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Environment
9:05 am
Mon December 10, 2012

No Bats Yet in Artificial Tennessee Cave

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

So far there are no bats hibernating in an artificial cave built in Tennessee to help protect the animals from a deadly fungus. But the project’s sponsors are holding out hope for next year.

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Education
8:29 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Court Rules in Favor of Defunct Decker College, Again

A federal court has affirmed a bankruptcy court’s ruling this year in favor of a for-profit college that was forced to close after losing its accreditation and federal funding.

The U.S. Department of Education pulled student aid from Louisville’s Decker College in 2005, after the Council on Occupational Education said Decker didn’t accurately report that it offered several of its courses through distant or online learning.

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Politics
7:35 am
Mon December 10, 2012

McConnell: Tea Party Has Been a 'Good Movement' for Republican Party

Credit File photo

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell says the Tea Party has been good for the Republican Party.

Critics of the Tea Party blame it for costing the GOP the majority in the U.S. Senate the past four years, citing high-profile losses in Delaware, Nevada and Indiana.

Last week, the leader of the Tea Party in the Senate, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, announced he was leaving to lead a think tank.

But McConnell says the Tea Party has done something important for the GOP -- it's energized the party.

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Arts and Humanities
7:30 am
Mon December 10, 2012

The Bard's Town Closes Season with Holiday Comedy

The Bard’s Town Theatre closes its second season this month with “The Kings of Christmas,” an original holiday comedy written by executive director Doug Schutte. Directed by Schutte and artistic director Scot Atkinson, “The Kings of Christmas” uses a narrative framework loosely based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to help a frustrated young man come to terms with his eccentric family and regain his Christmas spirit.   

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Environment
6:10 am
Mon December 10, 2012

New Sheppard Square Will Incorporate Green Features

Officials will break ground this morning on the new Sheppard Square housing development, and the project will be one of Louisville’s greenest.

The old Sheppard Square housing project was anything but green: it was 70 years old, with old boilers, window air conditioning units and single-pane windows. But the new $167 million development—which includes $22 million in federal funds—will utilize the most sustainable materials available.

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Arts and Humanities
9:05 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Op-Ed: Classical Music Going Mainstream? Maybe One List at a Time

When it comes to lists, there’s music and there’s classical music. Even the most diverse album lists, which will often include hip-hop, alternative and folk together, will avoid classical. This has always bugged me, since our actual lives are rarely so well-categorized. The iPhone changed how we consume music. It’s been five years since we have been able to put any song or work we want, on a portable device that is capable of indiscriminately playing anything in any order. It’s the evolution of the mix tape.

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Politics
8:05 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Hemp Industry Won't Grow Overnight, Agriculture Economists Say

Hemp grown in Great Britain.
Credit Adrian Cable/Creative Commons

As Kentucky and federal lawmakers consider legalizing industrial hemp, the chair of the University of Kentucky's agriculture economics department notes that such an industry won't rise overnight.

It's a matter of economic viability. The main question being: With corn, soybeans and other crops selling at record high levels, what would entice farmers to switch to hemp instead?

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Arts and Humanities
7:05 am
Sun December 9, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Holiday Shows Key to Missions, Bottom Lines

The Louisville Ballet's "The Brown-Forman Nutcracker"
Louisville Ballet

For arts patrons who aren't fans of Christmas shows, this isn't exactly the most wonderful time of the year. The so-called "sweet weeks" between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day are packed with Christmassy fare, with Tiny Tim duking it out with the Sugar Plum Fairy and the entire populations of Bedford Falls and Santaland competing with holiday films and parties for family entertainment dollars and time.

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Local News
6:30 am
Sun December 9, 2012

What We're Reading | 12.9.12

Mumford & Sons

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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Local News
3:00 pm
Sat December 8, 2012

Unemployed Homeowners Entitled to Assistance, but Many Don't Know About It

The Unemployment Bridge Program has $149 million in its coffers to help prevent Kentuckians who have lost their jobs from losing their homes as well. Indiana has $222 million in its Hardest Hit Fund for the same purpose. But each state has awarded just a small fraction of the available money, because not many struggling homeowners have heard that help is available.

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