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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat October 13, 2012

Strange Fruit: HIV in Our Community

The Louisville AIDS Walk is this Sunday, and for many, it's a time of solidarity and celebration. But AIDS activism in Louisville faces a big challenge: apathy. There are more people living with HIV in Louisville now than ever before, but the disease doesn't make the headlines it once did. 

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Politics
8:31 am
Sat October 13, 2012

Reviewing the Vice Presidental Debate at Danville

John Yarmuth and Rand Paul at the Vice President debate in Danville
Phillip Bailey WFPL News

The vice presidential debate at Centre College on Thursday night was viewed by millions of television viewers worldwide.  Two of our own reporters - WFPL's Political Editor Phillip M. Bailey and Kentucky Public Radio’s Kenny Colston - were there in person to watch the 90-minute debate between vice president Joe Biden and Republican nominee Paul Ryan. They were also part of the media throng at Centre College for several hours both before and after the debate. Bailey and Colston talked about their experience this past Friday on Byline.

Politics
5:32 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

MSNBC: Bolton Wrong About Lockup Contract Details

A producer with MSNBC's award-winning prison documentary series "Lockup" says Louisville Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton made inaccurate statements about the city’s contract with the cable news network.

The series began filming at the city jail earlier this year, and its season debut Saturday will feature footage from the corrections department. Bolton told WFPL in a telephone interview that Metro Corrections was given final edit approval and that his department had received $20,000 from the show for leadership development.

But MSNBC spokeswoman Wessie Vieria says Bolton’s claims are not true, and the cable network never gave Metro Corrections the rights to final editorial control of the show’s content.

"MSNBC does not ever give any editorial control to the people who appear in the stories and it was not different in this case. MSNBC and NBC News have final editorial control over every episode of Lockup and that is very, very clearly stated in our agreements with the jails and the prison," she says.

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Arts and Humanities
4:44 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Sarah Ioannides Conducts Louisville Orchestra Tonight

Australian conductor Sarah Ioannides will conduct Schwantner From Afar: Fantasy for Guitar and Orchestra for the Louisville Orchestra concert this evening. This afternoon on Byline she spoke with WFPL's Erin Keane about her career in music. 

Environment
4:35 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Environmental Attorney, State Spar Over Secretary's Comments on Clean Air Act

A local environmental attorney is challenging the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet over statements officials made earlier this week at a conference.

The contentious point revolves around a comment Energy and Environment Secretary Len Peters made during a session at the cabinet’s annual conference earlier this week. Here’s how his comments were summarized in a story by Jim Bruggers of the Courier-Journal.

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Politics
4:14 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Green Party VP Candidate Visits Kentucky to Address Poverty, VP Debate

Cheri Honkala

Green Party vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala has been touring Kentucky this week to draw attention to issues that are not being discussed in the campaign as well as speak out against the debate at Centre College.

Several demonstrations were held before the debate in Danville, Ky. on Thursday, including rallies to draw attention to access while others addressed issues of poverty and austerity measures. The Presidential Debate Commission barred Honkala and other third party candidates from participating alongside Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Congressman Paul Ryan.

The commissions rules dictate that in order for third party candidates to be included they must poll at least 15 percent among registered voters.

Honkala says the commission is the problem and should include more perspectives so that all Americans can have their views represented.

"I was outraged when I found out that myself and (running mate) Dr. Jill Stein have not been allowed into the debates, especially because we worked really hard to get on the ballot in about 38 states and 85 percent is eligible to vote for us," she says.

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Politics
3:15 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Second Successful VP Debate Has State Officials Hoping for Presidential Debate Next Time

As the dust settles on this year’s vice presidential debate at Centre College, local officials are saying the school is ready for the next step. 

Centre College has now held two vice presidential debates: this year’s and 2000's.

Those debates will be historically known for two different styles between candidates—Vice President Dick Cheney and Senator Joe Lieberman were cordial in 2000, while Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan were much feistier this year. But behind the scenes, both debates are known for how smoothly everything ran.

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Local News
3:01 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

VPs in Danville; Yarmuth/Wicker Debate; African-American Heritage Center; Pensions: Today on Byline

Here is the rundown for today's edition of Byline:

At the top - The world is talking about the vice presidential debate last evening in Danville, and WFPL was represented by Phillip Bailey and Kenny Colston, who discuss the media circus, the atmosphere in Danville, and of course the debate itself.

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Local News
2:48 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

College Football: U of L at Pitt, Wildcats vs Razorbacks, IU-OSU

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After a week off, the University of Louisville Cardinals return to the football field Saturday.

U of L plays its third straight road game with a visit to Pittsburgh.

To accommodate television coverage, the game will have an unusual kickoff time of 11:00am, which doesn’t bother Cards’ coach Charlie Strong.

"It’s going to be an early rise. So we get up early. When you get up you don’t have much time at all, it’s time to go play the football game. Which is good, I like that, I like getting up," Strong said.

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Local News
2:01 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Pensioners Concerned With Retirement System's Woes

Richard and Denise Woods want to travel.

The Woods are retirees with Kentucky state employee pensions, and they planned to fill their retirement with trips to Europe and visits to grandchildren in Georgia. But prices for gas and plane tickets are going up. And the pension system is struggling. The Woods worry that the checks they use to finance travels will stop coming.

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