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8:00 am
Sun March 3, 2013

What We're Reading | 3.3.13

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
7:00 am
Sun March 3, 2013

Time Running Out for Kentucky General Assembly to Pass Priority Bills

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As the 2013 legislative session winds down, the top priorities for each chamber are still stuck in the process and not yet law.

House Bill 1 would reform special districts in Kentucky and centralize financing reporting aspects for the districts. The legislation is supported by Auditor Adam Edelen, a Democrat. But the legislation is likely to undergo changes that Edelen has yet to support, including giving more oversight of the districts to local governments.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, the bill sponsor, said his chamber also won't support such changes.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun March 3, 2013

Seattle Times Columnist Jerry Brewer: 'The NBA Could Work in Louisville'

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The question of whether Louisville could and should have an NBA team has entered a quieter phase since the Sacramento Kings began talks of relocating to Seattle. Though it's no done deal, as a Sacramento group is also trying to keep the franchise in place.

Either way, at this juncture no NBA team appears up for grabs—though history dictates that that's likely to change in the next several years

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Politics
10:42 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Noise and Notes: Not-So-Super PAC Progress Kentucky, Yum Center Woes, 'Cannabis Majority'

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The Louisville-based super PAC Progress Kentucky made national news this week when WFPL broke the story of them attacking Senator Mitch McConnell’s wife based on her Asian heritage.

Leaders with the group have apologized—twice, but just about every Democrat has denounced them or kept their distance, and McConnell has pounced on the comments since returning home.

Even the senator's harshest critics have cried foul.

From The Courier-Journal:

This is no way to defeat McConnell. If anything, it does what McConnell cannot do for himself. It remarkably casts him in a sympathetic light.

But some observers have pointed out Progress received sparse coverage from the local media to being with while getting plenty from national outlets.

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Local News
4:24 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Byline: Prison Jobs in Appalachia; Charter Schools; Progress Kentucky; Humana Festival

Here's what we cover in this edition of Byline (audio playback below):

At the top - Officials in some eastern Kentucky counties have eagerly recruited prisons to their communities, with the hope of jobs and economic development, but have they delivered?  Sylvia Ryerson, who reports on Appalachian issues for Mountain Community Radio, joins us to discuss.

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Arts and Humanities
3:40 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Helen Starr: Ballet Gives You a Body Language

Helen Starr

As a soloist with the Royal Ballet and a principal dancer with the London Ballet Festival, Helen Starr danced many of the lead roles in classical ballets. But she didn’t dance the role of Juliet to Sergei Prokofiev’s score until 1985 when her husband Alun Jones, then artistic director, choreographed his version of the ballet in Louisville.

Now retired from the company, Jones and Starr return every five or six years to stage the version of Shakespeare’s tragic love story that they created together. They open another production this weekend in the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall.

Education
3:12 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

With Possible Buyout Program, U of L Hopes to Double Number of Departing Faculty, Staff

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University of Louisville officials say a buyout plan under consideration could lead to the retirement of twice as many faculty members this year.

The university is offering the buyout program—being called the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program—to save the school about $2.5 million.

But the program first needs participants or U of L will decide not to offer it. Eligible faculty and staff have until March 15 to decide whether they want to opt in. The program would then need approval by U of L’s board of trustees.

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Local News
3:09 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Communities in Indiana, Kentucky Commemorate Tornado Anniversary

Saturday marks one year from the day tornados raked across the Midwest and South, killing 40 across the country and nearly obliterating towns like Marysville and Henryville in Indiana and West Liberty, Kentucky.

Here's what I found when I arrived in Marysville right after the tornado:

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Local News
2:58 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

College Basketball: Cards Visit Syracuse; UK at Arkansas; IU Hosts Iowa

The Louisville Cards are back on the road this weekend. 

U of L visits Syracuse in the teams’ second matchup of the year.   The Orange won the first game January 19th in Louisville by two points.

This is the final regular season road game for the Cards.  They have two more home games next week against Cincinnati and Notre Dame.

Saturday's  tipoff at the Carrier Dome is at noon.

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