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11:47 am
Thu January 10, 2013

J. Blaine Hudson Memorial Planned for Monday

J. Blaine Hudson
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A memorial for J. Blaine Hudson — the longtime Louisville educator and activist who died Saturday — is being planned for Monday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The event, open to the general public, will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Brown & Williamson Club, on the third floor of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, 2800 S. Floyd St.  The memorial will also be streamed on the University of Louisville website.

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Education
11:14 am
Thu January 10, 2013

WFPL Special | Incoming, Outgoing Jefferson County School Board Members Discuss Education

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WFPL's Devin Katayama will host an hour-long special at 1 p.m. today to discuss future challenges of education in Louisville with incoming and outgoing Jefferson County school board members.

The guests live in the WFPL studio are incoming members David Jones Jr., Chuck Haddaway and Chris Brady. We'll be taking your questions at 814-8255 (TALK). You can also ask questions on the WFPL Facebook page or by Tweeting at @WFPLNews.

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Local News
9:39 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence Nabs Second Academy Award Nomination

Jennifer Lawrence
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It's hard to argue that an actress has had a better past 12 months than Jennifer Lawrence.

On Thursday morning, the Louisville native was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress for her role in the dramedy Silver Linings Playbook. 

It's her second nomination. In 2010, Lawrence was nominated for her role in the dark indie drama Winter's Bone.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

The Big Break: Stretching in New Roles

Week 14 of The Big Break

On our audio diary series The Big Break, two of our artists stretch their artistic muscles in rehearsal this week. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks finds the most difficult work in her upcoming Choreographer Showcase is a contemporary dance, because she has focused so intently on ballet movements since she started college. Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice Samantha Beach takes to the air in rehearsals for the Humana Festival apprentice showcase "Sleep Rock Thy Brain," a collection of one-act plays that all feature flying—as in, strap the actors into harnesses, hoist them high and let them act in mid-air—as a metaphor for sleep. 

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Politics
5:58 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Denton Files Two Bills To Place Affordable Care Act Decisions in Lawmakers' Hands

Julie Denton
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State Sen. Julie Denton has filed two bills that would put control of implementation of the Affordable Care Act into lawmakers’ hands.

Gov. Steve Beshear created a state-run health exchange through an executive order and is mulling whether to expand Medicaid. Both are parts of the ACA, also known as Obamacare.

Denton says her goal is to let lawmakers have some say in either matter.

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Politics
5:32 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Smoking Ban Advocates Once Again Face Senate Roadblock

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Supporters of a statewide smoking ban in public places are set to try their luck in passing such a law for the third legislative session.

Smoke Free Kentucky has started an advertising campaign to raise support for the smoking ban and a recent poll showed a majority of Kentucky support such a ban.

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Local News
5:15 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

NBA's Sacramento Kings Move to Seattle Changes Nothing for Louisville, Fischer's Spokesman Says

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The Sacramento Kings are moving to — wait for it — Seattle. That's what Yahoo! Sports is reporting.

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Environment
5:07 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Comer Criticizes EPA's Role in Floyds Fork Rehabilitation

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Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture is worried that a process to map pollution in the Floyds Fork watershed could end up having lasting effects on agriculture policy.

James Comer expressed his concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency on Facebook and in a statewide agriculture newsletter. Here’s what he said on Facebook:

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Politics
4:34 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Governor Beshear Wants to Delay Redistricting, But Not Everyone Agrees

Steve Beshear
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Gov. Steve Beshear is urging legislative leaders to delay General Assembly redistricting.

In a letter to House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers, the governor says he’d like them to hold off redistricting in the 2013 legislative session and instead take up other important issues, such as pension and tax reforms.

Beshear is opening the door to handling redistricting in a special session instead, because the issue tends to cause hard feelings after lawmakers see their districts changing.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Congressman John Yarmuth Backs Bill to Ban High-Capacity Ammo Magazines

Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth
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Third District Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., is co-sponsoring legislation that would ban high-capacity ammunition magazines.

A pair of Democratic lawmakers introduced the same bill last summer in the wake of a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater. But there is newfound pressure for gun control measures due to the massacre of students and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

The measure would ban the sale or transfer of firearms that hold more than 10 rounds. Supporters point out that some gun magazines have 100 or more rounds.

Yarmuth says this measure is one of the least controversial attempts at gun control to prevent future massacres.

"These magazines serve no legitimate sporting purpose or even self-defense purpose. They are only there for mass killing," he says.

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