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1:00 pm
Sun October 7, 2012

Rand Paul Promotes Compromise As GOP Senate Takeover Chances Dwindle

U.S. Senate

As Election Day nears, it’s becoming less clear who will hold the Senate majority next year.

Earlier this year, most pundits were ready to hand over the keys to the U.S. Senate to Kentucky’s senior senator, Mitch McConnell.

But now, a GOP takeover looks less likely. “I know there are four or five seats we think we can pick up, there are two or three we have to hang onto. We might lose one or two of the ones we have to hang onto, but then we might pick up three or four," says Senator Rand Paul.

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Local News
9:58 am
Sun October 7, 2012

Actor Stephen Tobolowsky on Playing Small Parts and Gathering Stories

Before a public reading from his book, Tobolowsky stopped by WFPL News to talk about his career, storytelling and the little-known plumber role in Much Ado about Nothing.

Stephen Tobolowsky has a long career in film, television and stage acting. You may know him from his role as Ned Ryerson on Groundhog Day...or as Sandy Ryerson on Glee...or as Hugo Jarry on Deadwood...or as the plumber in You May Not Kiss the Bride.

He's played so many roles, he doesn't remember all of them.

"I think I counted and it's been over 120 movies and 200 some-odd television shows," he said on WFPL's Byline.

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Politics
10:30 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

Noise and Notes: Presidential Debate Afterthoughts and Norris Shelton's Pitch for Frankfort

Louisville Public Media

The first presidential debate is behind us, and observers are still digesting how President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney performed.

It was a much anticipated discussion that about 67 million Americans watched, but surprisingly both Mr. Obama's critics and supporters agreed that the president gave a lackluster performance.

Romney was more aggressive and forceful, and this could be the turning point his campaign needs less than five weeks until Election Day. For many, this puts added pressure on Vice President Joe Biden in his debate against Congressman Paul Ryan on Thursday in Danville, Ky.

But the president's supporters point out that while Romney may have won the style of the debate his facts do not add up on a number of his assertions.

I talked to political commentator Stacy Brooks and Louisville Young Republicans Chairman James Young about the debate, Mr. Obama's performance and where the election is headed.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat October 6, 2012

Strange Fruit: LGBT History Month

October is LGBT History Month, and this past week was Pride Week at UofL. So this week, we talked to some of our favorite people about notable moments in LGBTQ history, and what festivities took place this week on campus.

Arts and Humanities
4:16 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Writer's Block Festival and Weekend Arts Round-Up

Lynnelle Edwards

Today on Byline, WFPL's arts and humanities reporter Erin Keane gave a quick rundown on some of the many arts highlights for this weekend, including productions by Theatre 502, Kentucky Opera, and Looking for Lilith.

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Local News
3:17 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

JCPS District 7 Board Race; New Medicaid Operators; Stephen Tobolowsky; DecodeDC: Today on Byline

Here's what we covered today on Byline:

At the top - WFPL's education reporter Devin Katayama recaps the school board debate we hosted earlier this week with candidates running in District 7.  The five candidates competing for retiring board member Larry Hujo's seat include Chris Brady, Christopher Fell, Marty Bell, James Sexton and Jonathan Robertson.

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Local News
3:00 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Fair Board Approves Las Vegas Executive to CEO

Chairman Ron Carmicle says Rippetoe will likely start the first of the year.

The Kentucky State Fair Board unanimously approved a Las Vegas executive to replace outgoing CEO and president Harold Workman.

After meeting with two finalists this morning, a search committee recommended Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe to replace Workman, who has led the fair board since 1993.

“I think he was aware of the challenges. I think he had done his homework. I think he had done his research. I think he knows what our strengths are, what our opportunities are, but also understands the financial challenges that we’re dealing with," said board chair Ron Carmicle.

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Environment
2:56 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Kentucky Reaches Settlement with Coal Company Over Water Violations

Kentucky has reached a settlement with a coal company accused of thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act.

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Politics
1:40 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Wicker Questions Jobs Report

Wicker
Wicker campaign

Republican congressional candidate Brooks Wicker joined a chorus of conservatives who are claiming the September jobs report was manipulated by President Obama for political purposes.

The report compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistic was released Friday and shows the jobless rate fell to 7.8 percent, which is the lowest since January 2009. According to the report, the U.S. economy added 114,000 jobs last month while other figures were revised from July and August to add another 86,000 jobs.

But former GE CEO Jack Welch and Florida Congressman Allen West quickly denounced the report and accused Mr. Obama of massaging the figures.

In a message to supporters, Wicker said he is "sick of political games" being played by the president and his opponent, Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth.

"The math is simple and the jobs numbers just don’t add up. We deserve better than politicians  "revising" numbers, solely concerned about their own re-election. We need to fix the problem of Washington politicians. I will not compromise my integrity to win an election. We need to govern for future generations, and fix this mess Yarmuth helped create," he says.

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Environment
12:46 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Tomorrow's Solar Tour Highlights Solar Energy Systems Around Louisville

Fernando Tomas Wikimedia Commons

Cities around the country are participating in the National Solar Tour tomorrow, which highlights solar and other energy efficient building ideas. In Louisville, there are 30 sites lined up to demonstrate how home and business owners can get at least some of their energy from the sun.

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