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1:22 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Confusion Over Future Liquor Sales Leads to Strange Partnerships

Gabe Bullard WFPL News

A recent ruling by a federal judge has turned Kentucky’s liquor sales environment into a state of confusion.

The judge struck down Kentucky laws that prohibit liquor sales in grocery stores and gas stations, calling it unconstitutional. He has since decided to place that ruling  on hold to let Kentucky lawmakers see if they can write a better law.

At the same time, a task force appointed by the governor is studying the same issue and begins public input meetings this week.

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Local News
11:50 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Dalai Lama to Speak at YUM Center

The Dalai Lama plans to bless Louisville's Drepung Gomang Institute on his three-day visit.

The Dalai Lama plans to visit Louisville next May and hold public talks on compassion.

It was announced the Dalai Lama would visit Louisville earlier this year to bless the city’s Tibetan Buddhist Center, called the Drepung Gomang  Institute. Now plans for his May 19-21 visit have been announced by institute officials and Mayor Greg Fischer.

The theme suits Fischer's commitments to compassion made last year, which asked residents to volunteer in preparation for the Kentucky Derby, said institute board member Will Lestrange.

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Environment
10:48 am
Mon October 15, 2012

PHOTOS: Louisville's First-Ever CycLOUvia

Gabe Bullard WFPL

A two-mile stretch of road was closed to vehicles yesterday afternoon for Louisville's first CycLOUvia. The event was inspired by a similar one called Ciclovia in Bogota, Colombia, where streets are closed to traffic every Sunday to encourage walking and biking.

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Politics
9:55 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Young Ad Targets Obamacare

In the race for Indiana's Ninth Congressional District race, Republican incumbent Todd Young has released a TV ad attacking President Obama's health care overhaul.

The 30-second spot criticizes the Affordable Care Act as "just one more way that Washington is trying to control" residents lives. It shows a series of doors in doctor's offices slamming in the viewers face to signify a barrier between physicians and their patients with Young opening the door for residents.

Check it:

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Local News
9:10 am
Mon October 15, 2012

New Menu Labeling Law Takes Effect

A new menu labeling ordinance goes into effect Monday for many Louisville restaurants.

The ordinance was first proposed in July and only applies to restaurants that already have calorie counts for their menus available.

“Any food service establishment that posts caloric or other nutritional information on its website—or through other communications methods—that they need to make that same information available to customers on site at the restaurant," says Department of Public Health and Wellness spokesman Dave Langdon.

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Mock Election: Which Presidential Candidate Will Students Relate To?

Courtesy of Alex Lee, Wikimedia Commons

Voter registration in Kentucky has closed for eligible voters, but Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging non-eligible voters to sign up for a mock election.

“From the moment I could read I was reading precinct lists and the moment I could walk, walking door to door to help get out the vote on Election Day,” said Grimes.

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Local News
8:45 am
Mon October 15, 2012

ABC Task Force To Hold Hearings Across Kentucky

Photo from abc.ky.gov

The task force Governor Beshear appointed to study Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage control laws will hold a series of public forums this week.

Robert Vance, secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet and chairman of the 22-member panel that will prepare a report for the governor, says the meetings will be held in Somerset, Madisonville and at Northern Kentucky University.

"We’ll basically be getting just feedback," Vance said. "And that feedback will be included in the report."

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Local News
8:30 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Stan Curtis Due In Federal Court This Week

Photo from KET

A federal court appearance is scheduled this week in Louisville for Stan Curtis, the man who received worldwide acclaim for his efforts to provide food to the needy.

Curtis is accused of stealing donations from one of his charitable organizations.

A bill of information issued last month accuses the 63 year old Curtis of mail fraud, money laundering and filing a false income tax return.

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Local News
8:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Humana, KaBoom Build Playground For Parkland Boys and Girls Club

Some 250 volunteers have signed up to help build a playground in just six hours at the Parkland neighborhood Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday.

The project is a partnership between the Humana Foundation and a national non-profit organization called KaBoom, which has helped build over 2,100 playgrounds nationwide. The playground, which includes a community garden space, will be built next to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana's Parkland neighborhood club.

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Politics
10:30 pm
Sat October 13, 2012

Noise and Notes: Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is the only Republican serving as a constitutional officer in state government, and is frequently mentioned as a future gubernatorial candidate.

Comer was elected to office with the highest number of votes among any candidate running in last year’s statewide election and he arrived at the agriculture department promising a new, bipartisan direction.

The former state representative immediately partnered with State Auditor Adam Edelen to address a growing scandal left by his predecessor—former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer—who is now reportedly being investigated by the FBI.

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