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10:00 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence Hosts 'Saturday Night Live'

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With the Academy Awards campaign season in full swing (yes, non-Oscars buffs, there is such a thing), Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence hosted "Saturday Night Live" this week. Lawrence, an Oscar nominee and recent Golden Globe winner for Silver Linings Playbook, appeared in several segments. Here are a few highlights.

Hunger Games press conference:

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Politics
8:30 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Ashley Judd: Kentucky Needs a Fighter

Actress Ashley Judd
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Actress Ashley Judd says the "people of Kentucky need a fighter" when asked about a potential bid against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in 2014.

The Hollywood celebrity and activist has been flirting with a run for public office for months, and made the comments at the the Kentucky Society of Washington's Bluegrass Ball this weekend.

In a brief interview, Judd said there is no time frame for her decision but that she is taking a serious look at running.

From Politico:

"I am incredibly honored and frankly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support — that the people of Kentucky are interested in having me represent them is the greatest honor of my life so far, and I am certainly taking a close look at it,” Judd told POLITICO before The Kentucky Society of Washington’s Bluegrass Ball in Washington.

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Local News
8:23 am
Sun January 20, 2013

What Would a Downtown Casino Do for Louisville?

Will Louisville roll the dice on a downtown casino?
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Suddenly, something that didn't seem possible became, however slightly, a possibility.

In an interview with WFPL, Mayor Greg Fischer said downtown Louisville would be a good spot for a casino.

"That could change a whole lot of the dynamics downtown," Fischer said earlier this month.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Award-Winning Architects Seek Out 'Unheroic' Designs

The American Institute of Architects has awarded Louisville's De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop a 2013 Institute Honor Award for their design of operational facilities on Goshen's Mason Lane Farm. The project includes two new barns and a relocated silo for a centrally-located complex that consolidates maintenance, office and operations facilities previously scattered across the property, owned by Eleanor Bingham Miller.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun January 20, 2013

What We're Reading | 1.20.13

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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:

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Politics
11:11 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

Noise and Notes: Louisville NAACP Raoul Cunningham on The State of Civil Rights

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NAACP President Raoul Cunningham has been involved with civil rights since he was a 14-year-old activist protesting against Jim Crow in downtown Louisville.

Still, Cunningham says that in 2013 there are still many pertinent issues and some will be before the Supreme Court this year, such as cases dealing with affirmative action and gay marriage.

The most important question the justices will face deals with a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that could unravel the historic legislation. For Cunningham, this will be a defining moment for the Roberts Court on matters of civil rights.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Strange Fruit: Fairness in Vicco; Keen Dance Company Founder Returns to Louisville

Vicco, Ky., brought national attention to the state this week by becoming the smallest town in the United States to pass a fairness law. Like many of you (we're guessing), we'd never even heard of Vicco until the news broke. So we invited Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman to join us this week and tell us more. 

"It's about three and a half hours east," Chris explains, "and several hundred feet up."

Hartman and others from the Fairness Coalition worked directly with Vicco leaders on the law. He said folks in Vicco are what we might call "non-traditional allies" who may not fit our idea of what LGBTQ-rights supporters are.

"But that may just be because we all have some inappropriate stereotypes about what rural Americans are like, about what Appalachian folks are like, and about what people who live in coal country are like," Hartman said.

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Sports
9:03 am
Sat January 19, 2013

High School Basketball Hopes and Dreams: Outside Shot

In 2009, writer Keith O’Brien set out to tell the story of a Kentucky high school boys basketball team’s quest to win a state championship.   He spent the basketball season in Scott County, where there were high hopes the Cardinals would capture the school's third Sweet Sixteen title just down the road in Lexington’s Rupp Arena.

The team’s ups and downs are chronicled in O'Brien’s just-published book, Outside Shot:  Big Dreams, Hard Times and One County’s Quest for Basketball Greatness

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Politics
6:00 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Rand Paul To Introduce Bill Directing Priorities if Debt Ceiling Not Raised

Rand Paul
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Sen. Rand Paul plans to introduce legislation that would prevent the federal  government from defaulting if it fails to raise the debt ceiling. 

President Barack Obama and Congress are once again tussling over increasing the nation’s debt limit. The president says he won’t negotiate the issue, while the GOP wants to tie any change to spending cuts.

If an agreement isn't reached, the U.S. will be unable to pay its bills. Paul says his legislation will force the president pay debt interest, entitlements and the military before using remaining funds.

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Arts and Humanities
5:30 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Louisville Film Society and 'New Jerusalem' with Will Oldham

Today on Byline, WFPL's Arts and Humanities Reporter Erin Keane sat down with Ryan Daily of the Louisville Film Society. He discusses the functions of the Society, their newly-renovated cinema space, the Dreamland Film Center on Market Street, special Louisville screenings of New Jerusalem this weekend, and film noir.

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