisville

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Child care operators whose licenses are revoked will have to wait seven years—instead of the previous three years—before being able to open a new day care under new Kentucky regulations put in place as the state took action against 18 Louisville day cares.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Screaming and a Goat

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes

Now that actress Ashley Judd is officially not running for U.S. Senate against Republican Mitch McConnell, critics have wasted no time to lampoon the next presumptive Democratic nominee—Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Grimes is being encouraged to fill the apparent void in 2014, and supporters argue she has a number of assets: no record for McConnell to attack, the daughter of a former Kentucky Democratic Party chairman and a tight relationship with former President Bill Clinton.

It appears the best jabs circulating about Grimes for now are the secretary of state's speeches—where she often refers to herself in the third-person and shouts repteadly.

A new video featuring Grimes is making the rounds, and it pokes fun at her and other screamers, including former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a goat and Judd (in Normal Life).

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Local News
12:16 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Sequester Cuts Official Military Aircrafts During Thunder Over Louisville

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Kentucky Derby Festival officials have confirmed that there will be no official military aircrafts flown during this year's Thunder Over Louisville.

"We are not expecting military to fly," said Amy Boyd, a spokeswoman with KDF.

This is something KDF had expected, but Boyd says they received the official work Thursday. Further, she says some planes being flown will be older, retired military aircrafts.

"Technically we still have military planes. They are still going to be loud noise makers. It's just different versions of those aircraft," she says.

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