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Kentucky Author Forum
6:02 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Win tickets to see Jared Diamond at Kentucky Author Forum

WFPL is proud to sponsor the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Author Forum presentation of Jared Diamond on January 9th at the Kentucky Center. Diamond is an evolutionary biologist, professor of geography at UCLA, and author of The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?  

Diamond will be interviewed by Sarah Hrdy, Associate in the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Harvard.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Gov. Steve Beshear: Law Enforcement Issues with Hemp Must Be Worked Out

Gov. Steve Beshear
Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

Before he joins the call for legalized industrial hemp, Gov. Steve Beshear wants law enforcement officials to resolve their concerns about the issue.

The issue: Some Kentucky officials believe legalized industrial hemp would be good for Kentucky's economy, but law enforcement officials are concerned that such a move would conflict with efforts to crack down on marijuana growers.

“I think we’re going to have to answer those questions before we can really move forward in the industrial hemp area,” Beshear said.

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Local News
8:07 am
Sun December 16, 2012

The Hip Hicksploitation: MTV Goes Buckwild With Rural Stereotypes

Here’s a confession: I’m from New Jersey. I spent 16 formative years in the Garden State. And when I left—except for a few years in Minnesota and Chicago for college—I lived in West Virginia.

And for some reason, those are the two states MTV has most recently selected for—or subjected to—reality show scrutiny.

Watch out, Louisville. If this  suggests any kind of pattern, you’re next.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Heath High Shooting Survivor: Effects of Shooting Never Go Away

The scale of the Newtown elementary school shooting is unprecedented, but Hollan Holm understands what the people in that Connecticut town are enduring.

Holm was wounded in December 1997 when a student -- Michael Carneal, then 14 -- opened fire in Heath High School in West Paducah, killing three. 

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Interstates in Louisville: An Oral History

As the Ohio River Bridges Project moves slowly forward, and as the opposition shows no signs of weakening, WFPL takes a look back at the first time highways were built in Louisville.

In this oral history, our experts recount a story of urban destruction, power plays, citizen activism and the pursuit of progress. The guests are:

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Local News
6:30 am
Sun December 16, 2012

What We're Reading | 12.16.12

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
10:35 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Noise and Notes: Can Anyone Beat Mitch McConnell?

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

Respect him or not, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his leadership role in Washington cannot be ignored.

For weeks speculation has been growing about who will take on the powerful GOP leader two years from now. One Democrat—Owensboro home builder Ed Marksberry—has stepped forward, but with little excitement.

The national media has focused much of its attention on actress Ashley Judd, who would bring Hollywood star power to the race.

But prominent state Democratic leaders have voiced skepticism if not outright opposition to her celebrity candidacy in the commonwealth.

Others point to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who many view as the most popular choice. And a recent survey showed Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is within striking distance.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Strange Fruit: Filmmaker Tiona M on Telling Untold Stories; Louisville Author TeaRon Watkins

A young black lesbian woman waits for the results of her HIV test after having been cheated on by a partner. For the middle-aged, HIV positive gay black man in the waiting room with her, the clinic visit is more routine. These are the two characters in documentary filmmaker Tiona M's latest movie, Bumming Cigarettes

Tiona joined us this week to talk about her work, and how she's been inspired to make the kinds of films she would have benefited from seeing herself, as a young black lesbian growing up in the south.

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Local News
4:29 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Kids May Ask About the Newtown Shooting. Be Frank and Reassuring, Psychologist Says

Bill Pfohl
Credit Western Kentucky University

Children see the television news. They hear the radio. Older kids read online.

Many already know that at least 27 people -- 20 of them children, officials say -- died Friday in a school shooting in Newtown, Conn. 

Children can't unsee, unhear or unread the news. But parents can do much to ease anxieties, said a Kentucky psychologist who is part of a team that responds to school shootings.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Ousted Indiana House Democratic Leader Re-elected to National Party Committee

A national campaign group has re-elected former Indiana House Speaker and Democratic leader Patrick Bauer to its board.

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee helps Democrats campaign for seats in statehouses across the country.

It re-elected Bauer to its board Thursday.

Bauer’s standing among Indiana House Democrats has fallen this year.

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