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2:22 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Spirits Sellers to Legislators: Don't Wait for Appeals Ruling For New Liquor Law

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If a federal judge's ruling goes into effect, businesses that sell liquor in Kentucky may see increased competition — and those businesses are encouraging legislators to act before an appeals  decision comes down.

Judge John Heyburn tossed the laws last year, saying it was unconstitutional to allow places like drug stores to sell some wine and liquor, but not groceries.

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Arts and Humanities
2:10 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

REVIEW | Actors Shine in 'Topdog/Underdog'

Brian Lee West and Keith McGill rehearse "Topdog/Underdog."
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Actor's Choice opened Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Topdog/Underdog" Thursday in the Henry Clay Theatre. Directed by Kathi E.B. Ellis, this tense, finely-acted two-hander explores the relationship between two adult brothers, Lincoln and Booth, as they struggle with a legacy of abandonment by their parents, masculine identity, racism and the lure of a life of crime. 

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Politics
1:36 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

State Law Forces Metro Council to Leave Guns Out of ‘Deadly Weapons’ Ordinance; Nunchucks Included

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The Louisville Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee will discuss a proposed ordinance this week that would take out guns in the city’s definition of deadly weapons.

The ordinance seeks to change Metro Government's safety codes to include such things as knives, nightsticks, ninja star, nunchuck karate sticks and brass knuckles as violent weapons, but not firearms.

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Politics
12:39 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

In Inaugural Address, Pence Urges Hoosiers to "Tell Indiana's Story"

Republican Mike Pence became Indiana’s 50th governor today, taking the oath of office this on a cold morning outside the Statehouse.

With the temperature in Indianapolis around 20 degrees, the ceremony, and Pence’s inaugural address, were relatively short.

Pence called on Hoosiers to take steps to improve themselves and to better the state.

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Environment
11:27 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Equipment Failure Spills 95 Million Gallons of Waste and Stormwater Into Mill, Pond Creeks

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This weekend's rain has caused some major problems for Louisville's sewer system.

There were about three inches of rain Saturday evening and Sunday, causing overflows and backups all over Jefferson County. But the biggest problem is probably an equipment malfunction that leaked 95 million gallons of stormwater and waste into waterways.

From MSD:

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Environment
10:42 am
Mon January 14, 2013

92 Birds Killed in Kentucky's Second Sandhill Crane Hunting Season

Kentucky’s second sandhill crane hunting season is officially over. This year hunters killed 92 birds—42 more than last year.

Most of the birds killed were in Hardin and Barren counties on private land. No more than 400 birds could be hunted during the season, and the actual amount taken didn’t come even close to that. But Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Migratory Bird Specialist Rocky Pritchert says the department is counting the season as a success.

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Politics
10:37 am
Mon January 14, 2013

WFPL to Carry Live Coverage of President Obama's News Conference

President Barack Obama
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Update: President Barack Obama will hold a news conference at about 11:30 a.m. today to answer reporters' questions on a variety of domestic, fiscal and foreign affairs issues; WFPL will carry NPR's special coverage live.

(Note: Initially, the news conference was scheduled for 11:15 a.m.)

Among the topics the president is expected to address in the East Room of the White House are gun control, the economy, the federal debt, Syria and Afghanistan.

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Politics
10:27 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Senator Mitch McConnell Joins Congressional Delegation to Afghanistan and Israel

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Joined by a delegation of lawmakers, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Monday that he and four other senators recently completed a trip to Afghanistan and Israel.

From McConnell's office:

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Education
8:07 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Kentucky Asks Educators to Submit Comments for New Science Standards

The Kentucky Department of Education is asking educators and others to weigh in on new science standards the state will likely adopt sometime this year.

Kentucky is one of 26 states that are helping craft the Next Generation Science Standards though the leading organization Achieve. The leading states are participating with the intent to adopt the standards that are expected to be published by the end of March.

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Local News
8:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Clark Bridge Repairs Begin; Rush Hour Delays Likely

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Motorists who use the Clark Memorial Bridge will likely endure some rush hour delays as repair work gets underway this week.

Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the work will require around-the-clock lane reductions.

"The contractor is allowed two, 30 day segments," Clifford said. "It will be 30 days for one half of the bridge and 30 days for the other half because we’ll be reducing the bridge from four lanes down to two lanes, so we’ll always have one lane going in each direction."

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