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8:31 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Opposing Views Voiced on Taco Punk's Kickstarter Campaign

The decision by Taco Punk's owner to use Kickstarter to support his business has led to some heated discussion on social media in Louisville. We've asked the principal of the matter, restaurant owner Gabe Sowder, to expand on his decision. We've also asked Rae Hodge, who wrote a stinging critique of the restaurant in the Louisville Cardinal (and who is a Kentucky Public Radio intern), for her opinion, too.

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Food and Dining
8:02 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Op-Ed: For Taco Punk, Let the Market Run Its Course

What a miserable shank in the ribs it is to have to ask to borrow money from friends. It forces you to choose between pride and survival. It instills an immediate sense of gratitude and obligation towards those who lend. The borrower has to consider whether they’ve been spending wisely in the first place.

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Op-Ed
8:01 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Op-Ed: Kickstarter Campaign Can Allow Taco Punk to Ethically Compete with Chains

When I chose to locate Taco Punk in NuLu, my business plan accounted for windfall revenue from large events like the NCAA Tournament, Thunder over Louisville and the Derby Marathon. None of these events produced any significant income. Furthermore, the casual nature of Taco Punk makes it challenging for us to attract significant numbers of customers at night. I knew that we had to change our business model or we were not going to be able to make it. As I have a METCO loan, I contacted the Economic Development council for advice. After presenting my ideas I was urged to create a Kickstarter project to finance developing the side lot into an alfresco dining area and launch a catering program.

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Local News
4:39 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Kentucky's School Safety Committee Listens to All Options

Kentucky’s House Subcommittee on School Safety listened to more testimony Friday afternoon and for the second time since its creation.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo created the special subcommittee to address school safety following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Since then, many communities have begun discussing ways to improve school safety.

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Local News
3:46 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Cards Will Try to End Losing Slide at Georgetown

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will try to snap a two-game losing streak  Saturday when the Cards visit Georgetown.

Coach Rick Pitino’s team was ranked number one in the country a week ago, but has since fallen to Big East Conference opponents Syracuse and Villanova.

"Like I said to you guys before the season, we are going to have our peaks and valleys," Pitino said at his Friday press conference.  

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Local News
3:37 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Ed Hart on Kentucky Kingdom Lease; Inauguration 2013; McConnell; Food Stamp Challenge

Here's what we covered in this edition of Byline:

At the top - The Kentucky State Fair Board took a major step toward reopening Kentucky Kingdom with approval of a 50-year lease this week.  Developer Ed Hart and his team of investors say they are confident the park that’s been closed since 2009 will reopen next year.  Ed Hart speaks with WFPL’s Devin Katayama.

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Politics
2:44 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

McConnell Campaign Taunts Liberals Over Filibuster Reform

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

In a message to supporters, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign is bragging after modest filibuster reforms were enacted in the U.S. Senate.

Several progressive groups along with liberal Democrats in the Senate had been pushing Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nv., to go with the "nuclear option" to overhaul the chamber's rules.

But Reid went for much weaker reforms, and the deal negotiated with McConnell speeds up the parliamentary process for new business, motion and debates.

The McConnell camp says that the GOP leader "beat the liberals" who were pushing for more drastic changes.

From Team Mitch:

A group of the Senate's most liberal Senators, fueled by left-wing groups like Move On, have been pushing a dangerous scheme to change the rules of the United States Senate and fundamentally alter the checks and balances of our system.

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Environment
2:26 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Appeals Court Won't Reconsider Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

Erica Peterson WFPL

A federal appeals court has rejected a request from the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider its August decision to vacate a major air pollution rule.

The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule is designed to reduce the amount of pollution that blows across state lines. It places limits on the sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides produced in 28 states, including Kentucky.

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Food and Dining
2:24 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Undeterred By Critics, Taco Punk Kickstarter Campaign Continues

Editor's Note: With all the emotion surrounding this story, we've asked Gabe Sowder and Rae Hodge, who last year wrote a stinging review of Taco Punk in the University of Louisville's student newspaper,  to contribute to a point-counterpoint feature. Read Sowder's here and Hodge's here.

Gabe Sowder’s first year as chef and owner of Taco Punk was rough.

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Politics
2:07 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

City Purchases Land to Attract Jobs, Development in West Louisville

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday that Metro Government has purchased a 30-acre piece of land in west Louisville that it plans to market to companies wishing to expand or relocate to the city.

The property is the former headquarters of National Tobacco located at 30th and Muhammad Ali Blvd. It will cost the city $1.2 million to buy from state government, with $750,000 coming from a settlement with the state over an unrelated right-of-way dispute.

The other $500,000 was allocated by the mayor last year in the city budget to buy brown space in the West End.

"This property is ideal and ready for development," Fischer said in a news release. "The site is clear with no significant environmental issues. It’s on a rail line, abuts the interstate and is surrounded by a ready workforce."

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