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5:30 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Stephen Tobolowsky's New Series Is on WFPL

Actor, storyteller and friend of Byline Stephen Tobolowsky is on the air this month with four all-new, hour-long storytelling radio specials modeled around his new book, The Dangerous Animals Club. 

WFPL was one of the first stations in the country to broadcast The Tobolowsky Files, and we'll bring this new four-part series every Thursday at nine pm, beginning November 8th.

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Local News
4:24 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Kentucky Volunteer Helping With W. Va. Blizzard Cleanup

Photo of snow accumulation in Elkins, W. Va. by John Schmidt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flikr

A Red Cross volunteer from Kentucky has been helping residents of northeastern West Virginia recover from the massive snowfall caused by superstorm Sandy last week.

Ron Shipman has been preparing food at shelters in the communities of Beverly and Kingwood. Sandy dropped two feet of snow on Beverly. Shipman says the biggest issue facing most residents was the loss of electricity and some residents chose to spend money on fuel over food.

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Local News
3:11 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Beam Announces New Global Center in Fourth Street Live

A major whiskey company has relocated its new global services center in downtown Louisville. 

Beam Incorporated announced Thursday it has already employed 30 regional employees and begun training for the new center that will conduct the company's financial and human resources services.

In the next 12 months, there will be around 60 employees working in the new Fourth Street Live space, which is located above the Gordon Biersch restaurant.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Coin Toss May Decide Northern Ky. Council Race

The winner of a northern Kentucky city council seat may be decided by the flip of a coin.

One of the six seats for the Walton City Council is undetermined after two people on the ballot tied for sixth place.

Robert McDonald and Olivia Ballou both received 669 votes. McDonald tells the Kentucky Enquirer that one person who feels bad about the outcome is his wife, who didn’t vote Tuesday.

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Local News
2:50 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Barbara Shanklin Answers Some Questions in Ethics Hearing, But Again Walks Out

Credit Louisville Metro Council

The ethics hearing for Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin has closed with another dramatic exit by the embattled lawmaker.

Unlike yesterday, today Shanklin answered some questions from prosecutors. She told the ethics commission she was unaware her grandson was incarcerated at the time she signed his timesheet.

But when questions were directed toward her about discretionary spending practices, she—again—walked out at the request of her attorney Aubrey Williams.

Shanklin cites her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

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Environment
1:50 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

LG&E Cost Savings Means Rates Won't Rise As Much As Predicted

The smokestacks at LG&E's coal-fired Cane Run power plant.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Louisville Gas and Electric says it doesn’t expect customer bills to increase as much as the company predicted last year.

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Local News
1:32 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

The Origins of "The City on a Hill"

With the election season finally over, you may have stumbled upon a few phrases a  few (or a thousand) times. One of those is America being called or compared to “The City on a Hill.”

But where exactly does this phrase come from? And how has it woven itself so powerfully into our political rhetoric?

Dr. Richard Gamble of Hillsdale College  sought to answer these new questions in his new book, “In Search of the City on a Hill: The Making and Unmaking of an American Myth.”

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Environment
1:28 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Environmental Experts Lay Out Goals for Obama's Second Term

The New York Times has experts in several fields weighing in this morning on what they say should be President Obama's priorities for the next four years. Two of them spoke about energy and the environment, and both are worth a read in their entirety.

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Business
12:34 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Houston Official Chosen to Lead Greater Louisville Inc.

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An economic development official from Houston has been selected as the new president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., the metro’s chamber of commerce.

Craig Richard will lead the business group starting January 7.

He’s been chief economic development officer of the Greater Houston Partnership since 2008, and has held similar positions in Dallas and Arlington, Texas and in Virginia.

Richard succeeds Joe Reagan, who left GLI at the beginning of the year to lead the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association.

Local News
11:38 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Kentucky Constable Offices Should be Abolished or limited, Report Says

A new report by Kentucky's Justice Cabinet advocates the elimination or limiting of Kentucky's constable offices.

The office is established  in the Kentucky Constitution, but the report said constables no longer help law enforcement -- performing but .02 percent of all recorded law enforcement in the state --  and are often liabilities to counties.

“For the most part, constables perform security guard functions, direct traffic at events or serve civil process," the report said.

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