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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Strange Fruit: It's the Super Strange Fruit Bowl, Featuring Wade Davis

Huddle up, sports fans! It's time for the Super Bowl (or so we hear), and it's been a huge week for LGBTQ sports news!

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendan Ayanbadejo has gotten lots of positive attention for being an advocate of LGBTQ rights, and for using the spotlight of the Super Bowl to get the word out. And Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried released an adorable video in praise of his two moms. Sadly, not all the news was good. Kwame Harris was essentially outed this week when he had to appear in court on charges he assaulted his ex-boyfriend (Harris had never publicly said he's gay, but for what it's worth, his former teammates say it wouldn't matter to them).

In what was probably the biggest LGBTQ-related story of this Super Bowl season, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver had a not-quite-progressive reaction when asked whether he'd be comfortable playing football with gay people. In the quote heard 'round the sports world, he said:

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Local News
9:17 am
Sat February 2, 2013

It Snowed. More Snow Possible. Watch for Slick Spots, Public Works Says.

Snow.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

It snowed in the early morning Saturday.

More may be on the way. The National Weather Service says snow is likely Saturday, mainly between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. A slighter chance of snow endures through Sunday morning. Jefferson and surrounding counties in Kentucky and Indiana remain under a winter weather advisory until 7 a.m. Sunday.

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Local News
6:00 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Amazon Expands Jeffersonville Fullfillment Center, Jobs to Follow

More jobs could be coming to Jeffersonville’s River Ridge Commerce Center following the announcement from Internet retail giant Amazon, which plans to expand its operations there over the next several months.

When Indiana’s fifth and largest Amazon fulfillment center opened last fall, it employed between 600 to 800 people, with the potential to hire more.

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Environment
4:49 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Chemical Safety Board to Release Findings of Investigation Into 2011 Rubbertown Explosion

The Chemical Safety Board will be in Louisville next week to present the results of its investigation into the March 2011 explosion at the Carbide Industries plant in Rubbertown.

The explosion killed two workers and injured two others on March 21, 2011, when an electric arc furnace over pressured and emitted hot gases and debris.

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Local News
3:37 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Officials Halt Indiana Plant Project Over Pakistan Connection

Indiana officials have suspended their support for a proposed fertilizer plant while they investigate a Pakistani company involved in the project.

The Indiana Finance Authority issued $1.3 billion in bonds in December for a nitrogen fertilizer plant Midwest Fertilizer Corp. plans to build at the Port of Mount Vernon in southwestern Indiana's Posey County. Midwest Fertilizer Corp. is part of the Pakistan-based Fatima  Group.

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Local News
3:19 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Byline | Local Take on Immigration Reform; Frankfort News; Gay Marriages in Indiana

Here is the audio and rundown on today's edition of Byline:

At the top - Immigration reform is back in the headlines, with President Obama stating a deal with Congress that includes a path to citizenship should be attainable this year.  We discuss the potential local impact with Edgardo Mansilla, executive director of the Americana Community Center, and Kate Miller, program associate for the ACLU of Kentucky.

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Education
2:46 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

With More Snow in Forecast, JCPS Cancels Weekend Sports

Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL

With more winter weather in the forecast, Jefferson County Public Schools is canceling all school activities—including athletics—this weekend.

Snow is expected in southern Indiana after midnight, reaching north central Kentucky early Saturday morning, the National Weather Service said.

Louisville has a 30-percent chance of snow—accumulating to less than an inch— mostly after 3 a.m. Saturday, the weather service said. And the chance of snow is forecast to increase through the day Saturday, with a chance remaining to early Sunday afternoon.

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Environment
1:49 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

MSHA Reports 36 Miners Died on the Job Last Year

Credit MSHA

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has released its preliminary fatality data for last year.

Thirty-six miners died on the job last year—19 of them in coal mines. The federal government has been keeping records for more than a century, and 2012 was the second-lowest year for fatalities on record. The only year that was lower was 2009, when 35 miners died.

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Arts and Humanities
1:01 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

REVIEW | 'Girlfriend': Fine, Fizzy Romance with Killer Soundtrack

Curt Hansen as Mike and Ryder Bach as Will in "Girlfriend" at Actors Theatre.
Alan Simons Actors Theatre of Louisville

Let’s flash back to 1993, to the days before texting and ready Internet access, when living in a small town really could feel like living on the moon. We are in Nebraska, but it might as well be any small town in Kentucky, Indiana, England. Let us say we are dorks, friendless and stilted, moving through high school like occasionally kicked stray dogs. Or. We are wearing someone else’s life, someone popular and ambitious and accomplished and right, holding our breath until we can leave this town and shed the fake skin like a bad sweater.

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Politics
12:02 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

In Wake of Financial Downgrade, Kentucky Business Leaders Call for Quick Pension Reform

Credit Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Another change in Kentucky’s financial outlook has the state’s business leaders calling on the General Assembly for immediate pension reforms.

Standard and Poor’s has changed Kentucky’s outlook to negative, citing the state's large unfunded pension obligations as the main reason.

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