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4:40 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Handful of GOP House Candidates Ask David Williams To Not Use Pension Loophole

A group of GOP House candidates are encouraging one Republican leader to take a bold stance on a pension issue.

Republicans Chris Hightower, Jason Crockett, Lynn Bechler, Bryan Lutz and Matt Lockett are all in competitive races for the state House this election cycle.

The candidates want Senate President David Williams to retire, rather than resign, if he is selected and accepts a judgeship in his home county.

Arts and Humanities
4:12 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Dance Theatre of Harlem Company Reborn, Launches New Tour in Louisville

Company member Ashley Murphy
Rachel Neville Dance Theatre of Harlem

After an eight-year hiatus, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company is back on the road, and its first stop is Louisville.

Founded in New York City in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell, Dance Theatre of Harlem is a rigorous ballet training program with an internationally-acclaimed professional dance company committed to racial diversity in ballet. The organization struggled financially in the years after September 11, 2001, and suspended its company in 2004. 

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Local News
3:05 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Centre Officials Tout Return on Debate Investment

Centre College officials say their moment in the national political spotlight was worth the Kentucky school's investment in hosting last week's vice presidential debate.

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Local News
2:50 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Eight Louisville Cases in Boy Scout "Perversion Files"

The Boy Scouts of America has released piles of documents that make up what the organization calls "perversion files." The files outline about 5,000 alleged cases of abuse within the scouts between 1947 and 2005.

Environment
11:57 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Special Program: BURN: An Energy Journal

The radio documentary that BoingBoing called  a "must listen" is coming to WFPL.

BURN: An Energy Journal is a two-part special that explores "the Impact of Individuals, New Ideas and Revolutionary Technologies on National Energy Policy."

Tonight (Thursday, October 18), we'll broadcast part one: Voting on America's energy future—from hydraulic fracturing to the power of wind. 

Environment
10:05 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Groups Sue to Stop Eastern Kentucky Surface Mine

Gabe Bullard WFPL

The Sierra Club and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in hopes of blocking a surface mine permit in eastern Kentucky.

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Environment
8:45 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Obama, Romney Offer Differing Facts on Energy Production

Decumanus Wikimedia Commons

Much like the first presidential debate, there was no mention of climate change in the second match-up between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. But there was more talk about energy than during the first debate.

And, predictably, there was lots of work to be done by fact-checkers in the day following.

One of the most intense exchanges of the night was over oil and gas production on federal lands. Romney said production of oil on government land is down 14 percent, and production of gas is down nine percent.

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Environment
7:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

EPA Official, Environmental Activists Reflect on 40 Years of the Clean Water Act

One of the country's most effective environmental laws-- the Clean Water Act--turns 40 today.

The act has been setting water quality standards and regulating pollution for the nation's streams, lakes and wetlands since being signed by a bipartisan Congress in 1972.

“Before 1972, this nation approached water quality as ‘the dilution is the solution to pollution,” said Hank Graddy of Kentucky Watershed Watch, in a breakout session at the Healthy Farms, Local Foods Conference last weekend.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

The Big Break: The Second Shift

  • Claire takes a second job, Samantha works a festival fundraiser and Brad finds time for work and for play.

This week on our new audio diary series, "The Big Break," Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks moonlights as a teacher, while Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach works a fundraiser for the theater's annual Humana Festival. Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond figures out how to make his busy rehearsal schedule accommodate his second job and his first love. 

Learn more about our audio diarists, who report in every Thursday about life in Louisville's professional arts companies.

Food and Dining
5:05 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Restaurants Face Uphill Battle for Cardinal Towne Diners

Brian Herbert brianherbert.com

Cardinal Towne seemed like a good location for Papalinos NY Pizzeria to open a second location.

Bolstered by the success of the restaurant’s Baxter Avenue store, co-owner Shelly Hernandez says she and her husband, co-owner Allan Rosenberg, rented a space in Cardinal Towne, a mixed-use development on Cardinal Boulevard. Sandwiched between the University of Louisville Belknap campus and Old Louisville, the location had the potential to draw patrons from two distinct communities. They opened the Cardinal Towne Papalinos store in August 2011.

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