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8:00 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Six Months After Deadly Tornadoes, Communities Mark Milestones

A bus thrown into a store in Henryville, IN after tornadoes ripped through the town on March 2, 2012.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Today marks six months from the day tornadoes tore through parts of Indiana and Kentucky, killing more than 30 and destroying buildings in their path. Churches in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio are marking the milestone.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

RNC Commentary and Analysis on WFPL's Byline

The Republican National Convention is over, with Mitt Romney formally accepting the GOP presidential nomination.  Friday on Byline, we talked about the RNC with the Courier-Journal’s James Carroll, who covered the convention in Tampa, WFPL's Phillip Bailey, and Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston. 

Sports
8:46 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Showdown at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium: Governor's Cup, Pride on the Line

WDRB sports reporter Eric Crawford checked in with WFPL's Rick Howlett on Byline yesterday to dissect the big UofL/UK football game this weekend.  It’s the highly-anticipated season opener for two teams facing very different challenges. Crawford and Howlett discuss the coaches, key players, the potentially iffy weather forecast, and other factors making this game a fan favorite in the Bluegrass state.

Politics
5:09 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Louisville Public Works Director Resigns

LEO Weekly (used with permission)

Louisville Metro Government Public Works Director Ted Pullen has resigned.

Mayor Greg Fischer's office has confirmed that Pullen turned in his letter of resignation at 4:30 p.m. Friday, saying he wanted to pursue other opportunities.

Fischer spokesman Chris Poynter says the search for a new director will begin immediately.

In June, WFPL requested documents from Metro Government, including "complaints filed against Louisville Metro Public Works Director Ted Pullen by Metro employees in the department since February 1, 2012." In response, we were told a complaint was pending and could not be released.

When asked later that week about any complaints against Pullen and whether his office asked Pullen to resign, Fischer told WFPL he had not asked Pullen to resign at that time. When asked whether there was an investigation into any complaints against Pullen, Fischer replied "We have personnel issues all the time and obviously we don't discuss those."

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Local News
3:50 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Cards Not Taking UK Lightly

Photo from cardsandcats.com

The Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals return to the football field this Sunday, facing off in the annual battle for the Governor’s Cup.

The Cards are ranked 25th nationally in the AP pre-season poll and heavily favored in this year’s matchup, but offensive lineman Alex Kupper says his team knows better than to take the Wildcats lightly.

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Politics
3:49 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Lawmakers to Examine Coal Severance Fund

Kentucky lawmakers will be briefed next week on the state’s ailing coal severance tax fund.

The office of the state budget director will update the lawmakers of the fund’s future on Wednesday, during a regularly scheduled meeting of the interim committee on natural resources and environment.

The coal severance fund is made up of a tax collected on each ton of coal mined in Kentucky. But the coal industry has had a rough year, and officials are forecasting problems maintaining previous levels of revenue.

Arts
3:42 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Taking the Helm at Actors Theatre: Artistic Director Les Waters

Today on Byline, WFPL's arts and humanities reporter Erin Keane spent some time with new artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, Les Waters.

Keane talks with Waters about his background and experience, what he hopes to achieve in Louisville, the first production of the new season, and his curatorial decisions behind the productions for the 2012-13 season.

Local News
3:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

RNC in Review; LMPD VIPER Unit; UofL/UK Football: Today on Byline

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

At the top - Review and recap of the Republican National Convention with WFPL's Phillip Bailey, Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston, and the Courier-Journal's Jim Carroll, who was present in Tampa this week.  They discuss the speeches, including Kentuckians Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, the Clint Eastwood appearance, and of course Mitt Romney's address.

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Environment
2:03 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

MSHA Reports Success With Increased Efforts to Protect Whistleblowers

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is reporting increases in the number of miners who have filed discrimination complaints after reporting safety violations.

Federal law protects miners who report unsafe working conditions to employers, or refuse to work until the problem is fixed. But Assistant Secretary of Labor Joe Main says that after the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia two years ago, it was obvious many miners were afraid to exercise their rights.

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Local News
7:30 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Cards, Cats Facing Unique Challenges As Football Season Begins

Photo of Governor's Cup from kentuckysportsradio.com

University of Louisville and University of Kentucky football teams will meet for the 25th time this Sunday.

It’s the season opener for two teams facing a different set of challenges.

In Louisville, there are high expectations for coach Charlie Strong’s Cardinals. In his third season since he was hired away from Florida to turn around a program that faltered for three years under previous coach Steve Kragthorpe, Strong’s team is ranked 25th in the AP pre-season poll, and is favored to win the Big East Conference title.

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