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7:00 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Utility Task Force Hasn't Ruled Out Potential Merger Between MSD, Louisville Water

The utility task force studying a potential collaboration between the Metropolitan Sewer District, Louisville Water Company and Metro Public Works is nearing the end of its work.

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Environment
6:15 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Paper Argues Energy Prices Should Reflect External Costs

A new paper by a progressive think tank argues energy prices are too low. The authors examine the external costs that result from different fuels and conclude that the country’s energy mix would change if consumers were forced to pay more.

The paper lays out the case for more expensive energy, arguing that ratepayers aren’t paying for the external costs of fossil fuels when they flip a light switch or fill up at the pump.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Rock Opera 'Bare' Explores Teen Sexuality, Religion

Pandora Productions explores the secret lives of Catholic high schoolers this week in the rock opera “Bare,” a dramatic musical about gay and straight boarding school students struggling with their sexuality.

Written by Jon Hartmere, Jr. (book and lyrics) and Damon Intrabartolo (book and music), “Bare” opens Thursday in the Bingham Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Critics have compared “Bare” to “Spring Awakening” and “Rent.” Though it has moments of hip levity, it’s an intense drama with a tragic ending.

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Environment
6:00 am
Mon May 7, 2012

New Louisville Brewery Relies on Solar Energy

Solar panels on the roof of Apocalypse Brew Works, on Mellwood Avenue.

Kentucky still isn’t exactly a hotbed of solar-powered energy. In the latest estimates, the state government says 92 percent of the state’s power came from coal last year, and solar didn’t even show up on the chart. But even so, one new brewery in Louisville is relying on the sun to power its beer-brewing process.

Apocalypse Brew Works held a soft opening late last month. Eight new beers were on tap, and all were made possible through the rows of solar panels on the brewery’s roof.

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Local News
7:25 pm
Sun May 6, 2012

Churchill Downs Homicide Victim Identified

Louisville Metro Police continue their investigation into the death of a man whose body was found early today in a barn on the Churchill Downs backside.

He’s been identified as 48 year old Adan Fabian Perez of Guatemala, who lived on the backside. A state racing officials tells the Courier-Journal that Perez was a groom at the track.

The death has been ruled a homicide. Police say Perez was apparently involved in an altercation, but an exact cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow.

Sports
7:10 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Believe You Can is the Kentucky Oaks Champion; Napravnik Makes History

Believe You Can has won the 2012 Kentucky Oaks.    

With jockey Rosie Napravnik aboard, the filly finished just ahead of Broadway’s Alibi. Napravnik is the first female to ride a Kentucky Oaks winner.

Grace Hall, the early favorite, was third.

The rain-delayed race was run before 112,552 fans Churchill Downs, the second-largest Oaks crowd. 

Sports
3:18 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Derby & Oaks Race Handicapping With the Pros

On Oaks Friday, WFPL's State of the News headed to Churchill Downs to spend an hour talking about the big races ahead this weekend, and handicapping the races with professional insights from Mike Watchmaker from the Daily Racing Form and Ed DeRosa of brisnet.com.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Derby-Themed Demonstration Aims to Draw Attention to Climate Change

Environmental activists are planning an event in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby to raise awareness about the effects of climate change.

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Arts and Humanities
2:44 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Names New Associate Curator

Louisville gallery director Joey Yates is joining the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft artistic staff. As associate curator, Yates will help manage exhibitions, organize public events and contribute to educational outreach.

The associate curatorial role will be significant. Executive director Aldy Milliken says going forward, the museum’s exhibitions will inform everything from programming events to what’s in stock at the museum store.

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