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12:24 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Tired of Mitch McConnell's Attacks, Matt Bevin Supporters Believe Upset Possible

Matt Bevin speaking at FreePAC Kentucky
Credit Phillip M. Bailey

With the Kentucky primary election six weeks away supporters of Republican Matt Bevin believe the tea party-backed challenger to Mitch McConnell still has a chance to pull off an upset. 

McConnell leads Bevin by double-digits in every poll and has brutalized his challenger in attack ads, calling him a "con man" and "fraud" in campaign materials.

A Wenzel Strategies survey shows McConnell's negative attacks are working.

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Local News
10:39 am
Mon April 7, 2014

UK's Aaron Harrison 'Not Afraid to Miss' Game-Winning Shots

Aaron Harrison
Credit ukathletics.com

The Kentucky Wildcats take on the Connecticut Huskies tonight for the men’s NCAA basketball championship.         

UK got by Wisconsin 74 to 73 Saturday night after Aaron Harrison put the Wildcats ahead with a long three-pointer with just under six seconds remaining.    It was Harrison’s third straight game-winning shot.

"The biggest thing is, he’s not afraid to miss.  He’s comfortable in his own skin, he knows how hard he’s worked," said Kentucky coach John Calipari.

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Arts and Humanities
12:23 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Actors Theatre of Louisville Closes 38th Humana Fest With Shorts, New Play Awards

Actors Theatre of Louisville closed its 38th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays yesterday with the world premiere of three ten-minute plays in the Pamela Brown Auditorium. 

These short works joined the six full-length plays that opened throughout the six-week festival. Read all of WFPL's coverage of the Humana Festival here

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Arts and Humanities
11:23 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Strong Ensemble and Solo Efforts Anchor Louisville Ballet's Season Closer

Kateryna Sellers and Eduard Forehand in Val Caniparoli's "Spaghetti Western."
Credit Wade Bell / Louisville Ballet

Friday evening's opening performance of “Complementary Voices,” the culminating program of the 2013-2014 season, demonstrated the strength that has become the Louisville Ballet during Bruce Simpson's twelve-year tenure as Artistic Director. Currently a company of 24 dancers (plus trainees), the Louisville Ballet has acquired a cohesion and depth in recent years with the men's and women's corps being equally strong. At the same time, individual dancer's skills have been allowed to shine in solo roles. Both these attributes were on show during this program.

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Local News
10:00 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Kentucky Soldier Who Died in Korean War to be Laid to Rest

Credit Wikipedia

Flags will fly at half-staff at all Kentucky state office buildings  Monday in honor of a Kentucky soldier who died in the Korean War 64 years ago.      

The funeral for Army Corporal William Day will be held in western Kentucky.

Day was reported missing in North Korea on Dec. 2, 1950.  

His daughter, Gloria Shonrock, began searching in earnest for information about Day in 1992. His remains were eventually found among boxes of remains given to the U.S. by North Korea in the early 1990s.

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Politics
8:30 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Republican Senate Contender Matt Bevin 'Called of God,' Says Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck

Republican Matt Bevin is a Heaven-sent choice for Kentucky voters in the upcoming U.S. Senate primary election.

That's according to conservative radio show host Glenn Beck, who gave a rousing speech at a rally for conservative grassroots  activists over the weekend.

Beck was the keynote speaker at FreePAC Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.

The event that was organized by FreedomWorks and featured a number of tea party activists and candidates from across the country and state, including Bevin, who spoke on a variety of issues.

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Arts and Humanities
7:54 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Knoxville's Big Ears Festival Celebrates 'Weird' Music

Adam Sliwinski shows off a chordstick.
Daniel Gilliam WFPL News

After a four-year hiatus, Big Ears Festival returned to Knoxville last weekend. The festival is produced by AC Entertainment, the same folks that put on the annual Bonnaroo and Forecastle music festivals. In this family, Big Ears plays the role of red-headed stepchild (albeit one loved enormously by its father/founder, Ashley Capps).

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Local News
11:42 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Kentucky Wildcats Beat Wisconsin 74-73, Will Face UConn for NCAA Title

Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left, after taking a pass from his twin brother Andrew, and Kentucky beat Wisconsin 74-73 on Saturday night to advance to the national championship game.

The Harrison twins and all those Kentucky freshmen aren't one and done just yet.  

They will be playing for the Wildcats' ninth national championship Monday night in an unexpected title matchup.

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Politics
11:00 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Exploring 'Legal Avenues' Against Parents, Stricter Teen Curfew

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
Credit File photo

In the wake of a violent outbreak in downtown Louisville led by a group of teenagers, Mayor Greg Fischer is looking for "legal avenues" to hold the parents of delinquent children accountable.

That's according to a letter obtained by WFPL, which Fischer is set to release to citizens sometime this weekend.

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Local News
4:48 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Complaint Filed Against Louisville Metro Planning Commission

A complaint filed Friday by an attorney representing several members of the Tucker Station neighborhood against Louisville Metro Government stems from a recent Planning Commission decision to allow development of multiple distribution centers in southeast Jefferson County.

The plaintiffs say the structure of the Planning Commission is in violation of state law, rendering the commission’s approval “null and void.”

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