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10:36 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

College Football: WKU Tops UK

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 32-31 tonight in overtime at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.

Western won the game with a trick pass play on a two-point conversion.

The Wildcats sent the game into overtime with a touchdown pass play with 24 seconds left in regulation. 

UK scored the first touchdown in overtime, but the Hilltoppers answered with a touchdown and the two-point conversion.

Kentucky falls to 1 and 2 on the season.  Western is 2 and 1.  

Local News
7:11 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

College Football: Cards Hold Off UNC 39-34

The Louisville Cardinals survived a second-half surge by North Carolina to defeat the Tar Heels 39-34 today at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

The game appeared to be all but over at halftime with U of L leading 36-7, but North Carolina came roaring back in the second half, outscoring the Cards 27-3.

UNC had a chance to score the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but the 19th ranked Cards broke up a pass play with less than two minutes remaining.

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Local News
3:26 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

Born Addicted: Growing Numbers of Newborns in Crisis

Courtesy Courier-Journal

For the past two years, the Courier-Journal has been investigating Kentucky’s prescription drug abuse epidemic, with reporting by the C-J's medical writer Laura Ungar. 

Friday Laura joined us on Byline to talk about the latest installment in the series, focusing on newborns suffering from serious opiate withdrawal symptoms because of the drug use of their mothers.

Sports
9:00 am
Sat September 15, 2012

The Man Who Bought Muhammad Ali's House

This week, the boyhood home of Muhammad Ali was sold for $70,000 to real estate investor Jared Weiss, CEO of Motion Properties. Its’ the boyhood home of Muhammad Ali. Then known as Cassius Clay, the future boxing legend spent most of his formative years in the one-story home at 3302 Grand Avenue, in west Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood. We wanted to meet the investor behind the purchase and find out what he hopes to do with the property, so we spoke to him on Friday's Byline.

Local News
4:31 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

College Football: Cards Host UNC; UK vs WKU

The Louisville Cardinals return to college football action tomorrow, hosting North Carolina.

Coach Charlie Strong says the game will be a major test for the 19th ranked Cards, as they line up against the unranked but solid Tar Heels.

"I think this weekend we will find out exactly where we are as a football program and the steps that we need to continue to make the changes to this program to get it headed in the right direction," Strong said.

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Arts and Humanities
4:07 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Speed Museum Says Goodbye to Charles Venable

Speed Art Museum

Our arts segment on this week's Byline was bittersweet; Charles Venable is leaving Louisville after five years as director of the Speed Art Museum. Meanwhile, the Speed itself will say goodbye for now, as it breaks ground on a $50 million renovation and expansion, starting next weekend. WFPL's Erin Keane spoke with Venable about what's next for him, and the institution he's leaving behind.

Politics
3:15 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Whistleblower Disputes Retirement Officials on Placement Agent Claim

A whistleblower and former member of the Kentucky Retirement System’s board of trustees is disputing claims that the pension plan hasn’t used placement agents recently.

Chris Tobe is an investment expert who served on the system’s board for four years. He’s also the main witness in a Securities and Exchange Commissions investigation into KRS and its previous uses of placement agents.

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Local News
3:12 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Yarmuth on Libya; New Regs for School Lunches; Born Addicted; Ali House: Today on Byline

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

At the top - Violent protests erupted this week across the Middle East and elsewhere in response to a film that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.    WFPL political editor  Phillip M. Bailey speaks with Congressman John Yarmuth about the Middle East developments and their impact on the U.S. presidential race.

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Environment
2:28 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Coal Ash Problems Continue at Cane Run

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

Louisville Gas and Electric has had another equipment malfunction at its Cane Run plant, which released clouds of coal ash yesterday evening.

The sludge processing plant is the machine that takes the coal ash and mixes it with other materials to turn it into a concrete-like substance, so it can be put into the landfill. A video shot by Greg Walker, who lives across the street, shows clouds of ash rising above the plant—and over the dust screen the company installed in April.

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Environment
2:08 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Louisville Uses Partnership to Increase Tree Canopy

A 2011 report says Louisville's tree canopy is around 27 percent.
Census Data Wikimedia Commons

A regional waste management company has partnered with Louisville Metro Government to help increase the city’s tree canopy over the next decade.

Ecotech will work with Louisville’s Tree Advisory Commission, which was formed by Mayor Greg Fischer last year to help maintain and add to the city’s tree canopy.

Fischer helped plant the first three trees Friday and over the next 10 years, Ecotech has committed to donating 1,000 trees through its 10,000 Trees Partnership.

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