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11:15 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Ice Skating Under the Big Four Bridge Approach? Maybe.

Credit Ivan Walsh/Creative Commons

Louisville's Waterfront Development Corporation has revised its plans for an ice skating rink at Waterfront Park.

The seasonal rink was originally planned to go up last year at a location on the festival plaza, near the Christmas tree vendors. But funding fell through and complications with utilities in the original location nixed the plans.

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Local News
11:14 am
Mon December 24, 2012

No Snow on Christmas for Louisville, but Maybe on Wednesday

Credit Ian Bell/Creative Commons

Louisville looks to have a wet Christmas night -- and maybe snow on Wednesday.

Rain is expected to move into the Louisville area Tuesday evening, and the precipitation would stay until Wednesday evening, said Tom Reaugh, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. The temperature will drop through Wednesday, which means the rain would transition to snowfall as the day goes on.

Louisville may get about an inch of precipitation through Wednesday, Reaugh said. As much as two inches are possible further north. That, of course, could change as Wednesday gets nearer.

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Environment
9:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

TVA Settlement Funds 13 Energy Efficiency Projects

Thirteen Kentucky organizations will receive grant funding next year under a settlement between the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Environmental Protection Agency for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

The TVA settlement money is meant to go to environmental mitigation projects in the TVA service area.

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Politics
7:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Stumbo: Short Session Doesn't Allow for Many Drastic Actions

Greg Stumbo
Credit Kentucky Legislative Commission

The Kentucky House speaker doesn't expect the General Assembly to take drastic action in the 2013 legislative session.

That doesn't mean lawmakers won't have much to discuss when they return to Frankfort on Jan. 8. 

Pension reform and tax reform are up for discussion.

And don't forget that recurring issue of expanded gambling.

But it's an odd-numbered year, when the General Assembly meets for just 30 days.

That short session will limit lawmakers' activity, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Grassroots Group Pairs Dinner with Microgrants

Dishing up soup at a PosSOUPbility event.
PosSOUPbility

PosSoupBility, the meal-based initiative that pairs a soup dinner with presentations from community artists, organizations and activists seeking micro-grants, will celebrate its first anniversary next month.  With three dinner events under its belt in its first year, the Louisville affiliate of Sunday Soup has directed an average of $900 per event to community projects. 

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Politics
11:00 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Beshear Blends Old and New Legislative Priorities in 2013

Steve Beshear
Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

Gov. Steve Beshear is blending a mix of old and new when it comes to his legislative priorities in 2013. 

With the 2013 session’s first days only weeks away, Beshear is ready to push some old initiatives while helping lawmakers solve pressing issues like pensions.

Beshear says he will once again try to find enough votes to pass expanded gambling legislation in 2013. And he wants to pass the so-called dropout bill as well.

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Arts and Humanities
10:23 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Artebella Connects Louisville Artists with Collectors, the World

Louisville artist Anessa Arehart.

The city’s profile as an art destination has risen over the last few years, landing Louisville on superlative lists like AmericanStyle magazine’s best cities for art. Now the Louisville Visual Art Association is putting individual artists in the spotlight with Artebella Daily, a website and email campaign featuring a different local artist every weekday.

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Local News
9:00 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Ten Years After I-AA National Title, WKU President Pleased to Step Up in Class

The Western Kentucky Hilltopper after winning the 2002 Division 1-AA national championship.
Credit Western Kentucky University

Outwardly, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers' 34-14 victory over McNeese State was a cause for big-time celebration for WKU President Gary Ransdell.

The Toppers won the 2002 Division I-AA national championship.

Inwardly, the championship stirred another reaction. The playoffs for the I-AA division -- now known as the Football Championship Subdivision -- had cost WKU money. The first-round playoff game drew just 3,300 people to Bowling Green's Smith Stadium. The title game had no payout.

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Arts and Humanities
8:00 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Gospel Singers Make the Hospital Rounds

The Sunday gospel singers at University of Louisville Hospital.
Erin Keane WFPL News

Every Sunday, a men’s gospel choir visits University of Louisville Hospital to sing for the patients and the staff. The tradition has been going strong since 1931. WFPL’s Erin Keane dropped in last Sunday to listen.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun December 23, 2012

What We're Reading | 12.23.12

Each week, members of the WFPL news team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

Gabe Bullard: At some point on Christmas Eve, someone, whether by appointment or accident, will flip to A Christmas Story on television. The 24-hour marathon of this movie on cable makes it a leg-shaped lava lamp of the holidays. You can't look away.

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