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4:46 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Frank Bill Follows Acclaimed Debut With a 'Donnybrook' of a Novel

Jarhead Earl is the best fighter in southeastern Kentucky. He’s also broke with two babies to feed. His ticket out of poverty is winning an annual high-stakes underground bare-knuckle fight tournament held in the wilds of Southern Indiana. But he’s not the only one headed for the ring in Frank Bill's first novel, "Donnybrook," which continues the exploration he began in his acclaimed story debut, "Crimes in Southern Indiana," of a violent Midwestern Gothic people and landscape.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Lawmaker Wants to Return to Biennial Sessions

Kentucky should do away with annual sessions of the General Assembly because they haven’t worked the way they were supposed to--that’s the opinion of state Senator Bob Leeper, who is sponsoring legislation that would give voters a chance to repeal a constitutional amendment they approved more than a decade ago.

That amendment authorized the yearly gatherings and Leeper says it was sold to voters as a way to eliminate or reduce “special” sessions.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Statewide Smoking Ban Supporters Make Second Pitch to Kentucky Legislators

Credit Challiyil Eswaramangalath Vipin/Wikimedia Commons

Supporters of a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky are once again trying to persuade a House committee to pass the legislation this session.

The House Judiciary Committee is the second committee—after House Health and Welfare—to hear the smoking ban bill sponsored by State Rep. Susan Westrom, a Lexington Democrat.

This time, property rights and business rights were the main topic of questioning, but Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson told the committee that Kentucky's businesses have long supported smoking bans.

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Local News
3:52 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Cards Rise in College Basketball Polls

The Louisville Cards have moved up this week in both the Associated Press and USA Today men’s college basketball polls.

U of L is number eight in the AP survey, up two spots from last week.   The Cards are sixth in the USA Today coaches poll, up from ninth last week.

Gonzaga captured the top spot in both polls.  The Zags are the number one team for the first time in school history.

Indiana dropped to second in both surveys after losing at Minnesota last week.

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Local News
3:26 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Indiana Launches Office of Defense Development

Indiana officials are starting an effort to attract more military spending to the state at the same time the Defense Department is facing billions of dollars in automatic federal budget cuts.

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann  announced Monday that a longtime civilian executive at southern Indiana's Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center will lead the state's new Office of Defense Development.

Duane Embree will head up the office that Gov. Mike Pence created by executive order in January.

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Environment
2:27 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Experts Discuss Climate Change, Polar Bears...and Polar-Grizzly Bear Hybrids

A polar bear in Wager Bay in the Canadian Arctic.
Ansgar Walk Wikimedia Commons

Last week, on International Polar Bear Day, WFPL and the Louisville Zoo hosted a discussion about polar bears and climate change in WFPL's studio. The panelists were:

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Politics
1:57 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

City Leaders, Boy Scouts of America Unveil New After School Program

The Boy Scouts of America is forming a partnership with Louisville Metro Government for a new after school pilot program to help at-risk youth and teach them needed skills to deal with drugs and violence.

Mayor Greg Fischer and other city officials unveiled the NOVA Center on Monday, which will involve the Boy Scouts, Jefferson County Public Schools and Metro Parks in the California neighborhood.

It will take in more than three dozen student from Wheatley Elementary, who will be recommended from the schools' family resource center. NOVA will offer math and science tutoring, as well as life skills and mentoring on how to avoid alcohol, drug abuse and bullying.

Fischer says the task of combating violence starts with the youngest children, but it won’t be successful unless everyone participates.

"And so the Boy Scouts stepping up here should really be applauded. It’s a way they’re going to be directly affecting the lives of these kids one student at a time. And whether you look at 55,000 degrees or 15,000 degrees, people often say ‘how can you get it done?’ And I give them the same answer: you get it done one student at a time. It’s not easy," he says.

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Local News
1:56 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Louisville Zoo to Start Charging for Parking

Credit Kyle Shepherd/The Louisville Zoo

Updated: The Louisville Zoo is instituting a $5 parking fee per vehicle.

The per-vehicle fee is expected to generate more than$500,000 a year that will be used for facility need, zoo officials said. Zoo members won't have to pay the fee per trip—parking will be included in the membership.

Louisville Zoo director John Walczak said no membership fee increase associated with the parking fee is planned.

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Environment
12:55 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Obama Nominates New Heads of EPA, Energy Department

Gina McCarthy
EPA

President Obama has nominated Gina McCarthy to succeed Lisa Jackson as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Ernest Moniz as his new energy secretary.

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Arts and Humanities
12:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Forecastle Festival Line-Up: Black Keys, Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Jim James

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The Black Keys, Avett Brothers and the String Cheese Incident lead the 2013 Forecastle Festival line-up, which also includes Jim James, the Alabama Shakes, the return of the Flaming Lips and more.

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